If you've had a mom, been a mom, wanted to be a mom, wished you weren't a mom: This one's for you!
It takes 3 minutes. Enjoy!
Hat tip to Debbie W.
This week I've jumped back into school and am getting ready to jump back into teaching a Sunday morning class. Exciting and a bit overwhelming at the same time.
One of my classmates is in Holland (The Netherlands) and another in Sweden. Most of us are in the U.S. Tamara Dull is in class with me too. This is the first time I've done an online class with a person that I see real time.
Collaborative Approaches in Ministry starts with the question: "Is there any link between stewardship and cooperation?" What do you think?
ACTS AT TIMBERLAKE
My Timberlake class that I'll co-teach with Darrell Waddell will explore the book of Acts in the Bible. We're calling it: "Acts--Living the Experience." The entire story of Acts entails cooperation: God with people and people with each other. We'll use the book "The Dust Off Their Feet: Lessons from the first church."
I'll keep you posted on my learnings and teachings...If you're in the Redmond, WA area and want to jump into the Acts class, come to Timberlake at 10:45. We'll start--this Sunday, September 30--living the adventure.
Sue Chamberlain learned that she had small cell lung cancer--it can’t be operated on, it’s scattered and it hides. She had three choices of treatment and chose the toughest and most aggressive. Consequently, she did chemo and radiation at the same time. Well chemo of course was tough--it usually is. Day one of treatment she was in the “drip room” (so named because the chemo is administered through a drip IV in the infusion center) for eight hours.
ON A MISSION
Sue saw it as her mission to use this cancer as an opportunity to cheer others up. She really found (and decided to make) the drip room a happy place to be.
She came to the conclusion to make it her mission after a conversation with a good friend. He told her, “Sue, you’ve got to find a purpose in all this.” She thought about it and decided that her purpose was helping people deal with their cancer and cheer them up. The location of her purpose: the drip room.
One time, there was a woman, all alone. It was her first time in and she was getting plugged in and wired up. Sue decided to go over and talk with her. This “rookie” was scared and confided in Sue that she didn’t know anything about cancer or chemo. Sue shared her newfound knowledge. She also shared, “you’ll learn what your capacities are, who your friends are and what matters to you.” They saw each other several times in the drip room and developed a friendship.
The doctor did not think that Sue would get “over it” in four months, maybe in two years…he was surprised. After four months, he sat across from her and had a very different announcement. “You’re cancer free!”
Sue received a note from her new friend soon after. The sentence that touched her most, and affirmed her purpose in the process, read, “Your friendliness and encouragement meant more to me than you’ll ever know.”
One doctor’s nurse had wanted her to go to yoga. Sue told her, “I don’t need those classes.” The nurse answered, “denial is such a strong emotion.” It wasn’t denial, Sue had Jesus. Sue's excellent adventure included a trip through cancer via the drip room into people's lives to touch them with hope, encouragement and support. Thanks Sue for sharing your adventure.
On Monday, I wrote about Matt and Vicki Howe. They've been bitten by the missional bug. Of course, Vicki had a head start without even knowing it. It was in her genes...
SUE LIVES IT
You see, Vicki's mom, Sue Chamberlain lives missionally. Her most recent opportunity happened rather suddenly...Sue's son, Dave (Vicki's brother) calls it "Sue's Excellent Adventure." Sue's adventure involved small cell lung cancer. She fought it aggressively and let her faith shine through her attitude.
In May, Vicki and Dave visited their mom on Mother’s Day weekend. The week before, Sue developed an infection in her lower arm. She needed to be admitted on the same Friday that Dave and Vicki were arriving. The entire weekend, including Mother’s Day, was spent in the hospital. Sue had been upset about being admitted at first but soon decided she was going to enjoy it. They ordered pizza and brought in a bottle of wine and celebrated a very special Mother’s Day together in the hospital. They had a party, in part to celebrate her life…especially given her recent cancer diagnosis!
ON A MISSION
When the oncologist first announced it was cancer, she had cried and then felt mad. However, she chose not to stay there long. Sue saw it as her mission to use this cancer as an opportunity to cheer others up. After all, she did not have a fear of dying because of her faith. She decided to let the peace and assurance she felt guide her as she encouraged others. She did not “share Jesus” with everyone. As she was going through treatments, she decided to just love people, encourage them, hear their stories, and cheer them up. She chose her cancer as an opportunity to live missionally.
