Saturday, January 27, 2007

Twenty Villages Washed Away

“Severe Flooding in Karonga, Malawi”, according to Action by Churches Together International (ACT)—an information network serving the humanitarian community. Twenty African villages near where CitiHope delivers food and medicine, have been washed away by the January floods. Here’s the story:

Geneva, 26 January 2007 - Flash floods have left thousands of people homeless and crops washed away in the Karonga district, about 300 km north of the capital Lilongwe, Malawi. According to KarongaDistrict Commissioner, more than 20 villages have been completely flattened by the floods.

In Karonga-Nyungwe, an area where ACT member Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP)Development Department of Synod of Livingstonia is present, more than 400 mm to 500 mm of rain fell for 10 hours non-stop from 22 to 23 January. Rains started at around 9a.m. from the eastern side to 1p.m. on 22 January. This was followed by a second phase of heavy downfall from the western side of the area, the Nyika highlands, causing the highlands to release a heavy flush of water flowing at avery high speed towards the affected villages. The flash floods have destroyed crops, houses,bridges and livestock.

A preliminary assessment by the ACT member in the affected villages in the area - Mchekacheka, Kaswera 1 and 2, Mlongoti, Mdoka, Maulunge and Masoyafwire - revealed that those whose houses have been destroyed are now homeless and have lost all their property including food, kitchen utensils,clothes and blankets. According to the assessment, the floods have destroyed approximately 77 hectares of maize fields.

The floods have also severely damaged rice and cassava fields. Households in Mchekacheka, forexample, have lost livestock such as chickens, pigs and cattle. It was difficult to have exact figures from other villages as roads linking to those villages are not functioning due to broken bridges caused by the floods. To date, affected families have not received any assistance apart from their neighbors helping them evacuate.

CCAP Development Department of Synod of Livingstonia intends to accompany the affected families in this time through the provision of food, inputs to replace the lost crops, shelter and kitchen utensils. CCAP Development Department of Synod of Livingstonia is further assessing the needs following the flood and has indicated that a Rapid Response Fund request may be submitted within the next few days.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hopegivers Mission Team Returns with Report


Hopegivers International's second mission team--consisting of Michael Glenn, Executive Director of Hopegivers (pictured above with Rev. Copeland and his extended family), Steve Green, Senior pastor, and 20 members of Osborne Baptist Church--completed their 8-day mission trip hosted by CitiHope. This their streaming video report:
http://www.osbornebaptist.com/index.php?ption=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=62

Hopegivers International and Osborne Baptist Church are major ministry partners of CitiHope International, and together we provide food and medicine to over 10,000 people in 40 community-based organizations.

CitiHope's next Mission Trip is March 4-15, 2007. When we are in Malawi, our tasks will include: setting up a second Hope Home with Rev. Copeland, choosing a village for a community well project, and conducting a PACCT conference for Pastors's Wives and other women in leadership roles in church and community. Stay tuned for daily Travel Blogs

Friday, January 19, 2007

Days 6-7 Travel Blog


Day 6

Team A started at the prison today and it was a powerful trip indeed. They have fewer inmates there now than last time, only about 150 total. It was still overwhelming, moving, and powerful to be there. Pastor Steve gave a wonderful sermon to the inmates. I prepped him before we spoke on MJC’s/Munthali’s opinion that as many as 40% or more are innocent and he preached right on target. Added to the mix this time was that there were little children there – two or three who were no more than toddlers. Their mothers had none to care for them outside of jail, and the orphanages are so overfull, the mothers are raising them in jail. It was hard to see.

Next we went to Mzuzu Central Hospital and gentlemen…it has been a while since I have been in a situation like this one. First off – the Taiwan Medical Mission, Dr. Joseph and all of them are simply amazing. Not only did they provide lunch for us, this day, but will be hosting all 17 Mzuzu team members for dinner on Wednesday night.

We went to the children’s ward, Dr. Bong gave us a brief orientation, and then as we went into the main ward and began speaking with the head doctor, a mother began to scream from the center of her heart. A baby who we had just seen had died. The team was blown away and unsure what to do – so I directed them all to a bed and said to begin praying for them. I then help Dr. Bong set up the screen and to confirm the child had died. It was a scene. The poor mom had to be dragged from her child and sat on the floor next to a child’s bed of a friend.

