предложение пойдешь

16 01 2013

предложение пойдешь… that’s the prepositional case, or what I’ve been trying to learn the past couple days. I’ve got Russian nouns and adjectives mixed about in my head, homework exercises to do, vocabulary and word-endings to memorize to try and straighten everything out, so that I can actually use the prepositional case when listening and talking with people.

If it sounds difficult, that’s cause it can be, but mostly that’s because its new and not my native language. Pray that I keep focused, study hard, rest well, and enjoy time with new friends every week. Ask God to give me understanding of the language I’m acquiring through the work I’m putting into learning it.

спасибо большое!      spasiba bol’shoye – many thanks!


ora et labora

30 03 2011

My support raising calendar is filling up.  Its not full–there’s still room for me to meet with you if we haven’t already (email me), but I’ve definitely got more meetings scheduled than a few weeks ago.

God is working through your prayers.  I asked you to pray, and to give.  You’re praying, otherwise I don’t think I’d have all of the following Ukraine meetings scheduled: a small group presentation in an hour tonight, meeting with a couple tomorrow evening, a lunch-time presentation for any interested coworkers this Friday, another small group presentation Sunday, meeting with friends in Knoxville Monday, another small group presentation the next Tuesday here in Chattanooga, and then a Wed. night presentation to my old church in Atlanta from my Georgia Tech days.  Thank you, and please keep praying.

If you noticed, there’s a big gap in my schedule there: next Tuesday through the following Monday, April 11th.  Pray that I’ll find people to meet with, individuals, couples, and small groups.  Pray that those people with whom I’ll meet decide to give generously to partner in sending me to Kiev.  Pray that they tell me or MTW a specific monthly pledge before April 15th.  Just think: they could be the very means God answers our prayers that I reach 60% by the 15th.  Have you made your pledge yet?

Ora et labora. Pray and work.  The Benedictine monks knew something about steady work over time, and over hundreds of years the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ transformed Europe from an appendage of Asia into a powerful center of culture and science that brought much good into the world.    Yet for the monks, their primary calling wasn’t to transform the culture, but to faithfulness in their writing, in their gardening, in their library, in their vespers, in the cultural tasks God called them to.  Sure, they bought into a lot of problematic theology, such as religious callings being better or more valuable than secular, but they got at least two things right: life should center on the grace of God in Jesus Christ (hence their motto, “Pax” or “Peace”), and we’re called to work as well as to pray.  God gives us work, and there’s value in doing that work well, for its sake, because it is a gift from God.

So where does that leave you and me?  We’ve a two part task: to pray and work.  If you’re committed to partnering with me and already praying, thanks!  Are you working?  Are you pursuing your calling faithfully before God?  Have you considered giving of the resources God’s given you to help sent me to Kiev?  I’m working reduced engineering hours and increased support raising for Ukraine: writing, emailing, calling, and telling people how God is building his kingdom in Kiev.  Pray and work with me as we long to see God’s kingdom come, here and in Ukraine.

shifting gears to accelerate

8 06 2010

With its five-speed manual transmission and turbo diesel injection engine, I love shifting through my Jetta’s gears to aid acceleration as I merge into high-speed traffic on the interstate. I especially love driving it with the windows down and sunroof open, just before dusk, when the setting sun casts its red glow across the sky. There’s exhilaration in acceleration.

I’m accelerating my Kiev support raising work, and I want you to share in my exhilaration: God is building his kingdom in Kiev, in your city, and in our hearts!  Are you caught up in the excitement of his kingdom’s coming?

Up to this point my pace has been slower than I’d intended, but now I’ve got most of the tools in place to pick up the pace of letters, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings, inviting you to consider giving to support God’s building his kingdom in Kiev by sending me there.

Recently I’ve been reading and reflecting on Proverbs each morning while eating my breakfast. There’s lots of practical, day-to-day wisdom and encouragement in verses like these:

“Prepare your work outside;
get everything ready for yourself in the field,
and after that build your house.” (24:27)

“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.” (28:19)

I’m comforted when I remember that its the favor of the Lord that establishes the work of my hands. In other words, this process of raising support is yet another glimpse of his grace working in my life, another angle on the diamond-sparkling glory of Jesus.

With approximately seven months until my target date of full funding by Orthodox Christmas on January 7, 2011, I have a lot of work ahead of me. I need your:

  1. prayers for diligence to pursue my work in the time God’s given me
  2. participation when I call or meet with you; and
  3. prodding (encouragement) to keep building my team of supporters.

There’s a lot of work in front of me right now, and the task looks pretty daunting. Yet as I shift gears, I’m reminding myself that the real work, the work behind the work, is already done: Christ Jesus died, and was resurrected bodily to life, securing my rest in him. Because of his work, I can be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that my work in him is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

And that frees me to enjoy the wind as I accelerate through the gears, perhaps on my way to meet with you face-to-face.