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Ghouls in the Garden

or more boo y'all

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Mike and Shayna took us to their church which meets in the Missouri Baptist University campus. It is called 'The Journey' and was welcoming and seemed pretty lively with lots going on and a mainly youthful congregation. There was an open testimony from a couple from the church on-screen which is always an encouragement. The pastor preached on-screen as well - he wasn't live for some reason. Maybe it was the concern that he had for being embarrassed at the front for his own openess and honesty about his youthful lusts, or maybe it was for some other reason. Anyway, I enjoyed the sermon - and especially liked what he had to say about love putting us in tension. We are told to 'not love the world' but we are also told to 'love your neighbour'. He talked about how liberal Christians worry too little about getting involved with the world whereas conservative Christians forget that Jesus dealt with messy people and shun getting involved with peoples' lives. We are to 'be in the world but not of the world'. I find that such a fascinating tension too...
After the service, we met up with some of Mike and Shayna's friends and went out to a Mexican to have burritos and Dr Peppers. Here we are chowing down:

Then Em and I shared in another interesting American pastime:
It is always interesting to be in another country and see how others live. Americans know how to celebrate - and there seems to be a lot of halloween and harvest celebrations. In St Louis, the Missouri botanic gardens organises a special 'Ghouls in the Garden' event. Parents bring their little kids who go around the gardens getting candy like tootsie rolls. The kids have to dress up so Bella was some pink TV character called Foofa and Mike and Shayna's friends kids were dressed up too (I couldn't tell what one kid was supposed to be - he looked like Oscar from Sesame street, but I was told he wasn't).
There were witches and frankenstein with his good friend jekyll and freaky mummys and cobwebs and gravestones. Lots of fun for kids...

In this type of hostile environment, I should have been watching my back, even for tiny enemies at large...

Posted by africraigs 16:06

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