Colombia to COVID

It has been an interesting couple of months for our family. We were in Colombia in June and July helping get a new project started in Bogota. It was an amazing trip. We were working with the Hudgins family and Ali Alexander. We got to canvas the neighborhood handing out invitations. We put on what we called Discovery Week, which was a big Vacation Bible School for kids in the area. The kids learned the Bible each day, and we also had special activities for them. They learned Origami, some English, and had puppet shows. We were able to send the kids home with food as well.

These kids were then invited to attend the tutoring project MANNA is starting in Bogota. It is exciting to see the kids coming to the project. But, what is even more exciting is some of these kids and their parents have begun coming to church as a result!

We were able to celebrate the 4th of July in Colombia as well. July 20th is their independence day, so there were plenty of opportunities to buy fireworks. I had not realized how much time my daughters have spent overseas in the summers. They were so excited and told me it was the first time they had ever gotten to light fireworks on the 4th! I guess better late than never. Another treat that day was we were able to have an all American praise team at church that morning. Ali played the keyboard, Kristi played the guitar, I played the bass, Kayli played they violin and Kim and Reaghan sang while Scott ran the soundboard. It was an opportunity for the normal praise team to have a day off and just get to worship at church. It also helped stretch us as Kim and Reaghan don’t spend a ton of time singing in Spanish. LOL. But, they did great.

We made it home and got our girls ready to start another school year. It is hard to believe we have a Junior and a Senior this year. Where has the time gone?? Then, apparently Kim and I decided it had been too long since we had COVID the first time, so we got it again and both got pneumonia. It has been a long 3 weeks for us. We both ended up on oxygen, lots of breathing treatments and medicine. Had it not been for someone getting us an oxygen concentrator machine, we would have both ended up in the hospital. We had great doctors and a lot of great friends that brought us food and sent us supplies that has enabled us to recover at home. We are not back to 100%, but definitely on the mend. I had better recovery quickly because I head to Kenya, two weeks from today.

We appreciate your prayers and support and how you enable us to serve those around the world. Here are some pictures of Colombia for you.


I made it home from the Philippines.  My flight landed 3 hours before Kayli’s gymnastics competition, so I got to watch her compete before I went into my jet lag coma.  Ha!

We had a great trip.  We got to help school districts come and pick up books for their schools.  A church in North Texas was able to collect and ship over 60,000 books that were too old for the ISDs in our area.  One of the teachers stood on the pile of books and told everyone how this was life changing for her schools!  An obstacle for ISDs in our area became and opportunity for schools in the Philippines thanks to the forward thinking from a church in our area.

We were able to visit a feeding center and help feed the kids and love on them.  We also visited MANNA’s new orphanage and meet with the architect as renovations are underway.  We also were part of a very unique and first for MANNA.  We had conferences in Manila and Cebu with pastors in both areas.  We presented MANNA and the pastors of these churches are now committed to supporting MANNA and helping us start more projects around the world!  Very cool! Here are some pictures from the trip:

Israel, Jordan & Iraq

2019 ended with an extended trip to the Middle East.  It was a lot of firsts.  We got be a part of MANNA’s very first team to Israel.  It was a huge blessing to be able to tour the Holy Land and watch the Bible come to life. And, the best part, Kim got to join me this time!  I am really excited about MANNA leading more tours to Israel.  While we were there, a couple of us were able to meet with a church planter, who we may be able to start a MANNA project with. Very exciting!

After the team left for the States, 4 of us journey on to Jordan.  It was also an amazing blessing. We met with a ministry that is planting churches in Jordan and doing an amazing job of reaching the Muslims in Jordan.  In the process we had the opportunity to deliver Christmas shoe boxes with gifts to refugee families and Jordanian families.  We spent time at a children’s Christmas program and met with several pastors.  If you ever wonder what happens to the shoe box you send with Operation Christmas Child, we got to see it first-hand.  It was a humbling experience, and a great platform for us to share the Gospel.

To cap off the trip, we ventured on to Iraq. We were in the Kurdistan portion of Iraq, working with the Kurds.  They were extremely inviting.  We put together food baskets for families, took part in several church services, and got to interact with a large youth group they have started. It was a blessing to see all of these teenagers seeking the Lord and we got to share the Gospel with one young man for an extended period of time. We finished the trip meeting with a principal at a public school in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.  They welcomed us, showed us the school and we got to meet the kids.  We will be starting a feeding program for children at the school, and we helped upgrade their water tanks and drinking water piping.  Many, many open doors!

