Published May 17, 2013
Genuine love , Holy Spirit , living , prayer , seeing Jesus , spiritual , travel
Tags: China, enjoy, fellowship, travel
I started coming to China more than 25 years ago & I totally love this place & the people even more! China is wonderful in lots of different ways – rich history, very cool people, great food, diverse cultures & much more.
But let me encourage you that wherever you are at, God is present & eager to have fellowship with you. I believe with all of my heart that God made you for the purpose of enjoying your company in all places: whether you’re
*at home in the routines of daily living,
*in a really difficult season of life,
*swamped with an ocean of demands & responsibilities,
*going into a busy weekend
*enjoying China ,)
God loves your company!
Published May 6, 2013
Genuine love , Holy Spirit , living , prayer , seeing Jesus , travel
Tags: difficulty, hardship, heaven, hell, journey, revelation, travel
I’ve been thinking about Abraham lately & how God tested him in Genesis 22 and instructed him to sacrifice his only son, the son of promise, Isaac. Thankfully, we can read the end of the chapter & celebrate with Abraham that God provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice in place of Isaac – God sees our needs and has provision waiting for those needs. But I’ve been thinking about the 3 day journey that Abraham took with Isaac to get to the place where he was supposed to sacrifice his son. If I were in Abraham’s sandals, those 3 days would have been the absolute & most abhorrent days of my life – knowing what I was assigned by God to do. The revelation at the end of the journey was nothing less than heavenly (Abraham experienced God in an extremely powerful way) but the journey was nothing less than hell.
Sometimes the journey in our life can be an almost living hell, but let me encourage you that God is walking with you for every step and there’s a great possibility that through this journey, you will come to know God in such a heavenly way that the hell of the journey will pale in comparison to the heaven of the revelation
Heat, humidity, crowds, chaos & haze. We’ve been traveling now for over 40hours & we’re closing in on “almost there.” I’m presently sitting in a waiting hall for domestic flights & trying to get a little oriented. I had a nice but BRIEF chat with some Chinese guys from Shandong province, where Mao was born and in a few hours, we get to visit one of our biggest malnutrition clinics.
Whenever I visit Angola, I’m always reminded that its only been in the last 10years that there has been any stability whatsoever here. They had more than 30 years of a MASSIVELY brutal & inhumane civil war & before that, Angola was a Portuguese colony for over 300 years. This is important because wherever there is political instability, babies often experience the most significant impact because the infant mortality increases proportionate to the quantity of instability: long instability = masses of dying babies / high infant mortality. So for the next few days, we will be visiting our malnutrition clinics, meeting some wonderful moms & seeing how the benefits of consistent therapeutic milk plays out for malnourished babies who would likely die without our help.
Stick around w me thru this blog, Facebook & twitter so we can make this journey together
Published April 6, 2013
Angola , Genuine love , Holy Spirit , living , prayer , saving moses , seeing Jesus , spiritual , travel
Tags: Angola, return, saving moses, travel, visit
I’m writing this on my way with www.savingmoses.org to Angola for my 4th visit in 4 years. I have some friends with me & we’ll be visiting our 6 malnutrition clinics where we provide therapeutic milk for babies who would likely die without our clinics. I have mixed thoughts & feelings about this trip but I LOVE that we get to be part of God’s immense & tangible expression of genuine love to babies.
Babies are totally wonderful & in some ways, they represent the best of humanity. I love their innocence, trust, curiosity, joy & zest for life. And while this may sound initially kind of twisted, I love to hear babies cry in our malnutrition clinic because their silence can indicate something awful especially with malnourished babies.
