March 2008


At the end of last year, Steven Curtis Chapman put out a new CD entitled “This Moment.” It has one of the greatest mission songs I’ve ever heard, and I absolutely love it! The song deals with something that I’ve had to deal with in my own heart since coming back from Italy – trusting God to work in the hearts and the lives of the people I left behind. I was building relationships with people and ministering to them, and now I can’t do that anymore. But the fact is I’m not the one who changes people or saves them. That is God’s work alone, and frankly, He doesn’t even need me to accomplish it. This song is a reminder of that – God is in control and He will accomplish His work for His glory.

“Yours”

1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 24:1, Psalm 89:11,

 Acts 17:24-26

I walk the streets of London

And notice in the faces passing by

Something that makes me stop and listen

My heart grows heavy with the cry

Where is the hope for London?

You whisper and my heart begins to soar

As I’m reminded every street in London is Yours

I walk the dirt roads of Uganda

I see the scars that war has left behind

Hope like the sun is fading

And they’re waiting for a cure no one can find

And I hear children’s voices singing

Of a God who heals and rescues and restores

And I’m reminded that every child in Africa

Is Yours

And it’s all Yours God, Yours God,

Everything is Yours

From the stars in the sky to the depths of the

Ocean floor

And it’s all Yours God, Yours God,

Everything is Yours

You’re the maker and keeper

Father and ruler of everything

It’s all Yours

And I walk the sidewalks of Nashville

Like Singapore, Manila, and Shanghai

I’m brushed by the beggar’s hand and the

Wealthy man

And everywhere I look I realize

That just like the streets of London

For every man and woman, boy and girl

All of creation, this is our Father’s world

It’s all Yours, God

The glory is Yours, God

 All the honor is Yours, God

The power is Yours, God

The glory is Yours, God

You’re the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords

And it’s all Yours God, Yours God,

Everything is Yours

All the greatness and power, and glory, and

Splendor, and majesty

Everything is Yours

It’s all Yours

We are Yours

The glory and honor is Yours,

Everything is Yours

It’s all Yours God

My life is Yours, my heart is yours

My hands and my feet are Yours

Every song that I sing

It’s all Yours, all is Yours

All belongs to You

Our gifts are Yours, God

All our dreams are Yours, God

All our plans are Yours, God

This whole earth is Yours, God

Everything is Yours

Written by Steven Curtis Chapman and Jonas Myrin © 2007

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For a few days at the end of November/beginning of December, my friend Robby came to visit me in Venice. He was working for Delta Airlines at the time, and he was able to fly there for really cheap. He’s a friend from college and we went to Israel the same semester. He wants to be a missionary in India, so it was really fun to have him there and talk about missions. He was a great source of spiritual encouragement to me. Also, I got to do some sightseeing! J We basically hung out in Venice for 2 days taking in the sights and discussing theology. J It was great! He came to the Filipino and Italian youth groups. At the Italian Youth Meeting, I told Luigi (the elder who oversees the youth) that Robby plays the guitar. So Robby played for us that night. Although, it was quite difficult. Did you know that chords are different in Italy? In the US, chords are written “A,B,C, etc.” Well not in Italy! They write the chords using the good old method used in “The Sound of Music”! That’s right – “Do, Re, Mi, etc.” You learn something new everyday! Enjoy some pictures from Venice (note: captions are above the pic they go with)!

Here’s Robby and me at the top of the bell tower in Piazza San Marco (aka St. Mark’s Square)

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This is the view of Venice from the Bell Tower. It’s so beautiful … I highly recommend paying however many euros it is (if it’s a clear day), because it is so worth it!

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Do you remember seeing this window in an earlier post? We’re back to the horse meat shop. When I told Robby that I had eaten horse, he basically wouldn’t leave Venice without trying it for himself. So he bought a small stick of horse salami … and save for the very tiny bite I took, he ate the whole thing (not all at once)! Apparently he loves horse.

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This was a really cool Christmas tree in Piazza San Marco – I assume it was made out of Murano Glass. It was beautiful – the sunlight reflected the colors of the glass. They had big spotlights around it, so I think at night it was all lit up and I’m sure it was incredible.

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Giovanni and Robby playing for the Italian Youth Meeting

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This was a sign at Piazza San Marco – and it made me laugh. 🙂

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Robby and me on the Rialto Bridge overlooking the Grand Canal.

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