Sunday, September 23, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007

J-2 (as we say here)

Two more days to go till Lilly and Michel are united and we're all starting to wonder if we've forgotten anything. But, in all, we're not really stressed over it; it will just happen nicely, I'm sure.

We're expecting about 50 people including children, in spite of the fact that Lilly had said she "didn't want a do." The pièce de résistance is going to be the two of them riding from the mairie to the hotel (about three kilometers) in the old donkey-drawn cart! I'll have to post a picture.

I just heard our US phone ring but didn't get to it in time. It has such a funny sound and rings so seldom that no one is used to it and it takes awhile before intruding into one's consciousness just what it is. I got up and brought it back from the servers and placed it on my desk.

No sooner had I done that than an email popped in from Vonage voicemail: I clicked it to listen and it was John, who'd been the one to just have called. The surprise is that he said he's coming for the wedding and he'd called for some advice about the best way. He said he'd try to call me from London! I knew he'd been thinking of returning but I didn't know he was at that point yet! It'll be good to see him.

I went out for lunch with Sarah at noon today. Making a community work is not nearly as easy as one might think. Somehow we feel that the idea of dying to self is an abstract one. Community brings out the fact that it is not.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Greetings brethren!

I can't do better today than share this letter we received this afternoon from our new web site (courtiron.fr); it says it all!

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I am so glad to have literally stumbled into your web site this morning. What a breath of fresh air. All glory and honor to Him Who has loved us and set us free from the wrath to come upon those will not bend their knee to the Lord Jesus Christ in this life.

All that you stand for and live for and have expressed on your web site I am in complete agreement with.

My wife and I were raised Roman Catholic and fled that church when God, through His great mercy and love, revealed His Truth to us through His Word. It is a long story but when I finally came to faith in Christ and knew Him in the pardon of my sin in 1996 I began a personal study of the Truth to find just which church, group or denomination best expressed my understanding and practice of the Word of God. I found it in the Anabaptists. Hallelujah!!

I also later came to find out that my great grandfather, born in 1852 in Gros Réderching in the Moselle, was born an Anabaptist but married a Catholic girl and came to America. He converted to Roman Catholicism on his death bed. My 13th great grandfather was also an Anabaptist who suffered martyrdom for his faith in Holland. A number of my ancestors were leaders in the group. It is a proud heritage yet I know that this alone does not guarantee me entry into the Kingdom of God.

There are so many Mennonites and Anabaptists here in America that are only Anabaptists in "name", they are nominal. It is a social religion for them or a cultural experience rather than an expression of God's Holy Truth found in His Word.

Thank you for the stand you have taken. I will add you to my ministry prayer list. I, along with others, are seriously looking into doing something similar to what you are doing here in America. It is nearly impossible to do where we currently are living, approximately 85 kilometers north and east of New York City in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

You are an encouragement to me. You also look to the works of Tozer, a true man of God and one who is very near and dear to my heart as well. God bless you richly . . . I will write again soon!!

Building upon the only true Foundation, the Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 3:11),

John

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Off to England again

I'm leaving in an hour or so for another 24-hour stint in the south of England to see Aunty and how she's doing. Last time I called her she said she's very glad I'm coming.

She enjoyed the kids when they stopped over last weekend for the conference and tonight I'm bringing Becky with me, who is quite looking forward to the trip.

I may get a chance to log on tomorrow, but I doubt it. You'll be waiting for me when I get back to tell you all about it, right? Along with the rest of my work! :)

I was last over there a month ago, I reckon, and she sounds like she's doing better in every way. I need to see if she can make it over here for the following weekend when Lilly and Michel tie their knot.

Life is really not quite as simple as it sometimes seems. But if we are honest to each other and to ourselves, it's not as complicated as we often make it, either.

Thanks, Ammi!

I have been asked by Michel & Lilly to come up with a sort of slide show from old photos, of Lilly's childhood. This has been weighing on me a little and so we finally used the occasion to buy a special slide and negative scanner so that I could take care of this thing once and for all (I have a couple of thousand slides that go back to the early 80s).

While thinking of this I said to Raph, I think I remember Ammi doing a lot of scanning last time she was here... I said to Sarah, surely I didn't just let her walk off with them without at least taking a copy of her work. I couldn't imagine that, but I couldn't remember her giving me anything. Say I'm getting old. Anyway, finally I said to someone the other night, But I remember Ammi has a directory on our "Personal" net drive, I'll look tomorrow to see if there's anything there.

Well when I did I found about 500 scans I hadn't seen for years and I'm sure all the ones I will need for Lilly's wedding show. What a relief and what an enormous amount of time saved!

All I can say is, thanks, honey!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

News

There's just so much to say and it occurred to me several times lately that I really should try to record what is going on -- for YOU and also for you. :)

Mario and Gina and their three children are here and supposed to be leaving tomorrow. They were going to drive up from Portugal on Saturday with a view to getting here Sunday but in the end didn't leave home till 5 am on Sunday. I had just posed my cellphone in the hallway for the night and all of a sudden it buzzed. It was three minutes past nine and I'd been half expecting a call from them all day.

It was Mario who said they'd passed Poitiers and reckoned they'd be at Château du Loir by midnight and said he'd call me then. I was amazed but went and told the others. Raph was staying up writing to Laurent and finishing a few things so he said to see if he was still awake when I went out and he'd come along.

It was ten before I lay down with a view to getting a couple of hours sleep and the next thing I knew my phone rang -- it was twenty past twelve. I got up and found that Raph was just packing it in for the night but wanted to come so I got dressed and we went out to meet them at Château.

We found them easily enough -- at that time of night cars were scarce, much less those with Portuguese plates -- and took them straight to the hotel. I said I'd be over to see them next morning at 10.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Just heard from Mario

After a few months of dialog, I just got an email from Mario and Gina to say that they will be here this weekend!

I can see I am getting behind at this being a log of our community activities because you don't even know who they are, do you? They're email-friends from Portugal who have been looking for their place in the body. So the idea is to come on up with their children to meet us. Lord help us to be a blessing!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Too Old To Die Young

If life is like a candle bright
Death must be the wind
You can close your window tight
And it still comes blowing in

So I will climb the highest hill
And watch the risin' sun
And I pray that I don't feel the chill
Till I'm too old to die young

Let me watch my children grow
To see what they become
Oh, Lord don't let that cold wind blow
Till I'm too old to die young

Now I have had some dear, sweet friends
I thought would never die
Now the only thing that's left of them
Is the teardrops in my eyes

If I could have one wish today
And know it would be done
Well I would say everyone could stay
Till they're too old too die young

Let me watch my children grow
To see what they become
Oh, Lord don't let that cold wind blow
Till I'm too old to die young

Let me watch my children grow
To see what they become
Oh, Lord don't let that cold wind blow
Till I'm too old to die young