“At the Crossroads” Again – It is over, WOW!

Glenda and I remain in Hanoi. Our team flew back to Kona, leaving us behind. The past two months have flown by at light-speed.

So many great things have happened that it will be hard to report. Actually, reporting is hard because words can never do justice to the experience. For example, we can show a movie and talk about crossing the street in Hanoi, but until you step out into the traffic you cannot experience the parting of the sea. I am sure the Israelites had a similar experience when crossing the Red Sea. They also had to step out in faith. Can you imagine trying to describe that experience to others who have never been there? That is how I feel every time I try to write a post here.

Since our last post, we have been involved in may different activities

We were able to share in an English Club with Detech Gateway. This club was held at Gateway International School, many of the students were staff and teachers at the Sakura Montessori School which is located on the same campus. Here is a picture of one of the classes on the day that they brought TET food to share. Many great relationships were formed between our team and the students as we shared english and some of our western culture.img_0965

Our team was able to sing some kids songs at Hota Kindergarten’s outdoor gathering. There were lots of people, here are some our team leading the song “Feel it in my Bonesdsc_7694.

We spent some time in some drug rehabs where members of our team were able to share life-testimonies and stories about the freedom they have experienced. We were able to teach how addictions can be cured and complete healing found when we walk with the way, the truth and the Life.img_0655

A new opportunity came about this year as we were invited to start an english club at the VTV3 television station. This is a great story and the club will continue as we stay in Vietnam.img_0827

Our overnight trip to Ha Long Bay was a time spent on a boat on the calm waters. The first day was the clearest and brightest, with very good visibility, the second day was a bit cloudy, foggy and rainy. Andy was able to kayak and take a winter swim in the bay, Glenda visited a floating fishing village and we enjoyed a spectacular sunset.dsc_7809

While in Sa Pa we visited a few ethnic villages, we stayed 4 nights and the town was in the cloud the whole time. Even though it is in the tropics, the elevation makes for a cold and damp climate during winter. The last day we took the world’s longest cable car ride to the top of Fansipan mountain. We started out in the cloud, the 20 minute ride was almost all in the cloud, then we broke through into brilliant sunshine and blue sky just before we reached the summit. It is the highest point in all of south-east Asia, 3,143m (10,311 ft) and is the first peak in the Himalayas. We spent time leaving footprints on the high place and proclaiming the word over the nation. There are several temples and pagodas under construction on the summit, some of our Vietnamese Christian friends say there is a push for a church to be built to represent their faith as well.dsc_8068

We were able to eat many TET meals as friends invited us to their homes to share these special meals with us. These were times of great blessing for us as we fellowshipped with no other agenda than to enjoy each others company.

So now, we are in Vietnam until June, seeking direction each day, and looking forward to what will come about. We are planning a trip to Ho Chi Minh City in April where we will visit with some Y friends and take a course.

Until next time be blessed and be a blessing, A&G

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“Back at the Crossroads” Again – Ha Noi 2016

We arrived safely in Hanoi, after a long but smooth journey, with minimal layovers. Asiana treated us well, especially the rib-eye steak between Honolulu and Seoul. We landed in Hanoi just after 10pm, so after clearing immigration and customs, and traveling in a 29 passenger bus with all our luggage, we moved into our housing in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Into bed by 3am and wide awake at 5:30, the city doesn’t stop. Construction and traffic running 24 hours, it is still alive.

Our team of 17 is housed in a villa and a 3BR apartment in the Quang An area of Tay Ho district in northern Ha Noi. We have a 2 minute walk between us and get to meet up every day. This area of the city has a lot more westerners/foreigners than where we have lived previously and much easier access (and greater temptation) to  western restaurants.

We celebrated Christmas as a group, sharing a great meal together, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, vegetables. We had a traditional Danish rice and almond dessert, sang carols around the Christmas tree and shared gifts.

