Sunday January 7, 2007

Just got back from church. It was our Vision Sunday 2007.  Biggest news is that Sugarloaf Community Church is now Stone Mill Church!  That's cool.  All three of the Pastors did a good job.  I thought Tito was terrific.  He had the letter E--for Engaged (the total word is STONES).  I believe engaging the church is critical.

Clouds on the ground today.  Wet, foggy, what I call "Limuru" weather.  Limuru is a little town just up the escarpment from Nairobi.  At about 7,000 feet it's foggy and cold a lot.  Brakenhurst is an old British Hotel that S. Baptists bought back in the 60s and is located in Limuru.  It's used as a conference center and language school now.  I went there a lot as a kid and lived there with my family for six months back in '95.

Family time!


Posted 1/7/2007 at 12:9 PM

Saturday January 6, 2007

I worked for hours figuring out the interface between the Firebox and our sound mixer.  I was finally able to get some tunes on the computer!  I'm looking forward to getting more song writing done in 2007.

I ran 4 miles in beautiful weather.

Went to eat Chinese food with Ashley. 

We also went out to buy Miles, her boyfriend, the One Year Bible.  I'm not sure if you read the Bible every day or not, but you should.  The OYBible is great as a simple way to systematically read the Bible.  There's a section from the Old Testament, the New Testament a Psalm and a Proverb.  Kathy gave me my OYB when I turned 30.  I've now read the whole Bible through 18 times. 

I finally found the camera that I wanted to buy my Mom.  Best Buy had been out of stock. I'll send it off to her on Monday.

Got a few more of those telescoping pens to carry around.  Handy!


Friday, January 05, 2007

Jesse and I have been working on revamping our core web site:  One of the most valuable sections of that site is the maps.  I went through all of them, corrected and made some additions and took them over to Jerry Counselman at FBC Mountain Park to work on.  Jerry used to be the graphics design guy for the North American Mission Board.  He did a great job on our logo too!  We enjoyed talking about W. Africa where he used to serve and where I'll be going in February. 

I also set up the date for the Whirlwind Missions Banquet for May 5th at FBC Mountain Park.  I look forward to getting as many of our folks together as possible to say "Thanks!" and talk about the future of our ministry!  Exciting!

We're also working on the Photo Gallery section of our web site at Smugmug.  Jesse showed me some analytic software I'd like to run to see where the hits on our sites are coming from.  It's really cool stuff.  I just went over 30,000 pictures on our site. That's averaging about 10,000 per year!

Severe weather blew through.  Pre-tornado conditions.  "Rotating wall cloud" to be exact!  Nothing too bad happened.  PTL. 

Worked on out weights for 30 minutes.

Figuring out the new equipment I bought to do multitrack recording on the computer.  I'd like to be able to mix music and burn cds for our band to hand out when we do concerts.   Kind of a steep learning curve.  I'm getting it!  I thrive on learning new things.

Started looking at the Fula/Pular language groups.  I'll do some study before I go to Niger-although not too much, because it'll be somewhat different and I don't want to relearn stuff.


Posted 1/6/2007 at 9:20 AM

Thursday January 4, 2007

I had a great time in Clarkston today with my partners:  Bennett Ekandem, Phil Kitchin, Jay and Adam Hoyt.  Plus I got to meet a new partner, Alex Doty.  He is applying to work with the Mission Service Corps program of the North American Mission Board.  I look forward to working with him!  We had a great lunch at Madina.  I always enjoy taking new guys to eat roast goat.

We also went over to Indian Creek to meet the new manager and over to Kensington Station to see the new facilities the manager wants us to use.  It's a great place for ministry.

We got Alex some new Office software to help him get started in ministry.

Went by Parkview High School this morning to apply for the ACT test for Ashley.  Jesse says it won't be long before he's ready to take the GED test.  He'll graduate as a first semester Sophomore.

Answered all my email and made a few small changes to the web site.  Man!  Jesse has just turbocharged the site.  It's incredible how fast everything loads now. 

Make sure and check out the video log too!  Go to!


Posted 1/4/2007 at 8:31 PM

Wednesday January 3, 2007

I took care of the lease at Concept 21--the Corners this morning.  They had a little trouble tracking the paperwork down, but we got it taken care of no problem.

Stopped by KMart to pick up a new tire and pump for Ernest for the bicycle I got him to ride to work.,  His old tire went flat.  Bahd luck.  Went by the mission to check on the kids and drop off the stuff with Ernest.

Picked up the money order for the Niger Embassy in Washington this morning.  I pretty much have all the info I need to get that going now.

Jesse and I stayed up late last night working on the web site.  We're doing some innovative stuff with the video/audio feeds.  He has completely revamped the code for the whole site--a gargantuan job.  He is really focused.  I'm really proud of how it's coming together.  We completely redid the home page last night.  Take a look at and see what you think!  Click on the Video Log and Mission Videos buttons while you're there!

I ran 4 miles yesterday.  My knee was still a bit sore and I had to stop a couple of times to walk a few steps before I kept going.  No pain afterwards nor today.  Sweet.  I gained about 5 pounds over the holidays.  Back to dieting.  Never much fun.  I get a laugh out of all these "Melt fat away" pills.  What a load of poop.  Run and stop eating junk.  That's the key.

One of my resolutions this year is to take 2 baby aspirins every day to help with inflammation and heart attack prevention.  I take a bunch of other vitamins as well.

I'm looking forward to working out on weights when I get home.

Also working on the new prayer card for 2007 and new business cards too.  Just about out of both.  I hand those things out a LOT.


Posted 1/3/2007 at 2:30 PM

Tuesday January 2, 2007

Went to my office in Doraville today.  Piles of bills in the last two weeks.  C'est la vie, baby.  I'll deliver them to my treasurer tomorrow.

Picked up the line to mic level adapter for our band at Guitar Center.

Made three passport pictures for my visa application for my trip to Niger in February.

Added more info to the end of the year Financial report.

Went through all my email/letters. I'd kept up with most of my email while I was in Texas, but the snail mail sure piled up.

Went by the Corners apartments to sign the new lease, but the manager wasn't there and they couldn't find the document.  I'll go back tomorrow or when they call me.

I'm going by the bank and to the mission at Azalea before I head back to the house.

I have two new Mission Service Corps people interested in working with us.  One is a nurse, the other wants to work with Muslims in Clarkston.  PTL.


Posted 1/2/2007 at 12:53 PM

Monday January 1, 2007

Lots of office work today.  Finished my financial report and mailed in all my bills.

Ran 4 miles.

Working on my visa applications for my trip to Niger.

Helped Ashley get her computer going.


Posted 1/1/2007 at 8:13 PM

Monday January 1, 2007

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Kathy and I got up and headed over to Sugarloaf Community Church.  Tito had a good sermon on resolutions from Nehemiah.  It takes a lot of concentration to keep up with what's going on in Spanish.  The best news is that Tito is now full time as our pastor!  That is so exciting!  We've been working towards that for such a long time.

We left church and went to my brother in law David  Doverspike's house.  Nell--Kathy's Mom--had been staying the last week at his house.  We enjoyed visiting with him and his family before we packed up all of Mama's stuff into the Chrysler and brought her home.  She pretty much went straight to bed for a nap.

Kathy and I enjoyed a three mile walk to the park and back.

We watched Mission Impossible 3 on dvd.  I liked it. 

I stayed up to watch the ball drop in Times Square--and the Peach drop in Atlanta!

I enjoyed watching a documentary on the Discovery channel about climbing Everest.  There is no way I could do something like that.  Those guys are just superhuman tough.  25 degrees below zero.  100mph wind gusts.  5 miles above sea level.  One guy even tried to do it without oxygen!

See you next year!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

We jumped back in the car around 9:30am and headed off to the beautiful ATL!

We drove through rain most of the time.  I was still driving pretty fast.  Most of the cars were going between 75-80mph.  Not great for gas mileage, but when you're driving 500 miles, it helps.

We got home around 6:30pm.  Man, I was pooped!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Kathy and I got up around 7:30am to start packing our stuff up.  We went over to my folk's house around 9:30 and were in the car packed up and heading down the road around 10am after a good breakfast.  I got everything that I wanted to do done.  The Powerpoint slide show for my folk's 50th anniversary was my number one project.  Sure am glad that's done!

We drove 570 miles.  We finally crashed out just outside of Jackson, Mississippi in a little town called Pearl.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Today Kathy and I have to act like adults--we've been married for 21 years!  We enjoyed walking around historic Georgetown--lots of houses over 100 years old.

We had lunch with my brother Jim and his wife Kathy.

Went out looking for arrowheads with my niece Katie.

Fun day--and our last in Texas for a while.

Posted 1/1/2007 at 9:40 AM

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Wednesday December 27, 2006

I worked on my folk's roof most of the afternoon.  It had been leaking over their sun room.  I cleaned it off, cleared out the gutters and resealed all the connections.  I used this special metal tape that has aluminum foil on one side and adhesive on the other.

Kathy and I hiked around historic Georgetown this morning.  There are a lot of houses over 100 years old.  I like taking pictures of them.  After I finished with the roof we went back out to watch the sun set over the lake.

I finished the Power Point presentation for the folk's 50th anniversary party.  I still need to add some music, but my Mom needs to figure out what she'd like.

We have one more full day together.  Sure does go by fast.


Tuesday, December 26, 2006

More hiking in the woods!  We went to the old quarry near Lake Georgetown.

Worked on the Power Point presentation for my folk's 50th wedding anniversary!  I've never really used that application.  My mom and I went through all the old pictures I took from all her photo albums.

Enjoyed fun time with my folks and Kathy.


Posted 12/27/2006 at 10:0 PM

Monday December 25, 2006

High pressure blew in this morning eliminating the clouds and the rain.  Sure is great to see the sun again.  Cold and windy right now.

We just finished eating a delicious lunch complete with turkey and dressing.

I'm looking forward to searching some new areas for arrowheads.  I always find that fun and relaxing.  Texas is better when it's cold because you don't have to worry about getting bit by a rattlesnake.

Kathy and I went for a two mile walk this morning.  Beauty!

Although we have a wi fi system at my folk's house, it's not working correctly.  That's frustrating for Jesse who always enjoys studying with the internet.  He brought his computer with him.  He's been working on the Whirlwind web site.


Sunday, December 24, 2006

We enjoyed church at the Worshp Place in Sun City where my Dad is pastor.  He preached on God revealing himself--in conclusion through the birth of his son!

It was a drizzly, rainy and cold day.  But the fellowship was warm and made up for the weather!

In the Cummins' family we give most of our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve.  We had my brother Jim and his family at my Mom's house for the great unwrapping.  That's always fun!


Posted 12/25/2006 at 2:49 PM


Merry Christmas! Wi fi's like that..fantastically convenient WHEN IT WORKS. I love Texas..have spent a fair amount of time there when working in border missions..never thought about rattlesnakes, though . The worst things I've come across (on the Mexican side of the border) were scorpions and a black widow spider. (Did you know that black widows squish just like other spiders?  Really!)

Well, just getting my greetings out..Merry Christmas!


Posted 12/26/2006 at 7:9 AM by corazondecristo

Saturday December 23, 2006

Kathy and I left our room to go enjoy breakfast with my folks and kids. 

Later we walked the Good Water Trail around the San Gabriel River.  I took some great shots.  Check out the Photo Gallery at

Fantastic cloud formations as the low pressure system came through the region.

I had a great time hiking and looking for Tonkawa Indian artifacts. I've found a knife, hatchet and one arrowhead.  Did that stuff.  I like being out in the bush, listening to the birds, watching the deer.  Tranquilizing.

I'm at my Mom's house right now.  Absolutely stuffed with Shepherd's Pie.

Great to be home.


Posted 12/23/2006 at 8:10 PM

Friday December 22, 2006

Kathy and I changed our room to what we'll be using for the rest of the week this morning.  We're in room 108 now.

We came over to my folk's house to check on the kids and my folks.

K and I went out to the cliffs to hike around.

I came back to my folk's house to help Jesse get his computer going.  He brought it with him on this trip.

I'm going to get some exercise.


Thursday, December 21, 2006

We drove straight through to Texas today arriving in Georgetown at around 8:30 pm.  Tired, but glad we're here!

Kathy and I slept at the San Gabriel Moto Court.  It was pretty comfortable.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

We waited for Ashley to finish her finals and we jumped in the car and headed for Texas.

We slept over in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Posted 12/22/2006 at 6:3 PM

Tuesday December 19, 2006


Busy day!

I finished up the newsletter last night and went to the UPS store to make my copies this morning.  Went by the Post Office to get the stamps I need for that mail out.  214 letters out this month.  Next month I send the "sheep and goat" letter out.  If I haven't heard from a person in a year, they receive a notice that if I don't hear from them they will drop off the list.  I try to keep the percentage of donors to mailouts at about 80% givers.  If you don't really want to hear from you, you won't.

Dropped by FBC Atlanta to pick up a LOT of Christmas presents.  I used my van to carry all the stuff over to Adelaide Park, Don Juan, Pearl Lane and Morningside apartments!  That'll make a lot of kids happy this weekend!  We've had parties at Adelaide Park, the Ambers, Don Juan, Pearl Lane, Highland Gardens, Huntington Station, Huntington Creek, Huntington Village, Shallowford Gardens, Morningside and Azalea Place.  We gave toys away to over 500 kids.

I'm at the Chamblee library right now taking care of my office work.  I'm so glad that I have all this stuff available on line now. 

I'll go over to the mission at Azalea in a few minutes.  I'll have the kids help me get all the envelopes addressed, stuffed and sealed this afternoon.  Then I'll drop off the January newsletter (which our supporters will receive before Christmas) to the Post Office.

Just about ready for a rest and a trip to Texas to visit with my parents and brother!  We'll leave Wednesday afternoon just as soon as Ashley gets back from her last final at Parkview.  I'll get my packing done this evening.

Uploaded more videos onto our YouTube website.  I'm still working on what is the best compression rate to use for that site.  Jesse always keeps me in on my toes with what I do on line.  He's especially interested in how fast the material downloads and how big the files are. Of course I have to pay attention to what he tells me, the kid's a genius with this stuff.

A couple of days ago I bought him this huge (over 1,000 page) programming book on Python--his programming language of choice.  He was so happy.  The last one I bought him was about 850 pages.  He read it in three days.

Pray for us as we travel.

Love to you and yours!


Posted 12/19/2006 at 2:37 PM

Monday December 18, 2006

I've been working on office stuff all day. 

I'm trying to get the Outreach Update mailed out before we leave for Texas.  It'll be an early January edition, but it gives sponsors a couple of times to help before the end of the year.  I have most of the labels done.  Ashley already has her page done. 

Still working on editing, compressing and up loading the video I shot of the teams this weekend.  This stuff takes time to do.  Especially the upload wait.

Jesse and I just got back from the Post Office (which was packed--I'll buy stamps tomorrow) and Staples where we needed some supplies for the mailout and the office.

I ran four miles this morning.

Perfect weather.  I call it "Nakuru weather" after where I lived in the Rift Valley of Kenya.  At 6,000 ft on the equator the weather is 65 degrees all year round.  Sweet.

Lots of cool stuff happening on the web site, including the video of the missions and pod casts!  Jesse and I are still working out all the bugs.


Posted 12/18/2006 at 3:13 PM

Sunday December 17, 2006

We had a long night last night.

Ashley went to a friend's house and then slept over with her girl friend.  Unfortunately, she didn't call and we weren't sure what was going on.  Pretty scary.  We finally got in touch with her about 4:30 this morning.  She had been sleeping since around 11pm.  Sure was good to know she was safe.  Even though she's an 18 year old young woman, I guess she'll always be our little girl.

After all the evening stress and prayer vigil I spent the morning with Kathy.  We walked around Stone Mountain for a while enjoying the beautiful weather.

When we got home, I took my mother in law out to eat at Piccadilly.  We had a good time visiting.  Her cognitive skills are really slowing down.  I have to finish most of her sentences for her.  It's like I'm carrying on both sides of the conversation. 

I rested this afternoon.  Finished working on my email.  I need to get the newsletter going.  I'd like to have that in the mail before we leave for Texas on Wednesday after Ashley's last test.

I'm watching Man On Fire on TV.  One of Denzel's best.


Posted 12/17/2006 at 9:35 PM

Saturday December 16, 2006

Our team from Chattanooga hosted Christmas parties at Highland Gardens, Huntington Creek, Huntington Station and Azalea Place this morning.  The kids were delighted!  I took some great pictures of the team---all on our photo gallery.

Went over to Guitar Center to pick up some recording equipment.  I want our ministry to have a presence on all the major media outlets.  Some of them are expensive--like broadcast network TV.  But so much is free:  You Tube, Xanga--both great platforms, free.

So a simple web cam, and adaptors turns a laptop into a sophisticated music recording device.

After picking up the hardware, I went over to help host the Christmas Outreach at Adelaide Park and the Ambers.  We had over 120 kids attend.  We had a great time with First Baptist Church Duluth!

Then for the highlight of the day: Tori's 4th birthday party!  Lester's daughter is such a blessing, she has such a sweet attitude.

I'm back home at my office.  Went through all my email and sent off the links to the galleries I put on line.


Posted 12/16/2006 at 11:38 PM

Friday December 15, 2006

I was on old lady patrol today.  I took my 81 year old mother in law Nell with me to the missions in Chamblee.  We went to check on our team from the University of Tennessee who was doing a trash pick up service project in the mornings around Chamblee-Dunwoody road.  I took a bunch of pictures of the team in action.

Checked the mail and for calls at my office at First Baptist Doraville.

Went to Barnes and Nobles to pick up Jesse a couple of new books on programming.  He read a computer manual over 850 pages long in three days last week.  That's focus.

Been working this morning on uploading more videos of our Outreach Band CRUZ on to our whirlwindmissions YouTube account.  Stuff looks/sounds pretty good.

I'm back in my home office right now.  Finished up email.

Uploading more video and the pictures I took of the UT team from Chattanooga.

I'm getting ready to run my 4 miles as soon as my pictures start to upload.


Posted 12/15/2006 at 2:46 PM

Thursday December 14, 2006

Today was shot day.

I really wasn't worried about it.  Ended up having to have five shots:  meningitus, hepatitus A, hepatitus B, typhoid and tetanus.  Lots of antibodies floating around my body fer sure!

I got there around 9:45am.  My appointment was for 11am, but for some reason I had this feeling that I needed to go early.  I was the only one in the waiting room.  I had a book and was studying, settling in for the long wait.  Suddenly they called my name!  I went in a little after 10am!  Took nearly two hours trying to figure out exactly what I've kind of innoculations I had already had.

I've been given shots in Savannah, Houston, Antananarivo, Madagascar and Tours, France to name a few.  So the handwriting is horrible and some of the meds are in French.  So the doctors just look at it and go, "Hmmmmm"  I told them, "Listen,  gimme the meds.  Too much is always better than not enough."  The nurses nodded their heads in unison.

So I have 5 little round bandaids on both of my shoulders.  I'm supposed to do the "Chicken Dance" to exercise my deltoid muscles.  Think I'll stick to the gym instead.

I'm riding back to Chamblee from Decatur where the Health Center is, when I get a call from my team.  One of the young men has fallen and sliced his forehead open with a broken beer bottle.  It turned out to be ok, but could've been really bad.

I took him over to see Dr. Pat Barrington.  She took a look at him to make sure he was ok and give him a tetanus shot.  Deja vu.  Been there, done that.  Five times.

We went back to Chamblee from Snellville where my doctor works.  I took him back to his team and went around to the other three sites before heading to the house.

Just finished my email.

Need to work out so I won't be too sore from those shots.

We call them "injections" in Kenya.  That's the Brit word for "shot."


Posted 12/14/2006 at 7:0 PM

Wednesday December 13, 2006

Tito reminded me last night that I have video of CRUZ!  So last night and this morning I worked on preparing the video (editing and compressing it into MPEG4) so I can start uploading video of our band!  GREAT!

I have a team from the University of Tennessee in town for the week.  I did a briefing with them and split them up into four groups so they'll cover more locations.  I got everyone on site and started.  After I finish my office work, I'll go back and check on them to make sure that everything is going well.

I have the great joy of getting a bunch of shots tomorrow morning for my mission trip to Niger in February.  Carl assures me they don't hurt.  This will be the fourth time in my life I've gotten them.  I can't hardly believe that modern medicine has advanced THAT much, but I hope so.

Ran four miles this morning.  Felt great!


Posted 12/13/2006 at 4:40 PM

Tuesday December 12, 2006

Turned in my financial report to my treasurer this morning.

Picked up the food for our Apartment Managers group for our Christmas Party.  We had a good time and plenty of excellent food.  I brought Mexican food. 

Just loaded up a bunch of chairs for our mission at Adelaide Park with the director there Don Devlin. He's such a great guy.  One of the best directors ever.

I need to get back to making phone calls to let the managers know what's going on with the Crusade team.

I have a team coming in to work with me for three days starting tomorrow.  I'm making sure I have everything lined up for that too.

Worked out on weights 40 minutes this morning before heading to Chamblee.

I'll go over to the mission at Azalea to check on the kids in a few minutes.  I also need to pick up a key from one of the managers for this team coming in tomorrow.


Posted 12/12/2006 at 2:35 PM

Monday December 11, 2006

Been taking care of office work.  Financial reports and email.

Lots of calls this morning related to parties and outreach events coming up.

Looks like we'll max out the Crusade event on December 30 with about 65 locations.  Still working on that.

Lots of errands to run including buying gifts for the parties, coordinating work with some of the managers and signing a new lease.

Ran 4 miles this morning.  Pretty much pain free.


Posted 12/11/2006 at 2:18 PM

Sunday December 10, 2006

I had such a long day yesterday I was really pooped.  Kathy and I spent the morning together then went out for lunch.  I need to spend more time with my family.


Saturday, December 09, 2006

I had a team from Cartersville come up with their Jam Street van to play and feed the kids at Preston Chase in Marietta.

Also hosted a team at Springchase apartments where Ashley works.  Glover Baptist Church came over with games, cookies and presents for the kids who live there.  Everyone had a great time.  I also shot some video and posted it on our YouTube channel. 


Friday, December 08, 2006

I helped take care of my mother in law today.

My ankle still hurts.  No running yet.

Took care of my calls and email.

I took Kathy and her mom to the movies.  We saw James Bond.  I liked the scene in Madagascar.


Posted 12/10/2006 at 4:11 PM

Thursday December 7, 2006

Back to the phones this morning.  Confirming Christmas parties for the 17th as well as Crusade stuff on the 30th.

Had a great conversation with the manager of the new Walmart coming to Chamblee early next year.  He's a prayed up, church going kind of guy!  We hit it off immediately.  He told me, "We have a $5,000 grant we want to give to a group helping in this community.  We talked to Kathy Brannon (manager of Chamblee) and she said, 'If you want something done, call Tim Cummins.'"   I thought that was a nice promo!  We'll see what happens.

Pray for the meeting I'll have at 2pm with the manager of Kensington Station.  They have about 1,200 units.  It's a small city  I'm looking forward to seeing the new place they have just remodeled for a community center.  I hope to take that over.

I hurt my ankle yesterday.  Not sure what I did, but running is out for a while.  Bahd luck.


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Been calling folks for the Crusade outreach on December 30th.  Not every manager (that's putting it mildly) is willing to have a bunch of Christians going door to door sharing the Gospel--even if they have boxes of food to give away.  There's a lot of trust in managers giving me their approval for this.  I think we're at 64 locations now.  I had one manager email me that corporate didn't ok the give away in two of their complexes.  C'est la vie, baby.

Interested in seeing the VLOG?  Even know what that is?  Video Log  as opposed to WeBlog.  I have several accounts on  Go to search on and search for timacummins.  I also have some video on whirlwindmissions.  I'm trying to do regular posts on the timacummins account to give folks more info on what it's like to be Mr. Tim.  For folks who enjoy this blog, check out the vlog.

I'm also putting together a Youtube band.  I like the opportunity to share music with friends too.  Miles Kendall is Ashley's boyfriend.  He wants to be a sound engineer, so I'm trying to teach him about the industry as well as musical techniques.  Ashley will help with the band too.  I just want the performances to be on, but we might play in the "real world" too.

It's not polished stuff.  I'm not looking for slick at this point.


Posted 12/7/2006 at 12:6 PM

Tuesday December 5, 2006

Just got finished with my email.

Stayed around Lilburn this morning to help take care of my mother in law.

I have a meeting with Drew Grubbs of Youth Outreach United in a few minutes.  I always look forward to hanging out with him.

Ran 4 miles early this morning.  Cold.

I brought a bike to give to one of the mission kids this afternoon.  He has to walk more than an hour to get to work. 

I'll be over to help the kids with their homework before heading back to Stone Mountain.


Monday, December 04, 2006

I enjoyed a great time of fellowship with Chip Sweeney this afternoon over lunch.  He's been my longest term partner in this city.  He continues to do a great job at Perimeter and around the city uniting churches to work together.  It's such a blessing to have friends like Chip.

Went over to the mission at Azalea to help the kids with their homework and to hand out a few more gifts to kids.

Worked out 40 minutes on weights.

Spent about two hours working on setting up the other 15 complexes for the Crusade outreach on December 30th.
Ever seen on line?  It's a major phenomenon.  I've posted some video from teams that came to work with us.  I plan on doing more video in 2007.   I'll have what is known as a VLOG, or video log along with music.


Posted 12/5/2006 at 2:39 PM

Sunday December 3, 2006

Rested today.  Need that quiet time. 


Saturday, December 02, 2006

Got up early to make sure Ashley was ready to go for the Perimeter Mission Fair/Open House.  She had to be there to set up before 10am.  She made it fine.

I started out at Huntington Creek.  I waited for my team from MY church at Sugarloaf Community Church, but no show.  I called Pastor Tito and he told me that there had been a change of plans.  The team was going to Huntington Village instead.  I thought that was a much better location since it's a LOT closer to our church.  Unfortunately I couldn't to do the Jimmy Carter H. Village gig and Perimeter.  I chose the missions fair because I knew that Tito wouldn't really need my help, he has tons of experience.  I had a great time at Perimeter and have shots of the fair on the Photo Gallery from

At 2pm I met up with my team from Villa Rica--Midway Macedonia Baptist Church.  They hosted a party for the kids at Azalea.  We have so many Bengali kids now.  About 75% of my youth group is Muslim.  Makes for kind of a weird Christmas Party.  We handed out Bibles to all the families.  Only one family returned the Bible.

At 4pm I was getting changed into my suit for the wedding.  Efee Chang is such a good friend of mine.  I'm so glad that she found John.  It was the first time for me to perform a wedding.  I did fine.

Enjoyed the reception dinner at the country club in Marietta.  Kathy and I had a good time.

I got home, Kathy crashed out and I watched John Wayne movies to nearly 2am.  Can't beat the Duke.


Friday, Decenber 01, 2006

I took care of my mother in law this morning.  Later, I took her over to her sister's house.  She'll be staying the weekend there while I do this wedding event on Friday and Saturday with Kathy. 

Ran four miles.

Took care of my calls/email.

Posted 12/3/2006 at 12:28 PM

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Thursday November 30, 2006

Spent the morning working on financial stuff.

Had a great lunch meeting with Todd Harrison, a long term supporter of our ministry!

We went by Springchase to check on the mission there where Ashley works.  Looks good!

Also went to check on Oak Forest where we have a mission that needs to be redone.  Everything looks in order except for the floors.  We'll have a team go by and knock that out in the next couple of weeks.

I'm headed over to Azalea to check on my kids.


Posted 11/30/2006 at 4:4 PM

Wednesday November 29, 2006

I took care of my 81 year old mother in law today.  I don't see how Kathy does it day after day.  We went to Walmart and I pushed her around in a wheel chair.

Finished my email.  Looks like Crusade wants to add 15 more complexes. 

Also got word from the manager of the new Walmart that he wants to meet with me.  Kathy Brannon--the city manager for Chamblee--put in a good word for us.  All those service projects the teams do around the city really pay off in good will.

Jesse, Kathy and I went to a new Chinese place tonight:  Asian Square.  I thought it was great--even a Sushi Chef that can make what you want.  Included in the buffet price.


Posted 11/29/2006 at 8:53 PM

Tuesday November 28, 2006

Just finished up my monthly financial report.

Went through my email and checked on team assignments.

Been spending time with Kathy and helping out around the house with her Mom.  She really needs a break.  This 24/7 care is really hard on her.

Kathy and I spent some time working out on weights.  I couldn't believe she really wanted to!  She seemed to have a good time.

Back to check on my mother-in-law.  She'll be 81 tomorrow.  We took her to IHOP this morning.


Posted 11/28/2006 at 3:27 PM

Monday November 27, 2006

Finally finished the Christmas mailout!  It's always a challenge.  I sure am glad that Ashley is such a big helper!  Kathy spent some time helping write letters too!  Sure helps!

I just finished going through my email.  Teams are already starting to line up for the 2007 season.

I'll go by the bank to drop off a deposit then over to the mission at Azalea to check on my kids.

I ran 4 miles early this afternoon before coming over to Chamblee.


Posted 11/27/2006 at 4:40 PM

Friday November 24, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Kathy, Nell and I went to church at Sugarloaf Community Church to listen to Tito and Lester.  I played congas with the band.  I prefer the djembe, but it was still fun!  Banging on stuff for Jesus.  Don't get no better!

Ashley and I worked for hours on the mailout.  Still not completely done.  I have a neck ache so I decided to finish up tomorrow.  As long as I get them out by noon, everything is fine.  I still have to add the stamps to the larger packets.  I didn't know how heavy they'd be with the inserts.  I'll weigh them, then multiply that amount by 112.  I'll stamp them then get them in the mail stream.

My kids and I raked the leaves in the front grass.  We leave them in the back.  If we rake them up, the ground gets real muddy when it rains.  Looks better in the front.

Good to be working with the sweet children.  They are both go getters.  Especially Ashley.  She gets with the program, baby!


Saturday, November 25, 2006

I made my copies for the December Outreach Update and got a hair cut.

Met up with my good friend Ian North.  We went down to Chamblee to pick up my little gifts for our supporters for this mailout.  We also went to Perimeter Mall to check out the fancy teas they have.  Roibos pearls, Jasmine dragon. . . yowza!

Ran 4 miles.


Friday, November 24, 2006

I worked on writing the newsletter and laying the pictures out.  Rested.  Did some errands at the bank.

Good to have days to catch your breath.


Thursday, November 23, 2006

We had a great Thanksgving at our house yesterday.  Kathy's mom, Nell and her sister Orene were the matrons of honor.  Bill and his girlfriend Deborah came as well as Ruth and David Sullivan and their kids Jason and Ali plus her boyfriend from Russia, Ivan.  Bob and Ann also came with their daughters Katie, Laura and Mary.  We had 18 people gobble up turkey and all the fixin's!  Kathy did a terrific job on the bird--very moist.

Kathy and I enjoyed watching "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days," in the evening.  Matthew McConaughey's mother goes to my Dad's church in Sun City.  I think that's a pretty cool connection!

Ran four miles.  Not sure all the lunch was gone after that!

Posted 11/24/2006 at 10:28 AM

Wednesday November 22, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Finished calling the rest of the 60 apartment managers for the outreach on December 30th.  I have everyone confirmed except for two.

I need to go by and check on the gifts for the Christmas mail out.  I hope the stores will be open today.  May have to wait till later.

Took care of all my email and calls.  Great stuff is happening.  I'll clarify as it's confirmed!

I'll go by the mission to check on the kids and see if I can get some of them to help me with the labels for the Christmas mail out.

I'll lift weights this afternoon if all goes well.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I've been working on calling managers for the outreach on December 30th.  Lots of phone calls!

We had our annual Board Meeting tonight.  I really love the guys on my board.  They have helped my family and our ministry SO much over the years.

2007 looks like it'll be the best year ever!


Posted 11/22/2006 at 12:31 PM

Monday November 20, 2006

Finished work on the Christmas mail out list.  Also got the 60 apartment complexes together for December 30th.  I still need to call all the locations, but just figuring out where to put everyone is the first big job.

I had lunch with Daniel Boot from Parkview Chuirch and Bennett Ekandem over at Madina in Clarkston.  We also visited Willow Branch.

I went over to the office to check on mail at FBC Doraville then to make sure the kids were doing ok at the mission.  No homework this week.  Sweet!

Worked out on weights.


Sunday, November 19, 2006

Kathy and I went to church at Sugarloaf Community Church.  I enjoyed being with my brothers Tito and Lester.  I missed playing in the band with them but I enjoyed sitting with Kathy.

Worked for hours at home on the Board Report for this Tuesday, the wedding ceremony for Efee and John's wedding, the Christmas mail out list and the Outreach Event for December 30 with Campus Crusade. Takes time.  No way around it.

Jesse and I had another session with practicing driving.  I think he'll do really well.


Posted 11/20/2006 at 10:47 PM

Saturday November 18, 2006

I spent the whole day with Ashley.  Excellente! 

We started off at Ashton Place in Roswell with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from Alpharetta High School.  They helped my partners from World Harvest Church with an outreach at the complex.  It was a great time with the kids from the mission and from the FCA.

Then we went to Azlalea Place to work with Peachtree Corners BC.  We cleaned up the mission right quick then handed out over 60 bags of food to needy family.  It was a great time.  She helped me work on the Christmas mailout too!

I discovered that one of the young men in my youth group has been thrown out of his house and has been living at the mission at Azalea for the last several nights.  He's been a regular, solid helper at the mission for about 4 months.  I'm always willing to help people that have been helping me.  I'll probably offer him a position as co-director of the mission with Jouvens and let him stay there until he gets on his feet.

Ashley and I then went over to Perimeter mall to check out clothes and get something to eat.  She got some really cute sweaters and a groovy hat.  Later, we went to Global Imports which is the largest dealership of Mini Morris autos in America.  We got to test drive a Mini Morris S, automatic, colored Astro black.  Super tight.  I got some great pictures of her with the cars.  Go to our Photo Galery to see that and pix from the teams this morning.

Just got home a few minutes ago, fed my mother in law and checked on Jesse.

Finished working out on weights for about 40 minutes.  I'm looking forward to spending time with K this evening.


Friday, November 17, 2006

I worked on my upcoming Christmas newsletter.  I put little gifts in most of the letters.  I have to analyze what was given by whom.

Jesse and I practiced parallel and 90degree parking.  He's doing very well!

Kathy and I watched the DVDs of the second season of The Office.  Scrubs and The Office are my two favorite TV shows.  Great writing.  Funny.

Ran 4 miles.

Posted 11/18/2006 at 6:53 PM

Thursday November 16, 2006

Practiced parking with Jesse today.  That car of mine is even longer than the van!  I couldn't believe it until Jesse pointed it out to me.  I'd say nearly three feet longer.  It's a real challenge to parallel park.

We did the shopping in the morning after practicing parking in the Kroger parking lot.

Met Greg Shlepak and Don at Preston Chase in Marietta off of Franklin Road.  They're two new partners we're working with in that very problematic area.  Tyler Recker came too.  He's the regional director for us in Marietta. 

Helped the kids at Azalea with their homework.  I sure have gotten tired of explaining regrouping in subtraction.  The girls really seem to have a hard time with it.  Whether they're from Bangladesh or Guatemala, still the same.

Had my counseling session with Efee and John this evening.  We had a good time talking about getting married.  It was fun to really think through what I think is important for both sides to know.

Didn't get to exercise today. Almost feel like running right now.  It's just so cold out there.  Eleven pm isn't exactly the safest time for running.


Posted 11/16/2006 at 11:7 PM

Wednesday November 15, 2006

Rainy, crappy weather day.

Spent most of the morning at the Red Cross.  We have a monthly meeting of the Center Precinct Dekalb County Police Department and apartment managers.  I made a presentation at the end of the meeting concerning the big outreach on December 30th with Campus Crusade.  All the managers present wanted to participate. 

Big news too was that there's a new owner at Kensington Station.  Last owner lasted less than two years.  New manager sounded VERY interested in our ministry.  He said they just renovated a community building that could seat 150 people.  Sounds like a church plant to me.  As I'm writing this I'm thinking about potential partners in the area.  Wonder what Robert Carter is doing?

Had a good work out on the weights this morning.  I can really feel my muscles this evening.  Not sore, just alive.  Do a push up for Jesus.


Posted 11/15/2006 at 8:44 PM

Tuesday November 14, 2006

I spent some extra time with Jesse today.  We practiced parallel parking.  It's really hard with my car.  The Chrysler is pretty long and doesn't exactly turn on a dime.  He's really a great kid. 

