Cc: November's update online

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Here is a copy of my recent prayer letter & update for the month of November. It is in .jpg format so most computers can read it.

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SNOWING !!!

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It isn't much...

But...

Snow is still snow :)

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Happy Thanksgiving !!!

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Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving :)

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Into the West...

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Photos taken during my trip to Seattle and Colorado Springs. You might want to have a decent internet connection to view the slide show (Press "Play" to begin show).

You can also use this link to view the photos as a web page: http://picasaweb.google.com/kahlil/IntoTheWest

As my time in Colorado continues I will add more photos to the album so check back occasionally to see more.

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Welcome to Sunny? Colorado

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Arrived in Colorado on Monday afternoon, thought we were still in the clouds until I looked out the window and saw the runway about 10 feet below the plane. The fog blanketed the area, I was extremely thankful that we landed on time. BUT, the bright yellow leaves of the aspens were a stark contrast to the grey overcast day, a reminder of what it is like to be a light in the darkness. Temperature is cooler than expected, but nice. I finally feel like I am experiencing fall. It was funny as when I left Seattle the weather was mild and sunny for the past couple of days...a polar opposite for Colorado Springs.

Seattle was a blessing, wish I had more time to explore the city. Seattle took the best parts of Maine and dropped a huge international community right down in the middle of the city. While my heart is definitely in Lebanon and I hope that never changes I could see myself visiting Seattle as I have the opportunity and even moving there should my time in Lebanon be shorter than expected.

I will post photos of Seattle and Colorado shortly.

Prayer:
  1. MTI, not sure what to expect here. I came in with an open mind and a willingness to learn. We'll see how it all plays out. A lot of this material is very familiar to me as we touched up much of it while I was in grad school. The rest will be nice and the opportunity to meet new people, fellow workers will be great too.
  2. Support, I am at 59% monthly support! I still need around $600-$650 a month in additional support. While at MTI I am limited in what I can do regarding support raising, so I am a little concerned about that.
  3. Travel, my suitcase suffered an amputation from Seattle to Colorado...lost a wheel. Will need a new suitcase when I get back to Virginia. Will also need strength to drag the thing through the airport now. Flights have been good though and it has been a blessing to see the West from the air. Salt Lake doesn't look like a place I'd want to visit but the lakes are enormous and quite interesting.
  4. Health, the last few days of travel wore me about a little. No noticeable issues with the altitude here yet. Slept well last night but I think the benedryl helped more than being exhausted. This is one trip and area that I'd rather not experience illness.
Thanks for the prayers and I look forward to sharing further with you as the next few weeks progress.

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Week of Prayer for Kids Alive, Lebanon

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Please keep Kids Alive Lebanon in your prayers this week (Oct. 6-Oct. 12, 2008). Below is a copy of the text from our prayer diary that offers up some specific ways you can pray for us this week. I have removed names and some specific details for the children's and staff's privacy. Remember, none of this work can be done without the prayers and support of the faithful. I would even like to challenge you to continue this prayer format weekly, covering over the work, workers, and children on a daily basis.
In Him,
Kahlil


