Friday, December 29, 2006

Live from Urbana 2

Urbana is going great, and the first thing I want to say is that I just found out from my friend Dave that *you* can watch everything at Urbana.org. "It's almost like being there," he said.

Besides being a participant here, I am also an exhibitor for OM. As such, it has been a tremendous privilege for me to help students who are willing to begin their missions journey.

As I type this, I am in the general session, and we just 'heard' a prayer spoken in sign language by a deaf student. I am now watching live Urbana theater. Ah, and now the MC is giving announcements. I love this guy.

Yesterday I went to a really cool seminar about slums given by a guy who spent seven years living in slums in India and elsewhere. May sound cool, but one brutal reality of this is sickness--frequent and not pleasant. I encourage you to learn about slums on the web. The statistics are more staggering than I thought.

I went to another seminar this afternoon on reaching the Hip Hip culture by the main guy in the Cross Movement rap group. I thought often of my friend Shawn, Dave Sutherland, Phill Tremblay and others during this totally biblical, powerful presentation.

Every morning we listen to a Bible teacher: Ajith from Sri Lanka. Very solid teaching. It reminds me of the aliveness of the Word.

I want to encourage you especially to watch last night's (Friday) messages. Dynamite from two people of African descent.

As I sign off, Kay Warren, wife of Rick Warren (author of The Purpose-Driven Life) is up front now, speaking about her broken heart for those who have or are affected by AIDS.

Dang. I was just about to press send when they put up an unexpected video satellite message from Bono (of the rock band U2). It was to us here at Urbana, and it was a call to turn our faith into action by being more involved in advocating for victims of AIDS, malaria and poverty; and to join the 1.org campaign.

I will write another update tomorrow night. Until then, be in prayer, and may we all be expecting God to be working in our lives as we re-surrender to Him.

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ar TORONTO, CANADA | 2018+

JULY


AUGUST

14-15 Tue-Wed l'ship retreat (+ below)
14 Tue (7:15pm patch prayer mtg)
15 Wed 6pm dinner w/ Peter T & HE + poss. stayover
16 Thu SL
17-19 Fri-Sun church-plant camping trip - Killbear
19 Sun 5pm fun dinner w/ VT - Burlington
20 Mon 8pm Malkutha oversight mtg (VS)
21 Tue 9:30pm time w/ JVDB (+ patch prayer mtg)
23 Thu poss. time w/ DonM/S
24-25 Fri-Sat writing training wknd - Hamilton
28 Tue 10am CCWM board mtg
31 Fri eve time w/ J/BA+

SEPTEMBER
2-3 Sun-Mon new-staff retreat - Faith Mission
3-7 Tue-Fri VT retreat - Faith Mission
21 Fri MI in-person board mtg
22-23 Sat-Sun poss. visiting AR/UJ+
27 to Oct 3 Thu-Wed Dollar-a-Day

OCTOBER
... Oct 3 (see above) Thu-Wed Dollar-a-Day
5-8 Fri-Mon Thanksgiving long weekend (Mon stat. hol.)
15 to Nov 15 Mon-Thu poss. Europe + India

NOVEMBER
(speaking at Pastor Y's church)
... Nov 15 (see above) Mon-Thu poss. Europe + India
17 Khev's conf
23 Fri MI online board mtg
29 ~J's dad's b'day (poss. party on 30th)

DECEMBER
29: KH/S wedding

2019 on
Feb 15-18: MIer conference
Feb 16: Sat - 10-yr anniv
Feb 18-22: VT retreat
Feb 22-30: time off (poss. Southern Africa)
Apr 1-3: poss. First Chair retreat
May 10, 10am: CCWM board mtg
Jun 15: poss. Prayer Journey (poss. Australia); poss. visit supporters
Jun 25-29: poss. marketplace conf. - Manila
Dec: likely Indonesia