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Dear Hutch,

I know you're probably suffering from jet lag and all, but please, next time maybe you should pray for a proof reader.

"Byeloroos"? Belarus is NOT part of Russia, any more than Mexico is part of the US. It has not been a communist "dictatorship" for, oh, 15 years or so now, since the break up of the USSR. I know it's been a while since you attended college, so I thought I'd pray up this little refresher.

Nevertheless, I'm sure the Latvians will be thrilled to hear you tell them they need to stand up for God's righteousness.

Um, are you sure you're actually in Latvia? Just checking.

Posted by SDA in SEA | December 6, 2006 7:11 PM

While Byeloroos is a pretty absurd spelling, he is relatively correct in his description of its politics. Belarus has been governed by the same "President" since the breakup of the USSR, who is known for being quite the Stalin imitator. While not the official state party, the Communists hold a majority of the seats in their "Congress". FYI...

Posted by Noted... | December 6, 2006 7:51 PM

How can we be sure that the term "dictatorship" is a pejorative in Hutch's mind?

Posted by Hmm | December 6, 2006 8:07 PM

He's seriously going to bother the Latvian government about this? So what did you do, Kenny? Tell the Latvians that you wanted to talk to them about "making an important investment" in their country? Bet you did, because you Christer assgaskets just love doing shit like that. Boy won't they be surprised and delighted when you tell them "an investment in your nation's MORAL FIBER!" and then proceed to blather on about keeping the gays from marrying each other.

Too bad they'll just smile and nod. The penalty for that kind of fraud should be swift and harsh.

Posted by let's get some shoes | December 6, 2006 8:50 PM

This is what I, as a Somewhat Different Prayer Warrior (a unilateral prayer warrior?) have been praying for. Obviously, Hutch is desparately needed in Latvia. I think this is a message from God that he needs to go there and take up the cause of Christ - and take the people of Antioch with them. Sure, it will be a blow to the good people at Lake Washington High School, but no sacrifice is too great.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | December 6, 2006 8:55 PM

At a rally of 2,500 people, they were only able to convert two? Ha! Amazing that Hutch sees that as some sort of accomplishment.

Posted by keshmeshi | December 6, 2006 11:11 PM

Hush your mouth, Keshmeshi. It OBVIOUS that God has a Plan for Hutch, and that plan is right there in Latvia!!!! I don't think he should even come back here: The flight is just too arduous, and his is needed there SO MUCH.

It really would be best - for the God-starved Latvians - if he were to renounce his US citizenship, and become a Latvian, along with his wife and kids.

He'll need disciples of course - what prophet doesn't? So I think that the Christian thing for the Antioch congregation to do is to donate all their worldly posessions to the poor, and become Latvians also. Shake the dust from their sandals and follow the light!

And in a wonderful sign of inter-racial, inter-denominational unity, I suggest that Mark Driscoll join him, along with the Mars Hill congregation.

And take Pastor Casey Treat along for good measure. We'll have to find someplace else to have the funerals for dead police and firemen from, but I'm sure something can be arranged. No sacrifice is too great to bring the message of Christ to Latvia. Save them from the spectre of Latvian Orthodoxy.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | December 7, 2006 7:12 AM

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