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It’s All Coming Together In Peru!

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I made it safely back up and down the mountain! This first trip into the unknown for 2016 was a giant success. It set a good vibe for the rest of the year and made me so excited about what’s to come this fall in Peru!

My goal was to scout an additional section to the trek I pioneered last November. Here is the blog where I explained this trip. I wanted to add more villages to the trek and make it more exciting for teams who are thinking about using my trek for missions. Now for certain I can add interesting witnessing tools such as, dirt bikes, horses, rafting, etc. This will increase the level of impact we can have.

Just look at some of the photos!

IMG_6384Photo May 04, 11 40 47Photo May 06, 09 39 08IMG_8409Photo May 07, 09 49 59Photo May 07, 11 28 24I was prepared to go alone. Then at last minute, I thankfully got to take two of my Peruvian missionary friends with me, Steve and Micah Hobby. Having them with me was perfect to get a feel for when I’ll be guiding teams. It helped me to create a solid checklist and prepare for every possible scenario.

Photo of Steve and Micah.

IMG_6380The trip was a incredible. I found additional villages to visit. Not just that, in one of the villages, God opened a door for me to build a solid relationship with a man named Alex and his family. This is such a big deal. It means I can visit his people with teams this fall, and the people will receive us with open arms. This is the second village to welcome me like this. I believe it’s the second of many hundreds to come!

I didn’t get a photo of Alex, but here is his village and a few of the villagers.

Photo May 07, 17 43 47Photo May 07, 16 39 27Photo May 07, 10 44 04Two Weeks In Bolivia

By the time this blog posts, I’ll be on my way to Bolivia. I’ll be there for the next two weeks reconnecting with a drug rehabilitation organization, speaking to some youth groups, and climbing two big mountains in preparation for the worlds highest altitude prayer meeting in Mt. Aconcagua.

Back To Peru

After Bolivia, I will return to Peru, and I will be back in the mountains to finalize my trek. When I was in Peru last fall with Tannen Healy, we just made sure the trek was possible. Now I will be making the trek passable and connecting the original trek with the new section.

Trek With Me In June

In early June I’ll do one final run through the entire trek. Would you like to go with me? The dates will be from June 5-14, 2016. As long as you have a passport, the visa for Peru can be picked up at the airport in Lima. Contact me ASAP for details.

Into The Villages

It’s so exciting to think about what’s going to happen in the fall, when I lead teams into the villages. Already, two YWAM teams are confirmed, and other missions teams are considering it. With each team we will do it differently, using the unique skills and creative ideas from each team. We’re going to show so much love to the villagers!

Thank you for your prayers and financial support. Together, we are truly making a difference in South America!

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On the smallest missions budget of all time I’ve been to 30+ countries on 6 continents. With each step I’m making a difference.

Almost two years ago I had a wild and rare dream. I gathered friends, raised a little support, and went to a school for missions. I came home put my dreams to paper and headed for the Andes Mountains in South America. I said I would pioneer treks to remote villages to give love and friendship, physical help as needs are discovered, and share everything I know about Jesus. It’s amazing how perfectly this plan is unfolding.

Everything’s Ready In Peru

In the fall of 2015 I pioneered a new trek where I discovered untouched highland villages in Peru. It was an experience I’ll never forget as I stood there with my backpack imagining the ways I would bless these people. Then, I traveled to Chile and Argentina where I received commitments from YWAM bases to send their teams on my treks to reach the villagers!

Starting The World’s Highest Prayer Meeting

While I was in Argentina I brainstormed about starting the world’s highest altitude corporate prayer meeting. Everyone backed me on this idea, and the planning began. Now it looks like this is going to happen in fall 2016.

Big Impact In Uganda

On top of everything else I went to Uganda in December and January. I worked with orphans and I spoke in the villages inspiring youth to follow God and reach for their potential. One day we actually fed an entire village! On New Years Eve, my dad spoke to a record crowd in the Mandela Stadium. It was unbelievable looking into that sea of 120,000 faces and meeting the President of Uganda.

