At the end of every year, I try to read my both my private diary and public journal from the previous year, reflect on my vocational calling in the next season of life, and put a bookmark in on the pages of life’s journey before starting a new year.

Now in my second year as a blogger, I have found that I enjoy keeping a public journal of my travel notes, social commentaries, personal reflections, and mission updates. As an added feature at year’s end (for family and friends, but mostly just for my own pleasure), I have summarized activities and accomplishments over the past 12 months, and provided links to the narrative on my blog:

New book release: Partakers of the Divine Nature

Began teaching Drew college course on “Faith-Based Approaches to Ending Poverty and AIDS
Rebecca and I led retreat at Kirkridge based on the book we published: Spiritual Direction by Henri Nouwen

Mission trip to Malawi:

Finally finished installation of waterfall for pond, thanks to George, the master mason
Rebecca and I visited Korea to led Methodist Pastors’ Retreat on Spiritual Direction by Henri Nouwen see

Produced CHI documentary on Food Aid in Malawi “Alphabet of Needs”

Led retreat in Nashville on Spiritual Direction by Henri Nouwen
Drew DMIN summer term, taught Henri Nouwen course on Spiritual Direction

Sabbatical Year Ends

Family reunion vacation in McCall, Idaho
With Christensen clan and Lairds

Labor Day weekend road trip to SF Bay Area,
To Toronto for Henri Nouwen Society Meeting, 11th anniversary of his death


To Forth Worth for Church and Society conference
Mission Trip to New York City with church youth group
Shalom Announcement see
Homecoming at Point Loma Nazarene University and AAR
Thanksgiving with family in San Diego and celebration of my Mom’s 80th birthday

World AIDS Day chapel at Drew
To Baltimore to open new Shalom zones:

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