Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The year in review: 6 continents, 20 countries, 250 meetings

For those interested in the details, here is a reverse-itinerary of my 2006/2007 year in OM.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: mid to late August 2007; two days in a local “township” (low-income community) called Soshanguve
  • ZAMBIA: mid August; time with my parents and Lydia in Lusaka and Mansa and on the road; preached twice
  • SOUTH AFRICA: early to mid August: involvement in AIDS ministries in Pretoria; saw three men come to the Lord and several recommit their lives to Christ; spoke to a youth group
  • England: mid to late July: local work; overlap with the “next gopher” Mark Roberts
  • KOREA: early July: Busan (missions conference; time aboard OM Doulos ship); Seoul
  • The island of JERSEY: late June: sailed from Falmouth; spent a week onboard the ship
  • England: mid June: Falmouth (aboard the LOGOS II ship: where I spent 4 ½ months in early 2004)
  • USA: mid May to mid June: Chicago; Dubuque, Iowa (Chrissie’s college graduation!); a cross-country motorhome trip from Chicago to Idaho (meetings, hiking, time with George’s kids and grandkids)
  • England: early May: team retreat; Oxford (Christian Union meeting; saw my brother Ted); Bulstrode (heard “Brother Andrew” at a missions conference)
  • USA: late April: New Jersey; New York City; West Palm Beach, Florida (OM ship fundraising weekend);
  • CANADA: late April: Toronto (614 church plant launch & CRUX youth rally; also People’s church)
  • PAKISTAN: early to mid April: solo trip (not with George): a year highlight (loved it!): Lahore, North Pakistan (earthquake zone and Al Qaeda territory; also saw my old boarding school) and Karachi (met up with the bookvan Jalals!); preached several times and saw several come to the Lord
  • SINGAPORE: late March: time with OM Singapore people
  • AUSTRALIA: mid-late March: Adelaide (youth missions conference)
  • USA: early to mid March with George and his wife Drena (and, for much of the time, Roy the motorhome driver): Washington (Bible college missions week); Chicago (missions conference); Minnesota (missions retreat at Naniboujo u lodge); meetings in Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California (saw John & Maria!)
  • IRELAND: early March: mi scellaneous meetings
  • England: late February to early March: London (HIV/AIDS meeting)
  • USA: early to mid February: Chicago-area, Illinois (Moody Bible Institute, church); Georgia (mega church); Hawaii (missions conference on the island of Kaua’i)
  • England: late January: Oxford (missions conference; saw Ted again!)
  • BRAZIL: mid January: Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte (mega church)
  • ARGENTINA: mid January: Cordoba (massive youth missions conference)
  • URUGUAY: mid January: meetings (youth, pastors, church) in Montevideo
  • England: early January: got detained at Heathrow airport for several hours for not having a longer-term visa; a few days later got a British passport (!) and became a British citizen (my dad is British)
  • USA: late December: Burbank, California (Christmas with my siblings John & Maria, Ted and Chrissie); St. Louis, Missouri (Urbana Missions conference)
  • England: mid December: London
  • England: early December: Carlisle (building dedication at OM International headquarters); meeting in Perth, Scotland
  • SCOTLAND: early December: Glasgow (youth event)
  • England: late November: Spanish-speaking church in London, plus other meetings
  • USA: mid November: Indiana (Taylor University), New Jersey (missions conference for Korean Americans; I did a one-hour seminar on “Business as Missions”), New York City
  • England: early November: meetings in Dorset (college students) and Bath
  • USA: all of October: meetings in Tennessee; Seattle (Missionfest… a privilege to pick the brain of Steve Saint—the “End of the Spear” author—on short term missions); Idaho (George’s kids); California (saw my brother John in San Leandro); Urbana, Illinois (among Korean-American college students); Atlanta, Georgia
  • CROATIA: late September: visited the OM Logos Hope ship in Trogir
  • England: mid to late September: meetings in Kent and Leeds
  • NETHERLANDS: early September: “Go” orientation conference
  • GERMANY: mid-late August: OM conference (near Frankfurt)
  • ENGLAND: early August: moved into my 'flat in London; overlapped with the previous 'gopher' Nathan - learning the ropes; local meetings
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27 Sat (1) 11am Commencement speaker at R. University, (2) ~3pm+ time w/ V/AR+
29 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer, (2) 3pm mtg DerCh - Mississauga
30 Tue (1) 10am ph call (AA), (2) 5:30pm video mtg (IsTan), (3) 8pm neighbourhood prayer mtg

1 Thu (1) 11:30am Zoom mtg (LM), (2) 4pm mtg (VS,KBr)
2 Fri (1) 10:30am ph call (PVDW; SL w/ boys; ~J working)
3 Sat SL w/ boys and MG
5 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 2pm Europe call, (3) 5pm mtg/walk (YM)
6 Tue (1) 11:30am lunch (GD) - St. Jacobs, (2) 4pm mtg (AF) - Cambridge, (3) 7:30pm worship night
9 Fri ~J's b'day
10 Sat North Bay trip
13 Tue 11am mtg (DAy) (~J school trip w/ ~Co | text BD)
14 Wed 9:30am time w/ BD
15 Thu 4:30pm video mtg (Paul T.)
16 Fri (1) 9am video med appt, (2) 15-km run (Prayer Journey "warm-up")
17 Sat Prayer Journey (my own: 50km GTA bike-ride; Jessie's: 5KM) and speaking at GTA after-party
23-25 Fri-Sat poss. SL
26 Mon 2pm Europe monthly call
29 ... July 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas

... 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas
~8-17 SA+ in Toronto; P/H Bell likely visiting too
15 Sat aft+ baptism (Saj; NaB may be coming)
17-21 Mon-Fri Kids Kapers camp
24 Mon 2:45pm med. appt
26 Wed (1) 11am video mtg (SM), (2) 3pm Zoom mtg (SMa,SB), (3) 7pm ~J speaking at Greenhouse/Zoe - UofT downtown
27 Thu 10am video MVT board mtg
31 Mon 3:05pm med. appt
July/Aug CCWM board mtg / AGM

2 Wed 11am video mtg (SM+)
6-12 Sun-Fri Cottage w/ O/DN+ and UB/AC - Windermere; plus Muskoka
19 Sat poss. ~J fam beach day - Brighton area
25-29 Fri-Tue MoveIn staff retreat - southern Ontario

Sep 21 Thu - MVT board mtg
Sep 23 Sat poss. date of GV memorial
Sep 24 Sun ~Ch's b'day
Sep ~26-28 Poss. time in Lushnjë, Albania
Sep 29 - Oct 6 MoveIn Europe Conference+ - Durrës, Albania
Oct 21 Sat poss./unlikely date of GV memorial
Oct 21-27 Dollar-a-Day week
Early Nov Poss. fundraising event - Niagara
Nov-Jan Poss. time in India - Goa; Philippines - Manila+; Indonesia - Jakarta/Bali; LA/San Diego