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World Relief Talk

Last night we got to hear a presentation from KK Lee.

KK is the technical director for HIV/Aids in Asia for World Relief.

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to a good testimony and last night I was blown away. KK lived for 21 years in Malasia with an unrepaired cleft palate and couldn’t even speak. At age 21 he received a surgery, learned how to talk and then embarked on an 11 year backpacking trip around the world. During that time he learned to speak, read and write four different languages and obtained a college degree in Florida in just 2 1/2 years while working two jobs.

Dan Brose introduced KK as a real life “Forrest Gump” because of all the amazing things that he’s simply stumbled into in his life.

Anyway, it sure was nice to hear a story that puts my own problems (I just mailed my taxes off) into perspective. It was also an amazing reminder that little things like a surgery for someone in a poor country can make such a huge difference.

Linda @ Moody

So Linda Janney is at Moody Bible College repping the intern program with Moody students all week.

This morning I got this snazzy little pic with Caitlin Walsh in it (Caitlin was our first intern last summer). Tons of fun :)

Talk on HIV/AIDS in Asia

We’re blessed to have the World Relief Regional Director for HIV/AIDS in Asia joining us this Monday for a talk and Q & A. Anyone is welcome to come!

Below is the little event blurb:

Join us Monday evening, April 14th from 7-9 pm at Summers Hardwood Flooring to hear KK Lee the Asian Regional HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor for World Relief. Lee has a BA in Entomology and Horticulture and a Masters of Divinity.

Prior to joining World Relief, KK was a Project Supervisor for Cedarfund (HK) based in Xishuangbanna and Kunming, Yunnan, China. As the Project Supervisor, he managed integrated community development projects and led HIV/AIDS prevention education projects in high schools.

Come out and listen to him share his experiences in Asia.

Staff Birthday Lunch

We normally take staff out to lunch when it is their birthday.

I wasn’t too excited that we were going to Kip’s favorite (El Caporal) today, but I was glad that I got to see the Mexican Happy Birthday sung to both Kip & Courtney.

The hat really made it for me :)

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Van

Another church in town graciously gave us a van that they no longer needed.

Kip and the High School group are breaking it in this weekend with a trip to Seattle.

Here she is in all her glory!!

[re]treat

Here are two pictures from Antioch’s 1st Marriage Retreat that we had in Lake Oswego this past weekend.

I was amazed that we had 88 people come to a “marriage conference”!!

Brandon Reynolds did an amazing job setting it up!


Yellow Bean Project

Below is the text of an e-mail from the young business man from Bukwo that John Courtney, Kim and I had the pleasure of meeting and working with while in Uganda. Antioch funded an entrepreneurial project of growing a lucrative cash crop of yellow beans in Bukwo that Martin was going to administer.

Martin is amazing. This excerpt is only half of the e-mail that he sent with detailed records, names and rules for the farmers in the project. A third of them live in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and a third of them are widows.

We’re pretty excited to see what Martin will be able to accomplish through the yellow bean project!!

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Praise God John!

How are you and your wife? Hope you are fine and doing well. I am fine and ok too. I came from Bukwo on 31st March 2008 and am now in Kampala for a week trying to prepare for my exams due next month.

I managed to purchase 450 kgs of yellow beans at a rate of $1 per kg, seeds preservative chemical 8kgs at $6.25 per kg totalling to $50, facilitation during training $ 31.3, transport to Bukwo plus loading and offloading expenses $78.1 and hired a fully prepared 1.5 acres of land for the church to grow some of the beans at a cost of $90.6.

We managed to identify majorly the needy people from the church, IDP camps and widows who had land ready for planting but had no access to any kind of seeds.

Total of 45 people were selected to pioneer the yellow beans project i.e. 15 in the church, 15 IDP camps and 15 widows.

I named the project “Torasis Church Farmers Project (TCFP) Bukwo“. I also drafted beneficiaries’ membership form, which aimed at capturing the necessary information ranging from personal, educational, religious, employment/occupational and farming information. Passport photographs was also taken and attached to the membership form.

The membership form contains 12 simple rules and regulations governing the project.

Approximate total of 18 acres of land contains yellow beans. We are expecting a maximum output of 10 tonnes and minimum of 7 tonnes in June 2008 upon the success of the pioneer project.

