Monday, October 17, 2016


As much as I want to be there…
Each of us have thoughts of our home land. That place where we grew up and created lasting memories. Each season brings memories flooding back into my mind of days enjoyed and will never be forgotten. Fall in the geographic area I was raised in had a time of the changing of the leaves. This is when leaves began their color change before they fall to the ground, only to be replaced in the spring by new green foliage. This fall color change made an impression on me of God’s creative nature and his way of expressing His beauty. I am so thankful for God and His kindness to allow me to experience what I have experienced. It does make me want to be in the Blue Ridge mountains during this season, to enjoy not only the sights and sounds but the firsthand experience again… BUT I would rather be here. That is the truth. Some of my friends and family in the states may think I am having a heat stroke in even thinking such a thing but the fact is… I would rather be here. Here is why…

1 – This is where God has called me.
2 – This is where God has put my heart.
3 – This is where you, EBCI are.

Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. Luke 14:26 - The Message

Life without our kids and grandkids close by is difficult.  During this season (which I believe and pray will be a long and spiritually prosperous season) I am planted here and when I have traveled home, or to a conference in some other country, I miss being among my Dubai Christian family – That is you EBCI.

Please know that you are loved and that your Pastor has never been more excited about where God has placed him. Thank you for allowing me the joy of being your pastor. I can guarantee you this                                 
                                                    …  Even more, I want to be here.

I seek your prayers as I seek God and His greater vision for EBCI. That vision where we step forward and become changers of our world while we are here.  There are only so many days each of us have here and we are charged to leave this world a better place for our children and their children. The time is now and I know EBCI can be a catalyst for greater things here and beyond.
We are an international church (as if you didn’t know). Pray that God would call us to impact the countries of each nation we represent. Pray that we would become missional strategists and follow God’s calling to go and be a resource for other churches to be Disciple making churches. Pray that we would underwrite this in prayer, in participation and in monetary resources. Our God is able.

I was taught… Start small – Do it right – Build it strong.

What if…
   …we came together to go together to your country.
   …we developed a “Here am, I send” me heart.
   …we believed God is going to do something we have never seen Him do before.

What if???

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it— What God has arranged for those who love him. 1 Cor. 2:9

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