I will be spending a week at Jubilee Partners, a rural community that is dedicated to helping refugees learn how to adjust to our culture. I will be responding to their many invitations over the years to visit them and will be giving four presentations while in Georgia. Pray we may come to realize anew how God is using people to bring justice and peace in this world of violence from the sharings.
I will also visit two nephews, one of which I haven’t seen for 30 or 40 years. That will be a special reunion.
Since Lyn’s request for our separation one and a half years ago I have been part of the 11 member household called “The Clearing” at Reba Place Mennonite Fellowship. It has been a wonderful haven for me during this very painful time. It has made me feel this is what the church should be about – supporting each other in such times of deep pain. I am very grateful to feel safe and supported.
The Clearling Household I help Bob, in the lower right, in exchange for part my room and board.
I am also glad to say that Lyn and I have friendly visits fairly often.
Please pray for us, our four kids, and four grandkids that we all might have peace through our adjustment to the separations.
Thank you very much for your prayers,
During a recent trip to Plow Creek, where I farmed for 20 years, I was able to spend some time with my friend Dennis Zehr and help him replenish his depleted firewood supply due to this hard winter of snow and cold.
Dear friends: A Temper Tantrum
On a shopping trip to Aldi’s I noticed a mother with a girl who was two and a boy who was one sitting together in her cart.. The boy was having a temper tantrum. I know how embarrassing that can be. Besides she was just beginning to shop.
So I thought maybe I could help settle him down. So I went over and tried to talk to him. But he would have nothing to do with me.
So I just started talking to his sister. “How old are you? What’s your name? How old is your brother? . “What is his name? She replied “Noah.” Hearing his name the boy started to quiet down and pay attention. After some more question and answers the kids and I shook hands and said goodbye.
Then we both did our shopping. We passed each other several times. The kids would say “Hi” and wave each time we saw each other.
Then as we went through the checkout the mother remarked, “Thank you so much, what is your name?” the kids waved saying “Goodby…
Dear Friends, Outside the Box I am here to share about making peace with
Isis nonviolently. I came to this in my quiet time when I first heard of Isis.
My response was, “I’m a pacifist so I prayed, “Lord, they are such bad people
the only thing I know to do is get rid of them. Bomb them.” I suppose Jesus’
disciples, and many people today like me, might have had a similar
response. So I prayed,
“Lord, I’m a pacifist. Show me Jesus’ way, there must be a better way.”Lo and behold I just happened to be reading
pages in the book The Powers that Be where Walter Wink says “for every
conflict there is a nonviolent answer” I prayed, “Lord, I don’t believe it,
show me.” Then what came to me was we need first to understand what creates
Isis support, why they hate us, what makes people join these terrorists, and to
find a good solution. What if you went home tonight and your house
looked like this?
(I pass out this
picture of homes bombed by drones) And your family was killed by a US drone? Wo…
Dear friends, A Nazarene Peacemaker and a Thief 3/4/19
“Would you turn that mirror in on your side in so it doesn’t get knocked off.” said Juan to me. He then added “I have to tell you a story about that mirror. I was at a stop light and a guy come up and just broke off the mirror. I saw police nearby so I told them.”
“They went and found him and brought him to me. They said to me, well here he is you can hit him or do whatever you want with him. Beat on him as much as you want. I said I don’t want to beat on him. That just didn’t seem right. They then called and another policeman who also said go ahead beat on him this is your chance. That might straight him out.”
“They then got a commander who brought a bat and said well now you can beat him go to it. I than talked to the fellow and found he was very poor and stealing things as a way to survive. So I felt he was already in a deep in a hole. I didn’t want to push him any deeper.”