Not Enough Help
Last time, I wrote to you about my new assistant--and he's still doing a GREAT job--but the development schedule was still a bit much for me. So, for a couple of months, we're slowing down software development in order to give me some time to map out and document what I've already built. I'm using a specification called the Unified Modeling Language to make what look like flowcharts, although their functions are more varied and specific than that. If you're reading this online, you can click here to see an example.
We are still planning to migrate to a different database this year. We will probably switch programming languages next year. We recently tripled our DSL internet access speed, and fixed some of our email routing problems. Am I boring you yet? ;) Don't worry, I do fun stuff too.
Not Enough Hype
I can't say enough about how well my new venture went: The Semi-Spontaneous Shakespeare Society! We performed four shows this Summer: Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth; we even got a local news crew to advertise for us for Macbeth, the last show. The basic idea is that none of the parts are rehearsed; everyone reads from the script, and anyone can walk by and take an available part. We supply the scripts, the props, and enough direction to make it work. It was a lot of work getting props and scripts together each week, but it sure paid off in enjoyment for both the Society members and those who took parts.
I'm still debating whether or not to do it again next Summer. If I do, it will take more planning: I would want to put on at least nine shows instead of four. I would have to start promoting it in January, I think, recruiting both financial sponsors and technical crews for each show. It's not an evangelistic effort, so I don't know if I should ask you to pray for it to go well or not ;). You might anyway.
Not Enough Hoops
Marlin Van Nortwick is the Community Ministries Pastor at my church here in San Diego. For the past three months, he has been on sabbatical from there, and has spent a good deal of that time working here at Amor. He has been a great help both in the field and in the office. In return, I've been teaching an eight week course on computer science fundamentals to him and my assistant, Ryan. Alas, I wasn't able to make him jump through enough hoops to trip him up and keep him here ;) he'll go back to Covenant Pres. on November 1st. But it was a joy to have him here. Maybe I should take a sabbatical sometime...nah, too much work to do. :D
Not Enough Hope?
We are all, of course, grief-stricken by the events of September 11, 2001. Those of us who work in international relief efforts have, in addition, reason to fear a coming decline in international aid. Our desire is for people to Come Build Hope; is there enough Hope left in the world to continue building houses for the poor? To continue building God's church in Mexico? We believe that there is. We pray that our constituents would now see more reasons to serve the poor in our world, not less; that we would claim the Spirit of power which God has given us, to live lives worthy of his sacrifice; that people would not become reserved, but would regain a heart to serve. Would you pray for this with us?
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