Five Bells, Five Sites Pilgrimage in New York on 9/11

New York, Sunday, September 11, 2011.  How to observe the 10th Anniversary of 9/11?  Since I’m only an hour from Manhattan, I decided to take a train into the city and join my friend of 40 years, Rev. David Best, former pastor of the Lamb’s and now Director of Towel and Basin ministries, to spent the the day together.  We met for a memorial service at his church–St. Mark’s United Methodist Church–an historically significant,140 year

Ethiopian Coffee Beans for Peace

Ethiopian coffee may be the best in the world.  As least this is what I thought last week in Addis Ababa during our 5-day stop over in Ethiopia on the way back from our mission in Malawi.   Here’s a family photo (minus Rachel who stayed home to work) at a traditional Ethiopian resturant in the capital city.  We were fascinated by an ancient culture and religious dynasty where many streams converge: Jews, Christians and Muslims

Stuck in Paris

Roissy en France is a pretty and prosperous traditional French village 13 miles from the center of Paris and 3 miles or so from Charles de Gaulle Airport.  What are we doing here tonight at Hotel  Campanile  in Roissy? We got up early this morning to catch our flight from Madrid to Newark via Paris.  You can imagine how sad it was for Rebecca, Rachel and I to leave Megan by herself in the hotel