The first question of the Westminster Catechism is, “What is the chief end of man?”
And the answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
When we were in Italy, a missionary pastor there (Jim Albright) put it a little differently. He said that our job as believers is to make Christ famous wherever we go.
Please know that as I process the past two weeks and share the experience with you, I am yearning to know how I can make Him famous in my own life.
So, let me tell you about the trip. From the beginning…
That night, as the children were sleeping, we set up our little fake Christmas tree in the living room. I hung notes on the branches and put gifts beneath. Each had a date on it, and the kiddos had one note and one gift to open per day.
Thursday, October 14. We met at the church in the morning, packed up the vans, and drove to O’Hare. This is our team that morning, including an “extra” team member that came with us – a Cornerstoner named Jake who helped with the youth at the conference.
Our team at O’Hare, preparing to check our luggage. I’m pretty sure we had 18 pieces of luggage, not including purses and carry-ons. EIGHTEEN! It was c-r-a-z-y, but God totally provided for us. With current baggage restrictions, we were only allowed one free piece of checked baggage per person, so ALL of the musical equipment was extra. And one or two of the bags was over the weight limit. The fee was going to be outrageous, but God provided, and it was significantly lowered for us. Praise Him!
So, we flew. And we flew and flew and flew. 38,000 feet over the Atlantic, which (by the way) is about -84 degrees outside. Our 8-hour flight landed us in Frankfurt, Germany. To put it not-so-eloquently, I felt like barf by the time we got there. But a little time on the ground helped, and a little rest in these cool loungy chairs was nice, too.
Once we landed in Thessaloniki, we got to witness our taxi drivers arguing in Greek (which was kind of entertaining), and then took an hour-long drive down a peninsula to our destination, Sani Resort in Halkidiki, Greece. We totally crashed that night, but when we awoke the next day (Saturday, October 16), this is what it looked like outside the conference center…
Next post – THE CONFERENCE! Missionaries, music, testimonies, tears…a full week! Stay tuned!