Discovering the Heart of Missions in a 5-Year Old

This morning I was talking with Ella about our trip to visit my parents in Cambodia in the summer of 2014.  She told me she wanted to learn how to speak Cambodian before we went.  Completely logical request, though unique from a 5-year old.

Leaning to speak Khmer (the Cambodian language) wouldn’t be too hard since my parents are visiting this summer.   I told  her that we can ask them for words or phrases to learn during the week they are here.  She then asked me what would be some good phrases and words to know.

My response was the typical:

  • “hi”
  • “bye”
  • “thank you”

However, that didn’t really interest her.  Instead Ella asks:

“Daddy, I want to know how to say”

  • “Jesus loves you”
  • “Jesus love the little children”
  • “God will always be with you as long as you believe in Him”

“Daddy, I want to know other words that I can tell kids in Cambodia and other words that Kids Missionaries say”

Of course at this point, I am completely shocked by how our conversation has progressed.  My mind was on simple words to get us through the day.  Her mind was on words that would deeply change the hearts of the people she interacted.  I only cared about our daily well-being, while she cared about others’ eternal well-being.

I was planning this trip as a Father-Daughter Vacation, however it looks like Ella feels this is a Father-Daughter Missions Trip.  She loves her grandparents, but I think she’s more excited to go to a foreign country where there are going to be kids who do not know Jesus.

It’s amazing that God can often teach us lessons through our kids.  My daughter is a great reflection of someone who desires to express to others the life that is already in her.  That’s the heart of Missions right?  It’s not a duty or a job, it’s simply expressing the Good News that we have received to anyone we come in contact with.

So now this throws a curve in our budget.  When she gets older, maybe we save for Missions Trips instead of Disney Trips or Summer Camp.

My prayer is that my daughter’s innocent and sincere heart for others never leaves her.  And if I work at it, maybe I can get there too one day.


How I Proposed to My Wife 10 Years Ago.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day has a different significance for me because it is the day that radically changed my life. Let me take you back to 2003.

I was a junior in college at Nyack College and still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life (in some respects, I’m still trying to figure that out). Two months prior, I started dating a senior at Nyack College named Melinda and we were truly in love.

At this point we knew we wanted to get married, so much to the point that I already had the ring. During the Winter break, she met my parents and I met her parents. Both of her parents gave us their blessing to get married.

Melinda knew that I had the ring, but didn’t know exactly when I was going to propose. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we had no school so I spent the day in New York City with my good friend Taylor. When down there I purchased 2 stuffed dogs from legendary toy store FAO Schartz. Upon arriving back on campus, I called up Melinda and asked her to take a ride with me.

During one of the coldest days of the year, we drove down to the Nyack pier with an excellent view of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge. There I presented her a gift of the 2 dogs with a ring wrapped in between both dogs.

Of course she said “yes” and we immediately drove back to campus to tell anybody we could. To be honest, I was scared out of my mind because I was making a serious life-commitment. Let’s be honest, I was only 22! But without a doubt in my mind, I did know that God had brought us together and we were supposed to be married.

I believe that in life we are most rewarded when we take risks and just jump to the next step, allowing God to catch us and guide us along the way.

10 years ago I proposed to the love of my life and I am a better man for that today. Looking forward to celebrating our 10 year anniversary in August!

I love you Melinda!

Welcome to My New Blog

Welcome to my new blog site. My goal has always been to have a central website that allows me to write down my random thoughts along with posting my current ministry schedule.

I hope that you find this blog useful. If you do, please read, comment, and share my posts with others. If you go to the Ministry Schedule page, you can find an up-to-date schedule on where I’m speaking next.


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