We got the team from that room to the next and then sat on the floor with the mother and held her as her friends spoke with her. No big words, no platitudes – I just held her. The team went to the next ward with children who have lymphoma. They have to close this ward soon due to lack of funding and lack of medicine. If they had the medicine, 50% of the children could survive. I then grabbed Pastor Steve and asked him to sit with the mother some more and pray for her.

After more singing, candy giving, and the normal fair – we then all donned plastic gowns and gloves and mopped the entire children’s ward – though, we all joked, not as effectively or as fast as the two nurses could have. We got lots of laughs from patients, nurses, and the children’s mothers. After a trip to the Rainbow Clinic, the team sat and sorted medicine into individual doses for HIV/AIDS patients with other staff members. We sorted 15,000 pills – a job that normally is done by Malawian volunteers – so it was a real help. Pastor Steve prayed over the pills, that each one would help the men, women, and children who received them.

Day 7

Today started early – around 6:30am for food delivery. We got the team out – consolidated into the bus, though it was sticky and hot and cramped – Pastor and I thought it would be fun to journey all together. On our way to the first location, a bicyclist in front of us crashed into someone else as he tried to pass him on the road. Oudriver could not help but hit one of the guys. I thought at first we ran him over, but thank God it was not so. He was a bloody mess. We gasped in shock and everyone just was stunned. I jumped from the back seat of the bus and ran out to the side of the road. I did my best to remember my field medicine training at Xavier, and it worked. I got some blood on me – so did our diver. Luckily, two of the women had gloves and gave them to me quickly through the windows.

I check his breathing, his eyes, checked for broken bones, lung punctures from broken ribs, and got him as stable as I could, but he was in shock. Ya-Mei got on the phone, called the ambulance and the police – but you know how that goes. I tried to clean the many wounds on his face and body. We got him on his stomach and in the sun to keep warm. A mini bus pulled up – we cleared the back and our driver and some villagers got him into the bus.

We then followed the minibus to the next town (Ekwendeni) and went to the police station. It looked like we were going to be spending the day explaining things to the magistrate, when a family member of this guy showed up with some of the villagers and said it was this guys’ fault – hands down. So, we made a statement and went to the hospital. I thought the guy was sure to have a concussion from the ooze coming from his ears. The ER doctor was impressed with our efforts and said he would take care of it from there as the gentleman was already being checked in.

At that point we had lost about 2 and a half hours – so we canceled the first part of the day and just headed off for the second location. The problem was that without air conditioning – the 2 hour drive in a crowded bus was difficult. I am proud to say not one, not for one moment, complained. We joked and laughed and had a blast, though we were all pretty much miserable. We got to the distribution location and it was this tiny little orphan care center out in the middle of no where. Most had never seen an American before and many of the children were screaming in fear (literally) because the were a) hungry, b) scared of white people, and c) thought we might take them away.

So, we tried to clam them down and after greeting the village chief, we unloaded the 100 cartons of soup for these 60 some children (about 5000 meals). Ya-Mei and I then got the women of the village together. While the rest of the team played soccer, sang songs, handed out candy to the children, etc., we explained how to prepare the soup, noted the 6-day boaster meals, and how to transition into a once a day supplement. We also focused on their ability to add whatever ingredients they would like to add for taste. It was good.

We then headed home and on the way, stopped off at the hospital to check on the guy we hit. We decided to buy him a new bike to pick up at the mission center he has recovered. It felt good to know that God put me here on this trip to do more than hold hands… I feel like God really flowed through me and helped me take charge when it was needed.

As it always is – the mission trip was magical. Each moment was blessed and important and just ordained by God. Though I am ready to come home and have done much – it will be sad to go. I am sorry these E-mails are so long. I don’t know if I am journaling or writing the two of you any more… but thanks for you patience in reading through it. Tomorrow go to the lake to relax and do a little de-fraging. Take care guys – I love and respect you much.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Days 4-5

Day 4

Well, power has been off and on and after two days with no internet. I am sorry there have been no reports. According to the teams, today went very well. I was with group A to here Pastor Steve preach in church – it was anointed indeed!

I had lunch with Dr. Gaston and his family, and also met with Vivian, a member of PACCT committee and a mother with AIDS. She begged me to help her finish building her orphanage and for CHI to fund her ministry… It was hard to look her in the eyes and tell her we could not do so, but better that than making promises we can’t keep.

