Becoming Chris Kamalski

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Tag: Life Compass

Life Compass With Oasis ZA (September 2011).

Yup! This sums up the wonderful chaos of our week spent facilitating Life Compass with Oasis ZA in Cosmo City (a suburb of Johannesburg)!

The Unfolding Story:

  • 18 Oasis ZA First-Year Change Agents (primarily college-age South African youth from local townships) spending an entire week (September 19th-23rd, 2011) developing a vision of their preferred future in the context of a creative community development organization birthing fresh stories of transformation and change all through Cosmo City, a suburb of Johannesburg an hour south of where we live and work in Pretoria. Oasis ZA have been long-time friends of NieuCommunities South Africa, and have even modeled their rhythm after the missional postures that we walk through as we pursue the way of Jesus as a missional community. Maxie and I were honored to stay at our dear friend Adri-Marie’s house all week long, and deeply enjoyed the energy, questions, and clear-eyed impact that these young South Africans were committed to living with. Driving home exhausted that Friday evening, Maxie remarked, “I’m confident in South Africa’s future because of youth like these. We’re going to be ok!” An apt description of our week spent helping fellow South Africans begin to find their voice, and start writing the stories God is inviting them to tell with their lives.

The hope in empowering South African youth to develop visions for their lives.

My Storyline: The scenes that have already played in the story that is your life. A wonderful way to make sense of the mess that can be our past!

Maxie and I spent 3-4 hours each morning facilitating dialogue, self-discovery, all leading to the development of a preferred future vision.

Sharing our storylines with each other.

Love the sentiment expressed here.

Our Life Compass experience emphasizes the central role that one's personality plays in not only the development of a self, but the vision one is to speak to life. Our personalities are not accidental in the mind of God.

Dialogue is a central part of our training. (Can you see Maxie giving the 2-minute warning?)

A powerful organization creating fresh movements of the Kingdom in Joburg. We consider them dear friends!

A (filtered) sunset from Adri-Marie's backyard. Stunning!

The Context Of My Giftedness.

‎”I was eight years into my career before I realized that my real value to our organization lay within the context of my giftedness, not the number of hours I worked. From that point forward I began looking for ways to redefine my job description according to what I was good at, rather than simply what I was willing to do.”[Andy Stanley]

A Little YouTube Love.

My first editing effort. Pretty proud of this (totally imperfect) effort to capture the Life Compass project we are carrying!

Read the full [60* Second Field Stories] here.

Increasingly, Maxie and I have found ourselves facilitating Life Compass training, a holistic developmental tool that uses a narrative story driven process to empower and individual or community to develop a vision for their life. As Donald Miller writes, “A good storyteller speaks something into nothing. Where there is an absence of story, or perhaps a bad story, a good storyteller walks in and changes reality. He doesn’t critique the existing story, or lament about his boredom, like a critic. He just tells something different and invites other people into the new story he is telling.” We hope these short YouTube videos do just that…give you a glimpse into the reality we are living on mission here in South Africa, and a sneak peak at the horizon we are walking towards! Enjoy!

Life Compass Is…(YouTube video explaining our central training)

Welcome to the Chraxie Story! (A little dual interview unpacking the Chraxie love story)

God Is At Work In Kenya!

Enjoying a little Java House break (minus Annerika's smile) 🙂

God is at work, BIG TIME, here in Nairobi, Kenya. Maxie and I have been working with almost 40 Kenyans this entire week, facilitating the Life Compass process for them. Today was so fun, challenging, and profound, as we opened up a conversation on vision, calling, and the stories we are to tell with the sum of our lives…we fielded a ton of questions that initiated a super helpful conversation on the divergence and commonality of mission and vision, purpose and calling. Our new friends at Missions For Hope are amazing, and filled to the brim with passion to see fresh work break out into the Kingdom of God!

We cannot wait to tell you the stories that are emerging from this growing story we are carrying…

If you missed our introduction to Life Compass, watch here 

Our newest *60 Second Field Stories is here 

Life Compass Is…

Attempting to describe the unfolding story God is having Maxie and I carry forward in mission right now…Life Compass is increasingly the central tool we are using to help empower others to discover and live into the story of their lives, through an emerging vision that is grounded in a holistic sense of who I am created to be. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce this work to you!

Gesit By Die Huis.

Prison makes sense if one has nothing to do.

