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David Upp, Great Plains Conference Missionary
April 1, 2015
> My Twenty-Eight (& Counting) Ministry Sites in Kansas
Although I had originally planned to be teaching Bible in
Quito, Ecuador, this last month, another drop in student
numbers this Spring resulted in my staying in Kansas: busy
with Missions Preaching & Itineration journeys to Geneseo
UMC, Roxbury UMC, & First UMC, Newton, Kansas. No
openings for April, but I've already received 1 request to Share
P = served as a UM
T = Taught College
Class in Bible
M = Mission
on Missions in May 2015: [email protected] / 620-662-3687
David Upp, Great Plains Conference Missionary
April 1, 2015
April will whisk me away from Springtime in Kansas to Summer in Davao, Mindanao, The Philippines.
Again, I will join Caleb and Gladys (with baby Roshan) Byerly to
Share The Gospel with the Tigwahanon and Umajamnon Manobo
Tribes on the great Southern Philippines Island of Mindanao. We
will be in Bukidnon Province & down around the island's largest
city: Davao. This wider Mission will include Evangelism & Bible
Study, practical workshops like Motorcycle Maintenance, EthnoArts Teams, a Conference on Lumad Evangelism [hosted by Island
Breeze Davao/YWAM], and visits to other villages of UN-reached
peoples... & I hope to also be able to visit with Davao's UM Bishop.
On the way to Mindanao, I will spend part of Holy Week in Hong
Kong (breaking up the long flight, my second time in Red China),
and part in Manila [but not at their contemporary Crucifixions].
Manila was originally governed by Spanish Conquistador Miguel
López de Legazpi as a part of the Territory of Mexico (then labeled
as "New Spain"); next, Luzon became a "New Kingdom of Castille".
David Upp, Great Plains Conference Missionary
April 1, 2015
One of my clearest Palm Sunday Memories came as a guest preacher in
Liberia in 1979, in a tiny village outside of Gbarnga, Bong County. My
Kpelle translator, a students at Gbarnga School of Theology, told a young
boy to go & "Cut some Brooms!"
Puzzled, the boy nevertheless did
what he asked to do, & returned
to the church building holding
several palm-branches tinier than
the ones held by the people in this
painting. We all then began to
parade around the village and
church waving our "Brooms" to
recall Jesus' Triumphal Entry on
that original "Broom Sunday"!
Mission Link 2012 readers may
remember Palm Sunday is the
Primary day for Mizo Missionaries
to share their faith in public: Rising
EARLY to wave Palms & celebrate
King Jesus. In some parts of India,
Palm Sunday is better known than Easter Sunday (perhaps celebrated only
inside churches)! In 2001, my daughter & I brought a full-size palm branch
(15 feet long) up from Houston to my UMC's in Trousdale, Belpre, & Macksville,
Kansas. Lent & Holy Week are times of growth world-wide (even where they
come as weather is getting colder, the days shorter, flowers fading & withering)!
March Trivia Question: Which new national President is a Marxist Terrorist & a convicted
Answer: President José Mujica of Uruguay (an old Tupamaro extremist).
April Trivia Question: What legal restriction does The Philippines' Government set upon
those who voluntarily have themselves "crucified" on Good Friday, as an act of Christian
Devotion/Lenten self-mortification {for instance, in the province of Pampanga, on Luzon}?
David Upp, Great Plains Conference Missionary
April 1, 2015
April First: April Fool's Day Page for Twenty-Fifteen
I saw an AD for a medicine called "Delsym" which
included a reflection in a window. Bad idea, since
"Delsym" back-wards is pronounced like "MIS-LED" !
Illiterate? Write for
our Free Booklet!
Joke: A frugal diner orders the Winkles and asks if he can get a discount since
he brought his own pin and can thus extract them from their shells by himself.
He also wants to get a wine to go with that meal, but nothing TOO expensive!
The waiter suggests he order their least costly beverage, a nice Piso Mojado.
{as follow-up on this motif, Here's a concert: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xz_scedM64}
Petition Drive to BAN "DHMO" ... Dihydrogen monoxide:
is also called "hydroxyl acid", the substance is the major component of acid rain.
contributes to the "greenhouse effect".
may cause severe burns.
is fatal if inhaled.
contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
Despite the Danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:
as an industrial solvent and coolant.
in nuclear power plants.
in the production of Styrofoam.
as a fire retardant.
in many forms of cruel animal research.
in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, product remains contaminated by this chemical.
as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.
The Chemical formula for Dihydrogen Monoxide is H2O. That is why it has NOT been BANNED in the USA.
For more details: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydrogen_monoxide_hoax
IF current trends continue, by 2020 the ONLY meat in restaurants will be
Brain-teaser: Why do Chinese men eat more rice than Japanese men?
A Hong Kong drink is called "YinYong". Invented 80 years ago, it consists of
coffee + green-tea-with-milk, mixed in the same cup, & served hot or cold. In
Malaysia it's called Cham Kopi. I've drunk cans of 'Coke BLAK' [cola & coffee].

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