‘Twas the night before…

You could hear the voices through the still of the darkness.  A whisper here, a giggle there.  A rustle of the hay as they tried to get comfortable in the place they would call “home” for the night.  It had been a long journey and it was time.  HE was coming.  Time to prepare and…

Are You Coming To Save The Catholics?

The reverb of my Jewish friend’s  skepticism was bouncing through my brain as I drove away from Starbucks. “As a Jewish rabbi, I’m trying to understand why you would ‘go on mission’ to Italy which is already a Christian country. The Catholics already have it covered.” Even more mind-boggling was the fact that I’d reached…

Is Italy A Sexy Mission Field?

Somewhere in the process of telling people what we are doing (becoming missionaries) and where we are going (Italy), a friend gave me a sympathetic look. “Italy is not a sexy mission field,” they sighed.  A sexy mission field? I thought, alarmed that these words could find themselves so closely together in a sentence. One being…

What’s The Sausage?

You may want to know how sausage (salsiccia) has anything to do with being a missionary, moving to Italy, or the daily ins and outs of preparing for “the field”. That’s good because if that’s so then I have your attention. I’ve never ground sausage before. Nor had I ever seen a sausage grinder until…

Holy Analytics!

We’ve been looking for ways to “put ourselves out there” as a family for the sake of sharing our story. For this reason, we opened up a handful of social media accounts. Of course, it’s important to maintain a healthy balance. Easier said than done on the tightrope between Facebook, Instagram, and the Blogosphere. We…

La Bella Figura and Making Disciples.

From what we’ve read, the concept of “La Bella Figura” underpins everything in Italy. Food. Art. Fashion. Architectural design. Personal appearance. Supposedly, the influence of this philosophy supports it all. This video certainly shows its influence in Italy. Generally speaking, it is the idea of “putting your best foot forward,” which sounds funny now that…

Language Barrier.

Hunger had set in after a long day of Christmas fun. So, we went looking for grub. We stopped at a newer place in our town which served authentic Italian-style pizza. This was my second time at this restaurant and Amy’s first. I was excited to take her there. The music playing over the speakers…

Temp for Hire.

Telling people I’m a courier at 40 is something I never planned on doing. Of course, when you are a little kid and someone asks you, “What would you like to be as a grownup?” you might have said “trash man” because you wanted to hang on the back of a garbage truck. Or, “ice…

Selling our Stuff.

Yesterday, we sold a bistro table that Amy and I bought when the twins were born. We put that table through a lot as a family. It was a cool table, too. I always wanted one. It was ours for nearly a thousand dollars, which we had to pay off. But, selling it for even…

Lasts.

I met a friend for lunch this past week who has since boarded a plane for Kenya. He’s going to live there for at least two years. The journey has been a long one for him. For four years he resisted asking people for money to help him go on mission, as he described it….