Yesterday was an amazing day in the Norfolk area - lots of military and history! We had two amazing groups of walkers as we stepped off another 20 miles in the Go10Walk. These are some of my favorite pics from the day.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I'm sitting at the airport in Nashville - my flight has been delayed by an hour - so I'm using the time to update my blog. I flew home from Greenville this past Thursday and will be flying back to Norfolk, VA tonight to meet up with the Go10Walk team. Here are some of my highlights from the weekend.
*Seeing my amazing wife and daughters on Thursday night!!! I love to travel and I'm blown away by all God is doing through Go10 and the fact that I get to be a part of it - but I sure miss my family and wished they could be with me on the road.
*Sleeping in my own bed.
*Breakfast at Cracker Barrel with Julie and Karlee.
*Seeing God open doors for my possible future.
*Spending time with my wife on Friday - she took the day off so we could be together. Even after 20 years of marriage she is my best friend and I love just hanging out with her. We've been dating now for 27 years!!!
*Spending an hour at the Apple store for a One-on-One lesson.
*Hanging out with Julie's mom and her brother's family.
*Attending the DCA production of "Singing in the Rain" on Friday night. My oldest daughter was part of the cast and it was wonderful. I'm not the musical type - don't hate me - I just rate them up there with a root canal! I was impressed with the talent and hard work put into this production. The cast was amazing - I'm not sure how they pulled it all off.
*Getting to spend some time at the TN State Youth Competition on Saturday morning and hearing the TDF groups sing! Karlee is singing in two of the groups.
*Hearing the excitement from people at the TN State Youth Competition over Go10Walk!
*Date night on Saturday night with Julie, Craig, and Tara. Good friends/family, food, movie, and a ton of laughs!
*Sharing Go10 at The Donelson Fellowship this morning. It was good to be with my family at church - I'm so thankful for my church and all the encouragement they have given me and my family while I'm on the road.
*The amazing highlights that continue to stream in from Go10Walk.
*Bill Ezel & Jim Daniels - the two retired men that have worked like crazy on this campaign and allowed me this weekend at home!!!
*Seeing the flowers and other gifts sent to my wife and daughters by the IM Office staff. I serve along side an amazing group of people!!!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Here are some of my thoughts from the Go10walk, I recorded these on Wednesday, April 14th - the 9th day of the walk. This was recorded while walking in South Carolina.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Yesterday was another amazing day. I'm blown away be all God is doing through Go10 and continue to pray for lives to be impacted for Christ. All for Him!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
For those of you who would like to see some extended video footage from day 1 - here it is! It's been an amazing week walking through Georgia and into South Carolina. We start up again at 7:00 from the campus of Columbia International University heading up toward Greenville, North Carolina.
I'm blown away by the people that are helping us on this journey and am praying for many more to sign on. My goal is to see over 2,000 people walk and for us all to join together to raise over $1,000,000 for missions. I know that's a huge number but together and with God's help we can make history and achieve amazing things for His Glory!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I realize some of the video content is a bit shaky - okay, it will flat out make you sea sick! But I hope you get the gist of how incredible Day 1 of Go10 really was.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
After 10 months of planning, praying, dreaming, and scheming – I hopped in a 36 ft RV and started on my way to South Georgia. Just before leaving, Julie and the girls helped me load a few last minute items. Julie had me pose for a picture with the girls in front of the RV – we hugged, kissed, said our goodbyes and I started to drive out of our neighborhood. As I looked back, I noticed my girls standing on the steps waving goodbye – it was at this moment a flood of emotions came over me and I wept uncontrollably.
I had known this time was coming but no amount of prayer or planning gets you ready to leave your family for four months. That with the overwhelming feelings of the historical journey ahead of us flooded my emotions and I melted into a heap right there in the front seat of that big RV.
I have to say that my wife and three daughters are so amazing. They have been so supportive and helpful during the planning stages of this campaign. I’m extremely blessed!
I met up with Bill Ezell, one of our retired volunteers, at Best Buy. Bill was driving the Dodge Magnum, the car we commonly refer to as the “Go10 Magnum,” because of the customized wrap on the outside. I can’t believe how well the wrap turned out! The car, the specialty wheels, and most of the wrap were all donated. One of my friends back in Lebanon, Missouri designed & installed the wrap – contact Results Advertising for more information.
Back to Bill Ezell. He is one of the amazing volunteers who have spent countless hours planning and designing the Go10 route. He also left a loving, and crying, wife & family behind for the next four months. Jim Daniels, another retiree, will join us on Wednesday. I’m amazed at their willingness to put their lives on hold for this campaign. And then again, I’m not surprised – over the past ten months I have seen a glimpse into these men’s hearts - their love for Jesus, and their desire to impact lives for Christ. It’s a rare honor to know and work with men like Bill and Jim – I’m blessed.
After 9 hours on the road – we made it to a campground in Statesboro and set up shop. We will drive to Glennville FWB Church in the morning for Easter Service and then the walk-in reception at Ebenezer FWB Church. The walk begins on Monday in Glennville and heads up through Statesboro on our way to Columbia, SC. It’s going to be an amazing journey and I’m blown away that God is allowing me to be a small part of it. If your reading this, I hope you will join me. All for HIM!
Friday, April 2, 2010
We are now only a couple of days away from the start of the Go10Walk for the World! We now have over 50 people registered online for this historic opening day and over 460 for the total walk that will lead us across 13 states, 2,500 miles, and take almost 4 months to complete. I'm praying for over 2,000 people to participate and that we will be able to raise over $500,000 for missions. Excitement is building! I received the following email from Charles Barnard, our Event Coordinator, this morning.
Not only has the number of walkers for day one increased, but the buzz around Glennville is that we can expect a significant number of local folks to show up for the rally. I have attempted to tell everyone who wants to walk, even if it is only to the city limits, that they need to register on-line. However, I think we can expect a large number of sympathy walkers for the first mile or two.
Our Mayor and other officials will be on hand to extend a welcome. Hopefully, we will have good media coverage.
Local police and sheriff deputies will assist in traffic control and provide escort. Nevertheless, I think the first few miles will be at a snail's pace. A busy highway, a large crowd, perhaps more automobiles than necessary will all contribute to this. On the other hand, think of the energy and enthusiasm! Wow! It will be a day to remember!
I had thought we would hold the rally our of doors, but with so large a crowd, holding the rally in the sanctuary might be best. Many older folks will be in attendance. They will not be able to stand out in the 80+ degree for 45-60 minutes.
The changeover spot between leg one and leg two will be in the vacant lot across from J & J Greenhouses on Hwy 250 @ 3 miles inside the Evans County line. There is an unused shed just off the road and a large grassy parking area with several entrances and exits. Few restroom areas are nearby. I'll transport those who need facilities to and from in our church van.
If you haven't signed up yet - please go to; www.go10walk.com and join us!