Thursday morning: Good morning from spring-laden Kansas City, what a great time of year. Today I am making my way to Singapore (via Minneapolis and Tokyo). This is going to be a 12-day trip for me (including travel days), to include two churches in Singapore and a ministry in Taiwan. I arrive Friday at midnight into Singapore, and the first ministry will be Saturday 5:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church. This will be my sixth visit to this church since I first was with them in 2000. The pastors and team have become dear friends over the years. Then I will do their three services on Sunday morning (35 minutes each service). The Lord has prospered the church through the years, it is the strongest ministry in Singapore to which I’ve been. I’m looking forward to this time of reconnecting, since it’s been six years now since I was last with them.
Saturday 11 a.m.: Greetings from tropical Singapore. You know you’re in Singapore when you have dragon fruit and papaya on your breakfast plate, smile. The trip went well, I got 6 hours sleep last night, and I’m ready for today. (which is my grandson Noah’s 10th birthday, woohoo!) I will be collected at 4:30 p.m., do a sound check, then into the 5:00 pm service.
Sunday 6:00 p.m.: I’m back in my hotel room after a marvelous weekend of ministry. Last night I had 35 minutes to share the covenant eyes message, and so I had labored to get the message as lean as possible. I think I ended up getting it done in 38 minutes. Because of the tightness, I was aware that the message lacked some of the impact it has had in other contexts when I have more freedom from the clock. But even so, I believe there was some eternal fruit. Today I spoke on the power of perspective. It’s a good message to fit into a 35-minute slot, as 35 minutes gives me time to develop the message adequately. Actually, I even took time in this morning’s services to include the Job video that Joel produced for me. The Lord was with us, helping us, and personalizing the message for each one.
It’s been a good time of reconnecting with my friends at Cornerstone. I’m grateful to God for this privilege.
Looking out my hotel window, I have an excellent view of the waters outside Singapore, where are unbelievable number of freighters are sitting and awaiting their turn to load/unload. Looking at the activity of this port, it certainly seems that the economic activity of Singapore right now is robust. I am also able to watch the jets as they approach Singapore for a landing. The flow of jets to this tiny island nation is stunning.
About what’s next:
Tuesday morning I will be collected at 6 a.m. and taken to the airport, for my 8:20 a.m. flight to Taipei. It’s my first time to Taiwan. I will be with my book publishers there, Elim Publishers. They have now published four of my titles in Chinese. The fourth title, Covenant Eyes, was produced just in time for my arrival this week. I’ve been asked to speak on Secrets of the Secret Place, and Covenant Eyes, both titles which they’ve translated. (in addition to Exploring Worship and Unrelenting Prayer)
The meetings in Taipei will be Tuesday and Wednesday evening, around 7:00 pm I believe.
My hosts in Singapore told me that the two nations in Asia that share the lowest percentage of Christian population (around .7%, according to wikipedia), also share this unique status: both nations have Emperor worship. Those nations are Japan and Thailand. It is perceived, therefore, that Emperor worship is a great hindrance to the gospel. Let’s pray for Thailand and Japan!