April 2007: Everybody Loves...
"Annyeong haseyo!" (Korean for "Hello") If this is your first trip with us, 'eTouch' is designed to be a blessing and encouragement to anyone who has been 'YWAM-touched,' anyone who has ever served in Youth With A Mission, or anyone who just kinda likes to hang out with us . . .
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1. Matters that Matter - Everybody Loves . . .
2. Profound & Pithy - Timeless Wisdom
3. Feedback - It's Your Turn
4. Donna's Corner - It's Not What You Do . . .
5. Contest Results - The Winner & the Also-rans
6. Renewal Gatherings - California-Dan Sneed-June
1. Matters that Matter - Everybody Loves . . .
. . . Raymond, right? But it's neither Raymond nor his brother that I want to talk about. It's something much bigger. (I'm assuming you have seen Raymond's TV show.)
Why doesn't everybody love us, the West? Why does the Rest hate the West? Have you ever wondered why the Western world is so intensely disliked, if not hated, by the Rest of the world? We - and I realize that mostly Westerners will read this - feel like we deserve to be liked and even loved by everybody else on our planet. After all, we do so many good things, we're so generous and kind, why then are we repaid in treachery? Why is our payback 9/11, 7/11 and other acts of sheer and fearful, out-and-out hateful terror? Why can't we all just get along?
Don't worry, I'm not about to explain the mysteries of mankind, nor am I about to get politically correct. I've been provoked by a book that helped me understand why we Westerners are not all that much appreciated by others. So far, I've only read an excerpt from that book. I'll give you the title and author below, but the sub-title - Understanding the Roots of Global Rage - should bristle your antenna; we all know what road rage is - so just expand your concept of that modern madness.
Now, a direct quote from the book:
"The truth is that Westerners are perceived by non-Westerners (if we can make such a huge generalization about a truly global phenomenon) as rich, technologically sophisticated, economically and politically dominant, morally contemptible barbarians. That is a hateful combination of feelings and assessments, in the sense that the one who makes them will, as often as not, be filled with hatred for the objects of such contemplation." [Whoa! Does this say something about why a man would want to drive a suicidal truck-bomb? Ed]
To continue, "Why (are we called) barbarians? For despising tradition, the ancestors and the dead. For despising religion, or at least for treating it lightly. For the shallowness and triviality of (our) culture. For (our shameless immorality). For (our) loose adherence to family and, sometimes, also to tribe. For (our) absence of any sense of honor. These are massive charges, of course . . ."
Are you feeling a bit battered and bloodied yet? Do you feel like you've just taken a punch from Mike Tyson - below the belt? Surely people don't hate you (and I'm certain, that like Raymond, everybody loves ME). The problem is that however loveable you or I may be, we of the West are identified as Westerners and therefore part of the Great Satan (as America was labeled by the Ayatollah Khomeini).
But, you may say, everybody wants to come and live in our countries, so we can't be all that bad. Ah, there lies the rub! Here's more from the book . . .
". . . many Western attributes and trappings are found desirable by non-Westerners. But precisely that desirability compounds the problem. Western culture, the very source of offense to traditional cultural sensibilities, has a habit of finding out the weak spots of the guardians of tradition and undermining them from within. The allure of (open and seductive conduct); or of status clothing, furnishings and possessions; or of personal independence: one would have to be superhuman not to feel the pull of these things or to be tempted by them. That is why many anti-Western movements, notably Islamists, wish to banish the very presence of the Western temptations, to take a separatist line, or at least to limit contacts with Western people and institutions to what can be dictated on their own cultural terms."
Are you beginning to see where 'The Rest' is coming from? One final quote that smacked me right between the eyes. . .
"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do."
Why does everybody love Raymond? Is it because, like the young man we know as the Prodigal Son, that even though he blows it a lot, he then humbles himself (or is humbled)? And by contrast, his older brother Robert always complains that Ray is the favorite son, while he - the drone, the colorless one - feels like just a piece of the furniture?
So what's the answer for us Westerners? As Dean Sherman would say, "It all starts with relationships." What can you and I as God-fearing people do? How can we change the world? Jesus had the answer; actually it was a command for us today too. Start by loving each other. (John 15:17)
The book: 'Why the Rest Hates the West,' by Meic Pearse, InterVarsity Press.
2. Profound & Pithy - Timeless Wisdom
If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain.
If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees.
If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people.
Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa (sent in by Wilma Rediger)
If the way you live isn't consistent with what you believe, then it's wrong.
Romans 14:23 The Message
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
C. Northcote Parkinson
When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.
All human beings should try to learn before they die,
What they are running from, and to, and why.
Christians don't tell lies - they just go to church and sing them.
3. Feedback - It's Your Turn
My wife Shauna and I took our DTS in Honolulu and our SBS in Winfield, BC Canada; then on SBS staff in Nuneaton, England for several years. We have been pastoring churches in Canada since YWAM, which we miss, especially being part of such a great missional community, so thanks for keeping us in touch.
Thanks so much for sending me eTouch. In the issue previous to the last one, there was a comment by Sylvie Johnston who mentioned that since leaving YWAM she had been divorced, lost her entire nuclear family, was currently battling cancer, but was still confident in God's character. Yesterday I attended Sylvie's funeral. Numerous emails were read out from former YWAMers during the tribute section of the funeral. A YWAM family who are now guardians of her two daughters are putting Sylvie's - and others - comments in a book of memories for them.
Ila Howard, UK
I feel discouraged about not being able be back in missions and by the time we will be able to, we will be too old to go. I was talking to the Lord about our situation and how I'm afraid to even hope for a different future than what I see ahead of us. The future I see right now is to just be here, both of us working and supporting our daughters and grandchildren both financially and emotionally. This is also because my sister is very ill and my parents are in their 80's and will need help.
