Thursday, June 21, 2018

52 Years of Friendship

50 Years of Marriage - June 15, 2018
I was much younger then.  Just a kid really.  Standing at one end of a gymnasium with my roommate in my second year at a small Midwestern college.  Assessing the first year female students when I leaned my head in the direction of Dale and mutter, "See that blond girl over there?  In the purple pants?  I'm going to date her this year."

Arrogant.  Okay, minimally cocky.  Presumptuous. Young.  Just a boy really.

There was no thought of a budding relationship that would grow and develop into a half century of covenant that would be the most important human relationship of my life.

Her name was Pamela Jean Wilson.  From Dixon, Illinois.  Petite.  Cute. A bit aloof.  With a boyfriend back home.

But, just like Adam had with Eve all those years ago, I had that same "Wow!" attraction that would motivate me to climb any mountain, swim any sea, overcome any opposition, and remove any obstacle so that Pam and Paul would become an item.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Joy Of Being a Bit Player

Human beings are story-driven.

Millions of short stories are unfolding right now all over the world.  Occasionally one of the stories revolve around you or me.  More often than not we are discovering the elation or sadness that erupts with one of those stories that happens with someone else.

And ... once in a while, we may be called on to be a "bit player" in someone else's dynamic story.

BIT PLAYER:   a person with a very small acting role with few lines to speak ... a person or thing with a very small part in something

Nearly five year ago, I had the privilege to be called on to be a pit player in a story that now moves me in more ways than I can express.

I'll let the principle character recount a life paragraph from her story ... here ... in her own words.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Take That One Step

Conventional wisdom can be an advantage on some occasions but, depending on the collective opinions of the majority, it may prevent radical obedience to the nudge of God to take the road less traveled.

May we suggest that you do more than dip your toes in the surface of the water?

May we recommend that you take the plunge and exercise an untamed faith that gives you the courage to pursue what others may consider too risky?

May we invite you to leave the somewhat predictable context of your life in America to travel literally half way around the world to pursue an adventure that could be life changing?

ONE STEP is a residential, intercultural, mentoring course that takes place in the African nation of Uganda.  It is a 12 week one-in-a-lifetime experience that could rock your world and take you where you never dreamed possible.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One Person At A Time

Often circumstances are pregnant with opportunity.  Sometimes a lack of preparation results in missing those opportunities.

As a result of growing relationships with many of the staff at International Hospital Kampala, a doctor volunteered to come from Kampala to Jinja on a Saturday and conduct a FREE clinic.  He had become aware of the help Next Generation Ministries (NGM) has provided people with health needs and he wanted to contribute without any recognition or compensation.

A date was set and word got out that my compound would be a site for free consultations, diagnosis, and treatment for children and teenagers.  The day came and so did the kids!  It was exciting to partner with someone who is as gifted as this surgeon ... motivated simply by love and the health welfare of children.

I may have known a few of those who sought our help that day, but for the most part they came because they heard of the opportunity and not because of relationship.   However, out of those circumstance an opportunity presented itself and three years later we are applauding what it has yielded.

This blog is about the individual that came for medical attention but stayed for a relationship.