Monthly Archives: August 2017

Answered olive wood prayers.

We are well aware of the fact that we don’t always find the time, bandwidth or discipline to complete everyone blog post that is left open ended.  For example, each story of what God is doing in the life of any one person is clearly a story in progress. We would love to help everyone stay updated on each story here, but it’s not realistic. Thanks for understanding and thanks for being patient with us.

However, I did want to update everyone on a unique prayer that has remained open ended until yesterday. Last December and January, you may recall, we were asking prayer for a potentially huge olive wood customer. That customer did give us a “pre-order” of what they would take. However it would require us taking a risk on buying another container full of such olive wood products. So, we took the risk. I’ve gone to Italy a couple times since then to discover and double check on such products. We asked for prayer. We purchased an entire container. The container has now landed in Lexington. And as of yesterday the prayers, you could say, have come to bear fruit in full. We received the real time order from one nationwide store and expect many more just like it from different stores of the same chain. 

PTL. He is at work in our company like He is in the lives of millions of people all over the world. The pain of transformation is usually not enjoyable, but it produces good things. And in the midst of our personal and company transformation, God continues to answer prayers for sales as well.

Thank you for praying. There is much more work to be done. But the Lord continues to hear and answer. 

It is happaneing. And each of you are to thank. PTL!

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The heat is on HIGH!

So, here’s the current temperature update:


So, when the temperature rises above 100 degrees you don’t need to warm up before working out. I don’t really know what I’m saying. I’m trying to come up with creative word pictures to say that as the summer heat in August gets to be nearly unbearable, God doesn’t stop… so neither do we.

Here’s some of the latest spiritual things that have heated up:

– recently I’ve met with and delivered a book to a guy in a dangerous neighborhood who is a radiologist. He has great questions. Remains interested. And by the sounds of it he is studying on his own. 

– another guy I just met this week is about my age. He is married with a 3 yr old girl and his wife is pregnant. He is essentially an independent pharmaceutical sales rep. He used to be a doctor but now sells to doctors. He is a huge reader. Knows a little about all the world religions. This guy was super stoked to get his first Book. Has only had a french copy up to this point. He is totally open to keep meeting and as I shared vison stuff with him about what God is doing, he mentioned how he has the chance to converse with many doctors who are open to discuss faith. It’s like he already has a pre-faith heart to share truth.

– tomorrow I’m meeting up again for the second time with a guy who is convinced he has spirits attacking him. (We have a whole prayer circle lifting up this guys, so don’t fret). But he has searched for 6 years how to get rid of these spirits and perhaps he is ready for the power of the Blood to heal him.

These are just three recent stories to demonstrate how the spiritual heat continues to burn hot here.

Monday I meet with a guy to discuss when he will get dunked. 

It’s getting hot here and we ain’t talking heat index. When Aslan moves, He evidently brings the heat.

Thank you Lord!!

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Five Year Ramblings

Today is a day of reflection! Five years ago, August 7th, we arrived in this new country for the first time. Max was ten months old, Ella was 5, Stevie and I were about 26. Or something like that.   🙂


I remember the airport when we waited in the customs line. It was hot, unfamiliar, and somewhat scary. We had no idea what the signs said or what the people were saying. Everything was foreign. 

Our friends, Darrell and Cheryl, picked us up and we stayed at their house for one night. I remember waking up the next day and Ella had been awake for a while barfing. Cheryl had her on the couch and somehow little Ella was still happy and excited to see our new home (adventure ran deep in Ella’s veins even then). 

They drove us to Bardo- our new home. Our house was pleasantly surprising! A perfect fit for us. 

The next few weeks were filled with one adventure after another. Wait, what? Actually, the past five years have been that way. 

Right now I am currently sitting in the same living room. Now our fingerprints are all throughout this place, my pictures have been hung and re-hung; the furniture arranged and re-arranged. Visitors have come and gone time and time again. We’ve spent numerous birthdays, Christmases, and summers here.  How in the heck has this place become some familiar?! It’s home now almost just as much as little old Wilmore. 

So, today I’m kind of just amazed and a little freaked out and also rejoicing. He has walked me into a foreign place and watched me relax into this place and now we call it home. Wow! 

Disclaimer- Don’t get me wrong- some days I still say, “thanks for this adventure, God, but I’d like to go back to Beavercreek now!”   

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