Went to Azalea to check on the kids.  They've all got projects at the same time.  It's this barrage of "Mr. Tim,  I need help!"  a hundred times from seven children at once.  I think my wife is right when she said that I have a much higher capacity of handling chaos than most people. 

I'm getting psyched up about preforming a wedding next week.  Never done that before.  Sweet.

Ran 4 miles this morning.  Fantastic weather.  Great cloud watching today. 

Been printing the Treasurer's Report for my board.  I have such terrific people working with me.  I'm so blessed.

I got email from Carl Barrington today reminding me about the shots for the Niger Trip.  I've had all of these shots at least three times in my life, but all were over 10 years ago.  Hepatitus A, Yellow Fever (I hate that one!), Tetanus, Meningitis, Polio, plus some pills for Typhoid.  What a blessing!  I think I'll save that joy till January.  Give me something to look forward to.  Or behind, as the case may be.


Posted 11/14/2006 at 10:7 PM

Monday November 13, 2006

Got some great news today from my partners in Campus Crusade for Christ.  Looks like we'll be hosting at least 600 students.  We're shooting for handing out "Boxes of Love" to five families in 60 apartment complexes. 

We could conceivably do 100 with smaller teams.  Think about how many people that would impact?  It's orders of scale that I dig. 


It's my sweet Ashey's 18th birthday today!  I didn't do a single thing special.  Well we gave her a check for $180.18. But that's not like a big party.  I guess 16 was the big party.  I'll take her for a test ride of the mini this week.  She loves those little cars.

Sometimes I think, if I would have put all my energy and passion into making money I'd be filthy rich and I could buy my sweet Ashley whatever she wanted. But as it is she drives a beat up old, Lumina, and she still loves it and treats it with care.  I have one standard saying, "Never too much Ashley." For those of you who have the chance to hang out with my daughter, do it.  She's an incredible blessing to so many people.

Posted 11/13/2006 at 9:22 PM

Sunday November 12, 2006

Kathy did a terrific job driving home.  Van rode beautifully.  We stopped every hour to stretch our legs.  That helps a lot.

Everyone seemed happy to see us.  Ashley had cleaned up a LOT.  The house really looked excellent. Such a sweet heart!

Ashley turns 18 tomorrow.  An exceptional adult!

Lots of homework.  I never was able to check my email in Tybee.  The library down there has odd hours.  Piles up. Took about 2 hours to go through so not too bad.


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Kathy and I rode bikes to the Tybee Lighthouse.  I went through the Fort Screvin museum which had a great history about Tybee.  Savannah/Tybee Island is such a GREAT place!

Hiked up the 178 steps to the top of the lighthouse.  I always come down backwards--so much easier on the knees.

Ran 4.2 miles.  Felt a lot longer.

Went by the Tybee Arts and Crafts fair.  I was hoping for rocks and fossil displays. Alas, none were found.  Bahd luck.

We went back to eat at the Sunday Cafe for fried fish and the spring mix salad.  Beauty!

Can't believe we have to go home already. 


Friday, November 10, 2006

Hung out by the pool.  I'd forgotten what a pain sand gnats can be.  Ay caramba!

Heard from Freddy's at about 8am.  They found a bad cable which they replaced.  Seemed to work fine after that. Great news!

Biked 5.1 miles.  Spent time watching birds and looking for fossils.

Kathy and I enjoyed a fabulous sunset over the marsh.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

We woke up to find that our van "Nellie" wouldn't start.  Just a clicking sound, which usually means a bad starter.  I called AAA, but got it started just before they came to tow it.  How about that?  I took it to Freddy's to get worked on.  Most of today was spent waiting around for the car to get fixed.

Ran 4.2 miles.  Biked 5.1 miles.


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Really started to finally feel up to speed.  Not full speed, but 80%.  Walked 5 miles around the mountain.  I take my GPS with me and get kind of obsessive about tracking distances run, walked, biked.  Biked 3.5 miles.  We ate at the Sugar Shack for breakfast.  It's at the North end of the island.  Kathy and I each had the Shack breakfast:  2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon, 2 pancakes.  Excellente.

We also ate at the Sundae Cafe.  Great fish, salads, oysters.  Yum!


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A rainy election day.  I think people are ready for change, don't you?

Kathy talked me into heading out of town.  I really need the sick leave.  I'm feeling some better after I slept about 12 hours last night.

We headed out around lunchtime just to land into the worst traffic jam ever near 675.  Some 18 wheeler had flipped and blocked off all of 285 near Bouldercrest.  Added about an hour and a half to our trip.  But neither of us cared.  Kathy's been under so much stress taking care of her mom, and I've just had 7 weeks in a row with 3 days off.  We were both at the breaking point and really needed some time off.

We got to Savannah in the evening and ate at Vinne Van Go Go's pizza place near River Street.  Always lots of SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) students so it's hip.

We checked into our room in Tybee at the Royal Palms after 9pm.  We decided to take an upper room this time 129.  Groovy.  $50/night for two double beds with fridge and microwave.  It's a beautiful thing, baby.


Monday, November 06, 2006

Today's my Dad's birthday!  He's 76 and still pastoring a church!  He has been my best role model over the years.  His congregation of the Worship Place in Sun City in Georgetown, Texas is doing fantastic!

I had a fun time talking with him.  He got a new car--a silver Mercedez Benz sportscar!  Sweet potato pie!  Can't wait to check that bad boy out.  Happy Birthday, Dad!

I took the grills back over to Perimeter after I picked them up from FBC Atlanta.

Still feeling weak. 

Checked on the mission then went back to bed.

Posted 11/12/2006 at 8:20 PM

Sunday November 5, 2006

I had a great time speaking to the Middle and High Schoolers of First Baptist Church of Atlanta this morning.  Ashley went with me and was a great example of what missions is all about.

Later we had our booth out in the missions hall of the church and I got to talk with hundreds of people.  It's hard to tell the ripple effect those conversations have.

I've been sick this weekend.  Which translates that I feel sort of weak.  It's hard to get up and give it 100% when you're feeling around 30%.  Seems like when I'm weakest, HE'S strongest.  That's such a hard lesson for me to learn.  It's a real tendency for me to want to make things happen, rather than letting the Father work it out.  Many times it's better to take a deep breath and just be patient.  Things come around and if you're constantly doing good, good things come back.

I heard this evening was the final count of professions of faith yesterday for Impact Atlanta was 78!  Incredible.


Posted 11/5/2006 at 9:13 PM

Sunday November 5, 2006

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Impact Atlanta was a terrific success.  We hosted Outreach Events in 27 locations!  Over 64 people made professions of faith!

It was wonderful to see over 200 people take to the streets with the Gospel!

A blessed day was had by all!


Posted 11/5/2006 at 8:35 AM

Friday November 3, 2006

Fred Jones, Kevin and I loaded all the gear for Impact Atlanta from our local Kroger store.  They had all the supplies we needed and we managed to get everything stored and sorted in record time!

We're ready for big things Saturday!

I'm still feeling a bit under the weather.  Trying to rest now.  I strained my right shoulder lifting all those bags of ice and charcoal.  C'est la vie, baby.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

I took care of my 82 year old mother in law today.  Kathy had to go to the doctor for tests.  Unfortunately, looks like she's got diabetes now.  Kathy hates to take pills, so I'm pretty concerned that she'll keep up with her medication.

All these days working in a row finally caught up with me.  Feel kind of weak, one of my ears is hurting and scratchy throat.  I tried to rest most of the afternoon and evening.

Pray for me.


Posted 11/3/2006 at 9:32 AM

Wednesday November 1, 2006

I took the van this morning to go and pick up 25 grills from my partners at Perimeter Church.  That church has done more to help our ministry expand than any other and they continue to spearhead many ministries around Gwinnett County.  I really appreciate their generosity and can do attitude!

After I picked up the grills I took them over to FBC Atlanta in preparation for our huge Outreach Event this coming Saturday where we will host 27 block parties simultaneously!  I also set up my display for the Missions Fair this evening.

I came home after lunch to run 4 miles, work on office stuff an pick up a few more things for the celebration tonight at FBC Atlanta.

I'll head back to the church in just a few minutes.


Posted 11/1/2006 at 3:47 PM

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Tuesday October 31, 2006

I took Jesse for his placement test for the GED this morning at Dekalb Tech.  He has to do well on a test to qualify to even take the GED.  He said it was "easy."  He says that about every test he takes.  Soon he'll start his on line curriculum which may take as many as 9 more hours to complete.  My guess is he won't need half that time.

I think studying for the SAT test will probably be more challenging.  He'll need a good grade on that to get in the Tech schools he's interested in.

Deposited checks at the bank.  Always like to do that!  Picked up extra supplies for Impact Atlanta.  I think I have everything now.

We had a terrific time with True Tabernacle of Praise at Stanford Oaks this evening.  Face painting, balloon animals and the great candy throw were big hits.  I was glad to see the pastor there.  VERY few pastors actually show up for the missions stuff.  I always found that strangely sad.

Turned in my financial report this morning. 

I got the Office on Netflix this week.  I've enjoyed watching the series in consecutive order.  That show is too funny.

After all that candy I threw the last two days, I didn't have any left to give to my neighbor's kids!  Bummer.  I made some balloon animals for them instead.  They seemed to think that was fair.


Posted 10/31/2006 at 9:35 PM

Monday October 30, 2006

Started out this morning with the tough news that my mother in law had fallen while trying to go to the bathroom last night.  I had caught her from falling twice yesterday.  Not good.

Jesse and I spent some time driving this morning.  He needs to be ready for his driving test on November 21.  Tuesday morning we go to Dekalb Tech where he'll take his Placement test for the GED he plans on taking soon.  He'll graduate from high school as a first semester Sophomore!  He'll take an on line curriculum to take the GED.

I went to Roswell this afternoon to sign the new lease for 2007 for our apartment at Concept 21.  I also went over to Walmart.  I'm still collecting more face paint.

Checked on the office at FBC Doraville.  The work the men did last weekend looks fantastic! 

We had the Great Candy Throw at the mission at Azalea after I helped the kids with their homework.  We have such a good time!  We threw candy for about thirty minutes.  Best $80 I've spent in a long time.  The parents really get into diving for candy too!  It's a hoot.

Been finishing up my Financial Report.  Got that knocked out.

Maybe now I can relax.


Posted 10/30/2006 at 8:54 PM

Sunday October 29, 2006

Ashley and I went to Grace Fellowship this morning to speak at their missions conference called "Oasis."  I had the pleasure of working with the middle school kids, of which there had to be over 200!  I spoke on missions (duh!) but in the context of the book of Job. 

Most people come to Jesus when things aren't going well, so it's an easy fit.

I mailed the last of the newsletters this afternoon.

Nice to have an extra hour of sleep, even though I woke up at my regular time around 7:30am.

I'll start working on the videos again, now that I have some time.

Everything seems to be good to go for next Saturday's "Impact Atlanta" with FBC Atlanta.  I still need to get a few more kits for face painting, otherwise everything else is nailed down.


Posted 10/29/2006 at 12:16 PM

Or "T" as in "Tim".  Now Tad has some company.
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Saturday October 28, 2006

Went to Crosspointe Church this morning to make a presentation to the volunteers working at six apartment complexes in the Lawrenceville area.  We worked at Cherokee Courts, Olde Salem, Magnolia Village and Brighton Springs.

I also went down to FBC Doraville to check on my team FBC Mountain Park working on the educational building.  They're doing a great job and the building will look fantastic!

I've been writing newsletters this evening as well as studying for a presentation on Job that I'll make tomorrow morning at Grace Fellowship.

Ran 4 miles and picked up trash along my trail.


Posted 10/28/2006 at 9:46 PM

Friday October 27, 2006
Today I've been taking care of my 80 year old Mother in Law, Nell Doverspike.  She's been getting around pretty well.  I brought her back some Philly Cheesesteak for lunch. 

I finished writing the newletter and pasting it up last night.  I say "pasting" but it's all done electronically on MS Publisher.  Which is a program I really like.

Went to the UPS store to make my copies.  Then over to Staples for some more ink for the printer.

Also did the grocery shopping.  Always extraordinarily thrilling.

I'm at home now working on writing my newsletters.  I have about three more hours of that to go.

Rainy day.

I need to run.  Hope it dries up later.

I took Jesse out for Zaxby's chicken then we went to Borders to check out books.We both love to read.  Of course he just stares at all the programming books.  We got a couple of books on Python.  He likes to write code in Python (which he studied last summer) and Common Lisp. 

Back to writing newsletters and listening to the History Channel.



Posted 10/27/2006 at 3:41 PM

Thursday October 26, 2006

So much of ministry is about networking.  Who you know, where they are, what they can do.

I met with the Latin American Association this morning.  They are interested in working more aggressively with the faith based community.  There were a number of areas where I think we can help each other.  We'll see what happens. . .

After the meeting, I met with Alex Villasana from Mexico.  He's working as a church planter with my partners at Perimeter church.  I took him around the area where he feels led to plant a church.  Fortunately, I had a lunch meeting with the director of our mission at Adelaide Park, which is the area where he feels led to start.  I love it when the Lord works out all the timing!

I still have one complex that hasn't confirmed for the November 4th Impact Atlanta Outreach Events.  I talked with the manager yesterday.  I gave them until 3pm today.  If they don't sign off on it, then I'll move the team to another area.

I need to work on my Outreach Update newsletter in a few minutes.  Then I'll go over to the mission to check on my kids and see if they need any help with their homework.  I went by yesterday, but looked like everyone had it pretty much complete.

I worked out hard on weights last night, stress relief.


Posted 10/26/2006 at 1:56 PM

Wednesday October 25, 2006

Man!  Talk about a full speed day!

I was under a lot of pressure today.  Not like when I used to do live shots for CBS, but close.

I have two major events going on the next two weekends:  Outreach Events in 31 locations with two major churches in Atlanta.  Crosspointe will host 4 events in Lawrenceville and FBC Atlanta will host another 27 all over Metro Atlanta including as far as Marietta, Duluth and Avondale Station.

Today I got the food order in for Kroger.  Can you imagine getting 486 packs of hot dog buns?  We'll be feeding and sharing the Gospel with over 3,000 people.

Whirlwind people--we have something to be proud about.  I don't know of anyone else trying to do anything at this level.

And yet, it's not nearly enough.  Inside the perimeter there are over 700 apartment complexes!

I called all the managers to let them know about the event.  Went by to see the hardest ones to make sure and "sell" the deal.  There's definitely marketing involved with this sort of stuff.  It's mighty hard to tell me "no."  It's hard to argue with FREE!

Jesse fixed some of the drivers on my laptop.  Now I can go back to editing video.

Sure am glad this day is behind me.  I feel so relieved.


Posted 10/25/2006 at 9:40 PM

Wednesday October 25, 2006

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

 Took Jesse to school this morning.  I helped him get his paperwork together for his final day in High School.  We already have it scoped out for him to take his GED and go on to take his SATs and start University level classes in the Spring if all goes well.  Worked on email and returned phone calls for hours. Got confirmation on the 27 locations we’ll be doing for the Impact Atlanta outreach with FBC Atlanta.  Working on confirming the locations for the outreach with Crosspointe Church this weekend.  Trying to get Magnolia Point to sign off on our work. 

 Monday, October 23, 2006

 Finished dubbing the 8mm film to Mini DV.  Shot pictures of the old photo albums for my folk’s 50’s anniversary.  Flew back to Austin on an McDonald Douglas 88.  Totally exhausted, I slept almost the entire 2 hours.  GREAT to be back home!

 Sunday, October 22, 2006

 Started the 8mm film transfer to Mini DV of our old (1960’s) home movies.  Preached at the Worship Place.  Great meeting with the members!  Very enthusiastic reception.  Nothing beats that personal touch with supporters. It makes all the difference!  Finished shooting the film with Pat at the bluffs.  Looked for arrowheads and fossils near the club at Oakcrest.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

 Marched in the parade.  Rode in the 1942 fire truck of Pappa Rollos.  Ran the main PA mic for the float.  Went to the Baylor game—saw them pull off a squeaker against Kansas 36-35!  Ate at Kitoks with the rest of the Brotherz.

 Friday, October 20, 2006

Drove to Waco with Pat Young.  Went to Geoff’s house to visit with the other Brotherz.  Presented the $7.26 check to Baylor at the Pigskin Review.  Practiced and shot video with the KKG.  Checked out the bonfire.  Stayed with Thai at the Centre.


 Thursday, October 19, 2006

 Flew from Atlanta to Austin on a Canadaire Regional Jet 200—50 passenger plane.  Delayed leaving because of extremely dense cloud cover nearly to the surface.  Ran 4 miles to Oakcrest subdivision in Georgetown.  Pat Young drove into town from McAllen.  Went to watch the sunset at the bluffs at the Falls.  Visited over at my brother Jim’s house with his family.

Posted 10/25/2006 at 8:51 AM

Wednesday October 18, 2006
I spent this morning over at Dekalb Tech in Clarkston researching the GED test for Jesse.  He can take the online prep course and then take the main GED test.  My guess is that he'll have the high school degree in hand before Christmas.  That's pretty amazing for a first semester Sophomore in High School!

I ate lunch with Bennett Ekandem.  It's always good to touch base with my directors to see if there's any way I can help accelerate his work.  He's such a great guy.

Went over to the mission to help the kids with their homework.  Lots of projects coming due.  Lots of stuff they needed for the projects. 

I got the bad news that some gang bangers came into the mission looking for one of my kids older brother.  They came stomping into the mission with bats and knives and scared the hell out of the kids.  They also took Ernest's laptop that we just got him.  That really pisses me off. 

I'm getting ready for my trip to TX.  I look forward to seeing my Mom and Dad tomorrow!


Posted 10/18/2006 at 10:16 PM

Tuesday October 17, 2006

Dreary, rainy day today.  Good day for resting.  Lord knows I need it.

The video YouTube account is coming along.  I'm still figuring out all the ins and outs of the deal.  The first few times are always the hardest.  Once I have it figured out it'll be like the Photo Gallery--tons of stuff!

I had a great talk with my brother Tito Ruiz this morning.  He's excited about he video sharing too.  Can't wait to help him get all his sermons on line.  Excellente!

Went over to Parkview High School this morning to work through withdrawing Jesse from school.  He's already started his independent study.  I'll keep him on track.  He took the practice GED test last night on ihis computer and scored an 87 without any additional studying!  I tell him, "You got your brains from me, son."  He just says, "mainly from the internet, Dad."  It is amazing the availability of information.

I'm trying to take advantage of it too!

I'm still getting ready for my trip to Texas on Thursday.  I have most of the stuff I need ready to go.

Went by Best Buy this morning to pick up another USB hub for my computer.  I have a LOT of stuff plugged into it!


Posted 10/17/2006 at 3:22 PM

Monday October 16, 2006
It seems I'm always happiest when I'm in the middle of a big project. I believe that the best ministries keep their partners informed.  I've spent an enormous amount of time fine tuning the web site.  It is a wealth of information about our ministry and how to start similar ministries. 

The Photo Gallery was my next addition.  Latest count is we have over 26,000 photographs in our galleries.  I started shooting pictures in a digital domain in 2004.

Later, with the encouragement of Ian North, I started our blog.  I keep up with this blog daily.

The latest iteration is the YouTube account.  I've added videos from the event on Saturday in Avondale Station on to our whirlwindmissions channel.  I hope to have personal messages to our supporters in the weeks to come by video!

I went by the bank and gas station this morning.  Went over to Best Buy to get some editing software and tapes.

Back to editing!

Posted 10/16/2006 at 3:8 PM

Sunday October 15, 2006
I had a great time preaching at Zion Baptist Church in Covington this morning!  I did my "Take the Church, to the People" presentation.

Lord willing there will be some people mobilized because of this morning's effort.

I'm working on establishing more of a video presence for Whirlwind.  I shot some video with my camera yesterday--my Canon Powershot SD600--not my Camcorder!  The Canon does both: stills and video.  I've never really used the video before.  I was astonished to hear that Google had just payed YouTube 1.6 BILLION dollars for the video distribution system.

I'd like the video to be just as easy to access as the blog or photo gallery.

We're supposed to go to my nephew Jason Sullivan's house this evening for a bit of a family party.  K and her mom Nell and I will go.  Ashley's going to a concert with her boy friend and Jesse is completly engrossed with studying this programming language called LISP.  He spends HOURS listening to on line video series from Dr. Sussman, a computer professor at MIT back in the 80's.   J's a trip!

I need to go run. 


Posted 10/15/2006 at 2:59 PM

Saturday October 14, 2006
I got home around 9pm tonight after a missions marathon of a day!

Woke up early to go over to the Holiday Inn to lead the team from NC over to the mission at Oak Forest.  We made it there with no problem and thanks to the help of Ms. Vickie, we ended up with nearly 80 people watching and participating with the clowns.  It was great!  I made a short Gospel presentation at the end at at least 12 kids said they had prayed to receive Christ!  Wow!  I hope that a few of the adults watching the show also prayed the prayer!

After a quick lunch at Piccadilly we went over to Clarkston Station--which used to be called Wyncrest.  They are still in the middle of a massive reconstruction process.  We had a hard time gathering up kids because the families had to keep all the toys and stuff inside the house!  Never seen that before.  We got about 20 people before I had to leave to go to my next assignment in Covington.

The missions conference at Zion Baptist Church in Covington started this afternoon at 4pm.  I got there around 4:30pm, so I wasn't too late.  Crowd didn't really start to arrive until about 5:30pm so I was fine.  One of the missionaries spoke about reaching the over 120,000 Jews in Atlanta.  I really liked his presentation which was based on a historical perspective on the persecution of the Jews.

I'm up to bat at the 11am service in the morning.  I feel honored to be the main preacher and will come out both guns blazing.

Did I mention I FINALLY got my laptop back!  She's running like a dream. 


Posted 10/14/2006 at 10:40 PM

Friday October 13, 2006

 I have a team from NC coming into town today to do a puppet/clown ministry with me at three complexes.  I still have one complex that I thought was set up that is now needing "approval from corporate."  I have a back up plan, but I hate this last minute change stuff.  I know the Father always has a plan worked out.  I try not and get too up tight about it.

I'm taking care of my mother in law today until this afternoon when I meet with my team.

Still adding stuff to my board report.  It'll be over 80 pages long.

Jesse is planning on graduating from high school early.  He wants to start taking university level courses.  I got him all the GED study material yesterday.  He's only a sophomore, but my guess is he can still ace that test.  He turns 16 on October 24th.  He sure is a serious kid for being so young.  I think his lowest grade right now is a 95 in Language Arts.  I think he's missing out on the social aspects of school, but he is so focused on computers and programming that he considers all that stuff superfluous.  Pray for him.


Posted 10/13/2006 at 8:28 AM

Thursday October 12, 2006
Still working on my Board Report.  I thought of a couple more sections I needed to add.  I have most of it done now.  It'll be about 80 pages long.

Finished up my email.  I have a team coming from NC this weekend.  Still have some last minute confirmations to make re: time/place.  Seems like it's all coming together.

I need to go run before my lunch appointment with Sam Bandela.  He was my mentor when I was first getting started doing ministry in this town.

The kids at the mission are doing the CRCT test.  Hardly any homework.  I'll still go by to check on them today.


Posted 10/12/2006 at 9:23 AM

Wednesday October 11, 2006
Got up early.  Worked out for an hour on weights.

Just got finished going through my email.  I heard from Orville Boyd Jenkins today.  He's the Ethnology/Culture/Language expert for literally the whole world!  He's had a huge impact on me over the years.  Terrific musician, a real linguist, brilliant educator. . . he's like a modern day Da Vinci--minus the wacky code.  He's working in Johannesburg, S. Africa now.

I continue to work on my annual report.  Our board will meet soon.  Everyone's so busy. . . ay caramba.

Beautiful day today.


Posted 10/11/2006 at 11:44 AM

Monday October 9, 2006

I've been working at home this morning.  My laptop is still in the shop.  What a hassle. 

I have a meeting with partners from True Tabernacle of Praise at lunch at Madina in a few minutes.  We'll talk about what it's like to work in a Muslim environment then we'll go by to check on a possible location for work.

Later I'll go by to check on my kids at Azalea.  Didn't get to help them much last week because of hanging out with one of our big sponsors.

Looks like another beautiful day!  I got up early and worked out on weights for about an hour.  Great stress relief.  My knees and one achilles tendon is a little sore from the extensive run yesterday.  Feel like a dad gum tiger tank!

I had a great meeting this afternoon with Pat and Hugh from True Tabernacle of Praise.  We visited Spring Chase, Willow Branch and started new work at Stanford Oaks.


Posted 10/9/2006 at 11:13 AM

Monday October 9, 2006

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Another early morning.  Got dressed and headed over to Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta for their Missions Conference.  I spoke in the morning to the Spanish Sunday School class.  At least one couple said that they wanted to help us in the mission.  GREAT news!  I did my best to make a presentation in Spanish.  I spoke for about 15 minutes.  Normally I'm speaking to a class of gringos and I explain what it's like to be an immigrant in this country.  This class was all immigrants, so I didn't have as much to talk about!

After church I went over to Kennesaw mountain to see the Civil War exhibit they had there.  I ran to the top of Kennesaw mountain and Little Kennesaw mountain then took the back path around to the visitor's center.  According to my GPS I ran a little over 8 miles.  Woosh!

After running I went over to the McCollom airport to watch the small planes and business jets take off.  I'm learning different aircraft the same way I learn types of birds-from a field guide.  It's fun!

Went back to church for the evening sessions which had the missions fair.  I spoke to a lot of people about our ministry.  A few sounded like they want to help.  Sure hope so.

Packed up and got home around 10 pm.  Long day.


Saturday, October 07, 2006

Woke up early to go get supplies for the block party at the Buford Housing Authority.  We hosted that with the help of Crossroads Community Church and a family from Victory World Church.  We had a good turn out of volunteers (around 20) and residents--about 60.  Weather was great.  Besides the food, games, face painting and balloon animals, we also cleaned up the facility where we plan to have an after-school program and helped rake leaves for some of the senior citizens.

Great day!

Posted 10/9/2006 at 11:10 AM

Friday October 6, 2006

I've spent hours today working on the Photo Gallery of our Whirlwind web site.  I uploaded over 500 pictures that I've taken in the last week.

I have some great shots of the work project we did yesterday with Perimeter Christian School in the Chamblee-Dunwoody road area.

I also posted and organized all the shots I have of the highlights of Atlanta.

Finished my calls, email and now blog.

Still working on the Annual Report for my board.

Ran 4 miles this morning early.  Picked up 5 bags of trash while I ran.  Roads are looking a LOT better now.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

I met with Perimeter Christian School this morning at the big soccer fields in Chamblee.  About 70 folks showed up.  We picked upo garbage along the Chamblee--Dunwoody road area.  Looks a lot beter now.

Made my reservations for my annual trip to Texas.  I'll see a lot of major supporters at one time.

Dropped off a bunch of back packs at the mission at Azalea.  Had a good talk with Jouvens.  The mission really looked good.

Kathy and I spent some time on Stone Mountain this evening.  Full moon.  What a beauty!


Posted 10/6/2006 at 2:7 PM

Wednesday October 4, 2006
I took Pat to the airport today.  He's one of my best friends and has been a big supporter of our ministry for over 20 years!  I hope to see him in Texas in October.  I'm working on a trip to the Austin area to contact supporters in the fall.  It's important to give a personal touch from time to time.

I've started working on my Annual Report for the Whirlwind Missions Board of Directors.  It's always interesting for me to take a hard look at what has actually been accomplished.  I'm always surprised by the amount of ministry that takes place when you add it all up!  PTL!


Posted 10/4/2006 at 3:43 PM

Wednesday October 4, 2006
Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Today Pat Young, my friend from Texas, and I went to check out the Cyclorama and the Atlanta Zoo.  Both were very interesting!

We ate a tasty restaurant directly across the street from Oakland Cemetary.  It was called, "Six Foot Under."  It's also a fish place.  I thought it was a wonderfully whimsal title!

I had a great time preaching in the evening at True Tabernacle of Praise.  They're a church plant in Tucker and just great to work with.  I'm looking forward to getting them plugged into the community!


Posted 10/4/2006 at 3:40 PM

Tuesday October 3, 2006
Monday, October 2, 2006

My tire got a flat last night. I got it pumped up and took it to Tires Plus this morning.  Unfortunately the tire was ruined because of where the nail went in.  Actually it wasn't a nail, it was the tip from a soldering gun.  Bahd luck.  I got four new tires (mine were just about slick), an alignment (it had been pulling to the right) and some new wiper blades.  That took all morning.

Picked up Pat and we went over to Fernbank museum where they had a special exhibition of Imperial Rome.  It was awesome.  My favorite were the busts of Julius Caesar--also born on July 12--along with Bill Cosby and Henry David Thoreau!  That's a variety of birthday boys!

After Fernbank I took Pat over to check out Cafe Istanbul.  My favorite place for Turkish food.  We had some excellent kabobs.

Pat is a huge sports fanatic.  I've watched more football in the last four days than I have in the last decade!  It's been fun for a change.  I still prefer the History channel to ESPN!

We hiked up Stone Mountain to watch the sun set over our city.

Atlanta sure does have a lot to offer.

Atlanta sure does need Jesus!


Posted 10/3/2006 at 8:35 AM

Tuesday October 3, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006

Still on the tourist trail with Pat Young, one of our ministry's supporters.

Today we went downtown to see the Aquarium, eat at the Varsity and check out Georgia Tech.  We enjoyed watching the Tech football game at Jocks and Jills on Peachtree Industrial.


Posted 10/3/2006 at 8:29 AM

Tuesday October 3, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006

Pat Young and I went to visit Underground Atlanta, the Capitol building, went up the cable cars to the top of Stone Mountain and also checked out the museums at Stone Mountain.

Later we also checked out the World of Coke and finished off the day watching the Braves beat the Astros.  We got down to within 10 yards of home plate and got to watch Chipper Jones slug one out of the ball field.  It was a beautiful thing!

Fun day.


Posted 10/3/2006 at 8:26 AM

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Thursday September 28, 2006
Finished writing the newletters.  PTL.

I'll take them over the the post office in a few minutes.  Still need to put stamps on them before I put them in the mail.

Finished a budget proposal for a local church partner.  Paper work seems to take up more and more of my time.  It's a trend I fight against.  Seems like our best field operatives almost always end up doing nothing but admin work.

I'll go pick up Pat at the airport in the early afternoon.

Got all my office work done early.  I got up before sunrise to start working on it.

I hope I get to pick up my computer this morning.  It's supposed to be in.

I got my log book in from my Flight Instructor yesterday.  That means I can now go take the FAA written test for the Sport Pilot certification.  I'm just about ready for it.


Posted 9/28/2006 at 10:37 AM

Thursday September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Worked on the newsletters most of the morning.

Followed up on my calls and email.  Looks like another team is coming to help us in 2007 from Mississippi.

Ran 5.3 miles. worked out on weights for an hour.

Back to writing newletters in the evening.

Spent a long time talking to a pastor friend of mine who's having financial problems.

I have my best friend coming to visit me for 6 days.  His family has been a huge supporter of our ministry for ten years.  I look forward to Pat being in town.  I like showing people around the missions.  Spent some time planning out the schedule.


Posted 9/28/2006 at 10:33 AM

Thursday September 28, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006

My computer is still down.  Hard to keep up with stuff.

Spent my day primarily in Covington.  Saw Kevin Riley with Zion BC.  We scoped out the housing community called The Silos.  I'll be speaking at their mission conference in a couple of weeks.

Had practice with our Worship Band at Sugarloaf CC.

Ran 4 miles.


Posted 9/28/2006 at 10:29 AM

Monday September 25, 2006

Absolutely beauty weather today!

Worked on my newsletter most of the morning.  It's a hassle to use other computers.  I have to keep installing stuff, takes forever.

Just finished up my email.  Already have teams coming from 2007.  Excellente!

Followed up on a few phone calls.

Pray for the missions at Magnolia Pointe and Glennbrooke.  Both are new for us or new owners.

Worked out 45 minutes this morning.

Posted 9/25/2006 at 6:36 PM

Sunday September 24, 2006

Got up early.  I was excited about going to church. I'm really enjoying being part of the praise and worship team.  Lester asked me to play guitar next week.  That'll be fun.  I also really had a blast beating on the djembe.  Our drummer wasn't there today.  Bahd luck.

Tito preached on memories today.  How important it is to remember what God has done in the past to save you.  Man, do I have lots of stories like that.

Rewired my basement this evening.  The video cable with the TV feed got fried during the fire.  I got around to replacing it.  What a hassle.  I had to take down a bunch of the ceiling material to get at the wires. Nothing is ever easy.

I spent about an hour this afternoon running to a trashed out area of my neighborhood and collecting the junk as I jog.  Lots of beer bottles, chic-fil-a cups (just around the corner), gum wrappers, empty boxes of cigarettes.  Yuck.  But I figure if I'm upset about the garbage on my streets, I ought to be willing to do something about it.  Now that I regularly clean up the three miles around my house, I feel a certain protectiveness about it.  Trash on my trail is a personal affront.

I'm so weird.


Posted 9/24/2006 at 8:26 PM

Sunday September 24, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

I redid the area behind my house today.  Cleared out some bushes.  It's about the flattest part of our yard, which sits on a very steep hill.  It's my dojo, where I work out and practice Tai Chi.  Sure looks a lot better.

Ran 4 miles.  Worked out for an hour.

Posted 9/24/2006 at 8:18 PM

Friday September 22, 2006

Ashley and I just got back from seeing "Fearless" Jet Li's new movie. Awesome stuff. I sure hope this isn'r really his last martial arts movie. The guy is a genius. Of corse the movie is kind of sad. Chinese movies remind me of Shakespearean tragedies. They never have a happy ending.

Worked this morning cleaning the carpets in our house.

Enjoyed good time with Kathy and Ashley today!

Posted 9/22/2006 at 7:27 PM

Friday September 22, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 2006

I had a terrific meeting with Brandon from Truth Tabernacle of Praise and Bennett Ekandem today. We ate a delicious lunch of roast goat and njira and then went to Clarkston to check out the mission work we have there. I'm expecting big things from this church!

I helped the kids at the mission with their projects for school. Glad that's coming along.

Coolest thing happened when I was running my four miles this morning. I was near the river and I saw a COYOTE run across the road right in front of me! What a trip!

Great day.

Posted 9/22/2006 at 7:21 PM

Wednesday September 20, 2006
Gorgeous weather today.  Cool.  60s.  Clear sky.  It's what I call, "Nakuru weather."  The Rift Valley of Kenya produces some fantastic weather.  And all year long!

I preached at Clarkston International Bible Church this morning.  It's always fun to be around so many Africans.

Had a meeting with my friends from the Unite churches.  The Compassion in Action weekend is happening in a couple of weeks.  I met some new contacts.  Hopefully, I can plug them into the action.

Mr. Clatie fixed the computer for me.  Turned out to be a firewall issue.  It fired right up back at the mission.  Several kids got to work on their projects.

Posted 9/20/2006 at 8:30 PM

Tuesday September 19, 2006
A beautiful day with awesome clouds.  I spent a lot of time looking towards Heaven!  Very interesting wispy cirrus clouds.

Talked to my insurance agent.  Sure enough looks like Whirlwind will be paying nearly $1,000/month for insurance.  Bahd luck.

Went over to Azalea to help the kids with their homework.  Internet wasn't working. I took the computer back over to Clatie to work on.  Hope we get it back fast.  At least five kids had projects going on.

Did all my office work at home on Jesse's computer this morning.

I just got back from rehearsal with the worship band from Sugarloaf Community Church.  Lester and I had a chance to jam for a few minutes.  Man, that guy can ROCK! What a blessing to get to play with him every week.  Sure wish I could play with both brothers.  Tito is doing a great job at preaching.  I sure do miss playing with both my brothers.  Whenever our band Cruz plays, it's just flat awesome.

It's about 10:30 pm now.  I need to check my email before I crash.

Posted 9/19/2006 at 10:28 PM

Monday September 18, 2006
Been catching up on office work today.

Staying around the home office working on Jesse's computer until mine gets repaired.

Just finished my calls and email for the day.  Looks like we will have to pay the $10,000 for our insurance after all.  No other insurance agency wants to work with us because of the sheer number of locations we have missions.  The carrier said if it was the same number of people we work with on a weekly basis (around 400) in ONE location it would be no problem.  But having nearly 40 locations!  They just don't want any part of that liability risk.  C'est la vie, baby.  The Lord has covered our finances in the past, no reason to think He can't cover this too.

