Since I am not going to Chicago every weekend, my traveling woes are less frequent. But for some reason I cannot avoid some of these delays. Maybe God is trying to teach me patience 🙂
After landing in Chicago on Saturday night, I had a strange craving for Chicago deep dish pizza. So, Pastor Jimmy and I headed out to Lou Malnati’s and we ended up just talking until the placed closed. It was good to catch up on things.
It was encouraging to see the Chicago church the week after the retreat. God is still sustaining some of the blessings from the retreat and they are pressing forward in this new quarter. After I preached the sermon, I really sensed that God wanted to minister to people; therefore we had some praying for one another. There is something about helping people see themselves as “ministers of the Gospel” and creating avenues for them to minister to one another.
Then I hung out at a Caribou Café on the UIC campus. I can’t believe that things have changed so much down here. It is really becoming an awesome campus-city place. Once again, if we reach this campus we are going to be able to reach the community and the great city of Chicago.
The UIC campus meeting went well as we are trying to listen to God’s voice regarding what He wants us to do here. We spent some good time in prayer and asking God to win this campus for His glory. Then after a meeting at a 24-hour Dunkin’ Donuts, I finally got home and got knocked out.
Then early this morning we had our phone conference with the staff. It is always good to be on this side of the phone conference and see the Chicago staff face-to-face. Now, I am at home in Ann Arbor spending some quality time with the family. I am privileged to do what I love and what I am passionate about… I couldn’t ask for anything more. God is truly good.