Saturday, September 29, 2007
I intend to find out the history of the place and will then share it with you. It is a missions only Bible college with the largest missions focused library in Europe (those who know my reading habits know that will cause severe difficulties for me :)). There is a mannequin with an outfit from Hudson Taylor's missions in China in the library. It is intentionally nondenominational. For instance, Sunday services are not offered on site, but rides are arranged to local congregations. Students are often intentionally assigned to churches that are very different from what they are used to. This can be useful, as missionaries are often sent to areas to work with Christians coming from many backgrounds. Fulltime students are assigned to practical ministry projects to work within congregations and ministries in the community (I won't be, as I am only here for 10 weeks). So anyway, here are a few images from around campus.
I tried a different area of the property for a walk.
The picture below doesn't really do it justice. There are logs on the ground where people can sit and reflect or pray (two people are there in the photo), and the view of miles of rolling hills is quite immense.
Do you think that the pine cone balls or gumballs in Louisiana are bad? Not sure what this British version is, but it looks painful.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I heard a new song...which I liked.
by Tim Hughes
God in my living
There in my breathing
God in my waking
God in my sleeping
God in my resting
God in my working
God in my thinking
God in my speaking
Be my everything (4x)
God in my hoping
There in my dreaming
God in my watching
God in my waiting
God in my laughing
God in my weeping
God in my hurting
God in my healing
Christ in me
Christ in me
Christ in me the hope of glory
You're my everything
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I arrived at the college Sunday afternoon and classes began bright and early Monday. Unsuspecting, as soon as I put my bags in my room, I was asked, "Do you want to go for a walk with us?" We returned over two hours later just in time to go to dinner. I'm not sure exactly where we went - through woods, fields, over bridges and into a village (may have been the village of Ware - pronounced "where") - but there was nothing for me to do except keep following if I wanted to get back to where we came from.
The buildings are old and really something to see (will post photos another time). The classes so far are interesting, and I thought that I would just post tidbits from what happens or quotables. While this college has degree programs, I am enrolled in a special 10 week course for those going directly to the mission field (just happens to have been recently designed by a couple of missionaries to Nepal, who happen to have done work at Anandaban (and know Murdo and the wife has a PhD in Molecular biology) and just happen to be here to observe the course so they can develop an online version). This week's focus is on "Who am I?" - biblical perspective and personality/learning style tests to advance our team making abilities.
- We need to be a community of learners. Student drivers with a learner's permit here must have an "L" sign clearly visible in their car. One of the teachers says this "Learning" symbol can also be a symbol of a vertical relationship to learn from God and and a horizontal relationship to learn from other people. We need both connections to be in a good position to learn.
- Elijah and his retreat to the mountain was used to investigate identity and mission issues. God knew the answers, yet twice He asked Elijah, "Why are you here?" using very intimate, soft language. What was his life context? He was an introvert, prone to depression yet thrust into a life of public ministry to people who really did not want to hear it. He comes to a place of crisis - time of judgment - in between success and failure in ministry. He runs. Advice says don't run from your problem, but often times we do. God meets Him, but doesn't give theological answers right away. He feeds him. In Jewish life, theology often comes from food. God then sends Elijah on the path where Israel started - the wilderness and Horeb - but he will meet God in a new way. There God says in a very soft, intimate and gentle whisper, "What's happening? What's going on?" God knows, so why does He ask...twice? To see things from God's perspective. Circumstances and crises are not about things - everything is about, to and through Him. So God asks Elijah gently, "Tell Me, what is going on?" God comes close, very close and gives Elijah a new calling, function and commission - to train people, anoint kings, to be a faithful servant to equip others. Elijah's role was changing, bringing new challenges and roles.
- So here are some points to think about - meditate on:
- So, what is your context? Into what circumstances has your life been drawn?
- What crisis are you facing? What decisions are you having to make?
- What are you doing here? What are you doing here in this position now with God?
- How does God come close to you?
- How do you hear Him? How do you know His call?
- What is God commissioning you to do?
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
On Monday, we began orientation along with Suchita (from India, receiving 3yr finance training here in London), Linda (Dutch, leaving for a 1yr physiotherapist internship in India), Margretha (Dutch, personal assistant in the Dutch National Council offices), and Ranjit (works in community development in Dehli offices).
We went out on Tuesday evening to Central London, walked about Piccadilly Circus and ate at a mexican restuarant. It was the first time to eat mexican food for many of them, except for myself and a Jenny, who works in HR and is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The cheese was something more european, so nachos were a bit "different". The picture below includes (left to right) Joanna, who also works in the TLM HR department, in the foreground and then Jenny, Margretha, Ranjit and Suchita.
Sorry, I do not have pictures of the actual training times. Too busy then paying attention. :) I will probably be moving to the student quarters at the college this weekend. Lectures begin bright and early Monday morning. The course will end on Dec 1, after which I will then fly to Kathmandu for language school, which will definitely be a longterm prayer topic. Have you seen their alphabet?? http://www.omniglot.com/writing/nepali.htm