i thank You God for most this amazing…

Faith

i thank You God for most this amazing

by e.e. cummings

i thank you God for most this amazing
day :for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky ;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday ;this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings :and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any — lifted from the no
of all nothing — human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

I’ve taken a dive into the deep end on …

Ministry

I’ve taken a dive into the deep end on commitments this New Year. Tired of two few challenges last year, I agreed to some additional ones this year that are sure to keep me hopping. The biggies include:

  1. changing poopy diapers and speaking baby-talk in the mornings
  2. participating on the Union’s mission council and developing rural mission
  3. teaching a Practical English course every Wednesday at a local high school
  4. hosting the Tallinn city home group for Viimsi Church members

Together with family, preaching, Bible studies and the rest it’s going to be a stimulating mix I’m sure. Not a dull moment 🙂 I would sure appreciate your prayers as I attempt to keep all these balls in the air!

International Trafficking

Miscellaneous

I’m surfacing again after a long communication hiatus to let you all know about a prayer request we’ll be offering up for the next few weeks.

While driving outside of Tallinn with a friend of ours two weeks ago I came upon a police check point. They warned me about a broken tail light but in checing my papers they doubted the validity of my intenational drivers license. They gave me a temporary suspension of the license until the issue could be clarified so I’m currently relegated to the passenger seat – a minor inconvenience.

What is much more worrisome is that we’ve discovered that while the document normally expires a year from issue, in Estonia it is only valid for a year from issue of the holder’s residence permit. After this point, an Estonian driver’s license is necessary. Since my residence permit was issued in January of 2008, I was essentially caught driving without a license. While the situation seems understandable enough, we are quite worried because the police have been leveling large fines in order to make up for budget shortfalls. The largest this ticket could be is roughly 1,500 USD.

Please pray that the ticket will be as small as possible and that my preparations for the Estonian driver’s test will go quickly.

Vancouver Immersions

Faith, Opinion

This is a short reflection paper I wrote for a course entitled “Breaking the Chains: Resisting Structural and Personal Evil” taught by Bob Ekblad in Fall of 2005. Our assignment was to visit and observe a poor district and a business district of Vancouver for two hours each and to write a reflection paper on what forms of evil we observed during these immersions.