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It's been an interesting new season, and I haven't shared with you much lately about what ministry, family, and life have been like.
Since making a lateral move at work and a slightly southward one geographically, this year has mostly been a season of change and adjustment.
At times, it's been fun, and others uncomfortable. Nonetheless, it's been an adventure — one in which I've had to rely more on God.
Not easy, but always good.
Leading Kingdom Dreams
The goal of this new program at Adventures in Missions is to help people apply the impact of a short-term mission trip to the rest of their life.
My role is to oversee the team, cast vision, and help guide us into the future.
In a nutshell, we help people's ministry dreams come true. It's new and innovative and changing every day — I love it.
Life has been so busy that I've unfortunately neglected the discipline of support-raising in the past season. There are so many of you who have graciously given over the years, and I'm sorry we haven't kept in better touch.
I intend remedy that.
I'll be focusing on this aspect of my ministry in the next few months. If you're interested in hearing more about this, feel free to contact me via email. I'll be sharing more soon.
For the first time ever, our organization held a missions gala the other week.
We called it Epoch, because it represented the unique moment in time in which we find ourselves. We celebrated; we honored; we worshiped.
Someone asked me why we went to the trouble of a black-tie event for missionaries.
These were people who spend their days in the mud. They do marvelous, thankless work every day. They don't put on a tuxedo very often.
If anyone deserved a nice evening, these unsung heroes did.
After 15 months of investigating an orphanage we partner with Haiti, we learned that they were trafficking children. After a week of online petitioning and social media advocacy, breakthrough happened.
There's still more work to be done, though; so please continue to pray and advocate on behalf of the at-risk children. You can sign our most recent petition here.
New Home, New Church
I think I've been saying this for awhile now, but this is another season of transition. Ashley and I understand a little of what the Israelites went through in the Exodus, I think.
We bought a house this summer and have been going to a new church in our new community (since the church where we were married disbanded earlier this year).
We're still unpacking boxes and adjusting to this new season. It's fun, though. We've started having regular "family" dinners; friends come over once a month for a potluck-type meal.
The other Wednesday, we had a group over to have Italian food and watch Modern Family. It was a blast. We cherish the times we get to do life with those we love.
All Is Grace
In all of this change and movement, I'm learning one simple, important lesson: all is grace. That's a line from a book I recently read, which resonated with my deeply.
I'm learning this lesson applies to most of our struggles:
- What do we do when life doesn't turn out like we planned?
- Where do we turn when we get hurt or disappointed?
- How do we cope when the unexpected happens?
Count it — all of it — as grace.
What a beautiful, wonderful word: grace.
How sweet the sound.
By the way, if you'd like to support me and the work that I do at Adventures in Missions, you can make a tax-deductible gift here. I really appreciate it. If you have questions about this, feel free to contact me.