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One-Way Tickets

Last week I purchased one-way tickets to Italy for my family and me. We fly out of Cincinnati on Wednesday December 28th at 1:54 pm. After a connecting flight in Charlotte we will arrive in Rome, Lord willing, on Thursday December 29th at 9:25 am.

I have mixed emotions…

Excitement… that we are about to embark on the mission the Lord has called us to – to serve Him in Italy and win Italian souls for Christ. My heart’s desire is that Italians might know Jesus Christ personally and experience the transforming power of His resurrection. I look forward to sharing this adventure with those I love most, my wife and children.

Relief… that deputation is finally drawing to a close. We’ve enjoyed ministering throughout the U.S., making new friends, the exposure to different philosophies and approaches to ministry, seeing this beautiful country of ours, etc., but we’ve grown weary of making phone calls, living out of a suitcase, and our children spending much of their lives in car-seats.

Anxiety… due to the many tasks to be done before we leave as well as the major life-change we as a family are about to experience. We need to find an apartment in Rome, get our visas, sell most of our belongings, pack those things we need to ship in a crate, not to mention all the unknowns when we arrive in a foreign country.

Heaviness… saying good-bye to loved-ones.

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

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