March 2009: Another Mile Marker Flies By!

"Watche-eh" ˆ here's a greeting used by the Moose Cree peoples of the James Bay region of Ontario and Quebec. Sounds a bit like last month's dialect from the West of England, "Whatcher, 'ow be on then?" Well, guess what ˆ it was adapted from the greeting of those Hudson's Bay Company's clerks in Moose Factory, many of whom came from England's West Country. And stranger still . . . last month's greeting was sent to me by one of those HBC workers who had immigrated out to the 'Colonies' from Weston-Super-Mare, right in the heart the place where they talk like that!

Our name saga continues; we're still working on a name for this e-zine, waiting for trademark approval. Next time, maybe? Peter Jordan, Editor

1. Sheep2Sheep ˆ Another Mile Marker Flies By

2. Profound & Pithy ˆ Nuggets

3. The Potpourri Boutique ˆ This Year & Next Year

4. Donna's Corner ˆ Right Choices?

5. Renewal Gatherings ˆ New Location in Warm Norway!


1. Sheep2Sheep ˆ Another Mile Marker Flies By


The other day I passed a milestone birthday in my life. Actually I passed most of it at about 500 mph as I traveled home from four months of being away. After a short re-introduction to familiar surroundings, I opened my laptop and was astonished at the number of birthday greetings I had received. Welcome to the Facebook Age, Peter.

I am overwhelmed by the expressions of love and caring on the occasion of an unremarkable birthday (spent mostly on Trains, Planes & Automobiles . . . Well two out of those three isn‚t bad ˆ I fibbed about the trains). And finally my day was spent in the bosom of my family (well, in the bosom of the ones who could be there).

To those who FB'd, emailed or phoned, and to those who didn't, thank you for being in my life. It‚s times like these, as I consider my humanity, that I think of my sainted Mother who gave up far, far more than I ever dreamed of leaving behind, and who served China and the Chinese faithfully for many years, then enduring unspeakable horrors for 3 1/2 years in a prison camp; she had four kids and I was the last. She died a lonely and painful death at the young age of 53.

And then I think of my good friend Rod Wilson, almost helpless after five months of battling to survive, about to transfer to a hospice as I write this. And I think of his angel wife Alexis who has fought the good fight with her man. And I think of others battling to live at this very moment. And it all makes me wonder: why have I been allowed to enjoy these bonus years?

Each day is precious, no matter how old you are. Savor each 24 hours. Roll those hours around on your tongue like a piece of Swiss chocolate, extracting every precious moment of deliciousness.

With warm love despite much sadness around us . . . but with eternal hope to lift us,

Peter


2. Profound & Pithy ˆ Nuggets

When told the reason for Daylight Savings Time a wise old Native American said . . .
'Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket; sew it to the bottom of the blanket and have a longer blanket.'

A few nuggets from David Demian . . .

God: "Some people I use; others I walk with."

The only spirit that needs an invitation is the Holy Spirit. [Think about that one. Ed]

Your scars are your strong points.


3. The Potpourri Boutique ˆ This Year & Next Year

"This Do in Remembrance of Me," a precious and special little book of Communion meditations from Doug Feaver, long-time Dean of the College of Humanities & International Studies at UofN Kona. This mellow memorial 'sings' like Doug's trusty cello, deep and rich and clear and simple.
To obtain this book, go to: www.thisdoinremembranceofme.com or you can link from our website: www.ywamassociates.com
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2010 is going to be a milestone year for YWAM ˆ our 50th Anniversary! Next year there will be multiple celebrations around the world, all culminating in one big festival in Kona, Hawaii Nov 29-Dec 4.
Donna & I & our whole YWAM Associates Team are praying about gathering YWAM's Associates from around the world in Kona. Mark those dates in your calendar!


4. Donna's Corner ˆ Right Choices?

"I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread." (Ps 37:25) What is written in God‚s word is true and the truth will set you free. Meditate on all of Psalm 37.

Recently I turned 70 and Peter just hit 75. In these days that‚s not 'old' for those who are true followers of Jesus. Darlene Cunnngham‚s mother, Enid Scratch, just turned 95 and she still doesn‚t need glasses or a hearing aid and just got her driver's license renewed!; she remembers our children, knows what they‚re doing and prays for them.

Peter and I just finished co-leading the second All Nations-All Generations DTS in Kona with 70 students, 25 staff and 20 children from 20 nations; we became a real 'family.' God is being so faithful to us in these older years (but we have lots of help!) Now we're planning on leading another DTS in September, here at Eagle‚s Nest Ranch, near our home in Alberta, Canada; and then another one in Kona in January. God loves it when his family walks together, learning His ways.

Jesus said that if you FIRST of all seek his kingdom and his righteousness, everything else will be given to you AS WELL (Mt 6:25-34). And it‚s true!

There‚s so much in the Word about righteousness and being righteous. David said that, "He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn." (Ps 37:6) Isn‚t that powerful? The righteous will live by faith ˆ not by fear. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.

"The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous." (Read Ps 34:15-18) The righteous may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." And, "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven." (Mt 5:6&10)

Could it be that righteousness, for us as God‚s children are concerned, is making 'right choices according to God‚s Word'?

My heart‚s desire is to live a righteous life. It‚s really all about the attitude of our hearts, isn‚t it?

Love and Blessings,

Donna


5. Renewal Gatherings ˆ New Location in Warm Norway!

For non-Scandinavians only: Learn to say "Skjærgårdsheimen" three times quickly. Then get ready to go there this summer! (It's near Kristiansand, warmer Norway.)
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NORWAY (Skjærgårdsheimen) July 27-Aug 1 with Dan Sneed returning
Contact: Lidvard Andreassen at lidvard@online.no
Check out this summer vacation paradise at http://www.heimen.org
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Following four Camps contact: Roy Jones at ywamrenewalcamps@gmail.com

NORWAY (Lapland): July 5-11 with Al & Carolyn Akimoff returning
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SWEDEN (YWAM Restenäs) July 12-18 with Al & Carolyn Akimoff
Check the new Swedish website at www.ywamassociates.se
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FRANCE (YWAM Le Gault la Forêt) August 8-15 with Dean Sherman
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SWITZERLAND (Jura Mountains) August 23-29 with Richard Jones


And finally, "Wisdom is having a soft, tender, open and listening heart to the voice of God." Steve Ahern

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Many Blessings,

Peter

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