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Lessons I've learned...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

It's Saturday, May 8th and I am heading home for a 4 day break from the Go10walk campaign. We planned in several breaks throughout this four month journey and this is the first of them - built around Mothers Day.

This campaign is going amazingly well - better than I hoped it would be going at this point. We have never done anything like this before so, we just weren't sure what to expect. Here are some of the things I have learned over the past 27 walking days;

1.) This is much more difficult than I thought it was going to be. Seriously difficult! Please don't get me wrong on this but the enormity of this campaign continues to stretch us in new ways almost daily. Yes, we knew it was going to be a challenge but I don't think it could really set in until we actually get on the road and in the midst of the campaign itself. It's long days, challenging logistically, dependent upon new volunteers each day, exposed to the elements of weather/terrain and in the end will prove to be completed only through the mercies of our mighty Lord, Jesus Christ! And, to Him be all the glory for what is achieved.

2.) The impact on those who walk. I just didn’t see this coming. But, the majority of the people who participate in Go10 are impacted in a significant way - many of them are moved to tears. For some, it’s the physical difficulty of walking 10 miles - for some it’s the connection they make with missionaries serving on the field - for some it’s simply the three plus hours listening to Gods voice - for most, it’s the fact that they are getting to be a part of something much larger than themselves. Numerous people have returned to walk an additional ten mile segment - some have even walked three or four segments. We never anticipated that taking place!

3.) The importance of a team. Something this big could never be achieved without a great team. I’ve already written about the International Missions team that we are blessed to work with but there are two other groups of people I want to point out.

a.) First, our families. When I say “our” I’m referring to myself, Bill Ezel, and Jim Daniels - or the three guys out on the road every day. As for our families - we couldn’t be out here for this extended period of time without our families support at home. Jim and Bill’s wife’s have and are giving up a lot to allow their husbands to be out here with Go10. And, my wife, Julie is a super-hereo in my book! She’s at home with three kids and working a full time job. I’m a blessed man to have such an amazing wife and three daughters. I’m proud of them and thankful for all they are doing for the Go10 campaign.

b.) Secondly, Jim & Bill. I’m not sure I can say enough about how amazed I am by these two men. My commitment to this campaign is different - I get paid to work with this project - these guys are extreme volunteers! Both Jim & Bill are retired and both bring completely different skills to our Go10 team. Without them - I just don’t see how any of this would be possible. My love and respect for these guys grows daily. I’m honored to have this opportunity to work along side them and to learn from them. Their wisdom, love for their families, and willingness to serve Christ is extreme. And, I believe God has brought our families together for such a time as this.

Well, I’m looking for these days off - time at home - with my family - but I have to admit that I’m also anxious to see what God has for us on days 28-82 - one thing for sure - it’s going to be an amazing summer! If you have not had a chance to be a part of Go10 - please visit our website and join us - I look forward to walking with you!