Monday

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
  • Residential Program: As in previous years there have been many applications made to the residential program. Five new boys have been accepted into the program. They are settling in well and it is good to see how they have been welcomed and accepted by the other boys. The Bell House (for older boys) has seven young men living there, which brings the total of boys in the residential program to 40! Please join us in praising God and lifting our prayer requests to Him.
Tuesday
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to you Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
  • Administration: Pray that God would daily give us strength to serve. Pray that we would receive wisdom, that we would make good decisions for the boys, staff and the ministry as a whole. Thank and praise God for the administration at Dar El Awlad. Thank and praise God for His many blessings. Pray that God would continue to provide for the finances required to effectively run this ministry. As the cost of living in Lebanon rises, pray that God would help us to continue to meet the needs of the children that we serve. Pray that we would firmly trust in His promises that He is faithful, that He is our loving Father who knows our needs before we even ask.
Wednesday
“Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God...By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42: 5, 8
  • School and Moses Basket Program: Dar El Awlad School is always a busy place to be, staff and children all working hard. The start to this year has been no exception; in fact school is busier and fuller than ever! Fifteen new children have joined the school program, and we now have to send the big bus down to the city to collect the children. The Moses Basket program is also full, with lots of little ones this year. The new children are settling in well, and it has been a positive start to the new school year. Praise God for a really positive start to the school year. Thank Him for the new children that we have been able to accept, thank Him that these children now have the opportunity to learn and develop. Thank Him that they are settling in well. Praise God for the commitment of the head Teacher and her teaching staff. Pray that God would strengthen them day by day as they work with the children. Pray for wisdom for all the teachers, that they would know how best to meet the diverse needs of the children in their classes. Praise God for the arrival of two new Kids Alive workers; thank God that they too are settling in. Thank you for their commitment to serve God at Dar El Awlad. Pray for them as they get to know the children, pray that they would have wisdom in planning lessons, and much patience in teaching. Pray for the children, that they would enjoy school; that they would be able to work hard and make good progress. Pray particularly for the Grade 6 class, this is their final year in the school and they have a lot to achieve. Thank God for the children in Moses Basket, pray that even at this young age they would experience the love of God through the staff that work with them.
Thursday
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2: 42
  • Missionary Staff: Thank God for the missionary staff that are serving at Kids Alive Lebanon. Pray for them as they are far from their home countries. Pray that they would know God’s peace and hold on to Him when times are difficult. Pray that each one would build positive relationships with the children, and that God would use them in wonderful ways. Pray for good relationships between the foreign and local staff, that people would see the body of Christ at work. Pray for motivation in language study. Pray that they would be encouraged in what they are able to achieve. Pray for the new missionaries that will be coming in the new year. Pray that they would know the Lord’s provision in these next few months as they complete their support raising. Pray for God’s peace and they anticipate saying goodbyes and moving to Lebanon.
Friday
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” Romans 12: 12
  • Sponsorship Program: Thank and praise God that we have reached 100 local sponsors! However, please do pray for long term sustainability. In Lebanon, as elsewhere, costs continue to rise and many people are struggling to meet their sponsorship obligations and are dropping out. Pray that God would continue to be faithful in His provision and that people’s hearts would be touched to give to Him by supporting the children. Pray for the Sponsorship Co-ordinator. Thank God for all her hard work and organisation skills. Pray that she would know God’s peace at the very busy times of the year - mailing times! Pray that she would have God’s strength and patience in all the many things she has to do.
  • Grounds and Building: Thank God for the wonderful site we have – for the space in the buildings and the space outside for the children to play. Pray that God would give us wisdom as we look at maintenance issues. Pray that He would provide for each need as it arises. Thank God for our grounds worker, who is responsible for grounds and building maintenance. Pray that He would know God closely as he serves in this work.
Saturday
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6: 18
  • Children and Youth Program: Thank God for the children and youth program and for our staff who is responsible for this. Pray that God would give him wisdom as he works with the boys in planning and leading the outside school activities. Pray for safety when the boys are outside playing games. Praise God for the development of the new Youth Room. This will be used for all sorts of activities including Bible Studies, film evenings, craft activities, story times. Pray that God would enable this space to be used effectively. Thank and praise God for the Bible studies that happen every Saturday. Thank God that there have been positive responses from the boys. Pray for him as he prepares these studies week by week. Pray that he would know God’s wisdom. Pray that God would be at work in the boys’ lives through these studies. Thank God for all those that participated in the Summer Teams. Thank God for the team from the UK and the team from local churches. Pray that the work that was done with the children will have a lasting impact on their lives.
  • Pray for the Bell House (Older Boys’ Apartment): Thank God for this building, for a space for the boys to develop skills in becoming independent whilst still receiving support and guidance from the staff. Pray for the boys, that they would still feel fully part of the residential program. Pray for the new boys that have joined the Bell House, that they would quickly settle into new routines, and cope well with more independence. Pray that as older boys they would learn to set a good example to the younger boys. Pray that they would be willing to help staff and other boys. Pray that they would understand what it means to be part of the Dar El Awlad family. Pray for the boys’ education. Pray that they would be able to stay focused, study hard and achieve their potential. Thank God for the weekly Bible Studies, jointly lead with Teens For Christ. Pray that these would be a real opportunity for the boys to question, and wrestle with issues of Christianity. Pray that the Holy Spirit would be at work in each of their lives. Pray for those that work with these boys on a daily basis. Give them wisdom and patience in how best to deal with these boys as they grow into young men.
Sunday
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
James 5: 16
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Matthew 21: 22

