Everything in life and ministry continues to move forward in surprising and new ways.
The scripture for this update is Isa 43:19,
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?”
In February, our third son was born “healthy and strong.” Having a new baby has meant a whole new world of adjustments, but we are really enjoying being parents to this precious addition. Our other two boys love him and are great big brothers. Jacqueline is loving being a new mom again, even though she is still missing out on lots of sleep!
We recently moved into a new home. My family and I were privileged to move into the home of our late founder, Dr. Ralph D. Winter. God faithfully also provided a house full of nice furniture by an unknown missionary surgeon and his wife who were looking to “bless a missionary family.” Great story that I don’t have space to go into here, but amazing in timing and quality! We also inherited the beautiful gardening work of Dr. Winter’s wife, Barb. I am now on watering duty.
For the last year I have been project manager on a major initiative that is renaming, rebranding, and relaunching our ministries; the U.S. Center for World Mission, the Frontier Mission Fellowship, and our historic 17 acre ministry campus along with the creation of a new collaborative lab space focused on missions. I will be presenting an internal roll out to over 150 of our staff and their families within the next couple of weeks! I am also taking the lead on the external roll out in the months to come. Lots left to be done.
We recently published the July-Aug edition of our ministry magazine, Mission Frontiers, which I guest edited and helped to write. This edition’s theme is “Lifestyle of Prayer: A Furnace for Mission.” The main article, Critical Mass, was written by me as well as many other articles and interviews.
The strength of this edition for me is that the content spotlights the collaborative partnerships that I have been involved in developing over the last two years. The edition will be sent all over the world soon and will be available online for free starting in July. I hear that 3,000 free copies will be given out at very popular minister’s conference in the days to come. I hope you can check it out and share the articles!
In July, I will be traveling to share our stories and raise support for our work. My trip July 10th-22nd will take me on brief stops in Baton Rouge, Pensacola, Atlanta, and Charlotte. If you are interested in inviting me to minister or speak at your church or event within the next year, contact me. I am forming my schedule now for 2015.
While in Pensacola, I will join many friends for the 50th Anniversary of Liberty Church. I will be sharing briefly with those in attendance on how God started my missions journey through the influence of Liberty. After the celebration, I am happy to announce, I will be receiving new ordination through the Church Foundational Network (CFN). I believe the Lord has led me back to my roots. I look forward to serving the Liberty and CFN family in the in the years to come and growing our relationship.
After my short trip to connect and raise support, I will return to Pasadena just in time for the last half of “21 Project.” This event was something I, along with our Youth With a Mission (YWAM) partners, worked hard to see happen on our campus. I look forward to meeting the founders of YWAM, Loren and Darlene Cunningham, as well as the nearly 200 university students who will be with us from all over the West Coast. I have great expectations for what God will do through this event!
Beyond July I will be back in Atlanta for the North American Mission Leader’s Conference and then back in Los Angeles for the Exponential West conference at Saddleback Church. Moving toward the new year I am looking forward to being with tens of thousands of young people at the OneThing conference in Kansas City along with the OneThing leadership summit where I hope to share our PRIME vision.
PRIME is a new initiative that I am currently helping to shape here at the Center. It stands for Prayer, Research, Innovation, Media, and Engagement. It is a strategy focused on the least reached people groups in the world. Many major global partners have already shown strong interest. You will hear more about PRIME before the end of the year. I am so excited about this work and it is fulfilling a word from the Lord that was given to me when Jacqueline shortly after our marriage.
By the way, in June we celebrated 13 years as a couple on mission together!
The new year 2015 puts me in Southeast Asia for at least three weeks, meeting with global leaders and traveling to meet with indigenous leaders doing evangelism and outreach to their people. I hope to present a paper that will become a part of a book that is published by William Carey Library Publishers.
Well, this is the end of this “short” report!
I invite you to partner with us as a new partner! We would be honored to have you on our team and pray for you as we work to serve in the realm of frontier missions.