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bigish small news coming

If my blog had a theme sound bite – it’d be the sound of crickets. Because it’s way too quiet around here.

But to my seven faithful readers I say “don’t worry – good times are ahead”.

This lack of activity is not because I’ve run out of strange ideas. On the contrary – a lot is going down in my head. It’s an exciting place to be.

I’ll re-engage soon. In fact, a big strange idea will show up right here tomorrow. As our kids like to say, “seriously”.

Headline: BIG news (or maybe bigish small news) is coming tomorrow – April 16th, 2008. Right here.

I’m hoping to get 7 comments on this blog entry before then – to document that I actually do have 7 readers. Otherwise our idea will crash and burn.

So go ahead – talk to me…say something nice.

Until tomorrow then…keep the faith. And if you need a random update on someone’s life…check out Stretch. He’ll turn that frown upside down.

a teaser: like in chess – sometimes you need to start playing the game and figure out the moves along the way – are you in?

life is a game of chess by libbyportraits.com

“Giving to the needy” – in secret?…Herman could use a chess set

Last Wednesday we went back to the Amtrak bridge and found Herman at the same corner we found him exactly a week earlier. Herman agreed to go to lunch with us. We went to our usual place – Benjamin’s on 10th. Man, we had a really fun lunch with Herman. The guy is so fun to be around. Here are a few interesting things we learned about Herman…

  • He’s on a waiting list to get an apartment from the Wilmington housing authority.
  • He could use a good pair of jeans (waist 32 to 36 – he said the size after looking at us and sizing us up)
  • A pair of jeans will only last him about 2 weeks before they’re too old and dirty and need to be thrown out. (The 2 week thing on the jeans surprised me)
  • He needs a tarp to cover up his stuff. (He showed us a makeshift pile of his belongings. It was raining and everything he had was wet)
  • He plays chess as a hobby. (Ben’s going to give him a chess set)

Ben and I have been doing a lot of hanging around with ‘the needy’ over the last 7 months. And along the way we’ve been able to help our new homeless friends with more than just encouraging words. We’ve been sharing our street stories with friends, hoping that we can encourage others to get involved – because the need is great.

I’m feeling pretty good about the work that Ben and I have gotten ourselves into. I’m proud of the risks we’ve taken and I’ve discovered that it’s a ton of fun hanging out with homeless people. But I think God was sensing my pride, because he brought me into this passage…

Matthew 6 – Giving to the Needy (TNIV)

1 “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ in front of others, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

The phrase ‘do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing’ really struck me. That’s an amazing statement that gets at the heart of how we should help people. I don’t always give in secret.

Maybe giving shouldn’t be something that we keep track of just so it can show up as a deduction on our taxes. I’m not saying we shouldn’t claim our charitable giving on our tax returns, but it is challenging to keep my left hand from knowing what my right hand is doing while working in TurboTax….

In the end, there is a healthy secretive aspect to giving. I’m glad God brought me to this passage – He reminded me that all the good I do is for His glory and not my own.

lunch on the street, under an amtrak bridge

Ben and I were able to eat lunch with three homeless people today. We all ate under an Amtrak bridge, not far from the Wilmington Train station. Here’s how it went down…

We had stopped to talk to this crew a few weeks back. We found them on the same street corner, under the same bridge. This time we had stuff to give them, thanks to Ben! We walked up to Karin, Herman and Kevin and chatted with them for awhile. Ben gave Kevin a Texas Tech sweatshirt (which he put on immediately) and we gave Herman a towel. We’re going to bring Karin some jeans next Wednesday. (side note – if you have any size 20 women’s jeans – let me know…seriously.)

We asked them if they wanted to go grab lunch with us, they started laughing like we were joking. We weren’t. Then we suggested that we get some food for them and bring it back. They were pumped, and very gracious. They asked for burgers and fries from McDonald’s – so that’s where we went. We asked if any of them wanted to come along, to help get the food. Kevin volunteered.

While driving there, we found out a little about Kevin. He’s trying to get himself into a detox program, in Florida or Texas. He kept coughing. He said “hey baby” to a lady walking out of the McDonald’s. But he was very good about getting straws for everyone, and he asked for separate to go bags for his friends under the bridge.

Ben and I ordered snack wraps – 1.39 each. We each got 2. Those things are not bad – has anyone tried them? We got quarter pound meals all around for our new friends.

We got back to Karin and Herman. Herman cleared off a concrete column so we could set our drinks on the column while we stood around and ate together. We had some great conversation during our meal.

Afterward, I asked if we could pray for them. They were surprisingly very excited to have us pray for them. Herman suggested we all hold hands. So we held hands in a makeshift circle – and I prayed for them. I prayed that they would have a hope and a vision of what God wants to accomplish in their lives. It was very humbling for me to pray for Karin and Herman, but it was also a blessing. There was a true sense that the Holy Spirit was there in person while we prayed.