I'll go run my 4 miles in just a minute.

Posted 9/18/2006 at 3:28 PM

Monday September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006

Final day of the Global Impact Conference at N. Peachtree Baptist Church.  They had an offering of about $150,000 pledged as a faith promise gift.  I think that's really incredible!

Got some firm committments to some folks working in Chamblee and in Clarkston.  We sure need the help.

Worked out an hour on weights.

Posted 9/18/2006 at 3:25 PM

Monday September 18, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006

Ran 4 miles.  Watched Kill Bill 2.  Had a rest day.  PTL.

Posted 9/18/2006 at 3:23 PM

Monday September 18, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006

Kathy and I went to the Missions Banquet at N. Peachtree BC tonight.  Larry Reesor from Global Focus interviewed my and about 10 other missionaries in front of the two congregations.

Worked out and rested.

Posted 9/18/2006 at 3:22 PM

Monday September 18, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006

My laptop is still dead.  Got the news that my hard drive and motherboard are dead.  Bahd luck. Went to Best Buy to get my back ups.  What a hassle.

Jesse helped me get my Sport Pilot FAA Test Prep onto my Ipaq.  That's been great for helping me study.

Still working at the N. Peachtree/True Tabernacle of Praise Missions Conference.  It's been some great music and many people seem to be interested in helping at the mission.


Posted 9/18/2006 at 3:21 PM

Wednesday September 13, 2006


Rainy day.  Gloom city.

Went to Best Buy first thing this morning to check on the laptop.  News is bad:  hard drive down, mother board gonesville.  Could be WEEKS before I get my computer back.  That's not zesty!  C'est la vie, baby.  Pray that the service center will fix it quick!

Just got finished with the Chamblee-Doraville Property Manager's Association meeting.  Not many people.  Not sure why, maybe the weather.  We had a report from one of the doctors from the new Good Samaritan's Clinic in Doraville.  That's good news and good info.

Went by my office at the church to get mail.

I'm at the Chamblee Library now working on my email and this blog.

In a little while I'll go over to Azalea to help the kids with their homework.

Then I have a Missions Conference going on this evening at N. Peachtree Baptist Church.  That will probably go on till 9pm.  Another late night.  The conference will end on Sunday.



Posted 9/13/2006 at 1:58 PM

Tuesday September 12, 2006
For a techno kind of guy, I had a disaster happen.  My computer would not boot up.  I've already taken it to Best Buy to have them look at it.  Looks like hard drive problems.  That's not zesty.  Hopefully, whatever info they can't get off it, Jesse can.

I have an external hard drive and have most of the stuff backed up, but not everything.

Consider this your reminder--BACK UP!

Thanks to Jesse I now have web based mail:  I highly recommend you going the web based route.  A LOT less spam/virus issues.  Google really has their stuff together. 

So bottom line, my email still works.  Of course Xanga--my blog--is web based so that's no big deal.

And my 25,000 plus pictures are all on the Smugmug servers, so that's good to go too.  PTL.  That's an archive that's irreplaceable.

When I had the fire in my house it burned a lot of pictures.  That was a loss for sure.

Went to the office in Doraville to pick up mail and make phone calls.  Usually I work on my computer there, but alas no computer. 

I'm using Jesse's computer now. He's resting.  I sure am glad I don't have to get up at 5:30am!  Ay caramba!

Went to help the kids at Azalea with their homework.  Had about 20 kids there today.  Lots of Bengali kids.  Most of the kids in my youth group now are muslim.

9/11 was yesterday.  Even though I hate what they did in NYC, I still can't hate them.  I reckon that's because of the muslim children I love.

Worked out 45 minutes this morning.

Posted 9/12/2006 at 6:23 PM

Monday September 11, 2006
I hung around my house today, catching up with some office work.  Did some local errands.

I try and rest when I don't have a full up schedule.

Been studying.

Took care of a problem with a bill at one of the missions.

Kathy is feeling better.

Ran 4 miles.

Posted 9/11/2006 at 7:1 PM

Sunday September 10, 2006
I had a great time at church today.  I played my djembe in the worship band.  We had a terrific drummer with us today, so it was fun jamming out for Jesus.  I bruised my right hand for my enthusiasm!  The best kind of pain.

Tito preached on parenthood today.  The father's resposibility is to train up the children.  Too true.

Worked out for an hour this afternoon.  Ran four miles.

Studying for my Sports Pilot Knowledge Test.  Ground school for ultralight pilots.  Fascinating stuff.

Check out to see the web site that Jesse and I put together for my teacher.

Posted 9/10/2006 at 11:0 PM

Saturday September 9, 2006
I helped a new partner get started in a new ministry today!  First United Methodist Alpharetta have been partnering with Youth Outreach United for a year plus.  I hooked them up with a complex in Roswell that is MUCH closer to where they live.  I have other good partners that work at Aspen Pointe where we were at today, including World Harvest Church and Restoration Church of God.  We have a real openness with the management right now so we need to put more resources that direction.

We had a cookout with games and our friends from World Harvest Church did a full production for the kids including dramas!  It was really cool.

Weird thing was we got stuck out there.  A drunk guy ran into a telephone pole and knocked it down.  Power lines blocked the road, so we were committed!  It all worked out fine.

Ashley and I didn't get home till late last night from Villa Rica.  I got home from Roswell and took a nice nap.

Kathy hasn't been feeling well.  Sore throat and stuffy nose.  Pray for her.

Posted 9/9/2006 at 7:31 PM

Friday September 8, 2006
Ashley and I just got back from the Mission Conference at Midway Macedonia Baptist church between Villa Rica and Carrollton. 73 miles from my house.

We got back home around 10:15pm.

We had a great time.  Lots of friendly people.

I was able to psych up some people to get out into the field.  I live for that.

Ran my 4 miles this morning.

Posted 9/8/2006 at 11:36 PM

Thursday September 7, 2006
Worked out for about an hour early this morning.  Sure helps with stress relief.

Took care of my phone calls this morning.  We're still figuring out the man power situation in missions where we have little or no help.  Laborers are few.

I'm taking over more equipment to Azalea in a few minutes.  Also need to pick up Ernest's laptop that Mr. Lewis found him from Reboot.  GREAT news!

Pray for me.  Lots of driving this weekend. Friday night to Villa Rica.   Saturday I'll be up in Roswell with First United Methodists of Alpharetta.   Glad the gas prices have gone done some.

I hope the same can be said for our insurance bill.  I was just notified that our insurance carrier wants to increase our bill from $5,000/year to $10.000!  That's crazy!  The insurance biz is really in a mess.

Posted 9/7/2006 at 2:14 PM

Thursday September 7, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Had a good 4 mile run early this morning.

Worked on office stuff till about 3pm.

Then went to Villa Rica to speak at Midway Macedonia Baptist Church for their missions fair.  I got home a little before 11pm.

I'll go back on Friday evening for the second part of the conference.

Posted 9/7/2006 at 2:13 PM

Tuesday September 5, 2006
Had a good work out this morning before driving into Chamblee. 

I'm working on admin jobs: email, calls, forms to fill out.  Always something.

I have three late nights this week.  A rehearsal this evening at church, and two night meetings in Villa Rica for their Missions Conference at Midway Macedonia BC.  Lots of driving. 

I sure was glad to get our little dog back. 

I'll go check on the kids at the mission in a few minutes.

Posted 9/5/2006 at 1:26 PM

Monday September 4, 2006
Did plenty of labor today!

I ran six miles going through the neighborhoods pulling down the "Lost Dog" signs I made yesterday.  We found our dog!!  PTL!  I guess she just wanted to stay at a hotel too.  She was just a couple of streets down from our house, enjoying the life of luxury!  We were certainly glad to get the phone call this morning.

I did yard work most of the afternoon.  Mowed the lawn, blew the driveway, trimmed and picked up limbs from the trees.  I still have a headache after all that dust.

Shed more than a few tears over the death of Steve Irwin.  I'm not sure how much you know about my background, but I used to work at the Nairobi Snake Park when I was in 7th-8th grade.  I worked with plenty of Nile Crocodiles, plus King Cobras, Black Mambas, Rock Pythons, Gaboon Vipers . . . the list goes on and on.  In many ways I felt we were similar:  His passion for wildlife and mine for missions.

Very, very sad to see him go. 

I expect a sudden death like his one day.  Lord willing, a long time from now!  I've nearly been killed 5 times in my 48 years.

Posted 9/4/2006 at 9:2 PM

Sunday September 3, 2006
I got to go flying again this morning!   I met up with Mike Theeke at the Marion County Airport and we went up for about an hour and a half, before it got too windy.  Ultralights aren't like regular airplanes.  They're open cockpit, hang gliders with a powerful pusher propeller in the back.  They are very sensitive to high winds.  Good pilots like Mike can fly in much rougher air than I can.  I need everything really calm so I can see how to control the ultralight trike without battling the wind.

We packed up the room and ate at Golden Corral for lunch.

We got home a couple of hours ago.  I was met with the news that our little dog Sugar is missing since Friday night.  So I immediately came home, made Lost Dog posters and Ashley and I spent a couple of hours putting them up around our neighborhood and at the grocery stores.  Now we just have to wait.  That dog is Kathy's baby.  Please, Lord.  Help us find her!  Pray for that!

Posted 9/3/2006 at 6:42 PM

Sunday September 3, 2006
Saturday, September 2, 2006

Kathy and I hiked and biked around Cloudland Canyon today.  I ran about 2 miles straight up and down that chasm, then rode the bike about 4 miles around the trails in the park.  The place is fantastic!  Go to and click on Photo Gallery to see the shots I took.

That Photo Gallery (which I started in 2004) now has over 25,000 pictures!

I wish it had been available at the inception of our ministry.  I had a lot of pictures burned and damaged in the fire.  Plus they're completely out of order.  Bahd luck.

We went back up to Lookout Mountain to watch the gliders launch and then spent the sunset hours in the valley watching them land.  They looked like gigantic Pterodactyls landing.  Super cool.

We ate at this little Mom and Pop called "Genevieve's"  It was delicious home cooking.
Posted 9/3/2006 at 6:36 PM

Sunday September 3, 2006
Friday, September 1, 2006

We got up early and went over to Marion County airport in extreme N. Georgia right on the Tennesse line.  Mike and I got to fly for nearly two hours!  It was really incredible.  The clouds were around 1,000 feet so we were able to zoom around them!  Very intense.

We went up to the top of Lookout Mountain to see the hang gliders launch down into the valley.  Really amazing!

We enjoyed good pizza at this little place called Raphael's.  The same name as the naughty boy who shot Ernest's computer screen.


Posted 9/3/2006 at 6:31 PM

Sunday September 3, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006

Kathy and I finished our business in town and then went on up to spend some time together in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  We like this little cheap Indian hotel up there.

I talked to Mike Theeke, my pilot instructor and looks like he'll be able to work me in this weekend!  I spent some evenings working on the web site for his new business:  Take a look at what I'm learning to fly!

Beautiful sunset!

Posted 9/3/2006 at 6:28 PM

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Wednesday August 30, 2006
I had a terrific meeting with my partners from First Baptist Atlanta this afternoon.  We discussed the plans for Impact Atlanta.  We will cover at least 25 different complexes on one day in November with their help.  Impact Atlanta is one of my favorite days of the year.  We always have a lot of people get saved that day at the missions!

Bennett Ekandem was also at the meeting. He's such a great guy!  They had their water heater bust last night and flooded their basement.  What a mess!  We still decided that having a fire is worse.  Flooding is one thing, but you don't think you're going to die!

Pray for a situation at my mission at Azalea Place.  I have one of the kids shoot another's computer and broke the screen.  It's going to cost over $900 to replace.  The kid just totally lied to his mom about it.  Acted like he had nothing to do with it.  I know he did and it's really causing friction between me and this family.  I'm having to ban this kid from the mission until they take some responsibility for this outrageous behaviour.  Just makes me shake my head.

The stuff that happens in these missions is so far out that you couldn't make it up!

Posted 8/30/2006 at 2:57 PM


I'm sorry you have to deal with stuff like someone killing a computer with a gunshot!  Pole sana, ndugu!  Twaendelea kukuombea pamoja na wale wote waliosaidiwa nawe! 

Nduguyo, OBJ

Posted 9/1/2006 at 10:31 AM by boydorville
Jambo, Obiwan!

Kids are so dang crazy sometimes it just makes me shake my head.

I just got word from another partner of mine who has tracked down a refurbished Dell laptop! After he relayed Ernest's story, he decided to help him out.

Crisis in our house right now is our little black dog, Sugar is missing. Ashley and I put up lost signs all over. Hopefully we'll get word really soon. That dog is like Kathy's baby. Truth be told, she probably likes Sugar better! Shauri ya Mungu!

Give my love to your sweet family!

Posted 9/3/2006 at 6:20 PM by force5

Tuesday August 29, 2006
I've been working on office stuff for hours.  Forms for insurance.  Forms for conferences.  Ay, caramba.

Went to Guitar Center to get some odds and ends we need for the band, mainly cords and a stand.

Spent the morning with Jouvens--my ast. director at Azalea.  We also went by the Chamblee Police Department so he could get a confirmation that he doesn't have a criminal background.  He needs that for his immigration forms.  Man, has that ever been a hassle for him.  He can't work, can't even go to school without it!

Worked out early this morning.  Feeling great.

Heavy rain last night.  Nearly 3/4".

Posted 8/29/2006 at 4:0 PM

Monday August 28, 2006
I enjoyed meeting with Mikey Stephens from First United Methodist Alpharetta this morning.  We did a recon of the apartment complexes in Alpharetta before deciding to go over to Holcomb Bridge in Roswell to work.  We have regular work in three complexes and it's only a few miles outside of town.

Really heavy thunderstorms tonight.  Huge cumulus clouds.

I helped the kids a the mission.  Two of my girls from Bangladesh needed help with math and a writing project.  They're always fun to joke around with.  We talked about 9/11 and why we're fighting the fundamental Muslims, in particular Hezbollah.  They're still trying to figure it out, but they're confident that the people who do these atrocities will go to hell!

Ran my 4 miles this morning.

Posted 8/28/2006 at 8:40 PM

Sunday August 27, 2006
I got up at 6:30am to get ready to go to church.  We meet at Sugarloaf Community Church at 8am.  THe Spanish service starts at 9am.

It was my first day to play bass at church.  As I mentioned yesterday, we broke it in at our Outreach Event in Chamblee.  We had a great time.  I thought the bass sounded terrific.

I finished writing the last of my notes for the newsletter.  Jesse and I took them over to the post office and mailed them.  They'll go out Monday around noon.

Kathy and I rode bikes from Target, all the way around Stone Mountain and back.  It was about 9 miles.  Fun ride.

Posted 8/27/2006 at 10:45 PM

Sunday August 27, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006

Our outreach band Cruz got to play today!  We played at our favorite spot, on Chamblee Dunwoody at Woodgate apartments.  We have a large parking area where we can set up and blast Christian music up and down the street.  It's cool!

I played my new Fender Jazz bass today.  I love playing that baby.  It's fun to play different instruments!  I play the bass at church now with Lester leading the music.

We played great.  One of the best gigs ever.

I also worked on producing the newsletter.  Got everything written, printed and started writing the notes.


Posted 8/27/2006 at 10:42 PM

Friday August 25, 2006
Ran four miles this morning.

Finished producing the Outreach Update.  Made photocopies.

Bought stamps at the Post Office.  Cool ones with motorcycles.

Working on writing the letters for this month's newsletter.

Took Jesse to get another eye exam.  He needs new contacts.  We got that taken care of.

Posted 8/25/2006 at 10:15 PM

Thursday August 24, 2006
My afternoon meeting with David Grant went great!  He's a cool guy and in charge of hundreds of high school students along with Goldrush--one of the largest youth conferences around.  We discussed having a "missions track" for the conference for the churches that want to do more work with our international population.  I tried my best to remain calm and not try and talk him into anything.  I made a presentation on how this concept would work and gave him information as if he was a prospective team coming into town.  I'm proud of the infrastructure we have set up.  It makes it easy for churches to get involved in the community.

It's thundering like crazy outside right now.  Don't see any rain yet.  Weird.

Finished my admin work.

Need to print out labels for the newsletter going out in a few days.  The kids at Azalea are always helpful with that.  Especially when I have doughnuts, just out of reach!

Worked out for about an hour this morning.  I feel like a dad gum tiger tank!

Posted 8/24/2006 at 3:29 PM

Wednesday August 23, 2006
I had a terrific morning!

Ruth Nolen from Crosspointe Church and I went to Brighton Springs on Boggs road this morning.  We had an excellent meeting with the manager there who was very enthusiastic about what we want to do.  We'll be starting ESL classes in the home that will result in church planting!  PTL!  We visited a couple of families.  The second family we went to (that had helped me in the past with block parties) was very encouraging.  The mother was laying on the couch looking pretty frail.  She had just been in the hospital with heart problems.  Ruth did a great job praying for her.  As we knelt by the sofa in the living room lifting up her problem to the Father, I felt a terrific confirmation that what we were doing at Brighton Springs was going to reap enormous rewards.

After that I went across the street to Magnolia Pointe where I had made a presentation to the Assistant Manager last week.  I met the Manager today.  He was somewhat hesitant at first, but after I answered all his concerns he seemed fully on board.  I've already sent a letter to him so we can get the corporate guys to sign off on the ministry there.  Pray that God will open that door wide!

I also followed up with a fax and letter to the Manager at Glennbrooke where Tyler and I visited yesterday.  Pray that the Father will give us favor in the owner's eyes.  First Community Properties own four complexes on Franklin Road.  Hundreds of people could come to Christ because of the approval of this partnership!

I finished my office work.  I'm headed over to Azalea to work with the kids now.

Pray for my mother in law, Nell Doverspike.  She fell and hit her head pretty hard.  She has a black eye and a really sore knee.  She's not getting around very well.

Of course that impacts my family, because Kathy gets so concerned.  As do I.

Posted 8/23/2006 at 4:11 PM

Tuesday August 22, 2006
I spent a great morning with new partners from Eastside Baptist Church.  They have a terrific team of ministers at that church and I'm looking forward to reaching many families because of their help!

After the meeting, Tyler Recker--our coordinator for the Marietta area, and I went to talk with Jeremie, the new manager at Glennbrooke.  They were just purchased by First Communities Property along with three other complexes on Franklin Road. 

It's hard to know what they'll do about our work there.  I didn't get a real positive impression of the new manager.  He seems to have little experience in actual field work.

Plus, when we drove up to the complex three cop cars were at the building right next to where Tyler will be living.  The cops basically said that it was crazy for Tyler to live there because it was so dangerous.  I've told him that many times, but it's still disheartening to hear cops say it to our faces.

Pray for Glennbrooke apartments.

Tyler and I then took tables and chairs over to the missions at Huntington Terraces on Buford Highway and Westwood in Norcross.

It sure is good to have a partner to share the load carrying stuff around, and just to talk with.

I had a great work out this morning early.  Sure makes hauling stuff around easier if you're in shape physically.

I'm scheduled to go over to Sugarloaf Community Church this evening to practice with the Spanish worship team.

Posted 8/22/2006 at 6:38 PM

Monday August 21, 2006
I had an morning meeting with Steve Gibbs.  He's a partner with Youth Outreach United and teaches at the Christian Learning Centers.  The CLCs enable high school students to get class credit for certain Christian subjects.  Steve is teaching a course on world religions now.

He's also helping lead the charge in the Jimmy Carter/Norcross Tucker area. We had a great chat with the manager there and took the old computers out to be re-worked.

If all goes well the mission should start the after school program and every other weekend Kid Zone program next week.  PTL!

New mission work will also start at Magnolia Village in Lawrenceville next week.

I went by the tire place today to scope out new front tires for the van.  That thing is dangerous to drive right now, especially when I have it loaded down with all that heavy PA equipment.

My hands are almost completely healed.  I still have nerve damage but I'm sure that will come back in time.  It feels like have have thin rubber gloves on right now.

Posted 8/21/2006 at 1:52 PM

Sunday August 20, 2006
I played guitar with the worship band at Sugarloaf Community Church.  I played kind of a modified bass lead on guitar since I didn't have a bass.

My main concept of playing in a band is sort of like the Hippocratic Oath:  First, do no harm.

If everything you play is right, you don't really have to be fancy. 

I think of it like cooking and every instrument adds a little bit of the flavor. 

Tito preached on being Sal en la teirra.  Salt of the Earth.  I had a harder time hearing him this morning.  The mic wasn't nearly as clear as the hand held he used last week.  If I don't hear everything he's saying clearly, it takes too long for my brain to translate it.  I'm still at around the 80% park in comprehension.  One reason I wanted to help this church is because I believe it'll help me with Spanish.

Tito is an inspiring preacher. 

Posted 8/20/2006 at 5:34 PM

Sunday August 20, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006

I got the bed repaired with Jesse's help.  We cleaned out the frame that was burned, repainted it and wrapped it with fresh cloth.  That'll save some money.

I hooked all the electrical devices back together.  Fresh, heavy duty cords should prevent fires in the future.  Still weird how after 3 1/2 years of perfect service, a cord could just suddenly go bad. Bizarre.

Slept in my redone bedroom.

Posted 8/20/2006 at 5:29 PM

Sunday August 20, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006

I finished painting the walls and cleaning the floors with Ashley and Jesse's help.

Tired.  Lot of dirty work.

It's coming together.

I can't believe how fast my hands have healed.  It really is a miracle.

Posted 8/20/2006 at 5:26 PM

Thursday August 17, 2006
My hands are still sore from the burns, but they're much better.

I had a great morning with Tyler Recker and Adam Webb today.

We checked out several new locations for possible missions on Boggs Road.  We also looked at our new location in Lawrenceville:  Magnolia Village.

I'll go check on the kids at Azalea in a moment. 

I'll start repainting my room tonight.  I got the place cleaned out with the help of Ashley and Jesse yesterday and put the first layer of KILZ paint on it in preparation for the final coat.

What a mess.  Stinky too.

C'est la vie, baby.

Posted 8/17/2006 at 4:43 PM

Thursday August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I'm typing this with blistered fingers.

6:30am I was rudely awakened by FIRE!  The extension cord next to my bed shorted out catching my covers on fire. 

Within 30 seconds I had 6 foot tall flames engulfing my entire wall.  My ceiling caught on fire too.

As I was pulling the material down from my ceiling my hands got pretty burned. 

Fortunately, I had a big barrel of water just outside my door and was able to fill up 5 gallon buckets and dump huge loads of water directly on the flames.

Man, sure was scary.

I worked around the house the rest of the day, cleaning up the mess.

The fireman drug out the smoldering stuff from my room and brought a huge fan to clear the room.  My lungs got pretty scorched by all the smoke I inhaled putting out the flames.  I left the house to go visit my aunt and try and get my composure together.  When I got back I saw huge smoke clouds next to my house!

I ran over and that smoldering stuff had caught fire again!  Fortunately, I had a water hose right there, turned it on and put the rest of the stuff out.

Two fires in one day.  Both times the Father was there to take care of me. 

I've seen bad things happen to me before.  They always happen at the best of all possible times.  It's like running out of gas and rolling into the gas station as the car conks out.

Pray for me.  Check out the photo gallery of the web site for pix of the damage.  The blisters on my hand are gross.
Posted 8/17/2006 at 4:41 PM

Tuesday August 15, 2006
It's about 10:30 pm now.  I just got finished practicing with the worship team at Sugarloaf Community Church en Espanol.  Lester leads the band and does a fantastic job.  I played rhythm guitar along with Lester.  What a blessing!

Did my admin work at the office including my financial reports.

Got stood up by the youth director at FUMC Alpharetta.  Not sure what happened there.  That hardly ever happens.  Hope it wasn't my fault.  Maybe some kind of misunderstanding. . .
Went to Azalea to help the kids with their homework and distribute a few school supplies.

We had a banking scare.  The bank calls me about Kathy's credit card with some "unusual activity."  They called out a couple of items then said, "The third was an expendature of $5,480."  I about had a heart attack.  Kathy went to the bank and looked like everything was ok.  Weirdness.

Got a good phone call from my partner at Perimeter that I was so worried about.  Looks like that relationship is going to be restored.  I'm SO happy about that.  I'm really sensitive to the idea that someone has problems with me.  I want everyone to pull together and be happy!

Worked out and ran my four miles. 

Posted 8/15/2006 at 10:31 PM

Monday August 14, 2006
I had a great lunch with two of my closest friends and partners today, Chip Sweeney and Frank Sabo.  These guys have been with me since the beginning.  They shared with me that I had hurt some of the staff's feelings because of me being so intense about giving kids the opportunity to go back to the missions if they didn't want to go to 6 Flags.  I've called the guy and apologized again.  I'm sure not about hurting relationships, but unfortunately it happens from time to time.

I reckon that's because I'm so quiet.

For years I've come to realize that, "what makes me good, makes me bad."  I have almost unlimited energy and enthusiasm for getting the Gospel to people.  Unfortunately, sometimes I get so wound up that I really, though I may believe what I'm saying, don't come across nice enough.

Bottom line is I'll try to restore relationships and try and work through the differences.

I don't think most people have any idea what it's like to be inside this whirlwind.  The Father leads me to do things that aren't always popular.  I get really strong insight on things from the Holy Spirit and I've learned that I  HAVE to do what He's telling me.  It's like a fire inside that burns that I can't just turn off.  It's not like a have a choice.  I don't even consider telling the Father, "no."  It just doesn't work that way.

After my morning meeting I went to meet with two new partners that have a furniture ministry.  I'm looking forward to working with them and helping them help even more people.

I finished my office work.  Now I need to go to Azalea and check on my kids.

Ashley and Jesse started back to school today.  Ashley is already over at Spring Chase working at her new mission.  Amen!

Posted 8/14/2006 at 4:3 PM

Sunday August 13, 2006
I got to hear my brother Tito Ruiz preach this morning.  I went over to worship with them at the new church plant Sugarloaf Community Church en Espanol.  Tito's brother Lester is leading the music, and his brother Randall runs the sound board!  It's just incredible to serve with this multi-talented family.

I took my guitar to the service, thinking that I would probably play some back up guitar for Lester--who is also just a terrific guitarist.  They needed a bass player, so I borrowed an instrument from a youngster that played in the middle school band.  I've played bass before and know how to make sure I stay in key.  But it sounds more like I'm playing lead guitar on a bass.  I reckon I added something to the band.

After the service, we went to Golden Corral.  My other brother Marco Solano bought everyone lunch.  And his big news is that he's engaged!  He's marrying a beautiful girl from Minnesota named Chris.  I'm happy for them.

Went out with Jesse to buy school supplies and some groceries.  He's always so much fun to hang around.  He's so smart and always has something interesting to add to the conversation.  Sure do love that sweet boy.

Kids start school tomorrow.

I think they're ready to go back.  Structure has its merits.

Posted 8/13/2006 at 10:48 PM

Sunday August 13, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006

I had a fantastic day!  Eastside Baptist Church hosted to Outreach Events and helped distribute food, tracts and school supplies at Glennbrooke and Preston Chase.  Even though the weather was pretty bad, at least the rained stopped long enough for us to host the event.

Later that afternoon I had another great new partner Roswell Street Baptist Church pulled off a mega event at Highland Trace.  The whole tennis court was full of inlatable moonwalks and obstacle courses.  The kids thought they were in heaven.

We also feed about 100 people and made friends with kids and grown ups alike.  This church had a reputation for doing events in the community.  I'm glad they chose to work with us to continue in that tradition.

After the events I went to a surprise birthday party for my sister-in-law Debi Doverspike.  The whole family is just terrific.  Their son David wasn't feeling well.  He's an incredible athlete and to have a physical ailment must be double troubling.  I'm sure he'll be just fine.

Posted 8/13/2006 at 10:40 PM

Friday August 11, 2006
I have all the equipment I need together for the three Outreach Events we're hosting with Eastside Baptist Church and Roswell St. BC both in Marietta.  We'll cover three locations on Franklin Road:  Glennbrooke, Preston Chase and Highland Trace.

I worked in the yard most of the day.  I had to go to get a new blade for the lawnmower because my old was was so beat up.  Fortunately, it was pretty damp still, so the dust was kept to a minimum.

It's the Leonid meteor showers this weekend.  Completely overcast here in the ATL tonight.  Bahd luck.

I've been watching some of the Criss Angel DVD series.  It's amazing the things that guy can do, or appear to do!

Posted 8/11/2006 at 10:38 PM

Thursday August 10, 2006
Ashley and Miles and I went to Crosspointe Church today to talk with Steve and Ruth Nolen their Directors of Missions.  They have a lot of field experience having worked in Argentina and Calcutta, India.

We're working on getting some English classes going that will result in churches being planted.  I'm excited about it.

Ran my 4 miles this afternoon.  Got caught in a tremendous thunderstorm.  I kept running and  nearly got blown off my feet with this enormous BOOM going off right above my head.  Scared me.  Sure gave me motivation to run home faster.

Thank you Lord for putting a shield around me.

I never run in the rain.  I won't be doing it any time soon.

Posted 8/10/2006 at 8:33 PM

Wednesday August 9, 2006
Ashley and I met Marc Laseter at FBC Doraville and picked up seven 8 foot tables from Azalea.  We took the tables to Springchase so we had somewhere to put the computers.

Now we have nine computers hooked up in the mission with enough table space for 32 kids.  Should be plenty for a while.

Bennett came over to give us advice on how to set the computers up.  He'll go back on Thursday with Marc to hook the network cables up and test the devices.

Looks great over there.

Ashley seems ok with the move.  I think she'll get more excited about it over time.

She's used to being the boss so it's a change for her.  I need her at Springchase until we get more volunteers in place.  Then we'll see if she still wants to be there or whether she'd prefer to start new work.

We had some great meetings with the residents.

The first kid I met was from Zaire.  His name is Emmanuel.  Which as I'm sure you know means "God with us."  I took that as a real confirmation that we were about the Father's business at the just the right time.

It's great working for the King!

Posted 8/9/2006 at 9:43 PM

Tuesday August 8, 2006
I went to our monthly Chamblee Doraville Property Managers Association meeting today.  The cops from Chamblee, Doraville and DeKalb County were there.  Lots of crime in our cities.  Including a murder in Chamblee!  Ay caramba.

Rest of the day was spent clearing out Oakbrook.  Sad, but that's the way it is.  I keep telling my teams "We have to have a sense of urgency.  We never know when the whole complex could shut us out."

Fortunately, another door opened.

We moved the van load of computers and equipment to Springchase.  I really like the office staff there.  Pat is a large Jamaican woman who takes no guff from nobody!  Her kids went to Parkview.

Ashley seems to like the change.  It is MUCH more African.  If you read her last newsletter she talked about wanting to go back and serve in Africa.  In fact, the first woman I met a Springchase was from Zaire.  She spoke French and Swahili very well.  We had a lot of fun chatting in both languages.

I've been teaching Ashley some Swahili.  It's fun.

When I go back to Texas to hang out with my folks and brother was speak a lot of Swahili interspersed with Spanish.  Pretty weird mix.  Strange, yet beautiful.

Posted 8/8/2006 at 9:53 PM

Tuesday August 8, 2006
Monday, August 7, 2006

Ashley and I had a meeting with the pastor of North Peachtree Baptist Church, Tony Romans today.  Jonathon Carnes hosted most of my volunteers at his chuch.  NPBC is a valuable partner.

We talked about the missions conference they're having in September.  Global Focus is doing the event for them.  Of course I'm trying to get them to spend at least a couple of hours actually doing missions rather than just talking about doing missions.

Worked on email and uploaded over 500 pictures from my Montana trip.

Posted 8/8/2006 at 9:45 PM

Sunday August 6, 2006
We slept in late today.  I still feel groggy.  That travelling will flat wear a body out.

K and I went to eat at Picadilly.  We really missed good southern cooking in Montana.  Hard to find good vegetables at the restaurants.  We fixed tons of fresh corn while we were in the cabin.

I'll try and work out and run later today.

I'm still trying to catch up with my office work since I was gone.

Posted 8/6/2006 at 5:2 PM

Sunday August 6, 2006
Saturday, August 5, 2006

We drove back to Billings from Red Lodge this afternoon.  We looked around RL for awhile.

Jesse and I played chess at Scoops ice cream place.  I won!  I guess I play better at higher than 5,000 ft altitudes.

We saw some kinetic sculpture on the way to Billings by Charles Ringer.  Fantastic stuff.  Natural shapes like cactus, made out of metal.  Cool.

We traded in the car and went to the airport.  Flew back to Denver where we waited a little over two hours to go on to Atlanta.  We got back into town around midnight.  We made it home where we unpacked most of our stuff around 1:30am.  I crashed out finally around 3am.  About the same time we woke up exactly 7 days before. 

It's great to be home.
Posted 8/6/2006 at 5:1 PM

Sunday August 6, 2006
Friday, August 4, 2006

We drove from Nye to Red Lodge today. Took us about an hour.  Beautiful twisting road.

We stayed at this bed and breakfast called Rocky Fork Inn.  We stayed in the Wild West room.  They had a huge jacuzzi outside in a cedar building that was fantastic.

We at Pizza--the "Rural Route"  it had lots of good stuff on it including Canadian bacon.  Been ages since I had something like that.

Lots of artsy, crafty stores. 

Tons of bikers in town.  They were on their way to Sturgis, SD.

We went to Bearcreek (pronounced "crick") to watch the pig races.  Funniest dad gum thing I've ever seen.  Pigs, racing around a track.  Wacky!

It was the ethinic weekend festival in Red Lodge. They had lots of ethnic music to listen to.

Posted 8/6/2006 at 4:57 PM

Sunday August 6, 2006
Thursday, August 3, 2006

I worried last night that I wouldn't be able to get to the gas station before I ran out of gas.  Fortunately, they had gas available in Nye, so we made it fine.  Unfortunately, it cost of $70 to fill it up.  Ay caramba.

Jesse, Ashley and I went tubing for about an hour.  It was super cold and I was in this tiny inner tube that kept dumping me over.  We didn't make it the whole way we'd planned.  I sure was glad that Kathy came looking for us!  We were freezing.

I hiked around the roads of the Cathedral Mountain Ranch for about 3 miles.

I watched the movie Equilibrium with Kathy.  I really like that movie.

Super windy at night.  Kind of scary.

Posted 8/6/2006 at 4:51 PM

Sunday August 6, 2006
Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Jesse and I climbed "Momo" Mountain behind our cabin in about 30 minutes.  We were charging up the hill!

We rented two two-seater ATVs to go up the forest trails around Benbow mountain.  I couldn't believe how similar the peaks looked to Mount Kenya.  The bare, scraggy black rocks and glaciers were incredible.

Jesse and I played a lot of pool at the lodge.

Posted 8/6/2006 at 4:47 PM

Sunday August 6, 2006
Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Kathy and I climbed a mountain near us, that we named "Mount Momo."  That's what the kids call their mom.  It was 6,280 ft.  There was a scree of loose gravel near the top.  It was similar to what I encountered climbing Point Lenana on Mount Kenya.  That was 16,355 feet. 

Mount Kenya is one of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the world.  It's because you start out so high when you begin your ascent.  The rapid additional altitude brings on respritory failure.  Your lungs start to bleed. 

Glad I've never experienced that.  I was pretty much acclimatized to 7,000 feet, because that was the altitude for Nakuru in the Rift Valley of Kenya.

Ran 4.2 miles over to the Stillwater mine, near our ranch.  They mine Palladium out of there.  It's in the Platinum Metals Group.

Went to Montana Hanna's for supper.  Beautiful vistas out of the large picture windows.  We played horseshoes and pool and ate great hamburgers.

There was snow on the mountaintops.  That just seems so impossible when it's hot.  High up!

Posted 8/6/2006 at 1:32 PM

Sunday August 6, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006

Ashley and I hiked to Sioux Charley Lake in Custer Forest.  Fantastic cascading waterfalls deep at the base of sheer canyon walls.  Incredible.  Similar to the Tullallah Falls area in Georgia, and Abedare Mountains in Kenya.  We hiked about 7 miles on an easy trail. 

I had all the equipment needed attached to my belt:  bear spray, camera, binoculars and GPS.  I really thrive in nature.  I spent hours and hours in the bush this week.  Felt GREAT!

Kathy, Ashley and I hiked to Woodbine Falls this afternoon.  I went almost to the top of the mountain to see where the waterfalls started.  Incredible views.  Look at the Photo Gallery!

