Changes

I have no idea how I missed posting the entire month of August. I don’t do this a ton, but that really seems odd.

We did a week of family vacation – squeaked it in just before the kids started school. It was a nice time and we felt really blessed to be able to take the time and go relax. We spent it in the Tampa Bay area. Lots and lots of swimming- at the beach and in the pool. The little ones just never get tired of that.

Tropical storm fay blew by. Mostly to the east of us and it wasn’t too bad here. Some parts of Florida saw bad flooding, but where we live it wasn’t much in the way of wind or rain. We did have a few days where it was raining pretty much non-stop but I think the total rainfall at the airport was 7 inches or so – and we are just a few miles from there.

Probably one of the bigger things to happen in the month was our finalizing plans to move to a new department within Campus Crusade for Christ. This has been in the works for a while. By that I mean, God first started working on us when we were in Mexico in April. That was just by giving us some ideas and letting us see some needs. Then as we sought out guidance and information, things became more clear.

We are not leaving Orlando. We will still work at the world headquarters. But now we will work for the Global Technology Office. We will be providing tech support directly to our staff over seas. What we did in ITG helped those staff too, but this will be a bit more hands on in a way. As we move further into it we’ll post updates. I’ll try to make sure they aren’t over a month apart.

OSP

Summer Projects are a huge part of Campus Crusade’s student ministry. They provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable training, in a setting where they put that training to work immediately. Every summer, thousands of students are all over the globe, on a summer project.

This summer, Ingrid and I have the privilege of staffing Orlando Summer Project. This project is just a little bit different than others. Part of this project is an internship at our world headquarters. The other aspects of our projects are still there. Students are involved in small group Bible study, one to one discipleship with a staff person, evangelism and a host of other opportunities. They also get a taste of how they may be able to use skills God has given them to further the Great Commission in a way that is not probably what people traditionally think of when they think about missions. We desperately need Godly men and women with skills that involve technology, graphic design, film making, finance, administration, etc. These students will try their hand at these kinds of things this summer in our office.
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Enfoque Mexico

The ministry we were working with while in Mexico was Enfoque Mexico

The vision: Transform Mexico City into a place where every person has the opportunity and ability to live out their purpose in life.
The mission: Develop a network of influential leaders across ten key domains of the city committed to facilitating citywide transformation.

Hop on over and read up about an exciting ministry that is changing lives in one of the largest cities in the world.

Happy to be home

We had a great time in Mexico.  So many cool things happen that I know they wont all fit in this month’s newsletter – but we’ll have all the extras here.  We were back in Orlando early Saturday evening.  Our flight left Mexico city almost an hour late, and our layover in Atlanta was short, even if it had been on time.  We made up some time in the air, but we still didn’t think we’d make it through customs in time to make the connection.  God was good – and we made it.  More details later, but just wanted to say that we were so happy to see the kids and are enjoying being back in our own home.

JR and Hungary

I’ll be heading to Hungary in January. The jokes practically write themselves. But in all seriousness, I’m very excited about the trip and the work I will be doing while I’m there.

A team from my department will be there at the same time as the Eastern European Staff Conference. While those staff are gathered in Hungary from many nations in the area, we will be available to provide technical support to them. We sent a team to the last conference 2 years ago and the work they did was extremely appreciated. I am grateful and excited to get to be a part of the team this go around. The conference dates are January 16th to the 26th. I’ll post more as details become available and planning progresses.

The language used in Hungary is, oddly enough, Hungarian. If you would like a little taste of what Hungarian is like, hop on over here.