Monday, June 25, 2007

A short update - Idaho, the Logos 2 ship, and the island of Jersey -- June 25, 2007

Although this blog has been quiet for the most part on what I've been up to recently, life continues at a hectic pace. Thought I would give you a brief in-between-prayer-letters update here now.

Well, I've certainly been in North America a lot this year. May included a road trip from Chicago to Idaho--a lot of miles--with some key meetings along the way. Why so much time in America? Well, it has a lot to do with the fact that God has chosen to use the States in a major way in world missions. It is still the number-one missionary-sending nation in the world, and it is also a huge source of giving, knowledge, mobilisation and resources. It has also been helpful to me, as a Canadian, to see what healthy, vibrant, God-glorifying North American churches (Pentecostal, Brethren, Interdenominational, etc) can and do look like.

By the way, if you're Canadian don't feel left out. Canada sends more missionaries per capita than our southern neighbour. (We're just 9 times smaller!) Canada also leads the way in inter-church missions conferences (eg, MissionFest). Be patriotic, but give God the credit; and pray for more.

Two weeks ago we came back to England, spent a couple of days here, and then spent five days aboard the Logos 2 ship. Yup, the very ship I was on for 4 1/2 months in early 2004. It was great to be back, but predictably there has been an almost 100% turnover of people since I left. Only one of the 40 people who joined at the same time as me remains.

And for those who know what I'm talking about, the Deal-Bag Room is still there; and it's still called the Deal-Bag Room!

God is using the Logos 2 as much as ever. It is like a bottle full of fireflies, shining for God as it goes from port to port putting on programs and meetings for children, pastors, youth and others; selling low-cost, transformational and educational books to thousands of (sometimes-daily) visitors; and simply being available as a collection of Christians from around the world to be used of God for those unplanned Divine appointments that He so often has in store.

If you are a young person or a young couple looking for a way to serve God in an out-of-the-box way for a couple of years, consider OM ships. Check out the pictures to the right of my blog and visit www.omships.org.

We met the ship in Falmouth, UK and after a couple of days there and a day sailing to the island of Jersey (south of England) left the ship and flew back to England on Friday.

Although I don't get weekly or regular days off in my position, I got this past weekend off to visit my girlfriend Lydia in Leeds (where she lives). I am just on the train back to London now after a really nice time. Of course, I'll be jumping back into the action when I get back to London, and it won't be long before George and I head off to Korea - where George will be speaking to 20,000 young people in a Campus Crusade conference. We will also be visiting the other in-service ship Doulos. Looking forward to it!

And beyond that? Stay tuned for more news, but it looks like I may be finishing my year in Southern Africa (!).

God is good. Thank you for your interest, prayer and support. Let's keep g.o.ing.

- Nigel

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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