Archive for June, 2016

84 year old missionary Bud Meyer sets record as oldest man to zip line in Lithuania!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2016 by xybatt

Two years ago missionary (elder, teacher and minister) Bud (Charles) Myers made history when he was the oldest person ever to zip line in Lithuania! I asked him what were his thoughts before he zip lined for the first time. “I had a lot of faith”, he said. “Faith in the harness and the cable! Most of all that God had not ever put me in a position that he couldn’t handle”. So away he went! Was there! Done that! Got the T- shirt!

This summer Bud was back for Camp Ruta Christian Camp and the zip line at Labas Park in Vilnius awaited! So, at age 84, he again set the record for the oldest person to zip line ever. This year he received a coffee cup. Asked if this was it, he replied, “Not a chance!” In a group of missionaries from age 8 – 84, we have to admit that “Dr. Bud” takes the cake.

Bud Myers was one of the original missionaries and founders of Ruta Christian Camp in Lithuania! Week one of Camp Ruta began June 27 with the smaller children (ages 6- 12) and will be followed by a teen camp and family camp.

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Visit with the Paris Assembly- Église du Christ

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2016 by xybatt

Visit with the Paris Assembly- Église du Christ

What a beautiful church assembly! Meeting and greeting one another enthusiastically in the simple and small auditorium of what originally was a farm house built in 1750. Africans and Haitians, Chinese and Californians, Of course, the French and an Englishman (22 nations represented in all)….and two tourist families from the USA: one from a non- institutional church and the other from a progressive group…..beautiful fellowship in French and wonderful hospitality from the minister Roland and his wife Anna Rose…..what an experience!!!

If asked to describe the services, I would say, thorough. After all, they were speaking and singing French! But the preaching was enthusiastic. The singing was melodic and the prayers were enthusiastic. And friendly locals helped us find the right song numbers, encouraged us after with hugs and enthusiastic conversation and when it was all over we were wanting to spend more time with them all. We also learned that many the youth were at another congregation for a singing to encourage.

When Jessica and I committed to a stopover on our way to our mission trip to Lithuania I become Facebook friends with Anna Rose, the Paris congregation’s wife. Her husband Roland called me from Paris at my home in Lillian, AL to get to know me and he assisted with our reservations at a Hotel near the church building, He also agreed to meet us at the airport and did indeed deliver us to the hotel, a wonderful blessing as we arrived very late. Christian hospitality amplified!

So, a little about Paris! We spend four days as tourists in Paris. We bought a Paris Pass, a card that allowed us to hop on and off the tour bus as we made brief visits to the Louvre (saw Mona Lisa, she sends her best!), the Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle Cathedrals, a morning boat excursion up the Seine, and multiple photo ops along the way. Food is good and the brasseries are inexpensive and delicious (or you can spend a lot for a formal meal in a restaurant) .  The people are friendly (contrary to what you have you have heard) and service is adequate. Take the women in your life to Paris. It is a wonderful experience!

 

Preparing for a Mission Trip!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2016 by xybatt

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The first part of a mission trip is the preparation. Questions are asked. Can I get time off work? How will I pay for this? Who is going with me? Why are we going? Is this a justifiable effort? What do I need to know?

I have always wanted to go “overseas” on a mission trip. As many of you know, “our” mission has been the LAUNCH Christian Singles. We have attended and been involved at the Spiritual Growth Workshop in Orlando since 2000. Anthony Fischetto and I taught 4 years at the Pepperdine Bible Lectureships in Malibu, CA . Singles retreats and conferences from Florida to Pennsylvania to Tennessee to California took most of our spare time and money and while we supported the mission work abroad with prayer and a little money, I had stayed in the good ole U. S. A.

I was asked to go to Lithuania several years ago and couldn’t but this past August when asked I said “yes”. Part of the decision making was related to a good job with liberal paid time off. In other words, I will be paid while out of the country so the bills don’t add up. Another part is having a supportive wife who said “ok”. And a teenage daughter to share the adventure with. T0 top it all off with an obvious need in Lithuania and an opportunity to make a difference.

Research has been important. I have enjoyed learning of Vilnius and the surrounding countryside. I see a beautiful lake and cabins in the woods. I learned of the hope of being free to worship but also learned of the frustration of many. Lithuania has a very high suicide rate. Many have not prospered with liberty. But with the struggles also comes new beginnings. Knowing that we are to teach children of the first generation in a post USSR country is intriguing. We literally are working with blank pages. No debates over old songs or new songs, hand clapping or music, preacher school vs. university….We get to teach Jesus!

Fundraising has been difficult. I have not asked for support in Singles Ministry and have been content to write off any losses with my income tax. Our home congregation has new ministers and took on a mission trip to Africa, sponsored by the youth group. We were asked to raise most of our money from outside sources. So I had to ask friends and family. Some have been very generous. We are thankful. Several are involved in their own missions and again we are thankful and pray for their success. Some cannot financially support us but have been encouragers and have prayed for our effort. We thank them. Unfortunately, some friends and family have either ignored us or stepped an extra step away from our effort. To say that this is disappointing is an understatement. And a few have been deliberately hurtful. The summary of the fundraising effort is that we have raised “just enough” to pay for plane tickets and whatever is necessary. We are blessed! God is good!

Whatever your stance is on foreign missions, rest assured that Jessica (my fifteen year old) and I will be good, hard workers and are honored to share the love of Jesus with the kids at Ruta Christian Camp. We will enjoy the adventure of travel, of making new friends and sharing this adventure with church family. We will use what we learn and be better servants when we return to our home. And we will be thankful!

The Pain of Loving Someone Who Is Toxic for You

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2, 2016 by xybatt

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BY: Anna Bashedly

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We’ve all been there – in that intoxicatingly toxic relationship. You probably remember exactly the day you first saw them, what they were wearing, what you were wearing: every detail down to a T.

The attraction is palpable; it’s magnetic. The world stands still when you’re around them, and your whole being becomes alive. You light up and fall so credulously into that person, crashing into them – your whole world suddenly ringing light.

But not too long into the magic, things start to turn. The fireworks combust, leaving you burned and confused.

How can a person that you love so much encompass both good and evil, beautiful and ugly? They’re the one person who makes you feel flawlessly whole, they give you a level of happiness that you didn’t even think existed. Because of this, your mood becomes entirely dependent on them; you feel trapped, completely naked. You hate yourself for feeling like you can’t live without this person, but you just can’t help it.

When things are good, they are beautiful: the closest thing to perfection that exists in the world. But when they are bad, it’s the most horrid thing you’ve ever come face-to-face with, leaving you confused and angry; it sucks the life out of you.

Everyone tells you to leave them – you agree. You know that this kind of roller coaster is not good for you. Rationality is always there; you know perfectly well why this person is bad for you, and for a while you do stay away. You try to fight the magnetic pull that is present at the very core of you. You put up a good fight. But your heart aches, and your body is in physical pain. You’re in horrid withdrawal. You try to fight it, but you just can’t. It’s a pull that can only be understood by those who have experienced it.

You come to a point where you don’t care about the consequences; you just know that you need to be next to this person.

So, you go back. The first time you go back is exhilarating; the pain and anger you felt when you were apart acts like an aphrodisiac, fueling your passion even more. You know too well that this happiness won’t last long – but you don’t care.

Every time you go back to your toxic love, you hope for the best. You think to yourself – this time it will be different. I won’t get hurt again. It’s impossible. And for a little while, it is bliss – the best thing in the world.

Until things turn again, and you’re in a twisted cycle of up and down; bliss and agony. Why do you stay? Because deep down, you still believe things can change. You’re smart, so you think that you can work it out; you will apply the same kind of logic that you do in all areas of your life. You want it so badly that you think there is a logical solution to working out your differences.

But somewhere at the very core of your soul, you know that with a toxic person, logic dissipates into thin air. Eventually, your hopefulness subsides and you realize that there will be an end, but it takes time to get there.

One day, you reach your breaking point. No matter how much you love them, you can’t forgive the other person anymore. You know that this toxic love doesn’t have a happy ending, and you’re slowly accepting that this was another kind of love: a much darker and sadder kind of love.

As much as you want to believe that this person will change for you, realistically, they never will.

It’s important that you recognize and accept that no matter how happy a person can make you, if they also bring out the worst in you, they are the wrong person for you.

When someone is toxic, and brings you down to your lowest low, they will hurt you again.

You’re not weak for slipping into familiar patterns, you’re human. But ultimately, your happiness is in your hands. You deserve a love that exists on one entity of happiness, not on both misery and ecstasy. 

And you should never settle for less than you deserve.

**Thanks to Bri for sharing……Jim**