I’m sitting at the new Redding, YAKS, one of the nicest coffee shops I have ever sat in, anywhere. The walls are covered with very cool art. Every table and chair has personality. The colors create the feel of old Victorian Parlor meets 21st century chic.
And the coffee… the dark roast from the brew bar… is amazing. Really strong and smooth. And I am working. Everybody I see says, “How’s your vacation going?” It hasn’t started yet.
This week, I’m preparing eight (that’s 8) talks for my Africa trip. I’ll be speaking to missionaries in Gabon at their annual retreat, called Field Forum. I’ll also visit our hospital in Bongolo. In addition, I’m preparing 8 Powerpoint presentations to go along with them, and 8 printed lessons (fill in the blanks), at 4-5 pages per lesson. It’s called OVERCOMING GRACE DEFICIT DISORDER and is based on Ruth with a little Galatians thrown in. Here’s a sample page… I’m preparing about 40 pages like this. I hope it’s a total blessing to our missionaries in Gabon.
gabonhandout1 (click for the .pdf file)
Plus, I received the author’s proof of HOW TO KEEP YOUR INNER MESS FROM TRASHING YOUR OUTER WORLD. It’s so exciting, I can’t stand it. This is my last crack at it… only minor changes allowed. It’s so cool to see your own writing in what actually looks like a book. So, that’s on my plate this week and next. In addition, I have to collect a few more endorsements and a forward from those who so graciously agreed to do them. The deadline is July 30. The book will come out in March ’09. Sign up for the newsletter (top right, click the mobster) and I’ll inform you when it’s released.
Then, I wrote 5 men’s devotionals for Stand Firm magazine… one day, I’ll collect them and we’ll do our own men’s devotional at Neighborhood Church.
Then, I had several meetings to handle church stuff, including trying to find our next venue, and some other things.
Oh, my wife’s computer gave up the ghost, though I was able to download her harddrive onto mine via firewire. Anyhoo… it’s not vacation… not yet. Not till the last week of August. That will be my vacation week. But… what’s great is that God’s grace is here for me and it is sufficient. But please, please, please, don’t ask how my vacation’s going. Remember, just because pastors aren’t preaching, it doesn’t mean they’re not working… if you got all that.
My daughter got braces! My son learned to swim! Both are enjoying Karate. My son got his first stripe; he’s a total natural and he gets it, and my daughter is super-jealous, and extra motivated! Pray that she can memorize “Short Form 1” and get her stripe too. It’s been great processing disappointment and jealousy and stuff like that. She’s a most determined little girl! She’s excited about her braces… we call them “tooth jewelry” and can’t wait to have a beautiful smile like her mom’s.