Here is the first update from my trip to Atlanta. On Tuesday I travelled here firstly for the New Hope Mission to Wales planning meetings and then I will stay on ready for the clown convention at New Hope the following weekend. Of course I am going to upload more updates and photos then.

This first days have been great and really productive as we plan for a very exciting summer of missions. It is great to see how churches are coming together to see souls reached. We started our time with prayer and devotions in the main church before starting with the schedules.

Wednesday night I went to the Clown L.I.F.E. classes. It was really great to meet the troupe and just to see how they interact with each other was really a blessing. I also learned to to make a rose out of a paper napkin. Well kind of, with some help you could guess it was a flower 🙂

Thursday morning we were the full day and the planning meetings.

Today (Friday) after another morning of planning meetings, and a Chick-fil-A lunch we went to the Chick-fil-A HQ. This was really amazing again. It so great to see and hear about the morals of this company. The company’s official statement of corporate purpose says that the business exists “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

The chain is famous for being closed on Sundays. Dan Cathy (son of company owner S. Truett Cathy and member of New Hope where we are visiting)”  quoted his father Truett as saying ” ‘I don’t want to ask people to do that what I am not willing to do myself.'”

S. Truett Cathy said Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and directing our attention to things more important than our business. If it took seven days to make a living with a restaurant, then we needed to be in some other line of work. Through the years, I have never wavered from that position.

S. Truett Cathy has taught Sunday School for over 51 years and hiss beliefs permeate the company to this day.

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