It’s been too long…

Such a drought requires an explanation. Life. This is my excuse for such a drought. I enjoy to write but life has given me more to adjust to, to manage, and to succeed in. I enjoy to read but life has given me challenges to conquer, life has given me priorities to take up all my mental capacity….

Psych – more like laziness, apathy, and lack of focus – yep….this sounds more accurate. I have been absent for a couple years and a lot has happened.

1. I have gotten married and gained a daughter.
2. My brother moved in with me and my new family, and has recently moved out!
3. Car accidents, medical issues, adoption stress and all other kinds of life have taken the rest of these last years.

Why is it so easy to lose the Passion to drive forward, to advance? Why is it commonplace to fall into a routine and miss the fire in ones heart to pursue dreams and destinations. Do you find yourself in this place? If so, you are not alone. Feel free to follow me out of this ditch or in my case a massive canyon.

Step 1 – Purpose in my heart what is important
Step 2 – Determine the proper steps to move in said direction
Step 3 – Revisit this plan weekly with setting goals and achieving the goals

I’ll be back soon to explain what this all means.

STAND for what is worth STANDING FOR!

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Mexico City Final Recap – 2012

from the plane

What an amazing trip!  What started as a mission trip where we are expected to do all we can for God and people, turned into a vision trip, in which we spent time with Father and did what we were told to do.  The question comes to mind, what produces more fruit, just doing, or listening and doing.  The Bible says that Jesus did whatever His Father told Him to do.  Was he one to seek out a bunch of random serving opportunities?  It is clear, that Jesus would retreat, He would rest, He would go off by Himself.  This was our model for the trip.

We were encouraged to listen and then to do.  We were encouraged to be with God, and not just robot doers of work.  Our trip included feeding hungry people, giving value to people that normal society would not value, prayer walking, talking to people, building relationships and being tourist.  It’s hard to describe exactly what I learned, except I feel like I was discipled to value community, especially when it involves food!

Being back a week, I find myself waking up to life as I knew it.  Work happens every day, church happens every weekend.  I miss Mexico City; I miss being with the team that I spent night and day with, especially Benjamin and our bed sleeping arrangement.  I miss the churos and hot chocolate; the tacos wore then after the fourth night!  I miss the crazy traffic and being the guy that doesn’t know Spanish.  It’s good to be home though.  As a group, we now have the opportunity to be the church to our community and congregation.  This leads into my last lesson.  If there is something you don’t like about your church, if there is something the church is not doing that you think it should be doing…then do it.   Don’t complain at what the church is not doing, but be the “solution”.

If you read this, may I encourage you to support Josh Harder as he serves Mexico City?  If you want to know how, message me.

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Buying fruit from a stand…

Today was a great day. It started by being able to sleep in, followed by a huge breakfast provided by the ladies! Eggs and French toast. We then spent the day setting up and preparing for an Injustice rally with the focus of trafficking. They showed a film, which was in Spanish…we will watch the English version soon! Worship was amazing. What a great experience to worship with a different culture. Tomorrow we will be checking out some sights and looking for trinkets to bring home.

I’ll leave you with the thought of the day. Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk humbly with your God! These thoughts are united and not meant to stand alone from each other.

God is good.

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Mexico Missions Day 3

We traveled to a different part of Mexico today. We met at the YWAM base in the city and learned about the history of there base, and the service we were joining with today. After making and packing tons of lunches we went out and spent time on the street with some youth and young adults.
The relationships that have been built by the YWAM group was evident. They gave relationship to the “un wanted”. They place value on life, and specifically on their lives. It was fun to watch different cultures give and receive love over lunch and soccer in the rain.
This is a vision trip. A chance to see and explore how God can use us in the everyday. We have set aside time to discover Gods voice daily, and with obedience walk out what we are called to do. This gives me fresh perspective about the verse that says obedience is better than sacrifice. One can’t stop at hearing what God is saying. Obedience will be the action involved. What does an obedient Body of Christ look like?

5 full days left. So much to hear and do!

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Mexico city missions

A lot of great things happening in Mexico

There has been set apart time for meditations and prayer to God. We have been challenged to quiet our souls and listen for what God is doing.

This is the focus, to share Gods love. We are being challenged to not take the Bible as a rule book for being a Christian, but to walk in relationship with Father and let the scripture speak to us.

There is nothing being done here, that is not or can not be done wherever you are reading this from. The challenge then is to be the hands and feet of Christ. If there is ministry to be done, and no one is doing it…why should it go undone? Is there a passion in your heart? Why not run after it.

On a food note, the tacos are fabulous. Continued prayer for safety and health are welcome.

Jesus te Amo

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Mexico city trip

What an awesome trip so far. The parts of the city we have seen are beautiful. I am adding some pics to show what is going on. Thanks everyone for the prayers and support. Also I miss my gf Jenna!

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Life Update

So.  A lot is going on with life right now.  I will be leaving for Mexico City Monday morning.  I am going with 28 other people to join in fulfilling the great commission…to Go into all the world.  I am supper excited to travel with my friends on my first out of the country missions trip.  We will get back Wednesday the 15th.  I am looking forward to learning about a different culture and expanding my limited travel experience.

In other news, I am loving being in a relationship.  Jennifer Wesner is my awesome girlfriend, and well – I am supper happy with how this is going.  It’s awesome to get to know someone on a deeper level.  Jenna has a wonderful little girl named “G”.  She is smart and funny.  Loving this time in my life right now!

To do list before I leave:  Clean, Weed the garden bed, light shopping for pants and socks.

Work is going well too.  www.worshipcenter.org – is where I work, feel free to check it out.  The video of our weekend services are on the page, it will give you an idea of what I do.

Mucho love to all my family (if you read this or not – if you read this then you know I am giving you a shout out!)

And to my Gainesville Family, miss you guys.  Pre congrats to Ryan Beacher who is getting married August 31st!

Challenged more and more to live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.Image

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