Archive for May, 2009

Mountain Dew and M&M’s…

Just so you know, I’m not trying to make junk-food-title-entries.  I just happen to be eating junk food while making entries.  Perhaps the junk food is even helping me make entries… who knows?

Greetings to you from Gainesville (G’Ville) Georgia!  I’ve been here at the AIM headquarters since Tuesday evening for Leader Training.  All the other leaders for the summer Real Life teams are here and we’re learning together about leading these trips and pointing our participants to Christ.  It has been a great time to prepare and gain focus.

Tomorrow, the trip participants get here and we’ll start the 5-day Training Camp, full of prayer, worship sessions, cultural training, ministry training, team builders, etc.  It’s gonna be great, but it’s gonna be busy and fast paced.  But I guess I should be getting used to that.  It’s hard to believe that in a week from today I’ll be getting off the plane in New Delhi, India.

I want to ask you for your prayers during training camp, for me, Aisha my co-leader, and for our team.  Also, just pray for our time and ministry in India.  Thanks for checkin’ in on me.  I’ll keep you updated as much as possible!

Soul Food- Dr Pepper and Reese’s

It’s ten til midnight in this sleepy San Diego suburb.  All is quite except Pete Yorn on the ipod and the spinning ceiling fans.  My bags are 97% packed, and once again I find myself prepared for a long journey.  Clinging a little bit to the American comforts I’ll be missing for the next few months, I’m drinking a Dr Pepper and eating some chocolate.  I missed Dr Pepper terribly in Kenya.

Speaking of Kenya, it’s been so fast; surreal.  The bracelet I bought in Kenya for 70 shillings (almost a dollar) is still buttoned to my left wrist, not having left it’s position in the fast 5 weeks that I’ve been home.  It’s hard to think that only 6 weeks ago I was walking the sands of Diani beach on the Indian Ocean.  That is a world away . . .

Time goes on.  Life goes on.  Our lives on this earth really are short.  Like my friend Tyler says, “I think I’ll die young, probably in another 60 years or so.”  There’s this Dos Equis advertisement that I keep seeing, I think it’s supposed to be funny but I just find it to be profound.  It’s their character, ‘the most interesting man in the world’, and he’s on a billboard saying this –“You only live once… make sure it’s enough.”  It’s true.  I think the best way to make sure it’s enough is by living in the moment… simply doing what you know to do in the moment, and trusting God to lead the rest of the way.

Anyway, the last few days have been nice.  Time spent with the family, and with friends, and with Family Life, and Anchor, and Refuge.  I even got so inspired I wrote a song a few nights ago.  It’s been great, but stressful too.  I’m not quite sure how many wal-mart runs I’ve made.

I leave for Leader Training tomorrow and then Training camp begins later this week.  I want to say thank you to all of you who are praying for me, and for those who financially helped send me.  God is doing awesome things all over the world.  I’m so glad to have to opportunity to witness those things, and I’m glad you get to be a part of them by sending me.  Like I said, I’ll try to update here as often as possible.  Feel free to comment back and let me know what’s going on in your world while I’m gone… or hit me up on e-mail/facebook/ whatever viable communication form.

Sincerely, thank you for joining with me in this part of my life.  I thank God for you.

T-Minus 3…

Is it weird that I’m starting entries now with “t-minus?”  I just think countdowns are fun… because usually something big happens when you get to the end.

Well, the last few days here have been busy.  Errands everywhere.  Notary, USPS, Banks, Wal-Mart, Laundry, Pharmacies– I’ve been to all of ’em.  Things are ramping up quickly, and Tuesday morning I’ll be leaving on a jet plane towards Gainesville (G-Ville) Georgia.  I’ll have a few days of Leadership Training with the other leaders from this summer’s AIM trips.  Then, there will be a 5-day training camp with my India team.  So that’s the schedule for now.

Just wanting to let you all know that, as often as possible, I will be leaving updates here on my blog from India.  So instead of getting an e-mail, I’ll just be updating this blog and letting you know how things are going in New Delhi and what the Lord is doing.

Hope this Memorial Day weekend finds you well. You’ll hear more from me soon. Peace on earth

T-Minus 5…

Well, here goes again. In 5 days I’ll be headed back to Gainesville, Georgia for some intense training camp… and from there to New Delhi, India for nearly two months.  Although it seems like I returned to the states just yesterday, it’s already been a month that I’ve been back from Kenya.  That’s hard to believe.

What’s happened over the last month?  A lot.  A whole lot.  God is so good.  I have been able to see so many of my friends, to see all of my family, to be with several congregations that have meant so much to me. . . I have been so blessed.  Every day has been packed with life, it seems.  There is something about being with the ones I love, and being able to share with them the things God has done and the mission he has me on, that just makes life burst at the seams.  From Mena to Fayetteville to Little Rock, Memphis, Fort Worth, Sierra Vista, Seattle, and San Diego– God has been good.

When I decided to go on the India trip, feeling that it was God’s will, I told AIM (Adventures in Missions) that I would go as long as God would provide the funds.  The truth is, I didn’t have the funds.  And I was worried if God could provide them for me.  Imagine that… me worrying that the same God who provided a lamb for Abraham, provided a way out of Egypt for the Israelites, provided a perfect sacrifice all… worrying that that same God couldn’t help me raise enough money to go on a two month trip.  I was concerned that 5 weeks in the states raising money wouldn’t be enough time for him.  But the truth is that the funds were raised within two weeks!  Thank God for that.

So now I’m just getting ready.  I’m trying to fully process Kenya, Soma School (which I’m sure I’ll write a little about soon), and get emotionally ready for India.  Besides that, I’m sure there will be a lot of packing and several trips to Wal-Mart over the next few days.  Anyway, just dropping you guys (if anyone follows this anymore) a line to know where I am and how great God is… and that in 5 days I’ll be gone.

My hope is to keep everyone posted about the India trip through this blog.  So you can check back here as often as you wish and I’ll try to let you know what God is doing half-way across the world.  Peace on earth!

On the road again…

Well, I’ve been home 10 days now and I’m still on the road.  As of today, I’ve driven about 2,000 miles last Wednesday.  

From Fort Smith, to Mena, to Little Rock, to Fayetteville, to Siloam Springs, to Fort Smith, to Mena, to Fayetteville, to Siloam Springs, to Memphis, to Fort Worth!  It’s ridiculous!

The time home has been refreshing though.  Being able to visit with friends and family is such a blessing.  It’s how I’m decompressing from life in Kenya and processing all that went on there.  I think one thing that’s happened over the last 10 days is that the stories I’ve been telling have become more coherent.

I think when I first got off the plane, I just wanted to retell the entire 3 months to everyone I saw… and I tried to do it all at once.  But now, I’ve been able to spend more time thinking about how to tell people stories of what God did and what adventures I had in Kenya.  

In other news, God is totally showing me how he provides.  I read a famous quote today that said “The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God can not keep you.”  It’s true.  God will equip those he has called.  He has been providing funds for the India mission trip in such an amazing way.

I got to share what God did in Kenya with the congregation of New Life Tabernacle in Siloam Springs.  The people at NLT helped send me to Kenya, and it was really neat to be able to share with them what God had done while I was there.  The amazing thing is to think that there are people in Kenya that they may never meet that are eternally different because they helped send me (along with all my other supporters).  

Anyway, I’m just dropping in because I’m going to try to keep this thing more updated.  I’m speaking for a Sunday school type service here in Fort Worth tomorrow and at a Youth service Wednesday night, and then I’ll be heading to San Diego.  Hope to see you on the road this month!