Equipping musicians for missionary service
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 1-615-477-3525

Europe

  • I’m finally sitting down to write a post-trip update.  My last update was the night before the last day of the retreat.  On that final day I ended up getting a solid half-day of work in and was well enough rested to give me energy for not only the morning session but to lead the evening session and give the concert that I mentioned.  For the Lord’s Supper, we arranged the room so that all of the chairs felt like they were sort of seated around a giant table (we happened to have one of those!).  I had the bread and wine placed around the table almost like it was set at different place settings....

  • I made it back safely last night and didn't have any particular trouble with the flights home.  Redeemer Presbyterian and the visit with my friends in Manhattan was a blessing.  Attached is a pic that someone snapped for me what the room was like while leading worship.  These don't capture how active and engaged everyone was with the singing time (perhaps these were shot between verses!).

  • I'm about the depart from a downtown Salzburg flat for the airport.  On Thursday we had a sweet time of worship in the morning, then I took a train to Kragenfurt to get a car, which I needed to get to Kaprun yesterday for my "adventure" day.  I got back in time for my work "day," which was thankfully flexible and not very full of meetings.

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    At one of the times of worship we sang the old praise song "I Love You, Lord," and after singing it in English someone spontaneously started singing it in French and a surprising number joined in.  It was a very nice moment for me to be led by them since e...

  • It is Wednesday evening and I have just finished my “work day” (I’m still working during American working hours, so until midnight or 1 am here).  It has been a joy to get to know some of these missionaries better and be encouraged by their faith, love, and zeal for the Lord.  Some of you asked for more info about who they are.  Gathered here are about 40 country or region directors within SIM, an organization that has 2,000 or so full-time missionaries.  Everyone here has almost 20+ years of experience and while I’m not the youngest one here, the youngest is 38.  So there is maturity, wisdom,...

  • It is Monday morning in Millstat, Austria. Yesterday (really the last two days) were a blur of International travel. On Friday evening I made it to NYC and stayed in Manhattan, then Saturday morning left early for the airport and headed for Salzburg, Austria through Istanbul because I took Turkish Airlines.  I got quite ill on the plane and the most likely cause was dehydration, though I did drink water beforehand and have never experienced that before.  I lost consciousness in my seat for a while after blacking out, and then it took a while to regain my strength.  One thing that the Lord did ...