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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Modern Tibetan Monks ...

There's a 40 year old Tibetan monk sitting next to me. He's not meditating, not praying, not chanting. If it weren't for his robes, I wouldn't be able to tell him apart from everyone else in this Internet cafe. His face is about a foot from the computer screen, his eyes intently focused on episodes of Naruto that he's been watching for the past hour.

I am not an expert of Tibetan Buddhism, and my stereotypes of Tibetan monks are probably very backwards - but who would have thought that monks spend hours on end at an Internet cafe watching anime. Hmm ... he's actually watching some other Chinese movie now, so maybe this is some sort of video marathon he's putting himself through.
More serious thoughts on Tibetan Buddhism later ... must make it back home alive first.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Every Nation ...

... tribe, people and language, standing before the throne ... (rev 7:9)

That's exactly how it's like here at CM2007! Just being able to meet and talk to people from all around the globe has been amazing. Where can you talk with an African about the ministries in their country one minute, then literally turn around and hear stories about how God is moving in Ukraine?

The highlight of the day is definitely the Korean led prayer seminar. There's just something special about Koreans and their passion and commitment to prayer. But it's definitely not just the Koreans who have a heart for prayer though ... today I found myself surrounded by people from all nations, praying for each other, crying out to God for mercy and revival for our generation. I paused in amazement when I heard the HK people on my right, the Koreans on my left, the Russians behind me, the Africans and Indians in front of me - all of them praying in their native tongues, earnestly yearning for God to use us to do a great work in this world.

What a beautiful picture of what it will be like in the future ...

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