My first presentation at Omsk State University started a mere five hours after I landed in this Siberian city eleven time zones away from Minnesota. Changing four planes (SVO-ORD-HEL-SVO-OMS) and five airports made my feet shake, my head spin, and my heart beat faster from excitement. Their Theology Department was opened right after the “perestroika” (openness) era thanks to devotion and enthusiasm of its founders—Orthodox clergy, lay professors, and students. My training in presenting the Gospel with Evidence to their second and third year students gave them a chance to take a fresh look at Christian Theology, from historic perspective and from its practical, evangelistic point of view. [Read more…]
Archives for September 2017
On Saturday the 23rd September I helped man the FaithSearch booth at the 2017 Minnesota Church Expo. I worked with Kristi, whose responsibilities-among many more-include managing the evangelists’ speaking engagements at churches and events such as this, as well as partnering with churches in the area and across the USA and Canada.
The event was held at a local church called Revive. There were around twelve booths in a small hall. All booths gave non-profit charities the opportunity to advertise what they do. These ranged from marriage courses to children’s neighborhood outreach, to a mission in Puerto Rico, which of course at the moment is overwhelmed with providing relief after hurricane Maria. It was fantastic to see Church groups make the journey from all across the country. The Coach Bus NYC churchgoers brought redefined my impression of luxury travel. I’ve never seen so many people look so refreshed after such a long journey.
I enjoyed the day, and it gave me the opportunity, on a small one-on-one scale, to get used to talking to people about what it is we do at FaithSearch, and how I will be involved going forward. It was also nice to talk to people about Operation Armor and why I am called to follow this ministry. It was also a real boost to my confidence to see how natural I found it talking to people about it. Some were familiar with FaithSearch and these conversations gave me a opportunity to discuss with them what my role is and where I see God leading me. Those who are new to hearing about FaithSearch of course are the ones we are most keen to engage. These conversations seemed to go very well, so we trust God for those planted seeds.
Throughout the morning and afternoon there were choices of seminars you could attend depending on what path you want to take at the Expo. There were talks aimed at reaching adults, children, youth, and evangelicalism. In the morning session, Don and Joe lead a panel discussion which I had a chance to pop in and out of.
All in all it was a fun day.
So on Monday, the 18th of September, I helped out at my first FaithSearch charity event, a golf day at Pheasant Acres Golf Club in Rogers, MN.
It was a very wet yet enjoyable day. I observed that many golfers are hardcore: I would have given up and gone in for a hot chocolate after two holes. Saying that though, it takes time to improve at a sport like golf, as it is so precise. But with there being various equipment and technology like a golf launch monitor that people can use to improve their game, becoming a hardcore golf player may not be as tough as some may have initially thought. There are even online resources that could help you to develop in the game. For example, you can read this online blog called the Best Driver For Slice from Word Golf Shop where you can learn about the different drivers available to you that can influence your game.
The schedule of my day involved arriving at 9 AM for setup (registration tables, freebee gifts, raffle items [which were a voucher towards a stay at a golf resort and a free round of golf, and coffee machine, a 39-inch tv, or an ice fishing house and fishing poles] all of which were donated to the ministry by sponsors).
Golfers then arrived at 11 AM for registration, when they could also buy the raffle tickets, which was my station to work-using my fun British accent and some light, fun banter to get them to buy. Also on offer was the opportunity to buy a team mulligan, which gave each team member a do-over for the total price of $20.
Along the way on certain holes there were other activities for people to pay a small additional cost to participate. Contests were:
- The longest drive from the 10th hole;
- Knock it on the green with your first shot on a Par 3;
- And my favorite, the S’more challenge, see if you can drive a marshmallow onto two boards.
I had the job during play of driving around the holes on a golf cart with Julie, one of the other members of the FaithSearch team, to take photos of the golfers during play.
After play was finished we had a nice taco meal to warm up and then a presentation of the game prizes and the raffle drawing to conclude the evening at 7 PM.
I had such a fun day, just spending the day out there in fun fellowship with Christians laughing and joking about every day life and events of the day. And how could I not have a fun day driving around on a golf cart, although at times Julie had to hold on tight as I took a couple of corners a little to fast. Who says golf carts go slow.
It was also nice to meet some of the people who had already been made aware back in May of my imminent arrival to the USA and to FaithSearch during a resent benefit dinner. It was also a great time to continue to bond with the team I work with in a casual setting.
“Wannabees” is a term coined by the author of Making Sense of Creation & Evolution to identify fossils which are intermediate or transitional between major groups of biological organisms. For example, if reptiles evolved into birds, we should be able to see the fossil of a reptile that wants to be a bird but isn’t fully there yet—a wannabee. [Read more…]
Well hello all.
So my first day of work with FaithSearch was on the 13th September. It is so nice to be back with the team and what a warm Minnesota welcome back they all gave me. It’s so exciting to officially be part of the team and to start discussing what lies ahead for me. More on that soon.
Please continue to pray for God’s direction in the up coming weeks as I grow in my role and find my feet.