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, 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…
"My brother Evan just came down with cancer a couple of days ago, he has just a few days to live. Just found it out and we are trying to figure out how to deal with it emotionally." This is how I learned of my friend Evan's situation.
Three months later I learned from Bart his brother that that Evan appreciates phone calls. As awkward as it was I called him three times. We had surprisingly good conversations. Evan has a deep heart for justice and peace so we had some good sharing on that common ground.
He told me his divorced wife called him every day. What grace, what a gift.
Evan then had a pre-emptive memorial service with him there in which 30 or 40 friends and family he helped with his skill in plumbing and heating expressed their deep thanks. Evan had them play "Bridge over trouble Water" with the volume turned up. It was all very meaningful. This made me consider that every day I get closer to passing on too.
Dear friends “Healing Our Divided Country” First I
rejoice at the North and South Korea peace agreement. I suggest you go to the
link democracy now.org for a very good interview of an American coronel
who resigned in protest against the afghan war, and even though she opposes
most of trumps doings she gives surprising hopeful insights about the accords. “I have a friend who recently told me he
thinks we should deport all undocumented persons. And we should just do away
with those who disagree. We are quite good friends we play soft ball together. How
do I begin to talk to him?” shared a student at George Fox University in
professor suggested, “Well you have some common ground in softball. Maybe that
would be a good place to start.” The prof added, “Just about every student
enter the conversations that was great.” This was from one of the 10 times I shared in
Oregon. Here is our
Emily with her family that I shared about in the last letter. I am glad to
report that donation for …