Thanksgiving is coming, and we’re getting thankful in advance.
This has been a great year for Paula and I–we’ve had a lot of fun changes to process! Thinking back, here are seven things we’re thankful for:
1) Were thankful for five wonderful years of ministry to the students back in Springfield, MO!
2) Were thankful for a safe and fun move west (and especially for the friends we were able to visit with as we drove across America).
3) Were thankful that we now have the honor of representing Christ to the worlds future leaders at Stanford University!
4) Were thankful for the many relationships God has granted us with Stanford students, both grad and undergrad (nearly 25 so far). Pioneering is often much, much harder, and we’re grateful for how easy God has made it for us!
5) Were thankful for living in such a wonderful apartment across the street from campus. The best thing about it our proximity to students: Kevin, who is pursuing his masters in engineering, can bike from his dorm to our apartment in about three minutes!
6) Were also thankful that God has provided us with what is quite possibly the most vibrantly yellow car on the planet! Weve got a few nicknames for this irrepressibly perky vehicle, including The Curious George Mobile and The Happy Car.
7) And finally, were thankful for friends like you who support us, pray for us, and show concern for us and for our ministry. Thank you and thank God for you! We wholeheartedly echo the apostle Paul, How can we possibly thank God enough for all the happiness you have brought us? (1st Thessalonians 3.9, CEV)
In a thoroughly disgusting incident, A customer in an international hamburger chain outlet in western Sweden lost his appetite when he discovered the restaurant’s toilet seats were being washed in its dishwasher alongside the kitchen utensils. (source)
Yuck. Some things just don’t mix.
Reminds me of James 3.10–12, And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Can you pick olives from a fig tree or figs from a grapevine? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty pool. (NLT)
The Assemblies of God now supports online donations to our ministry.
Just a quick update on our lives…
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this site (although look over at the Chi Alpha @ Stanford site and you’ll realize that I’ve been quite active online).
Still, this is the site that bears my name and all…
Here are a few little tidbits:
- I voted today. It was worthwhile, but it really wrecked my schedule.
- I have a bone to pick with the California political system: what’s up with statewide referendums? Don’t they defeat the purpose of a representative democracy?
- And why do we use plurality voting to select public servants? There are much better ways!
- I broke the 10,000 mile marker on our car yesterday. I’m getting quite familiar with California’s interstate system…
- Also yesterday I had a chance to meet with a really neat pastor named Paul. He has eleven children. All by the same wife. Who still looks like a model (his words). Wow.
- While I was meeting with Paul, he gave me a free ticket to a remarkable cave in Volcano, CA called Black Chasm. Creepy name, gorgeous cavern. I was the only person on the tour when I visited the cave, so it was really cool. If you’re ever near Volcano, you should really try to visit the cave–it’s well worth the time and money.
Anyway, I’m still working at raising our full missionary budget (hence all the miles on the car and the meeting with said pastor). Keep us in your prayers!
Incidentally, I am giving about two hours a week of ministry time on Stanford’s campus. We’ll be having our sixth meeting of the year this Wednesday (Paula will be speaking), and we’re expecting around 20 students to show up. Roughly 1/3 of them will be Singaporean graduate students.
You might find this interesting: some of our very own have websites!
Jimmy Lim’s website is You ALWAYS Sing the First Line of a Blues Song Twice
Shaowei Lin’s website is BananaWorld
Paula and I share a site: Glen & Paula Davis (although it’s more of a professional than a personal site)
Anyone else out there with a home on the web?
Michael Novak has an interesting column arguing that it’s in our national self-interest to realize that there is an intrinsic connection between the widespread sense of religious conviction in America and the freedoms we enjoy.
Specifically, Novak argues that Christianity provides a unique foundation for the concept of individual rights. Read all about it
(I should mention that it’s in the context of an anti-ACLU polemic).