In 2004 I embarked on what would become a 10 year journey
I could not have imagined where all I would go, who all I would meet. I can't be grateful enough for the friends that invested in me every step of the way and for the people that let me invest into them. I learned so many lessons, grew in so many ways, and realized that I need to be engaged with efforts to expand the influence of the gospel in every sphere of societies, The biggest realization I've come to though is that it is quite difficult to be a missionary if you are not actually sent out with a church backing you. Now I know that Jesus already commissioned us to go, but this is different. After financing my last couple of years of missions-oriented ventures mostly from my own savings as well as generous donations from a few friends, it seemed like it was time to stop trying to force the issue. I decided to land back where I started, in Lancaster PA, and let God orchestrate the pieces necessary for me to head out to the frontiers again, hopefully in not more than a couple of years. I get to live out the process I helped send so very many DTS students out to. How do we live out the gospel in the everyday craziness that is the American life in the 21st century? I have a chance to see for myself :) I have taken a position as a customer support technician with a great little company called Elexio. They create software solutions to help churches use technological tools to aid their mission to transform lives. I've also started volunteering with a young adult's ministry as well as getting my fingers in a few other pies. For all of you wonderful, generous people that helped contribute to my journey to this point, words cannot begin to express my thanks. My heart (and my passport!) are full of the stories and testimonies of how God wants to reach each of us where we are at. My journey for the next season may not be as full of distant lands and big projects, but it will be a good one. I will be sending out fewer emails but I hope to continue to encourage you where I may with what God is doing here, and I can't wait to hear from you what might be happening there! To all of you, may God richly and abundandtly bless you and equip you to perform the task he's put in front of you!
The Susquehanna River in winter. This park is a beautiful overlook a few miles upstream from a large hydroelectric dam. It was great to be out there, but it didn't last long as the wind chill had the temperature down to 0 or below.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is an enormous agricultural event that happens every year in Pennsylvania. It was the first time I've ever gone, but I'm glad I did. I met some great people, learned some new things, and got to sample some local bee products. Every place I've been always has so much to explore!
I want to say thanks again to everyone who made it possible for me to be a blessing to so many in so many nations for all these years. I appreciate your prayers as I currently seek to be a blessing in my own nation in my own community. God is on the move, and I want to be running right alongside him.