I want to upload photos but events, or more specifically, computers - continue to conspire against me and I'm afraid you are stuck with another text post...
We are in a new week. One of the things I do love about being here is Monday mornings on the Ohana Court, it is extremely cool. What better way to wake up in the morning than a praise service. The musicians are all really good although I don't recognise most of the songs which is a little sad but some of the new ones are fun to learn.
The speakers this week are Dan Baumann, he is based at YWAM Kona and has written a book called Imprisoned in Iran which is based on his personal experience of being of course, imprisoned in Iran for 9 weeks. He was a gripping speaker. He actually had has laughing at prison stories which just strikes me as slightly mad but I loved his sense of humour - it was a little bit British. The story that had us laughing was when he discovered the entertainment of oranges in an otherwise boring day. He would save the orange for last and when the main meal was finished would peel the orange, take of all the white stringy bits, after about four hours he would eat the orange and make pictures with the stringy bits of the orange - he was so bored in jail.
He went on to tell us the story of the interrogator who has previously been very mean and horrible towards him and after having a good pray about the situation, Dan said to the interrogator - well if I am going to be seeing you for the rest of my life, we might as well be friends and asked his name. To his surprise the interrogator told him his name, and said 'Yes I would like to be friends'. Explaining there was nothing he could do to get him out he asked if there was anything he could do to make his time in prison more comfortable and Dan asked for a room bigger than his cell (which was barely bigger than his body), which he got.
One day when he went to court, he realised that you can't kill a dead man and so when asked why he came to Iran, he preached the gospel for half an hour. He was released as he has a Swiss passport and Iran didn't want to ruin that relationship. The judge was the top judge of all the courts in Iran and had made Dan's life very hard. At the end of the proceedings the judge came to him, held his hand, drew him close and gave him three kisses. A gesture usually saved for close friends amongst Iranian men.
The other speaker is John Leach and was also quite compelling and incredibly lively. I think I am going to enjoy this week. After I got used to the off hand use of the word 'spaz' which is something of an insult in London, which John would use to describe his liveliness I enjoyed hearing his description of intimacy with God.
So for any church going note takers out there - this is what I came up with on why we need intimacy with God:
2) It helps us live our life in balance *mind, body, spirit*
3) John 17:3, It what its all about.
(Very profound notes there!)
Meanwhile through these talks the geckos that normally keep us entertained us they run up and down the strip lighting pooping on people were in hiding. One unfortunate girl still felt their presence when one of their meals fell on her. The head and front two legs of a still living and breathing spider.
Well if you made it this far, well done!
And just a note to say: I made it in t the Pacific Ocean. That's what Hawaii is all about, yes? Well I am not planning on going back in! The first time I went in I got knocked over by the waves and thought I was gonna drown once, before I made it beyond the wave crash line, where when ever you see the next wave come and feel all the water go out to make that wave - you have to jump with it. So the second time I went out I got knocked over twice, thought I was going to drown. However I did admire my specs which stayed put on my face even under water, when one of my friend's hair band fell off in the big waves. Go Specs! After the second time, I was more than terrified of dying before I even made outreach and went back to the shore.
Hawaii is not the place you relax in the ocean.
Well this is an epic post and quite fun to write, so leave a comment if you enjoyed reading it and I can see how many people actually read it to the end :):):)