11.29.13

A Whole Bunch of Thank-Yous

Posted in family, leadership, Newsletters, travel at 9:47 am

My wife is an incredibly gracious woman. At the beginning of the month, she took over 100% of all of our family responsibilities (and with four kids, that’s a lot of stuff to do!) so that I could fly back to the US for two weeks to attend two special events.

The first was the Team Leader’s Summit, which is held every two years at the Team Expansion home office. They ask all the team leaders from every team all over the globe to come in for a wonderful conference that is really very unique. All of us, no matter what country our team is in, face similar challenges in both leading a team and planting churches. Many ideas were exchanged, friendships were renewed or created, lots of prayers were prayed, and encouragement was such a present thing that it was almost tangible. There’s no cost to us other than transportation to get there and back, and the home office crew goes out of their way to spoil us rotten. Can you tell I came home recharged?

After the conference, I made the trip to Kansas City, Missouri to attend the International Conference on Missions. My mom lives in KC and my sister made the trip with my nephews, so I also got to spend a lot of time with family as well. Team Expansion has a large booth at the conference, and I was privileged to be able to talk to many people about Team Expansion and its worldwide mission. One highlight: praying with a young couple who started the application process to serve in Kosovo, a place that is near to my heart. Can’t wait to see what God does with them!

Thanks to all the people who made my trip possible and especially Shively Christian Church, who paid for my plane ticket. Thanks to those who opened their homes and took great care of me. Thanks to Randy for the free trip to KC.

It all makes me so thankful to be a part of a team here in Ancona. Kyle & Rebecca took over so many responsibilities with the church (in addition to the ministries they are already involved with!) to make my trip possible. Thanks, guys!

Thanks to Heidi for filling in for me in so many ways. Thanks to the kids for being good for mom and for watching Frannie more than usual.

Kind of appropriate that this newsletter is coming out around Thanksgiving: I have a lot to be thankful for. We’re thankful for you and your part in our ministry. Your prayers are so valuable. Your donations literally make everything possible. We’re thanking God for you!