delusions of… adequacy

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In my more honest moments, I realize that I have a great job and an awesome wife and family, and I really have no idea how I ever hooked that up. But most of the time, when I'm not being that self-aware, I make it through the day/week/month feeling like I've got it pretty well figured out and I can navigate my tasks (including the ones that involve ministry) with nothing by my intuition, experience, and considerable wits. In short, I have delusions of adequacy. Well. Midway through the blue sky nine Asian tour, I got really sick. Not H1N1 sick; but it was the mother of all head-colds. Right in the thick of this particluar misery is when we had to play our first gig in Seoul. And I'm…
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LA’s fine, but it ain’t home

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We have now done 4 of the 5 gigs on the Korean leg of our tour. We have one more to go on Tuesday, then we fly home Wednesday. We've played for two large churches and two universities, and had amazing responses at all of them. Our average audience has been 350-400, which is slightly higher than in Mongolia. We've signed more autographs and taken more photos and given away more CDs and promo pictures than in an entire touring year for domestic shows. We're huge here (grin). I have shared the gospel at each show and people have been invited to begin a relationship with God, but we don't have any results from those shows yet. But we have been extremely well received and my guess is that we'll…
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Asian mid-tour update

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We’ve been in Mongolia for over a week now. We've been to a remote prison. We've played 6 concerts. We've done training classes on how we do our outreaches. We've learned how to negotiate in the market, gotten stuck in an elevator for half an hour, and found a favorite restaurant where we can eat for under $2 (U.S.). And, we've seen over 100 people change their eternal mail-forwarding address. And that was just at one show. Our first concert was open to the public and was attended mostly by students, but there were many families and adults as well. We have now learned from the staff here that over 400 people attended the show, 199 filled out comment cards, and over 100 students indicated a new decision to begin…
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Mongolian taxis and other oddities

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So we get on the ground here in UlaanBaatar (the 'aa' syllables get the accent), we meet with the team that has brought us in for concerts, have a briefing meeting, and head out to dinner. Adam and I are going to catch a taxi with Oyuka and Odko, two women on the Mongolian team whose full names are lyrical and beautiful when they pronounce them, ungraceful when I say them, and awful to figure how how to spell.  (Sorry, gals...) Anyway, we go to catch a taxi. Now, I have been in some of the largest cities in the world (Seoul, New York, Istanbul, Cairo, etc) and catching a taxi is no big deal. But as we stand on the street corner, Oyuka starts waving at random cars driving by that don't appear (by any standard)…
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