Monday, October 23, 2006

Not your Father's Missions

It is amazing to see how far missions has come. This is definitely not your father's missions.

Way back in 1995 I was here in the Philippines doing a missionary internship my school Oral Roberts Unviersity. I had to make a call to the States for some school business. At that time a call to the U.S. cost about $20 for five minutes. The call was made over a trans-Pacific phone line, and you had to have an operater here in the Philippines connect you with an operator in the States before you actually got to talk to the person you wanted to call. The reception was terrible, and there was a two second lag in the connection, so I could hear my voice echo as it traveled to the other side of the world

Now just over ten years later, things have definitely changed. I have recently discovered the Gizmo Project. Using a microphone and headset I bought at a local computer store for about $5, I just made a call to the U.S. for free. I was able to do this sitting here at my desk, on my Powerbook, using my wireless Internet connection. I talked to a friend from Camp Sonshine, MD, Mike Charbonneau, for about thirty minutes. Using the Gizmo Project software, you can call toll free numbers without cost, and Camp Sonshine, MD just happens to have a toll free number. While it was not 100% clear, the connection was pretty good, and we could talk and communicate just fine. Not too bad considering I am on the other side of the world, and it was free.

Free is good.

This is definitely not your father's missions.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Annual Meeting

We just got back from the city of Davao in the southern part of the Philippines. We spent a week there for the Calvary International Asia Pacific team Annual Meeting. A very blessed time was had by all.

We stayed at Eden Mountain Resort, a beautiful place up in the mountains. In fact the weather there was very unFilipino like, much cooler, and even somewhat cold at night. I could ALMOST see my breath in the morning.

Or course, I will have my full share of colder temperatures very soon, we leave for the States in just 28 days.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006