|George D. Wilson
Missionary To Northern Sweden
Serving In Gunnarn, Sweden
Google Earth Co-ordinates N65 deg 00 min 44.7 sec
E17 deg 41 min 38.6 sec
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skype Name: gdwilson99
Sweden Phones: home 46-951-40044 cell 46-073-0259343
USA Phone: cell 410-714-2406
USA Address: 1020 Loch Vail Drive (Apt 25)
Apopka, Florida 32712 USA
Contact Person USA: Doug Wilson cell 321-246-4619
For Support Send To: Calvary Baptist Church
1120 Market Street, Denton, MD 21629 USA
designate as: For Mission Fund - George Wilson Sweden
pastor's phone: 410-479-2275
I will be leaving Northern Sweden to return home for Christmas. Departure is set for Monday, December 5th for a short flight to Stockholm. Then, I spend the night in Stockholm and take an early morning flight over the ocean to the USA and home in Orlando (Apopka). It has been an unusual Fall with almost no snow. The winds have been from the south and that has kept the snow away. But there have been violent storms in the south of Sweden.
It is hard for me to leave here. It is always that way. That is partly because I have to clean the apartment here in the church. They need to use this space for the young people that meet and have their programs up here. They make popcorn in my kitchen and the place is never the same after that. I put all my warm clothes and parkas and boots and jeans down in a room below. I leave all my theology books in the den down there, too – with my second computer and printer. Moses wouldn’t have liked to have me along with him on his travels through the wilderness. Too much stuff!
We had a Bible study tonight and the theme was – “To whom do you belong?” The question grew out of the answer Jesus gave to some Pharisees who didn’t like to pay taxes any more than we do. Jesus’ answer to them was, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” The question to our group was – what does God expect us to render to Him?
People here are receiving special encouragement. The prospect is that soon, the days will begin to get longer, instead of shorter. Right now, this morning, the sun rose at nine nineteen am and set at one fifty-eight. That means that the daylight lasted for only 4 hours and 39 minutes. The shortest daylight occurs on December 22, with daylight only lasting 3 hours and 35 minutes. However, the daylight does last much longer in June. On June 22, the daylight lasts for 22 hours and 4 minutes. I thought you ought to know that. People ask me that all the time.
This evening people from this village and everywhere else from miles around, gathered together for a wonderful cultural event. I would guess 500 people were present. The presentation was held in the big Stensele Church. The program featured a Swedish baritone, Roger Pontare, singing English and Swedish Christmas music with a choir. You can Google his name. He was accompanied by a choir of about 50 local church choir people. Our Church in Gunnarn sent a bunch of our own choir members. As they began the program, they sang these words – in English:
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
It seems that our world, in its upset state, needs this peace and love for one another. Maybe this will only be a reality when we learn to “fall on our knees.”