Conntecting the Dots

Posts Tagged: Eastern Europe

Keeping First Things First When Life’s Busyness Consumes Us

Later today I’ll board a Boeing 747 and fly to Budapest via London. Nearly 30 hours will pass before our team finally reaches a hotel where we can sleep before driving into Romania. Once there, we’ll join four career missionaries to host a camp for teens and young adults facing significant challenges.   When that… [ read more ]

When the Day Doesn't Go As Planned

Today hasn’t gone as I’d planned. It’s mid-afternoon, and I haven’t even started my to-do list. What’s with that? Maybe the day’s unexpected phone calls and emails are the result of routinely inviting God to take charge of my schedule. For example, I thought I’d finish preparations for an upcoming women’s retreat and then write… [ read more ]

How Do You Stay Healthy?

Yesterday I felt as though I’d been hit by a semi-truck. Is jetlag lingering longer than usual, I wondered? Nah, it couldn’t be. I’m sleeping well at night now, so there’s no obvious reason for feeling so wrung out. What’s going on? I continued my mental scour, searching for a reason to explain my lethargy…. [ read more ]

My Impossible Situation

It began in January 2007 with an early morning phone call. The caller was a close friend, one of our former pastors. “Do you still sense that God has something new for you in ministry?” he asked. “Yes,” my husband answered. (We’d sensed a change coming for two years already but had committed to waiting… [ read more ]

Train to Poland — Part 2

This is our eighth trip to Eastern Europe since 2008 and, apart from gasping at near head-on collisions, I’ve never felt afraid. Until today, that is. Passengers come and go on these trains. For several miles, two men in their 60s sat on the bench across from us. Theirs was an animated conversation until one… [ read more ]

Misperceptions of Other People

Have you ever had a wrong perception of someone? I have. A couple of years ago while speaking at a woman’s event in Eastern Europe, I met an elderly woman who struck me as being aloof. My impression wasn’t favorable, and to my fault, I made no effort to get to know her. Halfway through… [ read more ]


Women are a fascinating study. Last week, while riding the city train in London, I sat opposite a lady covered in black. Even her hands were gloved. The only exposed part of her body were her eyes. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to ask her about her life – childhood, career,… [ read more ]

Journal Entry for April 3-5

Friday morning marked the beginning of our annual staff conference. What a treat to see our International Messenger family gather from Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Slovakia! Couples, singles, families – more than 100 folks showed up to encourage and be encouraged. Each day we enjoyed two worship services. The music – led by… [ read more ]

Eastern Europe Adventure Begins

Journal entry for Tuesday, February 3, 2009 After catching a couple hours of sleep last night, we boarded a flight from Vancouver to Toronto to Vienna (for yet another infamous 5-hour layover), and finally to Kosice, Slovakia. I must have been more tired than I realized in Vienna, for I stretched out on a padded… [ read more ]