I arrived safely in Amsterdam and am now awaiting my flight through Kigali (Rwanda) to Entebbe, Uganda.

Amsterdam is peaceful. Yet so many languages. I am aware I do not understand what others are saying who speak languages I do not know. Beyond that, I do not grasp their customs, their cultural norms and assumptions, and how life and God and the world look to them from their perspective where they live. It strikes me freshly each time I travel - the value of local Christians, who do speak the language, know the customs, and understand the people in their part of the world. I have the privilege of serving by training local leaders in parts of Africa most people have never heard of. Yet these dear local pastors, often unpaid, are vital to loving, modeling and teaching God's good news to the people in their locales. God's work moves forward through local, largely anonymous people. Isn't that great? No need for superstars. Rather the need is for presence, to incarnate Jesus where YOU live, work and be salt and light wherever He has placed you. Your prayers are moving the Lord's kingdom forward through Simon, David, George, Andrew, young Ben, old Ben, Thomas, Silas, Jacob, and countless others I will be with during these next 17 days.

Paul Murphy

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