Monday, September 28, 2015

19 year anniversary

15 years old
today is our 19 year wedding anniversary.  is it horrible to admit that a friend reminded kerrie about it yesterday...  that both of us had forgotten?   

i saw her for the first time when i was 14.  it took me a year to get her attention!  i told her when we were 15 that i knew we would be married some day... and by God's grace alone that came true.

we've been married for 19, but together for 25 years.  some of those years have been very hard,  but the unconditional love and grace shown to me by kerrie leigh haller johnson has been consistent.  it is such an honor to be her husband.

i won't try to attempt describing all my feelings about my sweetheart.  i'll just say this...

25 years together
her servant heart humbles me.
her wisdom amazes me.
her prayer life spurs me.
her smile comforts me.
her cute figure flusters me.
her steady faith settles me.
her consistency awes me.
her eyes have always captured me.
her love of Jesus inspires me.
her submissive heart emboldens me.
her grace led me to Jesus.
being her husband delights me.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

an incredible day with wilmer, and for BV

written thursday night, sep 17th.

this is a special young man.

from the time we met him around 6-7 years ago, we knew wilmer was different.  a unique soft heart in a village where there are few.  teachable and moldable from the start.  later, he began sending me texts, expressing his heart, sharing what he was learning in devotions, and how God was speaking into his life.

in april of last year, he accepted christ and was baptized.  not long after that, his faith was tested when he risked his own life when he saved a local girl from likely being raped.

from that point up until the present day, his walk with Christ has been steadily growing.

today was an incredible day for wilmer.  it was an incredible day for all who were present.  actually, without its even knowing it, it was an incredible day for the village of buena vista.

together with friends from savannah christian church (who have been in prayer for this visit for more than a year), along with my family and the leiva family, we witnessed the unequivocal power of the holy spirit.  God is raising this young man up, preparing him to lead BV into a new era.  it is clear that God is calling wilmer to a unique and special calling.

as men, mynor and i work tirelessly at bvsa to break generational chains that exist in the village.  but, we ourselves are not from BV.  we are not one of them.  they are not our people.  since the academy began, our goal has been to build up young men - locals - that can see the vision through.

through an intense and spirit-filled morning in prayer, an anointing of sorts took place.  battles against the work of satan took place.  literal demon intrusion took place.  bold confession for the sins of an entire people group took place.  and liberation happened.  

wilmer stood up in front of a crowd of witnesses and took the generational sins of his village and put them on his own shoulders - begging forgiveness and calling on the power of Jesus to redeem the brokenness.  i have witnessed powerful movements of the holy spirit before, and i knew i was in that place again.

as forces of evil gripped his body and attempted to inject fear, the power of the holy spirit through 20 or so of his followers came alive.  wilmer eventually rebuked the attempts of satan and after a tough fight, he was freed.  he explained a sudden "fire" that came over him as he smiled - a wonderful smile - and raised his hands to the heavens.

in true warrior fashion, he said boldy:  "i'm ready.  i will die for this.  if i die sharing the gospel of jesus, so be it.  it's worth dying for."

he left us all inspired.  that's the kind of leader that soldiers follow into battle!

after the dust had settled - the confessions, enemy attacks, deliverance, filling of the holy spirit, and proclamations - everyone present felt the magnitude of what had happened.  again, an amazing moment to be a part of.

wilmer's battle is just beginning.  as he works to reverse generations of bondage that have plagued his village, attacks will come at him.  he will be tested, challenged, confronted, and hated.

please join us in praying over wilmer's life and his calling.  pray the ephesians 6 armor of God over him as he enlists in the fight.  pray for his continued spiritual growth and his steadfastness.

and praise God for choosing this humble kid with the soft, moldable heart.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

post trip summary

20 of the 30 boarding their first plane
what a trip.  a huge success in so many ways!

*spiritually:  so many great conversations, worship, prayer time, and impactful moments with God.

*relationally:  the number of supporters, fans, volunteers, friends/family that came out and participated was amazing!

*physically:  we played 8 games, finished 6-2, and represented Rhino futbol in every way.  discipline, possession, sportsmanship, hustle, and heart.  we're so proud of our boys.
i'll be putting together a video of the trip soon, but in the meantime wanted to express our thanks to all who helped in any way and/or came out and cheered.  you made the boys feel like champs.  it was truly an unforgettable trip.