Pastor Victor faced communism with courage. Nearly 20 years ago he defied the authorities in his Soviet-eera Moldovan village and held an open air presentation of the gospel. Thousands of people came. Life in his village changed forever. Here he shares the short version:
About a year later, his church became the first officially sanctioned in the Soviet Union…it’s approval came from the top. It’s now a large mother church that has planted churches across Moldova.
While the country is in great need (Eric Weiner called it the “least happy country” on earth in a Newsweek article), people like Pastor Victor are seeing to it that people learn of truth. He’s not sad. The elderly people who’ve moved from their cold in the winter/no running water homes to the retirement center his church has built are not sad. The men at the Teen Challenge weren’t sad. Still, many others are.
I’m excited to work with our team and Pastor Victor there this fall…and to see some sad people find joy.
I’m here now.
Beauty (I see Mt. Arrarat each morning…it’s where they believe Noah’s ark is),
Strategy (I was in some rooms where pastors go over some courageous strategy…and I won’t say more about that on the web),
So over the weekend I met some absolutely wonderful people in Bonifay, FL. They love Jesus, they’re fun, they have good inside jokes, (i.e. “SimbRos”) and we’ll get to work together in El Salvador this summer. It’s gonna be an amazing time. Here, these friends from Northside A/G are flashing their “Northside” gang symbol.
They told me about the residents of a town we drove through, Vernon, FL. Wow. Back in ’82 some people made a documentary about Vernon. Hysterical in that “If Footmen Tire You, What Would Horses Do?” sort of way. If you’ve seen that movie, and not many of you have, you know what I mean.
The documentary highlighted some of the colorful Vernon residents, like the guy who’s killed thousands of turkeys, or this nice couple that is very interested in starting a dirt farm. Seriously, check this out (it’s from YouTube).
The Bonifay residents are quite upscale and proper…not like their next door Vernon neighbors. It’s gonna be a fun trip with these great people.
Finally…here’s a video of a song I requested…that first 77’s song I heard, “The Lust,…”. I’ve heard Mike is cool with people posting his stuff, but I’ll glady delete this if anyone tells me he doesn’t like it. Just let me know.