“I Never Said You Could Go!”

This lovely lady is married to Henry. I have been hosted at their home a couple of times. They are in Uganda in the greater Pallisa region. Each time being there we have had CCIM Teacher Training with some fifty folks and pastors in attendance.

Here is another pic from one of our times there:

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What tickles me pink the most is the morning I was to be heading off and away to another pastor and conference in another district.

It is never a good idea to arrange the schedule so that I must get up, prep for the day, eat breakfast and visit, and then head off trying to be timely as I arrive in another location.

This time was the same!

I had wakened early per usual and was ready and dressed and my bag packed in plenty of time for breakfast and to leave as needed.

In good responsible and efficient form I took by packed bag out the front door of their home and set it beside the front of the house, ready to be loaded onto our transport once it was time to leave.

This lovely lady (and oh I cannot recall her name!), sees my bag outside her home and exclaims, “I HAVE NOT GIVEN YOU PERMISSION TO GO YET!” and heaves the bag back into her home.

I love this memory.

The biggest problem we have at CCIM is that no one ever wants us to go. The invites and welcomes and open doors are precious, deep, and true. What an amazing thing.

We continue to collaborate and fellowship with Henry and his wife. He along with another is teaching our CCIM College Course to a number of classes. Moses, our CCIM College Co-Ordinator in East Africa was with Henry and his family just a few months ago.

One day I will get back there myself. And next time I won’t arrange the schedule in such a way that I must take off in the morning!

Here is one more pic from my days there:

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Nearly 100 children had come across the small valley from the nearby school to say Hi. so we interrupted the session to step outside and give each a handshake and a greeting. This is one of my favourite things to do; we love children and delight to honour them.

Thanks for listening to my story about Henry’s wife and the day I was barely allowed to leave! It is one of my favourites.

By the way, I have some videos with some of my favourite stories. You may enjoy this one:

 

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Parade of Flowers

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Into the Love of God

Entered into the Love of God we enter into the wild.

Entered into the Love of God we put down our presupposed outcomes,

We enter into process, and relationship, and the unknown future;

How might we live and have our being?

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Beauty and Creativity in Re-Discovering Joy

Perhaps you have lost your joy. The tasks about you may seem to be never-ending. You’ve been at this for some time now. It is hard to catch one’s breath.

The recipe for re-finding joy is a surprising one. It is not so much about stretching and reaching, grasping or holding, but about releasing, pausing, creating, investing – gentle manners of heart and soul. A relinquishing rather than a hoarding. A surrender.

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Called Out

Two women were heading to the worst part of the city to pray.  They had a few used purses filled with necessary items that they were going to give to the women living on the streets.  When they first arrived in this part of the city they spent the first while worshipping in a small church in the area.  This had been the habit of these women for some time.

At the end of this time of worship and as they were leaving the church a man came up to them and directed them, urgently pointing,  “You must call emergency services.  You must call emergency services, there is a man who has fallen down.” 

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A Time to Rock the Boat

Your actions speak louder than your words.

There are times for solid action. While you speak and live a heart of love and life and generosity towards your fellow mankind, make no mistake, this heart-stance is not about excusing bad behaviour, injustice, or evil. On the contrary. A heart that is for people is for authenticity through and through.

If you would be truly FOR people at any cost, sometimes (more often than we care to think) the cost is standing apart, of creating separation, of leaving people to the outcomes of their bad choices, of declaring by action ‘this is not okay and I cannot be part of it any longer’.

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You are WAY MORE than That

Sure, figure out what to put on your body, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.

Spend your money on those great shoes, just remember, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.

Make your face what you want it to be, but don’t forget, it doesn’t really matter.

You are so much more than your clothes, your shoes, or your face.

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