I edited this video in Memory of my dear friend and musical inspiration, Godfrey Viegas. If you watch the video long enough you will get to see him playing. I will miss his energy, his love for Christ and for family and for music…and…I will of course miss his joy. Until we meet again my friend. I’ve been practicing and playing again thanks to you. I look forward to gigging with you in heaven.
…A note to those of you who might view the video. It is intentionally at black for the first few minutes.
At this moment 15 years ago I was standing at the alter watching my beautiful bride walk down the aisle. I am so blessed and so thankful that she said “I do.”
To those who have seen this video before…This is a repost of a video that I
I gave to my bride for her birthday a few years ago…It captures so much of my
heart for her that I just had to repost it today. If you have problems viewing the link
Try viewing it here…
Below is a video walk through of the player along with some player images. HD viewing recommended…
This post goes out to my friends in Germany and Switzerland who are working on the live broadcast of the Leitungskongress, 28.-30. Januar 2010 from Rheinstetten, Germany to Winterthur, Switzerland.
Thanks to help from our friends and Mankin Media, Multicast Media and Akamai’s Open Video Player, I have been able to assemble a decent, lightweight video player that should playback high quality video…I will be sending the player out directly to the team since it has been optimized for the event.
Late last year, some colleagues and I flew down to the Dominican Republic. We had the privileged of working along side some world class technologists from the D.R. installing a computer lab in the Dominican town of Consuelo. We have had the privileged of participating in many other computer labs in the past. However, this one was different. Instead of installing 20-30 individual computers, we specified desktop virtualization technology from http://www.Ncomputing.com.
With this technology a computer lab can run 10 workstations from one PC. As we approach the one year mark in our little Ncomputing experiment, I am so happy to hear that this solution has performed exceptionally. Esperanza International, the organization who sponsored the lab, reports that they have lowered their operating costs for the lab by 60%.
People in the Dominican Republic can experience several lengthy power outages a day. To compensate for this, many organization run expensive generators and install battery powered inverter systems. Using conventional computer technology, a large inverter system can power a 20-30 work station computer lab for up to 7 hours. Using Ncomputing technology labs can run for 12 hours offering uninterrupted class time for students. Ncomputing has been so successful that Esperanza International has started replacing all of their computer labs with this technology.
This November, a small team of technologists comprised of people from Esperanza International and Willow Creek Community Church will be traveling to Costa Rica to replace computers in an existing lab with Ncomputing technology. This time mis hermanos en la technologia will be leading the way. To help us prepare for this journey, mis panas de Esperanza Internacional, my bro Mark Haugen, and I put together a video sharing some of the highlights of how Esparanza has leveraged this technology to connect education to people who are eager to learn.
I don’t take enough time to truly share my appreciation and respect for all that you do to serve throughout the year. As technologists, engineers and such, many of us like to look past the surface of things. We like to go deeper into issues, to figure how and why things work. And so…I thought you deserved more that a trite thank you note; I thought I would take some time today to really study you, our volunteers…to truly express to you in real terms how valuable your effort is to the community of Christ and God’s great purposes here on Earth. When all is said and done, you are not simply just a volunteer; you are a Kingdom volunteer for our most high God. This may sound dramatic and emotional to you analytical types out there. Read on…After Careful analysis, I have discovered three words that prove how amazing you are…volunteer, purpose and you.
Word # 1 – Volunteer Volunteer – It really is an amazing word that describes exceptional people carrying out an amazing concept. It is a word that deserves exploration. Dictionary.com defines this word as a noun that describes a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking – willingly and without pay.
It is actually rooted in the Latin word voluntarius which means “of ones free will.” Voluntarius is rooted in the Latin word voluntas which is translated as “will”. I could keep going with the etymology of this amazing word, but I will spare you further details. For our purpose it is safe to say that when we take a close look at the this word, the concept of volunteerism, at its core, is a matter of one’s will…one’s free will to wish, desire, want and choose.
Think about it. Throughout our lives we are faced with countless choices to spend our time, talent and treasure on an endless array of activities. So often we are faced with the temptation of submitting to the pursuit of answering the question, “What’s in it for me?” I did a quick little search at http://www.amazon.com for books on the subject of “self improvement” and found 44,980 resources to choose from. While I think it is critical for us to own our responsibility to grow, develop our gifts and reach our full potential as we live out our one and only lives on Earth. I also believe that if we are not careful, we all can find ourselves applying the entirety of our precious “free will” toward the lonely and futile pursuit of self gain. We can all too easily miss the richness and true fulfillment that is found when we voluntarily offer ourselves for the service of others.
Perhaps that is why I love the word volunteer so much. First…it is a noun…that is… it is a person…someone of substance…real…taking up space and time. Second, since the word volunteer is rooted in the verb “will”…we can conclude that the concept of volunteerism is…at its core, a verb…that is…it is bent on action; action that is focused on serving others, and that’s pretty cool.
In contrast to a world that seems to be intoxicated by its devotion to personal growth and improvement. The volunteer chooses, of his or her own free will to give themselves toward the pursuit of helping others. Ironically, people who choose this life style often discover that volunteerism offers more personal growth than when they pursue self improvement alone.
Word # 2 – Purpose
Now that we have established how precious the concept of volunteerism is, let’s take it a step further. When we combine the concept of volunteerism with the power and purpose of God, we have a true force to reckon with.
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to discover God’s great purpose. Matthew 28:19-20 tells us to go out into the world and make disciples, teaching them to obey everything Jesus taught us. Isaiah 58:6-7 tells us to loose the chains of injustice, set the oppressed free, share our food with the hungry, provide shelter for the poor wanderer, and clothe the naked. There are countless more examples of God’s purposes for us here on Earth, the point is that there is something profound and amazing about combining the concept of freely and willingly offering ourselves to the service of others with the eternal, transformational power of God. I am overwhelmed by the thought of what could be accomplished if more people would choose to be this kind of volunteer.
Word #3 – YOU!
Finally, this comes back to you. You are “this kind of volunteer.” You could choose to spend your weekends, evenings and days doing all kinds of activities. Instead, you choose, of your own free will, to spend your precious time, talent and treasure to serve others for the fulfillment of God’s great purposes here on Earth.
You are living examples of God’s word as you fulfill passages like those found in Matthew 25, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” You live out First Corinthians 15:58 where it tells us to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the God’s work. You know that your labor is not in vain. You live out Christs greatest example of volunteerism in that he willingly and freely offered himself to come to us and to die for our sins.
After careful study. I can say with great conviction, humility and gratitude that I hold you in the extremely high regard.
To those of you who:
provide strategic analysis
provide technical support
serve in our Computer Connection
provide wisdom, leadership and direction
improve the quality of our data and information
share their spouses and loved ones so they can serve
develope training materials and documention
I can’t imagine how our websites, Promiseland checkin, Seeds Bookstore, Computer Connection, Telecommunications, Regional Churches, Weekend Services, Camp, Classes, Harvest, Email, Events, eTickets, Volunteerism, Connection, Membership, Accounting and Finance and so much more would function without you. As volunteers in Information Systems you really do impact all facets of our local church and through our Computer Connection, you have a significant impact on our world as you connect job skills and computer resources to people in need.
Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for so many…
Now without further delay, some other folks at Willow wanted to express their appreciation to you. I have posted it below for those of you who could not make it to our Christmas party…enjoy
I threw together this quick Video below to capture some of our IP video broadcast effort in Germany last week.
I really want to pass on my love, respect and true appreciation to all or my friends in the Austria, Germany, Swizterland and the U.S. who made made this happen…I felt like through out all the challenges we faced, we were in it together. I look forward to serving together in the future…