Monday, August 18, 2014

What a Month!!!!

What a Month!!!

A Time to Celebrate


    As I start this quick ministry update, I would like to say THANK YOU to all of those who made special gifts or added to their monthly partnership with us.  We were so very blessed.  Although our monthly Great Commission Partnership is not very good, God has been gracious though each of you and we are feeling so blessed.

    As you are aware there is an enormous amount of turmoil right now going on in North Africa and the Middle East.  Strange things are happening all over the region.  War in Iraq, rebuilding in Israel, unsettling things in North Africa and these are just the beginning.  I was suppose to travel to Israel, Lebanon and Egypt in the next month, but because of the situations, those plans have been put on hold. 
    The great thing is that Medhat Shehatta, my friend and brother from Egypt will be coming to California next month.  I am so excited.  His heart for sharing Jesus Christ is TOTALLY AMAZING.  If your church would like to host a special evening or time for him to share, please let me know.  Jeannine and I will be having several times for you to join us to meet him and to hear his heart.  Truly he is a Man of God and he is a great friend of mine. 
    I am still planning on heading to Lebanon and Oman in October for planning.  Then in November (yes, another birthday overseas), I will be leading a team of 6 to Turkey to share the gift of eternity.  I am so thrilled.
    As you read this if God is calling you to become more involved in the work of our Lord or to know more about how to become Great Commission Partners with us, please just respond to this and I would love to share with you how.

30 Years and Counting!!!!

30 Years and Counting

An Adventure of Fun

    It is hard to believe that Jeannine and I on August 11th celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary.  It has been an AMAZING journey of discovery, growth, friendship and shared love.  What an adventure it has been.
Thinking about the future and what is ahead of us.

    It seems that lately we have been asked, "How have you made it thirty years?"  I give the following answer to why we have lasted thirty years:
  1. We have put God first in our marriage and it has allowed us to stay focused on the right priorities.
  2. Next we put us first and strived daily to show each other that we love each other unconditionally.
  3. Then comes our children.  They must know that they are loved and that we are willing to sacrifice for them.
  4. Finally, work and the world comes after these three. 
Our recent anniversary pictures.  Jeannine looks great.

    As you are aware of, our life verse is Ephesians 3:20: "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."  Our marriage has just this verse in action.  God has given us immeasurably more than we could have asked for or imagined in our marriage.