Return to North Africa

Since going to North Africa last September, I had been dying to take Lesa there, to see if she’d feel the way I felt, to see if the experience would be a dramatic for her as it was for me. It certainly was different experience this time… especially travelling with our 1 year old. Fortunately, Sydney did a pretty good job on the whole trip. She slept when we slept, and we brought a lot of baby food with us so she ate pretty well, too. Lesa’s sister Katie came with us as well, and was a huge help with Sydney and our 8 suitcases and giant guitar flight case. We were quite a sight at Heathrow trying to ride the tube between terminals carrying all of our stuff and Sydney. We arrived in XXXXX, Friday evening, and got checked into our hotel room around midnight. The next morning our group toured the medina, and went and visited with some other American workers there who run an college program. Sunday we taxi’d somewhere in XXXXXX, and met with the youth group for an incredible time of bi-lingual worship. We played songs that were known in both english and arabic, and they sang a lot of songs in arabic, and I played along on the guitar. Afterwards we had lunch and spent the afternoon playing games and hearing their stories. Really amazing stories, every one of them. I remember one girl said she had been following Christ for 3 months, but she wished with all her heart it had been 3 years. She was the only Christian in her city....

Prayer letter (Spring 2006)

We want to tell you about the really big thing going on with us. Probably the biggest reason that we are going on the Africa trip is that we have sensed that God is calling us to full-time ministry overseas. We are specifically considering Africa and are hoping this trip will help us with clarification as to where God would have us go next and how He is calling us to serve. We have been seriously praying about becoming missionaries for about 6 months – not to mention we have been considering it for many years, as many of you know. As far as what we see ourselves doing on the mission field, we’re not exactly sure at this point, but we are hoping that you would join us in praying for direction. We do have some basic ideas/visions: 1. To use our God-given abilities/resources to help lift people out of poverty and share the love and message of Christ with them. 2. To use our God-given abilities/resources to encourage and build up local national churches. 3. To inspire, equip, and mobilize American churches (and specifically musicians/artists within those churches) to join us in #’s 1 and 2. We are hoping to learn several things on our trip: 1. What are the needs of North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa that our God-given abilities may be able to meet? 2. Is there one place or people group that God is directing both of our hearts towards? 3. We will be meeting with leaders from two different agencies, as well as missionaries from many more, and talking about specific needs and...

Sleepless in North Africa

Got up real early today to catch the 0600 train to Sousse… wouldn’t be so bad if we weren’t jet lagged and unable to go to sleep until 2:30am! Also, God had me pumped up last night and I couldn’t sleep because of what I think he’s telling me. Not an audible voice as much as a impression so strong I just can’t shake it. An impression so strong it has my heart pumping hard and adrenaline flowing fast. The last time I felt like this was in Kansas City, coming home from an orientation for new students at the Nazarene Seminary, when I had this strong impression God wanted me to change careers and go into full time ministry. No way would I have considered quitting software engineering for church work before that evening, but the impression was strong enough that my mind was changed. Yesterday we slept in and had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, lunch at a local patisserie, and B went back to the apartment while we shopped some more in the medina. Then we taxied back to Carrefour where we met up with B and “N” who gave us a ride to her home to meet the “youth group”. Not just the youth group for their small home church, but the entire country! There were only 7 of them at N’s house, but if they all showed up there might be 20. 20 youth in the whole country of XXXXX who are Christ followers. 20 youth who will some day be the leaders of the church. 20. Anyhow, we talked with them and...
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