Friday, January 20, 2017

Mot Målet 04 2016, the beginning of a new year


Happy new year everyone!
 






Mot Målet 4 of 2016

First of all, here is the latest issue of YWAM Norway magazine (click on the image above). Last year´s last issue. This time, the theme has been «Hearing God´s voice», and we got a lot of good responses on the issue, so that was really nice. Besides doing the layout for the magazine I also wrote a short post as the editor. Here is the english translation:

The first time I heard God´s voice he spoke about missions. I was in Iceland, standing on the roof of a barn. For the last days I had been scraping the weathered paint off the old planks of the outer wall. I had taken a gap-year to adventure around Iceland. And now I was thinking about expanding my gap-year into a lifestyle of travel and experiences.
A thought struck me where I was standing on that roof in Iceland. «If I could do this for myself, then I can also do it for God.» It came as a challenge, and hit me with conviction. At the same time, I also felt that God gave me the freedom to choose what I wanted to do with what he had just spoken.
I took the challenge and got myself ready to take a DTS in Norway the year after.


Twelve year has passed since that summer day. «Hearing from God» has today become a pretty normal thing for me and my family. Something so precious that I would not want to let go, or go without it.

In this issue of Mot Målet you can read how we continue with fulfilling what God has called us to do. We train young people for missions, contribute to (literally) give God´s word to the people of Norway. We send missions-team to the foreign places in the world, and with hospitality we meet the foreigners that have come to us.
God has given us a big job to do, and with our own eyes we can see it developed and fulfilled step by step. It give us great joy and thankfulness when we for ourselves can see how God´s kingdom is growing.

In March I will be working on the next issue of our magazine. In the meantime, I am slowly getting more into digital publishing (finally). The online issue of the magazine is over at www.motmalet.no

Bible apps in Norwegian

At the beginning of the year we had the annual YWAM Norway staff conference again, and that was really busy and good. We were 400 people here at Grimerud. We had some really cool talks with a lot of people, but for now I will just mention one of them. YWAM international has developed a bible reading app which allows you to read the text as a story told. It shows who is talking to who, how much each person says, and the things each of these persons talk about. It is the same bible, but the way you read it engages you more into the biblical narrative. See sourceviewbible.com for more info about this app.
As a goal for this year, YWAM Norway is hoping to translate this app to Norwegian, so we have an engaging bible-app that we can present when we continue handing out bibles door to door in the rest of the country. This is a project that I hope I can be involved with.


Missions training

After the staff-conference, I was part of leading a missions training course for 22 students at the Nordland-DTS. This is the same Kairos-course that I had taken in November last year. Classroom teaching and leading small-groups aren´t things I do often, and I wanted to step out about practice both. At the same time, I got to learn understand more about missions, and God´s heart for all the people´s of this earth.


At the end of the Kairos-training week
all the students got their certificates.
These guys were in the small-group that I lead,
now they are in Nepal for their DTS-missions trip.

A family visit

Next month, we will be in The Netherlands for one week, from the 14th til the 21st. My sister Annemarie is getting married to Donál on the 18th. He is Irish, and they met in Ireland where she has been living for some years now. We are excited about being at their wedding, and meeting all of our new family.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas 2016

Hey everyone, we want to wish you a very merry Christmas!

We are so overly happy that we are now spending the holidays together as one family. It´s the first time we have our own Christmas tree, build our own «pepperkakehus» (gingerbread-house), lighted our own advent candles and a few things more.
We also continued an advent tradition that we started when we were still dating. Last year we did an advent devotional for which I drew one illustration every day. Those illustrations have now become and important part of the decorations for our Christmas tree. Every evening we have coloured one of the drawings and read the devotional together.



The Middag family Christmas tree.



We recorded all the whole Norwegian advent song for you guys, enjoy!






Our Christmas dinner with both Grimerud-friends and refugee-friends.


On Christmas-eve we first went to «The Mercy house», where Marina volunteers on Thursdays. Here we sang carols and told the story of Jesus birth to a small group of refugees that had come for the celebration. At the end of the program we handed out gifts to them.
Two of the refugees came with us to Grimerud with us and spent the rest of the evening here.

We are looking forward to some days of rest now, until the next big Grimerud-events start. Then in the new year I will make a little change in my work, and become part of the book-publishing team Proklamedia that YWAM Norway has. I´m will still be making the YWAM-Norway magazine, but at the times that I am not working with that, I´ll be involved with the publishing team.

Financially we have been able to come through the year. Being full-time volunteers that depend on gifts and sponsoring for their finances is still a challenge. But just like the last ten year, it has worked out this year too.
For me, it has also been the first full year that I have been tithing off all the money that has come in.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

LTS at Grimerud

Whoa, long time since I´ve posted anything. We have been busy with a lot of things, and it doesn´t look like it´s going to calm down until after Christmas. So, here is a short view of the things that we have been involved in:




As part of the LTS-program we had a huge (5x10 meter) map of Europe,
rolled out on the floor. We took of our shoes and prayed for all the countries.