We went to Fishtail General Store for some groceries.  Cool place.  Established in 1902, it has an old school friendliness about it that reminds me of my Grandparent's store in Reagan Wells, Texas.

Ate lunch at Carter's Camp.  I taught Jesse how to play pool.  Good times.

Ashley, Jesse and I enjoyed a rousing game of Scrabble.  Think "nondiver" is a word?  Of course everyone has heard of a "zoot" suit, right?


Posted 8/6/2006 at 1:25 PM

Sunday August 6, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006

We got up at 3:00 am to catch our flight to Montana on Frontier Airlines.  We flew from Atlanta to Denver, waited a couple of hours then over to Billings, Montana.  There we rented a 4 wheel drive Durango. 

Drove about an hour and a half till we arrived in Nye, Montana.  We stayed at Cathedral Mountain Ranch just outside of Nye.  The scenery was incredible~! It was like living in the Alps!

I'm posting TONS of pictures (over 500) from this trip.  Some extraordinary stuff.

We looked for rocks and bears in Custer Forest just two miles from our cabin.

There are some major forest fires in the area.  This evening this evil, brown cloud started covering up the sky.  It was like something out of the Lord of the Rings.  Just evil.  The wind eventually blew it away from us over about 5 hours.

Jesse, Ashley and I went tubing for about 5 minutes.  The water was super cold and I let Jesse borrow my shoes.  My tender feet on the rocks made us quit.

Slept with a hard wind buffeting the windows and screens.
Posted 8/6/2006 at 1:17 PM

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Saturday July 29, 2006
We're getting ready for our trip now.

I've gotten all my business stuff taken care of.

Jesse and I revamped our Maps on  We created new buttons with the area on them.  That will help clarify them a lot.

It was a hassle, but worth it!

Posted 7/29/2006 at 11:3 AM

Saturday July 29, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006

I worked on my financial reports and email.

Had a good workout this morning.

Spent some extra time with my kids and sweet wife.

I'm officially out of the office until August 7th.

I doubt I'll have access to email/blog/cell phone.  We'll be way up in the mountains.

Be praying for our safe trip!

Love and Peace!
Posted 7/29/2006 at 11:1 AM

Thursday July 27, 2006
I stayed up last night working on my newsletters. 

Got up early this morning and got my four mile run in.  Also did my usual daily exercises which include 60 pushups, 60 crunch sit ups and two sets of Tai Chi.

Went over to the library to finish up my newsletters.  We have about 200 letters going out every month.

Now I'm back at my office in FBC Doraville.  Roofers aren't being too rowdy today, but the smell isn't pretty.  The tar machine is right outside my window.

I finished my email.  I need to work on my monthly Church Report, do the rest of my financial report and continue working on updating my Contacts list on the web site.

Always something. . . .

This coming Sunday, my family will be flying to Montana for a week!  One of our big supporters and a good friend, Todd Harrison, paid for us to go there and stay at his ranch for free!  PTL! 

It's pretty isolated.  No cell phone, no email, no TV!  But lots of fantastic countryside.  Sounds perfect for a bush boy like me.  I hope the rest of my family can handle it.  Especially Jesse.  That guy is such a technonerd. I don't know how he's going to handle being completely unplugged.  He'll bring books and work on programming languages.  He's something else.

Posted 7/27/2006 at 1:4 PM

Wednesday July 26, 2006
I'm at my office at FBC Doraville right now.  The roof is getting repaired.  The guys seem to be dropping 100 pound weights up there.  Can't be good.  Plus what a funky smell!  How in the world did dinosaurs get stuck in tar pits?  They couldn't smell that??

I'm working on my newsletters right now.  I finished the production last night and made my copies this morning.  I'll get started writing my notes on them in a second.

I'll be leaving to make a presentation to the kids at Peachtree Corners BC for their Vacation Bible School about Africa later today.  I always enjoy talking about where I'm from!

I'll get the rest of my letters written tonight.

I worked out for an hour this morning while it was cooler.  Ran my usual four miles yesterday.  I did a "trash run."  At least once a week a carry a bag with me and pick up litter along my 2 mile route.  I do not understand people throwing out trash along the road.

Posted 7/26/2006 at 1:35 PM

Tuesday July 25, 2006
I had an incredible morning!  I met with my partner Marc Laseter who is my director for the Memorial Drive area of Atlanta.  We went and talked with the manager/leasing directors for the Spring Chase apartment complex.  The have nearly 400 units and a fantastic location to work from.  The Lord really hit a home run today!

I'm at the office now.  Just updated my Team Assignment list and sent it to Jesse to change on our website.  Went through all my email and caught up on my calls.

I'll work on the newsletter for this month next, then over to Azalea to have the kids help me with the labels for the letters.  Then I'll distribute the school supplies that Peachtree Corners BC brought us last weekend!

I also have a meeting with Fred Nah from Nigeria.  He's coming to Azalea to check out the mission. I'll be helping him accelerate the work he's trying to start in Lawrenceville.  I had a meeting with one of the regional managers for that area last week.  We have a terrific opening at Magnolia Village where I hope to plug him into.

Posted 7/25/2006 at 3:25 PM

Monday July 24, 2006
I just got off the phone with one of my team members from last week.  She just told me that the area where they worked (inside the perimeter of Atlanta on Roswell Road), that they had 54 people accept Christ!  PTL!!

My partner in that area is Pastor Felix Lora.  He was just informed that the building that they've been using for the last several years will no longer be available in September.  We've been working together for years and my prayer is that now he'll focus exclusively on working directly inside the complexes.  Transporting people is so hard, plus you lose so many kids that can't/won't get on a bus.

Just had a reporter from the Atlanta Journal Constitution call me up to do an article on our work.  Sweet. I like it when I have Christian puplications cover us, but I get a lot more excited about the secular press taking notice of what we're doing.  Just reaches SO many more people than our religious newspapers.

Went by this morning to pick up supplies for a big block party going on this Saturday at Hamptons at Lenox with the help of my partners from the Salvation Army. 

I'm working on my newsletter and financial report now.  Lots of stuff to do, but I'm on target for getting it done.  My family leaves for a week to Montana this Sunday.  One of my partners, Todd Harrison, GAVE me airplane tickets plus access to his ranch.  I'm really looking forward to it.  It's a perfect place for a bushboy like me to hang out.  Lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery.  Hopefully, my kids will enjoy it too.  I know Kathy and I DIG this sorta stuff!

K and I picked Ashley up from the airport yesterday.  Sure was great to see her!  She's so beautiful and looks so grown up, I almost (almost!) didn't recognize her.

Posted 7/24/2006 at 4:27 PM

Sunday July 23, 2006
Enjoyed the morning watching the Tour de France final day as Floyd Landis leads the Phonak team into Paris.

Ashley comes home today!  Can't wait to go get her from the airport!  I sure have missed my girl!

Posted 7/23/2006 at 8:54 AM

Sunday July 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006

What a day!  Started out the morning raining.  Big cells and heavy weather moving in from Alabama. 

Our Outreach Band CRUZ was slated to play at our favorite streetside location:  Woodgate.  I packed the van, gathered the food and headed for the complex.  Tito and Lester were there early setting up.  But black clouds looked just to the west of us. 

We got everything set up and started playing and almost immediately it started sprinkling.  We looked at each other like what do we do now?  We have over $5,000 of equipment that doesn't like getting wet.  I decided to hang in there so we played about 30 minutes then it started sprinkling even heavier.  By that time our team from Peachtree Corners had set up and started feeding the men walking down the street. 

With the heavier sprinkles it was up to me to make the call to break down the equipment.  Sometimes you have to look at the long term perspective.  I decided it was better not to ruin our stuff so we loaded it all back in the van.  Then it completely stopped raining!  Man, was I ever frustrated!  I LOVE to play with my band and to get completely set up and then have to break it down.  . . . ay caramba.

STILL because we broke down I got to go over with the team to Azalea where I had another block party going.  It was great fun to see the team with "my" kids.  It was especially fun because I had David and Debi Doverspike and their kids there as well as Bill Doverspike and his girlfiriend too.  That was a hoot.

In the morning I got all the equipment together and watched the time trials for the Tour de France.  Floyd Landis clobbered the competition and for 8 years in a row and American has won!  Vive les Americains!!

I also had a team from FBC Mountain Park at Azalea to repaint the apartment in preparation for the new school year.  Special thanks to Will, Greg and Edwin for getting the rooms prepped and ready to rock.

Posted 7/23/2006 at 8:51 AM

Friday July 21, 2006
Jesse, Kathy and I went to the Georgia Aquarium today.  I shot tons of pix.  Go to and click on Photo Gallery.  You'll see all the featured new galleries including Centennial Park, The Tabernacle and the Georgia Aquarium.

It was way hot down town.  We walked for about two hours.

Atlanta is incredibly beautiful.  Our air quality is something else.

Posted 7/21/2006 at 8:28 PM

Thursday July 20, 2006
I had a great day today hanging out with Jouvens Mocombe, my assistant director at Azalea Mission.  He's a great guy and I feel like he's another son.

I met with Todd Harrison for lunch.  He's been a great supporter of what we're doing at Whirlwind Missions.  He is also a field operative.  Last week he led three people to Jesus at a multi-housing project in Monroe.  I'll go up there soon to scope out more possibilities for new work.  Starting the work, getting the church partners together with the apartment managers, that's the funnest part of my job. 

Later I met with Ricky Thompson.  He's the Community Coordinator for the Magellan group of properties.  Looks like we can easily open four more locations where I have partners.  Sites in Buford, Covington, Lawrenceville and Kennesaw.  My partners know the perfect timing of these sites coming open right now.  It is so cool to work for the KING!

I've started going over Isaiah 40 again.  Last year I memorized scripture like I never had before.  I was able to quote all of the Messiah, Is. 40, Matt. 5, the Roman Road, all the verses concerning Whirlwinds, Psalm 139, plus others.  It took me over 45 minutes every day to go over what I knew.  45 minutes of solid quoting.

But it got tiresome.  It started to seem programmatic.  Doing something, just for the sake of doing something.  So I stopped working on those verses.  Except for Psalms 139 which I quote every day as I start to work.

And now, I've started going over Isaiah 40 again.

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.
Speak kindly to Jerusalem and call out to her that
Her warfare is ended,
Her iniquity has been removed.
She has received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.

A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness.
Make smooth a highway for our God.  Let every valley be lifted up.
And every mountain me made low,
Let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley.

Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.

A voice said, "Call out!"
And he answered, "What shall I call out? 
All flesh is grass, and all it's loveliness is like the
Flower in the field."
The grass withers, the flower fades when the
Breath of the Lord blows upon it.
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the Word of our God will stand forever!

Get up on a high mountain,
O Jerusalem, bearer of good news.
Lift up your voice mightily, O Zion,
Bearer of good news.  Lift it up. Do not fear.
Say unto the cities of Judah,
"Here is your God."

THAT'S not even half of it!

Isaiah gets to really preaching about how insignificant man is.

 A couple of times I've gone to the top of Stone Mountain and gotten off by myself and just hollered this chapter out, facing Atlanta.  It was awesome.  I felt Old Testament!

Now that I think about it, I really am pretty weird.


Posted 7/20/2006 at 8:2 PM

Wednesday July 19, 2006
I just got finished working on my email.  Followed up on most of my calls.

I'm trying to take a "me" day today.  Looks like I'm back to work.  Good thing I love what I do!

I took my mother in law and her sister out to eat today.

While we were at Golden Corral we saw about 20 Dekalb County Motorcycles parked in the lot.  As we were leaving, we saw the motocops all together.  I immediately went into "news mode" and got my camera and started taking pictures.  I shot a bunch and got the email address of one of the sargents so I could send the link of the gallery on over to the team. 

That online photo gallery rocks!

I'll probably go shopping later on tonight.  Grocery time again.


Posted 7/19/2006 at 6:40 PM

Tuesday July 18, 2006
It was a haul stuff around day today.

Dropped off my financial report at Jon Paul's house.

I used the van and went to Adelaide Park where I picked up about 15 monitors and 10 computers. 

Then over to Crosspointe Church where I picked up my supplies from this last weekend:  grills (so clean!  THANKS Crosspointe), extra balloons, coolers. Also gave them the receipts for this weekend.

Then to Perimeter out in Norcross to drop off their grills.

Then over to Reboot--the organization I partner with for computers.  I dropped the gear with them to reformat and tweak up or toss.

Had to pick up a few things at Walmart before heading to my office at home to work on all my administrative stuff.

About 80 miles.  Did I mention the AC in the van just went dead?  Long, hot, sweaty ride.


Posted 7/18/2006 at 3:17 PM

Monday July 17, 2006
I spent most of the morning with Marc Laseter who is one of the new guys that I'm helping get started working in the field.  He was recently approved to the Mission Service Corps with the North American Mission Board.  I mentor about 10 guys that are interested in doing missions.  I try to keep them motivated and actively involved.  I'm kind of a coach/cheerleader more than a boss.

Just got my financial report completed for my treasurer and CPA.

Covered all my email and made some calls to set up appointments.

Hot potato out there.

Posted 7/17/2006 at 3:40 PM

Sunday July 16, 2006
I got up early to speak to a combination of several Sunday School classes at Roswell United Methodist Church.  There were at least 200 high school students.  I did my "transport to Cambodia" presentation with a couple of new twists on how to gather people in these apartment complexes.

Bill Doverspike, Kathy's oldest brother, comes over every Sunday afternoon to take his mom Nell to the restaurant.  He usually brings his girlfriend Deborah with him.  I always enjoy getting to talk with Bill.  He has a wide variety of interests and is always up for lively conversation.

This evening I spoke at Westside Baptist Church in Snellville.  Nell, Kathy's mom, came with me tonight. This church has supported our ministry for nearly a decade.  I've really enjoyed working with them.  They've had teams come to our missions on several occasions.  I spoke from 1 Corinthians 12--Many parts of ONE body.  Nell, Kathy's mom, came with me tonight.

Bottom line is that we ALL have our place in this body of Christ.  If we don't do our part the WHOLE body suffers.

Posted 7/16/2006 at 9:14 PM

Sunday July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006

I had the delight of working with Crosspointe Church today.  Steve and his wife Ruth Nolen led the five teams working at Westwood, Huntington Village, Brighton Springs, Olde Salem and Cherokee Courts.  Those complexes are in Norcross and Lawrenceville.

We had some terrific thunderstorms but they blew themselves out by the time we had the events around 7pm.

Great day!

Posted 7/16/2006 at 9:2 PM

Friday July 14, 2006
Got up early and worked on my email, blog and photo galleries.

I MUST spend time with my wife today.  I've been in so much trouble the last week or so because I've been so busy.  It's the "You care more about the teams than you do for me," kind of stuff.  If you look at the sheer number of hours I spend working with the teams it's hard to argue with her. 

Come to think of it, I don't think I've EVER won an argument with my wife.  Even if I win I lose.  It's better to say, "You're right." and mean it.  Sure takes a lot of self control to just shut up.

I'll put the finishing touches on planning for the 5 Outreach Events we're doing with Crosspoint tomorrow.  Pray for that!

Posted 7/14/2006 at 8:36 AM

Friday July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006

I ran my four miles early this morning.  I also found bird feathers that looked like Tango's outside my door.  That was a heartbreak.  I hope that little dove is ok.

Did my briefing at Perimeter this morning.  This is my fifth year to do Goldrush.  Over the last four years I've been told at least 50 times by youth directors and by kids how they "Don't want to go to Six Flags, I want to go back to the Missions!"

This year, in my presentation, I told the groups straight out that if they really want to do missions then they need to tell the Goldrush leadership that's what they want.

After my last presentation I got to talk to the main leader about the situation.  I hope that we can work something out.  You can't believe how incredibly frustrating it is for me to have managers call and BEG me to provide them with a group to help their kids and I have to tell them "Sorry, I don't have enough help."  Then later that day I have youth directors BEGGING me to help them "Go do missions," but because of the scheduling of the conference be told "Sorry, you can't do that.  You have to go to 6 Flags instead."  I just have to believe the Father can work out these logistics.

I'm not sure how many of you know me personally, but subtle I ain't. The Father tells me what to do and I do it.  Unfortunately, that's not always so popular.  I get so dad gum intense when I talk to people about the needs in these communities.  It's a fire in my bones.  It's not like I can be calm and rational about it.  It's like the Holy Spirit just grabs me and starts preaching through me.  Man, I get wound up!

So anyway, I hope none of my friends at Perimeter got mad about me ranting about how we need to do more.  But when I think how many HUNDREDS of kids could hear the Gospel . . . . I can't sit quietly by.  Just can't.  I've been quiet for 4 years.  That's enough.

I had my team from Restoration Church of God from Roswell come to work with us today.  Cindy Hunnicut is probably the premier Childrens Director of any church in Atlanta.  She has a wonderful heart for missions and is the lead team for our work at Ashton Place.  It was great to see their team woring in the missions.  The COOLEST thing is that some of the kids are from the missions in Roswell!  It's a second generation mission thing!  Sweet!


Posted 7/14/2006 at 8:30 AM

Wednesday July 12, 2006
I was back at Perimeter for my second of three briefings with the youngsters from Goldrush.  They had a great time yesterday!  Take a look at the pictures--go to and click on Photo Gallery.

Went by Party City to get the rest of the supplies I need for the block parties this Saturday with Crosspoint.  Now all I need is the food.  I'll go by Kroger this evening to verify that they are on top of the order I place earlier this week.

I've changed my email address to  My comcast address still works, but gmail is better.

Off to go check on the teams.

It's my birthday today.  It's great to hear from friends!  Ian--I talked with a regional manager today--he mentioned one of the managers he works with is Darlene Crite!  Your work with us still brings the blessings!

Posted 7/12/2006 at 1:51 PM

Tuesday July 11, 2006
I had a great morning so far!

I went to Perimeter Church to brief the kids for their mission experience this afternoon.  The kids were very enthusiastic.  GoldRush is one of the largest youth conferences in Georgia.  They average from 6-700 kids!  They'll be working in 20 apartment complexes.

This week we have team serving in 32 complexes.  One team will host 8 block parties this week.  Then Crosspoint Church will host another 5 on Saturday.  I picked up some extra supplies (grills and tongs) from Perimeter to use this weekend.  I really appreciate their generosity!

My Crosspoint church from Florida hosted two Outreach Events last night and did a great job.  They are working on cleaning up the main streets in Chamblee and Doraville today.  I'll have them work with the kids at Azalea the next two mornings.

It's hot.  People come and hug me and I feel like I need to apologize because the back of my shirt is soaked with sweat.  That's why they call it "missions."  If it was easy everybody would be doing it.

Ran my 4 miles early this morning when it's still around 70 degrees.  When I get home, even at 9pm, it's still in the 90s.  Ay caramba.


Posted 7/11/2006 at 12:42 PM

Monday July 10, 2006
Long day.  Over 120 miles in the car.  I go from mission to mission and feel like my wallet is getting lighter.

My team from Crosspointe Church in Floriday is on line now.  They worked on service projects (trash clean up around Chamblee/Doraville) and are hosting two block parties each night.  They'll cover 8 locations in all.  For a first time mission trip they're doing great.

A returning team from FBC Shelby, TN is back for a second year in a row.  They are over in the Roswell Road area of Atlanta.  Huge number of immigrants there.  They had such a GREAT time getting to see the kids from last year.  Many of them remembered their names.  Astonishing!  They're covering four complexes including the Sandy Springs Mission led by Pastor Felix Lora.  They're losing their building in September.  Another reason that decentralization is the way to go.  Even though I hate losing Oakbrook, it certainly doesn't shut down our ministry.

Tyler Recker with Youth Outreach United set up the Crossing Church from Buford to work in his area around Marietta.  I went out there to check on them, take some pictures and cover some expenses of my partners.  They're doing fine, even though they had some sprinkles.

I took Justin Marsh around the 8 locations where he'll be doing concerts each evening.  I'm sure he'll do fine.  I'm just not able to hang out till 10 pm every night, then do my office work, and then get up and start again early morning.  As the Chinese say, "A wise man knows his limitation."

I'm getting the logistics set up for the 5 big block parties that Crosspoint Church is hosting on Saturday.  This  will be their first big outreach.  I'm still tracking down all the supplies I need.  I called Kroger today to make sure we have enough hotdogs and buns.

Tour de France takes a rest day today.

Can't believe World Cup is over.  Bahd luck.

Posted 7/10/2006 at 7:34 PM

Sunday July 9, 2006
I took Ashley to the airport this afternoon. I miss her already.  Hard to believe how grown up she is.  Even when I say she's 17 it's hard to believe.  She's so special.  I'm glad she gets to hang out with my folks some.  My parents are some of the best missionaries EVER.  What a great influence.  I hope one day I'll be half as good as my folks.

Watched the end of Italy beating France in the w\World Cup.  Came down to penalty kicks.  Some sweet shots.

K and I enjoyed the Anthony Hopkins movie "The World's Fastest Indian" today.  Great movie.  Check it out.

Next week will be my hardest week of the year.  One day at a time, Sweet Jesus.

It's my birthday on Wednesday.  I started out at 177 about six weeks ago.  I've lost 13 pounds weighing in at 164 this morning.  My goal was 160.  Don't think I can make four pounds in three days.  May have to extend my deadline to another favorite date of mine 8/16.  I'll be 48.

I'm a musician. I think in terms of octaves--repeating eights.  This is my 6th Octave.  A very special birthday.

Posted 7/9/2006 at 7:54 PM

Sunday July 9, 2006
Saturday, July 8, 2006

Kathy and I went for a bike ride around Stone Mountain.  I did it twice in under an hour.  That's about 10 miles.  Tour de France had one of the individual time trials today.  Every so often I'd get passed by a real biker in all their fancy bike gear.  I felt like I was in the race.  Sweet.

Pretty much conked out the rest of the day.

Posted 7/9/2006 at 7:46 PM

Just because they have spandex and flowery jerseys doesn't mean they're real bikers.  That thought alone has motivated me to outride dozens of uniformed cyclists.
Posted 7/10/2006 at 3:47 PM by eternaldig

Friday July 7, 2006
I went to Doris Duvall's funeral this morning.  She was a wonderful woman and will be missed.

Made final calls to teams in town.

Talked with Tito about church planting partnerships.

Enjoying watching Tour de France. 

Posted 7/7/2006 at 1:51 PM

Thursday July 6, 2006

So far two of my cars have passed the emissions test.  I had to have my car worked on before it passed.  Now they have the van.  Pray that they can fix it so it'll pass that test.  We really depend on that for transporting large items like the band's gear and tables/chairs.

 I was so depressed yesterday.  Car problems, setting up stuff for these teams . . . .it just gets too much sometimes

 I was actually at the point where I said to the Father, "I don't think I can handle this any more.  It's just too much stress with all the teams in town."

 The NEXT stop I made I couldn't find the team at the complex.  Finally I tracked them down at the pool.  One of the kids ran up to me and said, "Mr. Tim!  We just baptised one of the kids, and there are two more that are getting baptised in a few minutes."  They waited for their moms to get there and then baptised them.

 I wept like a baby.  It was just SO clear why I have these teams here.  The group last week led them to Christ, then this week another team baptises them. 

 Keep prayin' for me.

Posted 7/6/2006 at 6:49 PM

Wednesday July 5, 2006
I'm trying to get all my car's emissions checked.  So far my car and the van have failed.  I'm driving Ashley's Lumina while they work on mine then we'll get the van in.  We had problems with it last year too.  More stuff to stress me out.  Wonderful.

I met with my team from Florida this morning.  In a moment I'll go over and check on them.  They're covering 8 locations around Chamblee/Doraville.  This is their third year to come back.  They were astonished when the kids not only recognized them from last year, but actually called them by name!  Wow!

I'm still confirming sites for next week.  I hate waiting on partners to make sure the job is done.  More stress.

It's amazing I have any hair left.

Posted 7/5/2006 at 2:20 PM

Wednesday July 5, 2006
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

I got our team from FBC Bonifay, Florida on line this morning.  We visited the 8 complexes where they will be working.  They had a great day!  Unfortunately, their trip to the Braves game was postponed for a rain delay.  Then they waited a couple more hours for the fireworks and they that was cancelled.  Bahd luck.  They still had a lot of fun and enjoyed it.

We had our two large Outreach Events in Clarkston till about 9pm.  We worked at Willow Branch and at Wyncrest--which recently changed its name to Clarkston Station.  We had a good turnout at both locations, but especially at Willow Branch.  The Connect '06 guys had a great time talking/sharing with the Muslim population.  Team leaders were especially interested in the possibilities.

I'm too tired and have a splitting headache.  Too much sun, I reckon.

Posted 7/5/2006 at 2:8 PM

Monday July 3, 2006
I had a briefing with my team from Connect '06 this morning at Willow Branch.  There are about 22 people that have come to Atlanta specifically to understand how to work with Muslims.  I took them to a local grocery store to meet some folks from Afghanistan, then we went to eat at Madina for Somali food.  I go back to work with them at 8pm to promote our Outreach Events that we'll be hosting tomorrow from 6-9pm.

My team from Bonifay, FL arrived safely.  I briefed them, got the kitchen crew rolling and sent them on a prayer walk around Buford Highway.

I also chucked a dead squirrel that found it's way into FBC Doraville's fellowship hall.  What a stinker.  Bahd luck.

Still trying to get all the assignments for my teams next week squared away.  Properties get sold, new managers, new owners,  man, what a challenge.

It's hot out there.

Worked out hard for an hour this morning.

Tour de France is rocking along!  Check out the bikers.

Posted 7/3/2006 at 6:33 PM

Monday July 3, 2006
Sunday, July 2, 2006

K and I left Chattanooga mid morning and headed back to Atlanta.  We took a side trip into Adairsville where we checked out Barnsley Gardens.  It was built over 100 years ago.  They have a beautiful resort area, plus gardens and a manor house that is in ruins and supposed to be haunted.

We got back into Atlanta about 4 pm.  The kids and Grandma seemed just fine.  PTL for that. 

I took off and ran 4 miles.

Watched the expanded coverage of Tour de France on OLN in the evening.  Really enjoyed that while I caught up on all my email and calls.

This week is "Connect '06" a special seminar on how to reach the Muslim population.  I'll be working that on the 4th this year.  I have one other team coming into town Monday.  Not sure when.

Posted 7/3/2006 at 7:30 AM

Monday July 3, 2006
Saturday, July 1st, 2006

I usually try to go flying when I'm in Chattanooga.  My teacher was booked up.  Bahd luck.

Kathy and I hiked around Nickajack Lake near Raccoon Mountain.  It was beautiful!

We also went up to the top of Raccoon Mountain and saw the power station there--one of the largest in the world.

Tour de France started today with the Prolouge speed trials.  I LOVE watching those bikes go zooming through the countryside.  They're also going through parts of Germany this time.  It's fantastic to watch from the point of view of the racers.  I really feel like I'm riding with them.  Excellent!

I rode my bike about 5 miles to Reflection Riding.  Plenty of pictures of this adventure on our photo gallery under Trips.  Put in over 200 new pictures!  Cool stuff.
Posted 7/3/2006 at 7:26 AM

Monday July 3, 2006
Friday, June 30th, 2006

Jesse and I went to the dentist for a teeth cleaning.  Everything looked fine!

Kathy and I took off for a weekend of fun up to Chattanooga.  We enjoyed watching highlights of the France vs Brasil soccer match.  I couldn't believe France won.


Posted 7/3/2006 at 7:22 AM

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Thursday June 29, 2006
I had a meeting with Vince Hungate with Essential to Life today.  He's setting up a partnership with schools and developing leaders in the community.  We have a lot in common.  We'll see how the relationship develops.

I need to confirm a couple more sites for the weeks to come.  One of the properties was just purchased last week.  The manager wants us there to help.  I'll generate a brochure and drop it off to her in a second.

Went by the mission at Azalea to check on the kids.  The computer monitor that I've had since '95 finally burned out.  Fortunately, I have replacements.

I'm headed out to check on the teams in Norcross and over in Marietta.  Another long day with way too much traffic.

Gas prices are killing me.  Over $80 in the last four days.  Ay caramba.

Posted 6/29/2006 at 1:39 PM

Wednesday June 28, 2006
I worked with my team from Oklahoma this morning.  I took them a bunch of Spanish tracts and New Testaments.  They are having incredible results in the Marietta area.  We've had over 40 professions of faith in just the last two days!  Sweet!

Went to the Roswell Road area next to make sure that my team was ok over there.  I split them up into a second location so they have a higher ratio of kids to work with.  They're one of my teams from Florida--Hickory Branch.

I'm working on getting a computer for my partners at N. Ptree BC.  The unit my partner has is a piece of junk.  They're housing 100s of my volunteers this summer.  I like to try and do good things for people who do good things for us.  Amen!

Got a very disturbing phone call from a lady from Benin.  She's a converted Muslim, her family here has abandoned her as has her husband.  She has a 7 year old autistic child.  Plus she has only one kidney and it is in failure.  Crisis upon crisis.  I've called several partners to see if we can get her some help. Thank God for Crossroads church in Lawrenceville.  Those guys have really stepped up to the plate.

I need to go check on the teams.  So far everything seems to be working out fantastic!


Posted 6/28/2006 at 2:21 PM

Tuesday June 27, 2006
I briefed my team from Peachtree Corners Baptist Church this morning.  They have four 7/8th grade teams working in eight locations.  They are very enthusiastic and seem to be enjoying themselves.

Getting hot again out there.  Thank God for the rain yesterday!

Finished my office work.  Made calls to teams coming next week about facilities and missions where they're going.

Back to check on the teams!

Posted 6/27/2006 at 2:16 PM

Monday June 26, 2006

I had my briefing with two new teams this morning:  Hickory Grove BC, FL and Meadowbrook BC, AL.  One team will be working in the Roswell Road area/Sandy Springs with Felix Lora, the other will be in Norcross, Chamblee and Doraville.  My Oklahoma team that Ashley and I briefed yesterday are working in Marietta.

Lots of rain.  We need it, but it's hard to round up kids in the wet.

Because of the weather, I had the team in the Chamblee area do the prayer walk of the shopping centers instead of trying to round kids up.  It's impossible to do that when it's raining.  The mom's look at you like you're crazy to even suggest the idea!  They're probably right.

I need to run tonight.  Hopefully it'll stop raining.

Posted 6/26/2006 at 5:8 PM

Sunday June 25, 2006
Bill, Kathy's brother, came over to our house today.  We went out to eat along with Grandmama Nell Doverspike at Piccadilly.  While we were there we had a terrific rain storm.  We sat around drinking coffee for a while because we didn't want to get out in it.  We need rain bad.  Drought city here.

Ashley and I went over to make a presentation for a youth group from Oklahoma.  I picked up Barry, the leader of this group, on Friday.  Later, they were going to Prayer Walk the three grocery stores on Buford Highway.

I took Ashley to the mall.  We enjoyed some Daddy/Daughter time.  I bought her a new dress.  Little strawberries on it.  She's a sweetheart!

Posted 6/25/2006 at 11:19 PM

Sunday June 25, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006

I rested today.  Man, did I need it.


Posted 6/25/2006 at 11:15 PM

Sunday June 25, 2006

Friday, June 23, 2006

I picked up Barry and Felix from Oklahoma today at the Marta station.  They'd been at the Presbyterian PCA conference downtown.  After Mexican food, we went over to the missions in Marietta so they could get their bearings on the area.

I ran 4 miles at about 6:45 this morning.

This getting up early stuff is something new for me.  It's just so hard to run in the evenings because it's so dad gum hot.

Posted 6/25/2006 at 11:13 PM

Thursday June 22, 2006

I had a meeting with Jeff Seeger from Operation Mobilization and Mary Demonbreun from Grace Fellowship this afternoon. We nailed down the details for our Connect '06 partnership which is designed to learn how to better reach the Islamic community.

We'll have block parties and opportunities to get to meet the local Muslims. I think it'll work great.

Checked on my teams from Tennessee. The heat is definitely taking its toll.

I've been SO stressed out over verifying all the locations where my teams will be next week. I keep waiting on folks which just drives me crazy. I think I have that schedule all confirmed as well. PTL.

Did my email and phone calls.

I was planning on being at Brighton Springs with Crossroads Community Church this afternoon, but I got caught up with other assignments. In particular the scheduling.

I'm supposed to run tonight. It's really thundering outside, although I haven't seen a drop of rain here at my office at FBC Doraville.

I got Ashley's tix for her trip to Texas this afternoon. She'll be gone for two weeks 7/9-23. She'll be doing fund raising for her ministry as well as loving on my folks.

Posted 6/22/2006 at 6:7 PM

Wednesday June 21, 2006

It was over 100 degrees today. Just standing around outside in that kind of heat will wear you out.

The team from Tennessee is doing well. The kids seem to be enjoying the missions experience.

I was back to Brighton Springs this evening with Crossroads. We had a bad experience there last night with this drunk white guy. He cut the power cord to the amplifiers, cussed us out and was generally just demonic. The team was goggle eyed. They couldn't believe what was going down. I eventually talked him out of the area and he went back home. Probably to bother his gay boyfriend.

I was glad it was peaceful there this evening.

Still trying to get the 32 locations ready for the teams next week. Still stressin' but I'm too tired to be too worried. I keep making progress, and it always works out.

Posted 6/21/2006 at 8:43 PM

Tuesday June 20, 2006

I had lunch with Joey Garner from Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta today. He used to serve with the IMB in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. I took him to eat roast goat at Al Madina in Clarkston. He felt right at home there. We also stopped by to visit with Bennett Ekandam in Willow Branch so he can get a feel for what we're doing.

Just went by to see my teams at Azalea and Chamblee Heights. They seem to be doing just fine. Sure is hot for them.

Knocked out my email and calls. Now I'm headed over to talk with some managers about teams coming next week as well as to go help my team from Crossroads Church at Brighton Springs.

Long day for me as this team will go from 5-7pm. I need to make sure that everything goes smoothly for them. This will be held at Brighton Springs, one of the two complexes that are taking away the facilities we've been using. I had a long talk with Oscar the manager at Oakbrook. He got the project put on hold there for at least another month. You could tell he was very frustrated with the owners over this situation.

Posted 6/20/2006 at 2:45 PM

Monday June 19, 2006

I've been working with my team from Pyatt, Arkansas today. I made a presentation to them at N. Peachtree BC where they're staying. They are serving at Azalea, Chamblee Heights, Hamptons @ Lenox and Huntington Creek.

Talked with managers at Oakbrook and Brighton Springs. Doesn't look good.

Finished my correspondence. I'll up load the pix I took of the team this evening to our Photo Gallery.

I'm really stressed out about the mission problems. Pray for me.

Posted 6/19/2006 at 5:26 PM

Monday June 19, 2006

I've been working with my team from Pyatt, Arkansas today. I made a presentation to them at N. Peachtree BC where they're staying. They are serving at Azalea, Chamblee Heights, Hamptons @ Lenox and Huntington Creek.

Talked with managers at Oakbrook and Brighton Springs. Doesn't look good.

Finished my correspondence. I'll up load the pix I took of the team this evening to our Photo Gallery.

I'm really stressed out about the mission problems. Pray for me.

Posted 6/19/2006 at 5:25 PM

Sunday June 18, 2006

I just got back from preaching to the Men's breakfast group at FBC Mountain Park.  Tito came and played with the house band.  We did a couple of songs in Spanish.  It started at 7am.  I was there at 6:30am to set up my guitar and amp and the displays.  I woke up just about every hour last night because I was afraid somehow I'd miss the alarm.

FBC Mtn Pk is a great church and has helped our ministry a LOT.  I pray that we will mobilize even more of their members.

I need to rest.


And how about the USA vs Italy?  2 red cards?  Ref crazy??

Posted 6/18/2006 at 10:41 AM

Saturday June 17, 2006

Been in a World Cup Fever mode.

I love soccer.  I used to play for Baylor.  The good ol' days. . . . .

The USA will be playing soon.  I hope they give me something to cheer about.

Peaceful day.  Worked out hard this morning.

I've been getting ready for my presentation at FBC Mountain Park tomorrow morning at 7am.

Tito and I will play for the men along with some of the men from the church.  Should be great.


Posted 6/17/2006 at 1:21 PM

Saturday June 17, 2006

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Had a great day.  Spent a lot time with Jesse talking outside in my garden.

Did a lot of yard work.

Finished up the admin stuff.

