New Family Video!

In case you do not get our email updates, our new family video is here!  I put this video together with photos and video clips from our teams and trips in 2018.  It has been a great year, and still more to happen.  Thank you for your prayers and support. As you watch this video, know that you had a part in making it possible.  All of the lives that have been touched, were as a result of your involvement.  I am also grateful for all of you that joined us and used your talents to serve others around the world.  Thank you for going with us and making this year a blessed year.

Want our email updates? Signup here:

Now, on with the video!


The Rest of the Story

You may remember from two years ago the story I posted about a boy with no known language.  The picture above is of him on my shoulders when I was in Mae Sot in 2014.  He came to the orphanage from a remote area of Burma and nobody knew what language he spoke.  He didn’t understand Burmese or Thai and it was difficult to find a way to communicate with him.  As Paul Harvey would say, here is the rest of the story.

Today he is speaking and thriving in his new environment.  The children at the school love him and he is really doing great.  It was wonderful to see him again. Here is a video of him playing catch with a football with our group.  I know the Lord has great plans for him.  We now know that his name is Paulus.  I love to get to watch kids like this grow over time and see their stories unfold.

We Made The News

As most of you know, I was with a team in Mongolia this past October.  Part of our time was spent at our orphanage there.  We had the distinction of being named the number 1 orphanage in Mongolia.  They did a special news documentary on our orphanage that broadcast across Mongolia.  Unfortunately, it is in Mongolian, or I would send it out for you to watch.

However, our team interviewed me on the trip and they have put together a video with a few clips from the news broadcast, then to my interview about the orphanage.  I’m really excited about this project.  In the 10 years that it has been open, we have been able to adopt out of the orphanage 110 children to loving families both in Mongolia and around the world.  Here is the video:

But, don’t take my word for it, join me sometime and see it with your own eyes.

Short Term Trip – Long Term Vision

Can a short-term mission trip really have a long-term impact?  Yes it can.  Here is a video from our recent trip to Nicaragua, so that you can see it with your own eyes.  The team from The Creek Church went down and helped build a new church in a village.  We went door-to-door in the community to invite people to church, and at the end of the week we were able to participate in the first ever church service in the village.  How significant is this?  There is no church in this village.  Not from any denomination, religion, group, etc.  Nothing!  Being part of planting a new church is special.  I’m looking forward to watching it grow and reach people.  There are already over 100 kids attending the Bible Club every week.

1 Year in Guatemala

A lot can happen in a year.  Here is a video about our recent trip with Trinity Baptist to Guatemala.  We took them in 2014 as well, and it is awesome to see what the Lord has done in 1 year.

In 2014 we worked on constructing a new orphanage.  This year we got to play with 20 kids that are now living in the orphanage.

In 2014 we went to church in Sumpango.  This year we got to feed kids, make home visits, and provide the praise music for church.

In 2014 we went to San Lucas and fed kids and did home visits.  This year we were able to help work on the construction of the new church and work at the feeding center.

In 2014 we prayed over a vacant piece of land in El Arado. This year we were able to see the new church that has been constructed on that land and help with a medical clinic and go on home visits in El Arado.

I love seeing how the Lord is continuing His work in Guatemala.  We are so humbled to be a small part of it.

Motorbike City

Just got back from Vietnam, I’ll post an update with some pics in a second blog.  However, I wanted to share a video I put together of the motorbikes (motorcycles) in Vietnam.  There are 6 million of them in Ho Chi Minh City alone!  This is definitely the main mode of transportation here. I did portions of the clips in slow motion so that they were easier to see.  Enjoy!

#GivingTuesday – Here are the Details


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

You know people and businesses that are looking for something to give towards.  With over 18,000 non-profits that are registered at it is hard for people to pick.  Let your friends know about MANNA.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Click here to find out more about what you can do, where the money will go, and how you donation will be matched.

A Summer Looking Back

It is officially September and summer is over.  The kids are back and school, and football is back on the field.  I love the fall, and cooler weather.  It is hard to believe how quickly the summer went.  How was your summer?  I know ours was amazing and blessed.

As a family, we flew over 60,000 airline miles and spent time on 3 continents.  I want to thank everyone for their support of our mission work.  It is because of your support that we were able to to travel to Thailand, Romania, and Guatemala and minister to hundreds of people around the world.  Whatever impact we may have had in their lives it was directly because of your support and you enabling us to do this full-time on your behalf.

It is an honor to partner with you as we reach this world together.  Here is a video I put together with pictures from our travels this summer.  I wanted you to see what you were a part of.