A New Neighbor

  In an effort to make friends outside my own little circle, I’ve been going to an ESL class for Afghani refugees once a week for the last couple months. Today there was a new woman there who is from Iran. When I asked if she was also from Afghanistan, she replied, “No, I’m from…

Work and Play in Colorado

Because of how my speaking engagements were scheduled, I got to spend a week in Colorado. I spoke four times at three churches and did some usual work during the day. But the huge benefit of being in the Denver area was getting to hang out with one of my best friends in the world!…

Canadian Travels

I recently had the privilege of going on my first international speaking trip…all the way to Canada! I spoke at a church in Surrey, which is just outside of Vancouver, BC. We had a Saturday evening service, with participants from several area churches. It was fun doing a more casual, conversational presentation. A group from…

Starting off the Year Right

On a snowy day near Seattle, I spoke at Nazarene churches in two different cities: Federal Way and Puyallup. In the morning, I visited Federal Way, which has been very supportive of Extreme over the years. I was able to update them on recent happenings at Extreme as well as tell new people about what we…

The Challenge of Joy

What is joy? Is it happiness? A good feeling? Something fleeting? A little blue-haired character who sounds a lot like Amy Poehler? Or is joy something deeper? The Apostle Paul certainly thought so. I’ve realized throughout my life when one idea keeps popping up repeatedly—sermons, my own studying, a book I’m reading, small groups—God must…

Who Wants a Hug?

  Day 9: Saturday, November 21, 2015 Have you ever been asked to do something on a mission trip that you really didn’t want to do? Shekinah Bergen, 40/40, organized our third outreach event, and she pushed many of us to go beyond our comfort zones. For those of us whose love language is not…

Outreach in the Park

Day 8: Friday, November 20, 2015 Sharing Jesus with children is always one of the top goals of our church plant teams. By reaching out to children, we can get whole families involved in the life of the church, and be able to share Jesus with them. So the 40/40s planned an event to focus…

Construction and Grace

Days 4, 5, and 7: November 16, 17, and 19 Each day we got up between 6:30 and 7:00 AM for breakfast and then had prayer at 8:00 (except for Tuesday when we had 4:00 AM prayer). We left for the worksite around 9:00, which was about a half mile walk up hill. We geared…

Church Service and Evangelism Event

Day 3, November 15, 2015 On Sunday, the Antofa team had its second church service. So far the people who have attended are the cluster and the short-term teams, but that is soon to change! Until the building is completed, the services will be held in the 40/40 house living room. It is fairly spacious, but…

Deconstruction Day 1

A rat, a bird, a mouse (fortunately all dead) and dozens of spiders and cockroaches (unfortunately, not all dead) were found out at the construction site on the first day. More accurately, it could be called the “de-construction” site since the short-term team is working on tearing down the building that is currently standing on…

Prayer Adventure

25 people gathered in Antofagasta, Chile to kickstart a new Extreme church plant. The 15 people in the cluster were joined by three long-term Extreme leaders and seven short-term volunteers for the two weeks before Thanksgiving. All of us are excited to be part of helping to start a new work of God in Chile!…

End of Summer

In August I finished up the last of my camps in the Washington Pacific district. I had a great time meeting some awesome teens and youth leaders. We also had another round of interviews in August, and we now have all five of the North American 40/40s for our Cuenca team! Over the last few months,…