Monday, May 24, 2010
We were in Boston, Fredericksburg, Toronto, Orillia, Ottawa, and Cleveland, Ohio. I loved Boston. We were near Cambridge. You could feel the smart people. The whole area was safe and pedestrian friendly, with great massive square with shops and restaurants of every cuisine you could desire. I got to have Sushi with my friend Tanya. You have read about her. I met her last summer in Mozambique and she is radical and she dreams in color about sustainable farming and development, like me.
I didn't get to see any of Fredericksburg, other than the venue and the hotel. However, I really liked the Fredericksburg Prayer Furnace and the band St. Lorel and the music of Andrea Marie Carr, and you would too.
The next stop was Canada. It was all good and productive and beneficial. Our goal is to share the experience of Iris Harvest School of Missions and help plug others in to the ministry. This took place at every meeting and it was fun to watch it all unfold. We met with some radical, amazing people; Relief workers, AIDS and Cancer Researchers, Engineers, Scientists, Activists, Revivalists...I got to do all of this following in the shadow of Helene Inga, one of the most amazing women I have ever met. We did mission school together in 2007. She is a concert pianist from Iceland. And that is only one of her giftings. My life has changed as a result of just hanging out with her for 10 days. She wants to study law and Opera and be a voice for the voiceless and the oppressed. And she will be. She is. I miss her.
Our final leg was in Ohio. I have never been to Ohio. What to you do in Ohio? My mission school friend Jen, picked me up at the airport and drove with me to the hotel. It was so good to see a friend and to have her help and she brought me a veggie sandwich with avocado. While in Youngstown, I got seated next to a sweet blonde with an accent named Maggie. We exchanged handshakes and names and that was it. Two days later she stood in front of me as I registered 1,500 youth for Jesus Culture in a town two hours north, which I worked at as a BSSM student. We laughed at the irony and she handed me her business card. Jesus Culture was beautiful to watch and I was honored to serve. I went back to my hotel, exhausted, from all the travel, lack of sleep, and watched a huge fireworks display from the Cleveland Indians stadium right outside my window, soaking it in as if it were just for me. They lost, but they celebrate anyway and it made me smile. I was even able to get away one afternoon and stumbled into this stunning cathedral. I sat on a little embroidered pillow on the floor and listened to gentle songs of Laura Woodley on my iPod and rested here. It felt so good.
The following day I looked up from my pew of the little church I was visiting that morning and there was Maggie again. I was so happy to see a familiar face, a friend, from way back to Tuesday! This time, she took me to lunch. Her husband Jeff told me about this great buffet and my heart sunk a little bit. If you know me, you know I am a food snob and the buffets I know are not pretty. Oh, but little did I know. We went to this place: