Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ministry Equipping Conference #2

TSAMSUNG            he theme of the 3rd Annual PIU Ministry Equipping Conference, held October 18-20, was “Shaping God’s People Using God’s Stories.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Kent Edwards from Talbot Seminary. This is the 2nd time Kent has been our speaker. Sessions were held Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday in the PIU classroom. In the three days Kent took us through the whole process of teaching Bible stories, from reading and interpreting the biblical narrative to preaching it in a way that is exciting, true to the text and changes lives. Kent made the point that if we believe in inerrancy, and we do, then the forms and genre of scripture are also inspired. If that is the case, we need to not only interpret the genre correctly, but preach it in an appropriate way too.

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We also had some time to interact with one another and some good music

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Participants were encouraged to share their own stories (left). Alan Miller (right), also a guest speaker from Talbot, led some of the breakout sessions.

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This year’s conference had the highest attendance of any we have done. We enjoyed the participation of several churches and ministries. We are thankful for the many individuals and businesses that contributed to the costs of conference and provided the excellent food. On the right Kent poses with former Guam governor Felix Camacho.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

PIU Participates in the Guam “Shake Out”

Shake Ouy (5)On October 18th and 10.18 AM the alarms rang out and PIU participated in the Guam “ShakeOut.” This was a Guam-wide earthquake drill to test our readiness for the big one. The alarm rang to simulate the earthquakeShake Ouy (3) (the “big one”) and we all took cover. A second alarm rang to announce the “all clear” and everyone took refuge on the basketball court. After everyone was accounted for we headed back to classrooms, dorms and offices. The drill was a good reminder of our need to be ready for whatever happens.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ministry Equipping Conference #1

SAMSUNGLast week we enjoyed the 3rd annual PIU Ministry Equipping Conference (formerly called the PIU Preaching Conference). Our speakers were Dr. Kent Edwards and Alan Miller from Talbot Theological Seminary.SAMSUNG            We picked them up at the airport on Wednesday afternoon and the conference started Thursday night and ended Saturday afternoon. Joyce and I enjoyed hosting the speakers in our home. I think this may have been the best conference we have put on. Samantha and the Advancement Team did a great job on the logistics so that we could have the conference on campus this year. I will follow up with a post with some pictures of the conference sessions. Here are a few of the welcome and first night on Guam. 

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We took them to Chamorro Village on Wednesday night. Of course we made Alan ride the carabao.

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The “plan”for the conference.

Friday, October 26, 2012

International Day at PIU

SAMSUNG            Last Monday the PIU Student Council sponsored an International Day. The idea was that each different cultural group would explain the unique aspects of their home SAMSUNG            culture, showcase the art, dance, music and/or, of course food, of their home “island.” The purposes were to understand each other a bit better and celebrate the differences within the unity of the PIU family. It was fun to see how talented the new students are. It was an enjoyable evening that began a very busy week. Here are several pictures of the event.

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Celia prepared some Chamorro food (left) and the Yapese brought their own local food

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Pohnpei and Chuuk were well represented

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I enjoyed the displays and food from Kosrae and Palau

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The Yap team were in local dress

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And did some chanting and dancing

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Kosrae (left) and Palau showed off their cultures

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The Pohnpeians demonstrated the correct way to offer sakau and did some chanting and dancing

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There were lots of smiles from the spectators. All in all, it was a great experience of Christian unity in diversity

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Preaching at RCF

SAMSUNG            Earlier this month I had the opportunity to preach at the Ranch Christian Fellowship in Yigo. Most of the leadership and many of the participants are PIU students or graduates. So Joyce and I headed up there in the afternoon to the service. SAMSUNG            The Ranch is a unique fellowship where most, if not all, the people are under the age of 25. The music is not professionally prepared but it just wells up from the hearts of the young people and sounds amazing. There is not a lot of concern about time. We started when we started, there are  no clocks in the building and no one seemed to be concerned about how long I preached. I spoke on the story of Esther. I tried to encourage them from the point of the story that God is in control, even when nobody recognizes that He is there, and can save His people, even when they don’t know that they are in danger, even through people who are not faithful to Him. Joyce took the pictures here of Jesse and I.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Some Recent PIU Chapels

SAMSUNG            SAMSUNG Here are a few pictures from some recent PIU chapels. We enjoy some excellent speakers, including faculty members, such as Bible professor  Hartmut Scherer (pictured here on the left) and from the community (below). We also enjoy excellent music from both staff and students. The student choir is pictured here on the right.

 

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PIU librarian, Lisa Collins, uses her megaphone to introduce last Friday’s speaker Tammy Jo Taft.

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Spiritual formation students lead worship by reading and explaining Psalm 103.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day of Prayer

 SAMSUNG            A couple SAMSUNG            weeks ago I posted our Day of Prayer prayer requests. I thought I should post a couple pictures of the Day of Prayer itself. We had organized times of group prayer at 7AM, 11AM and 6PM and other informal prayer times. We do appreciate you praying with us. We, and the students, are in a very real spiritual battle and prayer is an important weapon in that battle.

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Prayer chapel began with a nice acoustic set of worship music. On the right is one of the groups of students that prayed for me directly.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Celebration of National Day of the Republic of China

SAMSUNG              This last week Joyce and I were privileged to attend the 101st celebration of the founding of the Republic of China. The people of Guam and Taiwan have had a long friendly relationship SAMSUNG            and there is a lot of economic interaction between the two islands. Even though this event is celebrated here right around every October 10th, Joyce and I had never been invited to the event until this year. We enjoyed getting to meet a lot of people from the government community on Guam and saw a lot of old friends there.

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On the left, the legislators of Guam make a presentation. On the right we pose with our good friends Dr. and Mrs. Chen. I also want everyone to see that occasionally we do dress up here.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Titus’ 6th Birthday Celebration

Saturday the 29th was a very rainy day but we gathered to celebrate his 6th birthday and everyone seemed to have a great time. It is hard to believe he is already 6 years old. I am uploading the pictures this time as an album. Enjoy!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Spirit Friday at PIU #2

SAMSUNG            Here are a few more pictures of Friday of Spirit Week at PIU. After the day’s events we all wentSAMSUNG            over to Faith Presbyterian and Reformed Church for a barbecue and evening worship service. Our friends at Faith hosted the group of marines and sailors and sent them over to us for the day’s project. We enjoyed the good food, fellowship and the Voices of Micronesia participated in the worship service. It was one a very enjoyable and blessed day. 

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It was nice to have some time to hang around with old friends and make several new ones. It was an encouragement to me to hear the testimonies of the sailors and marines

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VOM 2012-13 sounded great!