A Thankful Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful trip with a great team in November, the week of Thanksgiving.  It was full of new experiences and serving others. We helped feed children at several feeding centers throughout Guatemala.  While at one feeding center on the coast, a man came from the local conservation society with a bucket full of newly hatched sea turtles.  They are breeding them and have to release them into ocean the day they hatch.  He wanted to know if we would like to help him. Of course we did!  The children at our feeding center and our team got to release around 70 baby sea turtles into the Pacific Ocean that day.  As a bonus, the Guatemala City zoo was open for a special time at night, so we got to take all of the kids at the orphanage to visit the zoo at night. They loved it!

On another day we were able to help build a home for a family in a community near our feeding center and church in San Lucas, Guatemala.  We had the pleasure of meeting a new friend, Jeff, as he came to Guatemala just to help oversee the construction. We could not have done it without him!

Lastly, we had the privilege of hosting a large Thanksgiving dinner with the children at our orphanage.  Several years ago they asked if we could have a meal like they see in the movies. Everyone sitting down and passing the food like a family.  Humbling and heartbreaking.  Since then, we have had a great meal with them for Thanksgiving and brought presents for them to open.  It is an honor to serve and we are blessed beyond measure.

Japan – Youth Camps to Bullet Trains

We had a great team to Japan in August as we hosted a youth English camp.  We were able to take a homebuilding company that uses their company and profits to invest in the Kingdom and their employees.  They have invested in the camp in Japan and it was great to take them to work with the kids there and experience the impact of their generosity.

We started the trip by doing some work on a church in the Tokyo metro area with some great missionary friends who also organized the English camp. We replaced flooring, installed some trim, painted, cleaned, and did some gardening. But, the most amazing impact of the day happened after we left.  A girl had been watching us from across the street the entire day. Unbeknownst to us, the missionary and his family had talked to her on multiple occasions and she had even gone to a youth camp with the church.  After watching us work all day, she came over to the church and gave her life to Christ!  You never know who is watching and what impact your service is making.

The next day we went to church, and then headed to the campgrounds with the missionary and his family.  We prepared the camp for the kids to arrive.  We got to work with them on their English, play games with them and spend time in Bible studies and preaching.  We even played a giant game of Scrabble to help with English words, and they loved it!  The kids there are now able to speak Texan. LOL!  After the camp was over, we did some more work on the camp and then took the team back into Tokyo via the bullet train, and let them tour the city before they flew home.

Thailand – Water Wells to Refugees

After we sent our Mongolia team home, our family stopped in Cambodia for a day and I was able to preach in a church on Sunday.  As soon as church was out, we continued on to Bangkok and picked up our next team. We had so many things going on simultaneously with this next team it was hard to believe.  We worked in Southern Thailand for the first part of the trip.  Some team members taught the children at the project, others put on a medical clinic that saw 200 patients, others did construction work to install a fence, and we drilled a water well.

The water well was a great blessing to the project and the community. For several months each year the community runs out of water.  Now they will not!  The medical team was able to love on the kids and do check-ups and hand out much needed vitamins. Meanwhile, the teaching team was able to work with the kids all day and help take them home in the afternoons.  The rest of us got soaking wet as we installed fence posts in a downpour.  It wouldn’t stop raining, so we had to do the work in the rain, for days.  At the end of the week, all of us were able to go work at a Thai public school and share about our Thanksgiving Holiday and that allowed us to share the Gospel with the kids.

Once our time in Southern Thailand was finished, we flew back to Bangkok and got to work with missionaries there.  We were part of an English outreach on Saturday, then on Sunday we got to be a part of the church’s 25th Anniversary!  It was a great honor for us to be there and see what the Lord has done the past 25 years in Bangkok with this church.  The next morning, we went and visited the homes of Pakistani refugees and got to hear their stories and fellowship with them before flying home.

We tend to focus on what happens on a trip, but I need to share what happened a week after the trip too. The pastor of the church that came on the trip with us contacted me.  He was sharing that next Sunday with his congregation an overview of the trip. He shared the stories of the Pakistanis we met with. As the Lord would have it, a Pakistani woman happened to visit his church that Sunday, heard the stories from our trip, and got saved that morning in Tulsa, OK!  Amazing!  You never know how the Lord will use a trip, even after it is “complete.”


Ends of the Earth

We finished our most challenging trip of the summer from a transportation standpoint.  We had an amazing team join us in Mongolia.  The church that supports our feeding centers in the Gobi Desert knitted blankets for the children and were able to send them with this team.  We drove 8 hours into the desert and had an amazing time.  We were able to feed the kids, do a craft with them, hand them blankets and go to church with the community.  We even found ourselves in multiple volleyball matches with the villagers.

