Germany, Switzerland, and the Faroe Islands
It's not very often I get to visit a country I haven't been to before, and in 2019, I have already been to two of them! For my trip to the Philippines, go and click the Newsletter Archive tab at the bottom of the page, and then click on "Spring Update" from 3/23/19 for a very cool look at a very remote place where Bill will be getting quite a bit more involved in the future!
But nothing would've prepared me for the rare beauty that was waiting for me in the Faroe Islands, as part of a larger tour in Europe over April and May!
Something Old, Something New
A very cool thing, 25 years in the making, happened yesterday in Ujpalota (Wee-pal-oat-a = "New Palace) a suburb of Budapest, Hungary.
The Pastor there, Gabor, met us with such enthusiasm! We found out that he had been following OM for many years. He is the man who discipled Attila Kapoc, the current Field Leader of Operation Mobilization in Hungary, when Attila first came to Christ many years ago. Gabor’s church building is brand new, and he was so excited to host us in his modern facility.
A Legacy To The Ends of the Earth
There is an idyllic town of around 1,200 people located near the South Saskatchewan River in the vast breadbasket of Canada. From this little place the beautiful believers there touch the ends of the earth. With an unprecedented percentage of their finances already going out, they also send their best, as parents support their incredibly gifted young-adult children heading off to the Mission Field.
65 years ago a man by the name of Oswald J. Smith started a missions conference in this little town of Waldheim, Saskatchewan, and that conference has been going every year since. I had the privilege of leading worship and sharing stories from the mission field at the missions conference, starting with a Sunday morning service in a park, playing with an awesome Canadian worship band from the flatbed of a semi-trailer.
From Saskatoon to Kabwe
(A wheelchair, a mosquito, and a long dangerous road…)
I’ve had some pretty crazy travel stories after being involved in global mission for the last 26 years, but rarely have I had a journey quite as hectic as this last one when it came to connections, length of time, and distance!
My task, should I choose to accept it, was to travel from Waldheim, Saskatchewan Canada, to Kabwe, Zambia, in as short a time as humanly possible. The reason? Two key events were backed up against each other on the calendar, and after praying about it (yeah, I’m gonna blame God for this one!), we sincerely felt that I was to be at both!