Sitting with our friends in Enthomjeni Youth Prison this morning working through our Life Compass curriculum with them, Maxie was beginning to explain how each of the guys should take a personality assessment (Extrovert/Introvert stuff..) that a local educational psychologist would score this week in preparation for her visit with us to explain how personality affects choice and life direction this coming week. The personality assessment has a space where you list your current occupation (Favorite past response to this question: “Robbery.”). We were joking with the guys this morning that none of them were allowed to write in ‘prisoner’ or ‘house break-in,’ which they all found hilarious, and if an effort to not discourage they guys, Maxie wisely suggested that they write down what they used to do prior to being in prison.

One of the kindest, most interesting guys in the course this time is a young man named Wayne Poe. Wayne mentioned that he loves to swim, which Maxie and I both found super interesting, as a lot of South Africans from more impoverished backgrounds haven’t had the privilege to learn how to swim before, and have somewhat of an innate fear of water. When we were leaving prison this morning, Maxie pulled out Wayne’s paper and simultaneously smiled and sighed with the weight of his answer as to his previous occupation:

“Gesit By Die Huis” (Translated from Afrikaans, this means “Sitting Around The House).

We laughed at the irony of this response, while shaking our heads at how ensnaring poverty truly is. We both found ourselves wondering, If Wayne was given enough opportunity to pursue swimming instead of sitting around the house, would his lack of boredom have prevented him from a life of crime?

[Our most recent ‘Field Stories’ update ‘Refusing to Perish,’ about our work with fellow inmates like Wayne, can be downloaded here]

[Our latest ’60* Second Field Stories’ email can be read here]

Refusing To Perish.

Enthomjeni Youth Prison, where the mantra is "A Place of New Beginnings." Sounds just about right!

Download {REFUSING TO PERISH}, our latest [Field Stories] update here.

(Hi-Res version here). (Low-Res version here).

 

‘Without vision, people perish.’ This provocative phrase found in Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) anchors our work in facilitating the Life Compass course with inmates in Enthomjeni, a rehabilitative prison for juveniles in Pretoria. A growing partnership between NieuCommunities South Africa and Pure Hope (the NGO that my wife Maxie directs through a local church in Pretoria) has led to 16 inmates refusing to perish in the past 9 months, fresh hope building in their hearts as we speak life into them, seeking to tell a fresh story with their future. The Life Compass process is a holistic developmental tool that seeks to provoke a directional vision and a vocational call in one’s life that propels a person forward into who they are created to be. We have been given the privilege of shepherding this process here in Pretoria, and are ecstatic about how God is developing our hearts for this work. The [Field Stories] above paint a brief picture of the stories God has begun to tell with these inmates’ lives. We hope you are inspired with their visions, penned by their own hands…

Tuesday: Prison Guys, Directionally Challenged, + West Wing Liturgy.

Emthomjeni Youth Prison. "A Place Of New Beginnings," truly!

Up early this morning. Coffee and general fumbling around, as the coming winter peaks through mid-autumn here in Pretoria, drawing a coolness to the morning air that begs a few minutes more under the covers. Out the door on my way to Baavianspoort Youth Prison to meet the Pure Hope team (alas, sans Maxie as she is required in another meeting this morning) and to continue our Life Compass course with 17 inmates.

This is the second time we have facilitated this course for youth in Block B of ‘Emthomjeni,’ a prison vastly different within the South African penal system for its emphasis on education, rehabilitative work, and as their slogan says, “A Place of New Beginnings.” Regularly, the hour plus that Maxie, Bianca (one of Maxie’s Pure Hope students), and I spend facilitating this course for ‘our boys’ is the most meaningful time I spend in South Africa on mission each week. This morning was chaotically normal for us, as we lost six of our boys to the last day of a course on Anger Management that a local psychologist was presenting that many of the inmates were required to sit in on as a part of their rehabilitation. While we are grateful for the opportunity for inmates to process their anger in hopefully increasingly helpful ways, it is depressing when it comes at the expense of them having to miss our training course.