I looked up at a picture on our wall and there are two sailboats in it. One is sailing close to the shore and another one so far off in the distance that it is difficult to see what it is. I sensed the Lord saying both are sailboats, both are moving forward. The one up close is our walk right now; where we are at, moving forward, doing what He has us do for now. The other one, though difficult to make out, is our future, also moving forward in the direction the wind is taking it. Both are being moved by the wind and both are doing what they are made to do, sail forward.
Just because one sailboat is difficult to see doesn't change what it is made to do, nor does it change the course the wind wants it to take. It will become clearer to see as it sails closer to the shore. As for us, we are to just be patient and do what He has for us to do, for now; we are to move forward by helping the family, and the future which is sailing closer, will come; as it comes, the course we are to take will be made clear.
[Brenda Wilson and her husband Greg, live on a sailboat in Washington, USA]
4. Donna's Corner - It's Not What You Do. . .
It's not what you do, but Who you do it for.
Whatever you do, work at it with ALL your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3: 23-24)
It is our love for Jesus and obedience to Him that will bring us such peace and joy, even in the little things that we do.
Have you ever been shopping in a clothing store and found a shirt lying on the floor, knocked off its rack by someone, then picked it up and hung it back where it belongs, realizing that Jesus is watching? I know it may sound silly, but God sees our hearts. Have you ever asked the Lord how much of a tip to leave your server in a restaurant?
When children walk by, do you remember to bless them and smile at them? Or sitting in a church service do you bless the little ones. (Mark 9:36-37; 10:13-16)
God sees the details. He knows our every thought before a word comes out of our mouth (Ps 139:1-4); He knows the number of hairs on our heads. (Mt 10:30) Our God is a loving, caring Father who wants us to include Him in everything we do and say.
Love & Blessings,
5. Prize Winners - To the Sun . . . and Beyond!
OK, last month we presented a contest, the rules for which were: take any YWAM cultural word and apply the following rules: alter the word by adding, subtracting, or changing ONE letter, and supply a new definition. (Those people who entered using two or more words were summarily rejected . . . the words, not the people.)
First Prize: a free ticket on the first passenger space flight to the sun.
The Washington Post came up with this idea - one from them plus our two examples:
Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
Hintercession: Prayer meeting in Australia's Outback.
Relationshops: What some people think DTSes might be.
Well, your panel of expert judges had a tough time deciding on a winner - there was just too much excellence. So, they did the wimpish thing and chose a bunch of winners (we checked first - there have been some cancellations on the SunTrip, so all will be accommodated). Here are the most brilliant entries in no particular order:
eTouché: the particular bit in each issue that pricks me to action. Jeanne Lyman
Lifestale: that which prompts some folks to do a Crossroads DTS. Jeanne - again
Poutreach: I'm only going 'cause I need the 12 credits.
Fissionary: the one who is always causing trouble. Both from John Kuhne
Hopenness: A positive expectation of being treated well when you share your inner self. Erik Schilperoort
Plumline: The lineup at the washroom after your base has received much ripe fruit as a donation. Jacques Dalton, who sends in this next one too:
GENESITS: The pain you feel after watching long teachings by videoconference.
Feeback: What you don't get when you can't make it to a YWAM function you have registered for! David Cohen, who also submits:
eCouch: Where to relax with a mug of inoculatte while reading eTouch. David Cohen
Y AM: Y am I still in this mission after 31 years? "L" (hint: one of the judges).
And even though they break the one-word rule, our feather hearts tell us to include:
Two more from the prolific Jacques Dalton:
Feather Heart of God: A teaching that brings relief and buoys up our spirits.
King's Kits: The emergency manual given to KK leaders along with a bottle of aspirin.
Mall Groups: Where YWAM women love to meet! Melissa Lee
Thanks to the many others who entered words - lack of space made us draw a line. Your names will be added to the waitlist for the journey to the sun.
6. Renewal Gatherings for 2007
Reminder to Lausanne alumni - Loren Cunningham at a special day - May 13th!
To register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; by telephone: +41 (0)21 784 23 23
June 4-8, Chico, California - our first Korean Gathering! Speaker:
Pastor Ron Smith from Minneapolis, well known among Koreans. Co-leaders:
Peter & Donna Jordan, with Kwak Sookwang & Song Jungmee (worship leader).
Korean Registrar: Hephzibah Zeleny: email@example.com
June 10-16, Chico, CA - Speakers: Dan Sneed & Donna Jordan (with Peter)
Contact: Laurie firstname.lastname@example.org Great kid's program!
July 8-14, Restenäs, Sweden - Speakers, Andreas & Angela Frész: "Destiny by
Design." Hosted by Roy & Shirley Jones
July 15-21, Grimerud, Norway - Speaker, Alejandro Rodriguez, Director, YWAM
Argentina. With Lidvard & Ingalill Andreassen and Peter & Donna Jordan.
July 28-Aug 4, Jura Mountains, Switzerland - Speakers Andreas & Angela Frész:
"Destiny by Design." Hosted by Roy & Shirley Jones
Aug 11-18, Near Paris, France - Speaker Donna Jordan - "Listening to God"
Hosted by Roy & Shirley Jones
For the above four European Camps contact Roy Jones, European Coordinator at email@example.com or go to www.intouchcamps.com for more details.
Sept 5-9, Singapore - Speaker David Demian. With Peter & Donna Jordan
Contact: Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org
And finally, If God is your Co-pilot - swap seats!
Till next time, be blessed (and please send us email addresses of your friends),