So as you read this, please say a prayer for Karin, Herman and Kevin…I don’t think they’ll mind.

blogging the double edged sword – a year of blogging

i’ve been blogging for a year now.

blogging is a double edged sword. it’s great because it’s a place for me to gather my thoughts and pin down my ideas and connect with some great people. but the other sharp side of the sword is that blogging is very self focused. it can become self revolving. i see it in myself and others.

but i take the good with the bad, and i’m hanging on the good today – that God continues to take me along on my journey and make my paths straight. and this blog is a fun place for me to track what God is doing in my life.

this entry below was my first blog entry. at the time, i barely knew what a blog was (i’m a little slow with the techno). even now i’m surprised to find that this first blog entry still seems to fit my skin…

It’s winter…we’re leaning forward into the white snow…waiting – at least my kids are. The past few months have been really great, leaving little in the way of yearning. Except something is still missing. Can’t put my finger on it yet. I’m trying to understand what it really means (for me at least) to say that I follow Christ with everything. There are still too many compartments and separations in my life. Worship seems to be connecting them, and making certain parts of my life no longer fit…which is a good thing. I’m trying to lean forward into this winter storm that’s coming, anticipating what’s going to happen – how things are going to stop, and how quiet it’s going to become. I know things will be clear soon…

add some wattage to Jesus’ fame – Louie Giglio – Passion world tour dates

I’ve been writing a lot of blogs lately and haven’t been posting them. Does anyone else do that? Maybe I’m getting too critical of myself, I don’t know. Maybe I’m starting to care too much about what others think of me.

I think I need to start throwing things out there again, so here we go…

I was listening to Louie Giglio speak on the Passion Podcast, he was talking about the world tour…listen to what he said…

We’re all about the fact that Jesus Christ and his Fame and his Name are the thing that light up heaven…And If we want our lives to count, not just here in the few minutes that we’re on this planet. But forever! Then we want to be in that moment in eternity when Jesus just lights up all of forever. And We want to say “I had a part in that. My life somehow added some wattage to Jesus’ fame in eternity. I did what I did in such away to help the world see who he is.” And that’s what Passion is really all about.

That’s what I really what to be about too. I love the picture that Louie creates when he charges us to “add some wattage to Jesus’ fame

I think the idea behind his statement is that no matter what we do, we need to turn the light towards and brighten the light on Jesus. We can’t lose that image in whatever we’re trying to accomplish with our lives.

So how am I turning light towards Jesus? And adding to the “wattage” that’s increasing his fame?

Hopefully we’ll be turning the light towards Jesus this weekend at the HBC men’s conference. Worship is going to be beautiful.

He is the Lord, the famous one.

Joshua 9:9 – Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the LORD your God. For we have heard reports of him

Two passion world tour dates in Europe, that’s what I’m talkin’ about…

  • Paris – June 3, 2008
  • London – June 5, 2008

sharing a meal with “charlie” – a simple act of worship

Ben and I set out for our bi-weekly homeless lunch again today, walking Market Street and Rodney Square in Wilmington. You can read Ben’s account here.

I was up first, I went up to a guy and asked if he wanted to join us for lunch. He said he had some important business to take care of. As we were walking away, Ben had the wisdom to go back and make sure he knew who we were in case we ran into him again. Once we talked to him a little more, he basically said – “Hey I changed my mind, I will come to lunch with you today.”

We shared a meal with Aubrey Willis, a.k.a. “Charlie”. Charlie moved to Delaware when he was 5 or 6 (in the 1950’s) and has been in Delaware ever since, although I get the idea he doesn’t like it that much. He couldn’t understand why Ben moved here from Texas, Charlie is a Dallas Cowboy’s fan and he especially likes the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders.

What struck me about Charlie is how average and ordinary he seemed. He seemed to have a clear mind, and he had an even temperament. He didn’t seem eccentric. He is a regular guy.

Charlie was different than Eric. Eric had grandiose (though somewhat delusional) thoughts about how he was going to start a real estate business and become wealthy again. When we asked if Charlie had any hopes or plans, he said he didn’t have any.

When we asked Eric what he needed most, he said cash. When we asked Charlie what he needed most, he said a warm jacket and some work shoes. Jackets and shoes are something Ben and I can help with. Our plan is to take Charlie a new jacket and a new pair of shoes next Monday.

Here are some random thoughts from today:

  • even homeless men have normalcy and routine in their lives
  • some of them really are hopeless, and others just have unrealized dreams just like me
  • everyone has their own unique story
  • everyone needs some compassion in their lives
  • no one person is above any other, though we like to put ourselves above others – that’s not really the way it is

mold – a show stopper? + Crowder

so we just got back from Crowder. He brought it to Philly. awesome. double awesome.

we got to go to the meet and greet thanks to our friend Tony, gotta love the hook up. Crowder was not aloud to talk after the show ’cause he’s on voice rest, I think he’s recording a DVD at the NYC show. All he could do was wave and give the thumbs up.

One surprise was getting to meet Shelly Giglio, Louie’s wife.  Shelly and Louie are the fine people that spear headed the passion movement.  The Myriad opened up, they were pretty impressive. I’ve got to check those guys out.  Another highlight was when the fans booed Crowder because he didn’t get a Philly cheese steak. It’s just like Philly fans to boo, so typical. But hey, he should’ve stopped by Pat’s – so shame on him.

So here’s my problem, I’m kind of hungry ’cause I skipped out on dinner. I checked the fridge for a healthy snack and found this…

mold2.jpg

Here’s my question – is mold a show stopper for you? I don’t even think the stuff is dangerous. Really. I need to check this on wikipedia. I think you can skim mold off the top and you’re basically fine. I think I know what I need to do…


author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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