We are nearing the 2/3rds mark of this 4 month course, designed as a holistic look into one’s past + present from every conceivable angle, including one’s timeline, personality profile, natural skills + abilities, and a host of other windows into the life that God has birthed within us. All of this past reflection is done in one big soupy bowl, building slowly upon each other in the hope that one’s self-awareness will crystallize into a life vocation (a ‘call forward’ by the Spirit into the life we were created to live) and vision that carries these inmates through the rest of their sentences and out into freedom and a dramatically different life than what they have previously imagined. This morning ‘tedious’ describes best our efforts, as we were tallying scores from a host of personality, spiritual gifting, and leadership tests, seeking to make sense of how we are wired. Much of the morning, Bianca and I moved among the guys in the room, seeking to translate overly Western questions (“I am able to speak enthusiastically and clearly about doctrinal truth”) into language and concepts that make sense within an African context. It’s tough, to say the least!  But the guys were heartened as we announced that in an effort to catch up, we have been granted a double session of time with them next Tuesday by the head of the prison block we work in.

InnerChange South Africa friends (Luc, Petunia, Moskie, Bahati Kabongo, Johannes Manganye. Not pictured: New teammates Emily, Rebecca, and Julie).

We leave a bit early so I can scurry off to catch the last hour + of time with our sister organization with Church Resource Ministries (CRM), InnerChange South Africa, a monastic order living in simplicity among the poor in Soshanguve, a large township outside of Pretoria. I have worked closely alongside Luc and Petunia Kabongo and their team for several years now in a variety of capacities, and am currently joining their Tuesday morning rhythm of breakfast, prayer, learning once a month to provide spiritual direction for their growing team, facilitating an environment of listening + reflection for our friends who live in an environment where need is constantly at hand. I rushed late to join their team this morning, a bit frantic and still thinking through our time in prison, unaware I was taking the wrong highway towards Sosh for almost 20km! ARRRRGGGGHHHH! Flipping the car around, I finally arrived to their entire team waiting for me (DOH!), a mere 25 minutes left in their morning.

Feeling ashamed and apologetic, they were gracious with me, welcoming me into their midst even as they were wrapping things up. Knowing I would not be able to facilitate spiritual direction as normal, helping them to process where God is at work within their lives and mission, I fumbled around, seeking for something to offer them. In the hesitation, Luc mentioned that he can rap in French, which just destroyed everyone, and quickly solidified into him becoming the latest performer at our wedding in a few weeks! I left the team with a powerful song from Jesus Culture entitled “My Soul Longs For You,” thinking about the question of where they found themselves in desiring God at this point in their journey, seeking to open the conversation that at times, we must ‘desire to desire God’ again in our lives, and that this dryness is a part of life!

Tuesday nights at the Reed's house for NieuCommunities dinner and conversation.

Talking with Maxie as I made my way through the city, getting lost yet again (How long have I lived here?), I now sit at my computer, needing to press on in final preparation for our weekly Tuesday evening dinner and learning conversation with NieuCommunities, a core piece of our missional community’s rhythm each week. Tonight I facilitate a conversation birthed from our submerging posture, seeking to meld disparate thoughts of how Jesus dwelt among men with the larger meta-conversation that still resonates within everyone’s mind here, namely the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden’s killing and the lingering questions of justice that many South Africans are raising to any American they can find (Cue, US!). I recently re-watched a few powerful West Wing episodes from the end of season 3 that touched on this very issue, and thus I’m  going to bring clips from these shows as a framework to ask larger questions of justice and how Jesus lived among us, showing us an example by which we are to live. It’ll either be the most brilliant thing ever–or the largest stinkbomb in teaching history!

Whew, I’m tired even writing this! What an abnormally full day! Tomorrow, rest and reflection, and hopefully some restoration awaits.

(Each day this week I will post a story or reflection about some aspect of my work and life that our missional community, NieuCommunities South Africa, is currently engaged in here in Pretoria. I’ll simply attempt to answer the questions, ‘What does a week in my life look like? while framing that within the larger question of ‘What stories are you co-writing with God in South Africa, and how does this story fulfill your unique mandate to apprentice South African leaders in the way of Jesus into sustainable mission around the globe?’)

Conrad Is Vice-President.

(Each week I will attempt to post a story or reflection about some aspect of the work that our missional community, NieuCommunities South Africa, is currently engaged in here in Pretoria. I’ll simply attempt to answer the question, ‘What stories are you co-writing with God in South Africa, and how does this story fulfill your unique mandate to apprentice South African leaders into sustainable mission around the globe?’)

7 graduates of our Life Compass course this past December. Hoping for double that this go-round!

