If you know me (Chris) and are around me for any time, you probably know that I carry a purse. This has been the object of much humor at my expense but you know, purses come in handy. Even Jesus told his disciples to take their purse with them on the road. Mine is a reproduction of a WW2 map carrier's case. Very manly.
YWAM) journal and daily planner where I try to keep track of meetings and activities. I have bought one of these little books for many years now from YWAM publishing and it is super helpful. This week, it tells me about meetings with our little YWAM team here in Modesto, prayer gatherings with pastors, friends and other Christian workers in the city and it helps me remember stuff I've promised to do...visit or call folks I'm building relationship with, find furniture for a struggling family and help someone obtain their birth certificate.
Next there is a little note book I keep with a list of helpful numbers in the back for people I may encounter. Numbers for the Modesto Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, a community housing service and Advancing Vibrant Communities, a great resource in our city for people with needs and one of the simplest and most beautiful ideas I've ever encountered. I often give these and some other numbers away to people I meet on the street who are looking for real help from the community.
And the other book there (the one covered in Mickey Mouse comics) is a journal for thoughts about scripture, life and the future. It is often the seed for blog posts like THIS ONE.
Steps of Justice that I passed out today at our local Youth Pastor's Network meeting. I was letting them know about an event we're hosting on Tuesday, October 18 called "An Evening of Justice and Worship". It's at 7pm at New Hope Church in Modesto (300 Trask Ln.) This is a great night of music and stories to challenge us to take a next step toward justice for the poor and oppressed peoples of the world. Come and join us!
Of course, nothing in my purse tells you about Amie dancing at the Modesto Junior College and teaching Stella to read or about all the kids starting up Awana and our new season of youth group at New Hope church or about the Fire Bowl that is a new communal blog I am hosting and me traveling to Canada in October to teach in a Discipleship Training School in Winnipeg.
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