They say you should never send a woman to do a man’s work. But the fact is, Debbie and i have been partnering in this funny thing called ministry (which is co-ed, btw) for about 20 years so I guess I can trust her to represent the Jones concerns. Actually, she often does better than me at networking and is more sociable than her geek-bookworm other half. And so we are sending her off. One hour ago we said goodbye to her at the ferry terminal outside our house.
Debbie will be in Aberdeen for a day with Whitney and Brian (8lb baby boy Oct 22, no name yet) and then fly to
– Austin, TX to work on an artists prophetic gathering event for 2007
– Portland, Oregon to help her parents move up from California.
– Houston, Texas to participate in a strategic meeting regarding pilgrimage/new-monastic/training-trail/ leadership development/rule-the-world type issues with the Baptists (UBA) and other friends including Karen Campbell, Doug Pagitt, Shannon Hopkins, Julie Blick, the Seminext people, Ken Shuman (the poker-playing pastor), Mark Thames, Trish Taylor, Larry Jay, Mark Berry (UK), Bjoern Wagner (Germany) E.B. Brooks (a HUGE mentor of mine) and others. Actually – its a follow on from our London meeting where we started this discussion and pretty much the same people will be there – EXCEPT MY BETTER HALF WILL BE STANDING IN FOR ME. I will be sending a presentation for Debbie to work with for the Houston meetings. And hopefully she will be meeting with some churches in Texas, Oregon and Washington who might be able to help support our projects overseas.
We will miss her. Thats for sure. I already do most of the cooking at home but the washing and cleaning . . . well . .. I guess i will find out the full extent of the demands of the Jones household. The biggest worry is our diabetic daughter Abigail. Appreciate your prayers.
So, if you see my wife, tell her we miss her already!!!!!