 

Pulling into Baavianspoort Youth Prison this morning behind the Pure Hope Quantum, I felt a familiar sense of excitement and anticipation as I joined Maxie’s team walking the long halls of Emthomjeni, the cell block area where we began a fresh round of our Life Compass course just a few hours ago. This past year we ‘graduated’ seven inmates from a multiple-month course in leadership development, a holistic look at one’s past influences, preferences, personality, and gift mixing, all focusing upon a directionality and life vision that God is birthing in each one of us.

Not sure how relatively young inmates would digest the material, Maxie and I were stunned at the depth of relationship, commitment, and authentic vision these young men displayed as they wrestled with envisioning a path different from the one that had landed them behind bars. I found myself wiping tears from my eyes most weeks, deeply challenged to embrace my own Life Compass vision, a central piece of which is “to form the Church to discern + engage their vocation in community for the world.”

Praying these 7 young men choose well!

 

Needless to say, my anticipation level was high in returning to partner with Maxie and her Pure Hope team once again for another round. 16 (!) inmates filed into a cramped room this morning, relatively identical in their matching maroon sweatsuits, save a few ‘designer’ labels attached through an ingenious bit of sewing (Many inmates pass the time behind bars through learning skills such as sewing, and thus ‘design-up’ their clothes with Nike, Adidas, or Puma self-stitched labels!). After introductions and a lively discussion as to who would win the latest Soweto Soccer Derby this weekend (Seems to be a split between the two local soccer teams, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, with one’s hometown playing heavily in who one roots for), Maxie got down to business, laying out the hope that with commitment and hard work, the material presented in this course has the power to literally transform one’s life.

Conrad Damies, who completed the first round of our course in December this past year, then stood up and testified to the power that vision has to help one stay the course in the long tedium of life behind bars. Imprisoned for 14 years, he certainly captivated our minds this morning as he spoke eloquently of the task ahead of each one of these young men. Maxie and I quickly appointed him ‘Vice-President’ in charge of everything from corralling these men together each week, to the ‘point-man’ in charge of answering questions. Looking in his eyes, it seemed as if there was fresh purpose filling them, Conrad eager to walk alongside us in leading this process, and in some future day, bringing this material back to his hometown.

And so, a fresh round of discovery, struggle, and listening for the heartbeat of God within our own begins. I couldn’t imagine spending more valuable time in my week than this!

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(Here is Conrad’s vision statement from this past December)

The Encouragement Lake. A fitting metaphor for Conrad's heart!

The Encouragement Lake

I want to e a place where there can be peace, a place where people can come who think they have made mistakes, a safe place where they can speak out their problems. I want to be a  source of life for those who spent most of their time with me; I want to be a place that provides encouragement for those with broken hearts, I want to be a place for those who come from afar and a source of life for those that are close and around me. I want to be a place where people can come and fish, get some advice or to just get fresh air and maybe even spend the night. Even if some just come and throw their garbage in me I will never change — that is what makes me different from the sea, I like being a lake. There is no other metaphor I will take that is more powerful than The Encouragement Lake.

(Conrad Damies, December 2010, Baavianspoort Youth Prison)

In A Whirlwind.

The intense, yet deeply good, process that is CRM's Life Compass.

The intense, yet deeply good, process that is CRM's Life Compass.

