World Travels England Letter

Hello Again!


The wind blew just right and we landed in England! We flew over the famous Stonehenge monument and many beautiful country cottages. When we finally landed in the capital, London, we had a great view of Big Ben. As we looked at the time, we thought about a time when people feared England.


Way back around 500 a.d. was a man named Augustine. He was sent by a pope in Rome to go to England and tell them of God's love for them. Augustine brought a team of men with him for the long journey. As they got closer they began to hear stories about the English. They heard that they were barbarians and that they would all be killed the moment they got there.


Augustine's team was scared to go any farther. After some encouragement from the pope, they made it to England. Augustine sent a message to the king about who they were and why they were coming. Do you know what? The queen was already a Christian! The team was welcomed into the country and Augustine eventually became the archbishop of Canterbury.


You really just don't know about people until you get to know them! We can't wait to get to know new people all over the world. How about you?





 

 

Big Ben Photo via wallpaperswiki.org


 

If you have access to BBC this would be a great time to watch some British television. Some of our favorite shows include: Top Gear, Shawn the Sheep, and Bang Goes the Theory. Top Gear and Shawn the Sheep can be found on Netflix and Amazon instant video. Bang Goes the Theory has science experiments to go with the show on their website as well.




 

Written by Michelle Morgan for her son

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Indescribable

Have you seen this video by Louie Giglio yet? It is really amazing to see how the universe proclaims God's glory. Take some time to watch it. God really is indescribable.

Learning the Uke

I1003270The Cat Returns is one of my favorite animated films. The end song, Kaze Ni Naru, is one of my favorite parts and gave me the longing to play the ukulele. I found just the uke for me here in Montreal. It is part musical instrument and part souvenir of Quebec. I am not terribly good at it yet, but I am starting to get this song down. Once I have it figured out, I will either attempt to learn the words so I can sing along, or move on to another great song. In the meantime, here is a great cover of the song by someone who has been playing a lot longer than I have.

Canada is NOT North USA

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Back home Canada is like a sister to the north. As you head further north it seems like the line is blurred between Canadian and American. When we first told people we were coming to Montreal to serve as missionaries, many of them thought we were crazy. How would it be any different than simply serving in Minnesota? We didn't really have any clear way of sharing the differences, but had heard they were there. And, oh, how different it is!

There is the obvious here in French Canada, everything is in French, the signs, the directions and alerts in the Metro, the information posted in the busses. That was to be expected. The little things are really what catch you off guard. You need 4 forms of Canadian ID to get a phone. People are surprised when they hear we have the same last name, in a country where changing your name, even for marriage, is illegal. Bank accounts are not free and some accounts severely limit the number of transactions allowed in a month. The street lights run differently. The food here tastes different and the prices of the food are very different too.

I could spend all day typing up the minute differences of living in Canada, but I won't. The part that makes acclimating to a new life here are the similarities to America. I can go down the street and order a pepperoni pizza just like back home. When I bite into it and I taste that bologna like pepperoni they have here it is a reminder that I am not back home at all. Though the similarities sometimes trick us into thinking we are in the States, it always comes out Canada. We are getting used to the changes and expect there will be more to get used to over our months in Montreal.

The Battle Before Us

PANOMontrealSpiritual warfare is real. It is everywhere. This battle is not something people address in Africa or the Asiatic islands alone. Satan doesn't fight against us only in places with ancestral worship and impoverished nations. He is fighting us here in Montreal and he is there with you where ever you are reading this post.

There is a difference between a knowledge of something you have read in a book and the knowledge of experience. We came here to Montreal with book knowledge on this subject, and a fairly limited one at that. We did start to feel the battle as we prepared to be missionaries, but it is not the same here in Montreal. I can't even describe what it is like. You can feel it all around you in this city. It's a darkness that lays over Montreal like a fog. It penetrates your thoughts and attitudes until you suddenly wonder where in the world those thoughts and attitudes came from.

Much of this was a gradual build up for us. We were tired and cranky from the time change. Life has been hard as we get used to a new lifestyle, so of course we are all at each other's throats. Our schedules are in complete chaos and we have no control over anything. Then we sat down and looked at the calendar. We have had a few things each month that have thrown off our week, but overall our weeks have formed into a fairly good routine. Where was this totally unjustified and illogical idea coming from? In the beginning we could chock it up to the difficulties of a new life, but if you give Satan an inch he will take a mile.

Once we realized that we were facing some pretty serious spiritual attack, we realized how ill prepared we are for this battleground. Our preparations for missions included reading about spiritual warfare. Either we were blinded to the truth in that information or it simply wasn't enough. We don't want to become casualties of the war. This week we began reading Spiritual Warfare: The Battle For God's Glory by Jerry Rankin. So far it has been very enlightening. Here is what Amazon has to say about the book:
Christians already have victory over the world through Jesus, but Satan picks a fight with believers nonetheless, tempting them with the influences of the world in an effort to steal God’s glory. Indeed, the battle rages on , but the nature of the enemy is baldly exposed in Spiritual Warfare, helping readers better understand feelings of resentment, anger, doubt, pride, and adversity for what they really are: fiery darts of deception.

 

Written by International Mission Board president Jerry Rankin, who has witnessed spiritual warfare at work around the world, the book in turn becomes an inspiring guide to the Spirit-filled life, illuminating spiritual disciplines that equip us for victory including prayer, Bible study, fasting, Sabbath observance, active church membership, and praising God in all things.

I find it very interesting that this book, and all the Spiritual Warfare books, are not available to Canadian Kindles. Clearly, Satan is not willing for the people here to arm themselves for battle. He certainly doesn't want a fair fight and is quite willing to fight dirty. We will continue to arm ourselves with the word of God, prayer, and God's almighty power. If you aren't armed and prepared, you might want to take the time.