  • Church: Pray for the staff as they attend their churches today. Pray that it would be a time where they meet with God. Pray for the boys as they attend the different churches. Pray particularly for those from different backgrounds, that as they take part in the Sunday schools and youth groups, they would be able to ask questions about God, and really learn about the Bible and how it applies to each of our lives.
  • Bread of Life Bakery: Thank God for the work of the bakery, and the free bread that is made and distributed to different organisations working with children/youth-at-risk. Thank God for the bakery supervisor and his hard work and commitment. Pray that God would give him wisdom as he looks at how to move this ministry forward. Pray for the other staff that work in the bakery, pray that there would be good relationships, and that God would give them strength for the tasks of each day. Pray for the financial provision to support the work of the bakery.
  • Development of New Care Centres: Thank God that we are able to explore possibilities of opening a new care centre in partnership with other organisations in Lebanon. Pray for God’s wisdom in all the meetings and discussions that are taking place. Pray that we would seek God’s will and trust Him to bring about the right opportunity and resources at the right time. Pray for the Care Centres Manager, that he would know your wisdom and guidance. Pray for him and his family as they serve God here at Dar El Awlad.
We would like to thank you all for praying with us and for us this week. Your prayers, our prayers, make a difference. As Paul says in the second letter to the Corinthians, “On him we have set our hope...as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers on many.” verses 10 and 11. We are sure this will prove true for us at Kids Alive Lebanon, that we will all give thanks for the answers to the prayers of many.

Thank you for your love and support,
The Staff and Children at Kids Alive Lebanon

“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13: 14



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رمضان سعيد و عيد مبارك

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I want to take this space and some time to wish all my dear Muslim friends in Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco, Iraq, Germany, Senegal, Qatar, Pakistan, India, Virginia, D.C., and anyplace else you may have roamed off too a happy Ramadan & blessed Eid al-Fitr. May God protect you and your families, giving you all direction, peace, wisdom, and countless blessings. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, I miss you all and wish you the best God has to offer :)
مع حب و بركة بإسم المسيح
خليل


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Shoo Akhbar ("What's new") ??? | Funding Update and Other News Bits...

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Just a brief update here for the end of September. I hope to have a proper newsletter and update out in the next couple of weeks.

Prayer Items:
  • Funds...The startup costs are raised and Challenge 2775 has been met. Thanks to all who have taken up the challenge and helped me meet the $6,600 startup goal. I am currently around 45% of my monthly support and need a little over $800/month in additional funds before my total budget is met. More information about this will come soon. The current financial goal is to have my monthly support level at 60% by November 1st.
  • Presentations and travel...Wed (10/1) and Thursday (10/2) I will be presenting at two Life Groups (house church) and Sunday (10/5) I'll be in North Carolina presenting to a church.
  • Travel...Upcoming training in Colorado from 10/20-11/7, will also be spending time with friends in Seattle and family in Richmond (before and after training).
  • Work...much to prepare for as I leave for almost a month. We are also preparing for our scheduled audit at work.
As of today (9/29) I am now "homeless". The keys are turned in and apartment is empty and clean. I am temporarily living in the basement of some friends in Lynchburg as support and funds are raised. It has been a freeing experience getting rid of all my furniture and moving out into this next phase of my life with basically my truck, my clothing, and my computer. If I couldn't take it to Beirut it was either sold, given away, or sent to storage at my parent's house. Having to give up the birds was difficult at first, but I know they're in good hands and will be taken care of. I still miss them and their company though.

I can't really say too much more, its late and I have to prepare for work in the morning. After a four day extended weekend I am finding it a bit challenging to return to the office :)

Thanks for your support and prayers.
In Christ,
Kahlil

في يسوع المسيح
خليل

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Another step closer

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On Saturday the birds moved into their new home in Danville, Va...which is kinda cool since that is their "hometown". 12 years ago in April Mally (the quaker) entered my life. About two years ago later Buddy (the green cheek) was adopted. Both birds have their unique personalities, likes, and dislikes. While both birds were difficult to let go it broke my heart to give up Mally. Buddy has proven himself to be very resilient and adapts well to change and new settings, but Mally was bonded rather strongly to me and didn't take to other people very quickly.

The home they became part of belongs to a wonderful lady that a mutual friend introduced me to. Mally and Buddy are part of a large flock now, which should help ease the stress and difficulty of moving into a new home and lifestyle.

