28 augusti 2009

Ingvar in India

This is my first international travel by myself after the MC accident. It's hard work to get everything ready before going, to say Bye Bye to Anna and to go, thinking of how to be able to meet all the needs.
But it's also a blessing to be involved in the projects On The Ground.

The 2nd Dec 1973 Anna and I came first time to Delhi and Delhi became our first place to stay and to work in Asia. Much has happened these years and I am encouraged and happy to be involved in training and in moving forward...... together with Indian brothers and sisters. They are excellent in serving God and people. Ingvar.

18 augusti 2009

How Great Thou Art

The Original Swedish lyrics, titled "O, Store Gud" and written 1886 were inspired by a visit to a beautiful country estate on the southeast coast of Sweden. Pastor Carl Boberg was suddenly caught in a midday thunderstorm with awe inspiring moments of flashing violence, followed by a clear brilliant sun. Soon afterwards he heard the calm sweet songs of the birds in nearby trees. The experience prompted the pastor to fall to his knees in humble adoration of his mighty God.

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power through-out the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee: How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin:

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration, And there proclaim, my God. how great Thou art!

It`s amazing that a thunder 1885 had blessed millions of people all over the world. In poor village Churches in Asia and in rich cathedrals in the west – all alike. And last Saturday we also worshipped with great inspiration the same song here in Chiang Mai. One treaching is: Let`s be faithful in the small matters - may be many one day will be blessed. Ingvar

13 augusti 2009

Back to Work

After a blessed summer in Sweden it is good to be back in Asia - for Work. To be able TO WORK is a privilege and … I must say: I enjoy working. It is not a punishment for me.
Sometime it is hard to know how to assist and develop cooperation in difficult places. Many disasters come often in Asia and …. How to Help in the best way?
The good thing is that we have many promises that God himself will counsel us, give us wisdom, advise us and …. be with us. I surely need it all….. more and more. Ingvar

11 augusti 2009

Home Sweet Home

It's wonderful to be home again. To have something we call a home, whether it is a castle or a hut or something in between, rented or owned, is a fundamental need for mankind. Our kids would add: Home is where our parents are.

This summer we have had reversed roles, we have been in the homes of our children and they have certainly made us feel at home. Applause for them!!

It is as important to be at home in God, here and now. I am reminded about the Swedish well known song: "As when a child comes home in the evening, and is welcomed with a sweet embrace; such it was for me to come home in God and I felt, here is where I belonged.....''

We can also be at home in Daddy's house, but act as if we were guests or servants and not as sons. If we have had a difficult time relating to our parents, we might have decided in our hearts, we don't need them, then we become emotionally homeless or orphans, and we might take that feeling with us into our relationship with Father God too. A wall is then being built against them, which remains in our emotional life even when we are stepping into Father God's home too.

We become like the child who is fidgity and not relaxed at home in the embrace and therefore can not receive the warmth of the love expressed.

Anyway ...... It is good to be at home in Chiang Mai and in Fathers embrace. Hugs Anna

PS. I'm thinking of all those missionaries whop these days are trying to create new homes, or are coming back to a home far away or in Sweden. Father help them!!

8 augusti 2009

Good Take Off together

We are now preparing ourselves for returning to Asia. We have had a good 2 months visit to Sweden. After visiting 3 churches this weekend we will “take off” Monday morning.

We are feeling at home both in Sweden and in Asia. To leave friends and dear once is not easy, but still when “… our Shepherd and Oversee of our souls “ are with us, we are happy and safe in His good and perfect plan. Some believe:
a) Only here is good and safe. I can’t move.
b) Only here is chaos and difficulties. I can`t stay.

Thank God that you can lead us and together in your heavenly plan we can together be prepare for a Good “Take Off” together. Ingvar