Football and Jesus


This week has been so much fun, I had forgotten how much I enjoy coaching! It has been truly incredible to see how far these guys have come since Monday, which for some was their first time throwing or catching a football. By Thursday night they were running play action pass plays, running in motion and calling audibles! Football has been fun, but the cake goes to Christ revealed. Laci (on my left) trusted Christ this past Tuesday evening and the others on my team have grown in their faith as we have shared testimonies and talked about what it means to follow Christ. It’s hard to express the joy I feel in my heart and as you read this on your phone or from your computer you cannot see the tears of joy streaming down my face. It has been a joyous week! Thank you for your prayers, thank you for your support and I thank God for His faithfulness and gift of salvation! Amen.

I Speak Hungarian

My Hungarian is coming along nicely. Just kidding. I want you all to meet Tamás (Thomas). He is my translator this week and the reason I can truthfully say, “I speak Hungarian.” Without him, it would be very difficult to coach football and build the relationships with the kids that I have up to this point. I don’t think I’ve ever made a friend so quickly! He is going into his second year at the Word of Life Bible Institute and hopes to furthe20160809_191007_HDRr his studies in the States. My connection with Dallas Theological Seminary is interesting to him because he knows some of the professors who come out to Hungary and teach occasionally at the school. I’m excited to see what God has in store for him!


What Barriers?


Language barriers, cultural barriers, barriers, barriers, barriers. This is what I knew yesterday. I don’t speak Hungarian. I’m grossly unfamiliar with their context. How is this going to really work? Today I saw God move, my perspective was shaken and my doubt was replaced with trust. I could share several stories from today that quickened my faith but I have to talk about the picture above. We had around 10 people playing ‘Round Robin’ on the ping pong table after dinner this evening, the only language I heard was laughter! Game after game, more people joined in. I can’t say if this game had any eternal impact, but I can tell you we all had a blast! Just in the first full day of camp including football, baseball and English I saw walls come tumbling down. I look back on today and I say, “What barriers?” The Father enthroned in Heaven, Christ as King next to Him, and the Holy Spirit here giving testimony to the Truth! May Christ reign supreme in the lives of these campers! Please keep Laci in your prayers as he will speak tomorrow evening (around noon CT) and present the gospel! Our God is so good!

What does your heart beat for?


Today was our first official day here at Word of Life camp. This morning we worshiped together with the counselors and staff members here at the camp and were asked two important questions by Snail (the Director of Word of Life Hungary, Laci’s boss!), “what does your heart beat for?” and “what will you do for the ministry?” We will have all week to talk about our answers to those two questions and even start to act on the second question. Will you join us? We spent a majority of the day prepping for our week of teaching English and coaching sports. Randall, our Sports Ministries Coordinator reminded us during our orientation of the reason we are here, he echoed the questions from earlier and pointed to Christ. We are here to support the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ! This evening after all the campers arrived, that is just what Laci began to explain. He showed us the “evidence” of the Creator by pointing to creation. Please be in prayer for the 100+ campers here this week, some hearing and learning about our Triune God for the very first time!

5,630 Miles


We left Dallas on Friday around 10pm and arrived here in Toalmas, Hungary around 9pm (2pm CT) last night. 5,630 miles in 17 hours. I can only imagine what Paul and missionaries from the first 1900 years after Christ would think! We have much to be thankful for, including you and your prayers and support! Our travels were “hiccup free” and went very smoothly! Our team of 21 is down to 18 because Isaac did not receive his passport in time and John and Lisa Paulson received word on our way to the airport of Paul’s mother having had a stroke in Kansas. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.