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    Book Signing – Rooftop Reflections

    When are you going to have a book signing?

    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

    Schwenksville, PA

    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.

    A Broken Heart – Guatemala 2018 Update

    I’d rather have a broken arm than a broken heart.

    Christie Brinkley

    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..

    How I Got to Guatemala in the First Place

    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:

    1. Donate funds to help make it happen.  Go to rooftopreflections.com, then click on the GIVE! link.
    2. Go to Guatemala with us.  We need a team of 12-15 people to make it happen.  If we have more than 15, we’ll build another house (or more).  Go to rooftopreflections.com, then click on the GO! link.
    3. Spread the word about Guatemala.  Go to rooftopreflections.com, and click on the ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY! link.  Read it for yourself, and send copies to your friends and families.
    4. Pray.  Seems simple, but this is an absolutely important step as we move forward.  Thank you!

    Do Something that Scares You!

    “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    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.

    Maybe we weren’t meant for comfort.

    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.

    “Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.”
    Harvey MacKay

    What scares you?  What are you doing that makes you scared?  Are you looking for easy?  Or are you looking for worth it?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

    Think Enriched – How to Stretch Yourself to Become Your Best

    While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.

    Matt Bevin

    This week, I had the honor of being a guest on Amy Robles’ podcast – Think Enriched with Amy Robles.

    We talked about the Stretched Men Group, Rooftop Reflections, and about becoming EXTRAORDINARY!

    Do me a favor, and give the episode a listen.  (Then consider subscribing to Amy’s podcast.)

    What have you been up to this week?  Share your experience in the comments.

    Rooftop Reflections – My New Book Has Arrived!

    TODAY is the day!

    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.

    To steal a phrase from Jeff Goins, Guatemala WRECKED me.  In fact, it flipped my world upside down and caused me to look at things differently – in an EXTRAORDINARY way.

    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.

    Join the Launch Team for My New Book #RooftopReflections

    The most anxious time was during launch, just because that is so dramatic.

    Sally Ride

    ONE MONTH FROM TODAY, my upcoming book (Rooftop Reflections) officially releases.
    The book is ready to go, but there is still work to do before I can release the book to the world.
    This is where I could really use your help.

    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.

    When you join the launch team, you get…

    When you sign up for the Rooftop Reflections Launch Team, you’ll get a pre-release PDF version of the book, and you’ll get access to the Rooftop Reflections Launch Team Facebook Group.  In addition, you’ll get updates on the book release.

    When you join the launch team, you agree to help…

    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!

     

    Hope Rises From The Dust #Guatemala2017

    Sometimes we find ourselves in desperate situations. It seems like there is no hope, no future, and no prospect of things getting any better.

    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!

    Hope rises from the dust.

    Following The Great Commission #ShortTermMissions

    “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.”

    James Hudson Taylor

    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.

    Short-term missions provides the opportunity to live out part of the Great Commission.

    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:

    4 Ways to Make the Great Commission a Reality in Your Life

    1. SERVE – Serve in your local community.  You can serve at soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, and nursing homes.  There are hundreds of ways to practically share the love of Christ right where you live.  Open your eyes.  Get involved.  Serve!
    2. GIVE – Give your financial resources to support others who are sharing Christ’s love.  Give to your local church first.  Then look for organizations or missionaries to bless with the overflow of your finances.  If you need help in figuring this out, you should check out organizations like Compassion International, CMF International, Lifeline Christian Mission, and Casas por Cristo.  In the wake of the recent catastrophe in Houston, you might want to check out IDES (International Disaster Emergency Service).  People don’t like to talk about money, but finances are one of the key ingredients for making life change possible at home and overseas.  Don’t underestimate that power of your gift to help others know the love of Christ.
    3. PRAY – Pray.  It seems simple, but prayer is essential to sharing Christ’s love around the world.  Pray for missionaries who are serving.  Pray for wisdom, for energy, for boldness, and for protection.  Pray for those being served.  Pray for God’s provision, for open hearts and minds, and for wholeness and healing.
    4. GO – Sign up today to go on a short-term missions trip.  My words can only give you a small glimmer into the power and effectiveness of a short-term missions trip on the lives of others and on your life.  Don’t just take my word for it.  Start planning your trip now.

    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!

    What are you doing to make The Great Commission a reality in your life?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.  

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