Monthly Archives: May 2017

To our Connecticut chchs…

This video is particularly for our Connecticut network of warriors that stand by us.

In the video we try to keep things short and sweet. But so you fully understand what I mean by “follow up” I wanted to explain further. I have the unique opportunity to be one of the people that get to call local seekers who message us through Facebook or a website. We belong to a network of people who aggressively seek out people who are curious about the Son. There is a huge online campaign to find those who are seeking. Once the online contact has been established as strong then I am one of a couple dozen people who get to call these individuals to meet face to face, hand them a book and often times guide them into the faith and into discipleship.

So when I say guys aren’t calling back at the moment what I mean is once the initial phone call happens or after the initial face to face visit, it seems like the enemy is working extra time to keep them from returning for subsequent visits.

I hope this make sense and helps inform your prayers.

Here’s the video:


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The places wood is taken us.

As you know we are truly wanting to encourage the economy and find spiritual inroads in NAfrica so exporting olive wood has become a great road for that. However, until we get all things figured out in NAfrica, it hasn’t kept us from sources wood from places like Italy.

We have our third olive wood container about to ship and this time it is coming from Italy. I had the duty last week to lay eyes on our investment before it ships out.

While in beautiful southern Italy I might as well stay an extra night and spend time with the Lord on the coast, right?

Jenny gave me “permission” πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ to go early and rent a car so I could open my Spirit in a fresh way to the Lord.

So I found a little cubby hole on this beach and slept in my tiny rental.

Here’s some of the products we are purchasing from Italy. That top picture is th base of an olive wood trunk they say is between 600-1000yrs old. How cool and beautiful will this one-of-a-kind product be? The second picture are the turning stock pieces we have found sell well in the US. Wood turners use these pieces to carve bowls and such.

While there I was confronted with a beautiful spiritual reality that comes from the natural realm. When we read in Scripture about God wanting to prune us like a tree or vine, I think most of us have the image of removing a few tiny dead branches here and there.

However, for an olive tree to become most productive they must be chopped down to the core. This allows new branches to grow and bring fresh fruit. 

That’ll preach, huh?

This is God’s economy in every way. Both our lives and our trade. We are diligently working hard to see this olive wood business succeed. But we call upon divine favor because we are weak. And we have found it to be true that God cares more about pruning us than He does us succeeding. But success is also of the Lord, correct?

Let’s not forget this image below:

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A big victory for everyone!

We want to tell the story in pictures of how far we have all come in just over one year with our olive wood dream.

Just over a year ago (Feb 2016) we began to do research about the possibilities of exporting olive wood from NAfrica to OWT in Lexington. Here’s our very first picture of olive wood trees in NAfrica:

Then Nathan and I buy our first olive wood slab from a woodcraft store in Lexington to experiment with this wood:

Right around Mother’s Day last year we had an open house in Lexington for people to come and see and hear this dream.

Here’s our first truckload of wood last fall in NAfrica (you might remember, the first round was a disaster… the guys brought us fire wood, not export worthy logs):

Round two (now we’re talkin’):

Pics of the logs getting milled in NAfrica:

Shipping from NAfrica:

Arrival to Lexington:

The preparation of our first order:

And finally, after just over a year of our announcement to begin exporting olive wood from NAfrica, we delivered our first tables to our first customer… FAC in Lexington. On Mother’s Day 2017 we were able to deliver 7 bar height coffee tables to our mother chch in Lexington.

This has been a nearly unbearable journey. We are still in the midst of extremely difficult times. Simply put, this has been really hard.

However, each and everyone one of you reading this has prayed, given, encouraged or visited at one time or another. We did not get to this point on our own work ethic or genius. Not even close. This has been a victory for all of us.

In the midst of such hard (but good) times, we believe this victory demands celebrating and giving thanks to all of you and to the Lord we all serve together.

Let’s PTL together!

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