Thanks for your prayers and encouragements during this time. I believe the hardest part for me was not the letting go but the feeling (which continues now and is likely to linger for a while) that I have let them down and abandoned them. Again, they are in wonderful hands and will thrive in their new family. When I sold my kayak a few weeks ago it seemed to mark the first real milestone in moving from Virginia to Beirut. It is my belief now that letting the birds go is the first sacrificial milestone.

I am now in the process of moving from my apartment to my friends' house, which involves a ton of downsizing and adjusting to living among people (rather than birds). There are two more small group presentations scheduled over the next two weeks, would like to see a couple more get scheduled. The Virginia State Fair is just around the corner and I'll be making a stop there at the end of the month, most likely my last opportunity to attend. I'll be traveling down to N.C. during early October to speak at a church about Lebanon and the work with Kids Alive. Mid-October finds me traveling to Seattle and Colorado Springs. As you can see there is a lot on my plate.

Also wanted to make a note here regarding addresses and mail. My "old" address (apartment) is still in effect although I have moved. I will be forwarding this address at the end of September to my current address (house). Closer to the end of Sept. I will be broadcasting an email on my support/friends & family list to announce the new address.

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

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I had a home lined up last week (end of August) for the birds, but it fell apart on me when the foster "parents" had a family crisis come up and were unable to take Mally and Buddy. Please pray that I am able to find a suitable home for them quickly. Buddy is likely to adapt to anything, he is a great bird and will probably do well. He's just a bit old and cranky, yet sweet in general. Mally is going to need some special attention as she is bonded quite strongly to me and used to being out of her cage most of the time, at least 80-90% of the time when I am at home. I have to be out of the apartment by the end of September so finding a home is of utmost urgency.

Details:
Mally is a 12 year old Quaker Parrot. I've been the sole owner and raised her up from a baby.

Buddy is around 20+ years old and is a Green Cheek Conure. I am the third owner for him. He is not a bad bird, I think his original (and subsequent owners) didn't realize the responsibility of owning a bird.

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Support Update August (Brief)

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Just wanted to update you all on some numbers:
  • My overall monthly support is coming in at around 30% currently.
  • I am at 45% support for my initial startup needs, $2970/$6600.
  • The 2775 challenge (matching funds for the startup) is still ongoing. $700 has been raised out of this challenge so far, so I need $2075 more in designated one-time gifts that will help compete this offer.

See the previous post below for more information on this challenge. Thanks for all your prayers, support, and encouragement.

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July Update and Information on CHALLENGE 2775

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Hey All...

Hard to believe that July is almost over. Hope you are doing well and you are finding some way to avoid the heat of summer. Wanted to take a moment to update you on how the support raising was going as well as to let you know about an opportunity that has just presented itself. I know these letters can be long, but please be patient with me and read through it as there is much information I have to share here. This is also going to be posted on my website at http://bumpass2beirut.blogspot.com.

At this point $2,270 has been donated or pledged towards startup costs. I still have $4,330 to raise out of the required $6,600. My overall support for the two years is around 26%. This is a significant improvement since my last email. Thanks for your prayers, I ask that you continue to keep praying specifically for the funding. My MTI (missionary training) time in Colorado begins October 20th, it is urgent and important that I get at least the initial $6,600 in before then so I can go. This is the first step in my actual movement towards Beirut this year. Once I am at 90% support I can hit the field and begin my service in Lebanon.

Ok, now on to the opportunity I am very excited to share with you all. A couple of nights ago I got an email from a family (who will remain anonymous) who has said that they would like to offer up a challenge. They will donate $2,775 in financial support if I can raise $2,775 in support to match what they are offering. So, like public radio, public tv, and Christian radio share-a-thons, I need a group of people that are willing to meet this challenge and help me raise $2,775. Once this amount is raised and matched I will have a grand total of $5,500 going towards my startup....add that to what I have now and I will have met my first goal and will be on my way to Colorado. I will also have a good chunk of my overall expenses covered as well. Please pray for this challenge to be met quickly as October is going to be here in no time.

Please pray for the following as you see fit...
(1) Birds...I have emailed the bird center to see if I can arrange a visit here in a week or so. This is going to be emotionally hard, on me and the birds. I am holding out of relinquishing them until last minute, just before I move out of my apartment.

