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…
Hello friends, Running Out of the Classroom 4/1/2019
She stood up to share, and then she just runout of the classroom. I was confused, I had no idea what was going on. In a few minutes she returned and began crying and sharing about some terrible violence that had happened in her family.
This started about 8 in the class one by one to cry and share about violence that took place with their uncles, aunts, parents, grandparents or neighbors. This ended up taking up the entire time of the last two classes of my time in Colombia.
This likely was the first time they had shared these things outside of their families. This surely was healing for many of the students.
The adult friend who was there mentioned she was having someone experienced with trauma healing coming to her church. She hoped to have her go to the school and help some of these students.
It felt a real gift to be able to hear and share these things. Afterwards as students often did after class…