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I can't believe it's been nearly a month since my last post. I guess this month has been busier than I realize! So much going through my mind right now. Right now I am reading three excellent books. The Gospel of Mark. It is always a great read. I love Mark's overuse of the word "immediately." Ever notice that? I'm in the middle of Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy & Fairy Tale by F. Buechner. It's my first experience with Buechner, and I am quite impressed. He's such an artistic writer, he really brings the words to life. In the third book I am reading, a section of his book, Sacred Journey, was quoted and I was blown away. This third book is Simpler Living, Compassionate Life, which I just started, but I'm pretty excited about it. Simplicity is a subject that has been flodding my mind ever since I was in South Africa. I'll have an update on that one down the road...

And of course the biggest news is that I am less than 2% away from being done with my initial full-time support raising. 2%! That number is a ballpark, because some people have committed and not given yet and some have given and committed but have stopped giving already since they started. The bottom line: I am just about done with support raising! In fact, I am moving into a new apartment in Champaign on Friday. Suh-weet.

I am absolutely oozing with anticipation and excitement to be here in Champaign, working in ministry full-time, close to my friends and Amber. God has given me much more than I deserve, but that's what grace is. Looking forward to preparing for our spring break trip to Honduras...it's going to be an amazing adventure.

Oh, and I am fighting the urge to listen to the Christmas music that is already filling the airwaves on the radio. It's some of my favorite music, but I'll burn myself out before Christmas is even here if I don't hold back.

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Anonymous said…
Unfortunately you share your name with a notorious convicted pedophile in the UK.

Have a look google search "Jonathan King" on google.co.uk
Congratulations man!!! So excited for you to be at least initially done with the support raising.

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