Boston: Day 1


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Today (Friday) felt like two days rolled into one.

Our day started at 4 a.m. when we woke up for our 6:35 a.m. flight out of DFW. We arrived in Beantown at 11:00 a.m. and were at our hotel within an hour of landing (which is really good for Boston).

Bob Randolph and Kevin Wells from the Brookline Church of Christ took Chrissy and me to Legal Sea Foods, which is pretty unanimously the best seafood in Boston. I had the crab cake and Chrissy got the clam chowder and a salad. We had a great conversation with two men who preach for a Christ-following, progressive church in a diverse area of Boston. We cast our vision for reaching the city of Boston, and they are happy to assist in any way they can. The food was great, too.

Chrissy and I walked around MIT (my alma mater…not) for a while, then headed toward the Boston College area, where our missions conference would begin several hours later. We walked down the bustling streets of Brookline, which is full of young professionals and college students headed to and fro.

After killing some time at Dunkin Donuts (they’re everywhere, folks) and then Starbucks (yep, two coffee places within about an hour of each other), we headed over to the World Mandate East conference. This is the first year that World Mandate is having an event on the east coast, so it was neat to meet other Christians from the area. I think we were the farthest traveled, however. We heard a message from Keith Wheeler, who has carried a 12-foot wooden cross (literally) around the world (literally) for 20 years. Honestly, at first I was skeptical about this guy — he had passion, but he seemed kinda nutsoid for doing what he does. But his passion for the Lord was hard to miss, and he certainly obeys what he discerns the Lord is saying to him. Plus he had some amazing stories about walking across “closed countries” like Iran and Iraq and literally being given a king’s welcome. No joke: In Iraq in 1995, Keith was allowed to enter the country and was put up in the presidential suite at hotels in the country. Nothing can explain that except the Lord.

We’re back in the room now at midnight after the hour-and-a-half train ride back from B.C., and we’re bushed. It’s been a 20-hour day. If you’re the prayin’ type, here’s our schedule for tomorrow (so you can pray more specifically):

9 a.m. — explore Somerville, where our hotel is.
noon — lunch somewhere good
2 p.m. — breakout groups at World Mandate East
5-7 p.m. — dinner break
7 p.m. — Heather Mercer (Baylor girl who was imprisoned in Afghanistan in 2001) is speaking
9:30 p.m. — meeting Chad Smith, the other preacher at Brookline, to cast our vision for Boston.

We have been prayerfully observing people and places everywhere we’ve been. One revelation so far includes: We like public transportation (riding the “T”) because it’s so communal. Everyone does it. It’s a great way to meet people, too.

I’m off to bed.

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