Wednesday, August 8, 2007

We've Arrived

Well it's now after 10pm in the evening Chicago time (4am UK time!) and just about time for bed. Our hosts Mark and Nanci are great - they became Christians 17 years ago through a neighbour who went to Willow Creek and have been in the church ever since. They're now planning to move out to Durban, South Africa, to offer hospitality to people there. Mark and Nanci's house is quite spectacular too!

On the way over one of the films on the plane was "Amazing Grace", the story of William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery. There are so many inspirational lines in the film - if only I could remember any of them through the fog of tiredness :-) Seriously, I do love the way Wilberforce grapples with the dilemma of whether to pursue God, or his desire to be an MP and change society, and God says to him (in various ways) that he can and should do both. It's so easy to try and split our lives into the secular and the sacred when God just wants to be in all of it.

I also watched "War of the Worlds" with Tom Cruise - I got nothing spiritual out of that whatsoever, although it did help make a couple of hours of the flight pass more quickly!

Ben and I are off to a welcome reception at Willow tomorrow afternoon and hopefully Craig will be meeting us there.

Thanks for reading this and hopefully get you another update tomorrow.



Sandra said...

Good to hear you have arrived safely and are being well looked after. Look forward to hearing what God is saying to you over the next few days

Simon Benham said...

Thanks for that Sandra. We're still safe - despite an evacuation today as a result of a tornado warning - see todays blog!