Story is defined as an account of past events in someone's life or in the evolution of something. A good story has complex characters, action that builds, an exciting storyline, and surprising plot twists. We don’t often think of our lives as a story, but they are, which is why great stories resonate with us. Whether … Continue reading The Power of Story
Making our way from the city of Addis Ababa landed us in traffic which resembles chaos. Vehicles of all kinds weaving in and out cutting one another off makes for a hair-raising ride. It is easier to trust the driver and look away. Gazing out the window gives more understanding of this place anyway. There … Continue reading Entering Ethiopia
What do you get when you have 8,600 grounded flights, 10,000 feet altitude, and 74 people on a mission trip in Ecuador? A very interesting Parent Vision Trip. When we were settling into our seats in Atlanta, our pilot came over the intercom saying there was a problem with our plane. They were going to … Continue reading What Do You Get…
A Parent Vision Trip (PVT) is when parents of World Racers go to the field for a week to be with their kids in another country. They get to do ministry with their sons and daughters. It is a life changing trip. I am fortunate enough with my job, to go along on these trips … Continue reading The Beauty of Nicaragua
After the World Racers and their parents have been reunited with many tears and much joy, the mission begins. Over the next few days our hosts create plans for how we can help them in their mission to love their people well. It is pretty straight forward, feed the poor, care for the widows and … Continue reading Stories of the Gates (part 2)
“Mom, you are going to have to prepare yourself. Time isn’t the same in other countries. You have to take off your American-time-consciousness and your need for control of your schedule in order to just go with it.” No truer words have ever been spoken. You see, my daughter knows me. She knows I like … Continue reading How Do You Prepare for a PVT?
You might be a parent preparing for a ParentVisionTrip if: The knots in your stomach have turned to butterflies. You have a long, long list of items to bring, from your racer and the team. You wonder how you can fit said list AND your own stuff into one carry on. You consider wearing the … Continue reading You Might be a Parent going on a PVT if…