In preparing for the time for my wife and I to share, I have poured once again through years of pictures (mostly on Facebook) to sum up a little of my experience living the mission.
In taking this stroll down memory lane I saw pictures from Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Portugal, Uruguay, Peru, Yemen, Oman, Jordan, India, and China to name a few. It's mind boggling to consider that I have been able to visit so many countries and participate in the advance of the Kingdom among so many people in so many ways. Looking at the pictures I also noticed that I was rarely alone in those adventures. Many times my wife, children, or friends from around the world were right there at my side and growing in their faith as we shared the joy that has been placed in us.
I will close with the words that I read recently from an author and speaker who I respect greatly, Nik Ripken, who wrote, "How did we take Jesus’ COMMAND to go to the Nations & convert it into some kind of mystical “call?” If it is a command, no one gets a pass."