I’ve got a big announcement to make! And since today marks the 10-year anniversary of my first Celebrate Recovery meeting, the timing seems very anointed to me. Drum roll please…
…I’m returning to Spain! However, this trip is not for personal or business purposes like last summer. This trip is at the invitation of a Spanish missionary whose Protestant church I attended last year.
My return trip to Spain is a charitable mission sponsored in part by Celebrate Recovery (CR) at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish, WA, where I serve. A small team of CR leaders and I will hold a recovery conference in Rivas, a suburb of Madrid, in October.
There is a long story behind how all of this came to be—one I’ll be sure to share in time. Today’s post is Part 1 of a series of updates I plan to do about this mission of healing. I have briefly blogged about it here and on the Celebrate Recovery ministry site. With today’s announcement, I’m directing my readers’ attention to the pages on my site with more background, how to support the mission, and with detailed mission information.
Today’s announcement marks another BIG leap of faith for me. Although I’ve seen the Lord’s hand all over this mission, and I’ve had some time to accept this new Call on my life, I am still hesitant and a bit nervous.
This all comes at a time when my life is incredibly full. My son is graduating from college and moving out of state this month. Next month Pedro is launching his American movie composing career. My mind, my time, and my heart are all divided.
A few days ago I heard the CR testimony of a French missionary who will meet me in Spain this fall for the mission. Part of his testimony described the early stages of his call to France many years ago. It so resonated with where I am at today, and my greatest fears. (I am learning a lot from him.)
It is asking for donations to support this cause—risking the rejection, being at the mercy of others’ generosity, and trusting God to provide the funds. ($3,000 is a lot of money by my standards, but not God’s.) I’m incredibly grateful that the CR ministry is matching up to $1,000, making donations go twice as far.
I know people serve abroad and go on short term mission trips all the time. I’ve always admired them—their passion and their faith. I never thought I would be called on mission. However, I cannot deny what I experienced last summer in Spain. And even more, I cannot deny that the Voice of the Lord has been speaking to me and preparing me for this Call. I’m learning more and more how to listen and how to respond in faith.
Facing my Fears
That means I have to face my fears, commit to this mission, and walk in blind faith. It reminds me of a famous scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Indiana, played by Harrison Ford, takes a step off a cavern ledge into the air. Death surely awaits him. But instead a narrow bridge mysteriously appears preventing his fall and allowing him to cross to the other side (video below).
I am stepping off that ledge today by publically seeking financial and prayer support for this charitable mission.
- To subscribe to prayer and mission updates, fill out my contact form on this site.
- If you decide to donate, please know that every gift to this mission, large or small, is helping to bring healing and revival in a country that is one of the least evangelized in the world.
So I invite you to partner with me to plant seeds of change across the world. Will you help bring that bridge across the cavern into view so my steps are on solid ground? Here I go…
Click the links below for information about the mission, to pray for the team, or to donate: