Archive for April 20th, 2018

I hope this makes sense.

I have just completed the first week of my trip.  Things went very well.  Many of the people were really hungry.  It’s always good to see people really want to grow and are joyful about it.  It should be a good example for all of us.  It was a really good opportunity to practice my foreign language skill here although of course the deep words about the Father and Sun is something I still can’t communicate or understand when I hear it.  Hence I need translators.  Throughout the week there were three that helped me.  They took time out of their busy life in a country where everyone have to work so hard to survive in order to translate.  One was a couple whose wife did most of the translations and she is probably the best translator I’ve ever had even compared to other countries I have been to.  I met them three years ago when I spoke last minute here in an English class but back then the wife didn’t make a decision to receive the Sun yet although the husband did.  But now three years later here they are helping me with transferring with what I said to another language even though the wife is five month pregnant.  Think about it:  The couple has grown so much in such a short time that they are translating for me truths that are often heard in graduate school for those who attend if they have the calling.  Again it is incredible how people grow here and they should be an example for us back home.  We should learn from their example with their commitment to learn and to serve even though it comes at a persona cost.  The people that receive what was translated have also grown and told me they were very grateful and heard things they never heard of before.  Every night after everything is done I talk to the guy I’m staying with; he is an intern that has been recognized by others as having the calling and we talk late into the night.  As usual in my travels overseas I have a hard time sleeping and get up before 6 in the morning so I review my notes and walk over to speak about the Sun.  Thanks to all those who were making requests on my behalf back home.

In a few hours I will be traveling to another location far away.  I have never been to this next location and look forward to my traveling adventures.  I’m hoping I have strength, wisdom, safety and ability to communicate well.  I also hope that I can blend in well without attracting attention since my ability to speak the language is not as good and I have an American accents and a limited vocabulary.  Sometimes I get nervous with my language skill with outsiders especially when they ask me questions!

I don’t know whether I will have internet access or whether the internet allows me to access outside websites in my next location.  Of course I will also be busy during the week.  See you when I see you!

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(Note: This is a guest post written by Alf.  I am currently away and I am thankful for Alf for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.  He blogs here and here and tweets here.)

If you were going to spend a year alone on a desert island, and you could take only one book (along with the Bible) with you – what would it be? I’m sure many have contemplated this conundrum. For example, one Reformed Scholar (Derek Thomas) from Banner of Truth regards John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress as his most important book, second to the Bible


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