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Some Random Midweek Thoughts

Although we were in Mexico Beach the past weekend, no photographs were taken!  That may be a first for this family!  Mostly rain during the day but there were some interesting lightning shows at night that would have been great to capture!

Espresso – our current morning drink because we don’t have a regular coffee maker right now.  We first drank espresso in Key West 30 years ago.  Most mornings we’d wake up and walk to the corner laundry which also included a small bodega and get some espresso and warm, buttered cuban bread – breakfast of champions!

City Church celebrates a five-year anniversary this week!  I really didn’t know how young it really was when we became friends with Dean Inserra.  Thankful that our daughter Meghan introduced us to this ministry!  Who would have known that we would devote more than a year and a half to sharing the gospel in Tallahassee with these friends?

Love that we have met some really good friends while spending time in Tallahassee.  Josh and Brandi Hignight are two of those!  Couldn’t have completed Ethan’s move into a different house over the course of eight days without them!  But more than that help, they genuinely understand us and are friends.

All Tide Up is up and running.  Still needs some additions and fine tuning but proud of my kids for making it happen!  Check out there site as you get a chance!

Proud of our friend Ryan Hachenberger also.  His writings at Florida Fowler are good.  Check out what he has to say about some life goals and life!

My wife, Cyndi, is unbelievable!  She has almost packed up our entire house in just a few weeks.  We will have been married 30 years the end of August.  We’ve lived in Inverness for almost 20 years and in this house for 15 years.  You can accumulate a lot of memories and a lot of things over 30 years.  Reducing it to moving boxes can be difficult but she has accomplished that!  Trying to determine where to move it is difficult also.  Sometimes the decisions you make can’t just be made with your heart.

While I do believe God is sovereign and He has a plan, there are times when we just don’t know what to do next!  Curious to see how the next season of our life goes and excited to see where it will be!

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Strangers in Another Land (or why we really need to go!)

While in Cartagena, Colombia, our team had the opportunity to experience so many new things.  From new food to crazy traffic.  From new friendships to negotiating/bartering for most things. One of the things that was not new but somewhat unexpected was the openness and willingness of people to listen to what we had to say.

Our purpose for going to Cartagena was purely evangelical.  We didn’t go to build houses, treat medical conditions, build wells or work in orphanages.  We went to share Jesus with children through a series of Vacation Bible School activities, offer football (soccer) and baseball to youth and present the gospel of Jesus during the evening in churches, in the streets and on football courts!  Dozens and dozens of people became followers of Christ. Children were told about the love of Jesus. Youth were exposed to the truths of Jesus and what the Bible says.  God answered the prayers of hundreds of people who were praying for the people of Cartagena for months before we arrived! Hearts were opened, minds understood despite the language differences and relationships were developed.  Conversations took place on football fields, in alleyways, on sidewalks, while sitting on porches and yes, just in the middle of roads.  Opportunities were seized by our team as often as they were presented!

One of the strangest events was also perhaps the most meaningful and demonstrated clearly the need for Christ followers to go and tell! Most days we  took time during the middle of the day to rest and try to stay out of the heat.  On this day, most of our team members were napping. I was returning to the front of the house when I looked up and staring at me from the open window (standing on the outside stairs) were two young men.  One was caucasian and the other South American.  While I didn’t know them I recognized their dress.  White short-sleeved shirts, dark ties, and dark slacks.  Here in the middle of a neighborhood in Cartagena were two Mormon missionaries.  These two didn’t care there were 14 Christ followers in the house.  They were intent on speaking with the woman they came to see.

What shocked me the most was the realization that most of the people I know who are proclaimed Christians don’t understand the urgency of sharing Jesus with others.  These mormon missionaries were intent on spreading a false gospel while many Christ followers won’t share the true gospel.

If we won’t go, who will?  If we won’t tell others, who will?  Jesus’ command was very clear.  These issues bother me at night.  They bother me during the day.  I struggle with the balance between home and another land. I want to do what He commands. I want to be a true Christ follower.