Friday, October 30, 2009

Small Detour...

Arrived at Lexington Airport at 3 PM for a 4:45 PM. Flight delayed. Sat around until we found out that our flight was delayed then eventually canceled. So we're be back tomorrow, flying to Cincy, Paris, then Delhi. Good news? Business Class the whole way. Bad news? Not playing at the slum church in Delhi. Keep praying as we move forward.


Ready or not...

Here we come. Leaving in a few hours. Visa came in Wednesday. This week has been CRAZY.

But God is moving. Can't wait to see where and how...

I'll be blogging as much as possible so keep up with me over there with pictures, thoughts, etc.

Ok, seriously I have to go and get ready to get on the plane. The adventure that is the kingdom of God awaits. 

Monday, October 19, 2009


I've never thought a lot about courage. It seems at time to be an archaic word, used only in the stories of old or in the advertisement schemes of the Armed Forces. In America, we prefer a world where we have nothing to be afraid of. Billions of dollars are spent every year across the country with the intent of eliminating the fear of tragedy, hopelessness, loneliness, and a thousand other subjects of discomfort or even death. This isn't to say this isn't such a bad thing - especially when you get sick and the doctor bills come in. 
But there certainly is a massive downside to this equation. You see, in a world where there's nothing to fear, there's no need for courage. For the most part, our lives in the West merit no need for courage. We are essentially safe (or at least the illusion leads us to believe) from war, death, or inconvenience. 
But perhaps I'm passing too much judgement on the societal aspect and not looking at the core issues of our (my) heart. There's no question that there's plenty of ways for ordinary Americans to practice and live lives of courage right here at home. Having a conversation with someone takes courage. For some, even getting out of bed takes courage. But I don't think I'm stepping out on a limb when I say that the majority of us live without a necessity for courage.
We need courage only when we live a story that demands it. If the stories of our lives never encounter great fears - if we don't stand face to face with something well beyond our power and abilities - we will likely never need courage. While I believe God is sovereign in our stories (Proverbs 16:9), I do believe that we must choose to live lives that demand courage by putting ourselves in situations where we aren't enough - where the only hope is for God to come through. That's why courage and faith are synonymous. 
For myself, going to India is a step in the direction of courage. Just going isn't the scary part - it's what God is calling me to do when I get there. Teaching 100-150 pastors for two weeks on the kingdom of God... teaching the Vineyard Prayer Model, actually praying for healing in a country that where God is already at work miraculously... Are you kidding me? For two weeks? I've never needed more courage, because I've never known more clearly how weak and powerless I am in light of the task. But I know this is is exactly where I need to be - where I'm not enough and God is more than enough.
Luckily courage isn't a shot in the dark. Jesus said "Take courage, it is I." The 'it is I' echoes the OT story of Moses, when God reveals Himself as "I AM." Courage, then, is just faith lived out in a God-sized story. God willing, this will be the beginning of many more courageous, God-sized stories for many years to come, as God leads me (and us) to an even great need for courage.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Expect great things.

"Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God." - William Carey, 18th century missionary to India

It's been a while since an update, for which I apologize. I'll get everyone up to date.

The Passport arrived a few weeks ago and is heading out again tomorrow to get my Visa. Tickets were bought and then canceled (thanks British Airways), but new ones are bought, and hopefully these will stick. Fundraising is going OK, and I know God is getting the details behind the scenes worked out. Once I figure out a way to get my traffic school re-scheduled, I should be about ready to go.

The closer this trip gets, the more overwhelming (in a good way) it becomes. I recently read a book called "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller. The main thrust of the book is the notion that to live better lives, we must live better stories. Our lives are often underwhelming because the story we live in is small and myopic. We must risk living in a bigger story, embracing all the challenges and heartache that comes with great stories.

Going to India is, on my part, a big step in living a bigger story. I have no way of understanding the level to which God will challenge and confront me with His kingdom. But in the words of William Carey, I am preparing to expect great things in the process of attempting great things. God willing, this will be the start of many more greater stories to come.

More to come soon.