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My First Wedding: The Evensons 18th July, 2011

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Saturday was a special day… I officated my first wedding!  Two years ago I did my first baptisms.  The first person I ever baptised was my friend, Josh Evenson.  The next person in the water to be baptised was Ashley Leister, his girlfriend.  Well, two years later I performed my first ever wedding… The marriage of Ashley Leister to Josh Evenson.

It was a special day.  The weather forecast said rain (which is not good for an outdoor wedding with no backup plan) but in His mercy it stayed dry all day, including the sun making an appearance a few times.

I was so nervous for the wedding but it went extremely.  I feel so honoured to have been able to play such a key part in their wedding.

A big thanks to the Mr & Mrs Evenson for asking me to be a part of it!

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Merry Christmas Everyone! 27th December, 2010

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Merry Christmas to YOU!  It’s hard to believe that it was 2 years ago that I proposed to Monica in Scotland.  A lot has happened over the last 2 years yet they have flown in.  It feels so good to be here knowing we’re where God wants us.  The weather has been crazy…. lots of snow then thaw then freeze so that the pavements (sidewalks) are covered in thick sheets of ice.  We’re still getting settled in the flat (the apartment) and getting the furniture and things we need (lots of things still to get).  (Pictures will come soon… Mon wants to be the one to upload them first!).  We don’t have internet yet… there was a 6 week wait for installation and so we should be live on the 26th of January!  Here’s a quick summary of the last couple of weeks…

It was with a degree of sadness that I watched the Grace Chapel staff Christmas pictures go up on Facebook.  I miss these people a lot.  The fun, the friendship, the camaraderie, and the crazy pics up at Timberline. 

But with joy I got to celebrate Christmas with the team here, after 4 years of separation, equipping, growth, and anticipation.  (This picture is of the CRM team, Church Directors, Staff & spouses)…

Every year at Christmas time an outdoor ice-rink is constructed in the middle of Glasgow City centre.  Mon and I had the fun of hanging out with Brian & Kellie teaching the kids how to ice skate!  So much fun!  It’s especially difficult because the ice is REALLY HARD, not the smoothest, and the skates are blunt… but the kids did a great job!

For the last 10 years (except last year), I’ve attended the Midnight Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption & St Meddan in Troon (about 12 mins from my parent’s house).  It was so great to see everyone again and to spent the evening in the beautiful building surrounding by amazing people and witnessing a tradition that goes back 1500 years.  It has extra special significance now, because it was at the end of this service 2 years ago that I proposed to my wife!  🙂

And finally, Christmas with my family.  Every year we get up early to open Christmas Presents together.  My gran spends the night, my adopted-granny (the lady who lives next do0r) comes in, and we open all our presents and have some fun together.  Clean up time follows and we head up to my Aunt & Uncles house for Christmas Dinner packed full of crazy family antics.

Gotta love Christmas!  Hope you had a great one!

Friends: the Aanderud’s 4th August, 2010

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In January, when we headed down to California for our CRM orientation training we met a couple that we instantly fell in love with: Danny & Christy Aanderud.  Danny grew up in Germany where his parents were missionaries, Christy in California with her dad as the president of CRM.  It didn’t take us long to be sitting around a table in hysterics as we laughed at how much we had in common.  Danny & Christy would start to bicker and Mon & I would look at each other and laugh as we witnessed one of our own disagreements played out in front of our eyes.  They understood us… and we understood them.

On top of that, they are in the support raising process getting prepared to move to London by the end of the year.  Over the last 8 months we’ve been in regular contact processing the joys and frustrations of support raising, sharing philosophies of ministry, and doing whatever we can to support and encourage each other as we move towards life as full-time missionaries.  I am so glad that we got to spend time in Malaysia with this awesome couple (who will probably be our first visitors when we get to Scotland!!).

Life and Ministry is all about the people.  One of the greatest privileges of being in ministry is the people:  those we get to minister with and those we get to minister to.  We’re so thankful to be heading to Scotland to an amazing team… sent by the amazing people at Grace Chapel… made possible by an amazing team of intercessors and financial supporters… and spurred on by amazing friends like Danny & Christy who are walking a parallel journey.

Every day I thank God for the awesome people He’s surrounded us with.

Danny & Christy… we love you!

Baptisms 23rd September, 2009

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Once a year Grace Chapel does church out on Hunter Creek Farms: a fun day of church, food, inflatables, games, and baptisms.  This year, I got to enjoy one of the coolest moments… I got to baptize some of the people I have been investing in over the last couple of years here.  What begun as one friend asking me if I would be able to do her baptism became me getting the privilege of baptizing six of the Young Adults from Grace.

Josh: my first baptism EVER!

Wedding: Best Man 25th July, 2009

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I feel like the luckiest man alive.  Not only am I about to marry the most amazing woman, but standing up there with me will be some of the greatest men alive.  I want to take a little time each day this week to give a shout out to each of my groomsmen and tell you a little bit about why I think they’re so great….

Brian Ingraham

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About five years ago I had gotten into the habit of skipping my university classes and hanging out in Starbucks instead.  One day, as I was sitting there, I overheard some Americans talking about the book of Ephesians.  I looked over and one of the guys looked familiar.  At a gap in the conversation I asked him where I knew him from… but we’d never met.

