March 29, 2012

Swaziland Reflections, Pt. 3: "Luck-Bearers" [NOTE: This series of blogs is a compilation of reflections from our NewLifeSundayNight trip toSwaziland in March, 2012. A separate absolute monarchy surrounded by South Africa,Swaziland has the highest HIV infection rate in the world. 60% of its population lives on less than USD$1.25 a day. Our church is partnering with Children's Hope Chest to "sponsor" two communities where orphans and vulnerable children abound. I will say more on this partnership and how the model works in Part 4 of this blog series. My goal in writing this blog series is primarly to help our church understand the nature of this partnership, and to find ways of getting involved. Read Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.] It is the strange way of the Spirit that whenever I write a book, I find myself having to live it out in new ways after its release. When Butterfly in Brazil came out, New Life Church experienced an unexpected transition and I had to put to new practice the ideas of staying faithful right where I was. When Secondhand Jesus released, I found myself beginning a long journey or renewed theological study and liturgical discovery that has shaped my own spiritual formation in fresh ways. When LUCKY came out last year, I couldn't help but wonder how the Spirit would lead me to live out in new ways the message of receiving and participating in the Kingdom that has come, is coming, and is yet to come. Little did I know, it would come on a trip to Africa. Each day in Swaziland, we made home visits. Our team split up to make most of these visits, so my stories are of the ones I was on. The first was to a woman named Sophie. She said she was 90-years old and...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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