Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Howdy from Tirane, Shiptare (Tirana, Albania)! As I write this we are soon going to be splitting up, some of us to visit the ABC Clinic (missionary hospital) and some to the Albanian version of Chinatown, haha. After that we are all meeting at the Tawainese building for pool and bowling. As random as this sounds, it is our mission and goal to build relationships with the Albanians and consequently share with them the love and grace of our Savior. For security reasons hopefully understood, I can't get much more specific than this.

As we have only been here now for 2 days, there is unfortunately not much to share, but I assure you in the next few days a lot will be happening as classes start tomorrow morning! As schedules change and plans get rearranged, we all have to remember as our awesome STM Coordinator once said, "the magic word in STM is flexibility." Our hope and prayer is that God would continue to exalt His amazing Name in our own hearts and also in our attitudes and character. As a team it's our mission to be without blemish and above reproach as ambassadors of the gospel.

It's coming up on the time that we're heading off for the clinic, so I'm going to have to leave very soon. PLEASE know that we are all praying for y'all, that your hearts would be admonished and grown by the Holy Spirit speaking through His Word. It's now time to leave, so please come back in the next few days for more updates! Soli Scriptura!

- Morgan
(Job 1:21)

Friday, June 24, 2005

15 till Take-off!

In a recent survey conducted by a major news journal the question was asked, "if there is one word that you would consider sums up your essential identity, what would that word be?" Of over two million people surveyed across the United States not one single person replied, "Christian." In fifteen hours 17 people, including myself, will be leaving LAX for the tiny nation of Albania. Please continue to pray that above every thought, every desire, every action, that God would be exalted in our hearts and with our lips without concern for situation or consequence. Though many people see what we're doing as worthy of praise and glory for ourselves, I pray that our attitudes would not be one of pride or self-worship, but only of the grace and mercy that our Father has given us first through His Son. Any mindset other than Biblical humility will not only be useless, but counterproductive for the sake of the gospel. Once again, all of the money and financial support that we have received has been an overwhelming blessing to our hearts, but your prayers are exceedingly invaluble as we minister in the coming weeks. Thanks again to all of you who have and continue to support this team, may God richly bless you and your families while we are away. Soli deo Gloria!

- Morgan

"I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified" (1 Cor. 9:23-27).

"For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 3:11).