“Dobar Dan!” That's the Croatian greeting that translates something like, “G’day Mate!”
eTouch is principally designed and written for the great big worldwide family of former YWAMers ~ and all our many friends who love and support the mission. Peter Jordan, Editor
For all Gatherings - see point 5 below
1. Sheep2Sheep ~ The Perfect Day
Continuing our little series in which we have searched (unsuccessfully) for the perfect family and the perfect child, I’d like to tell you about a perfect day I had last month in Lunghwa, Shanghai. Yes, that’s the Shanghai of China.
Donna and I were guests for three days in the home of our friends Roy & Moh. (Remember the old Chinese proverb? Fish and house guests smell after three days. I think we were still fresh when we left!)
Shanghai was my home for three and a half years during WW2. If you ever saw the Steven Spielberg movie, “Empire of the Sun,” that was where I and my family were prisoners for those years. The five of us lived in a 12’ X 12’ room on the third floor of a decrepit, battle-scarred old three-story barracks building, poetically named “D Block.” It makes me think that I lived in YWAM before there was a YWAM!
But that’s another story.
The perfect day was being able to go back there to Lunghwa and see and touch and remember those days so long ago. Have you ever returned after many years to a place where you once lived? Things seem so much smaller. It was hard to believe that five of us, including my older teenaged brother and sister, lived and slept and ate in that tiny room for so long. Yet, much of the world lives like that today.
I stood at the window looking out at the urban sprawl that today has totally wiped out my boyhood view of rice paddy fields as far as I could see. Back then, the tall buildings on the Shanghai waterfront rose majestically out of the green fields, eight miles away on the horizon. For us prisoners those high-rises, especially the Peace Hotel, could have been eight million miles away.
On this day as I reminisced, in a flight of fancy I imagined that my window had been a flat screen TV. Through it, I had watched a live war; the advancing US Air Force versus the Japanese defenders, with almost daily strafing, shooting, flaming and crashing fighters,waging incredible aerial battles before this young boy’s spellbound eyes.
The noise was deafening as the defenders blasted away with huge antiaircraft guns whose exploding shells speckled the skies with puffy little black clouds filled with deadly shrapnel, much of which came raining down on our roof. Parachuting pilots dangled and dropped into the rice fields.
Wow! It was a boy’s war. Today, the very thought of war fills me with horror. But back then, this skinny little kid was starved, not only for proper food, but for clothing and schooling; so the fearsome and awful and exciting aerial ballet of war captured my heart and fed my appetite for excitement. And I suppose, led me later into aviation.
Our Concentration Camp (the polite term for our prison), is today the prestigious Shanghai High School. The buildings have been renovated and the campus fairly sparkles in the Shanghai springtime.
As a young boy, those three and a half years of confinement affected me less negatively than it did for teenagers and adults. For my parents it was stressful to the max. Career missionaries to the Chinese - my Dad for more than four decades - they spent those prison years boiling drinking water for the 1800 other inmates, and worrying about the effects upon us kids. My Dad grew tomatoes to supplement our diet (to this day, I love vegetable gardening!)
Even despite some of the grisly and gruesome events that this little boy witnessed in that place, the walk down memory lane was a satisfying and important experience; it was as though I had finally been able to let Donna ‘touch’ an early part of my life. Somehow, China lives on in me.
So, it was a Perfect Day, made even more perfect when it was crowned with a scrumptiously succulent Szechuan dinner, featuring Claypot Chicken Rice. You gotta try it!
2. Profound & Pithy
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success, is knowing how to get along with people. Theodore Roosevelt, President of the USA 1901-1909.
The Bible says it another way:
You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. James 3:18 ~ The Message.
Sad but true: There are no permanent allies, only permanent interests. Political proverb
3. The Boutique
Gone, but remembered. Among that great cloud of witnesses who have gone on ahead of us . . . there are some who served in YWAM. If you haven’t already sent us names, please do so. We would like to see that these ones are remembered and honored at the Ultimate 50th Celebration in Kona Nov 29-Dec 4.
In addition, widows, widowers and families who have lost loved ones who have served in the mission, will also be honored. To respond, email us at email@example.com
Letters to eTouch are posted on our website. To view them click here.
4. Donna's Corner ~ Listening to God
You probably know by now that my life message is all about "Listening to God," and that I believe that He created us to walk and talk with Him all the time. The Holy Spirit lives within us, and unless we grieve Him or quench Him, He's always there to tell us what is on our Father's heart.
