Monday, July 09, 2007


Internet friends made real

I met Bogdan (center) here on this blog. And then I met him again in Korea!

Saturday, July 07, 2007


Let's do the CM 2007 dance!

I think I can speak for several thousand people when I say that the twice daily CM 2007 dance breaks were a highlight.

Now you have a chance to see it for yourself...

I am a little disappointed that it's not the footage from the first day, when the main dancer was dressed like an angel. But it's still great! I am going to take a little break right now and do the dance myself.

p.s. Does anyone have footage of the last night's taekwondo?


They like us, they really like us

The fine folks at "Zondervan >To the Point" included an article this week on CM 2007 and a link to our english site and this blog.

Here's a link to their write up.

And, if you want to subscribe to their newsletter, here's another.


New and Old Friends

One of the great things about CM 2007 was having a lot of old friends together with new friends. I saw people every day that I know and love, and simultaneously met new people... friends of friends, or just people with whom I had an enormous amount in common.

Here are some pictures that show what I mean....

In this picture you can see me, Zoran, John, Josip and Allison. John and Allison are stinters in Croatia from our region, and Zoran and Josip are students in Rijeka, Croatia. As you can see we are having a good time, laughing together.

Hanging out in the same group are our good buddies Taylor and Alexis, as well as an unaccountably beautiful woman named Krista who also happens to be my wife!

Also in attendance at our impromptu get-together were Sunny, Sarah and Ken. Sunny is on stint in Croatia, Sarah is finishing up a year as an intern in the United States, and Ken is a good friend who was on stint with me in East Asia and is starting grad school this fall.

Also in the circle are Kristian and Ines from Croatia, as well as Taylor's twin sister, Taylorella. She's the good twin, and Taylor is the evil one. :)

Malisa and Adena happened by as well, so they met everyone except for Zoran, who was staring intently at the camera and could not be disturbed.
Every day was like this. You got to hang out with people you knew, and people they knew, and people who knew the people that they knew. It was like having an enormous party at your house, except that it was in South Korea and you were only allowed to invite 18,000 people. I loved it.
I have a lot more to share, but there are some initial thoughts about the week!

Thursday, July 05, 2007


On our way home!

CM07's main conference ended with an enormous BANG last night! There were taekwondo presentations, a Mongolian beat box guy and a lot of inflatable CM2007 balls in the crowd. It was an amazing time. Right now I'm in the Busan airport, using the free internet. When I get back to America I'll upload some of our pictures and share some thoughts about this amazing week together with brothers and sisters from around the globe!

Be praying for the many conference participants who are headed straight from conference to a summer mission of some sort, and for safe travels for everyone!

It was great to meet you all in Korea! I look forward to seeing you again as we work together to make sure that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus.

Friday, June 29, 2007


Hi from Busan!

HI everyone! We are safely in Korea, though my clothes and bedding decided to stay in the United States! But everone has been very nice here, and they helped us get set up for the night last night.

Our official welcome to Pusan was some lovely Korean ladies waving CM2007 signs, followed by an Aussie singalong on our bus. The Aussie men love to sing much more than American men. THey have strong voices. It was great fun (probably even more fun if you're not jet lagged). I don't know if I'll have more time to write this week, but I'll try to if I have a chance!

So far we've seen people coming to CM07 from east asia, singapore, australia, jamaica, botswana, zimbabwe and of course Korea since arriving!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


The Gathering...

People all over the world are flying, driving, boating, walking or swimming their way to CM07. I'm on the road, too. My wife and I are getting ready to settle in for our last night of sleep in the United States for a week or so. Feels good! Feels exciting!

See you all in KOREA!!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007



from the good folk in charge:

Can you believe it? Just 10 more days and we will be together in Busan Korea celebrating the Lord's goodness and believing Him together for the campuses of the World!

However, in order for our Korean brothers and sisters to greet you, and get you to your housing assignment we desperately need to make sure that each participant's information is correct on the Online Registration System. This is a reminder that this information is due today!

The Flight Arrival and Departure information for each participant must be updated in the CM2007 Online Registration System by Wednesday June 20th. This information must include your final airport arrival destination in Korea (for example enter ICN for Seoul Incheon airport, or PUS for Pusan Gimhei airport). Arrival date, time, airline and flight number must all also be input. Korea CCC desperately needs this information immediately in order to prepare transportation to CM2007 for participants upon arrival.

NOTE: If this information is not provided or is incorrect, we can not guarantee transportation to the BEXCO conference site and you may be responsible for your own transport at your own expense.

Friday, June 15, 2007


following the leader

During my deovtional time today I read a couple verses I wanted to share here. Sometimes we are looking for direction, and it seems impossible to do the things God has called us to do. He says, "Go this way" but we see an ocean of impossibility between us and his direction.

One of the Psalmists writes,

"Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.
You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron." (Psalm 77:19-20)

He can lead us through those impossible places, because he can cause any ocean in our way to become dry land. We just have to trust him, and follow!

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