LTS-Europe

In November we hosted a ten-day course called «LTS» (Leadership Training School). For this, over a hundred YWAM-leaders came together at our base for leadership training. It was very nice to meet so many people that work with YWAM at different places in Europe. Especially The extra cool thing was that Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM, had come to speak at the school too.



Bucket-list photo: A family-picture with Loren Cunningham,
the founder of YWAM.
Ahead of the course, I did the design for their student-manual, a twenty page folder with info, names and pictures. During the days of the course I was present at most sessions, and took pictures and notes, which I later posted on the different social media for the rest of YWAM internationally.
Marina was doing an amazing job in the kitchen, organising the three meals every day for over a hundred people.

The fourth issue of Mot Målet has dropped into people´s mailboxes by now. The theme of that issue is going to be «Hearing God´s voice», a typical topic for us in YWAM. I´ll show you guys mor of the magazine in a next post.



After one year, I´ve learned through all of the
Portuguese lessons on the Duolingo-app.



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Inktober 2016, part two


This month is almost over, and with a little delay I´ve finished the important part of my Inktober project for this year: the wedding vows that we have given each other. Above here are the eight lines of Marina´s vows to me.

I feel so much loved by the commitment and love that Marina is showing me.



Last Sunday I turned 35, and we celebrated with balloons, cake, singing and gifts.

Life goes on at Grimerud, we are back to our regular commitments here after the "Harvest Feast" we have had last week. This was a week where we all layed down our work for some days to look back on what has happened in the last year, and share about what we hope to see happen in the future.
One of the things we talked about during these days was the "Bible to All" campaign in our region. We are planning to offer a bible to all the thousands of homes in our county.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Inktober 2016, part one


Inktober illustrations, part one

The slideshow up here is the first part of this year´s Inktober project. I´ve illustrated my wedding vows to Marina. It is so good to have a nice and manageable drawing project again. I wanted to illustrate our wedding vows, because visualising and seeing them gets me to remember and internalise them much better than having them written out in words. Also, involving Marina in it has gotten me to see some things about her that I had not known before.

By next week I should be done with Marina´s wedding vows to me.


Kairos-course

In the meantime, I am joining the DTS here at Grimerud for the Kairos-course. This is a ten day missions course. We have just started to work on another issue of our magazine Mot Målet, which means that articles are being written. This means that I am able to use my time in learning more about missions and missionaries. It´s been really good to be a student again, I´m learning a lot.
I´ve promised my co-students that I would share with them some illustrations based on what we have been learning. Once I´ve done that, I hope to share them here on my blog too.



At YWAM Borgen, the building project is taking shape,
at the same time that they and the churches,
are offering a bible to each home in the area.


Bible to All in Troms

Meanwhile in the north of Norway, The northernmost YWAM-base is adding a new section to their classroom. I remember that the leadership at YWAM Borgen was talking about expanding their building when I was there for my DTS in 2005-2006.
In June 2015, I was back up there to help them with designing the material that they would use for the fundraising of this building project. It´s so nice to see the result of my assistance.



The promotion material I illustrated and designed for YWAM Borgen´s
current building project.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

First fall update 2016


After all the operation was done, Marina and me enjoyed the traditional «speculaas-poppen»
that I had baked for her the night before.


Hospital report

Hello, here´s a little update again of me and my family in Norway. Marina had her ear-surgery last week on Wednesday, and everything has gone really well. She got operated on the otosclerosis on one of her ears. Tomorrow we will go back to the hospital in Elverum to remove the bandages and cottons that Marina had to keep in her one ear the whole time.

Office report

For the moment, Marina is still recovering from the operation, and she doesn´t need to get back to work until next week. Ana is still having lots of fun at Barnehagen and I am doing my regular things for YWAM Norway´s communication. Soon we will start working on this year´s fourth issue of Mot Målet, so that´s going to be good.
Besides my work for the magazine, I am often involved in a number of other national projects, even though my contribution isn´t alway very big or very central. One of those projects is the «Bible to All» campaign that has been going on since 2014. Two years back we started this huge project to offer a free bible to all of the houses in Norway. One (or two) of Norway´s counties have already been visited by the teams that hand out bibles, and now we are in the process of planning for two or three other counties. Norway has twenty counties in total.


Creative report

Just before I got together with Marina last year I was participating in an on-line arts event called «Inktober», and drew pictures for C.S. Lewis´ The Silver Chair. Everyone who participates in «Inktober» draws one ink-drawing for each day of the month of October.
This year I will visualize the wedding vows that Marina and I exchanged on the day of our wedding almost half a year ago. That will be two times eight pictures. For the other fifteen days of the month I want to draw some of the special moments of our wedding, and other pictures that I want to remember.


This is my preparation for  this year´s Inktober,
the list of the things I am planning to draw,
and the dedicated space in the sketchbook that I am going to use.


I am really lookig forward to have a longer drawing-project like this again, I haven´t been able to make much time to draw since I got together with Marina last year. It´s my family that I want to dedicate to firstly.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mot Målet number two and three of 2016




Magazine issues

Here´s a short work-related post with Mot Målet, our YWAM Norway magazine. Even though most of my recent post have been about my new family, I do still work with the same things as before.

