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Trip End Sep 09, 2005

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tue Sept 13

(still waiting for Cingular to allow me to upload final pictures, but the bulk of pictures are all uploaded now)

I've been back in Orlando USA for a few days to decompress & start to process in my mind & heart all that I experienced in Africa. There are more unanswered questions & new questions than there are answers for me. I don't know how to articulate thoughts that are still swirling around in a blur in my head!

My heart has turned toward missions - obviously. I am also satisfying a degree of wanderlust, no doubt. Unmarried & no prospects at my age makes a person antsy. I can't do a WHOLE lot of this type of thing all on my own much more since my funds are quite limited - I'm a church musician for Pete's sake!!!! We are not exactly renowned for being money machines! :o)

So missions is in my future - perhaps even leading teams on missions with my church &/or with an organization. It's not in my nature to do anything very long-term, so everything I envision is short-term - either to do a specific task, or to set things up for a long-term successor. I'm very much a DO person, & have never been comfortable or resolved to just TELL people about Christ without SHOWING His love. So whatever I am to do, I believe it will involve all the things I still have on the agenda for my "dream" mission of 2006: environmentalism, conservationism, education (community, health, marketplace, etc.), music ministry & exchange, disaster relief, poverty relief, medical relief, etc. Will I go around the world in 80 days?? Maybe.

For now I'm on call with our teams at Discovery Church for Katrina hurricane relief. I have a TON of clothes & ironically of supplies perfect for 3rd world conditions to donate (I left 10 times as much stuff at home as I brought with me to Africa & India combined). My church in Illinois is already sending teams to Biloxi on Monday the 19th in conjunction with a disaster relief ministry in St. Louis. I believe our Discovery teams have been asked to wait for a green light before we can go. I'm sure I'll blog some of that when it happens. I'll let you know when & where to find those entries & pix.

Meanwhile, I will take the final months of 2005 to sort out my plans for 2006 & will keep you posted as plans form. I have one vacation planned for next year which will find me down in Mexico with my "Cruise Gal" pals. I figure by this time next year I'll be needing a DO NOTHING vacation!

My life plan was always laid out to be a musician in my younger years, & to live out life so I can write about it as I grow older. Writing was always my priority ambition. It never was fully forgotten as I wrote a couple novels & have always done some type of proof editing here & there over the years. My blog is a disappointment to me since my thoughts are scattered & my writing is very plain & unentertaining. It's not even poignant! BUT - I am in a transition phase of my life - moving from that younger period toward the older & wiser years. Not quite there YET! So I cut me some slack, & all who've communicated with me regarding this blog have been very kind & supportive. Future blogs should promise to get a lot better - deeper, more reflective, more entertaining.

For now I sign off from this "blog" & hope to have much more from other corners of our shrinking yet VAST world. Go out in it & live fully. It's a pretty mind boggling globe we live on.

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