Backpacked The Middle East and Europe

After Uganda I traveled through the Middle East and Europe. I was threatened by a cab driver to convert to Islam in Egypt. In Turkey I was 300 yards away from a major terrorist bombing where people were killed and injured. During that time, I sought to develop a heart for Islamic people. I wanted to see life through their eyes so I can find ways to show them love.

What’s Ahead For 2016?

If you’ve read my original vision from the website and my first blogs, you will see that this mission is building momentum. It all started as bold ideas turned into experiments. I’ve done the research. I’ve climbed in extreme conditions and I’ve opened the treks. I’ve met the people and I know exactly how I can help them. I have teams of people ready to go with me. All the effort has come to this climax. This next year is going to be a season of massive reward!

I can’t believe it’s already time to leave again. It’s so hard to leave my family and friends as well as first world comforts. But, I can’t stay here long when I am called to the wild.

Peru April-June

I’m traveling to Peru on April 12. As soon as I get there, I’ll be finishing my new trek into the mountains. Some parts of this trek require more than hiking and climbing. So I’ll be working with locals to create horseback riding sections and a white water rafting section. These additions will spark interest in the villagers and give us a creative path to connect with them.

While I’m working on the trek and preparing to receive YWAM teams, I will also be taking advanced Spanish language classes in Peru. Then when everything is ready to go I will finish this time in Peru with a two-week mountaineering trip. This will increase my skills for the technical mountain we’ll climb for the high altitude prayer meeting later in the year.

USA And Nepal July-August

I’ll return to the USA at the end of June until the middle of July. Then I’ll head to Nepal where I will work with the organization that inspired nearly everything I’m doing today.

Peru September-December

In the fall I will return to Peru and welcome my first few YWAM teams on the trek. We will go into villages full with God’s love and make a difference! I can’t even imagine what’s going to happen on these treks!

Argentina December

In December I will return to Argentina and lead a team up Mt. Aconcagua for the world’s highest altitude prayer meeting. I will give you more details about this event as it comes together.

Africa December-January

I will end the year in Africa again. This year we hope to build on what we did last year. We plan to feed more villages, visit more orphanages, and share hope with more people. If it works out, I want to submerge myself into a remote village there so I can know African tribal life from personal experience. Courageous experiments like this show me how people can be helped.

These are my goals for the year. I realize it could sound impossible. But, with God’s help I will do it all.

Become A 2016 Partner

I want to thank everyone who has supported me based on nothing but a vision. You believed in me when all I had to give you was a promise. You felt like my heart was genuine and you invested your finances and your time. You encouraged me to focus on the people I wanted to reach, and because of you I never had to worry about anything.

Though I have impacted people along the way, I am about to reach lots and lots of people. I am going to do exactly what I set out to do nearly two years ago plus SO much more. Every month I get new ideas, but coming home to help earn money for these really slows me down and lowers my rate of impact.

To be perfectly effective for the next 12 months, I need lots of prayers and I need to raise $1500 per month in financial support. Will you support me for one year or longer?

  • $25 per month ($300 yearly)
  • $50 per month ($600 yearly)
  • $75 per month ($900 yearly)
  • $100 per month ($1200 yearly)



Join The Farewell Gathering

Finally, I want to invite you to a last minute farewell gathering. It will be at my house on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30pm. We will be serving refreshments and I’ll be giving a brief talk about the next year. It will mean so much to me to have you there.

Thanks for reading this update!

The Wild

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I’m writing to you on a bus ride out of Bolivia. This is by far the sketchiest ride of my life. The good news is, we’ve been riding for 21 hours and we only have 13 hours to Cusco, Peru. Lol.

Our time in Bolivia was supposed to be just a training for the rest of this South America mission. It was a great time and great things happened, but then it became so much more than that.

We had planned to reach Peru by plane on the 17th. But, out of nowhere I felt a strong calling to stay in La Paz for one more week.

We had no set plans, no leads, and not a single idea about where to start looking. All we had was an urge to stay longer and a belief that something big would happen. And it did.

Once we decided to stay I searched online for a justice organization to serve, but I couldn’t find anything. It wasn’t because the opportunities didn’t exist. It’s just hard to find South American websites when you’re searching for them in English.

