I intend for this to be the last post specifically on the trip from March 2009. If you haven’t seen all of the posts and pics, you can find them listed on the Vietnam page.
Really good lessons learned that will shape us over the next decade as we continue to engage those who the Lord has set before us. Some simple. Some profound.
Book your own travel. 9 hour layovers happen when the travel agent makes sure you run through the airline that gets her the best kick back.
Get in shape. For so many reasons, being unhealthy runs counter to spread of the Gospel. People don’t respect obesity around the world. Obesity hurts your ability to do very strenuous things, like travel the globe and hike up a mountain in North Vietnam to examine a water source and filtration system. By God’s grace, I had made a shift prior to my attempt at the latter this year, but that stands in stark contrast to my experience last year.
Tighten your focus. We did many things this year and all of them were good. there was nothing that was not worthy of our time and attention. Nevertheless, our goal necessitates building relationships and jumping from one project to another keeps us from giving the time that is necessary for us to do that. As a result, good things will have to go so that the best things flourish.
The church is the missionary. I am the church. The denominationalism that spread throughout America has created a sense of laziness among our church members. One of the many reasons that churches across America are dying is that they are not engaged beyond sending a dose of money for someone else to do the hard work. Supporting people remaining on the ground is a good thing. Going there yourself is also good, and a much more healthy thing for the individual and the collective. Both are necessary.