What has been his perspective in the first few weeks? Armstrong has been very impressed with quality of the education and the multi-cultural nature of the campus. One of his classes has nine students representing eight different countries. One rather humorous story from his first day involved an umbrella! A student in one of his classes gave him an umbrella and told him that he should keep the umbrella with him at all times! Armstrong admitted that on several occasions, he looked at the sky, decided not to take the umbrella, and then had the opportunity to be blessed with a tropical downpour. Wouldn’t you know it, each time he got caught by the student who would scold him for not bringing the umbrella at all times! Armstrong now carries it more regularly.
Armstrong is a soccer fan and enjoys watching the World Cup. In the days prior to his departure for APNTS, he felt in his spirit that he should take a soccer ball. Not just any soccer ball but one of the multi-colored Evangeballs. He did not know why he needed to bring it, but he felt a real need to try and fit it into his bags that were already at their max weight for the flight.
Rev. Armstrong did find a place for that soccer ball. He heard that one of the ministry teams from APNTS would be teaching kids soccer over the Christmas break. How blessed he was to present the Evangeball to the leader of that team during a Chapel session. It would become a powerful tool for sharing the Gospel with the children.
As Rev. Armstrong pumped air into the ball, his example of the Holy Spirit filling our lives in just such a manner was clearly understood by the students. Just as a ball without air is flat and ineffective, so is a life without the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Infilling of the Holy Spirit is something Rev. Armstrong understands well. It was that gentle nudge and the calling of God that brought a pastor from Kansas to the islands of the Pacific, at the “drop of a hat!”