Fellas:
Oh how I miss you guys. So much to catch you all up on.  We are in the middle of the Life Compass part of our apprenticeship year, which is the tool that CRM uses across its organization to help a person discern who they have been, currently are, and where they are headed leading into their future.  It is comprehensive, intense, and incredible. Our NieuCommunities director comes to visit in 2 weeks and that will lead to a series of conversations that will likely determine where I am with CRM in the future.  Tons of thoughts flying around, but I know for certain at this point that I will be with CRM for awhile, am going to be moving into some sort of full-time staff role with them, and likely that will start here or possibly in London.
Benefits of here: Seeing where this new relationship with Maxie goes (it’s going well, I like her!), established relational connections that can lead to sweet missional/partnership opporunities (continuing, deepening, and coming alongside the incarnational ministry among the poor out in Soshanguve that I have been working with all year long, particularly the NGO of health care workers that I provide spiritual direction/group therapy, etc with (there is a HUGE plot of land that could be developed to radically benefit multiple neighborhoods in Soshanguve), moving into a deeper teaching/spiritual direction/pastoral counseling role with Afrikaners through 3rd Place, and beginning to work alongside Maxie and her crew, who run a sweet service/justice ministry called Pure Hope that apprentices students in their gap year pre-university.  Seems like a possible ‘next step’ for me along the road, although maybe for an Interim period (at least 2010, maybe a few years?!?).
Benefits of London: Unknown at this point, as the ministry and community that I would join is not even established yet.  I am excited about this as a possibility down the road however, and for the first time in my life, felt a distinct sense of call and being drawn to a ‘place’ in the world upon passing through there in mid-January on the way down to Pretoria.  But there is TREMENDOUS upside to London within wider worldwide work at CRM down the road (and a larger role within the organization), the area in East London (Shoreditch) they would move into I LOVE (the intersection of the young cultural creatives that drive culture in the city, the rich financial district, and a HUGELY VARIED ethnic population including tens of thousands of Bengali Muslims, who are the least ‘reached’ (don’t like that word in some senses) population with the Gospel in the world at this moment, according to the Joshua Project (Google this, fascinating).  It’s the world’s capital, the 2012 Summer Olympics are there and so a huge renovation/restoration is taking place in that area of London, and it is one of the world’s university towns. Plus it’d be a 2 hour flight to southern Spain where a concentration of spiritual directors/counselors are beginning to form to care for + resource CRM (and other) staff throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Benifits of Home: My established communities and families are here…I could begin some teaching within the Christian Education department at Biola (probably in the area of Spiritual Formation), I know this place…yet it feels like a sideways step for me at this point.  I would LOVE to pursue teaching opportunities at the university/seminary level, but maybe on the side at this point or during summers/interterms when I could fly in for awhile?!?  Obviously, people are the benefit (plus Southern California is the home base of CRM), the waves are incredible, etc….YET….
EXCITING: I am home in less than 2 months, which is crazy.  I will be home the week of Thanksgiving, and down in Southern California for awhile in early December.  I’ll spend most of December making the rounds to donors and friends/family just catching up on life, thanking people for my year spent in Pretoria, and beginning to cast vision for where my future is headed.  Post-Christmas CRM has invited me to represent them with a team at Urbana (the largest student-run missions conference in the world, held in St. Louis every 3 years), and then I’ll take a group of Eastside seniors/alumni to Passion 2010, the 4th time I’ve hosted students at the most incredible conference gathering I’ve ever been too (and a direct influence on why I am typing this email from the bottom of the world in South Africa).  I’ll help officiate a wedding for some of my old students (!!) in early January, then likely be a part of New Staff Orientation with CRM during mid/late January.  I’ll spend some of those months in further discernment of my next steps, clarifying the future, and solidifying a more permanent team of partners/donors who will support my next steps.  When/where/how/for how long/in what capacity I’ll go are still all tentative things right now…but this is likely where I’m headed.
I would LOVE prayer for this process, particularly relationally with Maxie. Everything feels fast-forwarded due to my leave date, plus the crazy fact that with her ministry, she is taking her crew of students to Uganda to do work there for a month just before I leave.  We are trying to not run ahead of this process, but it is truly hard.
I’m just trying to enjoy dating an African girl (!!!).
Praying for you,
Chris
Photos I’ve attached:
1. I’m dating an African girl! (Her name is Sarah Magdalene, everyone calls her ‘Maxie’)
2. Creative face of the girl…
3. Fun photo of all of my NGO hospice workers on a fun outing we had where we shot nice portraits of them to decorate the NGO office with…
4. Finding beauty in the arrival of Springtime here
5. What the (intense) Life Compass process has looked like these past few weeks
Prayer Requests:
1. Being present in every ‘Today’ between now and when I come home (getting harder).
2. Tangible next steps would be discerned and walked into with confidence and peace.
3. I would enjoy and get to know Maxie without forced pressure of our time limits.
4. Dreaming/vision/clarity about my future.
5. Protection against the attack of the Enemy (He has been poking his head around lately).

I just emailed a version of this to my family, friends, and donor base, and thought I should share it here as well…

We are in the middle of the Life Compass part of our apprenticeship year, which is the tool that CRM uses across its organization to help a person discern who they have been, currently are, and where they are headed leading into their future.  It is comprehensive, intense, and incredible. Our NieuCommunities director comes to visit in 2 weeks and that will lead to a series of conversations that will likely determine where I am with CRM in the future.  Tons of thoughts flying around, but I know for certain at this point that I will be with CRM for awhile, am going to be moving into some sort of full-time staff role with them, and likely that will start here or possibly in London.