Posted 6/17/2006 at 1:18 PM

Thursday June 15, 2006

I still haven't heard the final word as to the missions at Oakbrook and at Brighton Springs.  Keep praying for this situation.  It was heartbreaking to discuss this with Ashley and her just cry her eyes out over whether she was going to keep working with "her" kids or not.  Man, that upset me no end!

Had a meeting with Jon Hamby this morning.  He's another guy I'm mentoring.  He's still involved with ministry, although he's working a secular job now.  I sure miss seeing him all the time.

My team from TN is out at 6 Flags today.  They'll be back to work at the missions tomorrow.

I've been working on my financial reports.  All that's done. 

I have been SO stressed out over these two missions.  The Father told me yesterday on my way home that, "I am in control, son.  RELAX.  You don't see the big picture."  I believe Him, but sometimes it's hard to really trust.  I just keep repeating "I am in control."  Because HE is!

The team from Christo Vive church has been helping Ashley with a soccer camp this week.  Yesterday they had five kids accept Christ!  The day before they had two others! It's exciting to see that even in the midst of this crisis, the Father is using the time to His glory!  Pray for this situation and for peace in Ashley's heart.  She's really torn up over this.

Posted 6/15/2006 at 3:29 PM

Wednesday June 14, 2006

Looks like the owners of Brighton Springs and Oakbrook Pointe have gone into Greed Mode.  That's never good for the ministry.  They may very likely throw us out of both locations.  VERY upsetting to say the least.  Of course Ashley's ministry is at Oakbrook.  I know she's going to be devasted by that.  God is still in the miracle working business.  We'll see what happens.  After I leave the office I go to check on the teams in town then over to Brighton Springs to see what's going on there.  Pray for me.

Had a terrific meeting with Jay Hackett from Peachtree Corners Baptist Church.  We've got things organized for their Middle School missions coming up in about two weeks.  They'll cover 8 locations. GREAT news!

Been working on the Team Assignments page.  Having to move stuff around to work with the large group.

Finished my financial report.  I'll drop that off with my treasurer tomorrow morning.

Posted 6/14/2006 at 2:55 PM

Tuesday June 13, 2006

What a morning!

I made a presentation to a large group of kids at FBC Atlanta's VBS.  I had them all yelling, "Take the Church, To the People!"  It was a beautiful thing.

Then over to a meeting with the leaders of a team coming from Bonifay, FL.  We had a great time seeing the locations and talking about ministry in our area.  They're psyched up for sure!

Next was a lunch with the Chamblee Doraville Property Managers association.  I'm one of the officers in the group.  I sit there and type as fast as my fingers will go!  We had the leader of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.  He discussed the new Senate BIll 529, which is being touted as the most comprehensive anti-immigrant bill in America.  White people drive me crazy.  Who is doing the hard labor in our country?  Immigrants!  Who do these politicos think is going to do that nasty work, like plucking chickens?  To think that my adopted state of Georgia is THE most anti-immigrant state in the USA saddens me no end.

I went over to check on my team from Tennessee at Azalea.  In a few minutes I'll go over and see them at their second location at Shallowford Gardens.

I'm working on part of my financial report.

I got my GPS unit in the mail yesterday.  Yeah!  Soon I will start putting the GPS coordinates of all the missions on our contact page.  I really think this GPS stuff is the wave of the future. It'll be the next "must have" device after the cell phone.  Remember when no one had those?  I pride myself on being the most cutting edge missions org on the planet.  Taking advantage of the latest tech marvels keeps us #1.

Said in all humility, of course.

Posted 6/13/2006 at 2:47 PM

Monday June 12, 2006

I have a team from  Tennessee helping me this week.  They're staying at Azalea Place.  They seem to be doing well so far.  They're working at Shallowford Gardens and Azalea.

I had lunch with Jouvens and two Bulgarian young men that used to live at Azalea:  Nick and Christian.  They're like sons to me.  It was great to have them come by to see me.  Really good kids.

I fixed the computer problem they were having at FBC Doraville.  I copied all the critical files onto a flash drive, got another computer over there, installed all those files and set up the new one so Ms. Margie Brooks can use it without any learning curve.  She was so appreciative.

Added another team to the list coming in July.  Excellent.

I need to go check on my team and do some banking.

Posted 6/12/2006 at 4:24 PM

Sunday June 11, 2006

Ashley and I went over to Zion Baptist Church in Covington today. It was only 35 miles but it seemed like we drove forever.

I spoke to their Missions Committee about strategy on reaching a sub division near their church called the Silos.  I tried to map out a plan for their church to get involved with this community.  I had a lively discussion with a church planter who missed the first part of my presentation and was interested in "what this has to do with the Silos?"

A church planter is not the magic bullet.  You have to have other reinforcements backing up your strategy with events and services.  I'm an advocate for the after school program, since it's easiest to find volunteers for that.  If your team is helping establish relationships you can then build a church from that group.

I'm about how to get people out of the church and into the community. 

Posted 6/11/2006 at 10:6 PM

Saturday June 10, 2006

I just got back from playing a gig with our band CRUZ at Woodgate.  The fiingertips of my left hand are a bit sore when I type.

Lester didn't get to play today and was sorely missed.

Miles Kendall, Ashley's boyfriend, sat in on rhythm guitar with us.  It was fun to get to hear him play.

Tito preached a great sermon and I think we had more adults listen to us at that location than anywhere else.  There were at least 30 adults riveted by Tito's presentation of the Gospel.  It was great.

I got home and unloaded all the gear by myself.  Jesse was crashed out, Kathy's not very strong.  C'est la vie, baby.

Posted 6/10/2006 at 10:16 PM

Friday June 9, 2006

Kathy, Jesse and I went to see the BODIES exhibition at the Civic Center in downtown Atlanta.  That was truly something.  I'm very interested in anatomy and it was fascinating to see real preserved anatomical structures.  Fascinating!

Today I started getting serious about teaching Jesse how to drive.  We got in an empty parking lot and practiced some general maneuvers to get a feel for how the car moves around.  We made a big loop around the neighborhood for more practice.  Took him to Ronald Reagan Parkway, 5 Forks Trickum, Hi 29 and Rockbridge for starters.

Tell you what.  Sometimes I even amaze myself!

I told you about Ashley's dove "Tango" flying off.  She rocketed out of the cage yesterday.  I had planned all along to let her go, I just wanted her to get conditioned to eating at the location near my house before I let her get out.

So, I was afraid that the bird might not have had enough time to imprint on the location.

This afternoon, I started mimicking the sounds that the dove makes.  I did that several times and just waited.  I made the set of sounds again and was quiet.  Suddenly, from one of the branches, this object comes hurtling down at me, just past my shoulder and alights on the fence right behind me.  Tango!  I couldn't believe it!

So anyway.  Happy ending to that story.  Couldn't believe I actually called it in.  What a trip.

I spend at least an hour in my garden every day.  Sitting totally still and quiet with chipmonks, squirrels and birds feeding inches from me.  I feel like a kid back in Kenya, when I'd be out in the bush with my brother in the game parks.  Sweet.  The Father continues to reveal amazing things to me while I'm sitting there.  Usually it relates to animal behaviour.

Ran 4 miles tonight.  Worked out this morning.  Jesse spent some extra time with me.

Posted 6/9/2006 at 10:22 PM

Thursday June 8, 2006

Ashley and I are working on sending out bookmarks for our ministry.  I went to Walmart and Staples to get supplies for this project.

After my last time of riding around lost in Covington because of bad directions, I've been looking into getting a GPS system.  Maps work ok for the most part, except when it's dark, or when I have to use the Metro Atlanta map which is microscopic.  Getting old sucks.

Dropped off bills at my treasurer's house.

Picked up a flash drive for the church computer at FBC Doraville.  I always try to help Margie with her job.  Her computer has been freezing up.  She's running the ME version of Windows.  Man, I hated that operating system!  I have to back up her files and then I'll get Mr. Clatie to reformat and put XP on the machine.

Good exercise this morning.  I feel like a dad gum tiger tank!

Do a push up for Jesus!
Posted 6/8/2006 at 4:42 PM

Wednesday June 7, 2006

I was supposed to have a meeting with a fellow from Mission to the World North America (PCA) this morning.  He had an emergency crop up so we have to reschedule.  Bahd luck.

Good thing was I got to take Jouvens and Ernest Mocombe out to eat instead.  Those young men have been a blessing to me for nearly 10 years now!  We enjoyed talking and eating.  Although I'm still on a diet, so they enjoyed their eating a LOT more than I did.

We went back to the mission and I showed them some new exercises for the gym that we have there. 

I'm at the office at FBC Doraville right now.  Finished up my email.  Lots of questions from teams coming in the next couple of weeks.  That's business as usual.

Next stop is Huntington Ridge where I'll set up another of the gyms that I bought for the missions for their area.

Posted 6/7/2006 at 2:27 PM

Tuesday June 6, 2006

Ashley and I went to Zion Baptist Church in Covington today.  We had a meeting with Kevin Riley who is the church Mission Director.  There is a housing sub division of over 500 homes about 2 miles from his church. We'll be having a Backyard Bible Club over there in July.  We hope to start an after school program asap.

I'll go back to talk to the whole committee this Sunday at 4:30 pm.  Pray that that meeting goes well.  We will definitely need multiple churches to help us evangelize this huge area.

I'm at the Mountain Park library working on office work.  My email at my house is messed up, I can receive, but not send.  I just finished getting all that job done.  After driving over 80 miles today already, I figured it was better logistically to do my work locally.

Ashley went on over to Oakbrooke to work with the kids at the mission there.

Posted 6/6/2006 at 3:40 PM

Monday June 5, 2006

I worked out hard this morning in the cool air.  Good to be home so I have access to my gym.  I plan on running tonight if all goes well.

I took one of the gyms to Willow Branch in Clarkston and set it up.  I plan on going over to Brighton Springs after I finish my office work so I can set the other up for those missions.

I'm working on my phone calls and email now. 

Went by Azalea to check on the kids.  Jouven's house got flooded by a bad water heater.  They're having it cleaned up now.  Bahd luck.

My sunburn I got in Chattanooga feels better.  I hope I don't start peeling.

Posted 6/5/2006 at 2:25 PM

Sunday June 4, 2006

K and I got up early just in case the weather was good for flying.  Didn't work out, still too windy.  Bahd luck.

I went to the Chattanooga Nature Center and ran about 5 miles around the park.  It was fantastic.  Saw a box tortoise and another type of blue bird I didn't know.  Cool.

We got home pretty early.  Kids and K's mom were doing great. 

Just got finished going through all my email.  I'll have extra calls to make tomorrow, but no emergencies.

Posted 6/4/2006 at 8:29 PM

Sunday June 4, 2006

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Kathy and I got up and went over to Marion County Airport to see if I could get a flying lesson in.  Air was too turbulent so didn't get to fly.  Ultralights are, well, ultra light.  So we are very dependent on nice smooth air.  It's scary enough as it is without getting thrown around all over the place.  We hung out at the airport.  It was extremely private.  We stayed near the hangars where my teacher has his aircraft.  MAN, I got a lot of sun.  Almost too much.  Sure did feel good.  Lots of birds and a private plane every once in a while.  Sweet.

Ran a big loop about 4.5 miles.  Beautiful country.

Saw a raccoon about 6 feet away from me.  Excellent.

Went to sleep pretty early.

Posted 6/4/2006 at 8:26 PM

Sunday June 4, 2006

Friday, June 2, 2006

I got up at 6:30am to do the shopping and pack the van for our trip to Chattanooga this weekend.  Kathy and I got out of town around 10 am and headed on to Tennessee.

We always have such a good time together it's wonderful!

We ate some delicious BBQ at Circle C restaurant.

Posted 6/4/2006 at 8:21 PM

Thursday June 1, 2006

You know what?  I'm not always Mr. Nice Guy.

Sometimes I really feel like I've been taken advantage of and it irritates me. 

I had one of the guys that worked for me just left the mission.  The place looks horrible, the painting of the rooms they did are awful and then he LECTURES me on how it's not his fault!  I just don't get it.  I'm still shaking my head.  One would think if  I gave you free rent and paid all your utilities for a year the LEAST you could do is make sure the place looks good when you leave!  Am I just off base on this?

I'm really moving away from the on site missions directors because it just doesn't seem like they really want to work.  They just want free rent.  That's not true for all of them for sure, but a lot seem to think that just because they're living there equals ministry.  Just because I live in a neighborhood doesn't mean I'm doing any ministry there, does it?

I don't like getting irritated.  I don't like feeling like I got burned--especially by fellow missionaries!

I need to take a deep breath. . . . think peaceful thoughts. . . .

The teams in Marietta had a great time!   It's fun working with folks that haven't done ministry in the community before.  It's a real eye opener.

I had a great lunch with a group of interns from Grace Fellowship today. We enjoyed eating roast goat and njira bread.   I took them around and showed them some of the work in Clarkston--the Muslim center of the whole Southeast. 

Posted 6/1/2006 at 5:53 PM

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Wednesday May 31, 2006

Weighed in better this morning.  Ran 4 miles last night at about 8pm.  It was still over 80 degrees.  Ay caramba.

Took me over 2 hours of driving to get back from FBC Woodstock last night.  I hate that.  Had a good meeting with their mission guys.

Team is doing well in Marietta.  Looks like we'll be opening new work at one other complex on Franklin Road.

Got my financial report completed and took it to my treasurer's house.  Jobs not finished till the paper work is done.

I've had three phone calls today from people interested in getting into ministry.  Never really know how that will pan out.  We'll see. . . .

Posted 5/31/2006 at 2:58 PM

Tuesday May 30, 2006

I'm feeling kind of depressed today.  Stupid diet.

It was so hot yesterday.  The thought of standing around in that heat for hours today makes me want to cringe.

I'll head over to Marietta in a few minutes to get the teams started on Franklin road.  I'm opening anther site for this team.  They had van problems yesterday.  Bahd luck.

I also have a meeting with the folks at FBC Woodstock at 4pm.  Pray that goes well.

We got our Sugar Dawg back last night around 10 pm.  Got a call from a family that had her.  They're members of Grace and remembered that I was one of their missionaries.  Cool.

I need to get my financial report knocked out before I go eat some salad.

Posted 5/30/2006 at 11:39 AM

Monday May 29, 2006

I worked out hard this morning then ran 2 miles.  I'm not sure if that was a good idea.  Too hot.  I need to work first and then work out. 

The team from Thomasville did a great job.  It was really hot (my car said 103), especially in the full sun.  One of the two vans they had broke down, probably their transmission is shot.  Bahd luck.

Tyler and I set up the gym at the mission at Preston Chase.  I'm looking forward to using that as an outreach for the young men in the area.

Our dog has been missing since this morning.  She had FOUND DOG posters up that Kathy found this afternoon.  I've called them and left a message.  I'm sure she's fine.  No one else is going to pick up a dog that looks like that.  But there's only one Sugar Dog.

Posted 5/29/2006 at 7:53 PM

Sunday May 28, 2006

Just got back from running 4 miles.  Beautiful evening.  I felt like I was running in slow motion.  Probably cuz I was going so slowly.

Outreach Event at Westwood went great.  Here's the link to the pix I took:

It was a great day.  Tito told the Cristo Vive congregation that he is leaving to start a new church.  The same afternoon we're doing an outreach together at Westwood!  Man!  Talk about the timing of stuff.  It turned out great and just what the church needed--outreach focus.

First summer team starts tomorrow.  I'll meet them in Marietta around noon.

Posted 5/28/2006 at 11:55 PM

Saturday May 27, 2006

Ashley and I and Grandmama got back from David Doverspike's house a little while ago.  His son David was having a graduation party.  It was fun to see the the family. 

I spent a lot of my time there figuring out different media problems they were having.  They're media center is so complicated it takes me a while to figure out how it needs to be wired and what devices you have to punch in order to get such and such outcome.  It's a wonderful mental challenge.  I always enjoy figuring out stuff that other people consider a complete mystery.

Finished writing all the newsletters.  Unfortunately, they won't get into the mail stream until Tuesday now.  C'est la vie, baby.


Friday, May 26, 2006

Worked on the newsletter layout and printed it.

Worked out.  Hot.

Went to see XMen 3.  Just OK.  Got where I didn't really care about the characters that much.

Posted 5/27/2006 at 9:33 PM

Thursday May 25, 2006

Ashley and Jesse are now officially in Summer!  Ashley is riding around helping me today.  I dig that big time.  She's always such a blessing.

We're at the office now, while I catch up with my email and make the labels for the newsletters.

I need to go collect a few other supplies for the big Outreach Event this coming Sunday afternoon at Westwood with the help of Christo Vive church where Tito goes.

I'll check on the mission before we go back to Stone Mountain.

Posted 5/25/2006 at 11:51 AM

Wednesday May 24, 2006

Met with about a dozen cops today from the Center and North Precincts of DeKalb County.  Over 20 managers showed up as well.  Crime is starting to heat up and the managers feel like is valuable to spend time venting to upper level police. 

Rest of the afternoon I spent with Wayne Conkle from Crossroads Church in Lawrenceville.  He has lymphoma and will start his chemo treatment again tomorrow.  To say the least he's not looking forward to it.  Lift Wayne up to Father right now, por favor.

Did some yard work when I got home.  Ran 4 miles.  Took it easy.  Worked out. 

Finished up my email and got a call from S. Georgia from a team coming to help us next week.  SUMMER IS HERE!!

Posted 5/24/2006 at 9:50 PM

Tuesday May 23, 2006

I enjoyed spending lunch with Jouvens Mocombe today.  He's my assistant director for the mission at Azalea where we've been working for 10 years this fall!  We planned out the summer schedule. 

I'm at the office in Doraville right now.  Finished up editing the article from Tito Ruiz for this month's newsletter and answering my email.

Looks like I'll be the keynote speaker for the missions conference in October for a church in Convington.  I hope to get them started working the community way before then.  We'll have a meeting soon to get together and figure out the logisitics for reaching the city for Jesus.

I'm gearing up for the big event this Sunday at Westwood.  We're hosting a soccer tournament there.  I pray that it will be as successful as the last one we did there a couple of years ago!  We had HUNDREDS of adults participate/watch the event.  Then we'll share the Gospel with them.  Pray hard for this event!

Had a great work out this morning.  I feel like a dad gum Tiger Tank!

Posted 5/23/2006 at 4:43 PM

Monday May 22, 2006

I had a meeting with morning with Caminar Latino.  This is a community development group that works with domestic violence issues.  They are now also getting into the gang prevention side of things.  I was called because of my work with the cops and because my work is directly in the community.  I had a good initial meeting with them.  They're supposed to come up with a game plan and get back with me in July.  They two areas they're focused on are Buford Highway and Jimmy Carter/Singleton.  I have a LOT of work in both areas, so I think we might have a positive partnership.

Had a long visit with Don Devlin who is the director of our work at Adelaide Park and the Ambers in Norcross.  He's really a fantastic guy who's doing a terrific job at those missions.  I got a new PA that is very portable and is ideal for smaller events where you don't have the whole Cruz giganto-PA.  He brought back my equipment to my office.  I appreciate anyone who tries to make my day a little easier.  He said, "Tim, you bought it and brought it over, the least I could do is bring it back." Soundsl logical, but it's still me that usually has to tie up all the loose ends.

Kathy's mom Nell seems to be settling in at our house pretty well.  She looks better already.

I'll finish my office work and then head to Azalea to check on my kids at the mission.

I got word from our insurance guys that our bill for covering the missions is going from $3,100 to nearly $5,000!  I had a long talk with my insurance agent about that.  Maybe he can help.  As far as I'm concerned, insurance is just another form of organized crime.  It can be really helpful most of the time, but it always seems like they're looking for some loophole so they don't have to help at all.  Maybe I'm just cynical.


Posted 5/22/2006 at 2:54 PM

Sunday May 21, 2006

I spent the day at First Baptist Atlanta.  I am part of the local missions team of the church. 

We had the Local Missions Fair today.  It went very well and I had a number of interested volunteers that I pray will help us this Summer.

I took Bennett and Idong Ekandem out to lunch.  I wanted to spend some extra time with them.  On Tuesday morning they'll be heading to Nigeria to bury Idong's mother who died about three weeks ago.  Sad.  She was a wonderful, Godly woman, so we know that it's not "goodbye," but "see you later!"

Posted 5/21/2006 at 5:38 PM

Sunday May 21, 2006

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I had a great day with New Providence Baptist Church at our mission at Preston Chase on Franklin Road in Marietta.  The team did a great job of interacting with the community.

The best news is that I was able to make a Gospel presentation and we had 16 kids accept Christ!  Fantastico!

I love leading people to Jesus.

Big news is that Kathy's mom, Nell Doverspike, moved in with us today.  I hope she can handle living with a loud family like ours!  I'm not really sure how long she'll stay, but all I can say is "Welcome aboard!"  I'm glad she's here.

Posted 5/21/2006 at 5:36 PM

Saturday May 20, 2006

Friday, May 19th, 2006

I'm pretty sore right now.  I mowed my whole yard.  It's about a half acre and some parts of it are so dusty.  Took me over 2 hours. Made me feel kind of sick.   I'm better now.

Trimmed some tree branches out of my yard.

Worked on the web site.

Watched "Saint Ralph." a great dvd for families.  Especially if there are runners in the family.


Posted 5/20/2006 at 12:8 AM

Thursday May 18, 2006

I was back in Marietta this morning.  I met with a new partner named Christopher Coleman.  He's a great guy!  He has Cerebral Palsy, but what a testimony for the Lord!  I'm looking forward to getting him in front of the kids in the missions.

While we were in that meeting Tyler, my director in the Marietta area, got a phone call from the Missions Director from Roswell St. Baptist Church--a major church in the area.  He asked when we could meet.  I said, "Right now!"  So we went on over and I made a presentation to him as well.  He's very excited about the possibility of getting his church on board with what we're doing. 

Most churches want to do something in the community, but they don't know how.  When they see the infrastructure that we've set up (maps, contacts, photo gallery. . . ) they're astonished and excited!

We've prayed for so long for that area. It's great to see that the Father is moving them to action.

Finished my office work.  I need to check on the kids and head to the house. 

Today I run 4 miles, if it's not raining.  The clouds have been spectacular.  The "chariots of God!".

I got a new camera yesterday.  I'm back to Canons again.  I loved my NIkon, but it had such a slow shutter speed that a lot of stuff was slightly blurred.  For an image perfectionist like myself, that was just unacceptable.  At the same time, the camera that Ashley had been using (my old one that only kinda worked) completely died.  Now she's using the Nikon to capture pix of her mission at Oakbrook.  It all works out. 

I never buy the newest/most elaborate camera.  I get the second generation--nearly a year old.  Major price difference.  In my opinion there's no reason to ever buy a camera over 4 mega pixels.  But you can't find them any more.  5 mp is about the lowest.  I got that camera from Best Buy for under $300.  Amazing.  I took over 6,000 pictures with that Nikon.  It's a beautiful thing.

Did I mention I'm on a diet again?  Ay, caramba. 

Posted 5/18/2006 at 5:43 PM

Wednesday May 17, 2006

I went by Kroger this morning to pick up supplies for the Outreach Event that New Providence Baptist Church is hosting at Preston Chase on Franklin Road in Marietta.  I still need to pick up the ice and the meat.  I'll do that tomorrow on the way to a meeting I'll have at Preston Chase with one of my partners.  That way I can stick the stuff straight into the fridge.

Went by Walmart to pick up some office supplies.  Ashley made some beautiful thank you cards for her supporters.  I needed bigger envelopes for them to fit in. 

Picked up the trophies for the soccer tournament that Christo Vive church is hosting at Westwood apartments in Norcross.  That will happen on Sunday the 28th.  I'm looking forward to that.  Lucy has been working over there on Fridays with some of the ladies from Christo Vive.  They've already had several children come to know the Lord, including one Vietnamese boy whose family is Buddhist.  Pray for this new believer.

I'm at the office now.  Finished my email and calls.  I'm headed over to FBC Marietta this evening where I'll speak to their youth group. Hopefully some of them will be able to come to the outreach event this weekend at Preston Chase.

Contacted the missions director for FBC Woodstock.  I'm trying to set up a meeting with him for next week, then go up to Jasper to check out an apartment complex up there.  The manager is a friend of mine that I used to work with in Norcross.  I hope to get that church to plug in over there. 

Ran 4 miles last night.

I've started dieting again.  I've lost about 30 pounds.  I'd like to get down another 15 pounds.  That's my goal for my birthday July 12th.  I have to lose about 2 lbs a week to reach that.  We'll see. . . .

Posted 5/17/2006 at 2:4 PM

Tuesday May 16, 2006

I met with Richard Poe from the Roswell Association of Baptist Churches this morning.  We talked about the mission work in Roswell as well as the Beth-El Baptist Church on Buford Highway that is giving their church for ethnic work in the area.  Exciting stuff!

Knocked out my email and calls. Several more teams are coming to work with us this summer.  Good news!

I still need to go by Party City and pick up more balloons and pumps and face paint for the Outreach Event we're doing this weekend at Preston Chase in Marietta.  That mission has really boomed since its start.  New Providence BC is coming to help us with that event.

I also will go by Azalea to check on the kids in a few minutes.

Talked with Edwin Lamb about a team coming from FBC Mountain Park to help us at the mission and at FBC Doraville to do some construction work.  We need that help!

Had a friend call me yesterday with a problem.  Her granddaughter is involved with a guy from Honduras.  This guy's brother robbed some folks in Norcross and is jail looking at 15 years in prison.  She wanted me to go see this guy.  I called in reinforcements from some Spanish pastors I know.  They're going over to see him in jail.  My Spanish is just barely ok.  I need someone who is truly bilingual to share with him.  His name is Geronimo.  He's in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

I'm still working at night on the web site for my friend in Chattanooga.  I always like to learn new things.  I'm learning how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 which is THE web development tool.  Jesse normally does all this for me, but this particular project isn't ministry related so I'm doing it and just ask him for advice when I get stuck.  He is a genius at this stuff.    The only problem I have with him is that he explains the procedure so fast, and when I ask him for clarification he looks at me like I'm retarded.  C'est la vie, baby.

Posted 5/16/2006 at 3:10 PM

Monday May 15, 2006

I had a great meeting with Ryan from Perimeter today.  We talked about doing missions and how we could get more people involved.  Our main goal was to discuss Gold Rush--the major youth conference that hosts over 600 people.  Whirlwind will provide the locations and logistics for getting those folks into the mission field in July.

I went by to check on my car this morning.  It has the engine check light come on from time to time.  Never really runs bad.  They couldn't find anything wrong with it.  Told me to bring it back when it acts worse.

I've been working on a web site for my flight instructor, Mike Theeke.  He's teaching me how to fly Ultralight Trikes.  We're working out a trade where I can do his web site and he can give me flying lessons.  It's a beautiful thing. 

We had guys trimming the trees in my front yard today to keep them away from power lines.  I sure hope they pick up all the limbs they cut off.

K is supposed to take her mom to the doctor today.  I hope she's feeling better.  Kathy said she was over her sickness last night.  Great news about that.

I'm working on my financial reports.  Then I'll go over to Azalea to check and see how the kids are doing.

Posted 5/15/2006 at 1:49 PM

Sunday May 14, 2006

Kathy was sick much of last night.  Vomiting too.  I didn't eat the Chinese food where she went.  I guess that's what made her sick.

I got to fly again this morning.  It was pretty turbulent.  It's pretty scary sometimes.  It's a trip being 3,000 ft up in an open cockpit.  Really is fantastic.

Kathy is feeling better, but still weak.

We came on home earlier so we could hang out with the kids.  We've had a great afternoon with them both.  They sure are sweethearts.


Posted 5/14/2006 at 9:46 PM

Sunday May 14, 2006

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

I woke up early to go meet Mike Theeke, my ultralight flight instructor.  We got to fly for over 2 hours.  It was just awesome.  Although I still have to get over the fear factor of flying that high in that little aircraft.  It's incredible how stable it is.  You basically turn the engine off and glide down to a landing.  Sure is different from regular aircraft.

K and I went to Reflection Riding and enjoyed seeing the wildlife.  I saw four wild turkeys today.  That's the first time I've ever seen them in the wild.

We cruised around St. Elmo to see the shops.  It was great.  I really love that little town.

Weather turned really nasty including marble sized hail late this evening.

Posted 5/14/2006 at 9:43 PM

Sunday May 14, 2006

Friday, May 12, 2006

Kathy and I went to the Tennis Center at Stone Mountain.  We got to meet up with David and Rick Doverspike that are our nephews.  They won the Georgia State Tennis tournament.  Excellent!

Then we went on up to Chattanooga.  We took a short break at the Weinman Mineral Museum in Cartersville.  It was excellent.  I picked up three wonderful specimens for my collection:  an ammonite from Peru, a piece of raw copper and a piece of Malachite and Ocalla stone.  Veddy, veddy beautiful.

We were welcomed warmly by Mr. Ike--the owner of Budget Motel in Lookout Valley.  We got good ol' room 122.  It gives a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside.  Across the street they built a huge shopping center including a super Walmart.  It actually is kind of nice to have it there.
Posted 5/14/2006 at 9:38 PM

Sunday May 14, 2006

Thursday, May 11, 2006

 Went to Marietta this morning to meet John Haeger the Director of Missions for the Noonday Association.  We also had Tyler Recker from Youth Outreach United and Jouvens Mocome, my partner from Azalea at the meeting.  We went to the mission at Preston Chase on Franklin Road then over to a deli nearby to eat kabobs and gyros. 

 I’m excited about this new partnership. Hopefully we can mobilize a lot more people through John’s contacts with the churches.

 Just got finished with my email/calls.  I’m headed over to Azalea to help the kids with their projects.

 Kathy and I plan on getting out of town for a couple of days this weekend.  I’m looking forward to the break.

 Soon, they’ll be no time to rest.  Summer is nearly here!


Posted 5/14/2006 at 9:33 PM

Wednesday May 10, 2006

I had a terrific group of kids from Hebron Christian Academy come and help me at Azalea this morning.  They did a great job loving on the pre-schoolers since the rest of the kids were at school.  They also really cleaned up the mission which needed it badly. 

Had a meeting with the leader from Operation Mobilization and their Connect '06 seminar.We'll be handling the logistics for the outreach for that project.  I invited Bennett Ekandem and the new pastor of Clarkston International Bible Church Phil and Myra Kitchin.  We ate at Madina.  I always enjoy fellowship there because there are a lot of other Africans.  I feel right at home with that accent.

Ashley, as you may remember, is the fastest white girl in Gwinnett County.  Jesse, has more inellectual pursuits.  He digs chess.  So this afternoon I went to the Chess club that he participates in.  Out of about 17 people that are on the ladder, he's #2.  It was fun watching him  beat other people besides me.  I'm a really good chess player, and when he started beating me I couldn't believe it.  He buys these big books on line about Chess strategy.  It's really incredible how similar I am to my kids.  They are both so completely passionate about what they get into.

Since my morning was slammed, I'm working on my office/admin stuff this evening.  C'est la vie, baby.

Posted 5/10/2006 at 8:42 PM

Tuesday May 9, 2006

Went over to Guitar Center this morning to pick up some small percussion equipment for our band.  I'm looking forward to playing some of them.  Got a djembe, a cow bell from Nigeria and two pairs of maracas and a shaker.  They all sound great and I got a terrific price on everything.  Excellent.

I dropped off a letter to our insurance guy requesting that a new mission, Westwood, be added to the list.  We're supposed to do a soccer tournament over there in a couple of weeks.  They just sold the property, so a lot of ministry is up in the air over there now.

Talked to George Teatro about the service project tomorrow morning with Hebron School.  Some will clean out a lot, the others will work with mom and little kids.  They should have a good time with that.

My vacuum cleaner isn't working right.  I took that to the repairman today.

Ate Korean for lunch with Kathy.  Very unimpressed.  Sure ain't up to Kitoks back in Waco.

Working on financial reports then over to Azalea to check on the kids at the mission.  I'm amazed that this close to the end of the school year they have a lot of projects coming due.


Posted 5/9/2006 at 2:25 PM

Monday May 8, 2006

Started out at Sugarloaf Community Church, the HQ for Youth Outreach United.  I did an extensive interview with Drew Grubbs.  He's making a CD to send out to supporters this month.  I'm getting about 200 copies to send out to our supporters at Whirlwind Missions, too.  I think our folks will enjoy hearing the interview as well.

Went by Westwood next.  They have a new owner, manager, leasing service.  Thank GOD that Christo Vive had started work there so the new manager could see what our team was doing.  For so long we didn't have anyone there.  We always have to have a sense of urgency about doing work in these complexes.  You never can tell when BIG changes will happen.

Rita Harden and their management group bought a new complex on Pleasantdale road about a month ago.  I went by this morning to take pictures and talk to her about the work in that area.  With 300 units it looks like a great place to have work.

I need to upload the pictures I took of Morningside as well as update the Contacts list on several properties that are new.

The buzzer into the building at FBC Doraville is messed up.  I need to get a soldering iron to fix that.

I need to also go by Plaza Fiesta and see if the date for Cruz to play there will still work out.

I'll check on the kids at the mission at Azalea later today.

Posted 5/8/2006 at 12:47 PM

Sunday May 7, 2006

Rainy day today.

Headed to Stone Mountain to go soak in the hot tub.  My back is sore from doing pull ups.


Posted 5/7/2006 at 1:0 PM

Sunday May 7, 2006

Saturday, May 6, 2006

Ashley's prom was today.  She looked super gorgeous.  The whole group of them looked splendid.  I took tons of pix.  Check them out: Then click on Photo Gallery.

Ran 4 miles.

Spent time with Kathy and Ashley.  Ate lunch with K's mom--Nell and her sister Orene.

Posted 5/7/2006 at 12:59 PM

Friday May 5, 2006

Housework day today.  Cleaned up, then had the carpet guy come over to clean the house.  We're trying to get rid of all the dust from the remodel project on our bathrooms.

Also just got the construction debris out of my front yard.  Cost me another $200.  Ay, caramba.

Ashley will be home soon.  I'm taking her to her hair appointment in Snellville.  Tomorrow's her prom.  I want everything to be just right for her.  She certainly deserves it!

Been kind of rainy today. 

Posted 5/5/2006 at 1:44 PM

Thursday May 4, 2006

I took a new scanner/copier/printer over to Bennett Ekandem and the mission at Willow Branch this morning.

I have my car loaded with more weight stuff for  our new gym at Azalea.  I plan on buying another one for Willow Branch too.

I had a meeting with 6 Spanish pastors this morning over at a church that is willing to have us use it as a church planting center.  We still have a lot of details to work out, but it sounds very exciting.  I love getting in on initiatives like this, especially from the very beginning.  That way I get to make a strong impression on what will happen in the future.  It's a lot easier to start something new with new directions than it is to turn an organization that's been going one direction for 50 years and getting them to change.

Answered my email.  Did my financial report.  It's a weigh of life.

I'll go over to the mission at Azalea in a few minutes to check out the kids.  They were working out hard yesterday.  That delights me no end.

Posted 5/4/2006 at 2:50 PM

Wednesday May 3, 2006

I spent this morning in  Clarkston speaking to about 200 students from Dekalb Tech's ESL program.  It's called, "Wonderful Wednesdays." We do a little Bible study, have refreshments and give out Bibles.  It's always fun, especially since Phil and Myra Kitchin (the new pastor at Clarkston Intl. Bible Church) has helped lead.  They are exceptional people persons!

Had a meeting with my partner Tyler Recker this afternoon.  He came by my office at FBC Doraville to pick up some chairs and  some book shelves for the missions on Franklin Road.  Tyler is looking to perhaps do a 3 month missions trip to Swaziland this fall.  He's been a HUGE asset to our ministry and I sure don't want to do without him.  So I took him to Clarkston this afternoon to let him meet Bennett and see the Africa population here in Metro Atlanta--which is extensive.  I think he liked what he saw.  Hopefully, he'll stay plugged in locally.  Pray for that to happen.

MAN do I appreciate having folks come help me haul stuff around!  It seems like so much of my day is taken up with moving equipment from one place to another.  It's all part of the ministry, but it's nice to have folks share the load!

I need to do my Church report then go over to check on the kids at Azalea.

Posted 5/3/2006 at 3:44 PM

Tuesday May 2, 2006

I had a terrific time with a new partner this morning: Austin Aldridge from FBC Marietta.  Tyler Recker and I went over to meet with him and took him out to lunch.

Austin is a really gung ho guy.  We got along famously.  I'll go back to their church in a couple of weeks to speak to his youth group about doing local missions.  Hopefully, we'll have a number of those guys get involved in the ministry.

Just finished up my email and calls.

