He Goes Before Us

He Goes Before Us

The night before we left I completely had my freak out moment.  I pretty much cried all night long…just ask Brandon.  He was probably ready to have me committed.  The morning wasn't much relief when the official goodbye hugs were in full effect.  It was terrible.  The worst.  I even cried all the way to the airport and on the plane.  My nine year old was patting me on the back reassuring me it was going to be ok.  This was backwards. 

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Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark

During the past couple of months, all the stress of moving away had begun to blind me of what we are moving towards. The enemy has been working hard on getting our eyes off of the joyously challenging road ahead that God has invited us into and put them on the loss of comforts and relationships we are about to experience. During the past couple of months, all the stress of moving away had begun to blind me of what we are moving towards.

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A Cry For Boldness

A Cry For Boldness

A couple of years ago, when we began feeling lead into full-time ministry, we seriously started wrestling with what that meant for our family. We had built a life that was marked by comfort and security and it seemed that all that could be in jeopardy. As a father, it was hard for me to come to the point of surrendering that type of life for my family especially when the call seemed to be into foreign missions.

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Fools Gold

Fools Gold

     Towards the end of 2015, God opened my eyes to see one of the "stories" that I had grown up with in a new and challenging light. I'm sure we have all had those type of light bulb moments where the answer or truth becomes plainly obvious to us. It came about during a time when I was wrestling with the direction of my faith. While there was a deep inner belief in the Gospel of Christ, my outward motions seemed to be stuck in an empty cycle of comfortable "Christian suburbianism" (a made up term for our middle-class, work during the week/church on Sunday mentality).

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No More Games

No More Games

I am excited to enter into the blog world. Jenn does a great job at conveying hers and my emotions during this time of stepping out into foreign missions and I am so grateful to share the same page as her. My effort in this blog and others to follow is to bring up an article of scripture and honestly present the way we have wrestled with it and how we feel the Lord has used it to strengthen our faith or lessen our affections for things that don’t carry eternal weight.

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New Year, Same Family, New Outlook

New Year, Same Family, New Outlook

I sat alone Christmas Eve after the kids were in bed, while Brandon was working at the fire station. The tears started flowing.  It hit me like a ton of bricks that next year this was all going to look completely different.  They were tears that I had to let go.

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Reckless Faith

Reckless Faith

When we first started thinking about going into missions, I literally googled “paid missionary positions.” Disclaimer: they do exist.  They also were not right for us, as much as I prayed for them to be. The hardest part for me at the beginning of our whole process was just the thought of humbling myself to ask for people to support us. 

It literally made me cringe.

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