Benefits of South Africa: Seeing where this new relationship with Maxie goes (it’s going well, I like her!), established relational connections that can lead to sweet missional/partnership opporunities (continuing, deepening, and coming alongside the incarnational ministry among the poor out in Soshanguve that I have been working with all year long, particularly the NGO of health care workers that I provide spiritual direction/group therapy, etc with (there is a HUGE plot of land that could be developed to radically benefit multiple neighborhoods in Soshanguve), moving into a deeper teaching/spiritual direction/pastoral counseling role with Afrikaners through 3rd Place, and beginning to work alongside Maxie and her crew, who run a sweet service/justice ministry called Pure Hope that apprentices students in their gap year pre-university.  Seems like a possible ‘next step’ for me along the road, although maybe for an Interim period (at least 2010, maybe a few years?!?).

Benefits of London: Unknown at this point, as the ministry and community that I would join is not even established yet.  I am excited about this as a possibility down the road however, and for the first time in my life, felt a distinct sense of call and being drawn to a ‘place’ in the world upon passing through there in mid-January on the way down to Pretoria.  But there is TREMENDOUS upside to London within wider worldwide work at CRM down the road (and a larger role within the organization), the area in East London (Shoreditch) they would move into I LOVE (the intersection of the young cultural creatives that drive culture in the city, the rich financial district, and a HUGELY VARIED ethnic population including tens of thousands of Bengali Muslims, who are the least ‘reached’ (don’t like that word in some senses) population with the Gospel in the world at this moment, according to the Joshua Project (Google this, fascinating).  It’s the world’s capital, the 2012 Summer Olympics are there and so a huge renovation/restoration is taking place in that area of London, and it is one of the world’s university towns. Plus it’d be a 2 hour flight to southern Spain where a concentration of spiritual directors/counselors are beginning to form to care for + resource CRM (and other) staff throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Benefits of Home: My established communities and families are here…I could begin some teaching within the Christian Education department at Biola (probably in the area of Spiritual Formation), I know this place…yet it feels like a sideways step for me at this point.  I would LOVE to pursue teaching opportunities at the university/seminary level, but maybe on the side at this point or during summers/interterms when I could fly in for awhile?!?  Obviously, people are the benefit (plus Southern California is the home base of CRM), the waves are incredible, etc….YET….

EXCITING: I am home in less than 2 months, which is crazy.  I will be home the week of Thanksgiving, and down in Southern California for awhile in early December.  I’ll spend most of December making the rounds to donors and friends/family just catching up on life, thanking people for my year spent in Pretoria, and beginning to cast vision for where my future is headed.  Post-Christmas CRM has invited me to represent them with a team at Urbana (the largest student-run missions conference in the world, held in St. Louis every 3 years), and then I’ll take a group of Eastside seniors/alumni to Passion 2010, the 4th time I’ve hosted students at the most incredible conference gathering I’ve ever been too (and a direct influence on why I am typing this email from the bottom of the world in South Africa).  I’ll help officiate a wedding for some of my old students (!!) in early January, then likely be a part of New Staff Orientation with CRM during mid/late January.  I’ll spend some of those months in further discernment of my next steps, clarifying the future, and solidifying a more permanent team of partners/donors who will support my next steps.  When/where/how/for how long/in what capacity I’ll go are still all tentative things right now…but this is likely where I’m headed.

I would LOVE prayer for this process, particularly relationally with Maxie. Everything feels fast-forwarded due to my leave date, plus the crazy fact that with her ministry, she is taking her crew of students to Uganda to do work there for a month just before I leave.  We are trying to not run ahead of this process, but it is truly hard. I’m just trying to enjoy dating an African girl (!!!).

Prayer Requests:

  1. Being present in every ‘Today’ between now and when I come home (getting harder).
  2. Tangible next steps would be discerned and walked into with confidence and peace.
  3. I would enjoy and get to know Maxie without forced pressure of our time limits.
  4. Dreaming/vision/clarity about my future.
  5. Protection against the attack of the Enemy (He has been poking his head around lately).