I’m a “complicated” person. I’m a Christian, husband, father, neighbor, church-planter, pastor, mentor, author, barista, blogger, presbyter, etc. Plus, I am president of my own non-profit charity and a media design collective. On top of this, I travel across the country, and sometimes overseas, to preach at camps, conferences, churches and conventions.
I know, I know! “With all those other things going on in my life, why in the world do I still travel??”
Well, here’s a few reasons:
- God called me to do it. I know that God has put an apostolic purpose on my heart. From the time I asked Christ into my heart as Savior & Lord, I’ve known that He desired to use me to share the Gospel with people across the country and around the world. Ultimately, we’re all called to do it, “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry” 2 Timothy 4:5.
- God’s gifted me to do it. That’s not a prideful statement – to be honest, I’m surprised that God still uses me like He does. I’m often amazed how God brings out insight, humor and practical application even as I’m speaking. Some people fear speaking in front of others, I love it! “each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.” 1 Corinthians 7:7.
- I desire to be a blessing to my friends. I love to partner with friends and leaders by coming along side them and helping them accomplish something God has led them to do! Most of my speaking opportunities come through relationships. I often return so refreshed by the hospitality and kindness of my friends & allies. Late night dinners, early morning coffee or midday times just laughing are priceless. And I LOVE praying together!
- It’s tent-making for our ministry. Church-planting in Detroit has been such a challenge and adventure. One of the areas where it’s most difficult is financially. So, when I receive an honorarium, it allows my family to do something that we don’t have insurance or excess funds to accomplish. For example, this week we had to spend over $500 on glasses for our youngest son. There’s also dentist/orthodontist and other medical bills that we don’t have health coverage for. Plus, special times like going out to eat or summer vacation. So, yeah, I need to bring in extra $$ to bless my family & ministry. I can’t make tents, but I can speak!
- Raise awareness & missions support. I love to share our story with others. Detroit is a great missions field and opportunity for ministry. Many churches have large vision & budgets for missions across the ocean but have not considered the mission fields right in America. And, what city is in greater need than Detroit? We’re a great investment – mission funds put to use daily to reach the lost and make disciples!
- It’s fun. Although I’m not as into travel as I used to be, I still get excited after I get to the other side of the security check-in at the airport. People watching, trying new food, jumping on hotel beds and of course seeing lives change! BOOM!
- It reminds me of what/WHO matter. Getting away from home is a good exercise in trust and love for me and my family. We miss each other. And, I love coming home again! Sure, I don’t need to travel in order to love my family – but, since I do, it makes our love even stronger! They pray for me and can’t wait to hear the amazing stories of what God does. And, I love to share my experiences with them.
So, yeah, those are some of the reasons why I travel near and far! I love my life! If you or church/ministry/organization is interested in booking me, shoot me an email!
Stay tuned for the next post about: WHO I speak to.