A Baptist Asks a Question?

classThis past May, I visited the church where I was in confirmation class. Back then, I was 19 and my hair may have been a little longer. I opted out on the very last class. Pastor and I disagreed on too many scripture interpretations. As one who has translated scripture into other languages, I know the importance of the work. Pray for missionaries as they speak in a new tongue.

A Baptist Waits to Speak in Tongues

on holdA couple in our Sunday School class received the run-a-round about a purchase. The business would not honor the agreement. They returned and returned again. Frustration. As I sat in class my mind went to the drawing board. This is not from A Baptist Speaks in Tongues or doesn’t, but shows what just about everyone goes through some days with or without Prozac.

For those who tried to leave me a phone message, know about the different language options. Like the cartoon; pressing the key you want doesn’t get you English. Pray for missionaries as they share the Gospel in other languages.

A Baptist Speaks and Eats

ark (2)Not all the Brunsons ate these animals, but someone in our family ate one of these. Only one ate a termite (not pictured) and the one who ate dog is now a vegetarian. Hmmm? In Mongolia, we used yak butter, but never found yak on sale. The first night in Kenya we ate wart hog and later cooked zebra a few times (the other stripped meat). Chapter 66. Pray for missionaries as try new things in a new culture.

A Baptist Speaks About Others Who Spoke in a New Tongue

balaamThe disciples speaking in all those different languages on the day of Pentecost sounds so exciting. I used a little poetic license do draw Peter.

I am not sure which language the donkey spoke, maybe Moabitese, but not Hebrew since Balaam was not Hebrew. Your thoughts? If my donkey spoke, I would name him Grady. Always be in prayer for missionaries as they witness in another tongue.

 

A Baptists Thinks Angels Speak Swahili

coke truckWhen you lived three days out from Nairobi or Dar es Salam, you better know two things about a car: #1 change a tire and #2 put gas/diesel in the back port. I skipped the filling station in Mwanza (see map) and thought I had enough diesel to get to Shinyanga.

Standing by the car looking around, off in the distance we see dust, the sign of a vehicle. Then as it got closer, I saw it was red, then saw it was a Coca Cola truck. Coca Cola trucks use diesel. The two Coca Cola men spoke Swahili which was a blessing since that was one of the two languages that I spoke at the time. Eight liters got us to Shinyanga. When you lived three days out, you needed all the help you could get.

 

A Baptist Speaks with Chattering Teeth

freezer burnWhile the cause of my hair turning gray may have been caused by getting older, it was dark when we went to Mongolia (1993) and getting gray when we left (1996). Once our family ventured out at -40 F. My daughter Mandi took a picture of the hole in the ice that I fell through on the Tuul River outside of Ulaanbataar. Cold weather builds character (I am told).

Most of the countries where missionaries live, have escape plans in case of war, but for Mongolia, we had an escape plan in case the heat went off. Pray for missionaries as they may endure hardships.

 

A Baptist Speaks Incorrectly

bostonlondon.jpgLearning the culture of a country is important.  The sign read “Please Look to the Right” in Hong Kong. In the cartoon not knowing the culture or language can get you hurt.

In Nairobi, Kenya it took about two weeks to get use to driving on the left side, shifting with the left hand, and driving in those round-a-bouts with three lanes of traffic. Coming back to driving in the USA after four years of driving on the left side was far more dangerous.

Thank you for sharing. I am available to speak in churches on missions and may not look like the young man in the cartoon.