Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Still on the GO!

Dear Friends,

I am sorry that you have not heard from me in a few weeks. Things have been very busy, so I do want to catch you up - but it will have to be still forthcoming as it is very late here and I fly out to Italy tomorrow. My good friend Max is going with me for a few days which will make it a great time and good fellowship.

Thanks for your prayers. If you have tried to e-mail me in the last five weeks, I have not recieved it as we are experiencing terrible e-mail trouble. I am very sorry.

Still not sure of my exact return date as I may be going on deployment in the Middle East in December, thus extending my return date by up to two weeks. Pray with me that this door will open if it is what God wants. There is a tremendous need for encouragement and ministry downrange with our troops!

I must go - be assured that there will be more updates very soon!

Pack light and don't forget your passport!


Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Amongst the Monks

Hello All,
A couple of weeks ago I took three days and had a personal retreat. It is so important in the middle of our busy lives to take a time of rest and retreat. That sounds like a far-fetched dream for many of you - but even an early morning time of coffee and solitude and quiet can refresh the soul. I had a few days in between two locations and I found a retreat at a Trappist monastery in Achelse Kluis, Belgium.

There are many things about the Monastic lifestyle I do not fully understand; however, I am grateful that they have preserved a sanctuary for quietness, rest, and reflection in a world so depleted of these resources.

During my respite I truly rested, spend time in the word, memorized scripture, wrote, took walks and thought about a lot of things. All meals were spent in silence, although I did get to develop some good relationships with other there on personal retreat as well and had some very interesting conversations

If ever you are traveling in Europe, I recommend this experience. However, we have monasteries in America also that offer guest housing for those wanting personal retreat. Thanks for staying in touch.

Pack light and don't forget your passport!


Belgium - SHAPE & NSA

Hello again!
I have moved on from my time in Belgium working with chaplains at the Supreme Headquarters of Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE) in Moons, Belgium and the NATO Support Activities (NSA) group in Brussels. Belgium - as far as weather - had its fare share of dreariness - but the opportunities for ministry were great. Some of the activities included - Youth & family Concerts, Men's Groups - teaching and music, WOC (women of the Chapel), Chapel services, and House Concerts.

I had an opportunity to reconnect with some chaplains I had been with before - Ch Strong and Ch Druckenmiller. I had worked with both of them before in other countries. It was great to also see people at these concerts that I had met before and now they are starting to sing along and know the words to my songs - and even - on occasion - make a specific request.

There have been many good times of fellowship with fellow brothers and sisters. God is faithful to bring that into my life at every turn. The family of God is a beautiful thing to experience on a world-wide level. It is always incredible to build such good relationships on the unshakeable foundation of Christ and truly enter into one another's lives.

I was able to take a day and travel to one of my favorite cities in the world - Brugge, Belgium. I suppose one of my reasons for it being a favorite is the amazing chocolate that is made there by families from generation to generation.

There are new posts published on Azimuth for your blogging enjoyments. Please take some time to check them out and pass them on to friends - Taming the Wild Heart and Baggage.

Thank you so much for your prayer and support. I look forward to seeing many of you back home soon or on the road somewhere!

Pack light and don't forget your passport!


Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Garmisch, Germany & The Austrian Tyrol

White Water in Austria
Hey Friends!
I just finished up ten days ministering to US troops at JFC Brunnsum, Netherlands. It was great again to reconnect with old friends and build new relationships and interface with new soldiers. My time was spent working with Chaplain Reeves and the various ministry outreaches of the Brunnsum Chapel from youth, to adult bible studies, chapel services, and field qualification training.

Last Thursday, CH Reeves and I went to the firing range and provided lunch for soldiers qualifying with the M-16. During their cycle through lunch, I did some acousitics sets of music and challenges from the Word. It was great to see them encouraged and challenged by the message.

This last weekend we lead a retreat of single and unaccompanied soldiers to Garmisch in Bavaria and did white water rafting in the Austrian Tyrol region. I spoke at retreat sessions on our Identity in Christ. As you can see from the picture we had a great time discovering what it means to be the "Thought of God" as we experienced the beauty of God's creation up close and personal!

Thanks for staying tuned in, and thanks for the prayers. Please check out the ever-updating BLOG Azimuth with the new entry - "Is IT In You?"

Pack light and don't forget your passport,

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

From Switzerland to Spangdahlem

Kandersteg, Switzerland
Originally uploaded by DynamicPerspective.

Hey Everyone!

I have been out on the road now for two weeks already and time is flying fast. I just returned from a weekend retreat with The Navigators Ministry hiking in Kandersteg, Switzerland! It was fantastic! I lead the worship at the evening sessions and was able to reconnect with several military folks that I have worked with and met through the last few years. The Alps are always beautiful!

It was great to provide the worship and sing with these troops. They were so ready to worship and it was exciting to meet their readiness with a foundation of scripture and focus on Christ! I was able to reconnect with Robert Nuccio - a friend I spent a good deal of time with in Iceland earlier this year. He has transferred to Germany and was on the hike. We hiked together the first day; it was encouraging to see his growth in the Lord.

I spent a couple of days with my buddy Max Strange in Ramstein. He and I always enjoy incredible discussion of Biblical truth and we dig into great challenges in scripture. I always leave Max and feel more sharpened than before we spent time together. We got to spend more quality time together on this trip then ever before.

Today I traveled by train to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany and did a concert of music and teaching for a group there. It was an effective night and had some good conversations with troops afterwards. It is past midnight and I need to turn in. I travel to the Netherlands tomorrow and begin a 12 day time of ministry in that area.

Check out my new Blog Post on Azimuth called "Beautiful Judgment" - you can find the link at the Segue Cafe at

Travel light - and don't forget your passport,