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Cenchrea

In Acts 18, Paul stops while in the area of Corinth and Athens at the beachfront town of Cenchrea to mark the fulfillment of a vow or an oath by having his haircut. There's not really a whole lot we know about the place, it is simply memorialized by the faithfulness of Paul.  This is where he stopped to pay his vow.

It reminds me of the necessity of paying our vows.  Paul purposefully stopped and did what he needed to do to fulfill what he said he would do and we need to be as purposeful. 

Cenchrea is a beautiful place, isn't it? I wonder if it looked similar as Paul stood on the shore and looked out over the water?  I would like to think so.  More than that, I would like to think that I will be as faithful as Paul in my commitments.     

Haircut anyone?

Walking Through the Ruins of Corinth

When walking through Ancient Corinth, you can't help but be drawn to a wall, a stone floor and a piece of stone column looking remarkably like a pulpit or speakers stand. It's the stone pavement where issues were discussed, opinions stated, and judgments handed down.  It is one of the places in the ancient world where we know the Apostle Paul spoke and defended His teaching of Christ.

Walking through the museum, walking up and down the streets of the city, looking at the foundations and walls of the old city makes you realize that the words that we read in Scripture happened in a real world context.  Real stones, real buildings, real people.  We know this, of course, but it becomes so much more real when you stand in places like Corinth.

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. 

Rainy in Rome

Greetings.  God has blessed us with safe passage to Rome.  We enjoyed seeing this incredible city and are now looking forward to seeing Venice for a couple of days before heading on to Athens. Our luggage showed up a day late, but we have been reunited and are grateful.  It's been great to have Brenda on the trip with me. It's also a blessing to be traveling with the Samsill's from College Hill. Remember us in prayer and I will be praying for you as you live for God this week.

 

In Him,

Chris

Ron Downey

The SIBI International Division would like to welcome Ron and Shirley Downey to the SIBI International Division family.  Ron will be working with George Carman in administering and teaching in our schools in Asia with a view to allowing George to transition to becoming more of an instructor and Ron becoming the primary Dean of Ministry Trainer for these ministry training schools in Asia.  We are excited that they accepted our invitation and are confident that they will help us reach new heights as they use their giftedness from God to bless these efforts overseas.  God has blessed us with touching the heart of this missionary, preacher and alumnus to join us in this valuable effort.

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