Monday, September 22, 2008

small world

Well, after two weeks being down, I'm back in business. This means that much of what I've been thinking over the last couple of weeks has been lost in the space between my ears (and I'll bet it was awesome, life changing stuff)! Anyway, it's cool to be back - hope you enjoy my mental meanderings.

In the "it's a small world" department, let me share two cool encounters I've had the last three weeks.

Our sporst outreach pastor (Jason Probst) has a new intern named Randy. So was talking with him - getting to know him and I find out he's from Canada. As we talk I share how much Sara and I loved traveling to Nova Scotia (think North Maine) when I spoke at a youth conference over 14 years ago. Guess who was a student in the audience when I preached..yep, Randy. But there's more.

Last week I'm eating with a small group and I start talking with Jorge. I knew he was raised in Mexico, but what I didn't realize is that he was raised at a ministry in Mexico City called, Ninos de Mexico. I told him that I stayed there once in 1992 when I was working for Christ In Youth and that I spoke at this conference in Cuerna Vaca. You see where this is going right? He was a student at the conference. What are the odds? Only a huge God could take some schmuck from Indiana and let him preach all over the place to students and then bring two of those students (one from Canada and one from Mexico) together to serve in Normal, Illinois.

God's providence proven once again. And I didn't even mention that I have a guy on staff who used to hear me preach and he's from the foreign land of Mowequa!


Nancy said...


It is truly amazing how God uses even us in His great plans to further His Kingdom... Humbling isn't it?

Love you!

Anonymous said...

so glad the blog is up and running again, my monday isn't the same w/out it.
i gotta say though, that white font on black backround made my eyes buggy!! not your fault though; i think it's just these fine 40 year old eyes in need of some assistance. good thing i get to pay dr. landess a visit this week!!
have a great week mike! love ya.

Nate and Ruthie said...

How great it is to read your blog... I can actually hear you saying the words I'm reading.
Miss and love you guys!

Anonymous said...

Woohoo - I'm glad you are back on! I really enjoy your inspirational messages and your "thought of the day".

Keep up the great work! You are a phenominal pastor and deliver a great message every Sunday!

Oh, and love the new webpage look!

Thank you for all you do!