In September, I had beautiful flights leaving St Louis—from St Louis to Decatur and especially from Decatur to Chicago: late afternoon, light slanting in on greens and yellows over the fields. Then reaching the Chicago suburbs, then flying over varying neighborhoods, finally over the Sears Tower and downtown Chicago's bridges. Then over Lake Michigan, then curving around to land. Gorgeous. Then gagging on the stench of smokers while they wait for people to pick them up at the airport. Love dear friends in Chicago, in so many places—some, surprisingly, in St Louis.
And a letter:
We are the two Danish people you met at the boat.
We have done a little digging, and it turns out that you are from Christiansholm, better known as Christianshavn.
Christianshavn is a small island not far from København (havn means harbour). Christianshavn is still an Island, now connected to Copenhagen by a bridge, but Christianshavn is not a part of central Copenhagen, we think you may know it.
So maybe you are a Viking in disguise?
We hope this was helpful.
Lis & Nils
NOTE (from Stanley Scism): So 'Chisholm' (which is where 'Scism' comes from) is a short form for Christiansholm), an island near Copenhagen (Kobenhavn).
A Filipina who visited Copenhagen says, ‘Scism is a Danish name, means you're Scandinavian descent? I have been to Copenhagen (Kobenhavn if you're in Denmark). I visited my sister and her family who live in Gothenburg, Sweden, and we drove under the ocean to Copenhagen. They serve huge breakfast—more luncheon food and also serve pickled herring/fish for breakfast.’ Yes, that's right regarding the breakfasts—in fact, Britain and Ireland also serve large breakfasts. I know there's a bridge from Denmark to Sweden, but didn't know about a tunnel.
I visited a church in Indiana—a really outstanding service: the song leader is expressive, then I included the seven musicians in a song, then spoke with assistance of the computer people for Scriptures projected, then with five other people illustrated the message with puppets singing 'PRIDE', finally they had a wonderful prayer time. The pastor is a happy, capable man. I’m very happy for what's happening there.
In Ohio, I had excellent services: one on campus ministry and a Bible lesson from Gideon; the other on resolve and a Bible lesson from Ruth.
In my study, I finished a series of lessons on teaching people to build a discipline and lifestyle of Scripture reading, study and memorization. And ideas for involving this in mentoring and small groups, also.
Then I spoke at a church in West Virginia and experienced tremendous blessing. I spoke on ministry to the city: substance abuse ministry, campus ministry, career ministry, witnessing.
A few days later, I spoke at another West Virginian church and was surprised to hear Southern accents—I hadn’t thought of West Virginia as being part of the South, but the southern part of the state is near Kentucky, Tennessee and SW Virginia, so it fits. I rescued from my memory some of Wendy Bagwell's humor and tried it in my best Georgia accent, God help me.