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Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

News: September '11

"Fields of Plenty" by Cortney Haley

GoTell in Cambodia!

In these hectic days before our departure I wondered what image I might post as a symbol of preparations for this mission trip. Among a host of other last minute tasks, Tom and I have been scurrying to get the upcoming commentaries edited for our GoTell site. We just finished the Gospel lection for our second Sunday in Cambodia: the parable of workers in the vineyard. “Workers in the Vineyard” is a good metaphor for our mission and work together with the Cambodian Methodist pastoral leadership to tell the Gospel story in Cambodia.

What truly caught my imagination, though, was the graphic for this story and its title: “Fields of Plenty” by Cortney Haley for I guess most Americans associate Cambodia with the nightmare of the killing fields. I know that’s been my primary association and frankly I’ve been nervous about visiting a country with such horrific events in recent history. So I offer “Fields of Plenty” as a new association, more fitting for current possibilities, descriptive of the beautiful country I am told we will experience, and an apt symbol of God’s ripe harvest there.

Last Sunday I attended Grace UMC in Springfield, MO where I was visiting family. I had never been to this church before and didn't know anyone there. One of the hymns we sang, also totally new to me, seemed to have nothing to do with the rest of the service. But I knew why we sang it--just for me! It was like a word from God blessing me personally as I prepare for this trip to the other side of the world:

As a fire is meant for burning with a bright and warming flame,
So the church is meant for mission, gving glory to God's name;
Not to preach our creeds or customs, but to build a bridge of care;
We join hands across the nations, finding neighbors everywhere.

#2237 in The Faith We Sing; words by Ruth Duck; music from The Sacred Harp, 1844

Grace and peace,

For updates about how the trip is going, please check out Amelia's trip blog at


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