Day 5

Today was a banner day as I prayed it would be. Team A visited FOMCO and it was a big time experience for them. As always, Violet [the director] was a tremendous blessing. She had the women singing, dancing, and the kids were a treat. They spent the whole day there and Pastor Steve and Michael Glenn had many ideas about how they could help.

Team B went to Rev. Mumba’s Kutemwa Orphan Care facility. We helped make soup for the children, I had them help wash the children’s hands, then sit on the floor with them and eat our soup. I then ran off to check on Team A, but apparently they had a 1.5-hour jam session with the teens. The US guys played guitar and a cool shaker and the Malawians played African drums and sang. It was pretty cool from what I hear. They prayed with some of the sick villagers and had a drama performed for them.

I met with the PACCT committee and they are looking forward to the next training in March which will be for women.

Hopegiver’s Michael Glenn and I then visited Pastor Copeland and his HopeHome. He had 16 kids there and 2 students who are being supported by the project. Had a classroom and personal expressions of gratitude from the children. What a worthy project to support.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Day 3

This was a tough day folks… The team almost mutinied when they got to the guest lodge… I checked it out and the rooms seemed fine (same place the pastors stayed for PACCT). I explained that it was a cost to benefit thing and that they were saving close to 2,500 bucks this way, but that it was their decision to make. So, tonight, after their last assignment, the team decided to go back to the hotel. With the long days, power outages today and the thunderstorms – it has been a difficult trip so far.

Team B was really happy with the events of the day. There was weeping and singing, hugs and kisses, and high fives all over the place.

Team A did not have a good day today. Apparently there is too much “talking to us about the same things” rather than letting them ‘do something’ and ‘getting a lot done’. So, everyone is tired and frustrated. At our last stop, I thought two-thirds of the group would pass out from the boredom of having to hear one more time how bad AIDS is in Malawi and what people are trying to do about it. Still, the group is hanging tough and trying not to complain. Volunteers like to fix things and make a difference. Helplessness is hard to take.

Yet, I feel God is doing a big thing in their hearts and making this whole thing come together. After returning to the hotel and a brief word on the ministry of presence and listening, everyone’s spirits were raised.

Team D left for Livingstonia this morning and Ya-Mei tracked them throughout the day. The pastor and congregation are excited about hosting them and emotions are running high. The school and the hospital already are putting them to good use. Thank you, Jesus.

What is encouraging is that the groups are beginning to get a sense of vision for Malawi. Everyone has on their heart a desire to do something more, and ideas to make it happen – from supplying the school with the things they need, to helping finish a building at one of the churches, to coming with a team of logging experts to train the local people how to not just cut the trees with greater efficiency, but also to teach re-forestation as a part of a business model and to provide the equipment they need to do so. Yeah team.

I also went to visit Gabriel. He is in bad shape with malaria and I will be very surprised if he checks back in before the end of the trip. The group sent over some power bars, a few jugs of juice, and he has all the medicine he needs.

So, that is the news today from Lake Malawi. First down is over, three more to play. I am going to put some more points on the board.

Paul

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Day 2

Hopegivers Mission Trip Day 2

The mission group from NC is an amazing group of "dare-saints", as my father would say. They haven't blinked even though Malaria is breaking out here and the road to Livingstonia is apparently "more treacherous than ever" due to all the rain.

Sometimes I forget how incredibly good our teams are, here and around the world, at crafting such incredible programs. I have coined a new phrase now, "Sobol-esque" - it means the program is flowing so smoothly, it is as though Mikhail Sobol [CitiHope’s Country Representative in Belarus] is running the tour. I am doing my best to exhibit that same spirit with me as I help our 22 guests feel at home here in Malawi. I have even used some of his famous jokes to get people on and off the busses on time! So things are going very well here!

Still, we do have some sad news, Gabriel has come down with Malaria and his sister's husband recently died. Rev. Munthali just got out of the hospital with it, so the rainy season means Malaria risk for our brothers and sisters in Malawi. Still, we come against all sickness in the name of Jesus. .

