It was a privilege to speak here at National Presbyterian Church in Washington DC today – both service with an Adult Sunday School in between – and a luncheon with their pastors and mission team members afterward. It was a full day and I’m thankful that my voice held out. I appreciated the warm welcome of the church and leave most grateful for our ongoing partnership in the IAFR ministry in Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya).
[I took the picture while doing a sound check prior to their main service]
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Some severe weather decided to pass through the Cities this morning, and while I love to see the fierce power of nature, I am having trouble enjoying the extra 2+ hours of hanging out in the MSP airport due to a flight delay.
I am looking forward to speaking at National Presbyterian Church in DC tomorrow – both services plus the Adult Sunday School.
National Presbyterian is a long-term financial partner in our work in Kakuma Refugee Camp.
One of the challenges of pioneering a new organization or starting a new business is the need to wear many different hats.
Earlier this month I put on my geek hat as I migrated IAFR’s email accounts from one service provider to another. The trick in doing something like that is to pull it off without losing too many emails along the way.
I was on a big learning curve, but pushed the button and migrated everything over the July 4th holiday. There were a few bumps, but nothing too serious was lost in the process.
Perhaps the most painful bump was related to one of our most important email accounts – email@example.com – through which donors contact us as well as our missionaries concerning all things related to funding. We seem to have lost about a week’s worth of email between 3 – 10 July.
I feel pretty helpless in ever being able to recover those emails and I truly hope no serious issues result from it.
The good news is that everything is running smoothly again.
I want to give Microsoft for Nonprofits a big shoutout as they accepted us into their nonprofit program and are giving us Microsft Office 365 and email services at significantly discounted prices. It is an unbelievable service to young growing nonprofits like IAFR!
I can’t let this day pass without thanking people like you that have encouraged, prayed for and supported IAFR during our first 10 years of ministry!
We registered as a nonprofit in Minnesota on 30 June 2009. At the time, I was filled with questions concerning where God would take us. All I knew was a clear sense of calling that it was time to establish an international mission designed for ministry in humanitarian space.
I look back today and see God’s fingerprints all over the journey.
How thankful I am to have the privilege of serving refugees since 1980!
I spent the past few days in Toronto meeting with the executive leadership of IAFR Canada. We meet face to face twice annually in order to invest in our relationship, assess progress and challenges, listen to God and confirm our commitment to partnering internationally as we pursue our common mission.
We ended our time together last night gathered in the backyard of one of the board members for a tasty supper of Lebanese kebabs (photo).
It was encouraging to have met some of their new teammates as well as sit in on their board meeting. It is a joy and privilege to be serving together along the Refugee Highway.