This year´s third issue of our magazine has «talk about porn» as it´s theme. It´s a tricky subject to do layout for, but I think we managed it quite well. Luckily we were able to get a lot of good articles from a Norwegian christian website called Guttogjente.no
A few years ago some churches and christian organisations (also YWAM) saw the need to have a christian website where youth would be able to find biblical answers to their questions about their bodies, identity, relationships and sexuality. This became the Guttogjente.no website.
We have also gotten contributions from the Norwegian christian organisation Family&Media, a organisation that wants to make Jesus visible in the Norwegian media.

We don´t know how the following issues are going to be, because since the summer we are without an editor. This means that the work is going to fall back on other people, and one of them is me. Because of this I have been doing stuff on the Mot Målet-website too. It´s going to work out, it always does. God is good.

Tomorrow, me and Marina will go to Elverum for a check-up for her ear-surgery. And next Sunday the new DTS will start here at Grimerud. New things are happening, and that is exciting.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The nice grey sketchbook



Here is my sketchbook from July 2014 til May 2015, that´s less than a year.
Looking through the sketchbook I saw that it had many sketches for different projects that I had worked on in that time. I hope you like looking through it.

Next Wednesday, I´ll post about the two last issues of Mot Målet that we have been making.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Our big 2016 summer trip

Yay, we are back from our five week summer travels to the Netherlands and Brazil. We visited both our home countries to spend time with all of our family there, and have two more very different wedding ceremonies in both of our home churches.




Even though we could have kept it with the wedding ceremony we had in Norway, we wanted as many of our friends and family to witness and celebrate our love and commitment for each-other.
We love the local churches that we are a part of, and that are sending our family out as missionaries.

In the Netherlands

The first part of our trip we were in the Netherlands, visiting my hometown Gramsbergen. From there we visited a castle in Germany and went for a few bike-rides in the area. A few days before we travelled on to Brazil, we spent some time with my brother in Amsterdam.






And Brazil

Then, for the whole month of July we were in Brazil. We spent a lot of time with our family there and visited lots of different places in the city. After our wedding-ceremony me and Marina spent four days in a mountain village for our second honeymoon.











Being in Brazil for the first time was a big new thing, in addition to meeting all the Brazilian side of our family. But I love being there, I am looking forward to come back to Belo Horizonte many times. I felt very loved and very well received. 

September

The coming month is going to be a busy one, it´s back to work for the both of us, and Ana is back in the preschool. We´ll have to go visit the police station and the Brazilian embassy too this month to finally get things sorted with visas and passports for the girls. In the middle of the month, Marina will go to the hospital in Elverum for a surgery on her ear, so that´s exciting too.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

More moments from our wedding


Tomorrow, me and Marina will be married for two months. It has been an amazing time. We are so happy that we are together now, and more in love than before. Here are some more photos from our wedding ceremony at Grimerud:


An early guests captured the moment that the sun broke through the clouds.
Me and Pastor Christian are looking up in joy and wonder.
The incredible weather was the biggest miracle of that day,
we felt so encouraged that God made the sun shine so brightly at that time.




Our Ana had been very very excited about being the flower girl for the wedding.
Maja, my best man´s oldest daughter is Ana´s age,
and in matching dresses, they got to be flower girls together.



Marina´s own father could not be at the wedding,
so instead she had asked my father to walk her down the aisle.



The coat




 At the beginning of the ceremony
 I gave Marina a white coat to wear with her wedding dress.
With this symbolic act, I wanted to show my faithfulness to Marina,
clothing her with warmth and dignity,
and to display that her time as a divorced woman now has ended.



The kiss





We´ve said «YES»



The cake



time to eat cake …



and have fun.


Work

We have tried to get back into normal work-rythms after becoming a family, and simultaneously trying to wrap up our our Norwegian wedding, and planning the ceremonies in the Netherlands and in Brazil this summer. My work for the magazine has been on a pause until after the summer, so I´ve had the chance to work at Ana´s preschool here at Grimerud. We are very thankful for the opportunity that I have to work there, because we really need the exrta income to be able to pay the wedding-bills and our higher cost of living.
Tomorrow will be my last day working as a substitute preschool-teacher before the summer, and we are going to the zoo.

Our summer

Our big family-trip to the Netherlands and Brazil will already start next week. This week we are attending three «sommeravslutning» (closing for the summer). On Monday we had a barbecue for the Café UNO-staff at Linn´s house. Today after dinner, Ana´s preschool had a little party for the teachers, kids and their parents. Tomorrow we will have a closing barbecue with everyone at Grimerud.

There is a small chance that we might meet some of you this summer during our visit the Netherlands and Brazil. Our wedding ceremony in the Netherlands will be on the 26th of June, in my sending church. If you are able to come, you are welcome to attend the service, and the reception afterwards.
On the first of July we will fly to Brazil, and spend time with Marina´s family. Our wedding ceremony is planned on the 16th of July.

Enjoy your summer!