Monthly Archives: July 2008

at the beach

the view from the front porch

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in the USA

flew home safe and am heading for the beach!!!!

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a leg of the journey ends…

well, its the last day of this trip, it’s been a tough week in which activities were scaled way back, haven’t felt much like blogging or even reading… a lot of chillin…

six weeks ago today the team was packing and getting in a van and driving to the airport… the rest of the team went home three weeks ago…

I have slept in 13 different spots, three nights of which were on airplanes (thanks be to God for BA.COM and online check in that gives me some control of the seat) several on floors (with mattress), some nights roasting because of heat (Croatia) some nights freezing (South Africa), worshipped in 10 different churchs (which spaned the denominational spectrum), 12 new stamps in the passport, one new country, lived for a week in an Oxford College, saw the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, read The Shack then gave it away, enjoyed the fellowship and long conversations with friends old and new engaging in honest and usually hard questions about God and life, about Him who came for us because He loved us… we were reminded by one another of His Grace…

for me, the quotes of the trip were…

“Don’t be childish, but don’t lose your childlikeness” – me to a kid

“Look for Him to do some rearranging in you.” – a pastor to me

“Tom, have you ever walked this slow?” Laura N. commenting on my pace after my birthday dinner, thanks guys

“Man, you don’t look so good.” Mark, as he took me to the doctor on Monday.

“Excuse me, can you tell me where Starbucks is?” me to a random man while Josh filmed, this nice fellow showed us to a coffee shop

“Be content with what I have given you.” Papa to me, after a dark night of the soul.

Thanks Doug, Lea, Karen, Joanna, Arden, Gabor, Laci, Keri, Charles, Josh, Abby, Mark, Laura and Dan, Mate, Marton, Janice, Doug, Frank, Lance, Rick, Carol, Ron and most of all Anna – whom I will see tonight!

Peace from Grace

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a room with a view

since I’ve been laid up the last few days (better today, thanks for praying) I have become more familiar with the view from Joanna’s living room window. I look over (like right now) and see an elderly fellow who just today got a new shade installed puttering around on his balcony, and a girl mopping an elderly lady’s balcony, and another older fellow looking out his window having a smoke… all very interesting when you don’t feel like doing much else… Here is the view…

on the other side of that building is a major thoroughfare with lots of ambulances running up and down all day and night long… to the right and way down at ground level and below are Roman ruins… can you tell I’m getting a little cabin fever?

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South Africa scenes

well, since I’m laid up for a couple of days, and the fever is gone… I will post a couple of pix from South Africa… note the new header… in the middle horizontally is a “township”, inside which, live a sea of humanity for whom He came to give life… what is your role for bringing justice? the Gospel?

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the landscape

Rising early yielded this view

we saw this plant growing everywhere, aloe is it?

S.A. is twice the size of Texas… the views were often amazing

The farms would be rightly called ranches.

Here I am at the southern most tip of Africa… note the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet…

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animals

sleeping lions:

ostrich farm:

I am told “This is South Africa” the zebra with an oil refinery in the background:

 

goats at a gas station petting zoo:

baboons were seen in this field:

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