I'm headed over to Azalea to go set up the new gym for the kids!  They have REALLY been looking forward to that.,

Posted 5/2/2006 at 4:41 PM

Monday May 1, 2006

I just got back from a meeting with Steve Nolen and Bennett Ekandem in Clarkston.  Steve is the local missions director for Crosspointe--Dr. James Merrit's church.  He has a lot of interest in working with Muslims.  We hope to steer some of the people from his church in Bennett's direction.  The real emphasis is going to be ESL plus church planting.  It will primarily be in the Latino area.

I'm at the office in FBC Doraville right now.  I'm wading through all my financial reports and trying to get all my email done.

I'll head over to Azalea in a few minutes to check on the kids at the mission.

The guys are supposed to finish my bathroom soon.  Hope so.

Posted 5/1/2006 at 3:16 PM

Monday May 1, 2006

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Kathy and I went back to Marietta to see the Blue Angels fly again.  I love that high performance air craft stuff!

Later we went to Fuddrucker's to eat with members of Kathy's family.  It was her Dad's ordination day. 

It was so turbulent at the air show.  It really tired me out just fighting the wind.  Hard to believe that those guys could fly in those conditions.

Posted 5/1/2006 at 3:13 PM

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Saturday April 29, 2006

Today Kathy and I went to Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta to watch the Blue Angels do high performance maneuvers.  Actually we went to the McDonald's down the street from the base and watched from there.  We were joined by about 40 other people.  I had my little binoculars.  That made watching them so much more fun.  I love watching those jets do their thing.  "Lock and Load!"  "Turn and Burn!"  "I feel the need for speed!"  I'm a sucker for Air Force commercials.

It's funny to think of what I'm learning to fly: powered hangliders.  Compared to those F16s?  Ay caramba!

We went back to Stone Mountain after the air show and hiked about half way up the mountain. 

We turned around so we could hear Ashley's boy friend Miles' band play at this fund raiser for the Parkview Baseball team.  His band sounded pretty good.  A long way from Cruz control, but not bad.

Kathy was hungry for hot soup tonight so we went over to the Hong Kong Buffet.  It was good.  K also had snow crab legs.  I don't eat those.  Too much work.

Posted 4/29/2006 at 10:3 PM

Saturday April 29, 2006

Friday, Apri 28, 2006

Today we got in the Total Gym that I ordered for the mission at Azalea.  It's actually made by another company but is heavier duty and cheaper!  Can't beat that!  Jesse helped me put it together.  It would actually be more accurate to say, I helped Jesse put it together.  It was pretty easy.

I'm really looking forward to taking it to Azalea for those young men to work out on.  It just cost about $400 so if they're really heavily used I'll probably by more for the other missions.  They're really portable so I can take it in my car.  Sweet.

I went out to Stone Mountain later in the evening to hang out with Kathy.  We walked for a while then went to Everygreen Resort to jump in their jacuzzi.  Excellente.

That hot water made me feel great.

Posted 4/29/2006 at 9:57 PM

Thursday April 27, 2006

This morning I worked on making my copies for the newsletter and buying supplies from Staples.

I got a call from Don Devlin who is the director of our work on Beaver Ruin road in Norcross.  He needed a small PA for an Outreach Event this weekend.  I didn't really have anything appropriate as the CRUZ PA is HUGE.  So I went and bought a small portable PA that you can put a microphone and an instrument plus a CD player through one speaker.  It sounds great with a woofer and a horn.  It'll be nice to have that little set up that I can put in my car.  Setting up my band's PA takes over an hour!

I went out to Adelaide Park to meet Don and give him the stuff that I bought this morning.  It's a SoundTech product.  Seems to be pretty solid stuff.

I'm at the Mtn Park library right now.  My email won't send through my router at home. Stupid Comcast.  They keep fixing it and then a week later it's down again.  I can use the wifi on my laptop and send even from the library's parking lot.

I've just finished writing my 174 letters from this month's Outreach Update.  I thought the stories and pictures this month were especially good.

I need to go home and run.


Posted 4/27/2006 at 7:15 PM

Wednesday April 26, 2006

I spent this morning with a bunch of cops from the Center Precinct of DeKalb County.  The managers in that area are having SO many problems with out of control juveniles.  They look to me for answers and help.  Man, I wish I had more volunteers to put in the area.  The place is WIDE open for the Gospel.

Lunch with Steve Nolen and Debbie Harrison from Cross Pointe Church.  They're interested in working in the Hispanic community to help plant churches.  I'm all for that.  Hoepefully, we'll get this huge church mobilized all over Atlanta.

I'm working on the newsletters.  I'm a little behind because of all the stuff I've got going on .  It'll get done, cuz I won't rest till it is.

Hopefully, I'll get the kids to help me with the labels for the newsletter in a few minutes.  Not many kids at the mission right now because they don't need any help with their homework.  They've been taking this CRCT test.

Posted 4/26/2006 at 3:34 PM

Tuesday April 25, 2006

Just finished up my email.

Called NAMB about Worldchangers this summer.  I had about 200 people working with me last summer. This summer they will ONLY do construction in the Eastpoint area.  I called the folks at NAMB and this other group that runs WorldChangers for them and really complained.  I'm tired of teams coming for a "mission" trip and then all they do is construction projects!  I told the main boss of this group that I was very disappointed that banging nails takes a priority over telling people about Jesus.  How's that for subtle?  I'm still mad about it.

I have a meeting with Tom Nevill from First Baptist Atlanta in a few minutes.  Bennett is also coming.  I always enjoy hanging out with those guys.

This afternoon I join Tyler Recker to recon the Marietta area for new missions.  Providence BC is interested in doing some work in their area, so we'll see how it goes.

Guys are still working on my second bathroom.  What a mess.

I ran 4 miles last night.  It was 80 degrees.  Man, was I tired.

Posted 4/25/2006 at 11:49 AM


Please tell Bennett I said hello.  Everyone loves the lamp they gave us for our wedding.  I'll make it to GA one of these days and we can roll around behind enemy lines and catch up.

Things are good in Chicago.  Some crazy stuff knocked me over, but I'm seeing the truth of love through it after everything settles.



Posted 4/25/2006 at 1:41 PM by eternaldig

Monday April 24, 2006

I spent the morning in Buford.  I met with Jeff Rogers of GracePointe church.  We went to take a look at the Buford Housing Authority community off of Circle Drive.  They have about 80 units there.  They told me that we could use their community room for free!  It's a great space.  I anticipate there being a core group of kids around 25-30 strong.

Jeff's church as well as Sugar Hill UMC and Crossroads hopefully will come on board to help us in that area.  I also went by to talk with the Youth Director at Sugar HIll UMC--Rich Griffiths.  He's a great guy, very Kingdom minded.  I anticipate his youth group helping us from time to time.

I'm back in the office now.  Finished up my email.  Wrote a little girl back who sent me a letter from Macland BC in Powder Springs.  I figure if that if Melanie takes the time to write me, I'll send her a little something in response.  Those little kids really pray for us!

I'm going over to Azalea in a few minutes to check on my kids.

The guys are back to work on the second bathroom.  Lotsa dust.

I'm sore from yard work and chin ups.  Still need to run. 

Posted 4/24/2006 at 4:1 PM

Sunday April 23, 2006

I enjoyed going to Grace this morning.  Aaron rocked and Buddy did a great job on Matthew 28.

I installed my chin up bar this afternoon.  I plan to add that to my daily regimen of push-ups, sit ups and Tai Chi.

Mowed the yard.  My head feels full of dust.  I bought a new lawnmower--it's a Weedeater.  Ran great.

Posted 4/23/2006 at 5:35 PM

Saturday April 22, 2006

I had a nice walk with Kathy this morning.  We went from our house to the park, it's about 1.5mi one way.  Beautiful big Cumulus clouds.  Fantastic!

I'd promised Ashley I would spend time with her today.  That translates into taking her shopping and waiting for her to get her hair done.  I enjoy just being with her and she's so appreciative when you do something for her.  She's been spending her money for all her stuff lately, and now when I pay for it, it's more precious in her eyes.

We went to Perimeter Mall first.  We found her prom dress there.  It's a fiery red, satin dress.  Super hot.  I tell you what, my daughter is a beauty, no lie.

We couldn't find decent jeans, bahd luck, so we went on to the hair cutting place.  She was going to get it cut at the mall, but their prices were just outrageous--like in the $200 range.  Ay caramba.  We finally went to ULTA on Ronald Reagan Pkwy.  They put her then red hair to what the color of her hair would naturally be.    Veddy, veddy beautiful.

We got Zakby's chicken to bring home to Jesse, but went by Kroger to do the grocery shopping before we went home.

My email doesn't send from my computer.  There's some glitch with Comcast that I've had to call about and fix three different times.  Ay caramba.

Blog works.

Posted 4/22/2006 at 10:24 PM

Friday April 21, 2006

I spent time with Kathy today.  We ate at IHOP and then played on the work out equipment at Sports Authority.  It was fun.  I really liked the Total Gym and the Inversion Table.

Worked in the yard picking up gumballs.

Posted 4/21/2006 at 9:4 PM

Wednesday April 19, 2006

Went by Clarkston International Bible Church this morning to talk to my partner Pastor Phil Kitchen about our work with the Islamic community.  We'll have a meeting tomorrow with other partners interested in serving in the area including Pastor Buddy Hoffman and Mary Demonbreun from Grace Fellowship and Bennett Ekandem who is our regional director for the Clarkston area.  The main reason I went by the church was to take them some Spanish New Testaments for their Latino ESL students that go to Dekalb Tech which meets on the CIBC campus.

Next meeting was with my Unite Partners in Norcross.  I got to see a bunch of my Youth Outreach United partners including Adam Webb, Chris Anderson and Tyler Recker as well as the missions pastor from Sugarloaf Community Church, Bill Simms.  The guys shooting video from Christianity Today were also there. 

I also got to meet with Natalie Davis Rush from Full Circle Ministries who helped us last weekend at Highland Gardens and Norwood Davis and Karen Klett from Crossroads Community Church who led the outreach at Brighton Springs last weekend.  Awesome!

After lunch I went over to Howell Bridge apartments to talk with them about starting work during the summer.  I'll go back next week after they've talked to their corporate management to see if they'll sign off on us coming.

I'm headed over to Azalea in a few minutes to check on the kids at the mission.

Posted 4/19/2006 at 5:4 PM

Tuesday April 18, 2006

I did my TV thing today.  I had a production team from Christianity Today who are making a video for church leaders about impacting the international community.  I did an interview with them at Ranch Market 99 in Chamblee.  I hope I made sense.  I was certainly passionate enough!  I stayed up till nearly 1am working on homework that I didn't get done at the office yesterday.  So I was a tad bleary eyed when I showed up for the gig.  C'est la vie, baby.

Lunch with Jeff Rogers in Buford.  Jeff is a church planter interested in working with the international community in his area.  He has some good contacts, so I'm excited about getting some work going on up there.  There's a housing project that I think we'll be able to get some great stuff happening.

Afternoon meeting was with Rodney and Peter from Providence Baptist Church in Roswell.  Rodney was with Apartment Life.  Sometimes Whirlwind is compared to AL, but we are really a very different animal.  We make no bones about why we're there--to win people to Jesus.  It's great to be focused and allowed to do our job.  I have had several people that used to work with AL that are now working with us.  Whirlwind fufills their calling!

Posted 4/18/2006 at 5:10 PM

Monday April 17, 2006

106 miles today.  Man!  Our work continues to expand!  I see no reason to stop!

Thank God for the Barrington family who gave me that car!  PTL!

I was in Lithonia at Luther Rice today.  Had lunch with about 6 seminary students.  They want to do missions.  One wants to plant a church.  When I  told him I'd give him a place to meet, provide tables and chairs and introduce him to families living at the complex, he couldn't believe it! It's what we do.

We went over to Pine Wood to show the team the location in Lithonia.  It's going to work out great.  Hopefully, we'll start May 6th, if not earlier.

Ashley's car got worked on today.  About $459 for brakes.  Ay caramba.  This city driving really wears them out.  I go through at least two sets every year. 

Picked up a lot of supplies for the mission at Oakbrook from Lowes.

Ran 4 miles tonight.  Stiff westerly wind.

Posted 4/17/2006 at 11:29 PM

Sunday April 16, 2006

We had a great family time together with all three of Kathy's brothers at our house:  Bill, Paul and David along with their families.  It was fun to have a big group for Easter to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!

I unpacked all the van gear this morning.  I'm still tired from yesterday.

Ashley and I took the Lumina over to the mechanics this afternoon.  It sounds like it need new brake pads.


Posted 4/16/2006 at 5:10 PM

Saturday April 15, 2006

Force5 Whirlwind day.

Nine different outreach events hosted by eight different churches!

We had a men's group called BOH at Azalea for our cookout/Easter party.  Lot's of fun!

Dunwoody Baptist Church had their children's team at Northchase with Paul Reynolds from Me and My House.  Huge turnout for that!

Full Circle Ministries, one of our new African American partners hosted an event at Highland Gardens.  Great to see!

Crossroads Community Church was at Brighton Springs for the first major event at that complex.  I went over to see them, but I was too late getting over there after my event at Azalea.  I know they did a fantastic job with a very enthusiastic team!

Roswell United Methodist Church went to Parkridge apartments off of Holcomb Bridge.  You may remember that we had 19 kids get saved last weekend at that location!

First Baptist Atlanta hosted events at three locations:  Shallowford Gardens, Woodgate and Willow Branch.  The event at Shallowford Gardens was fantastic.  This Sunday School class has done an AMAZING job at that location.  The Event they hold their in Christmas is the largest in the city.

Perimeter Church had a team working with Restoration Church of God at our mission at Concept 21-Roswell.

CRUZ played tonight at Azalea with the help of folks from Calvary Christian Fellowship.

What a day!

He's not dead!  He is RISEN!

Posted 4/15/2006 at 11:22 PM

Friday April 14, 2006

It has been a dirty day for Mr. Tim.

I worked all morning long with the team from Kentucky cleaning up the Chamblee-Dunwoody road corridor.  It was a real mess with lots of trash.  The team came from Bowling Green Christian Academy.

I got home feeling gross.  Picking up nasty stuff is only X amount of fun.

I decided to do some yard work so filled up the mower and pushed that thing for about an hour.  It was so dusty I thought I was going to strangle.  I finally gave up and decided to rest.

Went out to Stone Mountain for a bit to study and do Tai Chi.

The guys are still working on the bathroom upstairs.  Looking good.

Kathy's family is coming over to the house on Sunday for Easter.  I'll have to really clean the place up before that.

Posted 4/14/2006 at 6:6 PM

Thursday April 13, 2006

I spent this morning in Clarkston.  I spoke at the fellowship time for Dekalb Tech's ESL program which is held at Clarkston International Bible Church.  I got to share with the folks about Jesus' death and resurrection.  They seemed responsive.

For lunch I took out Mary Demonbreum and two other folks from Grace, Jeremy and Summer as well as my partner Bennett Ekandem.  We had a good time eating roast goat and talking about reach muslims for Jesus.

I've been working on office stuff for about an hour.  Just about got all that done, then I'll go over and check on my three teams from Kentucky that are serving at Azalea, Huntington Terraces and the Corners.

I still have the guys working on my bathroom.  They'll be repairing my second bathroom soon.  They both were really leaking into the basement.  I've had to wait to get them repaired because I just didn't have any money to do it.  I'm sure I'm not the only person dealing with issues like that.

Ran 4 miles last night.  Beautiful weather.

Posted 4/13/2006 at 2:32 PM

Wednesday April 12, 2006

Kathy was feeling better this morning, so she went on to teach her class at Dekalb Tech.

We're in the middle of redoing our bathroom at the house.  Julio is working on it and had a problem with a valve he installed in the tub.  Bottom line, those guys were at my house working till after 10:30pm.  Ay caramba.

I had a meeting at Crossroads Church last night.  It went great.  We have a group of enthusiastic volunteers sitting on dead ready to Take the Church To the People!  I got home around 10pm and couldn't believe that Julio was still there.  Hopefully, he'll get it figured out and repaired this morning.

I've had one call after another today.  It's all good, but boy sure is busy!

I have a team coming in from Kentucky this afternoon to work at three missions for the rest of the week, including a large service project on Friday.

Getting ready to go to a meeting with new partners for lunch from Full Circle Christian Ministries.  They're located off of Peachtree Industrial--I have a LOT of work in that area, so hopefully they'll step up to the plate and get active.

I'm headed over to my computer guru's house in a second to pick up a laptop for a Bengali family at Azalea.  Unfortunately we couldn't get it fixed--serious hard drive problems.

I need to run tonight.  I can feel a tightness coming over me--like a watch wound too tight.  Thank God for exercise.

Posted 4/12/2006 at 11:45 AM

Tuesday April 11, 2006

Kathy is still sick today, so I'm hanging around the house to try and take care of her. 

We're having our bathroom repaired today.  They're currently tearing out the old tub, tile, sheetrock, toilet, sink and flooring.  What a mess!  Kathy was able to rest for a while but she's outside now where it's more peaceful.

I'm at home working on office stuff.  Thank God for mobile equipment!

Had a great call from Dr. Carlos Salavarria from Peachtree Corners BC this morning.  We're going to work on getting some new church plants going in the Doraville/Buford highway corridor.  They've been given a church to work out of.  I've driven by that location a hundred times wondering if there was anything going on over there.

Hopefully now there will be.

I'll be going over to Crossroads Church this evening to make a presentation to interested volunteers for the new mission at Brighton Springs.

Posted 4/11/2006 at 12:7 PM

Monday April 10, 2006

Kathy went to work this morning, but came home feeling worse than ever.  I just got off the phone with our Dr.'s office, they said they'd work her in to get her on some meds.  PTL!

I spent this morning at a meeting for Connect '06.  It's a conference to train people to work with Muslims.  I'll be helping organize the outreach logistics.  Hopefully it'll be a good training and lots of people will get out in the field to help.

I just finished up answering email and phone calls.  I'm headed over to Azalea to check on the kids at the mission.  I'll try to go home early so I can take care of Kathy when she gets back in.

Posted 4/10/2006 at 4:29 PM

Sunday April 9, 2006

Kathy wasn't feeling well today so I spent time trying to help her feel better.  She says just having someone their to listen to her complain helps her.  I reckon.

Cleaned the house, got the groceries.

Did some yard work.

Answered my email.

Took K to the park for a short walk for some air.  We watched some little kids play baseball.

I'm helping Jesse with a microbe project for his Science class.


Posted 4/9/2006 at 11:10 PM

Saturday April 8, 2006

I just got back from Roswell where my partners from Roswell United Methodist Church hosted an Easter Outreach at Aspen Point and Park Ridge.  The team was very enthusiastic.  The parents brought their kids and they did a wonderful job! 

Best news is that we had 19 kids accept Christ!  What a blessing!  I really wasn't expecting that many.  That's the good thing about working in new areas!

I've been working on my email and some donor letters.

Looks like the high pressure system drove out all the storms and clouds.  Hard to believe that the air we're breathing now was up at the North Pole a few days ago!

Posted 4/8/2006 at 6:1 PM

Friday April 7, 2006

I just got back from playing with Cruz at an International Music Festival at the Gwinnett Civic Center.  We had a great time playing a few songs for the mostly African-American crowd.

I tried to rest some today.  I knew it was going to be a long evening.  I thought the band sounded great.

I've mentioned in my blog before that I'm learning how to fly.  Specifically a flex-wing, weight-shift, microlight. 

I was hoping to go up last week but couldn't because of weather and lack of instructors.

The weather plays a BIG role in whether or not you can go up in a microlight plane.  They handle turbulence well, but.

So I've really gotten into studying weather.  Cold fronts, warm fronts, occluded fronts, high pressure, low pressure . . .you get my drift.

I'd had a basic knowledge of weather, very surface level.  Now I'm learning the mechanics of it.  Did you know that the average life span for a cloud is thirty minutes?  Or that it takes two cubic feet of water saturated air to make one raindrop?


I'm really happiest when I'm learning something new.  There's an adventure about it.

At the Shell station where I go to buy my coffee every morning, I speak with Meseret, who is a Greek Orthodox Christian.  She's teaching me Amharic.  Here's one of the words I'm learning.  It means "Thanks"  I wrote the word down phonetically, because I can't read their writing (there's over 47 distinct marks or letters).  Ah mah sah gun    nah lahn huu.

You can see why I haven't learned too much of their language.  Amharic is the national language of Ethiopia, but I'm sure you knew that.

Posted 4/7/2006 at 10:26 PM

Thursday April 6, 2006

Lot of work today.

My main task was to make sure the events happening this Saturday with Roswell United Methodist Church were up to speed.  I made flyers and went and talked to the managers and posted the information around the complex.

Also made confirmations for our team from Dunwoody Baptist Church to hold an event at Northchase apartments on the 15th of April.  I had a good time talking to the manager, Joe.  I used to work with him over at Wyndham Creek.  He's a black belt, professional boxer and all around cool dude.

Got through all me email.

Ran 4 miles yesterday before the rehearsal with the band.

Got on the phone to talk with Comcast over spam issues.  Ay caramba.

Posted 4/6/2006 at 5:2 PM

Thursday April 6, 2006

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

While we were up at Lookout Mountain, I kept up with most of my phone calls. 

We headed back to Atlanta this morning.  I started wading through all the paper work that had accumulated.

Our band had a rehearsal this evening at Calvary Christian Fellowship in Duluth.  Lasted from 9-11:15 pm.  The other guys were still practicing.  I was too tired after the trip from Tennessee.  We'll be playing at this Christian music conference at the Gwinnett Civic Center this Friday.

I think I'm caught up with most of my to do list.  PTL.

Posted 4/6/2006 at 4:59 PM

Thursday April 6, 2006

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Great exercise day for me.  I ran 4.2 miles then biked over 5 miles with Kathy.

We enjoyed the Refletion Riding Arboreteum and the Chattanooga Nature Center.  It was so nice to be out in nature, looking at birds and butterflies.  I had my little binoculars and felt like I was back in Kenya.

We saw a couple of woodchucks.  Never seen them before in the wild.  Cool.

Posted 4/6/2006 at 4:55 PM

Thursday April 6, 2006

Monday, April 3, 2006

Kathy and I enjoyed going up to Lookout Mountain today.  We walked all over Covenant College too.

Still super windy, so no flying.  Bahd luck.

Posted 4/6/2006 at 4:53 PM

Thursday April 6, 2006

Sunday, April  1, 2006

I went to Blackshear Place Baptist Church today for their missions conference.  The church is located near Gainesville which has a HUGE Latino population.  We've started work at the Columns at Chicopee.  I had Bennett Ekandem and Tito Ruiz come and help me.

We also set up an outreach event for one of the Sunday School classes to help at that location on the 15th. 

After I got back from Gainesville, Kathy and I packed the van and headed off to Lookout Mountain, Tenn.  I was hoping to get to fly while I was up there, but no luck.  Either had bad weather or no instructors.

It's been great to hang out with Kathy!
Posted 4/6/2006 at 4:52 PM

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Friday March 31, 2006

I've got the jelly legs tonight.

Ever worked out so hard your muscles would barely hold you up?

Kathy and I went bike riding around Stone Mountain.  We actually went on the outer perimeter road.  It has several very intense hills.  I'd get off the bike and run it up the hills more than a few times.

I had a morning meeting with Adam Webb today.  I bought him an Ipaq pocket pc to keep up with all the stuff he has going on.  He has really been an invaluable aid to our ministry and has done a wonderful job of recruiting folks to help at the mission.  I believe in helping the go getters out there.  I appreciate our financial supporters who make it possible for Whirlwind Missions to keep good field operatives in the war.

Kathy and I watched the Constant Gardener this evening.  Luke warm reviews from me.  I was hoping to see more around Nairobi scenes.  Nothing I could recognize distinctly.  It was still fun to hear and translate the Swahili in the movie.

I stayed up late last night backing up the pictures I've taken onto the new hard drive.  I need to work on getting the documents backed up next.

Posted 3/31/2006 at 8:40 PM

Thursday March 30, 2006

I had a meeting this morning with Karen Klett from Crossroads Community Church, Bennett Ekandem and Adam Webb from Youth Outreach United.  We went to check out the missions on Stone Mountain Drive in Lawrenceville--Olde Salem and Cherokee Courts.  We had a good time together.  I'm expecting some great things to happen with that church.

I stayed up real late last night working, till after 1:30am.  My computer is full with nearly 25,000 pictures.  I bought a new external hard drive yesterday so I can load all of them onto that and then clear up about 30 GB of space.

I did some initial research and form filling out with Guidestone Financial Services.  They're the group that works with churches and the retirement accounts with pastors.  My board at Whirlwind has ased me to set that up for when I get old.

My Dad is 75 and still working strong.  I don't ever plan to retire, but I guess I still need to prepare for it.

I helped the kids at the mission yesterday with multiple projects.  Hopefully, I'll get them finished up this afternoon.

I'm still writing the last few letters.

Never ends, baby.

I heard this morning that Ashley has brought her Algebra grade up to an 80% !! What an answer to prayer.  She's still sick.  Kathy took her to the doctor this afternoon. Thank God for Carl and Pat Barrington.  They help us out in SO many ways.  Dr. Pat is our primary care giver.  MAN has she helped us out!


Posted 3/30/2006 at 4:7 PM

Thursday March 30, 2006

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I worked most of the morning on the newsletters.  I bought the extra paper I needed at Staples, then made the copies.  After a quick haircut (what little there is) I went to my office and wrote about 150 letters. 

I have a Buddhist group that wants to give free haircuts at Azalea once a month.  Since they barely speak English (they're all Chinese) I figure it can't do any harm.  They take pictures and feel philanthropic.  Six people come with one barber.  Sounds like most of the road crews I see.

I still have about 30 more letters to write.

We had a group at Willow Branch in Clarkston this evening from FBC Doraville.  Good kids.

I ran 4 miles tonight in the dark.

Ashley still isn't feeling well.  I'll probably end up taking her to the doctor on Friday.  She's in the middle of these graduation tests now.  I hope feeling sick doesn't affect her performance too much.

Posted 3/30/2006 at 12:19 AM

Tuesday March 28, 2006

Did I mention how much I love my Mom and Dad?

I had a FANTASTIC time with them this weekend.  Really one of the most meaningful, fufilling times ever.  Dang, I sound like a chick.

Take a look at our photo gallery to see lots of pix of the weekend.

The featured galleries are of this weekend.  Cool Texas Hill Country stuff.

Posted 3/28/2006 at 10:42 PM

Tuesday March 28, 2006

I'm back in The ATL!  Excellent!

I'm so glad to be home.  I really missed my sweet family.

Ashley sounds terrible.  She hasn't improved at all as far as I can tell.  I need to call in meds for her.

I flew back late this afternoon around 5:30pm.  That was about an hour and a half later than I was supposed to be in.  Apparently, we had to wait around because the airport in Atlanta was so crowded.  We still had to be in a holding pattern for about 20 minutes before we were allowed to land.  That's a lotta gas going for nothing.  No wonder Delta went broke.

Jesse just finished pounding me in chess.  I tried a different type of opening than my usual method. 

I have plenty of calls to catch up on tomorrow.  I answered all the really important, can't wait calls, while still in Texas.

Posted 3/28/2006 at 10:36 PM

Tuesday March 28, 2006

Monday, March 27, 2006

My folks and I visited the gravesite of my Dad's parents this morning.  We went by the City Hall in Uvalde, Texas and they gave us the exact location of the grave.  I took my usual barrage of pictures of the site and the event.

I ran a little over 4 miles this morning around 8 am.  I hardly ever run that early, but I heard it was going to start raining so I did.  It did drizzle later, plus we didn't get back to Georgetown till after 6pm.

We had lunch with my Great Aunts.  They are really special folks.  My Aunt Fief reminds me so much of my mom it's incredible.  She actually looks more like my Aunt Fief than her own mother!  She is now 95 and doesn't even look 80!  We had a great time together.

Mom drove most of the way back from Uvalde through San Antonio and Austin.  I was exhausted.  I stayed up late last night working on my computer.  I had a fast internet connection and uploaded well over 200 pictures of this trip.

I've received several emails from folks I worked with in Kerrville.  They seem very gung ho about getting the apartment ministry started there.  I couldn't be happier.

My dad told me, "You know son, I don't think I've ever seen anyone speak at a conference and then take the afternoon to actually start work in the area."

It's a beautiful thing, baby.

I spent a lot of this evening showing my Mom how to edit and print pictures on her computer.  I like teaching people how to do stuff.

I'm pooped.

Can't wait to see my family tomorrow.  I've had such a good time with my folks.  They rock.

Posted 3/28/2006 at 12:25 AM

Sunday March 26, 2006

I spoke at the Adult 5 Sunday School class this morning.  I preached on Isaiah 6 "Send ME."  I then gave a quick recap of my recon of the area on Saturday.  The folks were SO excited to hear the report.

At 7:30 in the morning, I called John  Seitnan, (me in Kerrville) and asked if he could come to their Sunday School class so I could introduce him to the group.  He showed up just as I was starting and I was able to get the whole class to meet him.  They were very enthusiastic about his ministry locally.  I love it when a plan comes together.

My folks, Al and Peggy Cummins, then followed up with an update on their ministry in Sun City.  They work with a church made up entirely of Seniors.  Since Kerrville is practically a retirement community, I asked Dad to really focus on his current work rather than what they did in Africa.  The plan worked out great and they now see the local mission field in a totally new light: not just the immigrant population (my end of the stick) but also the Senior population which is SO important to reach!  Next stop HEAVEN!

After church we went out to eat with the Finleys.  Unfortunately, Uncle Bryan's wife Ada Betty wasn't feeling well.  I'm very concerned for her.  Pray for her as she goes in for tests this coming week.

We had a spot of bad luck.  One of the maids at the hotel where we were staying put this roll away bed outside the door of the room next to my folk's.  The wind caught the bed and slammed it into my Mom's car.  She got a big dent in one of the back panels.  Their insurance will pay for it, but what a hassle!

We left Kerrville after lunch and headed over to Uvalde to spend the night.  We stopped by Reagan Wells on the way there.  That's the little town where I used to spend Christmas.  It's where my Dad's folks lived.  It was great to see that property which is really one of my favorite spots on the planet.  I shot TONS of pictures.  I know all my cousins/uncles/aunts will dig seeing those!

Posted 3/26/2006 at 10:10 PM

Sunday March 26, 2006

Saturday, March 25, 2006

I was the key note speaker for the mini missions conference that Bryan Finley's Sunday School class sponsored.  It was well attended.  I'm not sure if the folks were there to hear me, or for the incredible covered dish supper that they served.  Man!  I felt like I was back at my Grandmom's house with all that fantastic food.

The group was so attentive and supportive of my message.  For those of you who have heard me to my thing, I took them to Cambodia!

I had been praying for over a month for this particular trip. I asked the Father to help me start new work while I was visiting there.  A lady named Joan came up to me, told me how she wanted to get involved with apartment ministry.  I was very excited to get to know her and asked if she was available that afternoon.  She told me she was and took me around to the neediest areas in the city.  I did my usual recon and met a bunch of people and basically got two sites set up for ministry while I was there.  God is in the miracle working business!

It was fantastic to see how moved Joan and her husband Max were about this ministry.  They are true "Special Forces" soldiers.  I get such a kick out of helping people dying to get started in ministry moving into the field.  Sweet!

I also met a new partner named John Seitnan.  He is my counterpart in that city.  I managed to get them coordinated so they now have a new partner!

Posted 3/26/2006 at 10:2 PM

Sunday March 26, 2006

Friday, March 24, 2006

I went to Walmart this morning to pick up some equipment for my Folk's computer.  I hooked them up with a wireless mouse and a stiff mouse pad that my Dad can put in his lap. It makes it so much easier for him to surf the web.  He loves to look at sports web sites.  I showed him how to Google for information.  He was flabbergasted by the amount of info!

I also went to Cingular to help my Mom get a new cell phone.  I did the research for her, got her the phone and set it up for speed dial on all the people she regularly calls.  She loves it!

And I love doing special things for my folks.

We took off in the afternoon and stopped in Austin where I picked out a new suit.  I hardly EVER get that dressed up, but my Mom insisted and as my brother Marco Solano always says, "Don't stop the blessings,"  so I got something nice for a good price.

Then we headed on down to Kerrville in the Texas hill country.  It was a fantastic drive over beautiful country.

We had supper with some of my best friends Bryan and Ada Betty Finley.  Their daughter also ate supper with us.  I also met two new friends, Brad and Jeannie Cornell.  Brad handles the sales and distribution for Dr. Charles Stanley's books.  He does a fantastic job for  him!  I hope to get to hang out with Brad when he comes to Atlanta.  He's a cool guy and we have many of the same characteristics/attitudes so we hit it off great!

We are staying at the Inn of the Hills location.  It's a beautiful hotel.  People really are so nice to me.  Bryan is Dad's best friend and was his best man at their wedding!  Bryan came out to Kenya to visit with us in 1968!  I still call him "Uncle Bryan."  Great guy.

Posted 3/26/2006 at 9:57 PM

Thursday March 23, 2006

I'm writing this in my Parent's living room in Georgetown, Texas!  I had a pleasant flight from Atlanta this morning.  Sure is different flying a Boeing MD-88 that cruises at 30,000 ft than a microlight going 45 mph at 3,000ft!

I had a great lunch with my Dad.  He took me to a delicious BBQ place in Georgetown: Dukes. 

My Mom should be back in town soon.  She went up to Dallas for this big board meeting of the WMU--Womens Missionary Union.  She's supposed to be home any minute now.

I went out for a while and looked for arrowheads around Lake Georgetown this afternoon.  It was very windy and too cool for my liking.  I came on back to the house to work on my email and calls.  As I think about it, Kathy is right.  I am a workaholic.

Good think I love my work!

Posted 3/23/2006 at 5:45 PM

Wednesday March 22, 2006

I had lunch today with Bob Roller.  He's a member of Crossroads Community Church in Lawrenceville.  He's getting involved with our new mission on Boggs road--Brighton Springs.  I took him over there and showed him the mission as well as talked to him about our strategy and work.  It was a good time.

I leave for Texas tomorrow.  I'm going to speak at a conference in Kerrville, Tx.  My parents, Al and Peggy, will be going down there with me.  I'm looking forward to the trip and gettingto spend more time with my folks.  Excellente!

Because of the trip, I'm trying to get my newsletter out early.  I have my piece of the puzzle put together,  I hope Ashley has hers done so I can copy everything before tomorrow morning. That way I can write the letters while I have time at my folk's house.

Ashley has been sick the last couple of days.  I had her stay home again today, her cough sounded awful.  Pray for her.

Posted 3/22/2006 at 4:30 PM

Tuesday March 21, 2006

I spent over six hours driving in the van today.  I picked up sixteen 8ft tables and 125 folding chairs.  Usually 6ft tables cost about $50/each and the chairs usually start at about $15/each.  I got all of the tables and chairs for $500.  That's a savings of over $2,000.  I drove from Stone Mountain to Lithonia to Chamblee, to Doraville, back to Lithonia, then to Doraville, back to Lithonia to Doraville then over to Chamblee to work at the mission at Azalea, finally back to Stone Mountain.  My wife was less than pleased that I was home so late, especially since I had promised to spend extra time with her.  You know how stupid I am?  I got home, gave everyone greetings, dressed out and went on a 45 minute run.  More time away from them.  But I was SO stressed out by all that driving and heavy lifting I HAD to run.

I you don't exercise regularly, you are missing something special.

Do a pushup for Jesus!

Posted 3/21/2006 at 11:7 PM

lol, 'Do a pushup for Jesus' ha ha that's great. I wanted to say I really enjoyed you being at the Banquet on Sunday. I love Y.O.U. and am proud of the work they do, but I have to admit I get a little extra jolt in saying I'm with Whirlwind. Plus I found it both funny and inspiring to hear the whispers 'That's Tim Cummins" from other Y.O.U. interns as you walked by. I really enjoyed being able to stand by your side and hear you speak impassionedly about the ministry. It was a blessing, much love my brotha.   Stay on the Path, Nick
Posted 3/22/2006 at 2:50 PM by NAPosey

Monday March 20, 2006

I had a great meeting with Richard Simms this morning.  He's a member of North Point Community Church as well as a local apartment owner/manager.  He's a cool guy.  I look forward to working with him more in the future.

