It is impossible to reconcile with the New Testment the view which seems to be more or less accepted among the majority of church leaders, that while missionary work is an admirable thing to do, within reasonable limits, it is not something without which the church simply falls to the ground. We must say bluntly that when the Church ceases to be a mission, then she ceases to have any right to the titles by which she is adorned by the New Testament.
Just as we insist that a Church which has ceased to be a mission has lost the essential character of a Church, so we must also say that a mission which is not at the same time truly a Church is not a true expression of the divine apostolate. An unchurchly mission is as much a monstrosity as an unmissionary Church.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Kristen and I outside an old Belgian monastery which is still active
Some buildings surrounding the Markt (the main square in the city)
Belgian Waffle. Get in my belly!!
There are canals that run all throughout the city. cool huh!!
This is a place called 'the Burg' with the belfry tower in the background. For 8 EU you can go up into the tower. There was kind of a long line so we nixed that.
Friday, January 23, 2009
In other news, tomorrow we are taking a train to Bruges since we have a free day. Bruges is reportedly the best preserved medieval city in Europe. Should be fun!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
As Christians we should disciple our non-believing friends and evangelize our believing brothers and sisters
In the afternoon I went into Brussels to do one of the assignments we've been given called an ethnographic observation. So I spent about two hours observing the the people in the train station to learn more about Belgians. I was able to observe how they act, dress, what they drink at the cafe, who they are, etc. It was a good time. Really!!
Ok, well I need to go to bed as I was up way too late last night watching the Eagles game at the local Irish pub in town. There are a couple other guys from the Philly area so it was fun to hang out with them for the evening. Au revoir!!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The Church service begins at 2 in the afternoon and usually lasts for about 2 hours followed by a meal afterward. We hear that the meal is usually a traditional Persian meal which I can't wait to experience! About 30-35 people attend each Sunday.
The Pastor said that we will probably be served by the Church more than we can serve the Church. But, he said perhaps the most important thing we could do throughout the next month for their Church is to pray for the individual people we develop relationships with and to be faithful examples of mature Christians. So, please pray that we could love our Iranian brothers and sisters as we worship and fellowship with them throughout the next month.
I am really really looking forward to meeting them and praising our great God together tomorrow!!
A team building exercise. Logistics Analysis. That's what we did today! This morning beginning at 9 am we received an assignment which was designed to help us work as a team to accomplish a task in a situation in which we haven't had any experience or knowledge.
Sooo, our task was to plan a 3 day itinerary for a short-term missions team coming to Brussels. We had to learn as much about Belgium as we could and plan a 3 day itinerary to show them the city of Brussels, it's culture, food, nightlife, economy, history, transportation system, museums, monuments, Churches and their gospel ministry. The best part about all of this is that we don't have any experience with Brussels so we had to learn it all ourselves while planning a 3 day itinerary!
It was a great experience even though a bit tense! Here are some pictures of the Grand Plaza in Central Brussels.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
In Christ's Joy,
Saturday, January 10, 2009
So we thought we would write a few posts about our initial experiences here in Kiev since we've been here for a week now. Since I'm (Garrett) a weather kind of guy I'll write about that.
For the most part the temperature has been around -10 Celsius during the day and down to -20 at night. Although now it is warmer and is closer to 0 Celsius. It's generally cloudy, although we had one day of clear skies and sunshine. Usually it snows a little bit each day which is cool!!
The clouds seem to generally move from west to east and our windows face to the south which means when the sun is out we get lots of sunshine flooding through our flat's windows! Of course I've only been here for a week so it could all change...
Friday, January 2, 2009
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.