The Greatest Thing

On one of our recent trips I asked Michele for something to clean my hands. She usually has one of those travel size bottles of sanitizer, but this time she handed me a small packet of hand wipes. We had purchased these while in Greece, and it brought back special memories.

Most people go to Greece for vacation but on this occasion we were there for a different reason. It was Sunday afternoon and we walked into a small park with mainly locals inside. We were specifically looking for someone to talk to and pray for. After greeting a few people we saw a strange sight. A young lady was kneeling and cleaning around and under a public water tap. We walked over (were led over) and started a conversation. She spoke some English, but it was clearly not her first language. Trying to be friendly, we introduced ourselves. We could see that she was poor and possibly homeless. Within the conversation we asked if we could pray for her. She seemed surprised but said yes and shared that we could pray for her job situation. We proceeded to pray that she would find a better job. While praying I perceived that she was watching us very closely and that it was not a typical situation for her. We said goodbye and started to leave. Just a few steps away however, I felt a tug on my heart to go back, so we turned around. She was still looking at us!

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To Go or Stay

We were having an argument in the airport or should I say a disagreement? I would guess that other married folks traveling in airports have experienced this same phenomenon. We were at the end of a three week mission trip (tired) and had a 5 hour layover in Istanbul, Turkey before boarding the next long flight home. Michele wanted to go outside the airport and explore (involving several unknowns), and I wanted to stay inside and watch airplanes. In the end I caved and we went and had a good time. Michele even purchased a pair of shoes. I was a little stressed on the way back, however, as the time for the next flight was getting to close for me. Upon arrival and looking at the departure board, I saw that our flight had been delayed for 3 and 1/2 hours which I instantly knew would cause us to miss our connecting flight in Chicago. We went from desk to desk finally reaching the right person, but by that time no seats on other connecting flights were available. We were forced to spend another night when we were ready to be home. The thought crossed my mind that if we had not gone out of the airport we would have had a better chance of finding a connecting flight!

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Food for Thought

People who know me know that I like fruit. I love fruit, but that has not always been the case. When I was young I mainly liked sodas and candy. But now! Wow! What a difference a few (many) years make. I try to eat healthy and have developed a taste for many healthy foods. And I really like fruit now, especially bananas, grapefruit and papaya.

I have loved bananas ever since I was a kid. I especially love them when they have ripened on the stalk. They seem to get sweeter and sweeter. I have been known to stop on questionable roads late at night upon arrival in Africa on the way to the hotel and buy bananas. They are so sweet, and my appetite for them has grown over the years.

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Glory to God

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

“They will glorify God for your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with others through the proof provided by this service.” 2 Corinthians 9:13

We sang one of my favorite songs last Sunday, Glory to God! And I believe God was glorified by singing it. He was also glorified that Sunday by the generosity of his people.

The week before, we asked people to take a bag and fill it with food so that we could restock the church food pantry. We usually do this in October or November but because of conflicts with other events we postponed it. Then a few weeks ago the Caraways reminded me that it was time, so we put it in the bulletin and announced the Food for Friends in February. Some money was donated immediately and bags of food started coming in even the next day. We had about 25 bags on the stage at the start of the day on Sunday. However, things can change mighty fast around here. By the end of first service we had about 150 bags and by the end of second service there were 230 bags, each representing $25-$30 in food. There was also $3,685 donated. That comes to over $10,000 worth of food. WOW! Praise God! This went way beyond what we were expecting. I saw tears of Joy on some!

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King of kings

For 2000 years since the time of Christ and millennia before, 100s of kings having unimaginable power and wealth have ruled the kingdoms of the world. Many of them did not honor or fear the true King, Jesus. But some did! Mosaics and paintings depict this showing some of the most powerful of all time bringing gifts and bowing before him.

Over one entrance of the magnificent cathedral/mosque but now museum, the Hagia Sophia, is a picture of baby Jesus and mother made of thousands of tiny tiles. On their right is the powerful Emperor Constantine presenting them with a model of the imperial city of Constantinople (Istanbul) and on their left is the famous emperor Justinian giving them a model of the Hagia Sophia which he was responsible for building. Another mosaic over the main door of Hagia Sophia shows the emperor Leo bowing and worshipping at the feet of Jesus. Others show emperors and empresses bringing precious gifts. I know that in some cases the mosaics were created after the emperor’s death, but they represent a great truth.

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