Getting Away.

Last weekend, I attended a yearly men’s conference hosted by the Navigators in Wichita Falls. The primary reason for going was to connect more with Clyde, one of my mentors from church. Clyde is in his eighties and is spending all his time in coffee shops and restaurants with younger men, making disciples. I had…

How Learning Italian Will Stretch Us.

The question could be asked, “Would a man living in the ancient city of Rome be able to communicate effectively with a citizen of Rome today?” The Italian spoken throughout Italy and other parts of the world today comes from the Latin language of the Roman Empire. As Roman soldiers invaded neighboring lands to invade…

Why Geography is Important To Making Disciples in Italy.

You could say the country with the nickname “Bel Paese (Beautiful Country)” was destined for greatness. Greatness happens when light shines on inherent characteristics effortlessly put forth. This is true of Italy. Wherever the sun glistens, the natural beauty and uniqueness of this region dazzles with life and color. In a sense, Italy did not…

Capturing Pokemon in Bologna.

I tried as hard as I could to get Zach to forget about his Pokemon trading cards and Pokemon GO. Seriously. It’s all he was talking about. Driving me insane. Then, I remembered I was the exact same way about things over 30 years ago when I was a boy his age. My parents couldn’t…

Back to School at the Williams House.

A table buried beneath papers and books became mission central last week as the first homework of the new year arrived. We had taken special care in choosing colorful backpacks they would like. On this day, however, backpacks turned into the dreaded things from which math, science, and spelling assignments came. The days of unlimited…

It’s All Downhill From Here.

We love check-up calls from our friends. A friend called just a week ago to see how everything is progressing with our fundraising.  “It’s really great,” I said. Then I went on to tell him we have just about reached the 50% funded level on our Outgoing expenses.  “That’s awesome, man!” he was genuinely excited…

Capitare a Fagiolo.

I thought it would be fun while learning Italian to borrow a phrase here and there to show you guys what God is doing as He prepares us for Italy.  Relax, I don’t pretend to know much. I’m sure I will horribly butcher the language that Bocelli sings so beautifully. However, in my falling down…

The Introvert’s Guide To The Great Commission.

We found a quiet place at the corner of the restaurant to have our lunch. Amy and the girls were at the front, talking with a family she apparently knew. Soon, Story bounced over happily and announced, “This family is going to sit with us and eat!” “What?!” I responded sharply before thinking. I hadn’t even…

The Object Lesson.

This weekend I attended a training event with a handful of other men. We were all connected by a dear man in his 80s who has been investing his retired years in the hearts of younger men daily. A couple of months ago I noticed what he was doing and thought, “This is what I…

Praying for the Harvest.

Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge…