Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : November 8, 2004

Once I had the PERFECT cell phone–the mpx200 from motorola.  It had the perfect functions for a phone–perfect integration to Outlook, a game that rivals tetris, etc.  BUT the phone had crappy reception.  So, with great sorrow, I went shopping for a new phone–one that would at least sync with my outlook calendar and contacts.  The replacement, a nokia 3620 does that reasonably well (but its no mpx200).  Besides providing MUCH better reception, my new phone has a camera.  I used to be greatly annoyed with camera-phones.  But, I must admit, they are kinda fun.  And so, I want to bring to you, my faithful readers, some of my camera-phone-pictures.

Allow me to introduce to you my wife, Amy:


Amy and I have been married for about 7.5 years.  Yep, that means we got married when we were 21–and that was after being engaged for 1.5 years.  We married young, but never really had the bad experiences people are supposed to get in those early years when marrying young (like arguing about money). 

For about 6 or 7 years, Amy has been an ESL teacher at LEAP, which is an immigrant immersion school within the Saint Paul Public Schools system. This year, for the first time, she dropped to PT so that she could develop an ESL outreach ministry for Missio Dei. Amy often acts as my anchor.  She is much more sensible than I am.  And more patient.  And more loving and empathetic.  In fact, almost every personality test we take, we end up exact opposites.  I am an ENTP, she is an ISFJ.  I am a high D and I on the DISC test, she is a high S and C.  Etc. Ect.

I have been blessed in that she has always been willing to go on adventures with me.  She embraced the idea of a church plant.  She longs for simple living almost more than I do.  Our idea of ministry is very much the same, even though we are so different.  I thank God for her and wanted you all to meet my other half.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the general editor of Jesus Manifesto. He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.

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