Kelvin and Laura May Chan are having a baby! According to Kelvin, "when two people love each other, and __________________, then the #Burmese fairy comes and delivers the baby!" I'm not sure which web site he learned his birds and bees from but I think Laura will let him know if the fairy is any help during the delivery. Due in about 4 weeks, this is the Chan's first baby and they've returned from #Thailand to Canada to make her a Canuck! While at #Segue2016, the Chans agreed to chat with me about all things baby: how she was made, when they found out she was a she, interesting Thai and Burmese cultural pregnancy observations, their uncertainty about juggling life with a newborn and ministry, and how they ensured they wouldn't have #stateless grandchildren. As former #midtermers, they might just be 3 of my favourite people. 👨👩👧🇹🇭🌏👌🏼
While Stewart Paul Shaw was in Toronto last week making #partners and influencing #donors, I had the chance to hang out with and get to know his and Monique Shaw's daughter, Hope Shaw. The youngest of 3 Shaw kids, Hope has had an illustrious career as an MK/TCK! We talked about being dragged to #India at 2 years of age by a #leash, running away from home at 14 to go to #boarding school in #Thailand, whether or not her parents properly prepared her for #adult life, moving to #Redding, California, #USA to work on her #process, and her potential future in #Kolkata, India. The world is her #oyster, and she wants the world to know #hope. #hopeforthehopeless #livingontheedge #lifeofmission #missionisliving #MK #TCK #Canadindian 🇨🇦❤️💚🇮🇳
This past week, Stewart Paul Shaw and his daughter Hope Shaw stayed in the #missionaryguesthouse while meeting with supporters in the #Toronto area and preparing to return to #India. Stew is one of a kind. An original. The real McCoy. A genuine Indian article. An #Irish anomaly. A legendary oddity. I was excited when he agreed to be on the Here & There Podcast, but wasn't sure where it would lead because of our shared #ADD. We wandered around his childhood, talked musical tastes, addictions, his family, their call to India, the Teen Challenge dream, and his greatest accomplishment so far in life. #Hope you enjoy this bowl of nontraditional Irish Stew! 🇮🇪👉🏽🇮🇳👌🏼 #IndianLeprechaun
Murray Cornelius joins us again for a great conversation on how the Majority World church is doing things differently and maybe even better than we are. Matt and Shel have the privilege to grill their boss about his claims, ask him about turning 60 and try to get him to go "full angry prophet" on the Canadian church. If you work for PAOC IM then you have to listen or else we'll dock your pay. At least that's what Murray said. It's a great use of your time and a good way to honour Murray before he takes the fateful step into senior status. Happy Birthday big cheese!
This past week, right after #PAOC #gencon2016 in #Montreal, an Ethiopian Eunich came to stay in the #missionaryguesthouse in Pickering, ON. We ate all low-carb food, drank a ton of good coffee, and did plenty of talking...and neither of us know any short sentences! Between high fat meals, we dropped a discussion about #churchplanting in Ethiopia and beyond in the podcatcher. My guest opens up about #gencon, #family, #fogmachines, #coffee, #apostles, #diapers, #traplesschurches, #northafrica, #bigladies, #ownership and world domination. Be careful when you listen - you may just find yourself inspired and moving to Africa to join his team as they continue planting coffee churches across the continent! 🇪🇹☕️⛪️👏🏼
Heigh ho, heigh ho it's off to camp we go! How many of you were saved, baptized and kissed for the first time at Christian camp? How many of you love Christian holidays and the safe environment they provide. How many of you think both of these notions are crazier than By-Law 10.6.2.2.3 of the PAOC constitution?
Are you a beaver? What's your four letters? What colour of ministry are you? Are you an airy sanguine or a fiery choleric? What's your sign baby?
For 10.5 years, Peter & Sandra McIntosh have served our South East Asia Region as Regional Directors living in Bangkok, #Thailand. A few months ago, they made the decision to #transition from Global Workers back to Canadian Pastors. In the latest edition of the Here & There Podcast, Matt had the chance to ask them all about the whole experience: from considering to praying to deciding to announcing to packing to #leaving to returning to re-starting. You'll enjoy their candid and honest thoughts about transitioning, and their awesome list of #returning observations! If you're considering returning to Canada soon or wondering what that time in your life will feel like in 25 years, have a listen and take some notes. Turns out, Friends Are Friends Forever. #michealwsmith #yeahyeah #searegion #RDs #ISM #passingthetorch #bethelottawa
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of #Light, it was the season of #Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to #heaven, we were all going direct the other way..." In their improbable 50th episode of the Here & There Podcast, Sheldon Armitage and Matt Janes review the 50 Best & Worst Things About Global Work. Have a listen, agree or disagree, and make some lists of your own! #thisis50 #goldenjubilee #globalwork #bestandworst #charlesdickens
Sheldon Armitage recently hosted his very first Global Volunteer in #Slovakia from PAOC through the STMNetwork. (#mouthful) Over the last few months, we've been chatting on the pod about how a host prepares themselves and their ministry partners for a volunteer in a segment called "So You're Getting A Mid-Termer". In this edition of the HnT podcast, Jennifer Church (aka Brenda Synagogue) joins Sheldon and Anna Armitage in a Slovak McCafé to debrief the month that was her international scouting trip. Was it a match? Will she return? Is she a future GW? Who is #Brennifer's favourite Armitage child? Is Sheldon even a good host? Listen in for the answers to these questions, some Slovak Easter traditions, and a useless Toronto weather report! #loveconnection #roma #refugees #BIF #volunteer #GVisthenewMTMer