Saturday, July 22, 2006

Departure Date: August 1 ... Itinerary Updated

Some of you have been asking when I am to depart for my year of missions. The answer is August 1, which is in just over a week. Before then I have to clear out all my stuff at 162 Glebeholme in Toronto - where I've been living for the past three years with my dear landlord George (who turned 95 yesterday).

My first stop is Tyrone, Georgia (just outside of Atlanta) where I'll be meeting with many OM (Operation Mobilization) people at the USA office. Hoping to see George Verwer's former gopher Michael Kaspar (see blog at right) while there. Then, on August 3, on to Martinez, Georgia (south of Augusta) to visit the Bookling warehouse and my wonderful coworkers.

I fly out of Atlanta Aug 4, and fly into Gatwick airport in London on Aug 5--two hours after George Verwer flies in from somewhere else. I believe Nathan Smith (see blog at right) flies in later that day - to get me started on the "Gopher Orientation Program" (which will take place over the space of a week or so). After this I may have another week or so to catch up on various things and settle in more, at which point I may go to the OM International Forum in Germany--a conference that only takes place once every three years.

In late August I am going to De Bron, Netherlands, for a week of Orientation. This is when the year starts for most people joining OM (so I am leaving very early). I have just updated my itinerary below (bottom of the page); I think it is fairly accurate.

Praise:
-That God has allowed me to get this far
-That my financial support is looking great
-That people are committing to pray for me
-That all of my papers, etc, are in order

Pray:
-That God will be preparing me now for what lies ahead
-For wisdom and a Christ-like attitude this year
-That I would take time to be still with God in the hectic days that lie ahead
-That God will work in me; that God would work through me
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1 Mon lunch w/ J/BA+ | Canada Day
2 Tue (1) 7:30pm dinner (Pstr Nono & Angie), (2) (patch prayer mtg)
3 Wed (1) 9:30am VT Bible study, (2) 10:30am mtg (MF), (3) 11am Cdn l'ship mtg (MF,VS)
5 Fri-Sun church-plant camping trip - Balsam Lake
8 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 1pm detailing
9 Tue (1) 10am mechanic appt, (2) 11:55am ph call (BD), (3) 12:30pm ph call (PB), (4) 6:30pm dinner (S/KD), (5) 7:30pm patch prayer mtg
10 Wed 8:30am Int'l steering mtg (MF,VS,MO,RM,JA)
11 Thu 12noon ph call (SK)
12 Fri (1) 8:50am video-mtg (RM), (2) 10am mtg (SN,JSh), (3) eve SEF b'day
13 Sat SL (SD,Som+S,At+M)
14 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 11am memorial service (for SD), (3) eve anniv. date w/ ~J (CN Tower!)
16 Tue (1) 10:45am ph call (Tw-TA), (2) 11:30am ph call (GO,Alan), (3) 7:30pm patch prayer mtg
17 18 Thu SL + time w/ DSt
19 Fri 9:45am likely mtg w/ Michael Oh+ - Marche Brookfield
20 Sat SL (S/KD,Som+S,~C)
21 Sun (1) (11am KL speaking at Christie St B.C. (also 28th)), (2) 4pm patch Bible mtg
22 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) poss. 12noon mtg (GO)
23 Tue (1) poss. mtg (GO,Alan), (2) 7:30pm patch prayer mtg
24 Wed 8:30am depts mtg
27 Sat (1) 1pm wedding (NA+) - Etobicoke, (2) 5:30pm wedding (C/C) - Kleinburg, ON
28 Sun (1) (11am KL speaking at Christie St B.C. (also 21st)), (2) 6pm dinner (JVE)

AUGUST onwards
Aug 12-16: Kids Kapers camp
Aug 26-30: Mon-Fri VT staff retreat
Sep 13: 10am MI b. mtg
Oct 18 (or 25): poss. CCWM board mtg
(Oct 4-6: BAM conf. - Silicon Valley, USA)
(Oct 22-25: Edmonton conf. - tracking)
(Nov 1-2: poss. Nepal prayer b'fast w/ TH)
Nov 2: poss. Filipino event - Toronto
Nov 22: poss. 10am MI b. mtg
Nov 23: speaking at Live Called - Toronto
Dec: poss. Australia; Indonesia
Apr 20-22: poss. First Chair retreat
Apr 29-30: speaking at VMC conf. - Guelph area
2020: May 8: 10am CCWM board mtg
2020: May - possible Nigeria