Thanks for joining me! This site, TOM’S TALES & TRAVELS, is all about my literal TRAVELS to different parts of the world that I’ll be taking in the context of my ministry with Global Training Network, which is training and encouraging national/indigenous pastors. But it will also be about my meandering spiritual, intellectual and relational journeys and discoveries (the TALES part.) What will we see together? … Continue reading The Journey Begins (Read this one first)
We need to address our inner life and the mess & hurt that may be there, or it will break out and end up breaking a whole lot of what is around us. I know a soul-healer. Continue reading Inner-Healing
How tragically blind are we to the infinite number of mini & mega miracles surrounding us every minute of every day. Pause, look, ponder and, after you have caught your breath, allow your heart to get in on the action. “On earth, it’s not the occasions to be awed that are lacking, but rather the lack of people who are awe-struck.” Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt Continue reading Émerveillement
With all of the voices out there, why should we listen to the words of this man? Check this out. Being incensed once again by this dangerous and troublesome Jesus who was teaching in the Temple – their temple!!! – the religious authorities send out the temple guards to arrest him. When the guards come back later with no Jesus, they are met with, “So … Continue reading Why should we listen to the words of this man?
A NEW YEAR! with a lot of new hopes in our hearts as we tip-toe into an increasingly unsettled world. There is so much that we do not and cannot control in the world around us (don’t like that!), but we can control what is going on in our own hearts. For the world “out there” and for the world “in me,” I consistently pray, “THY KINGDOM … Continue reading 2021, THY KINGDOM COME, O LORD!
There is no end to the hard and tragic stories of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here’s another one with some, as yet, hopeful signs. Dana, the “better half” of the Ted-Dana team with whom I stayed in Bunia, DRC, received word that a newborn had been brought to the Sisters of Charity Orphanage where Dana, a Pediatrician, volunteers. She had already been … Continue reading The Story of “Nemma/Grace” – D.R. Congo, May 2019
Clear here to get a quick overview of the history of Congo’s Crises Continue reading CONGO Crises – History at a Glance
“Love” is being expressed and celebrated all over the place today. Here is a beautiful “picture” of Love written by George Herbert (1593-1632). Even with the “olde-English,” I think you’ll get it. I came across it when reading a book by Simone Weil (1909-1943), a young & brilliant French woman from a secular Jewish family in Paris. A philosopher, writer, engaged militant on behalf of … Continue reading Experiencing/”Meeting” LOVE
Fighting against the destruction of the infinitely creative potential of God’s image & Life in every human being. Continue reading Mozart Assassiné!
I am preparing a number of different teachings and presentations for my ministry to Pastors and Ministry Leaders in the French-speaking world. I offered to give a sampling of the slides I’ll be using so that those interested could get a little idea of what’s “in the hopper.” So, here are the first three of the presentation. Continue reading 3 Sample “Slides” from my teaching on “Les Qualités Essentielles d’un Serviteur de Dieu dans l’Église”