Monthly Archives: April 2010

On the trail again?

Trying to get back on the trail. To start the morning, I actually did the stretching exercises for my back that I was taught some ten years ago.

We will see where this leads.

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When laughing


Barranquilla
Easter Sunday
April 4, 2010

There are many reasons to cry.
When laughing we have hope.
When laughing we are alive.

German

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Without knowing

Without knowing
We host angels
Without knowing
We visit angels
Without knowing
We encounter angels
Without knowing
We journey with angels
Without knowing
We share life with angels

As we host
Visit
Encounter
Journey
Share
May our knowing grow

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Missing Bags

I made it back to Louisville. There was a bit of drama in Atlanta when the 45 minute connection shrunk to 25 minutes. Fortunately the gates were close — I was in seat 32C — and the gate agent was very, very helpful.

According to the Delta Web page, the bag is here. So I am off to pick it up.

Since everyone except Erik got sick, myself included – although I was one of the least sick, I managed to lose weight in Colombia. Hopefully I can build on that!

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In surprising places


I am catching up a bit.

It has been a good trip. Lots of meetings. But the meetings went well and plans have been made for the future of the Colombia Accompaniment Program.

The poster promoting the Peacemaking Offering was posted on a door in the Pital Presbyterian Church. Pital is the one rural church in the Presbytery of the North Coast of the Presbyterian Church in Colombia.

Always good to see the Offering promoted.

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Communidad del Camino


Barranquilla

I had the privilege to preach this afternoon in Barranquilla. It was a wonderful experience followed by fellowship at the home of the Rev. Adriano Portillo and dinner at Mac Mondongo.

More later.

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Via Blanca

Barranquilla

Via Blanca is a community of displaced persons in Colombia who are framing on land given to them by the mayor. In this pilot project, they are growing tomatoes, melons, and peppers. Members of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) visited the community, we worshiped, ate sancocho soup, and planted an aloe vera plant (known as sabila in Colombia).

More pictures are posted.

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Pital


Barranquilla

Yesterday we went to the Pital Presbyterian Church. Pital is the one rural church in the Presbytery of the North Coast – outside Barranquilla.

On the wall is a quilt made for the church by a partner congregation in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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Full moon over Barranquilla

Barranquilla
31 March 2010
10:24 p.m.

Things have been quite busy. The meetings have been going well but they take attention and much time. There is good conversation, Spirit-filled dreaming, relationships being nurtured and born, possibilities explored.

I am going to post a few pictures with some brief comments to catch up a bit.

Barranquilla is in Northern Colombia on the Magdalena River and near the Caribbean Sea. It is Colombia’s fourth largest city. It is in the Presbytery of the Coast (or Presbytery of the North Coast) of the Presbyterian Church in Colombia.

It has been hot and humid most days, although Monday has been the worst. Yesterday was reasonably pleasant. Today the temperature and humidity climbed.

There was a full moon on Sunday night when we arrived.

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