Otherwise I will be in touch with Pastor Fred and also give him this report and the receipts. Most of all everybody was excited about the yellow beans and they are really grateful and please receive their best regards and thanks be to God for your efforts and the Antioch Church at large.

We trust God and we are sure all will be well. Looking forward to hearing from you!

GOD BLESS!

Thank You!

Martin Muneria

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American Idol (Cruise Edition)

So Kim Hunt (Antioch’s Director of Arts) just got back from her one week cruise down around Mexico.

While on the cruise, Kim won the on-board American Idol contest (sounds like glorified Karaoke) and was crowned the cruise’s Miss Princess Pop Star!!

Unfortunately, Kim refuses to send me the picture for all of our viewing pleasure :)

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antiochchurch.org beta is live

Check out Antioch’s new webpage.

It’s been a year and a half since the web page has had a facelift.  In many ways it is the front door to our church since we meet in rented facilities.  It’s fun to finally have it freshened up! 
We’re still working out some bugs, but we wanted you to be able to see it and tell us what you think!!  

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Old Mill Marketplace Space!!!

The college that was given to Antioch (High Desert Christian College) just signed on this amazing space in the Old Mill Marketplace yesterday.

It’s absolutely HUGE inside and will look amazing when it is painted, remodeled and has the espresso machine installed.

The main uses will be a bookstore for the college, the college, community education opportunities, a missions office, desserts and art sales / art shows to start with.

E-mail me at ken@antiochchurch.org if you would like to help with the construction side of the remodel or would like to help furnish the facility!!


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Little Girl’s Letter

So I got this killer letter from a little girl in our church.

She sent this letter in with $100 in cash. How cool is that?

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Tolstoy

I like this quote by the late Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy:

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”

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Bill Clinton

Looks like I might be going to see Bill Clinton talk live in Bend tonight.

Not the biggest fan, but someone reserved me a spot and I thought it would be a fun experience.

It’s funny thinking of Bend as a strategic campaign stop!!

Only in Bend

A St. Bernard riding in an Audi…

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Tournament Failure

I’m an NCAA Tournament failure!!

The bracket I filled out is probably the worst ever… I should have known that the days when I watched Sports Center twice daily and knew what teams were good are long gone.

Midlife crisis is setting in at 35!!

The God Card

I was talking with a couple at lunch yesterday and mentioned how I don’t usually like it when people throw “The God Card.”

What I meant is that the statement, “God told me…” immediately cuts off conversation and puts others in an awkward spot. Either they agree with you, or they seemingly go against God.

Far too often, I’ve seen the God Card used as a form of manipulation by religious leaders. It can lead to control rather than conversation and followship rather than ownership.

Jesus, who could have thrown the God Card at will, took great pains to educate and reason with people so that they would grow in their wisdom and knowledge of God and his values. He discipled and grew people up rather than just controlling and moving them around.

There are times, however, when a person truly does believe that God has said something or told them to do something. And it seems that sometimes a person needs to let another know that they feel deeply convicted about a decision based on a time of prayer or fasting.

Maybe in these situations we still need to spend some time reasoning with others (like Nathan did with David) and we still need to have grace and humility – after all, we’re not Jesus and we can be wrong, misunderstand things or have a piece of something that will fill out as time goes on.

Maybe, when we feel that God is saying something to us, we should have God inspired conversation rather than just “Play the God Card.” I’ve always thought that we’re one step away from pride and becoming the Pharisee… and there’s nothing we should be more careful and humble about than invoking the name of God (just see the first 2 of the 10 Commandments!!)

Quote

I really like this quote that I ran across last night.

“Our communities — the poor, the hungry, schools, businesses — must be different because our churches exist.”

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Video

Yesterday I showed a satirical video clip of Jesus.

I posted it on the blog over a year ago, but I thought I would repost it as I’ve had several requests for it since yesterday.

Satire can be a beautiful thing… I think the value of this video is that it shows us how ridiculous it would look if Jesus acted the way we often portray he would act through our critical spirits, comparisons and obsession with judging others rather than loving and helping them.

Enjoy… and remember, “Love wins.”

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