|The Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium|
From 1/9-17 Pastor LeCroy had the wonderful opportunity to visit Belgium to be a part of our denomination's training for future foreign missionaries. This is a training that Pastor Bill takes part in once or twice a year, and is a part of his regular job description, but this was a first for Pastor Tim. The training is a month long and is held near the city of Brussels, Belgium. The idea is to get Americans who are headed to the mission field out of their own contexts to a world city where they will have to navigate a foreign culture and language, trains, buses, food, and life in general in a context that is not like the one they grew up in. In addition, they recieve intensive training on church planting, cultural engagement, language, practical aspects of mercy and justice ministry, among others.
|Pastor Bill teaching the missionaries about church planting. Pastor Tim did help teach during this three day portion, but Bill dropped the ball and never took a photo...|
On Thursday Andy Warren of Ethiopia's ACT ministry spoke on mercy and justice ministry. This is where Tim stopped being a teacher and put on his student hat to learn something valuable for our local ministry. It was a powerful set of talks and there was much that Tim plans on bringing back to our context in Columbia, MO.
|Bill on a "pastoral visit" with his Irish friend, Allan.|
On Sunday, Tim preached a sermon that touched on many of these themes and told a few stories from the trip. You can download and listen to the sermon here: Ephesians 5:3-20 - A Vision for the World.
Here are some more pictures from the trip:
|Brussels Sprouts in Brussels. Mind. Blown.|
|One of the sad facts of life in Western Europe: a 700 year old baptismal font turned into a bar table.|
|One of the most famous Brussels landmarks: a statue of a little boy peeing. Yeah, I don't get it either.|
|The central square in Brussels, called the Grand Place.|
|Art Nouveau just off the Grand Place.|
|The next few pictures are of the medieval town of Ghent.|
|St. Michael, slaying the dragon.|
|Beautiful canals in Ghent. This is the non-touristy version of Brugge.|
|Medieval burgher houses in Ghent.|
|The medieval fish market with the symbol of Neptune.|
|The medieval meat market (and next two pictures).|
|The house on the left portrays the Beatitudes, while the house on the right, the seven deadly sins.|
|Escargot is a typical street meat in Ghent. In the next two, Bill and Tim having a snail of a time.|
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