As of this month Greg and I have been Nazarene missionaries for 20 years. We started in 1993, but took a few years out.
So, what was it like when we first became missionaries in 1993? Many things have changed, and yet … (Most of this information comes from http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1993.html)
- Bill Clinton was sworn in as President of the United States
- Brady bill requiring background checks of prospective gun buyers is signed into law
- Islamic Fundamentalists bomb the World Trade Center
- Ferry in Haiti sinks – over 1,000 die
- Several bombs explode in Bombay, India killing about 300
- Federal Agents raid religious cult Waco, Texas on February 28th
- Severe Blizzard strikes the eastern U.S., bringing record snowfall and other severe weather all the way from Cuba to Québec
- A magnitude 7.8 earthquake off Hokkaido, Japan launches a devastating tsunami, killing 202 on the small island of Okushiri, Hokkaido
- Earthquake centered on Killari, Maharashtra, India kills nearly 10,000 people.
- The Oil tanker MV Braer carrying 85,000 ton of crude oil runs aground on January 5th in hurricane force winds off the Shetland Islands and large amounts of crude oil spill into the North Sea causing an ecological disaster in the area.
- The Maastricht Treaty signed on February 7th takes effect, formally establishing the European Union.
- Ty Warner USA launches the first Beanie Babies
- Two former police officers are convicted of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King.
- The Pentium microprocessor introduced by Intel.
- The World Wide Web was born at CERN
- World Health Organization estimates 14 million people worldwide infected with the AIDS Virus
- Popular films included – Jurassic Park, Sleepless in Seattle and The Pelican Brief.
- Some of the television shows that premiered in 1993 – Dr.Quinn: Medicine Woman, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Frasier, and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Amy’s African Proverb of the Week: You can’t wash your face with just one finger.
Greg’s blog: “Ray Bakke’s winsome theological vision for the city”
“…Bakke emphatically answers the mistaken notion that the Bible views cities uniformly in a negative light. Instead, he systematically surveys both Old and New Testaments, painting a picture of cities that are the object of divine love and concern. The implication is clear: If God loves cities and the people who live in them, can the church do any less?
While there are many themes raised in Theology as Big as the City, let’s take a look at three key ideas advanced by Bakke:
1) God’s hands are in the mud;
2) Jesus as an agent of personal and social transformation;
3) The role of an urban pastor.”
Read the whole blog here.