I spent a long time this morning talking to partners at Crossroads Community Church.  Their Extension Ministries person called me needing more info about what we're up to.  Lord knows I can talk for hours about that! I've very proud of our team and the system/network that we've set up.  I am confident taht CCC will mobilize many people into the unchurched communities around Lawrenceville.

Went to Office Depot to pick up supplies for the mission and for my office.  Always need something.

My internet at my home office is still having problems.  I think I've caught up with everything now, except I need to upload a bunch of pictures to our Photo Gallery.

Then I'll head over to Azalea to check on the wild kids at the mission.  It's a way of life.

Posted 3/20/2006 at 3:30 PM

Monday March 20, 2006

Sunday, March 19, 2006

 Tonight Kathy, Ashley and I went to the Youth Outreach United banquet at Sugarloaf Community Church.  Drew gave a great presentation about the history of YOU and what we can expect in the future.

 I made a brief presentation in support of YOU and calling out for more laborers in the community.

 Ashley spent the night at Hanna’s house last night.  Actually the spent the night in a tent!  She only got a few hours of sleep last night.  I’m going to check her in a little bit late tomorrow morning.

 Kathy and I enjoyed a delicious Chinese buffet for lunch.  It’s always good to spend time with her.  Later this coming week I’ll be flying to Texas for six days. I need to make maximum use of our time together.

 I’ve been watching March of the Penguins this afternoon.  I had a very restful day.  I needed it.


Posted 3/20/2006 at 3:27 PM

Monday March 20, 2006

Saturday, March 18, 2006

 Jesse and I worked on the 50 gallon salt water tank this morning.  I had to go get a new pump as the old one wasn’t working well.  We’re still trying to get everything ready for the clown fish to come in a week or so.

 My internet connection at home is having problems.  I’m having trouble uploading things to my blog and to the photo gallery.

 I talked to Tito about the possibility of working at Glover Baptist Church.  We don’t think it’s going to work out.  He really wants to do outreach in the community.  I think the Glover job was going to be almost entirely focused inside the church walls.  That’s not the direction we’re heading at all.  The OUTREACH has to be first priority, then we can get them inside the church walls.  To make it sound like we’re just going to have a program and people will automatically come . . . I wouldn’t hold my breath on that strategy.

 This evening I speak at a missions banquet at Smyrna Presbyterian in Conyers.  Hopefully Ashley will go with me.  I like to get her up in front of people.

 I got my instructional dvds in for flying the flexwing microlight or “trike” in today.  If I understand how everything works cognitively, the practical experience of actual flying or whatever the skill is always comes a lot faster for me.


Posted 3/20/2006 at 3:26 PM

Monday March 20, 2006

Friday, March 17, 2006

 I ran a huge service project this morning in Chamblee at Shallowford Pines Apartments.  There is about 2 acres of forest behind about five apartment complexes.  18 folks from Perimeter Christian School came and helped get all the garbage out of the place, plus haul out a LOT of brush.  Looks great now!  With some work, it could be a nice little park.  My back sure hurts from bending over and hauling stuff.

Got home and ran 4 miles in stiff wind.  Gorgeous weather over all.

Jesse and I went to watch V for Vendetta this evening.  It's the latest movie by Larry and Andy Wachowski of the Matrix.  I enjoyed it.

Kathy and I then went for about two mile walk.  It was kind of cold out there in the dark. It was beautifully clear and excellent for star gazing.

I've been trying to upload the pictures I took all day long.  The internet has been really whack today.


Posted 3/20/2006 at 3:26 PM

Thursday March 16, 2006

I had SUCH a great time for lunch today.  I got together two of my best friends in the world:  Tito Ruiz and Drew Grubbs.  It's my prayer that Tito will be able to work full time in the ministry.  Part of the puzzle will be solved with the help of Youth Outreach United.  If all goes well, Tito will serve as a Regional Director for YOU in the Jimmy Carter/Norcross-Tucker area.  Of course he will do a fabulous job of outreach into the community.  What an answer to prayer!

I just finished up writing a proposal for a very large Latino shopping center in our area:  Plaza Fiesta.  I pray that they will allow CRUZ to play music and preach to the hundreds and hundreds of people that shop there.  What an opportunity for the Gospel!

I did my usual follow up on my email and calls at the office.  Went over to Staples this morning to pick up office supplies.  Seems like I go over there nearly everyday to pick up something for some kid or for the ministry.

I'm getting ready to go over to Azalea to help the kids there.

Posted 3/16/2006 at 3:38 PM

Wednesday March 15, 2006

I've been in a "hauling stuff around" mode today.

Started out at Lowes where I picked up 6 six foot tables.  I'm outfitting a new mission at Preston Chase on Franklin Road in Marietta.  The other two tables went to Concept 21-Delk which is also in Marietta.  That mission needed more tables because of extra kids.  Great problem to have!

Also went to Office Depot where I picked up school supplies for the mission:  paper, colors, pens, pencils, erasers . . . .you know the drill.

Met up with Tyler Recker who is the regional director for that area for Youth Outreach United and Whirlwind.  He met me at that office, got a key and then drove over with me to take the other two tables to the other mission. 

That marks the last of the chairs that I've been given from FBC Doraville.  I didn't think that was possible because there were literally hundreds!  Bottom line, I needed to find more.  My partner at Suburban Rentals, who has given us over 300 chairs and over 50 tables in the past, didn't have any extra, but he gave me the number of a company that JUST faxed him some info.  Turns out that I'll be able to get about 100 chairs for $300 and 16 tables for $8 each.  Seeing that I just paid nearly $50 for one table and the chairs are at least $15 each, this is an astonishing savings.  Thank you Lord, for figuring this out!  Believe it or not, they came from the ARMY!  It's a Special Forces thing, baby.

Finished working on my email/calls.

I need to go over to Azalea and help the children in just a moment.  I heard that Melfi got really beaten up by a rival gang a couple of days ago.  Everything that I told those wannabe gang members would happen, has happened.  Sometimes I really hate being right.


Posted 3/15/2006 at 4:8 PM

Tuesday March 14, 2006

Lunch meeting (without the lunch, alas) of the Chamblee Doraville Property Managers at Sheltering Arms today.  We had the police departments of our two cities give us a report as well as one of the detectives from the Gang Task Force of Dekalb County.  It was very informative.

As I have suspected, the level of crime/gang activity seems to be going way up.  The church must arise and help stem this flood of evil that engulfs metro Atlanta.

I picked up a new printer today for my office.  These things just don't seem to last very long any more before they develop some problem.  It costs more to have them repaired than to buy a new one.  Go figure.

Gorgeous weather today, but might breezy.  I took Jesse's bike to school for him, my hat blew off and went into a mud hole.  Bahd luck.  I had to climb down there and rescue it.  C'est la vie, baby.

Posted 3/14/2006 at 3:19 PM

Tuesday March 14, 2006

Monday, March 13, 2006

I had lunch today with one of my best friends, and the president of the board for Whirlwind Missions:  Dr. Carl Barrington.  We had a great time talking about missions and strategies for reaching our community.

After lunch, I spoke to Carl's missions class.  He's a teacher at Providence Christian Academy.  The kids were very receptive to my message.  I pray that some of them will go help Ashley with the mission at Oakbrook which is just a few minutes from their school.

Helped the kids at the mission at Azalea.

Found out that Melfi had been arrested again.  I knew that boy was headed for trouble.  I just pray that Daniel will stay out of jail.

Went home and ran 4 miles in the dark.  First time I've run in months without a jacket.  Every ounce helps me get on down the road.  After running in the mountains of Tennessee, my trail around Stone Mountain seemed almost flat.  Almost.

Posted 3/14/2006 at 3:14 PM

Sunday March 12, 2006

Kathy and I had fun back at the Nature Center this morning.  We went to Walmart first so we could buy some flip flops.  It got pretty warm this weekend--nearly 80!

It was beautiful out in the country.  I took lots of pictures.  You can see them at Click on Photo Gallery.

We got home about 5:30 pm after going by to check on Kathy's Mom's house.  Everything was secure.

Glad to be home.  Fun week ahead.


Posted 3/12/2006 at 9:31 PM

Sunday March 12, 2006

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Today I started to learn how to fly!

Hard to say something like that without an exclaimation point.

My flight instructor is one of the top pilots with Ultralight Trikes in America.  His name is Mike Theeke, pronounced "Tiki."  He's a cool guy.

It is absolutely an amazing sensation 1,600 feet up in the air in what seems to be a beefed up go cart!  This type of aircraft is incredibly personal, like what you would expect if you flew in a biplane.  There's nothing around you, just directly underneath and the wings above!

It'll be an extra treat to get to fly while K and I visit Chattanooga.

We also had a great time hiking around the Reflection Riding and Nature Center.  It's so quiet out there.  Very refreshing.

Posted 3/12/2006 at 9:29 PM

Sunday March 12, 2006

Friday, March 10, 2006

Kathy and I drove to Lookout Valley today.  It's located just outside of Chattanooga.  It was a pleasant trip up with me providing plenty of sillyness.

After I got our room squared away, I let Kathy take a nap while I went to check out Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding.  I'm interested in learing how to fly an Ultralight Trike.  It's basically a high performance hang gliding wing with  a powerful thrusting propeller to push it through the air.  The Trike glides down even without power. 

It looks like it'll be fantastic to fly!

Posted 3/12/2006 at 9:24 PM

Thursday March 9, 2006

I had a great lunch with my mentor Sam Bandela today.  He's the man who first brought me into the ministry working with internationals here in Atlanta.  It was great to see him.  Marco Solano, another close friend and ministry partner, also got to eat with us.  It was wonderful to hang out with partners that I've known for nearly 10 years.

I just took care of my email and updating my financial report.

I'm getting ready to go to a meeting with partners from Christo Vive church.  They're going to do an interview with me and shoot some video of the locations where this Spanish church will be helping me do soccer tournaments at Westwood and Oakbrooke Pointe.  This sports outreach will help us share the Gospel with the group that has been traditionally the hardest to reach:  young men.

After my meeting with the folks from Christo Vive, I'll head over to Azalea to work with my kids at the mission.  I've been in Conyers this week at their missions conference and at Oakbrook helping Ashley with the registration process of the kids there. 

If all goes well, Kathy and I will go out of town this weekend to get some one on one time.  She broke a tooth this week and may have to go to the dentist on Friday.  Hopefully we'll be able to do both.

Last night I didn't get back from the missions conference at FBC Conyers till after 10pm.  I'm glad at least everybody was awake so I could give my family a kiss before I tucked them into bed.  I didn't have a chance to work at my office in the afternoon so I had to do the rest of my admin duties till about midnight.  C'est la vie, baby.

Good thing I love what I'm doing, amen?

Posted 3/9/2006 at 2:21 PM

Wednesday March 8, 2006

I set up a meeting for lunch today with some of my favorite people!  Chip Sweeney representing Perimeter Church and the UNITE movement of churches, Drew Grubbs from Youth Outreach United and Jason Pope from Salvation Army.  We had a great time talking about networking and mobilizing a lot more people.  Very exciting stuff.

I've been working on my email and financial report.

I need to go get my tickets to go to Texas the 23rd-28th of this month.  I'll be speaking to a group from First Baptist Church of Kerrville.

It's the missions banquet at FBC Conyers this evening.  I need to be there at 5pm.

Also need to go to the bank to deposit some money for Whirlwind.

I'll probably get home tonight around 10:30pm.  I'm tired right now, so lift me up in prayer!

Posted 3/8/2006 at 2:41 PM

Tuesday March 7, 2006

First thing this morning I went by Wizard Electronics to pick up the Roland XP-80 keyboard that Tito Ruiz uses in our band Cruz.  We're still working out the details of the dates for our concerts.  I can't wait to get going!

Had a lunch meeting with the chairman of the Missions Committee of Peachtree Corners Baptist Church Joe Fowler.  He's a pilot for NW Airlines and a cool guy.  I took him and Bennett Ekandem out to eat at Madino, my favorite place for roast goat.  Joe really dug it.  I was glad because you never know what white people are going like when it comes to ethnic food.

Shot back to Stone Mountain to pick up Ashley so we could go over to Oakbrook together.  I'm helping her get that gang settled down.  We registered about 15 kids today.  I'm very optimistic that contacting parents if we have any problems with the kids is the fundamental answer to the problem of too rowdy kids.  We're also working on getting more folks over there to help.

I installed the new phone line at the mission and got the internet installed.  We use Juno Platinum which is a dial up service for $9.95/month.  I have that running in about 8 locations.  It was a pain in the booty to set up.  Usually it's not that hard. Finallly got it working with prayer, supplication and tech support.

While I was there two of the owner so the Aspen company who owns Oakbrook came to the mission.  I had a nice chat with them.  Those guys control literally hundreds of complexes in Georgia and around the USA.  It was God's timing that I was there for that.

I got home and took Kathy's van out to gas it up and check on the fluid levels.  Then went to Office Depot to get graph paper for Jesse.  Then to Pet Smart to pick up 5 black mollies to help break in the 50 gallon salt water tank before we get the clown fish.

Now I have to spend a couple of hours helping those fish adapt to the new type of saline water. 

It seems my day will never end.

I still need to do my email.

Ay caramba.


Posted 3/7/2006 at 9:28 PM

Monday March 6, 2006

This morning I went to the Women on Mission meeting at FBC Conyers.  The ladies were very friendly.  Pastor Howard Greer talked with us and welcomed us to the conference.

I spent a couple of hours with Toni Branyon.  She's been a partner of mine for over 4 years.  I'm her supervisor for the North American Mission Board.  She's on staff with a non-profit partner of Chic-Fil-A called LifeShape.  She's been one of the favorite people that I mentor, a real go getter that gets things done.  My kind of people.  She's got some clout with Chic-Fil-A now and she has the potential for doing enormous good in the community.

Ashley continues to have the ol' math blues.  She had to stay late after school today to practice for retaking a test that she didn't do well on.  Tomorrow she not only takes her mid term, but also retakes the last test.  And she has math first period.  Her class startes at 7:30 am.  I would hate that.  Pray for Ashley.

I let her stay home today and I covered at Oakbrook.  We developed a registration form that we'll use to track the kids.  Morgan, another of the Youth Outreach United guys, helped me with that form.

I also went over to Office Depot to buy a extra length of telephone wire and a coupler for the two ends so I can install the telephone line and then get the internet to the computer.

I had a flat on Jesse's bike today.  I pumped it up before I took it to school, but it was completely flat when he got there at 2:20pm.  He rode it with a completely flat front tire.  I thought that it would the tire for sure, but it didn't seem too bad.  I got some tire repair/sealant that's in a compressed air container.  It inflates the tire and squirts in this goo that's supposed to fill the holes.  Hope it works.

Did the grocery shopping with Ashley.  We saw her boyfriend Miles at Kroger where he works.  He's been having respratory problems.  He's on antiobitics now.

I made initial contact with the owner/manager of Plaza Fiesta today.  I'm praying that he'll let the band come and play there.  That place has HUNDREDS of people there on the weekends, especially in the evenings.  What a place to preach the Gospel!  Pray that that will open up.

Posted 3/6/2006 at 10:2 PM

Sunday March 5, 2006

I had a great day working at First Baptist Church of Conyers.  I got to speak with many of my partners in the area who came to hear me preach.  I was asked to be the keynote speaker for the conference this year.  I did my best for them and the congregation seemed to be interested and moved by what I said. 

Stopped by the pet shop on the way home to pick up some black mollies for our 50 gallon tank.  We have to put hardy fish in the tank before we put in the more expensive tropicals.  I think we're going for clown fish--like Nemo, this time around.

I'm going for a run in a few minutes.  It's abosolutely fantastic weather.  It's what I call "Nakuru weather."  Cool, clear, fabulous.

Posted 3/5/2006 at 2:32 PM

Saturday March 4, 2006

Kathy and I had a good time today over at Stone Mountain.  We walked a couple of miles and ate lunch at the Golf Club restaurant which overlooks the lake.  Veddy, veddy beautiful.

I did a lot of cleaning around the house: scrubbed glass, vacuumed, washed dishes, put up clothes.  Also got some more bags of wood chips to put where Ashley parks the Lumina.  She takes off like Batman sometimes and the front wheels dig ruts in the ground.  C'est la vie, baby.

I'm looking forward to relaxing the rest of the evening.

Tomorrow morning I preach at FBC Conyers.  I am super psyched up about it.  That usually means I don't sleep well tonight.  Too fired up.

Jesse changed the water in the 50 gallon tank where we had the octopus.  We're going for Clown fish this time.

Posted 3/4/2006 at 8:5 PM

Saturday March 4, 2006

Friday, March 03, 2006

Spent most of the day working on getting a new bike for Jesse and getting him a cell phone.

I didn't like having him at the house without a way to call for help.

It's all organized now and I feel a lot more confident.

Worked on my calls and email.

Ran 4 miles in beautiful weather.

Posted 3/4/2006 at 8:0 PM

Thursday March 2, 2006

I was in Lithonia today.  One of my partners, Adam Webb, is a student at Luther Rice Seminary.  He told me he had people interested in mission work in that area.  I did my initial recon off of Panola Road which is one exit west of Evans Mill road where Luther Rice is located.  I had already looked at the For Rent magazine and had a good idea of some possible locations.  While going to my primary location, I stopped at another complex:  Pinewood.  The manager was very enthusiastic about us working there, has a clubhouse with plenty of room and wants us to start as soon as possible!  My kind of manager!!

I went by Luther Rice to check with the student outreach faculty about getting students involved.  He thought it was a good idea so it looks like this is going to come together quickly.  PTL!

I stopped by Hamptons @ Lenox to talk with the managers there about how the work was going and to drop of a payment for the water bill.

Also did an initial visit at the Atlanta Farmers Market where I talked with the manager's staff about our band Cruz playing there some weekends.  I got contact numbers and will follow up on that.  The shopping center is called Plaza Fiesta and is FULL of people, especially on the weekend.    I want our band to play in areas where hundreds of people will hear us preach and sing.  Although I like Cruz to play in the apartment complexes, I've never been as satisfied with the numbers we reached as compared to when we played at the Buford Highway Flea Market.  Pray that God will open that location for us.

I just got a call from Kathy that some miscreant stole Jesse's bike that he rides home from school on.  What a drag!  I just bought him a new bike a week ago!  Too bad they didn't steal the old one.  I'm still not sure how they cut that chain off.  Bahd luck.

I'm at the office now. I need to finish answering my email, then work on the new map of the Lithonia area that I can drop off with Jerry Counselman at FBC Mtn Park.

What a great day!  I dig starting new work and seeing how the Father puts it all together!

Posted 3/2/2006 at 3:17 PM

Wednesday March 1, 2006

I spoke about the Prodigal son today at Clarkston International Bible Church to the Dekalb Tech ESL students.  They were very receptive to the message.  That parable is probably my favorite of all that Jesus told.  I always have a hard time getting through it without crying.  The Father loves us SO much!

I finished my financial reports and made calls to several managers about our work.

Did initial research on the Lithonia area.  I'll be going there tomorrow to do an initial recon on new work.  I have several partners that attend Luther Rice seminary.  I have a copy of For Rent--it's an apartment guide of the Metro Atlanta area.  There are several that look promising for our work.  Of course I never know for sure until I do a ride through of the area.

I stayed late at the mission last night too.  Navila and Razwana both had extensive projects to work on.  Drives me crazy that they wait so late and then expect to be able to do all that work in one day.  Ay, caramba. 

Posted 3/1/2006 at 2:25 PM

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Tuesday February 28, 2006

Started out my morning getting supplies for the mission at Oakbrook at Radio Shack, Staples, Best Buy and Lowes.  The mission there needed school/craft supplies, phone line stuff, internet and cleaning supplies.  I also picked up a printer for that mission.  I met one of the maintenance guys there named Carlos.  He's an evangelical, holds prayer meetings in his apartment and wants to get his church involved with the mission there.  PTL!!

I had a meeting with Scott White who is the VP for mobilization for International Teams.  I'm working with one of their missionaries now.  It was a productive meeting and I hope to partner with this ministry more in the future.  We need people willing to work in the International Village.  My prayer is that they'll be able to send us help.

I'm working on my financial reports for my treasurer and then I'll go over to Azalea to help the kids.  I didn't leave the mission till around 7:15pm last night.  Hopefully I'll be able to leave earlier than that today.

Posted 2/28/2006 at 4:28 PM

Monday February 27, 2006

I had an interesting lunch with Mary Demonbreun from Grace Fellowship and Jeff and Nadia Seegler from Operation Mobilization over at Medina.  We're setting up outreach opportunities for folks who will attend a conference called Connect '06.  It's concerned with reaching the Islamic population.

Of course I got my usual self where I started strongly urging them to put the majority of the time actually working with Muslims!  As my Daddy would say, "Baptists are the most overprepared underdoing group on the planet."  I get so sick of the enormous amounts of time spent on preparation for an event that never happens.

The sidebar to that is how people take a 10 day mission trip across the planet and then come home and it never occurs to them that maybe they should be working with the same people group here!

I reminded them that after China and India the USA has more unreached people than any nation on Earth!  That's the reality of what I'm dealing with here.  Everyone just assumes that because there's a church on every corner people are being reached with the Gospel.  My guess is that the same percentage of people in church share their faith here as in Syria!  Which as you may guess is next to NO ONE!

Ay, caramba.  Don't get me started. . . .

We're having printer problems at Azalea.  I need to go get another one before I check on my kids.

I just got a call from a long term partner of mine named Melissa.  She's having problems with a girl that is getting involved with a gang.  It's so heartbreaking to see that.  I know, because I'm dealing with the same situation.

Please pray that God will keep my kids out of gangs.

Posted 2/27/2006 at 4:53 PM

Sunday February 26, 2006

Kathy and I went to Clarkston International Bible Church this morning.  We're trying to help their church with outreach.  Soon we'll be adding another service on Sunday afternoon to try and reach more of the international population around the city.

We ate lunch at Piccadilly.  While there we saw friends from Smokerise BC and from FBC Mountain Park.  That's always fun.

I've been helping Jesse with a school project on Jim Crow laws.  I usually help with the printing of the material he wrote plus give him suggestions on the layout.

I plan on getting a run in in a little while.  I've had a headache all morning long.  Not sure why, maybe weather changes?

Posted 2/26/2006 at 2:28 PM

Saturday February 25, 2006

We had a fun day today!

Even though the weather was horrible.

Ashley and I went to a meeting with Drew Grubbs and some of the other Youth Outreach United folks.  We went over with a group from Sugar Loaf Community Church to Oakbrook.  It was really rainy.   We were able to gather up a couple of the kids in spite of the rain.

Kathy and I went to visit this evening with Tito and Patricia Ruiz and their son Jacob.  We had a great time visiting and talking about ministry.  Tito and I have worked together for nearly 10 years, he plays keys in our band Cruz and is on officer of the board for Whirlwind Missions.

On our way home K and I stopped in at FUMC of Mountain Park.  Miles, Ashley's boyfriend, plays in a band.  They were raising money for an orphanage in Guatemala.  Six bands played music for donations.  Miles' band played some Creedance Clearwater Revival--Bad Moon on the rise.

I helped edit Navila's science project for school.  I got her to email it to me.  I tweaked it and sent it back to her to print up.  Technology rocks.

Posted 2/25/2006 at 11:58 PM

Saturday February 25, 2006

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Jesse's bike was having a brake problem.  I went to the bike shop to get a replacement, but they don't make them.  I ended up getting another bike.  I can use the old one for spares.  What a disappointment.

I made copies of the newsletter and went down to the office to work on getting those written. 
Went over to the mission at Azalea to meet with a group from Toccoa Falls College.  While I was there I found out that the dad of a couple of the kids had just died that morning.  I went and had a talk with him and tried to help him through his grief.

I had the van worked on this morning.  After taking the group from TFC to their next location, I went by and paid for the repairs.

Kathy and I went to the Circus that evening.  Big Apple Circus.  It was cool.  I liked the trained dogs the best.

Posted 2/25/2006 at 11:50 PM

Thursday February 23, 2006

We got the carpets cleaned in our house this morning.  While the guys were scrubbing it clean I was downstairs putting the finishing touches on this month's newsletter.  Lots of good pictures to choose from.

I'm at my office in Doraville now printing out the finished copies.  Ashley still needs to take a look at her page to see if she needs to add anything to it.  She took a bunch of pictures this week which I laid out for her.  She'll probably add some hand written notes to make the photos more interesting.

I still need to go by the post office and pick up more stamps for the mail out.  Then I'll go by the mission to check on the kids and have them help me finish labeling the envelopes.

We've had some billing problems with one of the missions in Roswell.  I've gone round and round with the water company trying to get it squared away.  Hopefully, it'll all work out now.

We had some Chinese folks come by to the mission at Azalea to give kids free haircuts.  Most of them are Buddhists. It gives me a chance to talk to them about Jesus!

Posted 2/23/2006 at 2:19 PM

Wednesday February 22, 2006

I got home last night a little after 10 pm.  I had a terrific time with a group going to Guatemala from a new partnering church Crossroads Community Church in Lawrenceville.  I'm expecting some wonderful things to happen with that partnership in the coming months.

I got my 4 mile run in yesterday afternoon.  Fantastic weather.  Great run in just over 42 minutes.  I'm becoming less up tight about the time, but I did wear a watch just to see.

I just went through all my email and made calls in reference to the opening of two new missions, one at Brighton Springs off of 316 and the other at Preston Chase on Franklin Road in Marietta.  Both will open any day now.  Very cool stuff.

I'll start working on next month's newsletter in a few minutes, then over to Azalea to check on the kids at the mission.  I have a Chinese lady who wants to give free haircuts coming over at 4pm.  I need to go get some folks lined up for them to cut before they get there.

I heard back from the insurance guy about our bathroom situation.  The estimates were about $5,000.  They agreed to pay for about $2,200.  Obviously the math doesn't add up from my perspective.  I have a call into one of my good buddies Marco Solano who does a lot of construction.  He said he'd come by soon and take a look at it.  I'm hoping one of his crews can do the job for less.  We'll see . . . The Father always works this stuff out, so I try not to worry.  At least I try, right?

Posted 2/22/2006 at 2:19 PM

Tuesday February 21, 2006

I went grocery shopping last night and picked up a few things for my mother in law Nell Doverspike.  My first assignment this morning was to drop those goodies off for her.  She's a real prayer warrior and I sure am glad she's praying for us!

Picked up three computers from my partner Clatie Lewis and dropped one of them off at Carlos' house who lives at Azalea.  The other two are at the mission until I get clearance from the manager to set them up in the new mission at Brighton Springs.  I just called the regional manager for that property to get the go ahead.  Hopefully she'll call me back soon.

I spoke to one of the managers on Franklin Road again last night.  He's supposed to get permission from the owner to give us one of the apartments to work out of.  The sister property of Preston Chase on Franklin Road is Shallowford Gardens here in Doraville.  The manager there, Bob Speers, is one of my best friends and has been a wonderful advocate for us as we expand into the other property.  We have a team from Youth Outreach United ready to start in that apartment as soon as we get permission and a signed lease.

I finished the new mailing list last night.  It took me about two hours to collate the information from the people who have a continued interest in our ministry and the people who were required to send back a slip from the last newsletter.  Our current list is about 161 people.  Usually over the year we add about another 60.  I leave them on the list for a year, and if they don't show an interest in our ministry they drop off the list.  That helps saves manpower and money for copies/postage.

I'll be speaking at Crossroads Community Church in Lawrenceville this evening at 7pm.  I hope to finish up my office work and calls, go home and run before my assignment this evening.  We're ramping up more work in that area and CCC will be a key church in helping this all come together--including the new work at Brighton Springs.

Posted 2/21/2006 at 12:38 PM

Monday February 20, 2006

I'm working on financial reports, answering mail and checking on office stuff.

I'm headed for a lunch meeting with Drew Grubbs and Jay Hawkins in a few minutes.

I'll also take care of some banking in the area.

Later I'll go by and check on the kids at Azalea, even though they don't have any homework.
They're off this week.

Rainy, crummy, Europe weather today.

Posted 2/20/2006 at 11:43 AM

Monday February 20, 2006

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Another freezing cold day around Lookout Mountain.  Kathy and I hiked about 4 miles around the periphery of the park.  We also paid a membership fee to help keep the place going.  Plus we get to go into the park whether the gates are closed or not. That's just perfect for us.

We've been calling the kids.  They're doing just fine.  It's good to see them taking care of themselves.  Now that Ashley can drive, it's gotten a lot easier for them.  We leave plenty of food in the fridge and some cash and they do just fine.  We enjoy talking to them on the phone when we call.

We left the park about 5 pm, got something to eat and headed on back to Atlanta.  We got home to an enthusiastic reception from the kids.  I love that too.

Dekalb County doesn't have class this week, so it'll be shorter days for me.  I'll go by Azalea to check on the kids, but won't stay too long since there's nothing for them to do.

I'm taking care of financial records and have a meeting with Jay Hawkins, the new youth director at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church in a few minutes.  I'm taking him and Drew Grubbs out to eat.

I'm also posting the pictures that I took last weekend on the web in the photo gallery.  Some interesting shots, particularly the tiny bb sized snow balls that fell on us Sunday.  Very odd.  I still can't really figure out how they were formed.  Stuff like that really intrigues me.

We also saw a river otter in the park yesterday along Lookout Creek.  Super cool.

It's times when I'm way out in the bush that I feel like I'm back in Africa in the game parks.  I miss those days.  Tranquility in God's country.  For an extreme extrovert, I still dig private time.

Posted 2/20/2006 at 11:41 AM

Monday February 20, 2006

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Kathy and I enjoyed a quiet day today around Lookout Mountain.  The weather was kind of cold and drizzled some.  Maybe not the best for walking around, but when it's cold we have that whole 150 acre park to ourselves.

I ran nearly 5 miles.  The first running I've done in over a week because I had been feeling sick.  I ran steady.  A fantastic trail.

We enjoyed eating Mexican food every day we were in Chattanooga!  We had flautas one day, taquitos another, fajitas the third.  No wonder we work with internationals.
Posted 2/20/2006 at 11:34 AM

Monday February 20, 2006

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Kathy and I drove to Chattanooga to Lookout Mountain.  We stay at this little hole in the wall motel called "Budget Inn."  It's run by this Indian family.  The place is kind of crummy, but the view from the bedroom is excellent.  Plus it's cheap. 

We hiked at our favorite place in the area:  Reflection Riding and the Chattanoonga Nature Center.  It was excellent.

Posted 2/20/2006 at 11:31 AM

Thursday February 16, 2006

I'm feeling better, but still holding off on exercising until my body really feels ok.

I just got finished working with the team from Perimeter Christian School.  They helped us paint a median and cover over grafitti as well as clean up at Azalea, Don Juan, Pearl Lane, Chamblee Heights, Shallowford Pines, Brighton Springs and First Baptist Doraville.  They did a fantastic job with that!

Soon I'll go over to the Franklin road area of Marietta where I'll have lunch with a team leader and then go do a recon on three potential new sites for missions.  It's exciting work, and I feel confident that the managers will go for the idea.  Just have to pray that the timing is right.

I talked with Pastor Pedro Thomas this morning.  I'm coordinating a meeting with him and Frank Mann who is the team leader for the work at Lakeview community in Conyers.  If Pedro feels like that's an area where he would like to serve as a pastor, we'll take the next step of introducing him to the church leadership.  The church is moving so slowly that the team called me in to see if I can't help accelerate the process.

Melfi got busted for painting grafitti around Azalea last night.  I had a team from Perimeter that was covering it up.  I'll have him go help with that process this afternoon.  I'll probably have one of the maintenance guys supervise him.

Full speed ahead, baby.


Posted 2/16/2006 at 12:1 PM

Wednesday February 15, 2006

I'm still sniffling and feeling a bit weak, but hanging in there.  I think it's all the vitamins and exercise that I do that keeps me from getting really bad sick.  That and God's blessing!

I was up late last night working on the document that Phil Kitchin gave me yesterday in Clarkston.  It's a valuable ministry in that area and I really wanted to put some time into figuring out how best the outreach will work.  I'm looking forward to partnering with the interested churches in the area, particularly Rehoboth BC and Woodstock BC.

I had my meeting with the insurance adjuster.  It still looks like we'll pay at least $1,000, but I think the insurance guys are going to cover the rest.  What an answer to PRAYER!

I'm on the phone with Comcast right now as I type.  I've had trouble sending email on my Comcast line at home.  They're trying to figure that out.

I went by Azalea last night to check on the kids and drop off all the painting stuff for the Perimeter project Thursday morning.

I'm trying to figure out how to get the work going in Conyers.  I've had several partners in the area that want to help.  Their churches are just so SLOW in getting anything going.  They all look to me to pull a rabbit out of my hat.  The amazing thing is that the Father always works it out.  It is truly incredible to work for the KING.  To see how He orchestrates the pieces around the board is fascinating and awe inspiring. There is no way that one person could possibly put the connections together. 

I could tell story after story of phone calls "out of the blue" of people that I needed to talk to, but didn't even know!

It's a beautiful thing.

Posted 2/15/2006 at 1:30 PM

Tuesday February 14, 2006

I had a meeting with Pastor Phil Kitchen and Bennett Ekandem this morning at Clarkston International Bible Church.  We're talking about starting a worship service on Sunday afternoons for the refugees in the area.  It's in the very initial stages, but it could conceivably be a wonderful ministry.  We'll see. . .

Next was a meeting with the Chamblee Doraville Property Managers Association.  I'm an officer in the organization and take care of all the notes for the meetings.  We had the new mayor of Chamblee Eric Clarkston speak to us.  He was interesting, informative and pro-immigrant, so I like him.  Our ministry supplied the drinks for the meeting.  We try to help!

I went to Lowes to pick up the supplies I need for the team coming from Perimeter on Thursday morning.  We'll be covering about 6 locations in the Chamblee/Doraville area.  I took the supplies over to the new mission at Brighton Springs off of Boggs road.  The group will also paint that room.  Excellent!  We should start work there next week if all goes well.  PTL, baby.

I had a long talk with Terry Earl who is my regional director in Conyers.  We're trying to get some new work jump started in the area.  It's mighty hard to get churches moving.  Sometimes you have to just start the work for a while before they finally get on board, but if I'm going to bring a young Pastor to help start the work there, we have to have a church or churches willing to support his work.

I need to go over to Azalea before I go home.

I still feel a bit weak.  Stupid cold.

Posted 2/14/2006 at 5:24 PM

Monday February 13, 2006

I have meetings with a couple of producers from Christianity Today this morning.  So even though I'm not really up to speed I'm still on the playing field.  Their flight is running late because of the heavy weather up north.  I'll pick them up at 11am and show them around the International Village before transferring them to Chip Sweeney, my main partner from Perimeter church and the guiding force behind the Unite movement.

After I eat lunch with them I'll probably go back home and get back in bed.

I dropped off the new map/info for the Boggs Road mission with Jerry Counselman who is our graphics designer.

I'll work on financial reports until I go pick up the guys at the MARTA station.


Posted 2/13/2006 at 10:15 AM

Sunday February 12, 2006

I've felt a bit sick today.  Weakish.

Ashley went with me to speak at the New Horizons Sunday School class this morning at Roswell United Methodist Church.  I let Ashley make a short presentation too.  It's good for her to practice speaking in front of people.   She's such a blessing.  We went out for Indian food for lunch.  Kathy was at her mom's house taking care of her. 

I've been resting since I got back from church.  TCM--Turner Classic Movies are playing Oscar winning movies  without commercials.  So far I watched To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sting and right now Out of Africa.

Do you have childhood memories that are special to you?  When you see certain things, do you feel like a kid?  That's the way the movie Out of Africa is for me.  So many parts of Kenya that I love are in that movie.  The train scenes,  The shots of the British Clubs and the Kikukyu and Somali people all make me smile and tear up at the same time.  But my favorite is the Ngong Hills right outside of Karen Blixen's house.  These series of hill always remind me of home.

In Kenya, as a boy they would tell me that the giraffe used to have short necks but that they slipped and caught their chins on the mountain.  That stretched their necks and created the hills.

Man, I miss Africa.  Shauri ya Mungu.

Posted 2/12/2006 at 10:32 PM

Saturday February 11, 2006

Freezing cold, rainy weather today.

I had three teams from FBC Mountain Park help me in Chamblee at the Azalea Mission and another team from the church help Bennett at Willow Branch in Clarkston.  The missions look great now and everyone had a good time.  The weather kept the kids from coming.  That was too bad.

I did sleep late this morning.  I'm intentionally trying to rest up.  I'm supposed to go to the Missions Banquet tonight at Roswell United Methodist Church.  I don't feel up to it.  I would just be sitting at a table eating anyway. I'll be there tomorrow no matter how I feel because I'm speaking at a Sunday School class.