We are becoming reacquainted with Ha Noi, with the motorbikes, the non-existent sidewalks, the street-crossing, the awesome street food, the amazingly welcoming people. We are meeting old friends and making new ones, we walk, we take taxis and UBER rides, we try to speak Viet and we laugh. Opportunities to meet more people and get to know them are occurring daily. Looking forward to seeing all that happens over the next few months.

 

Until next time be blessed and be a blessing, A&G

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Back at the Crossroads Again – Spiritual Warfare, The Cross, Evangelism

Another three weeks of school are over, just three weeks until we leave for Hanoi. Time can be such a warped thing. Physically it is measured in constants; but in actuality, the 3 months we have been here at YWAM Kona, frequently flips between feeling like 3 years or 3 days. The 3 weeks until we leave will fly by. Ready or not we will be on the aeroplane, fortunately He equips the called! Here is some breaking news, our team will be returning to Kona without us. as Glenda and I are planning on staying in Vietnam until we return to Alberta on June 20th 2017.

Dave Bryan, and his team from the Church of Glad Tidings in Yuba City, were back teaching on Spiritual Warfare and Deliverance. The teaching really is a vivid reminder of the battle between good and evil both in the world and within our head, and equips the students (and staff) with the tools needed to fight the war. Dave has a lot of experience as a somewhat reluctant participant. You can read of some of his experiences in his book “The Serpent and the Saviour.”

Jean Norment shared her message on Unveiling the Cross, Jean has spent more than 30 years researching the Cross and has many experiences of clinging to the cross. She teaches how the Cross must be the centre of the Christian life.

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One of the most amazingly spectacular sunsets we have seen in Hawaii appeared on Sunday November 20th. This photo was taken from a friend’s back yard further up the mountain than the YWAM base. We had been invited for a BBQ and were enjoying an awesome meal with Ken as the sun was setting.

Danny Lehmann, a long time YWAMmer, now part  of the Campus Leadership Team here at the Kona base, spoke on Evangelism. He always gives away copies of his book “Beautiful Feet: Steps to a Lifestyle of Evangelism” to all the students. Much of his teaching comes from the Bible, this book and his life experience as an equipping evangelist. As I look over my growing list of book recommendations from YWAM it is obvious that Danny is a prolific reader. The fact that “Readers make Leaders” is a truism evidenced in Danny’s life.

Last Thursday was American Thanksgiving, we had a turkey dinner with over 1000 family at the Aloha Lanai cafeteria, here on campus. The dinner was preceded by a campus wide thanksgiving service, Darlene Cunningham shared the message. It was her first public engagement since August when a bad lung infection almost took her life. Gladly she was back to her old self as she shared the miracle stories that have led YWAM to the place it is today. A huge organism of over 20,000 full-time mission workers, with over 1100 locations in over 170 countries that is involved in huge initiatives world-wide and collaborates with many other organizations for the benefit of the global mission.

img_0268I have had a couple of opportunities to go kayaking here in the Kahului Bay, a couple of Saturday mornings. Heading out early we can can paddle a couple of hours and get back to base in time for brunch. A couple of weeks ago, we had about 40 or more dolphins out with us. Last Saturday, no dolphins but the adventure continued as we had some great swells in the ocean with waves breaking over the bow of the kayak on occasion.

img_0367Each Tuesday morning we gather in the Prayer Room for family worship and intercession, it has been awesome to have the teens and children involved in leading the worship, great kudos go to Brian and Cristina, two of our students, who have done an amazing job of getting the young’uns involved.

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Last week some good friends from Calgary took time to visit us on campus while they were vacationing on the Big Island. We have known Dennis and Dayna since my first mission trip, in Nov 2002, when we served together in Santiago, Chile. A year after our time in Chile, they attended Cursillo  weekends in Calgary and so our paths continue to cross. It was great to be able to share a couple of hours with them, to show them around the base, and catch up on all that is happening in their life.

Until next time be blessed and be a blessing, A&G

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