Total Commitment

December 1999 - Vol Six, Number 2!

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Okay, it's out of my system now. I won't add any more to the Y2K hype. I was confident enough about our Y2K preparedness at AMOR that I am in the middle of a three-week vacation as I write this. I got to see most of the people I wanted to see here in the Tacoma area. If you weren't among them, or want to talk more at length, please feel free to drop me an email (use my personal address:


Why 2K?

The year 2000 is a big year for AMOR. First of all, we're going to be 20 years old as a ministry! It's hard to believe we'll have over 15,000 people cross the border to build for the poor this coming year. In 1980, we had closer to 15 people!

Second, we're hoping and praying it will be a bigger year than 1999. We expected '99 to be a little bit bigger than it turned out to be, and so we spent a little more than perhaps we should have. We're going to use the year 2000 to get back on track a bit. Please pray that we continue to grow as expected, and that we meet our income budgets. If you would like to help us out with a special 20th anniversary gift, it certainly would be appreciated.

Why 3 Kings?

You might have been able to guess I had some side projects lined up for myself, in addition to working for AMOR (it's better than sitting at home watching TV!). For the past two months, I've been the Stage Manager for the production of "Magnificat", a play that Covenant Presbyterian Church in San Diego commissioned me to write back in August. Since it was a low-budget production, I was also on the Design Team, and worked on construction. I also did the lighting design. Needless to say, I've been low on sleep since rehearsals started Nov 1. But it all came out OK in the end.

Did I mention it wasn't your typical church Christmas play? The church staff decided they wanted something a little different: a script that dealt with issues a little more mature than whether to call them "kings" or "magi". We found out what can happen when a struggling couple takes in a pregnant teen, and how God can work through personal tragedy. The best part was seeing new faces from the community in the audience; we passed out 400 flyers at a parade the week before the performances.



I also had the time of my life in November, when I got the opportunity to work on BattleBots '99 in Las Vegas--robotic combat at its best! I helped build the arena, and then managed traffic during the show: robots of up to 425 lbs. going head-to-head in a closed cage. They sported saws, hammers, levers, and pincers in an effort to immobilize their opponents. You can see it for yourself in January on pay-per-view, or check out