Category: Family

Miles to go before I sleep

While it certainly isn’t snowing here, I keep thinking how nice it would be to have a quiet pause but it’s not to be right now. We have promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep. And a lot of miles it will be too. In just under 3 weeks we will be driving from Orlando to Ft. Collins Colorado. That’s 3 full days on the road. We actually spent more time driving last summer, when we went from Orlando to Phoenix, but we didn’t expect to be doing anything that long this year. It’s a bonus.

So what drives us to this craziness? Well it’s a program that CCCI calls XTrack. (We have a thing about “x” around here, I do not know why.) Basically it is cross cultural training for staff preparing to live and serve outside the U.S. long term.

I anticipate the next question this would bring up is, “Where you guys going?” And here it gets a little wishy washy. We might be taking a position at the Eastern Europe Area Office in Budapest, Hungary. The opportunity to do this training just totally worked out, even though we don’t officially know if we are going to Hungary or not. So we are stepping out in faith and heading out to Ft. Collins. (Which is not a bad deal really in the middle of the summer.) I’d intended to not really advertise all this until we knew one way or the other if we were making the big move, but this has forced our hand.

“So when might you be moving to Hungary?” Well we aren’t sure. I don’t think any sooner than January of 2011. So not for a bit, if that soon. We’ll keep you all posted. In the mean time you could pray for safe travel, that we would get a lot out of the training (all 5 of us, the kids get cross cultural training too) and that God would work through the rest of what needs to happen to finalize whether or not we go to Hungary.

Coming, Going and Living

I’ve been a slacker on keeping this site up to date. Once the kids got back into school things got a lot busier. September slipped right on by and October is going too fast. God has been good and everyone is doing well. A lot of my time has been spent thinking about mobile phones, I’ll be writing more about that soon, maybe tomorrow.

Next month I’ll be in Singapore, talking about mobile phones among other things, with technology leaders from all over the world. There are some amazing things happening that are, I believe, truly game changing.

We are busy and blessed to have so much great work to do.

Weekend to Remember

In June, Ingrid and I had the privilege of working as volunteers at the Family Life Weekend to Remember conference in Orlando. It was a really great time. Family Life is a CCCI ministry that focuses on the family oddly enough. The Weekend to Remember conferences focus on marriage and are a time for couples to come together, learn more about how to build up their relationship and they also have time to start the process of doing so.

There were 740 in attendance and the conference was a great time. Though Ingrid and I were working, we got to sit in on all the sessions and take advantage of the great speakers and materials, just like all the other attendees. We recommend the conference to anyone who is married (or about to be) and we found it to be incredibly helpful.

At the end of the week-end people had an opportunity to share their thoughts in an open mic type forum. Ingrid tried to jot down a few of the comments that she heard, and here they are:

“After 8 years of separation and this conference, God has worked on us and is now restoring our marriage.”

“I filed for divorce last year and we are separated, but God did a miracle in my heart. I realized it’s not all him (her husband of course). We have discovered each other in a new way.”

“Me and my wife have been married for 30 years and i don’t think we would have made it anymore with out this conference.”

“After 7 years of marriage, we have never talked as deep as we have talked until this conference.” (from the husband)

“We have very busy lives and we never find time for each other. This has brought us a lot closer together.”

“My wife and I have been married 17 years. This has been a tremendous awakening. We became soul mates last night.”

“I’ve been asking God for children for 13 years and I forgot what gift I had from God sitting right next to me.” (this was very emotional, I wish you could have heard it in person)

“We have been married 4 years and have 3 children. The one question I had for God before coming here was, ‘Why God do you make men so different?’ They (the differences) allow us to build each other and become holier to God. I’m excited for the first time to be that daughter of God.”

The conferences are held all over the country, throughout the year. If you might be interested, check out the links above or let us know.

Prayer for Prodigals

Sometimes family members walk away from the Lord. Many of us have experienced this and there is a Campus Crusade community built just for people in that situation to gather on-line and pray for those people. It is the “Prayer for Prodigals” community. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, membership is by invitation only. If you’d like to participate, contact Ingrid or I and we can email you an invitation. If you would like to know more about the community, there are two videos below.

Conference Went Well

I think it ended up being about 740 in attendance at the marriage conference. It was a great week-end and an extremely good investment of our time and effort. I’ll post more details when we get them from the folks at Family Life that ran the conference.

Weekend To Remember

Ingrid and I are staffing a Weekend to Remember conference this week-end. We are working in the resource center – and started this morning by unpacking all the books, cds, etc. and setting them up. Then we got trained to use the point of sale software. Looks like a VB app and the guy setting it up told me that its SQL Server underneath.

We staff the resource center during breaks and get to attend all of the sessions. It’s at a resort right next to Downtown Disney. We get a really sweet deal on the room. 814 registered so we should have 800 solid. I imagine knowing they’ll pull in a decent number of people helps them to get the room rate down. I can see the Epcot golf-ball deal out our window.

It will be a busy week-end but well worth it.

I Love The Fall

Here in Florida, the change in seasons isn’t quite as dramatic as many other parts of the world. Having grown up in Arizona, I’m used to that. Although there is even less variation here than there was there, which is hard to believe.

But I do love the fall, regardless. It has been cooler here and my bike rides to work have been wonderful. Of course we are keeping very busy, just like all of you. The kids are in full swing at school. We have small group and Bible studies going on. And we are spending the majority of this month focused on raising some new support.

This is something that is an ongoing part of our ministry and I really enjoy it. There are parts that are a bit difficult for me, but I do love meeting new people. I get to share with them what I am most passionate about in my life and I get to hear about what God is doing in their lives. It is an awesome opportunity. And when someone becomes a part of our ministry team, it is a special and new relationship with so much potential. It is more exciting than I would have ever imagined.

Once Thanksgiving hits, we will put that on hold and focus on our other ministry work and spending the holidays together and with family. (The Iowa contingent will be paying a visit.) We are so blessed and the reason I really love the fall is that we are about to enter into a season of giving thanks and celebrating our savior, Jesus Christ. What could be better than that?

Where did October go?

The older I get, the faster time seems to go by.  This month as flown by, though it isn’t quite over yet.  I had a lot of work to finish as I prepared to transition from the Internet Technology Group to the Global Technology Office.  As you can see, they both have the same middle name and that is very appropriate.  I think I got everything done that I needed to do, but it was right down to the wire.

That meant I didn’t really put in the prep time I should have for our trip to Phoenix.  But God is good and helps us out despite our shortcomings.  We’ve had a good visit so far and have some more to do before we head home.  It’s tough to tell who is enjoying this more – the grandkids or the grandparents – but both groups are so happy to see one another.

When we get back, it will be a time of getting started on a new Global HR project as well as continued work on raising much needed support.  Please pray for us, that we would be diligent and effective on both fronts.

Phoenix – October 2008

Things are just starting to come together – here’s what I know so far.

I’ll be at Palmcroft Baptist on the morning of the 12th. We should all be at Bethany Bible on the 18th and 19th. We still need to see if we can make sure to work out time to visit with Bible Home Church Fellowship and Ambassador Heights Baptist.

Pray also that I’ll have plenty of meetings scheduled with potential partners on the days in between. God has been very good and taken care of us, but it is important that we do are part on this trip so that He can provide for the shortfall between what we need and what is coming in right now.