(2) Apartment...Based on the fact that MTI begins in mid-October, I am going to move out of my current apartment in September. I have made other living arrangements that will hold me over until I leave for MTI and Lebanon. I don't have nearly as much as I did when I left my other apartment, but I still have stuff that I need to sell, donate, or toss away. I'd like to get at least a little money for some of the furniture and things I need to let go (kayak, bike, etc) but I am more interested in downsizing. Can't take this stuff to Lebanon or to my friends' house so...

(3) Work...When I leave for MTI I am either going to have to quit or take an unpaid leave of absence. I am currently saving some money to use for misc. expenses (before I leave for and once I am in Lebanon) and to live on once I don't have a paycheck. I am not sure if I will have to take a part-time job somewhere either to help once I return from MTI.

(4) Support...as I have mentioned above, I still have much work to do in regards to raising prayer and financial support. My home church, Grace, will be meeting Wednesday July 23rd around 9:30am to discuss how they might be able to offer financial support towards this project. I also have a tentative date of Aug. 10th to be introduced to the body and briefly present my service opportunity to them. I am also actively talking to two other churches in regards to financial support. I will begin contacting individual people from my home church this week and following up on previously sent out prayer letters. There are many unanswered prayer letters that were sent out in April, I also plan on following up as best as I can with those. Though the project requires financial assistance I can do nothing without God and the prayers of His faithful.

(5) Health...I currently seem to be developing a sinus infection, we'll see how it goes. On Monday I have a physical scheduled (required by Kids Alive). I am in good health, but I guess I need a doctor to sign off on me :)

(6) Lebanon and Dar al-Awlad...Please continue praying for Lebanon and the children there. As in many parts of the world the children suffer the most in times of conflict and uncertainty. Pray that Kids Alive and Dar al-Awlad continue to remain safe and able to provide care and Christ-like love in all they do and in whatever situation presented with. I am one of three new missionaries signed up to join Kids Alive in Lebanon, please pray for the ongoing needs of the other two as well.

That is it for now, I feel this is long enough. There is a slight chance that some of you might have received this email twice. It would be a result of how I keyed in the addresses, so please just overlook that if you would and don't take it as me trying to beat you over the head with this :) Take care and stay in touch. If there is anything I need to expand on please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you.


In His Service,

Kahlil Pfaff


"Faith tells us of things we have never seen, and cannot come to know by our natural senses."
--St. John of the Cross

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Watch this space...prayer and praise update coming soon!

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In the next day or so I will be posting details concerning my support raising and a special opportunity that has presented itself. Please come back Wednesday and I will have more information posted. For an update on where I am at in my financial support, I have posted some recent numbers below.

Support Stats as of 7/21/08....
Initial Startup costs: $2270/$6600, balance of $4330
Overall monthly support: about 26% raised so far




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3 Items of Prayer

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Please pray for Kahlil Pfaff as he serves with Kids Alive International® in Beirut, Lebanon



Please keep the following items lifted up in prayer:
  • Support:
    • Prayer, The most crucial support I need is a team of people committed to praying on a regular basis for me, Kids Alive, and the children of Dar al-Awlad.
    • Financial, I am currently raising $42,000 that will carry me through two years of service in Lebanon, $6,600 which is needed immediately so I can begin training this September.
  • Work & Apartment: I have some decisions to make here soon about my current job and living arrangements in Lynchburg.
  • Transition and Preparation: Please pray for all the ongoing preparations, the children and staff I will be serving and working with, and the ability to hit the ground running. Please keep Lebanon, its people and government, in prayer also.




Thanks so much for your prayers and support. I look forward to sharing with you the experience and outcome of the pending work in Lebanon.

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Early June Update

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Greetings from Atlanta!
It is around 8:30 am Friday and I am blessed beyond measure to be here in Georgia with my Crescent Project Family. Why am I here? You might be asking yourself, "why is he in Atlanta with Crescent Project, I thought he was being sent out with Kids Alive?". Well, nothing has changed, Kids Alive is still my sending organization and I am eagerly looking forward to heading to Lebanon ASAP. My time here with Crescent Project is more of a family reunion, I want to be with friends and people that I might not have a chance to see for a while, once I return to Lebanon. This year's Sahara Challenge is the largest ever, I have heard that there are around 80 or so students attending, mabruk! Today is the last day of the conference and tonight there will be a prayer and commissioning service to send out the teams. I will be returning to Virginia most likely on Saturday.

