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27 October 2006

Correspondence galore

The wonders of technology mean that I am able to communicate with you all daily, or even minute by minute if you so desire! It is moving me into the new century, meaning some work on my part...and coordination! But the benefits are great eh?

So to help this happen, I am going to start using a new e-mail account to keep this all in sync! It has calendars and random other goodies that will help me with work! You all can even get my calendar and schedule on-line if you so want! Wild, eh?

Go after as that will be my new 'name', and know that when I write back to you it will most likely be from my home workstation as seen here!

26 October 2006

Excerpt on Courage

Often I find that others can phrase my thoughts even before they hit my tongue. Such is the way with the following excerpt from a friend's blog...

So what is the source of courage? I think it is the proper ranking of fears. If we fear ignobility more than looking foolish, we will be brave. If we fear our own corruption more than loneliness, we will be brave. If we fear divine disapproval more than human disapproval, we will be brave.

May the almighty God make us such people."

The Lord Reigns

"Do you not fear Me?" says the Lord.

"Will you not tremble at My presence,

who have placed the sand
as the bound of the sea,
by a perpetual decree,
that it cannot pass beyond it?

And though its waves toss to and fro,
yet they cannot prevail;

Though they roar,
yet they cannot pass over it." Jeremiah 5:22

Exaltation comes neither from the east
nor from the west nor from the south.

But God is the Judge:
He puts down one, and exalts another.
Psalm 75:6-7

He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise and
knowledge to those who have understanding.
Daniel 2:21

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
See that you are not troubled.
Matthew 24:6

If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin?
And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.
The very hairs of your head are numbered.
Do not fear therefore...

You are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29-31

24 October 2006

Mobilizers unite!

As they say...two heads are better than one!

This is the united front that we Mobilizers like to use as we lead, organize and arrange the various events for visiting groups. Here is Chris and I during the North Bridge week meshing plans and strategies for mobilizing. He was a total Godsend, and almost did my job better than me!

As you can see our team and North Bridge had lots of time to fellowship...and we are hoping that there will be more in the future!

23 October 2006

Busy days and new adventures

I've been on trains and experienced a lot of random situations, but this is the first time that I traveled with supposed Georgian terrorists! On the way to the southern Russian city of Voronezh our group of Americans was awakened early in the morning (2:30 am to be exact) by two relatively sheepish automatic rifle toting militia. Once they saw my blurry eyes, my bare feet and my innocent face they quickly realized that the last name Mcilhaney is not Georgian at all! So then we were left in peace!

Why do I share this lovely experience with you?

Well it is funny for one, but also just to whet your appetite to hear about the adventures of our latest short term team - North Bridge.

Check out the site at

I'll write more later, but wanted to send you this little taste!

08 October 2006

Great saying

I have this great colorful card sitting on my desk here in Moscow. For some reason, this card is classic in my mind, something that has depth of meaning like the changing of the leaves. Strange connection I know but still, it works for me. And right now we are in the height of Moscow fall. The leaves are turning their fanciful colors, and that makes me think about life and meaning. As does this card. So I thought I'd share them both with you...

"I have to disagree with the notion that we learn something new every day. I think I've had several days in a row where I haven't learned anything and even forgotten some things."

Thanks family for the card that reminds me that even life shouldn't be taken that seriously.