One person switched fluently between English, Arabic, and French. Another translated between Kazahk, Kyrgy, and Russian. Another switched between Farsi (Persian), French and English.
I feel so limited in these environments. This morning, people at the breakfast buffet are greeting me in English, not Dutch. How do they know? Do I have a sign across my forehead, “Only speaks English. Converse with caution.” Truthfully, it’s probably the clothes, the haircut, the eyeglasses. I know that subtle things like these give clues to national identity.
I’m in Amsterdam. I left Cairo Sunday morning. After a night in Amsterdam, I’m traveling by train to Schipol airport to connect with Roger Vann. We’ll go by car to Rotterdam and Doorn to meet leaders in internet evangelism and discipleship in the Dutch ministry. Roger is a 40 year veteran missionary, originally from Houston, Texas. He’s been in Europe “forever” and gives leadership to internet ministry across the continent.
Tomorrow, we travel to Paris for more internet evangelism meetings with leaders there. Eric Celiér is a former staff member who leads an internet ministry with global impact. Would you like to see some amazing internet action? Visit Joy in Heaven. You’ll see people coming to Christ around the world, country by country, decision by decision. Although not officially a part of our ministry, several of our countries partner with Eric’s team as part of this global ministry.