News from Lebanon...
Things appear to be going well over there at the moment. From what I have heard the summer season is getting off to a good start and tourism seems to be resuming. Dar al-Awlad is having their fundraising banquet this evening in Monsourieh.

Things Kids Alive...
Support is coming in, slowly, but coming in. I have a more concrete date that I can share with everyone now. I am registered to attend training in Colorado mid-September, ending around the 30th. My service and time in Lebanon will start once this is over, though I will likely have a few days once before I leave for Beirut to say goodbye to friends and family back in Virginia. Please continue to pray for funds and support to come in.

No photos this post, sorry. Thanks for all your prayer and support. I will be sending out a formal update here soon to those on my email list.

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Lebanon has a president

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You probably have heard by now that Lebanon now has a president, who was voted on Sunday as a result of the talks in Doha, Qatar. Michel Suleiman is the newest President of Lebanon. Please lift him and Lebanon up in prayer. Also keep in mind that the current Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, has stepped down and is a management role. Suleiman and Parliment will be working on filling his vacancy. ***Note: As of 5/28/08 there is talk about Siniora remaining in the PM position as the majority of MPs seem to want him to remain. ***

(photo taken from internet source)


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Some Hope

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Well, there is some hope and an opportunity to give thanks. Qatar has been able to play a role as a mediator between the divided leadership of Lebanon. Ya Libnan, has a summary of the events and Google News tends to have a ton of information from various sites. In brief, what this means is that Hezbollah now has veto power and a significant share in the power structure of the government. This is something they have been trying to attain for some time. Some other concessions were made, within the electorate law, etc., but I think the power-shift favoring Hezbollah is item to be most concerned about. What does this mean for Lebanon? I don't know, but I have my thoughts. All I ask is that we continue to remember Lebanon and everyone that calls it home in prayer. I also ask that we give thanks for the current peace that has been brokered. I feel it won't be long lasting, but it is a great respite from the recent events over the past couple of weeks.

Please remember the children, the true victims of conflict and instability. There is not one child in Lebanon that is untouched by war, no generation that has not felt the pain, fear, and sadness of conflict and destruction. The children are the hope of Lebanon, let us reach out to them in love and with compassion before something else fills the holes that violence and hatred have created.

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شكرا | Thanks

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Thanks for all your prayers and continued support. Lebanon's future still remains uncertain, but I am certain God is still in control and is not taken by surprise at any of the recent events during the past couple of weeks. We can be thankful for the respite Lebanon is experiencing at the moment and pray that love, peace, mercy, and wisdom will prevail in the upcoming days, weeks, and months.

For those interested there is a Lebanese festival in Roanoke, Va at the end of May. It is at St. Elias Maronite Church from May 30-June 1, 2008. I hope to be there, one can never have too many grape leaves and kabob :) Here is a link (http://www.lebanesefestival.info/) that will give you some information. If you've never had Lebanese food or experience Levantine culture before this is a great opportunity to check it out.

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Continued Prayer and Hope for Lebanon

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We fall so short so often and so quickly. But it is amazing how faithful and good our God is. During the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and the Israelis I was a wreck. While I am not in any manner pleased or happy about what is going on in Lebanon today, I am more at peace with myself and with God's authority. I am not as anxious as I was last time, it is all in His hands and in His power. I am letting go and relinquishing my fears for Lebanon, trusting God to keep the best interests of Lebanon, my friends and loved ones, and myself in His heart. God is good, no matter the circumstances or the outcomes, we live for Him.

Please continue to pray for Lebanon, that those in power (by election and by violence) will have a change of heart and seek the betterment of Lebanon in what they do. Pray that the people and the innocent would be safe. Pray that all those that call Jesus Lord would use this time to reach out in love to their neighbors and be the Light that Lebanon needs so desperately. Pray that above all else God is glorified, for what we see as weakness or defeat is not always that.

Psalm 62:5-6,8,11-12
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.He alone is my rock
and my salvation, my fortress where I will
not be shaken...
O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour
out your heart to him, for God is our refuge...
God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it
many times: Power, O God, belongs to you;
unfailing love, O Lord, is yours. Surely you
repay all people according to what they have done.


