Growing up, I knew that I had a calling into something dangerous. It was exciting as a 14 year old boy to hear that message from God: "You are going somewhere dangerous." It took a long time to figure out what that really meant, and the calling is still getting clearer every day.
When I was 17, I met Torrie and that's when a major piece of the puzzle came out: Uganda. Torrie knew that she had a calling to Uganda and that became a part of my calling as well.
Fast forward a few years: I've gone to Uganda a couple of times and even helped in building a computer lab at the Kampala Children's Centre. I felt like I was living out what I was meant to be doing, but after awhile it felt... empty. I stopped feeling like I was having much of an impact on the people of Uganda. I felt like I was just something comfortable; the same thing I did in the USA.
In 2017, something big happened though. I was invited to attend a men's retreat weekend that was part of The Crucible Project. I flew down to Brownwood, Texas in January of 2017 and spend three days wrestling with God and looking into areas of my childhood that I hadn't looked at in 20 years. The work that I did that weekend was life-changing and I knew that I needed to help other men in this same work.
Throughout the year, God has opened up amazing doors for me. I was able to staff a retreat weekend in Houston earlier this month and I have even had a door open up to staff a weekend in Nairobi, Kenya in February. This work has led me to form a new mission for my personal ministry: "To restore boys and men to their passion and power by wrestling with God and with their own childhood." I'm so excited to take the next step in January and February of 2018 and begin some of this work in Uganda and in Kenya.
As for technology, that is still a part of my ministry. Technology has transformed the world over the last 50 years, giving people a voice, no matter their walk of life. I am helping Kampala Children's Centre to lead projects to enable the people in and around the center to get connected to the Internet and learn more about how they can use computers as resources.
I'm so excited to be on this journey and I'd love for you to partner with me. If you'd like to follow along, you can subscribe at the top of the page. You can also donate to our work on YouCaring.
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