An entry to just share some life stuff to keep folks updated and for those who are compelled in some way – to keep my family and me in thought and prayer.
- Humanitarian Organization or Bust. My heart is still there but I’ve been struggling and intimidated by the work that needs to go into starting the humanitarian organizationI shared about couple months ago. But Minhee and I promised we’d focused some time, prayer, and energy on the conviction post Easter and well, it’s post Easter and it’s time to go. Scared but need to move forward with our goals so will be writing a post or two in the coming weeks. Still dreaming…
Sleepless in Los Angeles. I just returned from a 2 night trip to Los Angeles to speak at the Asian-American Leadership Conference. This past Easter weekend – while wonderful – was incredibly taxing on the mind and body. By the third service on Sunday, I had nearly lost my voice. Flew down to LA and while the weather was 90 degrees and beautiful, I was too pooped. But, it was a good trip nevertheless. As usual when I go to these conferences, I enjoyed re-connecting with old friends and meeting new folks. I also enjoyed shacking a room with Gideon Tsang, pastor at Vox Veniae in Austin, Texas. We led a workshop together on our ecclesiologies and expressions of our church community. His facial hair is average but his chat was great. But glad to be back to Seattle and the 39 degree weather. What! Snow and rain in late March?
Seattle to Korea. I have about 3 months left in Seattle before we trek off for our 3 month sabbatical. We’ll be traveling to Korea and parking there for couple months to use that as our base for some of our reading, research, and reflection. I am such an idiot. I discovered recently that I misread the instructions of a sabbatical grant [via the Lilly Foundation] that I was hoping and praying would take care of all our expenses this summer as we traveled for the humanitarian foundation. Deadline has passed and we are praying through other options but will likely not be able to travel extensively. I am still praying about the possibility of a trip to Africa in the next few months and a trip to India in September.
Exercise and Health. Aarrgh – not going too well but I did score a 289 in Wii Bowling. That must count for something.
LifeGiving Stuff. I’m looking forward to couple opportunities to teach in Bellingham and another small conference here in Seattle in couple weeks. But the aspects that are most life giving has been teaching through the Book of Acts at Quest on Sundays [podcast here] and conversing, conspiring, and dreaming over coffee and tea with folks from both the church and larger city of Seattle. This Sunday at Quest, we get the joy of hearing the stories of several who will be baptized at either the 2nd and 3rd services.
I want to thank those who are tracking with my journey via this blog. My hope for this blog was not simply to create space for my vomitaceous reflections but to somehow see this medium serve as a connection, conversation, and encouragement to others.