Posted on March 25th, 2016 in Brian's Blog | No Comments »

Much has happened since my last post and I want to keep you filled in:

Cynthia and I have just completed another “Trip of a Lifetime”; we just got back from the Holy Land. It was all we imagined. We were able to see all of the main sights traveling with a group of people from all over the U.S. organized by Educational Opportunities. We got to be in the place where the Author of Salvation wrote His story. Being able to ride in a boat on the Sea of Gallalie where Jesus walked on the water and Peter got out of the boat, be on the Mount of Beattitudes, see the place where Jesus fed thousands, was more than inspiring, it was faith strengthening.

We got to see some of the places where it is thought that Jesus was born and also where he died. We even got to spend a while floating in the Dead Sea, a very bizarre experience.

But what was probably the most impactful for me was spending time at the Garden Tomb. You see, without the empty tomb, none of the other things matter. If he doesn’t walk out of that place the price doesn’t get paid. In contrast to many of the other sites we went to, this was outdoors and quiet, even holy. I still think about it and am humbled.

So now as we shake off the last vestiges of jet lag our thoughts turn towards Africa. There is no question that it will also be an amazing adventure. We are going to have three teams doing three different missions. A women’s team will be doing a beautiful teaching for women on who they are in Christ. Bill Farrar will be taking a team to do water purification installations and I will be helping with a few others to do some handyman work for our friends at Dorothy Home for Children.

Remarkably, we have had more success raising money than raising team members. 10,000 of the 15,000 has been raised but we have almost no takers interested in the trip yet. We believe the timing was just wrong.

We are now looking at approximately March 26- April 4th. We would love to have you renew your prayers and see if God is opening a door for you to join us with this new timing. Please let either Cynthia or I know if we can join you in prayer or answer any specific questions. We are looking for women’s team, handyman team and water purification team members. These trips are challenging and wonderful and truly life changing.

Since it’s Giving Tuesday, I will make a shameless plug to finalize donations for the trip. Any amount will help and be gratefully accepted. As I stated, we are 2/3 of the way there and we have a possibility of matching funds for undesignated giving. So please let me know if you are being led in this way.

Thanks for being a part of this and I look forward to hearing from you!

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