A week later, same time, same place I met him again… where he boldy and unashamedly told me that he’d been praying about our meeting and he believed it was a “divine appointment”.  He offered to disciple me.  It was less that 8 weeks later that I was planting a church with him!  Soon, following his footsteps I came to Multnomah and met my soon-to-be wife.  Crazy how God works.

People will tell me I am biased, but I believe I have the BEST best man in the world.  Brian has been a HUGE influence in my life, and was used by God to take a struggling Christian and equip him to serve God with fire.  I credit a lot of who I am now to how God worked through Brian.

Brian is a man of God!  His love for the Word is challenging and contagious.  His life is consumed with a passion for God’s Kingdom work giving him an energy and drive that makes him a hugely effective leader.  He pusues a faith that lacks compromise, always standing for what is true.  He is a man of integrity.

He’s has challenged me, pushed me, laughed at me, encouraged me, rejoiced with me, and listened to me when things were rough.  It’s been tough being away from Brian and Re:Hope for the last 3 years.  I hear of things going on at home and itch to get back and be used by God in growing passionate Christian Leaders in my home country… and I’m excited that in a year from now Mon and I will jet off to Scotland to partner with Brian and Kellie continuing the great work God is doing over there.

I can think of no better person to have standing next to me as I pledge my life to Mon.

Thanks Brian, love you man.

San Diego -> Portland 2nd July, 2009

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I flew down to San Diego on Monday to spend a few days with one of my favourite families, the McDonalds.  As it turns out, it has not only been refreshing for me to be here with them, but it has clearly been part of God’s plan for me to end up here this week enveloped in their love and support.

IMG_2664Today, we’re packing up their house and filling the u-haul.  Later today, I’m gonna take off driving a 30 foot moving truck to Portland.  It would take approximately 18hrs if there is no traffic, but I’m going to stop off at a couple of spots in CA to grab coffee with some friends, and will hopefully be back in Portland by Saturday morning.

I have to say, I’m looking forward to the drive.  I’ll pass by parts of CA that I’ve wanted to see (including Irvine!).  I’ve been thinking of it as a Spiritual Retreat, a few days on my own, driving, praying, and listening to a bunch of sermons.  I downloaded the audio book Crazy Love by Francis Chan and am looking forward to listening to that for the first portion of the journey.

It’s the biggest vehicle I’ve ever driven.  I can’t wait!!!!

Wedding Bells 23rd June, 2009

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It’s hard to believe it’s less than 6 weeks till Mon and I promise to spend the rest of our lives chasing God together.  We’re in that crazy place where time is ticking and there is still so much to do.  I can’t complain though, Mon and her team of amazing women are carry the brunt of the responsibility while I’m being given the odd task here and there to get done.

We decided to put together a wedding website so that all our details could be kept in the one place:

http://www.theknot.com/ourwedding/MonicaBlesse&ScottBurns2009

Feel free to pop on and have a look around!

According to the site… only 39 days to go!

Refreshed 2a! 5th June, 2009

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Still having fun…

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Refreshed 2! 4th June, 2009

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4702_222266045240_713935240_7134092_6938009_nOn Tuesday Joe called me to tell me that his roadtrip to Canada with some friends had fallen through.  Instead, they were planning to go to see his family down in Antioch… did I want to go?  Last time I went down with Joe was amazing.  I’d been hoping to go down again this summer, but we didn’t think there’d be a time that would work. Add to that tired graduate who was in desperate need of a few days away to get refreshed… and needless to say… I said yes!

Tuesday night, after Joe’s birthday bonfire on the beach, 5 of us (Me, Joe, David, Diana, & Angie) left at 1.30am to begin the 11hr drive to Antioch.  David boldly took the first shift and drove through the roughest part of the night, and then sometime around 5am I took the wheel.  All I can say, is I’m glad I was in the drivers seat and not crammed in the back!

We arrived, exhausted, ate some lunch, and then hiked Black Diamond.  Hit up the mall, and then it was home for pizza.  It didn’t take me very long before I was out for the count.

Right now, I’m sitting on my bed in my adopted-them-as-my-grandparents house, while we finish getting ready for a day out in San Francisco.  Joe is editing a video of the trip so far (where I look like an idiot!)…

I have to say though.  I love Joe’s family.  They have been amazing every time I’ve met them.  I could swear Joe, Josh, Eddy & Jocelyn are my siblings.  His grandparents are the most wonderfully hospitable people.  And his mom and dad make me feel like one of their own.  Do you think I can pass for a mexican?

It’s off to San Francisco.  I just wanted to write something.

Later.

Holy Spirit Fire 14th May, 2009

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I recently stumbled across a poem called Holy Spirit Fire and really liked it.  In fact, I copied it down into my journal and have prayed the words of them poem a few times now.  I enjoy it so much that I thought I’d post it so that you could enjoy it too:

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Holy Spirit fire,
Light inside of me,
A fire burning with passion for you,
That will grow and never cease,
A light to all dark paths,
Begin the kindling,

Holy Spirit fire,
Live inside of me,
Guide me into all truth,
I will listen as you teach,
Burn away all my pride,
Let me soar upon your wings,

Holy Spirit fire,
Heal my broken heart,
Bring the perfect Fathers love,
Let all fear be cast out,
Blow this flame with your wind,
Take me where you please.

by Dustin Jovan Olson