Matthew 6:33-34
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live
righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will
bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today."



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Please Pray

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Please pray for Lebanon and the current events affecting the country and the people living there.

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Come Heal This Land

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I feel this is bit of a cop-out, but I wanted to share something with you. This song, "Come Heal This Land", has become my theme for my service in Lebanon. Probably within the next few posts I will give a reason, a purpose, for my service in Lebanon. However, until then you'll have to make do with this ;) Obviously this is copyrighted, so if people get cranky over the posting of these lyrics I'll take them down.

Come Heal This Land
Let the exile come, let the stranger come
Let the weary come find rest all you homeless sons
All you widowed ones, all you poor and dispossessed
For a table waits in Your Father's house
There the meek can come and eat
There¹s a place of rest at Your Father's breast
Where His mercy is complete

Does a cry ring out from a broken nation
From a people who have been brought low
Was pride in our hearts, did we grieve Your Spirit
Have we blocked the ancient wells that flowed
Here is our covenant prayer
Who call upon Your name
We humble ourselves before You
We humble ourselves

Come heal this land, come heal this land
Come heal this land, come heal this land

Do the tears of One who gave all things for us
Do they fall from Heaven still because of us
For we have tasted grace and we have known Your mercy
But we have not shown this grace to men
Here is our covenant prayer
Who call upon Your name
We humble ourselves before You
We humble ourselves

May this land we love be a place of safety
Be a light for all the nations of this earth
May Your streams of love, may they flow here freely
Here where every stranger finds a home
Here is our covenant prayer
Who call upon Your name
We humble ourselves before You
We humble ourselves

Come heal this land

Copyright © 2001 Integrity's Hosanna! Music.
Robin Mark, lyricist


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To Wisconsin and Back...

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Well, I am sitting here at 10 'til 10 on Sunday night. I've arrived back safely to Lynchburg, despite the long layover at O'Hare. I wasn't sure what to expect when I was invited to attend the Kids Alive Soul Care conference. I felt a little awkward going as I wasn't on the field yet, but any fears or concerns were quickly erased in the fellowship and warm welcome I received.


On Monday we had an inch or so of snow when we woke up in the morning. Was quite nice as we didn't get much in Virginia this winter. The photo posted here was taken around 6:30 in the morning. It snowed most of the day, but most of it was gone by Tuesday mid-day. Unfortunately I don't have the video, but one of the Peru team members went sledding in shorts, sandals, and a Peruvian stocking cap. Quite memorable to say the least. I think it was an especially good event (the snow) as many of the teams came from tropical climates and had not seen snow for a while.

Wednesday a couple of friends and I went on a short hike. We were originally planning on going to the Dells, but that was a bit too far for our time limit. So instead we went to the Black River and spent our afternoon wandering around the river and a stream that fed into it. What was cold and covered in snow on Monday was bright, warm, and green by Wednesday. One of the highlights of this day trip, and possibly the week, was an encounter with a Wood Turtle. These are rather rare in Virginia and are protected. It was a special moment to see one of these in the wild. One photo is of the cleaned-up turtle and the other is as we found her on the ground.

All in all the trip was absolutely amazing. I think one of the most valuable aspects of this trip was that I was able to meet many of the other workers. This was important because it helped to make everyone a face that I knew and interacted with. There is a list of workers on the Kids Alive website that corresponds with each country of service. Although you know who is working in each country and what they might be doing it is not the same as knowing them personally. I felt warmly welcomed into this amazing family, knowing that I have friends and co-workers now in other countries that are praying for me...as I know them by name and face they know me by name and face. Another valuable aspect of this trip was that it focused on burnout and stress. While I am not experiencing that in the field, I am experiencing it at work currently. What I learned over the past week will be helpful as I wrap up my time at Opportunity House. And, in some twist of events, I was able to put some if this training into practice when my flight was delayed 4 times at O'Hare Friday night.

I'll talk more about this later, I need to unpack and get to sleep. I will also post some other photos of the camp and the travel back from Warrens, Wi when I sign in again. Thanks for your prayers.

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First Post !!!


Just wanted to drop a quick note here to get this thing going. I am hoping to use this site as a center of information for my preparation and time of service in Lebanon.

Stay tuned and and check back frequently, I will be posting news, updates, photos, and prayer requests.

Wikipedia entry on Lebanon