Matt and Vicki Howe seem, by all appearances, a normal Eastside couple. They live east of Redmond in a new house, Matt has a good job, Vicki works for herself, they have grown children and a dog at home. Yet, God worked in their lives in a grand way last November. He sent them to Nairobi in Kenya to help out at an orphanage. Just like most white, middle-class Christians from the West they more or less thought they were bringing God to Africa. What they found is that God was already there! In fact, God seems to be more alive there than here on the Eastside of Seattle. Go figure!
They came home after a great trip--permanently changed. Now they plan to teach a missional ministry class: training other folks, just like them, about missional living--both here and abroad. They will share how God moves daily in places such as Africa, South America and Asia; and, how thousands are finding Jesus daily. God has moved South!
ANYONE CAN DO IT
Matt and Vicki share their passion for discovering God at work in other places as they discuss what it means to go on a mission trip. They explain how anyone can go. You don't need special skills. They'll teach about what you need, why you might go, and how you prepare? The surprise is that we have less to bring and do than we think!
Don't get me wrong, those of us in the West can assist African Christians--with food, clothing, medicine and other things money can buy. But we're not the great white saviors. What African, Asian and South American Christians bring to us is love and passion for Jesus that's so alive--we've never seen anything like it. They know Him. They see miracles. They believe what He says and live in response. They gladly accept Him as Savior and Lord.
TAKE THEIR CLASS
Who's the missionary now? Thanks Matt & Vicki for showing us the way! Their class will start Wednesday, September 19 at 6:45pm at Timberlake in Redmond, WA. Class is 8 weeks. If you're interested, join them on Wednesdays. They get it!
My friend and hairdresser, Marina Nichols, participated in the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk in Seattle, September 7-9, to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. Together with thousands of women she walked 60 miles over three days as part of team The Tyee Ta-Ta's.
They walked from Bellevue Community College over the I-90 floating bridge, south along Lake Washington to Tukwila and to Burien on Friday. On Saturday they went from their campsite in Burien south to Des Moines and Vashon then back to the camp in Burien. Day 3 they walked all along the Alki Peninsula across Harbour Island, past the big stadiums through downtown Seattle and finished up at Seattle Center at 4:30 PM.
I'm proud of you Marina! I know you trained a lot. Good for you. I love how you give back to your community.
Net proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment. The team raised over $36,850.
"It's like a whole generation of Republicans have lost their mom," said Brett Bader, a Republican consultant from Bellevue. "She was that giant of a figure."
The Seattle Times reported that Rep. Dunn served in the U.S. House from 1993 to 2004, representing the district that includes Bellevue, east King County and part of Pierce County. For a timeline of her life and accomplishments click here.
Luciano Pavarotti died yesterday, Thursday, September 6, in Modena, Italy. He was 71. The legendary tenor known as "Big Luciano" died of cancer. His health had been failing for the last year. For more of the story click here.
These deaths were sudden. Dunn's very unexpected. Life is fragile. Savor every day. After all, "this is the day that the Lord has made." I WILL rejoice and be glad in it.
Tropical Storm Henriette grew to a hurricane and hit land again. In the process it made history. Yesterday, Hurricane Henriette hit the southern tip of Baja California at San Jose del Cabo. Only nine hours before Hurricane Felix hit Nicaragua's remote Miskito Coast. The LA Times reported that it was the first time that two hurricanes made landfall on the same day since the U.S National Hurricane Center began to keep records in 1949.
According to ABC News, Henriette threatened Mexico's mainland today, had sustained winds of 75 mph, and could bring as much as a foot of rain to certain areas.
It's interesting to have a hurricane as a namesake.
Last week, Tropical Storm Henriette soaked Mexico, killed six, and injured two before moving out to sea on Saturday, September 1.
According to USA Today, "Henriette dumped heavy rain on western Mexico earlier, loosening a giant boulder that smashed into a home in Acapulco, killing an adult and two children and injuring two other people. A teenager and her two brothers were also killed when a landslide slammed into their house in a poor neighborhood of the resort city."
Tropical Storm Henriette on August 31, 2007 at 15:43:17--located southwest of Acapulco, Mexico. It was moving toward the west-northwest near 10 MPH. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 MPH with higher gusts.
My Name Sake?
My name sake (other than the "te") did a little damage, but made her presence felt. Hmmm.
Hat tip: Jane H. and Tamara D.