Ya-Mei is doing great, as always, and only one thing can explain the amazing blessing she and her husband has been to our program here – God! Our new staff person, Dennis, is doing a great job and putting his previous experience in a travel agency to good use. We also have a new cook here at the Mission Center, Taxom. His mission, apparently, is to send me home 10 pounds heavier than when I came - because he is cooking like a master chief. Last of all we have Siso and Mickey, our two "watch dogs" who are much bigger than Paul and Tamara's Toby. They bark a lot, and the joke among the staff is that if they are not careful, the Sr. VP will fire them... I had no idea I had such a "mean guy" reputation. :)

Today our teams visited schools, churches, and woman's guild project, and are having a very positive experience thanks to your fellow staff here in Malawi. I shared with them the story of CitiHope's origins in Belarus and all God has done though us all. The tears in their eyes confirms all that God has done. Even as I speak the words it is hard to believe that CitiHope, our small and sometimes cracked vessel, has been used so powerfully to pour out much blessing. God is good.

We have a busy week ahead, so keep us in your prayers. All of the food containers are here and we are on track for a great mission. I am forever honored to represent you all. I will do my best. I know we are making a huge difference, by God's grace, and I am certain we have much more ahead. I love and miss you all - I am praying for you too!

Your servant in Him

Paul II

Friday, January 12, 2007

Hopegivers Team Arrives Safely

Hopegivers International is one of CitiHope's major ministry partners and sponsors of the missionin Malawi. Last year they helped us deliver emergency food to 10,000 people and start the first HopeHome. This year, they hope to do more.

Earlier this week a 22-member delegation of Hopegivers departed for Malawi for a 10-day mission trip to assist CitiHope in carrying out its food distribution and medical aid programs in Mzuzu and Livingstonia. Facilitated by WorldHope Corps, the mission team is sponsored by Hopegivers International and Osborne Baptist Church in NC as part of their on-going support of the CitiHope Malawi mission to orphans and abandoned children at risk for AIDS.

Paul Moore, II, Senior Vice President of CitiHope International, is leading the team in their various ministry assignments, and is filing daily email reports from the field. Here’s his first:

Emails from the Field:

Greetings from our wonderful mission center here in downtown Mzuzu. Wow, how different the rainy season is in January than the dry of September. Everything is so green and lush, it’s like being in a different country. People seem generally more optimistic when things are growing. Still sad to see the little boys selling roasted mice along the road.

The Mission Team from North Carolina and VA are a good hearted, patient and motivated group. All things considered – with 22 people and all the logistics that goes with that – our first day was great. Gabriel and Dennis were at the airport to greet us with colorful lays and had everything set up to receive us.

The last of our sea containers of food products came in yesterday, so things are running smoothly. We will be doing a day of food distribution later in the week which should be very fun for the whole team.

Tomorrow we start the day with breakfast here at the compound, orientation, and then the four teams hit the road for our various assignments. We have our PACCT committee meeting on Monday to plan the next training event

I am doing well and will keep you updated daily.

Paul II

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Next Mission Trip in March


Applications are now being accepted to participate in a
WorldHope Corps Mission Trip to Malawi, Africa (March 4-14, 2007)

Sponsored by: CitiHope International and WorldHope Corps

Led by: Dr. Michael J. Christensen, Africa Regional Director, CitiHope International

DATES: Depart JFK on Sunday, March 4 for Johannesburg to arrive in Lilongwe, Malawi, on March 5; Return on Wednesday, March 14, and arrive JFK early on March 15 (11 days). Optional 2-day extension in South Africa (March 15-17)

Destination: Malawi, a small land-locked, developing country of 12 million people bordering Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, is particularly vulnerable to famine and disease, and suffers from extreme poverty and AIDS. The Trip in March will carry out its mission in and around Mzuzu City and Livingstonia in Northern Malawi, where CitiHope Malawi operates its relief and development programs. The CitiHope Malawi Mission Center is located in the heart of Mzuzu City.

Mission: CitiHope International began medical aid and food security programs in 2003, in partnership with the Presbyterian Synod of the Livingstonia—the spiritual legacy of David Livingstone. By supplying protein-fortified nutrition supplements to meals prepared for orphans and abandoned children, delivering life-saving medicine to hospitals and rural clinics, and providing Pastoral and Congregational Care Training (PACCT) in AIDS prevention and pastoral care in communities suffering from AIDS, CitiHope staff and volunteers are able to provide help and raise hope in Malawi.



Focus: Humanitarian Assistance / Social Justice / Relational Ministry / Project Work. We will engage in relational and supportive activities with vulnerable children and families in some of the 40 social service and medical institutions supported by CitiHope International. We will also explore with local experts some social justice issues affecting Malawians, including the AIDS pandemic, extreme poverty and tropical disease, and globalization.



