Last night I got to hear Landon Saunders at the ACU faculty presession. His message was incredible. Many of us talked about it afterward and said things like "Wow, I was 20 years old again tonight" and "The first time I heard Landon I was . . . ." Part of it is the voice, of course. THE VOICE. But much more is the keen sense that this man is pointing you to the way of Christ -- the way of loving human beings -- like no one you've ever heard before. (This fall I had a Landon in my freshman Bible class--one of 10 children in his family. He's one of many "Landons" around the country named by parents after this man who had been so influential in their lives.) We enjoyed having Landon over Saturday evening and then again last night after the presession ended. For a while the first evening, Landon and Chris were alone at the dining table while Diane and I got things in the kitchen. We just smiled as we listened to Landon ask him about his life and tell him stories--especially stories about all the turkeys, deer, bear, foxes, and llamas (yes, llamas) he's seen on his land in Vermont. After he left that evening, Chris said, "That man sure tells good stories." He has no idea! - - - - Friday night was a chance to catch up with my buddy Eddie Parish, who was here to teach a short course at ACU. He and Judy now run the Parish Hermitage, a retreat center just outside Baton Rouge. I'm excited that he's going to be a speaker at the Renovare International Conference this year. - - - - Yesterday morning I interviewed Linda Egle, one of our members who started the Eternal Threads ministry to help young women in SE India get out of poverty--poverty that sends many of them into the sex trade industry. If you don't know much about it, take the time to look through the website. Lots of women at Highland have one of the Sofi tote bags. And each time you purchase one, you know that you're helping to support these young women. The tsunami effected the villages where Linda works. So she and Randy Uthe, a pediatric R. N. and also a Highland member, are going over soon to take a relief package from Healing Hands. But as Linda said yesterday, her concern goes beyond that initial relief (as important as it is). She's concerned that so many people in the villages lost their resources to earn a living. Small fishing boats and nets were washed away. So she's hoping that lots of people will want to help replace those. Linda is trying to make sure that ministers and churches there are centrally involved in the assistance, because they are the ones who will remain behind and be able to enter the lives of the those who were devastated. - - - - Thanks for all the great comments to my last blog. If you haven't read them (especially the 42nd comment by a 19-year-old male), be sure to. There is a wealth of parenting advice there!