Tuesday, December 19, 2006

It's nearly time for Christmas

It is the last week of term here at The King's Lodge. The SBS are pouring through Matthew before they finish on Friday (22nd) for a two week break. Our DTS is preparing to leave for London Thursday (21st) to work with the homeless for 10 days, then fly off to Tanzania on outreach until mid-March. I was surprised to learn that Tanzania is one of the poorest nations in the world, and practical help brought with the good news of Jesus will make a profound impact.

We begin again 5th of January with another DTS starting as well as a 12-week Bible Core Course. The SBS continues into Term Two and will finish the New Testament before the end of January.

Our family Christmas will be spent here at The King's Lodge. Phil's mum and sister, Judy, will join us on Christmas Day, and we'll have a quiet family week. We are really looking forward to the calm.

Jonathan was the star of the school Chrismas play ... in our eyes at least. He was Citizen #7 and had one line. What a clever boy, and so handsome in his bath robe.

Elisa entered her secondary school's "create a Christmas card" contest, and yesterday she was awarded First Place! We wish now we had copied it before sending in the artwork, but hopefully we will see it again through some things produced by the school.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Phil's Trip to Chile

December 2, 2006

I (Phil) returned from Chile last Sunday, having spent two weeks at the YWAM center in Pichilemu. This town is the surfing capital of the country, swelling from about 8,000 people to 70,000 in the summer months. The YWAM work there is very involved with the local young people as well as having planted a church that meets Saturday evening. I traveled with a friend from my church here in the Midlands, Peter Bolton; we had a lot of fun, as well as a truly blessed time.

They run three schools there, a DTS, counseling school and a School of Biblical Studies (SBS) that I was there to speak on. It was a fun time, teaching the four wisdom books, Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and the Song of Solomon. It was the last two weeks of the school so we were able to celebrate with the Biblical Studies students the completion of nine months of having studied every book of the Bible, reading each book through about five times and then considering each paragraph, making their own notes as they work there way through. I was able to speak at the graduation, and share in the final barbeque, a great experience.

Mitch and Julie Anderson lead the work there. Mitch and Julie were on staff with me 22 years ago when I was in Hawaii. It was a pleasure to be able to visit with them and hear the "war stories", and see how they have grown in ministry over these past years. I especially enjoyed talking to the staff and others about the work of the SBS in Latin America. Life is not easy in countries that have so much corruption. The language difference was quite a barrier, but I was very pleased that good translators were on hand.

We like you all are preparing for Christmas, and all of the many celebrations that will be happening at this time. Also, I will be focusing on the few remaining essays I need to write to complete the final two modules before I tackle the dissertation to complete this eight year long degree I have been working on.

Linda and the family are doing well, Jonathan’s football team lost 5-2 this morning, but even so, he played an excellent match, and Elisa has just returned from cheerleading at the local football stadium.

Praying with my friend Mitch Anderson, the base director at the SBS Graduation ceremony
Participants at preaching and teaching seminar
Swimming Pool that is a service to the young people of the community, great outreach!