Right Place, Right Time

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being…

Word of Prophecy More Fully Confirmed

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Pet 1:19) Here we are at Morningstar. This huge campus used to be the central…

Carolina on Our Minds

On April 18 we’ll be piling into two vans and setting off for the east. Twenty-something students from EJS, mostly twenty-somethings, along with one pair of pentagenarians (us), and our fearless leaders are heading to the Carolinas on our end of term mission trip. Encounter Jesus School (EJS) is a training program in spiritual ministry…

Triple Jubilee

Little hospital founded by Madame the Countess d’Imecourt for the sick of Roucy, Concevreux, Gernicourt, etc. In service since Sept. 11, 1862 by the Sisters of St. Charles of Nancy. So reads the description from a turn of the (twentieth) century post card of this property, known as the Hospice of Roucy. 150 years ago,…

The Anointing of the King

Reims is the city in which the kings of France were not only crowned, but anointed with oil, for over a thousand years. In an elaborate ceremony at the cathedral of Reims, the newly crowned king was anointed on seven parts of his body: the crown of the head, the chest , the right shoulder,…

If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium

(If you get the title, you’re showing your age.) Today is our first day to wake up in Belgium, and it is Tuesday. We arrived last night in time for dinner–by the grace of God, because I figured out a short cut so good it only took us an hour longer. It was kind of…

Double Dutch Treat

Meet Anne and Menno Menninga. Here is a pre-post quiz: Anna and Menno are (a) merchants (b) artists (c) craftsmen (d) innkeepers (e) teachers (f) missionaries (g) restauranteers? Answer: all of the above—though (g) is in the planning stages. The Menningas are originally from the Netherlands, but have been missionaries for some thirty years, first…

Stand By Us

Thank you all so much for your prayers–especially concerning our flight from Dallas to Paris, because we were flying stand-by. We said we only need two seats and indeed six stand-bys made it on the flight, and we were numbers five and six. I don’t believe there were any empty seats. So we made it…

Exploring the Land

Last post I told you about the central objective of our trip. But there is more. We feel like the men chosen from the tribes of Israel to “spy out the land.” We are confident the Lord is leading us, but we are taking a first step of seeing and meeting and exploring, to discern…

Good Samaritan

The trip we have been waiting for is now just three days away. This Friday, the two    of us fly to Belgium and France for a two-week ministry trip. The central objective is to meet with evangelist Michel Allard and his wife. Michel is the founder of Le Bon Samaritain (The Good Samaritain), which…