Sunday, April 20, 2008

I've been tagged by Karen Walden, so here goes:

(1) What I was doing 10 years ago

At that time I was director of Friends Of Missions, living in Columbus, Indiana.

(2) Five things to do today (make it tomorrow, since today is Sunday)

Write EFM's monthly prayer circle letter
Create the monthly prayer calendar to go with it
Take a call jointly with Daniel Melton to talk about his retirement plan
Mow our side yard, if it dries out
Prepare for missionary services this coming weekend in PA and Ohio

(3) Snacks I enjoy

Almost anything chocolate, especially donuts
Ice cream, esp. if chocolate is involved somehow
Mixed nuts
Corn Nuts (reminded by Andrew Bryan)
DQ Blizzards, esp. if I can get their German chocolate flavor and add chocolate cone dip
(Do you get the idea that I like chocolate?)

(4) If I were a billionaire

Pay off our house
Pay off Faith Mission Church's new building
Big offering to EFM and offerings to other missions
Significant help to my children
Big chunk into retirement

(5) Three bad habits I have

Not exercising enough
Procrastination of certain things, esp. clearing off my desks

(6) Five places I've lived

Phoenix, AZ (where I grew up)
Rockwood, TN (where I met and married Kathy)
San José, Costa Rica (where I studied Spanish)
Jalapa, Guatemala
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Columbus, IN
Bedford, IN (Yeah, I've tossed in a couple extra for good measure)

(7) Five jobs I've had

Delivered the morning newspaper through high school (Arizona Republic)
Janitor in an office building
Janitor in a high school (both of these working my way through Bible college)
Pastor, Rockwood, TN (twice)
Missionary, Guatemala and Dominican Republic
Missionary administration, FOM and EFM

(8) Five people I'd like to know more about

Marc Sankey
Rex McDowell II
Andrew Bryan
Stephen DeLong
Doug Hoffman

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Okay, okay, so more than two days have gone by. Sigh! Some people just have to take you seriously and then bug you when you don't live up to their expectations.

I won't mention any names, of course.

Just to give you something to look at, here's a picture of me eating Easter dinner in Bolivia with one of our oldest church members, a Quechua Indian man named Sebastián, who is 85 years old. The sun was pretty bright, so I was glad for my hat, and I experienced what Faith Hemmeter told me years ago: The sun shines brightly and may feel hot right on your body, but it doesn't really heat up the air around you in the high altitude, especially as winter is coming on.

Our meal consisted of fried chicken and boiled potatoes, a boiled plátano (frying banana), salad (which I didn't eat, since I didn't know if the lettuce had been properly cleaned), and Pepsi papaya. Chuckle on that one. We didn't have the fruit, papaya. In Bolivia, in the common parlance, a soft drink is called a papaya, they think because the very first soft drink in the country was of papaya flavor and had a picture of a papaya on the label. Of such odd instances are interesting language terms born.

No forks or spoons, as you can see, so we ate with the original utensils that God gave us. They're pretty efficient!