Jesus came to please His Father; He only did what He saw His Father do and only said what He heard His Father say. Philippians 1:27-30 & 2:1-18** is the scripture portion for YWAM's 50th, and when you think about it, even though Jesus was fully God, as a man He denied Himself the right to make any decisions on His own. He humbled Himself and lived a life of complete submission and obedience to the will of His Father. He is our model. We are to live as Jesus lived.
Jesus took on the very nature of a servant. If we understand what it is to be a bondservant, in submission to the King, then waiting on and listening to God won't be a problem for us anymore; if we don't have the right to do or say anything on our own, then the very posture of our lives becomes one of active listening. We will want to wait on God until He speaks, knowing that we only have the right to move in obedience to Him, out of our love for Him. He is our King and as we all walk in obedience to Him, we will see His Kingdom come.
Corporate humbling and listening will bring corporate unity with the Holy Spirit; then we will have corporate authority under His Kingship, as His ambassadors for His Kingdom. We just have to mention the name of our King JESUS, and demons must flee.
It's true and the truth will set us free to be who God has called us to be: His heirs, as we are led by His Spirit and live by His Spirit.
These are amazing days we're living in as God's people. Peter and I were just at a ‘Chinese Homecoming Gathering’ in Hong Kong with more than 5000 Chinese people from all over the world. More than 2000 came from Mainland China. What hunger they showed! So wanting to hear what is on God's heart.
Let’s be still and know that He is God.
Love and Blessings,
5. Six Renewal Gatherings ~ starting in Europe, ending in Hawaii
May 31-June 5: GERMANY – YWAM Hurlach, near Munich, with Donna Jordan – still time!
Jul 18-24: SWEDEN – Falun (northwest of Stockholm) with Donna Jordan
Jul 26-31: NORWAY – YWAM Skjærgårdsheimen (on the beach in the South of Norway near Kristiansand) with David Demian (Watchmen for the Nations Canada), and Peter & Donna Jordan.
For this Camp only, contact: Lidvard Andreassen - firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Base housing at YWAM Skjærgårdsheimen is almost full, but we are searching for alternate housing nearby. If you have friends in the neighborhood who would be willing house participants, please let Lidvard know. Camp will be open for registration until maximum meeting and meal facilities are reached.
Aug 8-14: FRANCE – YWAM Le-Gault-la-Forêt (east of Paris in the Champagne Region), with Daniel Schaerer
Aug 22-28: SWITZERLAND – Jura Mountains (close to Vallorbe), with Al & Carolyn Akimoff
For all Camps except Norway, go to www.ywamassociates.eu click on ‘Contact’ and email Roy Jones for more info about the Camp you are interested in.
And then . . .
Kona, HAWAII for two great events in two great weeks - before and after American Thanksgiving! Plan on coming for both! (For overseas visitors, Thanksgiving is a traditional family holiday time in the U.S.)
*WEEK 1 ~ Nov 21-25: YWAM Associates International Gathering at the Royal Kona Resort, with Bob Fitts and others to be confirmed. Dan Sneed will be our Gathering Pastor, with JoEllyn Wright our ‘In House’ worship leader; there will be others you know who will join us. Hosted by Peter & Donna.
In addition to a Thanksgiving Luau Feast, we are planning a Sunset Beach Picnic, both events included in the Gathering cost. Click here to register. After registering for the Gathering, you may then register directly with the hotel; or, you may want to search for accommodations of your own in Kona.
NOTE: When registering for our YWAM Associates Gathering Nov 21-25, the same low hotel rates apply for the 'resting' days of Nov 26-28. These special low rates also apply for the 50th Anniversary Celebration week – see Week 2 following. . .
*WEEK 2 ~ Nov 29-Dec 4: YWAM's Ultimate 50th Anniversary Celebration with everybody you can imagine expected to be there! For registration click on www.ywam50.com/kona
Weeks 1 & 2 must be registered for separately.
And finally . . .
I used to live as if the Psalmist had written,
Be busy, and know that I am God. (Ps 46:10) Chris Rice
So be active but never busy,
Feel free to use anything from the above, in whole or in part, in any way that will glorify God and advance His Kingdom.
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**Philippians 1:27-30 NIV
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel. 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out[c] the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.