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Fingerprints from Austria

By Dr. Hal Kitchings, February 20th, 2020

“Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.” (Judy Blume) My life has been touched this past week. I returned from Austria recently from speaking at a FCAP Conference. I really had no idea what to expect. Here’s how I was touched.


1. I was touched by friends from Singapore.


I have never had the opportunity to get to know Asians. They’ve actually made me uncomfortable, at times. Why? Because I have never had an opportunity to be around them and realize they are people. Like my sister told me when moving as a teen, people are people. It’s true. I got to know Soon Sing, Desmond, Mary, and Florence. Florence shared her testimony of choosing Jesus over a dead idol. Soon Sing shared his testimony about going through a difficult time and someone inviting Him to church.



People all over the world are hurting and need us to reach out to them. People all over the world have idols that leave them empty.

2. I was taught that although we all use our fingers to eat, we eat differently.


I felt protein deprived. They seem to major on bread, cheese, “bologna” slices, and chocolate. The first thing I did when I arrived at the airport in Atlanta was find my kind of food. Meat and vegetables!





Although our fingertips pick up different foods, we all need nourishment. It’s hard to concentrate when you are hungry.






3. I was shown that although we all have fingerprints, some similar, we are all unique.


Just because I look German, doesn’t mean that I am. I had several conversations due to the way I look. We all have a unique purpose. Younique says it “provides a real pathway to walk on so you’re not just walking around.” None of us need to just “walk around.” Life is too short!




We’re all going to die, don’t waste your life.




4. I was reminded that as I used my hand to plug into the power, I needed an adapter.


I like to get situated in my room when I go out of town. I reached to plug into the wall, and I realized I needed an adapter. In other countries you have to adapt your methods to reach people with the Gospel. BUT it’s the same power source.


ONLY JESUS connects us with God. John 14:6


Don’t underestimate the value of staying plugged into the power source.

I have a new name. I learned from my new Asian friends that you can adopt a name that fits other cultures. Many had trouble pronouncing Hal. I know. I’m surprised, too. I conducted a “business” meeting. They voted on Helmut—Hal Moot! Jesus gives us a new name. We are not who we think we are. We are not who others say we are. We are who Jesus says we are, and we all have a purpose—a different purpose, hence our varied fingerprints!


Until Next Time...

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