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Happy Memorial Day

Just want to wish you all a Happy Memorial Day! What a blessing it is to live in a country that allows you to travel back and forth from country to country to spread the good news of the gospel of Christ.  It would be hard to imagine how many Americans have sacrificed time, money and energy to take the gospel to other nations.  I am grateful for every soldier who fought to spread freedom and grateful for every spiritual soldier who worked to spread the cause of Christ.  This picture is a favorite of mine.  Praying soldiers. Let's return the favor and pray for them.

Donetsk Wins The UEFA Cup!

Donetsk Shakhtor (translated in English as the "Miners") shocked the world by winning the European championships in what we call soccer in the USA!  After beating their rivals, Kiev Dynamo, they bested one of Germany's best teams to become the champions!  As a former Ukrainian missionary, I can almost hear the horns blowing in the streets of Donetsk and fireworks filling the skies above the city. I've got my Donetsk flag out and plan on putting on my Shakhtor jersey as soon as I get back to the house!  Just as the Dallas Cowboys are America's Team, I'm going to assume that Donetsk is Europe's team. 

 I want to send my congratulations to Ukrainians everywhere, especially those from Donetsk.

The Extraordinary and Ordinary Acropolis and the Apostle Paul

I will be writing a blog or two on our ministry training school in Athens, but first I wanted to share an image of the Acropolis which towers above the city of Athens.  While walking around the Acropolis, the Agora (market place), Mar's Hill, ancient Corinth, etc., you get a real feel for what life would have been like during the days of Jesus, Peter and Paul.  It's absolutely amazing.  As you stand at the Acropolis, looking down on other temples, Mar's Hill and the Agora, you can't help but think about how impressive all of this would have been during the time when Paul spoke to the people of Athens about God, Christ and the reality of the resurrection.  What a blessing to have a opportunity to walk in his footsteps! It's extraordinary!

John and Rosemary Perkins

John and Rosemary Perkins, formerly of Fort Worth, have moved to Lubbock and will be working with the SIBI International Division.  John will be serving as the Administrative Consultant to the Dean of International Studies and Vice President for Institute Advancement at Sunset. As Sunset begins offering degrees to the graduates of qualifying international schools, the SIBI administration sought someone with the administrative and organizational skills to assist in developing and implementing a degree plan for international ministry training schools.  Sunset has been given permission by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer BBS and MBS degrees in Biblical Studies (for a full explanantion regarding these degrees, please refer to the www.sibi.cc website). John will assist Sunset in offering these degrees to qualified individuals around the globe.

Stealing the Cross

It is amazing to walk through the Roman Colosseum!  The historical significance is staggering and the spiritual implications are overwhelming. The Colosseum looms over Rome and is so huge and powerful in appearance, but this is nothing compared to the significance it has in history. Here great battles were recreated for massive audiences, gladiators fought to the death, wild animals battled, and Christians were fed to the lions.  Different Caesar's reigned over the festivities and people all over the world at that time marveled at the thought of seeing the incredible shows and barbarism.  A focal point in the Colosseum today is a metal cross that stands where Caesar stood and ruled over the festivities.

Fellowship Makes A Difference

I have no problem traveling to various mission points and international schools around the world alone, but it is far better to travel with family members and fellow Christians. In the attached picture, my wife Brenda is by my side and we are pictured with our good friends Mark and Kelle Samsill.  We are floating up a canal in Venice, Italy before I move on to teach a seminar in Athens, Greece.  As you can see, we were enjoying ourselves and celebrating how wonderful it is to share special experiences with those we love in Christ. 

It was a special blessing to have Brenda travel with me on this trip.  She worked hard to save up vacation days and we saved up some funds to take a couple of days in Italy before going on to Greece. 

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