So come along with me, stay tuned to his blog, Facebook & twitter & we can share this adventure together
Published November 5, 2012
living , relationships , travel
Tags: learn, Rome, travel
Well our time in Rome has been totally wonderful!!! It’s been amazing getting to experience the many sights, sounds, smells, etc of history here, along with all of the breathtaking artistic beauty and with some of the most delectable food on the planet, say nothing of the intervenous cappuccinos that are nothing less than utter bliss
Probably some of the best part of Rome are the wonderful relationships & ministry opportunities that we get to share in! Our ministry time has been wonderful & the team traveling w us has been totally enjoyable. With all of that being said, I’m looking forward to coming home & getting to be with my family! Rome is fantastic, but home is better ,)
Published November 4, 2012
living , travel
Tags: amazing, beauty, Rome, travel
I’m presently on our Fall group trip & we are doing some touring & ministry in Rome. Can I just say that Rome is one of my all time favorite cities?!?!! Wherever you look there’s just amazing beauty, history & magnificence! Yesterday, we visited the Vatican & I posted lots of pix on fb & Instagram, so you can see some of the amazing sites that filled this amazing day. Today, we are going to visit the Colesium along with several piazzas, fountains & of course cappuccinos ,)
One of the things that takes my breath away about this city is the prolific history. Everywhere I look I see history & since I’m a history fan, it’s almost impossible for me to not love this city
We just drove by a temple that was built in the 7th century bc. I’m just sayin!! Ooooh la la!!!!
Published August 24, 2012
Cambodia , Holy Spirit , living , missions , relationships , saving moses , spiritual , travel
Tags: Cambodia, saving moses, travel
I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life & when I go overseas, it feels pretty seamless to me. So when I get to travel with people who have never been out of the country, it’s always interesting to get to watch their reactions & observations. What I’ve found to be super powerful is to watch my various friends who go with me on Saving Moses trips to see how God opens their eyes & changes them. With this in mind, please check out this link of one of our video guys to get his insights on our trip to Cambodia last month: Lance Goes to Cambodia
Published July 13, 2012
Cambodia , enemies to intimacy , Holy Spirit , living , prayer , relationships , saving moses , spiritual , travel
Tags: change, genuine love, grow, new creation, travel
The plane ride to Hong Kong from the US is a little long (abt 13hrs), so I had some lovely thinking, listening & reflection time. I’ve been thinking of late about genuine love, which is God’s love. Here’s the short summary of the recent hours – it seems to me that the elements of genuine love (kindness, patience, truth, etc from 1Cor 13:4-7) are the best resources to heal & redeem the various broken places in our lives. With this in mind, I’m super keen to nestle into Genuine Love with eager anticipation for getting to know God better on this great adventure. Let’s GO!!
Published May 24, 2012
Angola , family , Holy Spirit , living , relationships , saving moses , spiritual , travel
Tags: Angola, grow, love, travel
I just returned from Angola having seen such amazing things happening with Saving Moses! This was my 3rd trip & I am now working through the heart stuff that comes up from my visits to this amazing country. On this trip, I saw beauty in faces, actions, love, compassion, care and touch. The babies that we get to feed with Saving Moses are nothing less than captivating, not only for their eyes, faces and irresistible cuteness, but even moreso for who they are. Jesus said in Matt 25:40, when you are you kind, gracious & generous for the least of these, you do these things as unto Me. If we as humans cannot be generous, gracious & deeply moved by the smallest among us, then we probably need to put ourselves into environments & opportunities to connect with genuine love lest we become heartless, cold and even barbaric. Saving Moses is about genuinely loving the smallest expressions of Jesus, who could possibly die without an ongoing tangible love that we get to express.
I recently made a fairly quick trip to Cambodia & had an absolutely wonderful time!! The journey to and from Cambodia was interesting. On the way there, I completely lost Fri, March 2nd because I left on March 1st and landed in Cambodia on March 3rd. On the way home, I got to have a double portion of Wed, March 7th. On this trip, I was traveling by myself and it was an interesting journey. If I’m not careful, I can easily get caught up in the mechanics of travel: where I’m sitting on the planes, what kind of food I’m eating, airline schedules, luggage challenges, etc. But here’s my thought – the journey isn’t as important as Who is traveling with me.
As we walk through life, there will be highs & lows along the journey because that’s the nature of life. What’s important about our journey in life isn’t the highs & lows, but rather that we are walking with Jesus and our communion and fellowship with Jesus. Truly, Jesus in our lives is more important than where we are going or how we get there. Remember that Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”