Good Morning my friends of GM. I am back after two weeks in East Africa. It was a good trip sharing many adventures, but more importantly renewing friendships, and rejoicing in Christian fellowship with brothers and sisters I’ve met over the years. Strengthening the fellowship was a large part of the purpose for my going to Africa. Fellowship is not just having a cup of coffee with a neighbor, as pleasant as that can be. St. John expressed it this way. “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”(IJ.3) The bond that we share with our friends in Africa is one that has been established through the proclamation of the Gospel and includes God, the Father, and Jesus, the Son. The very next verse says that in this fellowship, “our joy is made complete.” This is something beyond anything mere human friendship can provide. It is a bond centered in Jesus Christ, and one open to all who have faith in Him.