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Pretty laid back weekend. Took the kids to the drive-ins Friday night. Haven’t done that in years! Watched most of the Olympics on Saturday after serving at Liberty House in Phoenix. Then served at church all day Sunday. I was a little hesitant to hear Pastor Linn’s message yesterday because it was on simplifying your life. If you know me, that hasn’t always been the case with me. I’ve never been a sit still person and I’m very active. But I’ve worked very hard to make sure that I don’t burn out this fall like last fall. It’s still fresh in my mind how disastrous my decision making was last fall. But things are very good right now. I’m very close in my walk with God and I’m really enjoying life.
But at the same time I’m hearing of so many people struggling in their walk and in life. I just got another call this week of some good friends of mine struggling in their marriage. This really saddens me. In fact, yesterday would have been my 12th year of marriage had it lasted. Many of my friends are struggling spiritually. I just read 2 Timothy 3 today and it has really encouraged me to stay ‘Jesus strong’ (a term Pastor Royce uses) during this time. I’m pretty focused right now and I want to be there for these people who helped pulled me through tough times. It’s amazing how God uses those close in our lives to help us through trials. I’m so blessed to have such people in my own life.
I had a great weekend with the kids. I had my first family/devotion night with them at Coffee Rush. I’m doing this every Sunday night I have them. They do homework, then we go over what they learned at church, I do a devotion and then we play board games. It went very well. It will take my relationship with them to a whole new level. I also had our first meeting with our Belize team at church yesterday. It looks like an amazing team. 16 women and 4 guys. Never understand why more guys don’t do missions. It’s the same stats globally as well. 75% women do long term missions.
Well, I’m excited for this weekend. Get to hang with my long time friend Deanna and I will soon see Jude as well. He just spent 9 months in Belize. I also just had a great IM chat with Shauna.. who is in Africa. These people just encourage me so much! I also start school next week. I am looking forward to that very much. I love learning and digging deeper in the Word.
This morning I woke up and climbed a mountain. I got to the top and listened to some worship music on my Ipod while looking at God’s creation. He is so awesome!
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What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.    James 2:14-18

I had a pretty amazing weekend hanging out with some amazing people. My church is blessed with so many awesome people and ministry opportunities.

Saturday night I hung out two of my favorite guys – Steve Johnson and Keith Page. Steve was one of the founding Pastors of Cornerstone. Keith was the founding Pastor of Rock Harbor church and has an incredible ministry that I’ve been plugging into called Rock Bottom ministries. Both guys are so encouraging to me and two of the most real down-to-earth Christians I know.

Also present was Suresh Kumar and Mama Zipporah. Suresh is from India and has an incredible ministry of planting churches and starting Bible colleges in India. He’s doing incredible things there. I’m looking forward to the possibility of visiting India sometime. Mama Zipporah runs a orphanage in Kenya. A large group of people are heading there from our church in a couple of weeks. She too has a huge heart for those kids and has an amazing ministry. I was blessed to be in both of their presence. They spent the evening talking about having big dreams of what God is going to do in their respective countries.

I had a long mission’s board meeting Sunday afternoon. All of these people came in front of the board to speak to us. A couple that went on my Tijuana trip – Jon and Andrea Hoeffer also came in front of the board. They were just accepted to New Tribes missions – an organizaion that send out missionaries. I’m so excited for them and amazed how fast God has called them to the mission field.

I also found out that I will be co-leading the trip to Belize in October and the possibility of leading another Tijuana trip. I am also going on a vision trip to Cambodia as well. I’m pretty excited and blessed for these opportunities.

Church service that evening was Pastor Ron Merrell’s last time speaking at our church. He is leaving at the end of the week. Mama Zipporah was also interviewed. An amazing slideshow followed on missions. Most of the church was in tears. It was amazing, yet very emotional. Ron gave me a hug which teared me up. Reality set in with me that he was leaving..my mentor. I’m so excited for him though. It was quite the day to be around these awesome people.

http://www.rockbottomministry.org

http://www.harvest-india.org

http://www.hchngong.org

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After I went on my first outside of the country mission trip to Belize last year.. I decided that missions is where my heart is. Well.. this year I have signed up for 3 different missions trips. All three have fallen apart. I keep praying and asking God why. Only he knows. Maybe it is just not my time. I am now praying for next year. I want to serve those in need. I want to share my testimony. I want to show what Christianity is all about.
But lately I have been encouraged. My good friend and brother in Christ just moved to Belize for a year. That’s amazing! To leave this lifestyle of comfort to serve those in need is an amazing commitment. I envy him. If I didn’t have kids, I think I would consider the same decision.
I dont know what God has planned for me. I am trusting him. For now, I will continue to support those that go out and spread the Word. Jude.. you encourage me my friend. Thank you for going to Belize. May God be with you..

Saying bye to Jude

Saying bye to Jude

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I made an amazing friendship on the Belize trip with a talented photographer named Cecil Walker. He wrote a blog about our Belize trip. Check it out!!

http://blog.promotionphoto.com/?p=44

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Belize recap

I really haven’t had the opportunity to discuss my trip to Belize. This was my first mission trip out of the country. I had heard from others that have gone about how amazing of an oppportunity it was. God really laid it upon my heart to go. It was just an amazing time. There were 27 of us that went from 2 different churches. It was just an amazing group of people. Everyone had a unique talent and gift that God used in different ways throughout the week. The missionaries in Belize had already been doing an amazing job in the 5 years they were there in ministering to these people. I really felt we made a difference in many of these people’s lives. We built a home for a family in need, distributed food, tutored children, and prayed for those in need. Our week ended with an amazing service that we were able put on for these people. We had a huge turnout! It was a blessing to see those people worshipping and praising God. This trip really changed my life. I also made some amazing friends and formed a special bond with the people on my team. I learned so much and God made so many things clear to me from this experience.

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The night before..

I should be sleeping, but I’m still packing for Belize (last minute packer). I am looking forward to this experience. Service is huge to me and I can’t wait for this opportunity to go to another country and make a difference. I pray that it is life-changing and rewarding. I also look forward to some one-on-one God time. I know he has so much more in store for me. Thanks so much for your prayers and support. I love you all. Travis

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