Ubering to Moonlight

Seattle pier 66 1I’m giving thanks in alllll things tonight. Usually that means something difficult is going on, at least the way it’s often used in church parlance. Here are a few new facts in my life:

1. I’m moonlighting, driving for Uber.

2. It’s a lot of fun and I get to be-friend/be-bartender/be-pastor to a fascinating cross section of people. (footnote: I don’t serve alcohol, but lend an ear and bottles of water).

3. I’m doing this because my day job, peacemaking and interfaith bridge building is underfunded for the time being. I just discovered last week at our national church meeting in Denver that yet another church said they didn’t want to support me anymore. Should I be embarrassed for them? I mean really? Peacemaking in today’s world? Seeking to build bridges of understanding and reconciliation between Muslims and Christians? That makes 6 churches that said NO in the last year to supporting this work.

4. I’m giving thanks for some amazing new supporters, a combo of mostly individuals but one new church that said YES. Some people have been incredibly generous and I’m deeply humbled.

5. The gap however is significant between what I need and the adequate funding to make it so. Thus I’m re-strategizing.

6. So I’m feeling like my story is analogous to the one Jesus told when the first guest list for a party refused to attend. He said “go out to the highways and byways and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23. That’s what I’m doing. smile emoticon

7. Tonight I had the privilege of giving a ride to several fascinating people.

  • One rider had just finished a meeting at the Microsoft executive building who leads partnerships for another organization. He asked what my day job was so I told him. He was excited and wanted to know all about my documentary. And he gave me a big tip.
  • Another rider was President of Global Health for the Gates foundation. I listened as he discussed w friends about their challenges tackling difficult decisions on world health. They were all incredibly grateful to have their jobs that make a difference in a world of need. I kind of understood. I hold their burdens tonight in prayer.
  • And lastly, another rider was a student from Saudi Arabia and only spoke a few words of English. My little Arabic phrases and “al-hamdililah” (praise be to God) brought the biggest smile to his face. And then a smile to mine.

8. I do honestly give thanks in all things. If you want to join the party I have a FAQ and brochure describing my day job (let me know by private message w email). Those who can join this party are going to see God do some exciting things. Not because of me, but because God wants to wage peace and build bridges between people who normally don’t party together. ‪#‎inallthingsgivethanks‬ ‪#‎wagepeace‬ ‪#‎peacemaking‬ ‪#‎cometotheparty‬

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