“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, ‘For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.’) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” – Romans 8:35 -37 New Living Translation

First Blog Post from a Plane

I know wi-fi on an airplane is not such a big deal any more – but this is my first time using it. Thanks to the fact that it is free on my flight. I logged into the blog and see that I haven’t posted in almost a month. Things have just been very busy.

Last month we were able to get our newsletter done and send them out in 300 Christmas cards. We had a big push to get that done, because we celebrated Christmas early with our family before we packed everyone up and drove to Washington D.C. to visit family for Christmas. That all pretty much made December zoom by.

January is pretty much the same and I haven’t even begun to think about February yet. I’m sure it will be busy.

So 2011 is off to a wild start. 2010 was an incredible year, I hope this one is just as good if not better. Ingrid and I were able to attend the Global Tech Leader Conference in Thailand last spring. It was awesome to get to work on that together, but it would also turn out to be a huge impact on our life, though we didn’t know it at the time. It was there that we first sensed God’s calling us to Eastern Europe.

My team was able to be involved in two major projects this year that I believe are going to have lasting repercussions for our ministries in Africa and ultimately world-wide. One was a remote hosted finance/donations package that will make life much easier for leaders at the national level and the other was our mobile giving project that will help to revolutionize support raising for our staff in the developing world. I was also able to witness what God did through the mobile learning project. My direct involvement in that one was pretty small, just being involved in the initial discussions to get it going, but I’m very excited to see what happens with it as God uses those who carried it forward through the year.

There were so many other things, and some real breakthroughs in how we do what we do. We made some huge in-roads as an organization in leveraging open source software. I think that will pay off some huge dividends down the road and help us to be even better stewards of the resources that God has given to us. A good year. Can’t wait to see what is coming next.