Monday Musings 06/02/14
“I” instead of “we”…
I am writing this blog while sitting in my room at the Methodist Presbyterian Hostel in Kinshasa, Congo (DRC).
As I write today, I feel that I am about turn the often quoted axiom “go with the flow” into a living reality.
After two months of preparation for this trip, my traveling partner called me on Saturday, just twelve hours before our flight left for the Congo, to inform me that there were some visa issues that would prevent us from traveling together over the next two weeks. Instead of meeting me at the J’Burg airport to fly with me, he met me to shake my hand, give me a few final instructions, and hand me a few items to be delivered upon my arrival in the Congo. As the door of the plane closed and we taxied down the runway, I took a breath and in effect said Lord, I will go with the flow.
After landing in the Congo at midnight, going through customs, and waiting forty-five minutes for my luggage, my Congolese contact brought me the the Methodist guest house where today I write this blog.
Arriving in my room at about 1:30 in the morning, my host said, “I will pick you up at 7:30 a.m., take you to the church where you will speak two morning services, and by the way, they want you to speak on the Holy Spirit and introduce the week leading up to Pentecost Sunday”. In otherwords, go with the flow!
Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will have an eight hour drive to Kikwit, Congo where on Wednesday I will speak morning and afternoon at a three day leadership seminar with pastors and church leaders. Saturday, I have the privilege of speaking at an outdoor football stadium in Kikwit, where churches from across the city will gather for a Pentecost weekend celebration. Sunday, I will speak at a local church in Kikwit and Monday, will travel back to Kinshasa and prepare for another three day leadership seminar.
By now you have probably noticed my use of the term “I” on a number of occasions (at least ten times if you are counting). One phone call at 9 a.m. last Saturday turned “we” to “I”. But one thing is very clear to me, I cannot be effective at any of the events that await me over the next two weeks without experiencing the gift of the Holy Spirit that was poured out two thousand years ago on Pentecost Sunday! Partnership with the Holy Spirit turns “I” into “we”. Together “we” can go with the flow!
In case you are wondering, I am not writing this blog to beg for your pity. Leadership development is what I signed up for six years ago and it is what drives my passion to this very day. “I” am simply writing this blog to ask for your prayers as “we” (the Holy Spirit and me) partner together to raise the level of integrity amongst church leaders in the Congo.
Yesterday over lunch, my host said to me, “when you return to your wife on June 15th, she will probably not recognize you, as we will have kept you so busy.” So MJ, find a recent picture of me just in case the one you dropped off at the J’Burg airport May 31st looks a little different on June 15th. 🙂
Until next Monday…
Speaking at Centre Evangelique (Assemblies of God) Church yesterday morning. The rest of the packed out church is in a wing that the photo could not capture.