Because of the miracle of "post options" -- I wrote this on July 22 but it is published on the 28th -- I am in Moscow, Russia as you read this.
Eight of us from Good Shepherd have joined with Jon and Sonnet Barr, longtime missionaries with United World Mission. You can read about the Barrs and their ministry -- now called "The Exchange" -- here. Way back in 1999-2001, Jon and Sonnet were based in Charlotte and we were happy to have them call Good Shepherd home.
Our Moscow team is one of three GS short term mission teams this summer. Sixteen folks are at the Jubilee Children's Center in Nairobi, Kenya. I went on this trip in both 2004 and 2006. While there, the team will lead the children in Vacation Bible School, train the on-site teachers, and help with light construction projects.
The third team consists of ten people travelling to Bulgaria to partner with our missionaries Tony & Amy Myers. That team will also export GS Vacation Bible School as well as helping with church planting ministries.
So: 34 people from Good Shepherd living out the truth that Authority Sends. Check Matthew 28:18-20 and you'll see what I mean.
I don't know how much web access I'll have in Moscow, so this might be my first light week on the blog. Check back tomorrow!