It didn't look to promising as two worried mechanics made their way to the plane engine. It was only minutes later that they, shaking their heads walked away from the plane we were all waiting to board. IcelandAir flight 343 would be grounded due to "technical issues" and we would be spending the night on this chilly island.
The inhabitants of this curious island of 300,000 people still speak "Islenska" claimed to be so close to what the Vikings spoke that Icelanders can read and understand the writings of Leif Erickson written centuries ago.
Beginning to pray I asked God what he had me here for on this stark island where the terrain reminded me of the lunar surface with tufts of grass and moss struggling to survive on it. The crystal icy water surging over black volcanic rock seemed to properly portray the environment of contrasts here where seafaring Vikings once lived as they plundered the coasts of Northern Europe.
With many sullen faces around suddenly it struck me it may not be very pleasant to talk to people about Christ here. I was about to escape to my hotel room when I saw a teenager reading a Bible and writing notes on a scrap of paper.
"is that a Bible? Are you a believer?" I asked. It was and as we began to talk about grace and the finished work I understood that this was a divinely ordained appointment. This teen was coming from Finland where God had met them and began a work in their life after months of straying "God sent you here" she said.
Sheep wander and can even be found in Iceland
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Helsinki, Finland: July 24-27 - Summer Conference with P.Schaller and the Finns - "Fruit that Remains"
After not having been in Finland for 16 years it was such a blessing to see so many still walking with God that I had known years before. Now they had children that were in their teens and you could see the determination in their eyes from the narrow way. We often found ourselves surrounded by these young people and youth raps would spontaneously start. The last night I was there I got together with 8 Finnish guys and had Finnish "Hornets" (chicken wings) - from 5.30pm to almost midnight we rapped about the call of God. Just being with these guys was one of the great highlights of my time there.
My last day in Finland I had the blessed opportunity to train up to Vaasa and visit P.Tero & Riitta with their church there. Vaasa is a city of 56,000 people and 18,000 of them are international university students. It was a great blessing to see P. Tero and Riitta ministering there.
Truly fruit that remains...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saint Petersburg Russia July 20-23 with P.Schaller
A group of about 100 gathered together from Uzbekistan, Finland, Baltimore & Russia in Saint Petersburg for a summer conference titled: "All Things are now Ready" The three days we were there were packed with the word, fellowship, and lots of Russian. Every night was finished off in a small kitchen area in our youth hostel with a rap with 30 Russians chowing on everything from melons to caviar. We are truly blessed people that we can live this life.
I traveled 7 hours with 12 teens and Bible college students with p.Love crammed in a small mini-bus from Warsaw to L'viv Ukraine. There we had the best summer conference with the Ukrainians. P.Love preached on the riches of Grace and the pervasiveness of the anointing permeated us all. One thing I don't think we'll forget is the Youth hostel with the 3 Igors and the "Freeze Mob" evangelism we did in the center of L'viv with no practice at all - you can see it here: (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1204557273577)
Thanks to P. Misha and all those that worked hard during the conference to make it an amazing event.
Enjoy the slide shows below - these are only some of the photos taken: (if you cannot see them click here: http://goye4th.blogspot.com/2009/07/delayed-but-determined-displaced-yet.html)
L'viv Summer Conference w/ P.Love:
FinnCon '09 - Shots here from Missions' Night and the Youth meetings
"Every golden era in human history proceeds from the devotion and righteous passion of some single individual. There are no bona fide mass movements; it just looks that way. There is always one man who knows God and knows where he is going." - Richard E. Day
After a fantastic Spring at the brook Cherith here in Baltimore and a life changing Convention; we are ready to goforth on eQuad. If you haven't gotten the messages from Convention check here.
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Here's my itinerary:
July 12 - Berlin
July 13 - Poland
July 14-18 - L'viv, Ukraine w/ P. Love & the Teens from Balto.
July 19-24 - Kharkov, Lughansk; Ukraine
July 24-27 - Tsymliansk, Russia - Conf with P. Misha Loginov
July 28-31 - Side trip to Yerevan, Armenia & possibly Tbilisi, Georgia