Thursday was worldview workshop day. Everyone went to a different session that covered the worldview of their particular people-group. Colby and I attended the session on Roman Catholicism. It was so interesting; We read through the Catechism and compared and contrasted Catholic doctrine with the Bible. As our group talked, it became more and more clear that a denominational label is not what is important. It doesn't matter if you call yourself a Baptist, a Lutheran, or a Catholic, but Who you are trusting in for salvation. Near the end of the session, Colby made a comment that made so much sense: "A lot of people are confused as to why we are going as missionaries to a country that is "Christian/Lutheran." Do they really need to hear about Jesus? I'm starting to realize that a lot of people in Iceland are really just secular humanists covered by a thin veneer of Lutheranism." It really begs the question, what does it mean to be a Christian? Just because someone calls themselves a Christian does not mean they are.
For lunch, we had a special,cultural meal that we were required to partake in. A lot of people were nervous about it, but it was the best food we have had so far. It was a Middle Eastern dish that we had to eat only with our right hand (Apparently, in this culture the left hand is used to wipe one's buttocks and is considered unclean). I had to sit on my left hand because I kept forgetting.
Some specific requests for the week:
*That we will be disciplined to make time for focused, uninterrupted prayer in our schedule.
*Our marriage: open communication, understanding, and selflessness.
* That we will get the sleep we need with this full schedule
*Health for all family members :)