Visits

Kazakhstan Visit Update

I am just getting over the jetlag. The plane ride from DTW to Amsterdam and then to Kazakhstan was harder than expected. I am guessing I am getting a little bit older. But it has been a privilege teaching in the mornings. It is exciting to see so many future church planters out here for the conference. Many of these students are part of a movement called “Back to Jerusalem” project. They are wanting to...

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A Peculiar People (1 Pe 2:9)

Last week (Thursday through Saturday), I had the opportunity to speak at the AMI Young Adult Conference held in the East Coast. All the East Coast churches did a great job of preparing for the conference (RWC, GCC, TRPC and ACC). It was a great time of connecting with some of the young adults and married couples in AMI. I was blessed to see some of the HMCC alums out there. I realized that it...

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A Dream Is Conceived

It was a crazy trip out to Chicago. The family and I drove out to Chicago Tuesday morning. We celebrated Jake’s b-day (the kids’ uncle) in the afternoon. Then on Wednesday evening we met up with people who wanted to know more about the future church plant on the Northwestern University campus. I was telling the group that if it wasn’t for Jesus and the church plant then the likelihood of all of us gathering...

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The Seeds of Sacrifice

I just came back from Los Angeles. The leadership team of AMI met together to discuss and plan things for the future. We also had the privilege of meeting up with four couples who are well seasoned missionaries in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Russia. They were being interviewed to help give insights and lessons-learned for future AMI missionaries. One thing that continued to be the common thread in all of their testimonies was sum in up...

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Back to School

I am in Boston right now trying to finish off my last residency for my doctorate. We started our class by going around and sharing how this past year has been for us. As we went around the room, I was one of the last ones to share. After hearing about deaths in the family, physically illnesses, closed doors in ministry, and other setbacks, I couldn’t help but to praise God. I was ready to...

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Lessons from Detroit’s Auto Show

The boys and I had the opportunity to go to the Detroit Auto Show. It is good to have engineers in your church who believe in blessing the pastor’s family 🙂 The family decided that it was going to be a special boys’ night out – simply translated: NO GIRLS ALLOWED! This was a special auto show preview because the real show doesn’t start until the weekend. Therefore, there were less people and we had...

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Then and Now…

Montrose, PA. OIL 2006 Conference. I can’t believe the OIL Conference is in its 19th year. As I was reflecting on it, I realized that I was part of this OIL Conference for the last 16 years. God is truly the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). After the first night’s worship, we had a fellowship time with pastors, staff, and seminarians. It was great meeting up with a lot of new people and...

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