We then traveled back to Ulaanbaatar and were able to spend time at our orphanage and an anti-abortion clinic.  We then flew to up north and spent time with one of the missionaries we partner with in Hatgal.  We were able to go to church and see the ministry he has in that part of Mongolia.  I even got to run into some friends that graduated high school with my father and uncle.  You never know whom you will see on a mission trip.

There were a lot adventures on the trip.  As we drove through the Gobi, we stopped by a family that was herding goats.  We gave them a Mongolian Bible on an MP3 player and got to spend time with them.  We slept in yurts (they call them gers), and came in contact with camels, yaks, and reindeer.  In some places we had to take showers using a washcloth and a sink, in others we had no running water.  Our restroom was an outhouse sometimes and the desert in other times. Regardless, I can’t wait to go back to Mongolia again.


Happy 4th of July from Hong Kong!!  I hope you are doing well.  It has been an amazing journey in Asia this summer. It would take a novel to explain all that the Lord has done.  Our trip started off crazy.  Due to weather, the airlines routed us through Shanghai to Thailand, but our luggage went to Los Angeles. So, we got to do the first 6 days of the trip with no luggage!  It made travelling easier.  Praise the Lord for deodorant. LOL!

We got to have an extended trip to Thailand with a great church from South Carolina. The first half of the trip was spent in southern Thailand where the tsunami hit. We taught the kids, made concrete stepping stones, built a walkway, dug for clams for dinner one night, and got to do a cultural exchange with a Thai public school where we taught them about our Thanksgiving holiday.  They loved it so much, they asked us to come back next month with our second Thailand team. We got to work with over 300 kids and saw the Lord move in amazing ways.

The second half of the trip was in western Thailand on the Myanmar border.  We got to work at our orphanage and school there.  We taught the kids, had a field day, played soccer at the community soccer complex, hosted a teen night, and distributed water filters to families from our school. As a bonus, one day we were able to go into Myanmar and give water filters to a Burmese public school with 3,600 students.  We met the principal and leaders of the school.  You never know what doors will open.

We are now at the airport in Hong Kong with our next group, on our way to Mongolia.  I can’t wait to give you an update from Mongolia.  Until then, here are pictures from Thailand. Thank you for your prayers and support, it is because of you we are able to serve these people.

Panama to Thailand thru China

It has been a crazy couple of weeks.  I had the privilege of leading a group to Panama the first week of June.  It was great to see how the Lord used the group.  Over the course of the trip, we were able to be a part of seeing 9 people come to know the Lord as their Savior!  The team took part in distributing nearly 50 water filters and work at multiple feeding centers, where one of the children accepted Christ.  In the evenings we hosted a Marriage Conference that saw over 60 adults come for 3 nights!  Not only did the adults hear preaching on marriage, but they also had breakout sessions to discuss what they had heard.  During this time, part of the team lead the teens, which one teen accepted Christ, another group taught the children, and the rest of the team had nursery duty.  It was great to see everyone come together to be the hands and feet of Christ. We even got to get some painting and electrical work done for the missionary.

I made it home from Panama at 2 in the morning on Sunday, June 9. Got a couple of hours of sleep, went to church, washed my clothes, repacked, and headed to the airport with Kim and the girls that afternoon. That is when the fun began. After sitting at the airport for over 6 hours, our flights were delayed to the point we couldn’t make our connecting flights, so the airlines put us on new flights, through Shanghai.  The only problem, our luggage was sent to Los Angeles.  A long story short, we finally got our luggage in Thailand, 6 days later.  I’m glad I have an adventurous family that can roll with the punches.  I can’t wait to give you updates on this team in Thailand.

Drilling for Water

I have returned from Honduras and it was an amazing trip.  Part of the team helped drill a water well for a community that had no well.  They had to truck the water in to fill a tank.  We were able to drill a well at the local church and they will now be able to provide water to the community and minister to them as well.  We capped off the week by have a special service and praying over the well with the community.  Others in the group were able to visit homes and take food baskets to families.  We also distributed 60 water filters to families in need in another village and were able to share the Gospel in the process.  6 people prayed for salvation throughout the week!  Several in the group had an opportunity to teach in local schools each day and use that as a means to love on the people and share the Gospel. It was wonderful getting to see each person on the team be used by the Lord and how the body fits together to serve in a greater capacity.