Ministry Life: It’s Good To Have Something On The Side For A Sense of Accomplishment and Completion

Ever felt that feeling of accomplishment after a great day at work? Ministry work is one of those jobs where you rarely feel that sense of real accomplishment and the work weighs on you 24/7. Ask anyone in ministry they’ll tell you there’s always something to be done or someone in need. And, you rarely …

When Life Hands You Lemons, God Can Give You Water & Sugar

A few weeks ago, I found out that Young Life was pulling the plug on Amsterdam. At first I was extremely frustrated. All that work over the past year seemed like it was wasted. The rest of the day was spent praying about what now. Throughout the day though, God reminded me that He called …

Doing What I Like So I Can Eventually Get To Do What I Love

Kind of a crazy title, but some of you may understand exactly what it is I'm talking about. See I love working with youth. I've just finished a four year run of working with a youth group in Amsterdam and am back in America. But one day, hopefully soon, I'll be able to work with the youth …

Reverse Culture Shock…be patient with us dealing with it

Many people have heard about culture shock. But it's reverse culture shock that can really make life difficult. Reverse Culture Shock happens when a person lives outside their "home" country for an extended period of time and then return to their old home only to find things have changed and they have changed. Let me …

Loneliness…it’s a ministry killer

I stopped doing my blog and podcast several months ago for one reason, depression from loneliness. My status on Facebook was “It’s not the stress, culture, or money that would keep me from continuing to do ministry abroad…It’s loneliness.” Everything kind of came to a head in October where I wasn’t sure if I wanted …