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Archive for January, 2012

The British Are Coming!


The British are coming! The British are coming! Oh wait… they’re here!

That’s right, our British actors from London arrived late last night. We are very excited to have David and Michael here. They will be staying here for the next 5 weeks presenting the drama “Questioning Aslan – A Night with C.S. Lewis.” They will be protraying a fictional account of C.S. Lewis and a student, Tellar. Lewis and Tellar walk us through some of his great literary achievements: The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Teller is faced with the reality of God. This will be an amazing performace – check out the little video clip of the actors on our website.

We will have 10 different venues where this drama will be performed. If you are interested in learning more, check out the Infusion Ministries website: www.infusionnow.org.

You won’t want to miss this!

India Randomness – IndiGo, Leg Room, Water Buffalo


The following are some random things that I encountered on my recent trip to India. They didn’t really fit into any one particular day’s blog, so I’ve compiled some them here.

At the end of the day, sometimes the guys and I would stay up to watch a little Indian tv before bedtime. One night we found the game show Wipe Out on tv. I definitely wasn’t expecting that; but it was nice to have a little piece of home so far away. Then there was a particular ad that played at almost every commercial break. I have it here for your viewing pleasure:

Kinda catchy, isn’t it?

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January 2012 Ministry Update


Happy New Year!

I pray that yhat you are well! And I pray that the Lord blesses you in special ways in the coming year! I know I sure was blessed last year, and I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for the coming year. We are especially excited about next month and the unique opportunity we have to bring the message of the Gospel, identity, and freedom to churches! Find out all about it in my update this month which you will find below. (Click on it to enlarge it for easier reading.)

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India, Days 9 & 10 – The Last Days


These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India: 

December 9

I can’t believe it is the last day. The time went by too fast. Tara & one of the ladies from the office took us to Saint Thomas’ Mount. Tradition says that the apostle Thomas was praying up on the mount when a mob found him and stoned him. A monument and a catholic church have been built there. From the top of the hill, there was a fabulous view of the city from every angle; I can see why Thomas would have been up there praying.

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India, Day 8 – Feeling Like a Celebrity & a Leper Colony


These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India: 

December 8 

We had to get an early start to the day, so I made sure to get up early enough to have time to say hello to the girls before they loaded up for school. I don’t think I could ever hear the little choruses of “Akka” enough! I think my heart melts each time.

This morning we met with the architect (Gigi) so we could see the plans for the new orphanage. It will be built across the street and a couple lots down from the current home. Then there will be room for girls in both houses. Gigi had drawn plans and we also looked at a scale model to get a good idea of what it will look like.

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India, Day 7 – Saris, a Frog, a Bandicoot, and a Roach


These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India: 

December 7

Today was a relaxing day. Rick, Travis, and Aaron met with a missionary in the area, and Tara took the rest of us shopping. We went to a store that would have been the equivalent of a large department store. I found two saris (the wrap dresses they wear) – a beautiful blue and purple one, and a deep emerald green one. Before I can wear them I will still need to get the petticoats to go under them and have the blouses made. Here is one of the finished products:

We went back to the office for lunch where Isaac had Chinese waiting for us. He feeds us so well! After lunch we went shopping again. Isaac’s friend Matthew went along with us this time, and of course Rohan came with us, too. We went to Cane & Bamboo – a shop where everything is made by people with disabilities. I did some shopping for some Christmas gifts in this store.

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India, Day 6 – Zambians, the Slums, and a Wedding


These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India: 

December 6

Tara and I started out the morning by giving the girls a few of the items that the team and I brought over. She explained that they don’t get everything at one time because she wants them to appreciate it all. So we gave them a few things: hairbrushes, hairbows, a few new dresses, some candy. It felt like Christmas morning – it was so much fun to see their reactions to it all. They kept saying “Thank you Akka!” while touching my face and giving countless hugs.

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India, Day 5 – Mexican and a Bus


These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India: 

December 5

Today we went to the office with Isaac and we were introduced to his staff. Besides running the orphanage, Isaac and Tara run Freedom in Christ, India, as well as Sitara Music which is the largest distributor of Christian music in India. After we were all introduced, we sang a few worship songs together, then Travis shared what was on his heart from 1 Kings 18. He posed the questions: What gets us excited? What makes us jump up and outrun a chariot?

For lunch Isaac took us to Don PePe’s… yep, Mexican. So now I have had Chinese food in Mexico and Mexican food in India. It was good, but a bit spicy.

We spent some time in a brainstorming session with Isaac after lunch when I heard the girls arrive outside. I headed out and got attacked with hugs – they almost knocked me to the ground! 🙂 I was playing with them when the new bus arrived. It is a 24-seater, so they will have room to grow into it yet. The girls were so excited! We had a ribbon cutting ceremony and we prayed over the bus. Then a few of us got on the bus with the girls and we went for a ride around the block. The bus will be registered in a few days and then they will be able to use it to go to school, instead of being packed too tightly into that little van.

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India, Day 4 – Church, Rules of the Road, Indian Ocean


These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India: 

December 4

This morning we got up early for church. We left the house by 7:45am. I got to ride with the girls in the van – oh, were they excited! Well, I was excited to ride with them, too. On the way to church we passed a store that had some Christmas decorations out, and they had a big tree out front… the girls saw it and went nuts! I guess we just get so used to seeing Christmas decorations everywhere this time of year that it doesn’t affect us as much. But when you live in a nation that is only about 5% Christian, Christmas decorations are few and far between. But their joy in seeing the tree was just too precious. “Akka, look! A Christmas tree, Akka! Did you see it, Akka?” Such contagious joy!

In church I sat with them, too. They were so well-behaved and quiet. But after about 40 minutes they left for Sunday school. I was rather sad to see them go.

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India, Day 3 – Meeting the Girls!


These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India: 

December 3… after sunrise

I might have fallen asleep at 4am… it is now 7:15am and I am ready to go! Myself, the 3 guys from Kansas (Aaron, Travis, and Ben), and Isaac’s nephew (Rohan) are all staying on the second floor of the orphanage. The others are in Isaac’s house, just a couple of lots away. I haven’t heard the guys make a peep yet. The doors to the second floor are all still locked, so I know that no one else has been moving about yet. The ceiling fan is so noisy that I don’t hear the girls downstairs, so I can’t tell if they are up yet.

My throat really hurts this morning. I could feel myself catching a cold on the plane, but I was hoping that some sleep would help me feel better. Jesus, I need your healing. Touch me today!

I can no longer wait to meet those girls. I guess I will head downstairs!

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