Kayaking in the Desert

There are just some things in life that make no sense. Tuna in Mac ‘N Cheese. Ski slopes in the middle of a mall in Dubai. Kayaking in the Arabian desert. I live in that zone where I think my life has gotten as crazy as it can get, and then God racks up the…

Streams in the Desert

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:19 I fell to my knees, legs and lungs burning from slogging uphill through sliding sand. Looking up, I realized I wasn’t even half-way up…

A stroll through Carlisle

Every Saturday morning I have a tradition. I walk down my street of brick row houses, their chimneys puffing smoke like lots of old, skinny men huddled together for warmth. I cross the stone bridge over a little river winding its quiet, dignified way through Carlisle, in northern England. Across the street the well-preserved walls of Carlisle…

Haiti – Light in the Darkness

Haiti is a Caribbean island nation with some of the most beautiful tropical beaches in the world. It’s also one of the poorest nations in the world, its people living for generations under the control of voodoo and spirit worship. That’s starting to change as the power of the name of Jesus sets Haitians free…

Every journey has its bumps

You’ve never seen potholes until you’ve been to a Third World country. These roads aren’t fooling around. They have potholes that eat four-wheel-drive trucks for breakfast. But that’s the thing. Those trucks are made to take it. In my most recent trip to rural Haiti I personally witnessed a little Ford Ranger pick-up weighed down with…

Welcome to TeenStreet!!!

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches!” Revelations 2:7 This was the Word spoken to over 4,500 teens, workers and volunteers from all over the world in Munster, Germany, August 2-9 at this year’s TeenStreet youth event. It was so exciting to see these teens reading God’s Word,…

Transforming the Mediterranean

After a fast two weeks in Carlisle getting settled, I hopped on a plane with part of the OMNIvision team heading to the Transform conference in Rome. You may remember that Transform was my first OM experience in 2012 and God did some amazing things. So it has a special place in my heart. People…

Faces in My Places

Recently, I had a conversation with someone back in the States about trying to keep track of all the people I encounter often in my life across the pond in Carlisle, England. It got me thinking – it might be helpful for me to introduce just a few of these people to you, so when…

Top 10 Landscapes of 2013

1) Windswept Atlantic Ocean. The rocky coastline of Galicia, in northern Spain, stands impervious to the wind and rain the elements hurl against it. 2) Sycamore Gap along Hadrian’s Wall. On a rare sunny day in England, I snapped this shot of the iconic tree in the gap. It presides over a section of the Roman Hadrian’s…

Transforming Gypsy Souls

An incredible part of my job is covering outreaches to needy people, like the Transform 2013 children’s club outreach to the Roma (gypsy) people in Albania. The Roma are one of the most underprivileged and despised people groups in Europe. It was my privilege to interview these participants and share a bit of the Roma…

10 Reasons You’ll Love the American Midwest

* Author note: Photographs for 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 were borrowed for illustrative purposes. All other photos on this post and blog are my own.  When people return to their home culture after living or traveling abroad, it’s common for them to critically view many aspects of their home culture. This is normal. But…

Transform 2014 Promo Video

This past summer I had the incredible privilege of doing communications for the Transform conference and outreaches  in the Mediterranean, and being featured in the 2014 promo video. Check it out. Be inspired.