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In the cooperative work meetings of the sister organizations, faith and the work of the kingdom of God were discussed. North American servants of the Word kept sermons at mission services in various localities at the beginning and end of their trip to Finland.

In the cooperative work meetings of the sister organizations, faith and the work of the kingdom of God were discussed. North American servants of the Word kept sermons at mission services in various localities at the beginning and end of their trip to Finland.

Juhani Ojalehto

In the cooperative work meetings of the sister organizations, faith and the work of the kingdom of God were discussed. North American servants of the Word kept sermons at mission services in various localities at the beginning and end of their trip to Finland.

In the cooperative work meetings of the sister organizations, faith and the work of the kingdom of God were discussed. North American servants of the Word kept sermons at mission services in various localities at the beginning and end of their trip to Finland.

Juhani Ojalehto

SRK, SFC, and LLC Executive Secretaries:

"We experienced a mutual understanding of faith in discussions"

Vieraskieliset / In-english27.9.2022 6.00

The mee­ting of sis­ter or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons strengt­he­ned the mu­tu­al work even furt­her. The dis­cus­si­ons were open, and the par­ti­ci­pants ex­pe­rien­ced a strong mu­tu­al un­ders­tan­ding of faith.

Blog: Smell of the stable

Vieraskieliset / In-english19.9.2022 6.00

One eve­ning I was dri­ving home from work. On­ce a week I need to drive about 50 ki­lo­me­ters to work, and I of­ten lis­ten to au­dio books on my way. I was al­re­a­dy a bit ti­red. For some re­a­son I wi­ped my cheek with my glove and was rou­sed by the smell. For me it is a good smell, though some pe­op­le might not like it. I had ac­ci­den­tal­ly ta­ken a pair of glo­ves that I usu­al­ly wear while wor­king out­doors and ta­king care of the ani­mals. The glo­ves smel­led of sheep. I simp­ly had to have anot­her sniff.

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Blog: Children’s rights are for all children

Vieraskieliset / In-english10.2.2022 6.00

In the Fin­nish ca­len­dar, No­vem­ber 20th is de­sig­na­ted as the Day of Child­ren’s Rights and the week of No­vem­ber 15th-20th as the Week of Child­ren’s Rights. This day has been in our ca­len­dar sin­ce 2002. The UN ap­p­ro­ved and ra­ti­fied the Con­ven­ti­on on Child­ren’s Hu­man Rights in 1989, and the con­ven­ti­on came in­to ef­fect in Fin­land 30 ye­ars ago, at the be­gin­ning of 1991.

Blog: Lakeside happiness

Vieraskieliset / In-english3.2.2022 6.00

I had been ho­ping we could take time in the ear­ly spring to vi­sit my fat­her’s home, an old farm cal­led Lil­va­sa­ho at Juu­pa­jo­ki. We have usu­al­ly gone there eve­ry sum­mer, re­cent­ly even more of­ten. No-one li­ves there ye­ar-round, but pe­op­le go there in the sum­mer for va­ca­ti­on. The place is so be­au­ti­ful and pe­a­ce­ful, and we en­joy doing odd cho­res while there.

Blog: My summer, did you go away already?

Vieraskieliset / In-english27.1.2022 6.00

Thank you for ha­ving come, sum­mer. You, sum­mer, are sheer light, light, light. You give growth even at ti­mes of drought. You give us all that we need to sur­vi­ve un­til you come back again. Thank you, sum­mer, for ha­ving come.

Blog: Encompassed by total grace

Vieraskieliset / In-english20.1.2022 6.00

I stand on the yard and gaze in­to au­tum­nal twi­light. My face is wet from driz­z­le. I take a deep bre­ath. I know there are far too many things that re­qui­re my at­ten­ti­on. Too many ex­pec­ta­ti­ons and de­mands. I stare in­to the dee­pe­ning dusk. There is a lump in my throat. I feel so ina­de­qu­a­te.

Blog: I suddenly realized I was happy

Vieraskieliset / In-english27.12.2021 12.00

I was ma­king no­tes for this blog post af­ter ele­ven p.m. on Sun­day eve­ning. I was ex­haus­ted af­ter a busy week, but I sud­den­ly found my­self hum­ming with hap­pi­ness ins­te­ad of mo­a­ning with fa­ti­gue.

Blog: Confirmation bubbles

Vieraskieliset / In-english17.12.2021 12.00

I am at Jäm­sä Opis­to. Two con­fir­ma­ti­on camps of 50 stu­dents each are in pro­cess. One group is wor­king downs­tairs, using the as­semb­ly hall when the whole group needs to be pre­sent as well as the out­door dorms. We are ups­tairs. We do not have sau­na, be­cau­se the sau­na sec­ti­on is wit­hin the ter­ri­to­ry of the downs­tairs camp. There is re­no­va­ti­on going on in the kitc­hen. At lunch time we the­re­fo­re run ac­ross the yard with our masks on in­to a big tent where lar­ge pots of he­a­ted soup are wai­ting. Me­al­ti­mes are stag­ge­red in such a way that the staff have time to di­sin­fect the place in bet­ween the bub­b­le groups.

Blog: They call it restful retirement

Vieraskieliset / In-english10.12.2021 12.00

The best way to get rid of one’s sen­se of well-being is to take on an ex­ces­si­ve work­lo­ad at the be­gin­ning of the sum­mer.

Blog: Comfort is close

Vieraskieliset / In-english3.12.2021 12.00

I was wai­ting for mail from the edi­tors of on­li­ne Päi­vä­mies, won­de­ring that the staff must be very busy not to have time even to ack­now­led­ge the re­cep­ti­on of the blog post that I had re­cent­ly sent! Fi­nal­ly, I went through my sent emails, but could not find the text I thought I had sent. It was not even in the drafts sec­ti­on.

Blog: The unique value of children

Vieraskieliset / In-english26.11.2021 12.00

In the mor­ning dusk of the day com­me­mo­ra­ting child­ren’s rights I was watc­hing the Fin­nish flag flying on its pole. My mind was sud­den­ly floo­ded with me­mo­ries of my child­hood and of the many child­ren I have met over the de­ca­des.

Blog: On a speaking trip

Vieraskieliset / In-english19.11.2021 13.21

My fat­her ser­ved as a spe­a­ker for de­ca­des. When it was his turn to speak at ser­vi­ces in our home cong­re­ga­ti­on, it was al­wa­ys spe­ci­al for us, his child­ren. I do not think I was ever ner­vous for my fat­her. Ma­y­be I did not even wor­ry about such things as a child. But I do re­mem­ber the spe­ci­al fee­ling I had when I sat at ser­vi­ces, lis­te­ning to my fat­her speak.

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30.9.2022

Sinä, Herra, olet hyvä, sinä annat anteeksi, runsain mitoin sinä jaat armoasi kaikille, jotka sinua avuksi huutavat. Ps. 86:5

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