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This Past Year

Submitted by Phil Rispin on Wed, 01/02/2019 - 21:10

2018 was a big year for us.  We can look back on about a half a year’s work full time on the AT Catalyst project.  It started with taking a big leap, leaving our jobs at LeTourneau and selling our house.

Thinking About Banquets at Christmas

Submitted by Phil Rispin on Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:12

By: Phil Rispin

For many of us, Christmas is a time of family and good food. There’s a story about a celebration meal in Luke 14. In verse 21 we read ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ Until Karen began working with disabled children in Kenya, I hadn't given much thought as to how difficult it might be to do this.

One Bite at a Time

Submitted by Phil Rispin on Wed, 11/14/2018 - 17:58

There is a saying that you may have heard, it goes “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer: “One bite at a time”. This helps to describe the huge need for safe and affordable healthcare that is absent for a very large proportion of the world’s population.

Living Light and Eating Humble Pie

Submitted by Karen Rispin on Fri, 06/29/2018 - 18:52

This has been an interesting few weeks. 

I came home from Kenya to no home . . . or rather to realize that my home is where my hubby is.

We sold our house just before I left (praise God!), and the closing date was while I was gone. We were packing the house while I was packing for Kenya. Phil nobly finished packing and moving out with the help of the great people at our church.

Kijabe

Submitted by Karen Rispin on Fri, 05/25/2018 - 00:00

I’m in Kenya right now.

I'm here with the LeTourneau University Wheels team,which I lead.  This time, there are five students and two other LeTourneau faculty members with me. Yesterday, I came up to Kijabe alone for two days to meet with the BethanyKids leadership. I’m feeling grateful, both to the two other faculty members taking leadership with the LeTourneau University Wheels team while I’m away, and grateful to the BethanyKids leadership for the invitation and the chance to facilitate their goals.  Its lovely to work with such great people. 

Transitions and Trusting the Lord

Submitted by Phil Rispin on Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:00

If Karen and I look back on our life together

I think that we can say that we are prone to making rather large changes in a somewhat impulsive manner. For instance, there was the matter of getting engaged in the first place. About 40 years ago, we were in the middle of an argument, and Karen pointed out that my student visa would run out at the end of August. I would have to return to Canada, and I wouldn't see her anymore. There was about a five-minute silence in the conversation (which was noteworthy), and then to my surprise, I asked her to marry me.

What Constitutes a Good Day for You?

Submitted by Phil Rispin on Thu, 05/10/2018 - 00:00

When I was a kid—

Dad used to take us on rides in the car on Sunday afternoons or after Sunday supper in the evening.

If the hunting season was coming up, he would drive by all his favorite duck ponds to see how the ducks were doing. But most often, he would take us to see what he had been working on. Dad did many things to keep us all in food, clothing and housing. But most of the jobs he did were brick masonry and stone masonry. He could claim to be quite literally one of the men who built Canada, or more specifically, Edmonton, Alberta. So often, our Sunday evening drives would go by the job sites he was working on so he could enjoy the visual effects of his labor. When a job was ending and the work was done, Dad had a yard stick by which to measure the effects of his labor: it made him happy if we admired what he had done. For him that made a “good day.”

Being part of the AT Catalyst project gave me a “Good Day” yesterday, and I was surprised by how strong my reaction was. I want to share a note written to IDEAS by Luke McAuley, a therapist in Kenya. When asked about the value of the AT Catalyst Project, Luke said this:

"Don't You Know You Can't Go Home Again?"

Submitted by Phil Rispin on Thu, 05/03/2018 - 00:00

The quote above is attributed to a writer by the name of Ella Winter

She made the comment in a conversation with Thomas Wolfe, a writer and film maker. The sentiment, however, is much older than that. Jesus had a rough time returning home, as related in Mark 6:1-6. After trying to speak to the people who knew him while he was growing up, Jesus commented, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” Perhaps He was showing a little sadness at the lack of acceptance by the people He knew.

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