Random Thoughts on My Canadian Friend Don Posterski – May God Rest Him in Peace!

Don Posterski

UPDATE: On Wednesday, June 13th, at 2pm, Toronto time, my dear friend Don Posterski went to be in glory with Christ and the saints. May he rest in peace!

I met Don for the first time in early 2000, just a few months after I joined World Vision, to work in the Middle East and Eastern Europe Region (MEER), as Director for Faith & Development (F&D – the sector of which Don was in charge in WVI, earlier called Christian Impact – CI, and then Christian Commitments – CC)). Soon after that, he invited me to join him in the WVI Commission on the Church, which, due to Don’s wisdom and his ability to lead a team of very diverse and hard headed members, was the most significant initiative in which I was involved in my 20 years in WV. I wish I had a picture from any of those significant meetings, but I do not. Therefore, I will try to compensate (over)illustrating other events.

Later that year, in October, I invited Don to join my team in Sinaia, Romania, for the first regional event of our sector, called the Christian Life Conference. There, the main speaker was Jim Houston, who taught on Christian Discipleship, while Don taught on building church partnerships, Tim Dearborn taught on witness to Jesus Christ and I taught on spiritual formation. It was a great event, which participants remember fondly, almost 18 years later. Again, Don gave the measure of his unique leadership style, by keeping himself in the background and encouraging others to serve with their gifts. (Again, sadly, I lost all pictures from that event.) Continue reading “Random Thoughts on My Canadian Friend Don Posterski – May God Rest Him in Peace!”

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Saphir Athyal – Wreath of Thorns

Dear Friend,

How greatly meaningful it will indeed be if Christmas decoration in our houses is only one piece – a Wreath,  a Wreath of Thorns!  It could be seen as signifying the interrelation of the Cradle, the Cross and the Crown. It is the essential interlink between these three that makes Christmas awesome and richly meaningful.

1. The Advent Wreath

: Its origin in not known. Wreath of evergreens symbolizing eternal cycle of seasons with a candle in the middle suggesting life and light during harsh winters, was in use in Europe before Christianity arrived. The Christian tradition of the use of Advent Wreath perhaps started with the Lutheran Church, or much earlier, but now it is very widely used. Passage of four weeks before Christmas is indicated by lighting one candle each Sunday and the middle one representing Jesus lighted on the Christmas Day. Continue reading “Saphir Athyal – Wreath of Thorns”