Saturday, July 31, 2010

Einfahrt... and Ausfahrt in just a few days!

A few words from Vienna, sitting in a layover on my way to Krakow, Poland.

Looking forward to coming back on the 5th of August with wonderful friends from the states. Sharing a bit of my home with them. Then after they leave on the 13th of August...

I am home for a while!!!!!!

Thankful for quotes to ponder. Here are a few:

Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say. - Samuel Johnson
The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question. - Stephen Jay Gould
If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars. - J. Paul Getty

Your Mutating Missionary
& Ebenezer

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I've been contemplating Sabbath. and Sabbath Rest...

Looking forward to reading a book about it.

What is it?

What does it look like?

Is it important to know about the Sabbath?

Do we sometimes work harder on the Sabbath than on any other day?

Who are we in Christ and what does He want us to do with the Sabbath?

Why was it wrong when I was growing up to have stores open on Sunday?

Is it wrong to have stores open everyday all day?

Why is it in a culture that has long ago stopped going to church with any regularity or fervor, have stores closed and many restaurants? Even the parents teach their children that they must get their homework done and all work done on Saturday because Sunday is to be a day of rest.

Why are some of our ten commandments more adhered to than others?

Is is really true that the old testament was thrown out when the new testament was written?

Who am I concerning my identity where the Sabbath is concerned?

What does my body say about the Sabbath Rest????

Questions -

I'll read the book and we'll talk...

Mutating Missionary

Saturday, July 17, 2010

a few of my favorite people and a 'semi-complaint blogspot'

Blogspot 14.Juli.2010

This was written and saved to be downloaded today from my own house. Why???? Because I have no internet connection, no phone connection, no television, no radio reception, no handy (cell phone) reception, and no screens on the most important window in the tiny apartment where I am attending language school. Really not trying to complain here - but must let out a few frustrations:

  1. Heat: Sitting in a building several 100's of years old trying to concentrate and learn a foreign language... with no air conditioning, Temps at 102 F. - and a professor that refuses to open the windows all the way because of the noise of trucks coming by every so often. This same professor also refusing to turn on the fan because he swears that fans give people colds. -- and I love this guy's style of teaching - he's amazing - but the idiosyncrasies of genius #@#@@#$#$#%
  2. Mosquitoes: I despise these little critters!!!! It probably comes from a life-time of being their one and only source of food any time I am outside. It is like I have written on my whole entire body: come and eat me... my blood is just what you are looking for. I 've had many people tell me that it just means I am too sweet --- well dang it --- could I get some sour some place?????
  3. And this night we were threatened by a rain storm. I thought: GREAT - some cool breeze - and I opened my windows. Mind you two of the windows in this little apartment I am stying in while at school have screens on them (a definite plus) but the big one... the one that I live in, the one that I would really love to be open every minute of the evening... it has no screens. And tonight I was foolish enough to open it wide!!!! AT THIS MOMENT I HAVE 12 mosquito bites and have killed 10 mosquitoes. That was 11 minutes ago.
  4. Make that 13...splat - right between the ole' palms... computer screens seem to be a great temptation for these little guys :-)
  5. Dang it!!! 14... and on the ceiling I see many more --- looks like it is going to be a long night.
  6. Have you ever tried to walk a dog when there are so many mosquitoes in the road they literally land 10 to 15 at a time on you AND on your dog?????
  7. My son told me to go to bed with a wet towel wrapped around my head in this heat. I did and came out looking like some weed-eater had taken leave on it's own and attacked my hair! There was no taming the beast the next morning for lack of a hair dryer (and well in reality who wants to heat the place up so quickly????) - so I went to school and thought I would face the amazing and shocked looks. I forgot. I live in Germany - hair and off-centered, displaced, uneven, bi-tri- or even quadrupled colors are the norm here. I think I might have actually fit in --- giggle!
  8. And finally --- language... I'm so thankful that I am trusting God to give me this language and I put it all in His hands --- the desire and hope that I can --- and then to leave the rest to Him. The reality of 4 years of learning culture and several months of going to school seems overwhelming to me. And yet, HE has allowed me to make it through and actually come to an understanding of how this language works. Now learning the strategies to make it work for me :-) HE WILL ACCOMPLISH It!!!
  9. 15....
Your mutating missionary
& Ebenezer