Tuesday to Thursday, May 20-22, 2014 / Alesund, Norway
When my friend Peter Barnes of London read on Facebook that I was going to Alesund he began connecting me to his close friends who live there. I am always a little leery of this sort of match-making as occasionally it didn’t work out so well. The old adage, “One man’s jewelry is another man’s junk,” has proven true more than once. I have had blind date ministry connections of this nature that just didn’t click. Yet, I trusted Peter to know, after all, he has a prophetic gift so he should have some discernment about this. Soon, I was texting back and forth to Siv the arrangements to meet. Tore would come and pick me up and take me out to
their house for supper on Tuesday evening. We knew a lot of people in common so this broke the ice as we discussed a number of common relationships. Siv was stirring chicken Alfredo with lasagna. Eivind, a very outgoing guest completely fluent in America idiom, carried the conversation while we waited on supper. He had just returned from YWAM in Orlando. Another arrived in the doorway, a tall reddish haired fellow that looked like an athlete but assured me, he
was not. He was the older son, Ole engaged to be married to a California girl next week. Hans, at about ten was engrossed in Lego land videos so he really didn’t quite lift his head up from the IPAD but was a cute guy. It was a real family atmosphere so I can see why their house fills up on Thursday nights for worship and prayer. Many of these who come are young people who have no church background. Some suffer from fractured homes and lives so Siv has become “Mom.”
I really enjoyed all of them. The next day they continued to extend love and hospitality. They drove in to Alesund from the other side of the island and took me for a photo shoot at a wonderful Norwegian heritage community followed by supper and conversation at their house again. This time we had grilled chicken, slathered in pesto and wrapped in bacon.
Tore is a success in his occupation. This meant that we talked business and mission, he having gone to Mongolia and China, places I have never been so I was interested about his experience. This brought us to a conversation about ways in which to help missionaries through business enterprises.
I also met Siv’s sister, Tove Kristin, with I became acquainted as she drove me back later that evening.
In all, I spent about ten hours with the Havold family and have I an invitation to return if ever in the area. This was the highlight of my two days in Alesund and to be honest the trip would have been a complete waste without meeting the South African and the Havold’s. “Take no cloak or script… “ it pretty much works though I do have cloak and script if I need it.