Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Final New International Student Arrives... and other scenes from the seminary...

Scene from the top of our seminary hill
where the cloud formations alone make you
know there is a great God of all...
and when the heat & humidity suddenly breaks
with waves of fresh air,
you know the Spirit is moving
wild and strong.
We're getting just a wee bit more daring in chapel...
German-Swedish, Myanma, Lao and Chinese faces raise up their
voices, hearts and yes, even their hands in song (a stretch for some Lutherans, but the Mekong students are gently teaching us :)

International relationships among young church leaders are being formed... which will have impact for decades to come.
Two new students from Myanmar and Indonesia --
there are no strangers in God's house.

Our final international student (from Cambodia) received his visa!! He was only a few days late for the semester...
He won't see his wife and two young daughters for at least ten months. His
tee-shirt reads: All for Jesus... NO TURNING BACK.
A fairly typical cafeteria scene... only this day we were celebrating our seminary president's sixtieth birthday.
Apples, juice, cake and... grape tomatoes! I love grape tomatoes!
Wayne and I took our three Cambodian students to church
today... Union Church has an orphanage project in Cambodia... LTS seminary has
three culturally aware, spiritually committed Cambodian students...
what synergies might the Holy Spirit be weaving?
They were welcomed enthusiastically.  Then we five headed out for (what else, since Wayne
was involved) an Indian buffet. Yum!

The wind blows wherever it pleases. 
You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.*

*John 3:8 The Greek for Spirit is the same as that for wind.   

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