Saturday, June 14, 2008

From Etna to Africa

First off, let me begin by thanking everyone for the comments, encouragement and prayer over the last month. You have no idea how these things propel me forward in the summer. Before I go any further in recapping this last week, I want to reiterate God's Word where it assures that "[we conquer] him (the evil one) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of [our] testimony, for [we] love not our lives even unto death" (Rev 12:11). While this may sound extreme to some, we have got to take confidence in this, that we literally overcome the evil one by the sacrifice of Christ and our testimony, our sharing of our experience(s) of what the Lord's done and is doing. It is my prayer that this blog does just that. That every post, whether it be submitted by myself, Carrie, Amber, or anyone for that matter, be uplifting and facilitate further the undeniable conquering and overcoming of the evil one in each of our lives as well as in the body of Christ. So, in saying that, I encourage each person who views this blog to begin sharing what the Lord is doing where you are at, whether it be through a blog post or a comment on any of the posted blogs.

The first Parent-Teen/Husband-Wife program of the summer has officially come to a close today. For the sake of time I'm not going to give a detailed description of everything the Lord's done thus far, though I wish I could. However, I will share some highlights.

Though I am uncertain of his last name, I am going to tell you about a guy named Steve. He brought his son, Steven, to the Father-Son program this past week. Both are from Kenya, Africa. Little did I know that the sole purpose of their presence here was to see if JH would work in a place like Kenya. After the week was up, they both assured that in the next two years, efforts were going to be made to begin what we call an "Outback" in Kenya. Praise the Lord!

Also, this past week there was a lot of healing of relationships between parents and their teens. A verse in Malachi talks about how "he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers," and to see it take place right before my eyes is an amazing and uncompromising thing.

I'm sorry I am at a lack of words to type right now. It's my day off, so I am kind of in "chill-mode" at the moment.

Happy Father's Day dad. Wish I could be there for it!

May we seek Your face with unwavering faith, God. May we not forsake our walk with You because we are so fixed on our work for You. May we know and believe the love that You have for us. That you are love, and if we abide in love, we abide in You. And You abide in us.


  1. Praise God for my friend Travis! Everytime I read your blogs I get an overwhelming since of God's amazing grace! How in the world did he give us such amazing oppertunities for the summer to draw so close to him and expierience him to profoundly? No doubt in my mind we don't deserve it, but by his grace we have recieved it! Praise God! Keep on blogging! Love ya!

  2. Travis - I so enjoy reading your blogs. It is so great to hear how God is working not only in the present but preparing and making great plans in the not so near future. Praying for you and the ministry there.

  3. Hey Trav,
    I've been reading your blogs and have truly enjoyed them-but yesterday my sister informed me that reading them was not good enough, so here I am saying "I'm sorry". Anyways I can see where God has some amazings things planned for you this soummer. I praise God for the awesome young man you have grown into and your obedience in letting Him use you. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Aunt Marsha

  4. "God. May we not forsake our walk with You because we are so fixed on our work for You" That statement has been so imbedded in my mind....I find myself "so busy" that I leave out the most important one in my life, Jesus Christ...thank you Travis for such wisdom and opening my heart...will be praying for you, Amber and Carrie to continue to allow God to work mightily in your lives....Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

  5. Travis I so enjoy your blogs and look forward to updates each week..How truly blessed you are to be a part of such great work for our God....You are always in my prayers and look forward to your next blog...hope your finger is better and stitches healed.....Grandma C