Sunday, August 13, 2006

Monastic Coffee Imbibers

"Well, there's more than one way to start a monastic community."
- Len Hjalmarson commenting on our tent city
Last night we had the pleasure to sit around on our deck with noted blogging luminaries Len Hjalmarson and Brother Maynard, along with their wives and all of Maynard's family, who showed up a few days ago and pitched a tent in our back yard.

As we complete our YWAM outreach, we already have a family of five from the Netherlands and two radical 20-somethings from Alaska living with our own family of five. Plus Family Maynard camping. Our mealtimes on the deck resemble the mess tent from M*A*S*H, except that the quality and taste of the food would be much higher.

Hence Len's quip about our "monastic community"...

Anyway, we're back from our 8-week outreach, having survived an intensely up-close-and-personal experience with YWAM leaders committed to Shepherding Movement-style authoritarianism. Yesterday, we finished a very difficult week of re-entry meetings with YWAM Okanagan, and after tonight:
  1. We'll be officially finished our YWAM DTS, and
  2. We'll be celebrating with Guinness
P.S. This will probably come as no surprise to anyone who knows us, but the amount of St. Arbucks coffee beans that have been ground and consumed in the past couple of days is either impressive or disturbing, depending on your point of view. We should probably call our little monastic community of survivors "Fellowship of the Bean".