Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Week of Disaster

This past week has been one crazy week. If you’ve watched the news at all you might be thinking that the state of Virginia is going to beat California as the first state to fall into the sea. First, at least here in the Hampton Roads area, we’ve been having this constant smoke and haze from a nearby forest fire.  It’s been so bad at times you don’t want to be outside unless you’re that person that likes to sit really close to a smokey campfire. Second, we had an earthquake. We were at Busch Gardens that day. Emily felt the quake. I didn’t and was mad because I wanted to say I’ve felt an earthquake! And lastly, we had hurricane Irene. Don’t know what to say exactly about this one. Rain, wind, flooding, and more so. We had power the whole time during the storm so in reality it wasn’t that rough for us.

In the midst of all this “disaster” we still got our house ready for our new tenants that moved in today! We are excited about getting tenants because starting September 1st we officially become full time missionaries and will no longer be working as youth pastors at our church…aka we no longer receive salary and begin living off of our support. Currently we stand slightly under 50% and will be traveling to OH for the next two weeks to begin our networking in the area I grew up in.

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Border Wars

One of the things we are doing is reading all that we can about Mexico. We want to pass things we find interesting onto you!

Here is an article published by STRATFOR that gives an interesting perspective about Mexican cartels and their approach toward the US government.

The Buffer Between Mexican Cartels and the U.S. Government

This article is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

Enjoy… Read it now while the article is still free!

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Muddy Missionaries

Sometimes you just need to jump in the mud. Today Emily and I ran an 8k mud run on a local navy base. It was exactly what we needed…some time away from the stress of life, which we’ve had alot lately. We signed up as a couple and our team name was The Muddy Missionaries!

In life we can find ourselves in “muddy spots.” Most of the time we try to tip-toe around them, thinking that somehow this will make things better. But the fact is that we still have to get through the mud and no matter what we are going to get muddy. I think there are times when this is certainly appropriate but more often than not I think the best approach is to embrace the difficultly and just go ahead and do a big ‘ol belly flop into the mud pool. Confront the task or situation head on…be wise…and just do what you need to do. A wise friend of mine once said, “if you can’t get out of it you mise well get into it!”

Today reminded me of that….sometimes it just feels really good to do a swan dive into a mud pit!

Hopefully well have some good pics of our race soon!

You can check out the races site here if you want….

http://www.asymcamudrun.com

And if you have never done a mud run…you should!

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Video tour of the ranch…and a few other things

We’ve had alot of various events happen recently which is the reason we missed a week in posting…sorry for those who wait each week with baited breath!

Here are the highlights:

-We’ve officially hit 40% of our monthly support! We are right on track to reach our goal of 50% starting in September, which is when we officially become full-time missionaries and start living off of support.

-I (Pete) finished up with my last youth trip with 7 middle school boys in Washington DC. It was a taxing week but we made it through. I think God was giving me an “exit exam” in youth ministry as this trip was the most eventful and trying trips I been on…Let’s just say our city host was blessed to fill out an incident report every day for our group!

– I (Pete) am in the process of transitioning the youth ministry for the new youth guy to take over within the week. It’s a blessing to be able to hand the ministry off and fully devote my time to networking and support raising. However, it’s still hard saying bye to a ministry I’ve invested the last 8 years of my life.

– And last bit of news…we also got some of video footage edited from our trip to La Paz in June. Many people have been asking us about the ranch and what it is like…well here is a rough little video made by one of our college students about the ranch. The video gives you a flavor of the ranch and lets you see a portion of the ranch property, a bit of what is going on, and the future plans for the property and ministry.

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