Activities: Specifically, we will engage in daily mission activities with CitiHope staff and CitiHope ministry partners: 1) We will visit three Orphan Care Centers and help feed 300+ Malawian orphans (toddlers thru teenagers) and abandoned children their daily meal, and join them in recreational and educational activities; 2) We will deliver medicine and medical supplies to hospitals and visit patients in rural clinics. 3) We will visit prisoners in Mzuzu and deliver needed soup and soap. 4) We will drive up the mountain to tour the historic missionary compound of Livingstonia, visit the hospital and schools, and learn about the 19th century Scottish mission work of David Livingstone and Robert Laws. And we will worship with our Malawian brothers and sisters on Sunday in church.

Reverse Mission: Our service team will focus its activities on being fully present to human need resulting in “reverse mission.” By focusing our mission of help and hope on being with the poor and vulnerable, we hope to fulfill a ministry of presence (God’s presence through us) which may result in our own spiritual transformation. Henri Nouwen calls this “reverse mission.” In encountering the rich spirit of Christ in those whom we would serve, we ourselves are transformed in the process. One way to prepare for the trip is to read Henri Nouwen’s book Gracias to deepen our understanding of “reverse mission.” Other reading material will be recommended to team members preparing for the trip.

Accommodations: In Johannesburg, on the way to Malawi, we will stay overnight in a Holiday Inn near the airport. In Malawi, we will stay together in a Guest House near the CitiHope Mission Center in Mzuzu. In Livingstonia, we will also stay in Guest Houses. Most rooms are double rooms, simple and clean, with shared bathrooms. Single supplements are available if needed.

Meals: Group meals in Malawi are included in the price of the trip. Meals in transit, including the overnight in Johannesburg and in Lilongwe are extra.

Cost: $1000 per person for in-country expense, plus the cost of international travel (est. $2,000 on South African Air). Malawi in-country expense includes: transportation minibus, guest house accommodations and group meals. Thus, the total estimated budget for this 11-day trip to Africa is $3,000.

Cost of Optional 2-day Extension in South Africa (March 15-17): $500
Includes: airport transportation, 2 nights hotel stay in Johannesburg and one-day motor tour of Soweto, Mandela House, and city centre.

Funding: Although no scholarships are available from WorldHope Corps, team members are encouraged to request mission funds from their local church which can be channeled through CitiHope International. CitiHope also has offered to support individual or group fund-raising efforts by receiving designated mission trip contributions and issuing tax-deductible receipts for donations. A sample “appeal letter” is available by request that can be adapted and sent to family members and friends. Other mission team fund-raising ideas are available from WorldHope Corps to reduce personal out-of-pocket costs.

Availability: Limited to 12 mission-minded people, with priority given to individual donors to CitiHope and official representatives of local churches and organizations that help sponsor CitiHope programs in Malawi.

Who Should Participate? Mission-minded people of good faith and good will who share a concern for orphans and widows in Africa and who want to do their part to help end extreme poverty and AIDS in the world in our lifetime. Visit www.one.org to see how well you resonate with this faith-based approach to service in the world, and consider joining the One campaign. Also visit Dr. Christensen’s mission blog: http://malawi-mission.blogspot.com

Those who cannot go on this particular trip but want to participate in the mission through financial support are invited to donate to CitiHope International at www.citihope.org

Deposit Required: A $500 deposit with application is required by January 31 to reserve a space, with the total amount due for airfare before February 15. The final balance is due by March 1.

Disclaimers: CitiHope International is prepared to receive and host visiting groups to Malawi, but accepts no corporate liability for mission team organization, travel or activities. WorldHope Corps is an unincorporated agency that helps facilitate mission and service trips for CitiHope International and other charitable organizations.

Next Step: Applications (available via email) must be completed and returned before Wednesday, January 31, 2007, with the $500 deposit payable to CitiHope International, c/o Dr. Michael Christensen, 11 Ardsleigh Dr., Madison, NJ 07940. The group will meet once in February to discuss final trip preparations and assess team dynamics before departing for Africa on March 4. For further information, visit: www.worldhopecorps.org

Dr. Christensen may be contacted at info@worldhopecorps.org or 973-408-3738.

Prayerfully count the cost and consider joining us.
It will change your life and make a difference in the world!


Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year from Bermuda


The Isle of Bermuda is a fine place to be between Christmas and New Year’s. It is a plesant 68 degrees outside, the water in the Bay is blue and clear, the sand at the beach pink and clean. We're stayaing in a wonderful condominium on loan to us from friends for some rest and relaxation. Our family of four has enjoyed leisurely mornings to read, afternoons to walk and explore, and evenings to watch old movies on a wide DVD screen. And lots of down time for shared meals and conversation.

Tonight, we reviewed our busy year of too much travel, and identified some highs and lows. Though it sounds exhausting, as I’m sure it was, the year 2006 was filled with fabulous moments of meaningful ministry and family fun. For the record, since I'm a blogger, here’s a re-cap of the year:

We began 2006 in Times Square on the roof of the Lamb’s Church watching the ball drop and confetti fall on the masses below. The next week Rebecca traveled to sunny Florida to start the course work for her Doctor of Ministry degree. In February, while I was in Korea, Rebecca and the girls took a road trip as far south as Kentucky.

In March Rachel turned ‘sweet sixteen’ and we had a party. Turning 16 also meant getting her learner’s permit with a year to practice before getting her license.

April took us to San Diego to celebrate a bunch of family events: Megan’s coming of age party with the cousins, Grandpa Val’s 80th birthday, and an early college graduation party for Amber, our niece.

In May, Megan played an orphan in “Little Orphan Annie.” For Memorial Day we headed to Denver to witness nephew Jeff’s high school graduation and a Rocky Mountain High 50th wedding anniversary for Rebecca’s parents.

In June, our new Henri Nouwen book, Spiritual Direction, was published by HarperCollins to lovely reviews and good sales. We’ve enjoyed leading groups and retreats on the book. Available at Barnes and Noble or (at a 30% discount) from www.Amazon.com

In July, Rebecca took an intensive set of classes at Drew, while Rachel and I returned to Bolivia on a church mission trip, and Megan spent two weeks at SBTW Camp in Pennsylvania.

August took us all to Maine for a vacation week with friends. We had some perfect days on the edge of Moosehead Lake swimming, hiking, looking for moose and roasting marshmallows. We stopped in Boston on the way home to visit colleges for Rachel.

Back to school in September. Rachel is a junior, and Megan is in eighth grade. Rachel ran cross-country for the first time. (What stamina she showed.) Megan played soccer and her team had a winning record this year.

Michael started a sabbatical in September and traveled to Malawi, Africa, to train pastors on issues of HIV/AIDS in the churches, and deliver food and medicine to hospitals and orphan care centers. (see Sept Travel Blogs)

In October Rebecca and I were invited back to San Francisco for a gala event at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Golden Gate Community, Inc., the urban mission Michael started on a shoestring in 1981. Now a 4.5 million dollar social service agency, Golden Gate Community still welcomes at-risk youth who find help and hope. We greeted former and current staff and supporters and found the reunion deeply gratifying. (see October 26 blog)

November started with an overnight trip to Washington, D.C. for a second college tour. Then we flew to San Diego where Rebecca and I were each awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Point Loma Nazarene University.
While in SoCal we zipped down to Baja overnight to eat fish tacos and fresh lobster, ride horses on the beach and watch the pelicans dive into the water. (Really, that’s what you do in Baja!) We also had the rare chance to have Thanksgiving with the Christensen clan in San Diego.

In December, Megan got her braces off! She continues taking jazz dancing, piano and is one of the managers of the boy’s basketball team. Rachel is on the swim team and babysitting, and volunteering with the residents of our assisted-living neighborhood facility. I went to Dallas, Houston and D.C. for meetings while Rebecca stayed busy at the church with advent activities. Finally, on Christmas Day, we all flew to Bermuda to rest and relax from a long year of travel.

We know we have a problem, but it’s really, really hard to stop...



What’s in store for 2007?

Our New Year's Resolution is to travel less and enjoy home more. (We’ll see how it all works out.)

I plan to return to Malawi in March to train youth leaders. If you're interested in joining the mission team, visit www.worldhopecorps.org or contact info@worldhopecorps.org

Rebecca and I have been invited to Korea in April to conduct a 3-day retreat for Methodist Pastor and Wives’ on the Korean language edition of our 'Spiritual Direction’ book.

We’re also anticipating a two-week family vacation in McCall, Idaho in August.

Otherwise, we think we'll be home.

Tonight, we are wishing you a joyful New Year filled with many blessings.

If you’ll click on the link below, I know you will enjoy what you see and hear.

http://llerrah.com/newyearwishes.htm


michael