You know you’re Norwegian when…part 2

Well, after some more time here, and a first attempt at defining some Norwegian uniqueness, I have found some more elements of “Norwegianness” that help me to determine how much I have been influenced! So here they are, you know you are Norwegian when:

  1. You assume that a stranger on the street who smiles at or greets you is:
    a) a foreigner
    b) insane
    c) All of the above.
  2. You enjoy the taste of lutefisk (jelly-like, bad-smelling fish) and cod prepared in any way, including fried cod tongues.
  3. You can prepare fish in five different ways without cooking it.
  4. You don’t question the habit of always preparing a “matpakke” (packed lunch).
  5. You eat salt liquorish without wincing.
  6. You are not shocked to see babies left outside in their pram when it is -10°C.
  7. You have two cars, a cabin and a boat, if not more.
  8. You think there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
  9. It feels natural to wear sport clothes and backpack everywhere, including the cinema, bowling alley, and to church.
  10. You are think it’s weird if a house isn’t wooden.
  11. You know at least five different words for describing different textures of snow.
  12. You don’t fall when walking on ice.
  13. You earn more than you spend.
  14. You associate Easter with cross-country skiing with friends and family in the familys mountain cabin.
  15. You are shocked if there are not 2 months of snow every year, at least!
  16. You fall 3 metres, and don’t get hurt. If you do, you’re not worried at all.
  17. You can’t understand why foreigners haven’t heard about Bjørn Dæhlie.
  18. You have a barbeque party during rainy weather.
  19. You’re more afraid of customs officers than terrorists.
  20. You miss your flight to shop at the tax-free shop.
  21. You get a bad conscience because you are inside when it is sunshine.
  22. You vigorously defend whale hunting but do not eat whale meat.
  23. You’re proud to be Norwegian.

On this list, I score 10/23 🙂 how much do you score? Do you have any other examples of Norwegianness?

So…what happened in 2008?

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

As Christmas and New Year approach, I look back and realize that although the years may not always be as I have planned or expected them, God’s hand is always there, steadily guiding us. Here is a little glimpse of our lives in 2008.

Some glimpses of 2008
Some glimpses of 2008
  • Moving to Norway, and into a new apartment that God provided for us.
  • Leading a team in Oslo, called the Headquarter team, in charge of the running of the missions base.
  • Travels. I traveled in France and Germany with a concert team and saw people saved and healings on the streets.
  • Summer Team in Italy, where Guro instructed dance, and I led a group of crazy young people for outreach in the south. Here also people were saved and healed on the streets.
  • Holidays. We gladly had  some time of rest in both France and Spain.
  • Teaching. I enjoyed teaching both for YWAM in France, and our Mission Training School in Oslo.
  • Work. Guro has been working part time for a Norwegian company, and will start working 100% for Jesus Revolution again, in a couple of months. I have had an great time working with the Jesus People project.
  • Church. We became members of Jesus Church in Oslo, and have a great “house church” fellowship.

We are looking forward to see more of God in action in 2009!