Join the Stretched Community
All-Time Popular Posts
This is a question I’ve been asked over and over again.
It’s a humbling question. And to be honest, answering the question with action has actually scared me.
I’ve made excuse after excuse, and I’ve put off hosting this kind of event…until now.
That’s right! I’m pleased to announce I’ll be holding my first book signing event this summer.
Here are the details:
Rooftop Reflections Book Signing
August 18, 2018
10AM – 1PM
for more details and to RSVP: rooftopreflections.com/booksigning
This will be an opportunity to get your own signed copy of Rooftop Reflections and to help further ministry to widows and orphans in Guatemala.
I’m preparing for an upcoming Toastmasters speech where I will be sharing part of my book, Rooftop Reflections, with meeting attendees. Specifically, I’ll be sharing part of the chapter titled A Broken Heart.
In the video below, there is also an update about our plans for an upcoming trip to Guatemala later this year along with what I’ll be sharing at Toastmasters..
My passion for Guatemala started several years ago. Here’s the story:
Our family is planning our next trip to Guatemala this December. Here’s how you can help:
This is how I kick off the recently released trailer for my book, Rooftop Reflections. I started sharing it on social media last week, but I realized some of you may not follow me there.
A big THANK YOU goes to David Wasserman and Kenzi Media for their help with this part of my book project.
Here it is!
Sunday night, I did something that absolutely scared me.
Leanne and I kicked off our Guatemala Strategic Advisory Board (GSAB). We prayerfully gathered a group of individuals and couples we believed could provide wisdom, accountability, and prayer support for us as we consider what our future ministry to Guatemala might look like in the days, months, and years ahead.
I honestly didn’t think I would be terrified when I started. In fact, I figured everything would simply fall into place as a result of taking the next step. I knew Leanne and I needed some help discerning our next steps, but I figured our passions would naturally mesh with our stories from the past to pave an easy path towards the future.
I have a passion for building homes for widows and orphans, and Leanne has a passion for children and families. Surely, we could easily blend these passions into something that made sense to us, to our advisory board, and to others.
I think we’ll get there, but I think it’s going to take more time, more work, and more prayer.
When Leanne asked me last night what I thought of the evening with our GSAB, I responded with mixed thoughts and emotions. First, I was excited to see how God had led us to some amazing people with an amazing mix of experiences and skills. We have teachers, engineers, mechanics, homemakers, event planners, builders, business owners, tax collectors, marketers, and project managers on our team. We even have someone on the board who has served on two mission boards. I truly believe we have people on the GSAB who are so wise. I felt humbled to be surrounded by them.
My second response to Leanne was one of fear – not a bad fear – an appropriate fear of what we are entering.
When I initially read Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote above, I think of trying something new every day. As I ponder her words more, I realize there are times when we have to enter into the unknown in order to truly discover our selves, our mission, and our place in the world. The unknown can be scary. It’s not what we know. It’s not where we are comfortable.
Where does it say in the Bible, “thou shall be comfortable”? I don’t think it does. (Contentment and comfort aren’t the same in my book.)
I guess some of my fear with the GSAB relates to coming to terms with the hard physical work, the hard mental work, the hard emotional work, and the hard spiritual work ahead of us.
What will be the outcome of our GSAB and our desire to serve in Guatemala?
I honestly don’t know.
I don’t know how much it will cost? I don’t know how much it will hurt? I don’t know much, but I know the journey will be worth it in the end.
I don’t want to live my life to be comfortable. I want to live a life that matters, and I ultimately want to live a life that points others to Christ and draws them to Him.
This week, I had the honor of being a guest on Amy Robles’ podcast – Think Enriched with Amy Robles.
Do me a favor, and give the episode a listen. (Then consider subscribing to Amy’s podcast.)
Rooftop Reflections is officially available on Amazon.com for all the world to see, purchase, and review.
I’m truly praying this book will have an impact on readers which will hopefully result in having an impact on churches, communities, and the world.
This process of writing and launching this book has taken me down a wonderful journey – a journey which has confirmed to me that we are meant to be part of something EXTRAORDINARY. Too many of us are stuck in the ordinary (or at least the perception of ordinary). I know, because this was my story. It all changed when a young youth pastor at my church invited me to go to Guatemala in 2012 with him and a bunch of high school students. I was the guy working in corporate America trying to keep these running smoothly for my family and my life in general.
Purchase your copy of Rooftop Reflections – Missional Thoughts of an Ordinary Guy in an Extraordinary Place TODAY by clicking HERE.
For more information about the book, I’d encourage you to go to the book website at rooftopreflections.com.
In today’s world, a successful book release requires the support of a lot of people. Gaining traffic and traction for a book launch happens when people talk about the book and share it with their friends, family, and colleagues. It happens when people introduce the book and the author to other people with influence.
Rooftop Reflections is all about encouraging readers to move from the ordinary to find the extraordinary in their lives. The book shares my story and passion for Guatemala, and it challenges readers to find ways to serve their neighbors around the world and right next door.
Today, I am officially starting the Rooftop Reflections Launch Team. If you think you can help, I’d love to invite you to join the team.
In exchange for joining the Rooftop Reflections Launch Team, I’m asking you to post a review for the book over at Amazon.com. I’m also asking you to promote the book and share your ideas for making the book launch a BIG SUCCESS.
To sign up for the Rooftop Reflections Launch Team, go over to the book website at rooftopreflections.com and hit the link to Join the Team.
(If you know someone who is a perfect fit for the launch team, please pass this along to them and encourage them to sign up TODAY.)
Thanks in advance for you help!
As I was going through old emails today, I discovered an email that had a video link to the work site where we build a house earlier this summer. The video shows the dusty location where our team would build a house for Lydia and her family. Check out the video below.
Now look at these pictures of Lydia, her family, and the house.
I don’t know what your situation is right now. I don’t know what uphill battle you are facing. I don’t know the dusty, barren period you have found yourself in recently.
But I do know there is HOPE for you!
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
This is a passage known as The Great Commission. It captures some of the last words Jesus shared with his disciples.
I’m not a theologian, but I interpret part of this to mean we are supposed to share Christ and His love at home and abroad.
When people hear that my family is involved in short-term missions in Guatemala, they sometimes ask why we need to go so far away to serve others. They point to the incredible need in the United States, and they don’t understand why in the world anyone needs to travel so far away and “waste” so much money to serve people elsewhere. Some also point to the perceived inefficiency and ineffectiveness of overseas short-term missions. (I’ll try to address that in a future post.)
I can’t be everywhere at the same time, and I definitely won’t have an opportunity to serve and make disciples in all nations; however, I can do for one or for a few what I want to do for everyone. And if every Christian develops this mindset, we can actually reach all nations. Our family makes a point of serving in our local community (this is one of the reasons we started H.O.P.E.), but we also try to intentionally invest outside of our local community and around the world.
If you and your family are looking for ways to make the Great Commission a greater reality in your lives, you might want to consider these ideas:
Does the Great Commission involve more than short-term missions? Yes. The Great Commission talks about baptizing and teaching. These are other important areas for you to discuss and discover. Many people do not feel equipped to teach and baptize, and they use that feeling as an excuse not to serve others and to get involved. The Great Commission was meant for the disciples and for you if you call yourself a Christ-follower. If stepping into short-term missions scares you, remember the last sentence. Christ is with you!