had coffee with the mayor of Milan today, Owen Diaz. one of only two U.S. mayors originally born in the Phillippines (the other is mayor of Seattle, i believe).
found it very encouraging to talk with him. Jesus really seems to be paving the way for an infusion of his life and love in this community.
remarkable man. overcame a lot of adversity to be where he is today. really full of joy, humble, and genuinely loves the people of Milan. everytime he saw someone coming in or going out of the coffee shop, he sprung to the door to hold it open. we sat near a former "first lady" of Milan, and he sincerely asked for her critique of his mayoring: "how can I do better?"
loves Jesus wholeheartedly, too. he's donating his mayoral salary to bless different groups of people in the community, in cooperation with various churches. organized a concert for disabled citizens. put on a dinner for seniors. wants to put on an event for the youth.
all in all, found it very encouraging to talk with him. Jesus really seems to be paving the way for an infusion of His life and love in this community.