Monthly Archives: June 2011
About a month ago over on ceokids.org, I announced that we were in need of $12,000 to finish our financial year in good condition. I am pretty excited that as of right now that need is down to $2,200! Would you consider making a gift to our cause? You can find out how to help out HERE. Your participation in helping us reach our goal would be appreciated! Here is a list of things I observed on my just completed trip which motivated me on to further service… God is at work:
– At a gathering in southern Hungary, believers from four different churches and three university ministries joined for singing, prayer and teaching; our hope is that this is just the beginning of such gatherings of Christians worshiping and serving in unity in this city;
– In a public forum on the Bible in a library in northern Serbia, I was delighted to be able to answer this question from an attendee: What is the difference between what you are describing (the Gospel based in a trustworthy Bible) and religion?
– At a gathering of students in Hungary, a young woman told her teacher that she has serious questions about God that she wants answers to; we thank God for creating safe places for conversation about Him in cultures where these kind of safe and open conversations are seldom;
– I was blessed to preach about loving our enemies at a prayer meeting in a church in Ukraine, and to witness the incredible time of prayer and confession that followed;
– While visiting our partners in Croatia, I was encouraged by what great teachers they are and how they are using relationships with their students to pave the way for the Gospel;
– Young adults invested a weekend of their time to do maintenance on a camp which serves hundreds of children, pensioners and the handicapped in a summer full of programs. We are thankful to God for this continuing ministry that He used CEO to help establish in Ukraine a decade ago;
– During visits to shelters for abandoned children in rural Ukraine, I was reminded of the great need for these ministries and the great good that God is doing in these young people;
– In six cities, I found that hearts were receptive to sermons calling churches to make disciples, not just converts, and while sitting in kitchens, living rooms and cafes, I was able to counsel with pastors, leaders and students about how the gospel of Jesus brings wholeness in every part of our lives.
So today I (JUST me, not the girls) went to a wedding here in good ole Budapest. It was over in the middle of town and after the wedding, I headed back to take care of biz-ness. I got on the tram and it went one stop and ended on King St. Huh? I said to myself. So I decided to walk to where I knew a bus would take me to Joanna’s flat. But NOOOOO, not today. when I got to the eight sided plaza the riot police had a bunch of anti-gay protesters rounded up in baracades. Well, seeing and hearing the commotion was enough for me, so I pretty quickly began looking for a route around the bedlum. But noooooo, the riot gear wearing police had ALL the routes blocked off. One wasn’t even allowed to walk up either of the main thoroughfares to avoid the ruckus. SO at one point some of these right wing anti gay folks began throwing water bottles (full no less) at the riot gear laden police. This was kinda dumb cuz it wouldn’t bother the police at all and they WAY overshot their target and almost hit some onlookers – who, like me, were by this time just about trapped – who began to see the hazards and tried to leave the area… just about then we hear pop pop pop and see this stream of troopers stream into the crowd and the crowd of hooligans began to scatter but the cops got their man, or at least they got somebody, and then I noticed people coughing and that’s when I noticed my eyes were watering and my throat was scratchy and I realized the pops were tear gas. By this time I was in the middle of the baracades – and note – I’m in a coat and tie so I stood out more than usual, I went up to one of the leaders of the riot police and talked him into letting me go up a side street away from the trouble. What a day not to have a camera! oh well… and remember, they call it tear gas for a reason!
QUESTION: Can there be “community” without dedicated accountability and submitted hearts? or Is this just a buzz word for people to hang out with and pat me on the back? Has the new movement toward “community”, many of my younger friends talk about desiring, missed the boat of discipleship just like their elders did? Community in the Church should mean discipleship.