Lots of office work.  It's important to be vigilant with that stuff, otherwise it can overwhelm you. 

Posted 2/11/2006 at 5:34 PM

Saturday February 11, 2006

Friday, February 10th, 2006

I spent the morning troubleshooting my heater for my house.  I had my AC repar guy on the phone and he walked me through taking the front plates off, removing wires, checking for continuity, replacing figures and restarting the system and lo and behold it worked.  Cheers, Al for helping me with that.  He did the work for me at the mission at Chamblee Heights.

That evening I went to Randy Taylor's house in Alpharetta.  The family was hosting the SS class from Roswell United Methodist Church.  I did my "Cambodian" presentation.  The folks were receptive and I think will participate with the missions in Roswell.

I didn't get home till after 11pm.  I've been pushing it lately.  Now I've started sneezing and feeling stopped up.  That's not zesty.  I'm doubling up on vitamins and I'll try to rest more on Saturday.  Yeah, right.

Posted 2/11/2006 at 5:30 PM

Thursday February 9, 2006

My goal today was to set up the new mission at Brighton Springs which is near the intersection of 316 and Boggs road.  I went by Lowes to pick up four new tables.  They cost about $45/each.  Lowes used to give me a 10% discount.  No longer.  They said too many people were hitting them up for discounts.  Bahd luck.

Then over to Staples to put together a box of school supplies that every mission needs:  pencils, pens, notebook paper, poster boards, markers, crayons, sharpeners. . .  etc. 

Then to FBC Doraville which has given me well over 200 metal folding chairs.  Believe it or not, I've distributed almost all of them.  I guess that says something about the extent of our ministry.  I took 28 chairs to Brighton Springs.

I loaded all the goodies up and drove to Brighton Springs to meet with the Regional Manager of the complex and her boss, discuss the program that we'll be starting and unload the equipment in the room.  I met a lovely couple that lives on site that was very interested in helping us in this new location.  PTL.  They're members of Victory World Church, one of my partners.

After a quick lunch, I went to the office to go through email/calls.  That always takes me at least an hour.  Plus I had to re-install a new virus scanner software to keep my machine running properly.

I'm headed over to the mission right now, then back to First United Methodist Roswell for their Leadership Social.  I got home after 10 pm last night.  I'll be doing the same thing for the next four nights.  I'm tired just thinking about it.

Not even time to run.  Ay, caramba!


Posted 2/9/2006 at 4:23 PM

Wednesday February 8, 2006

I just got off the phone with my partner Chip Sweeney from Perimeter church.  We're trying to figure out the best schedule for the guys coming down to do an article on our work from Christianity Today.  I'll probably spend most of Monday the 13th with their producers.  They'll come back for the actual shoot later in the year.

Delivered my tax stuff to my CPA this morning.

I had an early morning call from the pastor of Christo Vive a local Spanish congregation.  I'll take him and his outreach person to two of the missions around lunch time.

I have problems with sending email on my network at home.  I'm going round and round with the people at Comcast over the issue.  Hopefully they'll get it squared away asap.

I'll be spending the last part of the day at First United Methodist in Roswell.  I'm one of the missionaries for the Missions Conference this week.  Lots of long days/nights this week for sure.  I was disappointed that their youth group didn't want to work with the kids at the missions, preferring instead to do a little service project that didn't involve people.  I don't get that.


Ran 4 miles last night.  Great weather.

Posted 2/8/2006 at 11:30 AM

Tuesday February 7, 2006

I spent the morning in Buford with Pastor Richard Douglas.  He took me around to the apartment complexes and mobile home parks in the area.  A couple of possibilities for work.  Nothing breathtaking.

I delivered some of the material I got yesterday from NAMB to one of my Spanish pastor friends.  I'm sure he'll put it to good use.  I took the Bibles to Clarkston Intl. Bible Church last night.

I'm meeting a partner at the mission at Azalea in a few minutes.  He has some stuff for the kids.

Took care of questions by email and deposited funds into the bank.  The first machine I went to was malfunctioning.  I had to go to another branch to do my work. 

Beautiful weather today.  HUGE change from yesterday!

Posted 2/7/2006 at 3:0 PM

Monday February 6, 2006

Lots of driving today in rainy weather.

Started out in Gainesville where I met with partners at Arrow Tires who had saved the profits from thier Coke machine to give to our ministry.  Amen!

Then went over to the Columns at Chicopee to talk with the manager over there--Michelle.  We've been disappointed by the lack of volunteers who have shown an interest in working at that location, but we're not giving up!

I had lunch with Dave Channell who is the missions pastor for Blackshear Place Baptist Church.  We're going to try and mobilize some folks from his church into that apartment community.

I'll go to their missions conference in April to help expedite that. 

Just got off the phone with my insurance adjuster.  They'll come take a look at what's going on next Wednesday.  I sure hope they'll help pay for this.

After Gainesville I trekked over to NAMB in Alpharetta to pick up about 300 NT Bibles in English for the ESL classes in Clarkston.  I'll drop those off on the way home this evening.

Worked on a conference information form for FBC Conyers.  They want all kinds of data:  expenses, donations, goals.  They sent a regular business envelope to return the info. I'm sending them about a 20 page report.

I wrote the tax letters for the donation of the Coke money as well as for a 19" monitor that was dropped off at my office today.  I always try and expedite that asap.

I need to go by Azalea to check on the kids before I make my way home through the crummy weather.

I ran yesterday in the cold.  Did my 4 miles.  Lately I've stopped wearing my watch when I run.  I got tired of feeling bad if I didn't do a "good" time.  Who cares how fast I run?  The important thing is I'm out doing it, amen?

Posted 2/6/2006 at 5:32 PM

Sunday February 5, 2006

I'm watching Mick and the Rolling Stones rock out at the Superbowl.  They're hanging in there!

Ran 4 miles in cold weather.  Least it was dry.

Kathy and I enjoyed chicken taquitos at Frontera tonight.  No live music.  Bahd luck.

Posted 2/5/2006 at 8:13 PM

Too bad the Steelers, Seahawks, and ref.s couldn't preform as well as the Stones
Posted 2/6/2006 at 3:53 PM by NAPosey

Saturday February 4, 2006

Ashley and I just got back from a fun day!  I took her over to the Mini Cooper showroom.  She's crazy about the Minis.  We took a lot of pictures of the cars and they let us drive one.  We got out to an empty parking lot and I let Ashley take it around for a spin too.  It was fun, and if she wants to save her money for something like that in the future, more power to her.

She also got her hair cut over a Perimeter Mall.  She look gorgeous as usual.

I took both my girls over to get lunch at the Blue Rooster Cafe in Lilburn.  We had the Grilled Blue Rooster sandwich.  It was excellent.

Kathy is still feeling sick.  She stayed home after lunch and tried to rest. 

I'm glad we had extra time together last weekend. 

Next week I have the Missions Conference at First United Methodist Roswell.  It'll be a busy week with lots of long nights driving all the way back from Roswell.  It's an important church with lots of people to mobilize.


Posted 2/4/2006 at 6:50 PM

Friday February 3, 2006

 I just finished my Church Report for the month and going through all my email.

Updated the Team Assignment list to reflect the locations where the team from Perimeter will be working.

Made a notebook for Ashley to help her keep track of the donations coming into her new ministry.

I'm doing some research on the ITeam group.  It's possible we may get some of their missionaries to come help us in this area.  Julian Krevere works with this organization, he'll be helping us do some work in Chamblee as well as in the Covington/Conyers area.

My mother in law is at the beauty parlor getting a perm.  I took her over there and will pick her up in a little while.  I did her shopping for her too.

Went by Publix to get supplies for the mission at Azalea.  I took them over there and had Jimmy come help me load everything up.

Talked with the Manager of Azalea to make sure she talked with Daniel's parents to clarify with them how important it is for him to get on that Marta train ant 6:30am and get to school every day.  The cops don't play at that school and if he doesn't show up they'll come looking for him for sure and his parents will get in trouble.  He could very well be put back in jail.  The code over at that school is very strict and enforced without hesitation.

I faxed the estimates for my bathroom repair over to my insurance company.  Please, let them pay the majority of the repair, Lord!

Posted 2/3/2006 at 4:14 PM

Thursday February 2, 2006

Big news is I got Daniel  registered in school.  He's going to have to catch the bus at about 6:45 am.  Seeing that he was crashed out when I came to pick him up at 2pm, this might be problematic.  I took him to the Marta station, showed him where to get on, took him to the second location and pointed out where to catch the "Tripper" bus on to the Alternative School.

I met Dr. Johnson at the school.  He is also a pastor and seems to have a real love for kids.  PTL for that!

I had a meeting with Julian Krevere and his wife Whitney.  They are expecting their second child any day now.  They've returned from Mexico where they run a coffeehouse in a university area of Queretaro.  I took him to the two areas where the men play soccer every afternoon and also to the main location where the men wait for work.  He was excited about the prospects.  They actually live now in Covington which is a LONG way from Chamblee.  I've contacted my partners in the area to expect him and help him get some work going in the area.  I'll probably go down there just to get him mobilized.  People that can really speak Spanish like a native and are willing to work in the field are EXTREMELY rare.  I can't waste an asset like that!

I ran my 4 mile track last night.  I didn't get back to the house till after 9 pm.  I was so stressed out yesterday I HAD to run.  I felt so much better afterwards. 

I picked up the Kid's Amplified Bibles today at the Family Christian Bookstore.  My partners at FBC Mountain Park are having the kids collect change to pay for them.  We have the money, but it's an opportunity to get folks involved in missions.  Saving change to buy Bibles for Muslim kids--you can't beat that.

I was supposed to have lunch with an MK friend of mine, but she didn't show up.  Bahd luck.

This thing with Daniel has been tough.  I really feel like he's MY kid when I'm sitting there with him.  His mom did come with us to the meeting, but she understands zero English.  So many people like that here in Atlanta. 

Posted 2/2/2006 at 10:29 PM

Wednesday February 1, 2006

I spoke to the ESL group at Clarkston International Bible Church this morning.  After that I took the new pastor of the church Phil Kitchens and his wife Myra on a quick tour of the area so they can start getting a handle on their new ministry.  We had lunch at my favorite Vietnamese place Pho Truc and then we we had a meeting with a couple of the staff from Dekalb Tech and with church staff to discuss the future of the program and how we can make it better.

I've been at the office taking care of calls and email.  Just went out to help our Spanish pastor's wife with her car problem.  We tried to jump it off, but I think she has starter problems.  Bahd luck.

I need to go over to Chamblee High School to pick up the records for Daniel.  I have the registration meeting at this new school tomorrow afternoon.

We had a great time yesterday with one of my Indian friends coaching basketball.  The kids really had fun with that.

I've been having trouble with my email.  I have some kind of trojan/worm/virus that is supposedly sending out random unsolicited email.  I actually don't think it's my computer, I think it's probably Ashley's which is on the same network.  I'll have to try and get it squared away, otherwise I can't send any email when I'm at home.  Fortunately, the network that I have set up at my office at FBC Doraville still works fine.  PTL.

I'm tired.  Hope I have the energy to run tonight because I hear it's supposed to turn rainy tomorrow.

Posted 2/1/2006 at 3:59 PM

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Tuesday January 31, 2006

I had success swapping Jesse's bike for one that works this morning.  Good news for him.

I ate lunch with Melvin Morris, the Executive Director for Lite House--one of my partners.  We have volunteers in locations where they have work, so I'm one of his favorite people.  I told him of a couple of possible spots for his organization to work.  He let me know of a couple of possibilities too.  It's a beautiful thing.

Made calls to Buford and down in Jonesboro this afternoon.  Possible openings in both locations.  We need more volunteers!

Worked on my scheduling for the upcoming missions conference at FUMC Roswell.  Busy week  for sure.

I'll go over to Chamblee HIgh School to drop off Daniel's books and talk with the counselor again about his situation before I go to Azalea.

I bought some new basketballs and a whistle for Naranjan who is helping me at Azalea.  I hope they keep coming.  I thought he'd get a kick out of the whistle.

I bought a whistle made out of deer antler while I was up in Chattanooga this weekend.  It looks cool and sounds good too!

Posted 1/31/2006 at 2:23 PM

Monday January 30, 2006

I got a haircut this morning.  I sure am going bald.  Bahd luck.  I reckon that's what hats are for, eh?

I tried to exchange Jesse's bike for a new one.  The gears and brakes are messed up on his.  They still work, just marginally.  You stop, but better not be in too much of a hurry.  And the low gears don't work, so that means steep hill get walked.  I was missing paperwork that I'll have tomorrow.

Went by the Family Christian Bookstore and ordered eight Kid's Life Application Bibles the New Living translation for the mission at Willow Branch.  Cool stuff is going on over there, thanks to a team from Grace fellowship.

Next stop the Alternative Campus.  That's the school that Daniel is going to have to go to.  It's really going to take him forever to get to school--like over an hour one way.  I had a meeting with the counselors over there and got a big pile of documents for the Solis family to sign.  I went over to Chamblee High to get them to start gathering the grades and other stuff he'll need to transfer.  I met with the family and gave them all the stuff and told them when I'd come to pick them up on Thursday when we have an appointment back at the Alternative Campus. 

It's like a lock down school.  There's a cop mini station attached to the facility.  Doesn't get tighter than that.  You walk through a metal detector before you enter the main hall.

I checked on the kids at the mission at Azalea.  My Indian couple Sunita and Niranjan came back.  I never hold my breath on folks until they come back.  PTL, baby.  I had him coaching some basketball.  Sunita helped Jemillin with her reading.

I did a recon of the area on Boggs road off of 316 this afternoon.  GREAT stuff!  I'm very excited about this area.  I think it's wide open for the Gospel.  I really think Crossroads Community Church may really come on strong for us over there.  It's pretty easy to get to from their church.  I talked to Drew Grubbs about the situation too.

Ran 4 miles.

Did I mention I think I left my watch at the office?  I went on my trip with no watch.  I didn't like it.  I seem somewhat obsessed with time.  I note how much time I've slept and know whether I had the right to "feel tired." or not.  Weird huh? 

So I don't really know how fast I ran.  Very freeing.  I worked on form.  Painfree, floating miles.  Yeah, right.


Posted 1/30/2006 at 11:18 PM

Monday January 30, 2006

Sunday, January 29, 2006

We listened to several TV preachers this morning.  Some of the guys Kathy likes I just can't stand.  And vice versa.  An interesting sermon on Angels in the Bible--especially in the prophetic books like Daniel.

Most of our day was spent back out in the woods.  It was so quiet and beautiful.  It really makes me miss all my days in the bush in Kenya.  I used to spend hours wandering around the Game Parks in Nakuru with nothing but a big stick.  I loved looking at the Cape Buffalo and Waterbuck.  I was also into archeology/anthropology and constantly scanned the ground for stone tools--which in that area were made of black obsidian, a type of volcanic glass. Fantastic artifacts! 

I still spend time wandering around the bush when I visit Texas doing the same thing. 

Good days.

Don't really find arrowheads in Chattanooga.  I'm sure they're there, but covered up by lots of leaves and bushes.

We drove back to Atlanta, satisfied and tired.  Kathy rated the trip: A++.  This year I've done something new.  I went through the whole year and mapped out one weekend a month to take Kathy somewhere, just us.  I may have to move dates around if something big comes up, but I figured if I didn't do that, it wouldn't happen.


Posted 1/30/2006 at 10:55 PM

Monday January 30, 2006

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Kathy and I enjoyed a full day of hiking in the woods at the base of Lookout Mountain and biking the fantastic trails around the Reflection Riding property.  It's a very historic area, the scene of one of the major battles of the Civil War.

We were exhausted after all our exercise.  Just the way we like it!

Posted 1/30/2006 at 10:49 PM

Monday January 30, 2006

Friday, January 27, 2006

After getting the kids off to school, I packed the car and went over to my mother in laws house.  Kathy spent the night over there to help her mom during her recovery from cataract surgery.  We ate lunch at Annapurna's, my favorite Indian food place.

We loaded all our stuff and headed off in the van to Chattanooga on Cumming highway at the base of Lookout Mountain.  We stay at the Budget Motel.  A little Indian owned place that is crummy, but has a fantastic view.

Posted 1/30/2006 at 10:47 PM

Thursday January 26, 2006

Finished my four mile run right after I ate Mexican food.  Not a good idea, but the idea of running in the dark was an even worse concept.  I felt like I had a 5 lb weight in my gut.  I did ok but my right knee started hurting.  I'm fine now.

Spent the morning at the Student Relations building for Dekalb County helping the Solis family with Daniel's problem.  I made an impassioned plea to give him another chance, but I don't know if they will.  There's a Zero Tolerance attitude about weapons in school.  If they don't allow him to return to Chamblee High my guess is he'll drop out and go straight into gang life.  Pray for him!

After the meeting with the school board, I made my copies and went to the library to work on the newsletters.  This is the first issue that includes a story from Ashley.  It's pretty wild!  Sure do love that sweet girl.  I know this job is hard and she's doing a good job.

I'll be going over to the mission in a few minutes after I work on my newsletters again.  This is the month where the folks that haven't sent anything to us all year have to decide whether they still want to receive the newletter.  Why send it if they don't really want it?  I'd rather save the stamp!

I have the tile guy coming by my house this evening to give me an estimate on my bathroom job.  The plumbing side came up to nearly $2,000.

I didn't get home till about 8:30pm last night.  I had a meeting with Bennett and a young couple from Grace Fellowship interested in working with refugees.  They seem very enthusiastic.  It's fun to be around passionate people!

Posted 1/26/2006 at 3:2 PM

Wednesday January 25, 2006

I just got back from a meeting I had with the managers and police from the Central Dekalb precinct.  Lots of car thefts going on and an increase in gang violence.  It's a way of life.  I was told that it sounds like WWIII going on over there in Clarkston in the evenings.  We have a lot of work in that area, but obviously not enough.

I have a meeting with a couple and Bennett this afternoon at 6pm at Willow Branch which is in the middle of all the problems in Clarkston.

Finished up my email.  Just got off the phone with a pastor in Nebraska who is trying to get a church to 'cover' his ministry so he can stay in the country.  It's hard for me to do that for two reasons:  he's in Nebraska, and he's not Southern Baptist.  I told him I'd let some of the folks that are Assembly of God folks know, but I'm not holding my breath that they can help.

I need to work on my newsletter for the month.  Ashley will be working on one of the pages.   I had the kids at Azalea help me with the stamps/envelopes, so we're where we need to be.

I'm trying to take a couple of days off and take Kathy out of town.  I've worked so many days straight that my wife is less than happy with me to put it mildly.  She's always afraid that I'm going to "burn out."  I doubt that will happen, but when the muscles in my eye start twitching I figure maybe I do need a little more rest.

Posted 1/25/2006 at 2:1 PM

Tuesday January 24, 2006

Deposited money at the bank for Whirlwind.  PTL.  Our gas bills are crazy.

Spent most of the morning in the 85/120 Mall of Georgia area .  I was on a recon of the area's apartment complexes.  Went by the two main ones, met the staff, took pictures for our research for Crossroads Community Church.  I'm nost satisfied that those are the best places for them yet.  I also came down 120 to Russell Road then over on Lawr-Suwannee road to 316 looking at neighborhoods and praying for guidance from the Father.

I'm working at the office now.  Went through the donation list for this month to see who needs to get the Stay On The Team insert in this month's Outreach Update.  I do a "sheep and goat" mail out every February to verify if the person (who didn't give or contact me for the whole year) still wants to be on the list.  Ashley will write on of the pages this month. We'll also start including the envelope with the Youth Outreach United address so people can send money directly to them rather than through Whirlwind if they so desire.  Makes it a little easy to track what they want the money to go for.  Right now they designate it and then NAMB lets me know.

I have a meeting with an Indian couple interested in working in the Bengali community over at Azalea in a few minutes.  Wish I had a little time to shut my eyes and rest.  I'm pooped.  C'est la vie, baby.


Posted 1/24/2006 at 3:38 PM

Monday January 23, 2006

What a rainy day!  Ay caramba!

I hate driving in rain.  I've seen at least 100 car wrecks caused by slick streets when I worked in TV.  Now I feel like everyone is just getting ready to slam into me.

Part of it is because I have a new car.  I'm so sensitive to people potentially crashing into it.

Does it sound like I'm uptight about driving?

Had two major meetings today.  My first was with Joshua Yarborough the missions director for Destiny Worship Church in Marietta.  We went over some of our major strategies and talked about how Destiny can get involved.  I'll have another meeting with him next week to take him to the missions on Franklin and Delk to show him how typical after school programs work.

He did say that they had their schedule for 2006 in place. He made it sound like they're planning on a "major community push" in 2007.  I hear that sort of long range planning and cringe. Let's get this party started, baby!

Went by Azalea to check on the kids at the mission and talk the manager about Daniel--the boy that got in trouble at Chamblee High School last week for carrying a knife to class.  I had information that the Vice Principle gave me for their family.  They gave it to me because the knew the family didn't speak English.

Then I went to Lawrenceville for a meeting with Norwood Davis the Missions Director at Crossroads Community Church.  Mike Carpenter was also there---he'll be heading up the outreach into the apartment communities in the area.  It was a very exciting meeting.  I foresee great things happening with their church.  Sweet.

Made my way back home in grueling driving conditions.  In the last two days I've put nearly 200 miles on my car. 

Finished my email.  Blog out.


Posted 1/23/2006 at 9:15 PM

Sunday January 22, 2006

I enjoyed the rest of the missions conference at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church.  I spoke to a young couples with kids class. They seemed pretty responsive.  I hope they mobilize.

We had the mission fair where people come by our display this evening.  They also had the Missions Banquet.  Richard Harris from the North American Mission Board spoke.  He had some interesting statistics.  Dig this one, according to the International Mission Board, over 90% of the World's unreached people groups live in Atlanta!  There are about 6,000 unreached people groups in the world.  What does that say about where we live!?

Ashley came with me this evening.  Sure made the trip better.  She needs to get used to talking to people at these conferences.  If she's serious about this kind of work, she needs to be able to describe what she's doing.

Posted 1/22/2006 at 9:55 PM

Sunday January 22, 2006

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Rainy, Europe weather today.

I took my girls out to eat at Red Lobster for a special treat today.  Jesse had just as soon hang out and work on his computers.

Tonight was the first night of the Missions Conference at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church in Norcross.  I spoke at at dessert fellowship at the Delk's house.  There were about 20 adults most over 50.  A good group.  I hope they participate at the mission at some level..

I hated driving over there.  It was wet and trying to find street signs in the dark is a nightmare. 

Posted 1/22/2006 at 9:49 PM

Friday January 20, 2006

Kathy and I biked around Stone Mountain this morning.  The weather was fantastic.  We had a good time.

I just got back from Peachtree Corners Baptist Church which is having their Missions Conference this weekend.  Ashley went with me to set our display up.  It sure is nice to have her come help me!  I also discovered I'm missing two of my maps I made of our work.  I hope that my partners from Perimeter can find them.  I'm almost positive that's where I left them.  Oh, well.

We also stopped by Azalea to drop of five different cereal boxes for Navila's science fair project.  Now all our cereal just has bags around them!

I just got finished answering my email.  I have a team coming from Tennessee to help us this summer.  Made sure I had all his questions answered.


Posted 1/20/2006 at 6:12 PM

Thursday January 19, 2006

I had the plumber come over to my house today to give me an estimate  for a leak that was coming from my shower.  Looks like they're going to have to tear the whole tub out, redo the floor and the tile.  Bummer.  Initial estimates are in the $3,000 range.  We'll get through this somehow. . . .

Clatie Lewis is my partner who works on computers for our ministry.  The computer at FBC Doraville went down and I took it over to his house.  He had to replace the power supply last night.  I was able to pick it up and take it back to the church this afternoon.  Ms. Margie, the secretary of the church, was so appreciative.  I'm really the only person that tries to help her out or seems concerned about her welfare.

I ran my four miles this afternoon in beautiful weather.  Finished my course in 40:56.

I also picked up my quilt that I had dry cleaned this weekend.  Little old ladies made it up in Chattanooga.  It can't be washed regularly because of all the tiny little stitches.

I made a photocopy of  our ministry's 501 (c) 3 application for David Hix to have a look at.  He's getting his ministry off the ground and I'm doing everything I can to help him expedite that.  I'd forgotten how much work it was to get all that stuff done.  In August our ministry will be 5 years old!  Incredible how fast time flies and how much God has blessed what we're doing.

Went by the library to pick up a book for Jouvens to read.  I'm trying to keep him reading while he's waiting to get into school.  Look like he might have a part time job opportunity with a business that's not especially up tight about his status with the government.  Hopefully that'll work out well for him.

I took pictures for Navila for a math project she has.  I'll give the stuff I printed out to her this afternoon when I go to  the mission at Azalea.

It's still cold here at the church.  The gas guys are working on the line.  That's good news.  At least my bathroom problem isn't going to cost over $16,000!

I filed our annual registration with the State of Georgia this afternoon.  I was able to take care of all that online.  It's a beautiful thing. 

Off to the mission to help the kids!


Posted 1/19/2006 at 2:52 PM

Wednesday January 18, 2006

Went by this morning to pick up meds for Kathy.  Thank God for Dr. Barrington who helps our family out SO much!

Picked up school/office supplies for the mission from Office Depot.

I'm in my office right now with David Hix from NC.  He's looking into doing a similar ministry to ours in his home town.  PTL!

I'll be going to the mission at Azalea to help the kids in a little while.

Posted 1/18/2006 at 1:52 PM

Tuesday January 17, 2006

The gas is turned off at FBC Doraville where my office is.  I'm typing but my fingers feel kind of numb.  Bahd luck.  Apparently there's a leak somewhere and they're going to have to get it fixed.  They said the estimates are in the $16,000 range.  Ouch.

Just got finished going through all my email.  Nothing too serious to deal with.

I have a lot of missions conferences coming up, that'll keep me busy on the weekends.  Had the Salvation Army last weekend.  Peachtree Corners BC next weekend with FBC Conyers, FUMC Roswell and Smyrna Presbyterian to name a few of the coming events.

I'm going over to Sheltering Arms for the Chamblee/Doraville Property Manager's meeting in a few minutes, then over to Azalea to help the kids with their homework.

It's my Mom's birthday today!  Happy Birthday, Mom!  She was born on Ben Franklin's birthday--one of my heroes.  He would be 300 today!

Posted 1/17/2006 at 11:36 AM

Monday January 16, 2006

Ran 4 miles in 44:45.  My legs hurt from my long walk yesterday.

Set up for the missions conference at First United Methodist Roswell this morning.

Took care of my calls and email.

Dropped off my quilt to get dry cleaned.  It was produced by some little old ladies in Tennessee.  You're not supposed to wash it like a normal blanket. 

Raining outside now.  It was nice running weather this afternoon.

Posted 1/16/2006 at 8:21 PM

Sunday January 15, 2006

Walked about 6 miles.

Went to Grace this morning.  Buddy preached on meditation, but I didn't really hear the how to part of it, just the why.

Cold again outside, but at least it's dry.

Posted 1/15/2006 at 5:20 PM

Sunday January 15, 2006

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Ran 4 miles in 39:45 in a biting cold northwest wind.

I spoke on Urban Ministry at the Salvation Army missions conference: "Roots."  The crowd of about 30 people for my sessions was enthusiastic.

Ashley went to see the Monster Truck rally at the Georgia Dome tonight.

Posted 1/15/2006 at 5:19 PM

Sunday January 15, 2006

Friday, January 13, 2006

Frightening weather blew through Atlanta. 

I enjoyed hanging out with Kathy.
Posted 1/15/2006 at 5:18 PM

Thursday January 12, 2006

I just got back from Chamblee High School.  I got a call from the manager of Azalea where I work, and one of the kids who comes to the mission got in trouble with the cops at school for bringing a weapon on campus.  I went over and talked with the principal of dicipline and the police to find out where Daniel is and when the parents can go get him.  He and Melfi are both into Sur 13 gang stuff and I'm sure he took it just to act tough.  I've had some real strong words with both of those boys telling them that this is EXACTLY what was going to happen.  Maybe now they'll believe me.  What a disappointment.  That's why they call it "missions." If it was easy everyone would be doing it.  I got the word to his mom who drives to go pick him up at the Juvenile Detention Center. 

Jouvens and I went to pick up supplies for the mission this afternoon.  I took him out for lunch.  Even though he was accepted into school, because he doesn't have all his paperwork for being a citizen, he can't apply for financial aid.  The school told him his classes would cost about $900.  Without the aid his parents can't afford that.  So he's still not in school.  Another disappointement.  We're still trying to get the paperwork squared away but the govenment doesn't do anything fast, that's for sure.

After I take care of the rest of my financial report/email/blog, I'll go back to Azalea to check on Daniel's family and help the kids with their homework.

What a day.

Posted 1/12/2006 at 3:37 PM

Wednesday January 11, 2006

I spent this morning speaking to the largely Muslim community of English as Second Language students attending Dekalb Tech's classes held at Clarkston International Bible Church.  Phil and Myra Kitchens are the new leaders of the church.  Last week was Phil's first Sunday as pastor.  Kathy and I knew the Kitchens when we were studying French in Tours, France.  They're a great couple and a real addition to our team in the area.

Later I spent some time with Bennett Ekandem who is the regional area leader in Clarkston.  We went over to visit with some of the Somali families at Madina restaurant.  They had a shooting there yesterday and a man was killed.  They didn't even take any money, just shot him in cold blood.  The Somali population was really shaken.  This is Eid--a combination Christmas/Easter celebration for Muslims.  Put a real damper on the celebrations.  Mohammed is the main chef at Madina.  We talked to him for a long time.  He held Adan's head in his hands as he died.  That'll shake anyone up.

I'm at the office now, working on email and calling folks back.  It's all good.

I'll be going to Azalea in a few minutes to check on the kids and help them with their homework.  I didn't get to go there yesterday because I was tied up with the Hoyt family until late.

Posted 1/11/2006 at 2:59 PM

Tuesday January 10, 2006

This morning I had a meeting at the Chic-fil-a corporate headquarters.  They are starting a new program of a 9 month course of study including a month in Europe doing missions.  Unfortunately, the price tag is $19.000.  I thought that was pretty steep even if it does include 15 hours of college credit.  They will have 50 students each year.  I hope to work it out for these students to come and work with us in the International Village before they go overseas.

I got to see Drew Grubbs  as well as Adam and Kevin--two of the Youth Outreach United staff members.  Adam Webb works with Ashley from time to time over at Oakbrook.  Drew and I always have something percolating.  It's fun to be around him.

Also saw some of my friends from the Conyers area including Tommy Hinely from Rockdale Baptist Church and Howard Greer the pastor of FBC Conyers.  I'm speaking at the Missions Conference at his church next month.

Later this afternoon I had a meeting with Adam and Mary Hoyt.  They're a great couple with two month old twin baby girls.  I met them at Willow Branch so they could meet Bennett Ekandem--who is the director of the ministry in that area.  We had a great time of fellowship together then I took them to meet Sandy Miller the manager of Kristopher Woods--the apartment complex directly behind Willow Branch.  Sandy is such a sweetheart and made a great impression on the Hoyts.  I hope they join us reaching Muslims in that area.

I came on home without going to Azalea.  I was in Clarkston and it was already after 5pm.  Jesse comes home at 2:30 pm and usually goes to sleep about 6:30pm.  He then wakes up at around 2am, does is homework and is fully awake before he has to leave for school at 7am.  His classes start at 7:25am.  That sure sounds early to me.  Bottom line, it has been three days since I've seen Jesse awake.  It was a blessing to come home a little early so I could spend some time talking and loving on him.

Posted 1/10/2006 at 6:17 PM

Monday January 9, 2006

Been working on my email at the office.

Figured out the new housing options at Comfort Inn which is now Best Western Perimeter North.  I send a lot of people their way.  I talked with Anita Wilson to make sure that was all squared away.

Ran 4 miles this morning in 43:41.  I'm not really big on running in the morning, but I'd rather do that than at night.  I like the feeling of the stress that builds up being released.  When I run before the stress happens it's not the same effect and I don't run nearly has hard. 

Taking care of some banking.  Giving has been good!  PTL.

Soon I'll be working on the "sheep and goat" issue of our newsletters.  That's when I make sure that the 230 people currently on the list still want to be there.  I usually drop off about 80 people and pick up that many during the following year.

I'm headed off to check on the kids at the mission.

Posted 1/9/2006 at 2:59 PM

Monday January 9, 2006

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Went to Grace this morning.  Buddy preached from Ecclesiastes 3.   Solomon can get pretty depressing until you get to his happier material.

Kathy and I had a good lunch at SriThai.

Beauty weather.

Posted 1/9/2006 at 2:55 PM

Saturday January 7, 2006

Killed 4 mice in the glue traps last night.  Shocking.  Even more for them I reckon.

Ran 4 miles in 40:55.

Posted 1/7/2006 at 4:49 PM

Saturday January 7, 2006

Friday, January 06, 2006

Took the kids to school early this morning.

Rested around the house.

Got more glue traps for my vendetta against the mice in my house.

Posted 1/7/2006 at 4:45 PM

Thursday January 5, 2006

Went for a 4 mile run first thing this morning.  I made it in 42:44.  Not as warm as yesterday, but still bright blue sky!

Had a meeting with Adam Hoyt.  He's a member of  the Atlanta Vineyard Church.  He and his wife Mary want to be church planters in Tajikistan.  I'm trying to help them clarify what they should be doing in the meantime.  Makes the most sense for them to plug in to our work in Clarkston which is the center of the Muslim population.

Just got finished going through my email and calls.  I wrote a letter for one of our partner's tax return for a donation of computer supplies they gave.

I'll be going over to Azalea in a little while to check on the kids.  I'm riding in the Lumina today.  The Concorde needed an oil change and a replacement part underneath the car that was causing a rattle.  No big deal.  I'll pay for that on the way home.

I'm tired and my back is a little sore.  C'est la vie, baby.

Posted 1/5/2006 at 2:1 PM

Wednesday January 4, 2006

FANTASTIC weather!  I went around in a t-shirt!  Incredible.

I did some banking this morning. 

Got a call from the director of our mission at Oak Forest--Vickie Randall.  She had a hard month and can't pay her light bill.  Whirlwind has to take care of our directors.  I took her some money to make sure she has light/heat.

I picked up Jouvens at Perimeter College.  I took him over to the Clarkston campus since he's an International Student.  They were able to take care of his situation and he is officially a college student!  He's like a son to me and I'm SO proud that we were able to get him in. 

I just added another team to our list for the summer.  This one is led by Justin Marsh--he brought a college team over to help us twice.

Got a call from a church in Arkansas that wants to bring a team in June.  Excellente!

Jouvens and I are at the office right now.  I'm taking care of the email/calls and the blog.  He's putting together my new cart so we can haul stuff around the building.  We really need that!

We'll go back to Azalea in a little while, check on the kids and see if we need any other supplies.

I need to be back in Stone Mountain before 6pm so I can get the Lumina out of the shop.  Had to put a new radiator in it.  Over $500.  Ay caramba.  Ashley needs the car to get over to her ministry at Oakbrook.

Posted 1/4/2006 at 3:35 PM

Tuesday January 3, 2006

Returned all my phone calls.

Went to the bank and post office.

Played chess with Jesse.

Took Ashley out to eat chicken.

Ran 4 miles in 44:02.

Kathy took her mom to the doctor.

It's cloudy and cold and I'm pooped.

Posted 1/3/2006 at 6:28 PM

Monday January 2, 2006

Drizzly day.

Taking it easy.  Working on my email and office stuff at home.

Hope to spend some extra time with the kids today.

Posted 1/2/2006 at 11:17 AM

Monday January 2, 2006

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Kathy and I wnet to church at FBC Mountain Park.  Bill Blanchard spoke on the "Midnight Hour."  Good stuff.  We're living in the last days.

I ran 4 miles in 38:55.  I pushed a little too hard.  My knee is a bit strained now.

Beautiful weather to end the year on.  Excellent!

Posted 1/2/2006 at 11:16 AM

Monday January 2, 2006

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

Kathy and I enjoyed Vietnamese and then chai at an Eritrean restaurant in Clarkston.  Fun!

Ashley spent the weekend with Ashley Baird and Hanna.

The kids and I worked for two hours getting all the leaves out of our yard.  Huge amount of work.

Posted 1/2/2006 at 11:11 AM