Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Back In 'Nam.

There will once again be a Dutilly with Connor leanings in-country. This thing is actually happening, and it is wonderful.


It was not until after I was hired at my firm a few years ago, that I first heard of an unlisted employment benefit consisting of one (1) sponsored overseas mission trip per employee. This seemed an incredibly cool and generous and challenging thing to do for your workers, and I was floored by it. Even more challenging, the day I found out back in early 2013, it was as if God's Spirit spoke into my heart and said,

"You will be going to Vietnam."

When someone like me hears clearly like that, there is a tendency to remain convinced even when there are no vision trips or mission trips planned to Vietnam for the first two years of employment. So in January 2015 when the sudden invitation to go to Vietnam was extended, my reply was automatic.


And now the 10 month anticipation is over. Two days and a wake-up. 


Perhaps it's true that this blog will be fully expended when said "Dan" is no longer "In Vietnam". 

Perhaps it's true that the associated G00gle accounts (YouTube, Gmail, etc.) will be abandoned once the trip is complete. 

Perhaps it's true that there may be a significant flash-to-bang time for most of the content, some of which may not be posted until I get back.

But none of that can diminish the wonder of this once-in-a-generation trip, this journey to a spiritual Mordor, this banishment of the root of war-torn PTSD by the miraculous healing hand of God in the past, present and future of my bloodline.

For the people of Vietnam, here is why I am coming to visit you. 

Isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord  for the display of His splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.

Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
    foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
And you will be called priests of the Lord,
    you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
    and in their riches you will boast.