Highs and Lows: Week 1

It’s been a good first week. Very full. Yet a different full than back home.

  • Ironically, my watch did not survive the trip. And there is not one clock in our apartment. Time is less important in Latin America. I think God’s trying to tell us something….
  • Without a car, every chore means walking, taking a bus or a taxi. Haven’t gotten lost yet. Managing to communicate okay. Everything just takes more time and patience.
  • We’re living in ‘The Quad’ – a two-story apartment building with four units. It’s like university days again. Always someone nearby. All three of our neighbors have made meals for us or had us over already. And there are five kids who play in the common courtyard. Really great.

In my last post I said, “It’s a small world when you’re in God’s family” and it got smaller!

Our neighbors downstairs, Marcus and Heather, are good friends with Elysia’s RUF leaders the Clements at UGA (and who’s child was in Jake and Cat’s wedding) and they served in a church plant with a seminary accountability partner of mine, Whit Anderson in the Austin TX area. God is constantly reminding us that He has our back.



Adjustments are many but nothing super hard – yet. We’ve been warned about getting hit by cars (pedestrians do not have the right of way), handling beggars, health issues and many more I’ll spare you. It’s wiped away a little bit of the awe and newness but it’s making us trust Jesus in a new way. And we need to trust Jesus more!

Please don’t stop praying! We feel weaker, disoriented and school starts Monday. We don’t take our safety and health for granted. Nor the stress of learning more Spanish when we have been, ahem, out of school for a while.

And pray that we learn new ways to find our sanity in the powerful work of Jesus. Spiritually and emotionally maintaining our connection with Jesus as individuals and in a new community is super important.


God Answered: Coaching Training

Less than a month ago, CMM was invited to do our first Gospel Coach training in Mexico. My friends Dave and Dawn Diaso made it all happen and I loved Dave’s write up. Hope it encourages you like it did me.

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You Prayed, God Answered!

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We asked you to pray for our coaching training that we held for pastors and leaders last week. God came through again! The Lord gave us a wonderful time with the pastors, leaders and missionaries that attended.

This is an important step as Dawn and I work with our partners to see church planting movements that are undergirded with a strong coaching component. A number of the pastors and leaders feel alone. They feel like they don’t have anyone to turn to when they have a problem.

One of the things that Dawn and I enjoy the most is connecting and coming alongside the leaders here on the border. But not long after we arrived I realized that we couldn’t keep up with all the pastors that are in the networks we are working with.

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It’s a small world when you’re in God’s family

It is a small world when you are in God’s family.

Marvel with me: missionaries today can hop a plane and make a trip that would’ve never been accomplished 300 years ago. Only 223 years ago when William Carey (the father of modern missions) left home in 1793 trips like these would take months. And our smartphones (more like Star Trek communicators imagined a mere 50 years ago) work here. How much more should believers be sacrificing to spread the gospel to all nations? Another post for another time.

So yeah, we left our house at 3pm in Atlanta and made it to our missionary outpost (San José apartment) by 11pm.

Our school-assigned ‘Big Brother and Big Sister’ Gordon and Debbie met us and helped us get to the apartment (which is next door to theirs). God seems to work out the littlest details to remind us that He is in control.

Before we left, our daughter Erica and son-in-law Austin came over to the house and helped us with last minute preparations, like getting Elizabeth’s iPod synced up (a task that would have baffled me). Our friend and neighbor Christopher drove us to the airport, then, just to show us that He has us in His sights all the time, God had us arrive ‘early’, go in the ‘wrong’ door and walk right up to Danialle and Drew who were dropping off their son Josh for a trip to Nicaragua.

It is a small world when you are in God’s family.

So why don’t I trust God all the time? It’s a long answer that starts with I (wrongly) think I’m the captain of my own soul! Oh what a wreck I’d be if I were in charge!

Thankfully God calls and equips the weak and broken to do His work.

He showed us His trustworthy plans in little things: like Debbie and Gordon stocking our kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and making our bed before we arrived. Did I mention she made lunch today? And that they took us by bus to Wal-Mart, helped us figure out all the things we need, how stuff works here and then just delivered dinner? Yes, the Lord of Mercy takes care of the weak and broken.

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Then the Creator of the Universe spread out His canvas on the sky and painted this over His mountains.

He reminds me too: hundreds of people pray for us and give generously to help prepare us to invest in an amazing Cuban church planting movement. Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief! Thanks be to God!

Pray for us to trust our creative, all-powerful, all-wise God as we stretch to learn a new language. Love to all…

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