Just got back from a fantastic week in OKC. I think I talked to about 1000 people during my stay and loved every minute of it. I imagine heaven as being like the forum on OC’s campus in springtime, and we will just shoot the breeze under the bright blue sky against the green trees and a slight breeze (alright, so that last part isn’t like OKC :) ).

In OKC I also had some grrrrreat food, so I’d like to give my mad sojochick blog-props to Cafe de Taipei, Cafe do Brasil, and Ted’s. And of course Donna’s oishii roast. Yum!!!

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Church Sunday at Memorial Road was one of the best Sunday mornings of my life. First I went to class with one of my favorite people and met the people who had been faithful prayer warriors for me while I was sick. They were excited to meet this Ann girl that they’d heard so much about. And after services I got to go to the International Ministry potluck, a group of people I grew so close to during my college years.

But the worship service was the kicker. It was focused on missions (my weakness of course), and they introduced two new mission teams MRCC is going to support. One was a team of four families to Vienna and the other is a team going to Poland. I’m friends with several of the folks going, so it was especially personal. But talk about pulling the heartstrings. We started by singing “There’s a Stirring” (a song I’ve never really thought to be lyrically compelling, but perhaps morbid), and as we sang it each of the team members took turns standing up from different places in the auditorium and walking to the stage. Then of course there was a great video montage of the different missions around the world MRCC supports (Campinas– tears!). Kent challenged the congregation to get involved in missions. MRCC’s goal for 2007 is to get at least 1000 people involved in missions, whether domestic or international. Then we sang “There’s a Stirring” again and of course I cried because it hit a little too close to home. I’ll never sing that song the same way again!

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“I feel as if my skin is the only thing keeping me from going everywhere at once.”

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In the latest list of songs that tickle me is “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira. Despite the fact that I can appear very nerdy, I’m a sucker for a song with a catchy tune (I used to think that was a cop out for teenagers to listen to crap, but I believe it has some validity– ie, “My Humps” and “She Bangs”). Although the new Shakira/ Wycleff Jean collaboration is very worldly and immoral (“my hips don’t lie”… now there’s a piece of tried and true wisdom), I love the line that says, “You make a boy want to learn Spanish.”

Were I to design my ideal language learning curriculum, it would involve alcohol and amor. I learned in Japan that alcohol greatly loosens the tongue and gives one confidence to speak in another language. And of course, what is greater a motivator than love? In the words of Donald Miller, “Our ‘behavior’ will not be changed long with self-discipline, but fall in love and a human will accomplish what he never thought possible.”

Yes, liquor and love. I will be the best teacher EVER. ;) Or perhaps just the most popular. Who’s ready to enroll? ;)

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Tomorrow I head out to the old homeland, Stephenville. I wrote a few weeks ago that I was going for a wedding shower, but that didn’t materialize due to bad weather. I’m going for the wedding of a girl who was my best friend for years. I’m looking forward to it; I haven’t been to a wedding in a while. And it is fabulous to see my friend find happiness.

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