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Name: Elke
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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Shai Agassi
Even with Shai Agassi leaving SAP, he is still one of my favorite guys on this planet.

Somebody even accused me of having a crush on the guy. And I admitted it ;-) .

Well okay, this is only a very small part of a larger truth. The much greater part is that I just think very highly of him.

There have been some comments posted on the Internet saying that it is a good thing for SAP that Shai left. I have to admit my annoyance at these writers. It is apparent they have never met Shai in person.

I have so many memories of the man during his time at SAP, and they are all good.
My favorite (personal) memory is running into him with his dad, Reuben Agassi, one evening in a hotel lobby in Herzliya, Israel, and having him come at me with outstretched arms, saying "Welcome to my home" and then re-introducing me to his father.
Maybe that's why I keep going back to Israel: I was welcomed!!!

I realize that this doesn't tell you that much about the man, but it does for me. He is warm, personable and ... welcoming. And that is what makes a company a great company in my book - when uplifting and motivating interpersonal behavior is part of it.

So in that sense, it is not good for any company when a top level manager who displays this behavior leaves. Do you get what I am trying to say? Companies are strong when people care about people within their walls.

There are a lot of warm people at SAP, and Shai was one of them. So it is a loss for SAP.

Shai is also very smart:
He was talking at Stanford in a recent Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series - you can listen to the podcast.

So SAP suffered loss here as well when Shai left because it lost an incredible talent.

Finally, Shai can laugh and poke fun at himself.
Regrettably, the great video from the Geek Dinner in Davos disappeared from the web, but here is at least an interview with Shai in Davos so you can see him in motion.
I'll never forget an SAP event when Shai entered the stage in a Superman costume.

SAP suffered loss because a little bit of lightheartedness left with Shai.

SAP is still by far the best company on this planet, and it has my complete loyalty. But, boy, I do miss Shai.

And I sincerely hope that not only his brains, but also his positive personality get to shine in the future in many places and many ways!

P.S. To read about Shai's most recent adventures, you can go to his blog, The Long Tailpipe.

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Messianic Seal - 1st Century AD

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Sitting at the Philadelphia airport this afternoon, waiting for my flight to Germany.

I used to really look forward to these trips, but either I am getting older or my relationship with my husband wasn't as excellent in the past or both! :-)

Now I would rather stay home and sit on the couch with him. Odd, isn't it?

Last night, we had a a wonderful evening at our church called "A Night in Tuscany". There were about 300 people there, and it was really a blessed time. The decorations were simply amazing, the plants and flowers wonderful, and the food awesome. Old friendships were renewed, and we had the special privilege of sitting with two of our neighbor couples, whom we had invited.

Jeff Allem, our new senior pastor (here you can listen to some of his awesome sermons), was there with his sweetheart of a wife, Kim, and gave his testimony, and it was really moving to understand how God had brought his family into relationship with Him. What a great God we serve!

There are quite a few people in my life, both family and friends, who don't know the Savior yet, and it is my fervent prayer that God would touch them and draw them unto Him. I pray that God uses my family as a tool for His glory in this world. I was reminded last night that even the most hardened anti-God person can and will be reached with the power of the Holy Spirit, so who am I to give up on a family member or a friend. I will continue to pray for their salvation, that they may know my Heavenly Father and how wonderful it is to be loved by Him.

When I was speaking to my mom on the phone earlier, I was reminded that May 1, 2007, marks my 30th anniversary as a believer in Jesus Christ and His redeeming love.
May 1, 1977, was a very special day as one person, Jeff Rose, who will have a special crown in Heaven, explained salvation by grace through faith to me in the German countryside on German Labor Day, and I trusted Jesus for my salvation.

What a wonderful anniversary! All glory to God for calling me to the Gospel!!!
Lord, save those whom I have shared Your Truth with. Call them to obedience, Lord!

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Messianic Seal - 1st Century AD

Saturday, April 21, 2007

I was just told the best news of my day: my husband is cooking tonight!

Most days, it may not be that apparent from my side (and definitely should be), but I am married to the greatest guy. He cooks, he cleans, he does laundry, he takes care of things that need taking care of like cutting the grass or picking up doogie doo in the backyard, all without me having to do it or even to ask it.

While my workdays have been long and exhausting, he just takes care of what needs taking care of. And he doesn't even flinch when I say I have to travel again. He just does what needs doing. How many men do you know like that?

My husband has habits that drive me insane (like watching golf all day all weekend or not wanting to try anything but what he has always eaten and definitely not Indian), but I still think that he is God's perfect gift to this chaotic chick.

God knew I needed a steady counterpart, one who doesn't get frazzled when there are piles of paper on the kitchen counter or there is not food cooked at night or the workday extends to 11 pm again. He just picks up where I left of, and many times he just picks up what needs picking up.

So this is the love song to Nick, great husband of Elke:
You are my wonderman, my hugger, my taker-care-of, my great kisser, my Nikomou, my I-could-tell-you-what-to-do-but-will-just-listener, my timekeeper, my accelerator when procrastinating, my perfect snuggler, my fellow traveler to new adventures, my rock when the winds blow around me, my perfect companion who doesn't point out my imperfections and my big big BIG Love.

You have got to meet this guy!

Nick in Jerusalem
Nick kissing our daughter JoAnne at her wedding in February 2007My Man!

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Messianic Seal - 1st Century AD

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sitting here tonight, marveling once again about how easily we can put away a headline of "Nearly 200 People in Iraq Died in Bomb Attacks in Baghdad Yesterday", but it hits us in the gut when we see faces and read stories of those who died.

I don't want to be less touched over 198 Iraqi lives than I am over 33 lives here in America at Virginia Tech.

God is touched. He is definitely touched. But sin reigns in this world, and sin is causing what we see every day.

To God, the people who died in Iraq were no less His creation than the Americans who died. He created all men. He wants all men to know Him and to have a relationship with Him.

He loves so much that He doesn't even desire the death of the wicked.

Ezekiel 33:11 says "Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways!".

He even created and loved Cho Heung-Sui, which probably is the hardest to comprehend today. He loved him so much He sent His Son to die for him.

It is truly a shame Cho Heung-Sui didn't see that. And it's truly a shame Muqtada al-Sadr and Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot or could not see the love their Creator has for them.

What can I do to change that?

I was looking at missions trips tonight, but they all look so "organized".

I really want to go and share the love of God and His invitation to a relationship with Him with the nations, but I am afraid. Not sure of what...other than not knowing what would be coming my way.

The Casting Crowns sang about this feeling in The Voice of Truth. Great song! Below are some of the lyrics.


Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out His hand.

Maybe it's really time I stepped out of my comfort zone boat and grabbed hold of THE HAND.

Lord, help me understand where You want me to go, not where I want to go, and then help me GO!