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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MAY

22 Tue (1) 3pm mtg (JC), (2) 7:15pm patch prayer mtg
23-25 Wed-Fri holiday
26-30 (Advance voting)
28 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 7:30pm dinner (JVE)
29 Tue (1) 2:30pm coffee (BD), (2) 7:15pm patch prayer mtg
30 Wed (1) 9:30am VT Bible study, (2) 10:30am mtg (MF), (3) 11am leadership mtg (MF,SN,VS,DN)
31 Thu 7:45am b'fast (DM)

JUNE
2 Sat am & aft speaking at Guelph Men's Conf
7 Thu (Election day)
8 Fri MI online board mtg
9 Sat ~J's bday
23 Prayer Journey
26-28 speaking at Amplify Conference - Chicago
28 Thu leaving to Arkansas
28 - Jun 7 Fri-Sat holiday

JULY
... May 28-7 Fri-Sat holiday - Arkansas
20-22 Fri-Sun SL wknd w/ ML/J/A/B,Som/S,~J/C
30 - Aug 3 Mon Mon-Fri Kids Kapers camp

AUGUST
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10-12 Fri-Sun ~J's family wknd
17-19 Fri-Sun church-plant camping trip - Killbear
24-25 Fri-Sat writing training wknd - Hamilton
28 Tue 10am CCWM board mtg

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2-3 Sun-Mon new-staff retreat - Faith Mission
3-7 Tue-Fri VT retreat - Faith Mission
21 Fri MI in-person board mtg

OCTOBER
1-7 Mon-Sun Dollar-a-Day

NOVEMBER
Poss. time in Afr., India, Aus.
24 MI online board mtg

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Feb 22-30: time off
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