Thursday, June 22, 2006

Full Circle

It's pretty cool right now. God has truly blessed me. It began last year when we moved to DC from Colorado. We made a pit stop at our former church in Muncie, IN where I had the opportunity to share a bit about what we're doing. We hadn't been in that church for over eight years. Two days later I received a phone call that one of the young people there had decided to put off college and join us in DC. It was Ali Orewiler. Her and her twin sister Rebekah go way back with Kim and I. We've known them pretty much their entire lives, and they were the flower girls at our wedding when they were four years old. In January, Rebekah decided to postpone school after taking only one semester and join us in DC too. How wonderful it has been to have these amazing young ladies from our previous lives with us again. Now we've been joined by one of our former students from Denver. Sarah Taylor has become a vital part of the community here, and she is proving herself invaluable in so many ways. It's amazing to have these young people from our different stages of life here with us. And now Sarah's younger brother Jared is visiting for three weeks too. Jared is nothing less than a spiritual son to me. He's just finished his sophomore year of high school, and here he is giving up his summer in service to his country and generation. These young people are off the charts. I wish I had half of their zeal when I was their age. I'm honored to be here with them and blessed to have them in my life.

Thank you Ali, Bekah, Sarah and Jared. You make my life rich.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

On The Road Again

We're piling in the car for another road trip tomorrow. Our friend and cohort Chuck Mervin is getting married this Saturday at MorningStar which shares our base in Fort Mill, SC. This will make two trips to the Cause base down there in three weeks (can anyone say $3.05 per gallon?). Big plus for this trip though- my close friend of over 20 years, Jeff Eckart, is speaking at a youth camp just outside Greensboro, NC right along our way. What great timing since our whole families haven't been able to get together for over two years. We'll be spending Thursday evening and Friday morning with them and then heading on to Fort Mill about an hour away.

In other news, we had a great family day on Saturday visiting the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. This is like the coolest place in the world. C'mon Spirit of St. Louis! It's all about long-distance flying.

Saturday, June 03, 2006


There's a rumbling in Dallas tonight. The conference got off to a strong start, but there was definitely ground to plow. I'm expectant that tomorrow will be incredible. The first night with Lou is always like "Shock and Awe." Rapid bombardment of all previously held views, opinions and stands. Something good will rise out of Dallas. A contender will rise to fight.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


I head to Dallas, TX tomorrow afternoon. We're hosting one of our Rumble conferences there this weekend, and I'm going down to coordinate everything. I think I travel now more than I ever did in my previous career. I actually enjoy it though. Kim and the kids will be staying behind for this little excursion. It'll be nice to fly on a trip for a change since we've been driving all over the country lately.