Remar, Bolivia’s Dream Center

Then I found Remar. It seemed to be a legitimate organization. So we put on our shoes and headed there right away.

From the outside we had no clue what we were getting into. Everyone there spoke Spanish. It was impossible to explain that we wanted to volunteer. But then we found a tall Bolivian man named Eduardo. From the second we met Eduardo we knew that we made the right choice to remain in Bolivia.

Here is what’s really wild. When we had prayed about what we should do with this extra week in La Paz, I heard the words “Dream Center,” which is a well-known ministry for the destitute in California, USA.

As we stood there and talked with Eduardo, we found that Remar is a spitting image of the Dream Center! For example: They provide drug rehabilitation, they rescue women from prostitution, and they help single moms too poor to raise their children.

I quickly noticed that Remar had more vision than they had support. So I offered my skills in graphic design to create a magazine and a calendar.

Everyone buys calendars in Bolivia. It might not seem like a big deal in the US, but they will raise good money from doing this. The new magazine will be their first English publication. This means they can finally attract supporters in English speaking countries, and who can imagine the difference that will make.

At Remar we met a young boy named Luisitos who needed immediate surgery or he would die. His family didn’t have money to pay for this surgery, but thankfully we met them at the perfect time and we were able to help with the finances. The surgery was a complete success! Now Luisitos is in recovery and getting better everyday. Here is his photo (pre-surgery).

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During our time in Bolivia we met with so many great people. I’m positive I will work with them again to make a difference in their city and nation. For example, here is a photo of Miguel and his family. Miguel was my translator.

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Miguel is one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met. He’s a fellow YWAM’er and he shares my heart. Miguel encouraged me every time he opened his mouth. I’m positive he is my friend for life.

Then there is Eduardo, Remarcobija, and Matthew. Matthew is part of a movement called God In The Streets. The work he’s doing in Bolivia is unbelievable. These guys are also friends for life.

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An Unforgettable Youth Event

One of the highlights for me in Bolivia was speaking at a youth event the final night. I spoke about the potential each one of them has, and how they have a purpose with the true ability to change the world.

After the message Tannen and I offered to pray for them. We wanted to say what God is saying to them, to cancel the lies they’ve been getting all their lives in this world.

I have never been truly used in prophecy until that moment. I saw things about those kids and I had no clue where it was coming from. Just out of the sky, the messages kept coming!

Later they told us that every message was 100% accurate. It was the first time most of them had experienced anything like this. It deeply impacted everyone in the room including myself.

It’s cool to see how God never fails when you trust Him. When I decided to prophecy over the kids I was scared, but it was encouraging to watch God show up in my life like that when I had the courage to step out. Here’s a great photo from that night.

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Now, we’ve been in Peru for two weeks and I’m finally able to finish this blog. I’ve seen more doors opened here than ever in my life.

Into The Wild

Tomorrow I will begin a challenging 10-day trek! There are amazing stories that led to this moment, about how God has guided me to these mountains in Peru.

This is my first trek without a guide and my most courageous alpine adventure so far. This entire area is unexplored. I’m going to search for remote villages and I’m not even sure if they exist.

I’m going with old maps and rumors of villages. To get there, I will cross a glacier river with water temp just above freezing, sleep in the tents over a bed of snow, and reach around 18,700ft. Half of this trek will be above 16,000ft.

My goal is to find the villages and see if the passes between them is doable. Then I will map a circuit with my discoveries. This will make it possible for me to send other missionaries into these villages.

I don’t know where they exist or how I can help them, but I know that God is sending me to find them! If I don’t find them, there is a real chance that nobody ever will.

I’m thankful that Tannen is still with me. We’ve learned a few Quechuan phrases to survive. At least we can ask if we can camp in their villages. Quechua is the language of the Inca Empire, spoken in these Peruvian Highlands.

For food, we packed 10 days of cliff bars, canned meat, nuts, and dried fruits. We’re also bringing good gifts for the villagers, and a life changing smile.

I plan to post a blog as soon as I return. Until then, have a great life and talk to you soon. Pray for us over the next 10 days, and for the villagers we hope to reach. Thank you so much!