My last Sunday in Kona was spent with friends on a little adventure. I think that, in the book of Psalms, where it is written “brothers dwell together in unity” the word “dwell” in ancient Hebrew actually means “clamber over sharp Hawaiian lava rock in search of lagoon”. Well, we found it. Beautiful. I’m amazed how those guys back then knew about this place! The surface water was icy (for Hawaii) and yet a few feet below was the warmer sea water. A very strange combination and a sighting of a turtle almost 4 feet long. The adventure was rounded off with good old prayer and real communion – the old-fashioned way!
As most of you may are aware by now, I left the YWAM base in Kona, Hawaii to return to New York to spend time with family and good friends. It was good to catch up on the latest trends like FROZEN – I almost had the script memorized, and JUSTIN TIME – actually a really good kids series (parents take note). I also finally watched The Hobbit and Man of Steel. I still have a lot of catching up to do! I also got the snow I was hoping for! – sorry rest of NY State. Thanks Bodo and Heather for my time with you all. Great to hang with new Levin – It’s just obvious that good looks run in the family!
Levin’s big steps
My brother has been helping pioneer and expand a DJ/music school company, Dubspot. They’ve been launching a new school in LA and an online version as well. I didn’t realize this at first but it’s right up my alley – well, just a
few blocks over! Bar the swag and lingo, it’s all about the music and they’re pretty good at it. I got signed up for a Logic ProX course worth quite a bit thanks to someone. I’m now also the proud owner of a MacBook, which has since been renovated, turbo-charged, and being very much enjoyed. Thanks to that same someone for helping me get it!
For those who know Philip and Sharon, they send their greetings. I was able to spend some time with them again, and Scuppers – the hound and honorary family member. Always a pleasure!! One thing led to another and I was invited to a ‘Worship Intensive’ (for those not familiar to the weird Christian jargon, just read “Music Training”). It was hosted by ‘Liquid Church’, who do such a good job of using media in ministry, and had some well known names give us some of their nuggets of wisdom. More about these nuggets later… They have a great online library of past and current sermons with some very interesting topics.
Alex, from our Children’s Home in Malawi is doing well. He travelled to South Africa to find some work to help support the home. He is now working in Cape Town on a six month work permit and doing really well. This will enable him to send money home and help bring some projects to life. Ruth is back home running the home and the little businesses. On a more serious note, one of Alex’s nieces, who had very strongly opposed and sometimes hindered the work of the home, came to them to ask forgiveness – which was amazing. Sadly though she passed away a few days later from illness. A bittersweet moment. We press on for what good lies ahead and Malawi looks forward to the harvest season which is near. Our first new major project for the home will be providing running water. Thanks to YWAM and now LiquidChurch, I have several leads who could help with this. How do you rebuild a country? A day and a step at a time.
And now the grand finale – Where am now…??
With much favor and grace along the way – and along that way was spared the overnight at Heathrow by a good friend and joined in on her Home Group with even more friends from home. A pleasant passage through the Queen’s land! Thanks Joanne, Alex and Liz – ’twas great to see you all again! Pinkies!
I arrived in Germany the next day which is where I’ll be for a while. I’m planning to use my time off work to study further with Dubspot and work on the Banyan Tree Album. This is a collection of twenty student song recordings from the Elevate School of Worship (alternatively read ‘Music School’) which I hope to turn into a student album, before 2024!
<– Click left for one of the first tracks, by JJ, ‘My One’
It’s quite an adjustment coming from ‘full time ministry’ back into.. I want to say ‘the real world’, but that’s all not accurate, though part of it is. Those who know me know I’m not afraid to work hard, yet now I feel an awkward hesitation to just dive right in again. Almost a longing for what was and was not completed. A desire for further ministry, a longing for that part in something bigger, something unpredictable and unmeasurable, something so unashamedly large in its proclamation yet very easy to miss and simply pass by. Nonetheless the drawing of the heart is there, guiding the one who hears. The Kingdom we’re seeking comes from within and I believe more and more that the essence of our lives is being in fellowship with that King. It’s good to work. Jesus worked with his hands. Paul with his. We with ours. And all the while we live out the coming of that Kingdom we long for. I sure do long to see it come, all the more, and see it come again. And not just in my life but in the lives of many. For though many don’t know it, what they really do long for is that very Kingdom – righteousness, peace and joy, forgiveness, purity, love, hope, faith – living life to the fullness of what He has for us, and yet few find it. Sometimes hindered by others, sometimes hindered by ourselves, yet always within reach of what we all need to get there, grace.