my girls are as busy as ever. i never cease to be amazed by their flexibility, resilience, and productivity.
- m continues with her studies at fuller seminary. it is essentially a full-time pursuit, though she has still found time to deliver meals to a family with a baby and to be a part of the inner healing prayer group. the good news is that she seems to be enjoying herself for the most part, and her grades have been very good; we're proud of her. her classes this quarter: medieval church history (loves it) and postmodern culture and theology in film (makes her crazy). winter quarter ends this week.
- b has discovered that it really is possible to have too much of a good thing (in her case, extracurricular activities), and recently elected to forgo her involvement at the columbia spectator. of course, that still leaves her mentoring youth in harlem, co-leading her intervarsity bible study, and running in a half marathon to raise money for world vision. in her spare time, she studies. :-)
- n is counting the days until her senior presentation, completes her winter quarter at bellevue college at the end of march, and will be hearing back from universities on april 1 (she's already 'in' at the university of hawaii). prayer request: she's also waiting to hear on her scholarship applications. with m in school, n has been cooking more and loves to get creative in the kitchen. the results have been delicious!
- i had the chance to preach in our current message series, embracing a dangerous gospel. you can hear the message here. before that, i also preached the last message of 2009. obviously, i'm not preaching nearly often as i have in the past, but the response has been powerful.
- i led a 4-week class (a DSL in lighthouse terminology -- 'discipleship seminar at lighthouse') on inductive Bible study. the original friday night class attracted 30 participants, so we opened a second section on sundays, which picked up another 10. the response to the training was varied -- some folks loved it, others not so much. but i am praying that we will get a critical mass of people who are enjoying the transforming power of God's Word on a regular basis and trained and eager to lead others in that same experience.
- i've been involved directly in a number of the different ministries i oversee: having dinner with a small group and helping them learn to study the Bible (many of them studying the Bible for the first time), serving with our HARBOR ministry (repairing the homes of those in need) and the Lord's Table (feeding the homeless), and IMPACT (a small group sponsoring projects and learning around issues of social justice).