As it has been almost a year since my last update, this one is quite long…
As I look back over the years of my life, I am reminded of God’s continued faithfulness to me. I have been blessed with so many experiences, good friends, and love from God. Just 5 years ago, if you were to tell me that in the next five years, I would live in West Africa, and then Europe, I would’ve told you, you’re nuts, I’m not going anywhere, other than possibly Colorado. But, thankfully God had other plans for my life.
One of the best experiences was my time in Denver. Since I can remember, I always wanted to live in Denver. In 2008, I had the opportunity to live and work in Denver for 6 moths. During this time, God provided me with some amazing friends, and a great church that really helped to provide an atmosphere of growth. I also got to hike to the top of several different mountain peaks in the Rockies. That experience was such a great reminder of how awesome and powerful is our God, and how much he must love us, to have created such a wonderful world for us to take care of.
The second major life experience was my time in West Africa. I still credit this time to opening my eyes to seeing that an Electrical Engineer can help reach other people with the gospel. I had always believed to be a missionary, you need to go to seminary, be a really good public speaker, and plant lots of churches. None of which, I am very good at. It was the opportunity to serve with TWR as a summer missionary, that really opened my eyes to how powerful media really can be for the gospel. I still can hardly believe how God prepared every step of the way, even having another family there from New Mexico!
The third, and probably biggest life experience has been moving to and now living in Vienna Austria. I have been able to experience time hiking in the Alps, and really spending time alone with God. I don’t know what it is about mountains that does it for me, but it often feels that I am closest to God, when I am able to get away from the business of the city life, and spend time in nature, just in awe of how awesome our God really is. I also am continually humbled at how God can take a shy, introverted nerd, who doesn’t really like being the center of attention and use me for something greater. It reminds me of 2 Cor 12: 9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” I also have been blessed with a wonderful church family, and some really good friends. I am also very thankful for the opportunity to lead a Bible study at Starbucks.
Now to some people who I would really like to thank for being such a great influence on my life, many of whom I hope to be like as I continue on life’s journey.
First and foremost, I really am so thankful for my closest friend Andre, who was born two weeks before me. I still remember coming over on weekends, and playing with Batman and with legos. Thanks so much for being my friend and putting up with my craziness for all of these 30 years!
I also would like to thank Nate, Chris and Josh for your friendship.
It’s crazy to think Nate, that you are now a dad, and I really look forward to seeing your little guy! I continue to hope and pray that God will help you in being a great husband and father.
Chris, again I am thankful for many of the times we have been able to sit down together and talk about life, to talk about our struggles, and also our joys, thank you for being such a good and faithful friend.
Josh, thanks for talking about computers and just being your self, it’s always good to be around others, and know that you can be weird, and they will still be your friend 😉
I would also like to thank Caleb, Nick, Jason and Shane. Caleb, I always liked knowing that you and I could talk about technology, but also have good talks about theology, and music. My mom still blames you for converting me to rock music :p
Nick, man, what is there to say…. I’m so thankful, that you have allowed me to be, well, crazy… I still remember our crazy senior skip day, running around during the middle of the night, flipping a tent over, jumping off of swings, and then going to Andre’s house begging him to let us in to play some Xbox, and finally passing out in his back yard. Been some really great times. Thanks for being a great friend, and encouraging me.
Jason, man am I itching to go mountain biking with you again! Thanks for having such a great imagination, running through the sand dunes, building forts, and of course helping me to learn how to mountain bike. I still think we need to try and plan a “bikepacking” trip.
Shane, I am so thankful for all of the times we would talk together about John Macarthur. Thank you for helping to keep me sane, and allowing me to come over and talk during one of my hardest times in life, I still hope to one day visit you in Alaska.
There are so many people from church in Las Cruces that have been an inspiration for how to live out what it really means to follow Christ and to fight the good fight. I would like to thank John Gwin for all of the years of teaching Sunday School, and for your great sense of humor. I also would like to thank Mr. Danhauer. for just being such a testimony of God’s work in your life, I really hope that when I get older, I am able to be as positive as you have been. Thank you also to Pastor Gordon, especially for mentoring me as I was getting ready to come to Austria, I really, really, really appreciated the time with you! I would also like to thank Pastor John for all the years of faithful teaching, and for encouraging me to take this step, working as an Electrical Engineer in the mission field.
I also would like to thank my newest friend here in Austria, Clemens. Clemens, I am thankful for being someone that I can have both serious conversations with about faith and life, but also goofy conversations, about random things. Thanks for being my friend!
There are so many more names that continue to come to mind, but I think I’m running out of words…. I would also like to thank Garth and Fiona, and Paul and Donna for accepting me and encouraging me, as I began this crazy life change of life outside of New Mexico. Thanks to my friends in Colorado, Will, Tivon, and Wayne, you guys are great! Thanks also to Nathan, the other Nick, all of the great people at Calvary Chapel in Vienna, and so many other friends that I can’t think of right now. What can I say, my mind doesn’t work as well as it used to 😉
Finally, I really have to thank my family. I don’t really think God could’ve done a better job providing the right people to be my family.
Thanks mom and dad for all of the years of care and love that you have provided for me, even when I didn’t respect it. I am also so thankful for my brothers, Ben and Tim. Ben, I can’t believe you’re going to be getting married in a few months! I’m so proud of you, and look forward to being there. I also am thankful that we got to finally play on the same baseball team my last year, finally, after all of the years of playing wiffle ball in the back yard, we got to play on the same team.
Tim, thanks for being, well, sometimes a lot like me :P…. I’m really glad, that as we’ve gotten older, we have been able to get along much better. I’m really proud of you, and am really glad we got to meet in Finland. Thanks for going with me to the top of Mt Bierstadt with me.
Finally in the words of Project 86, “We’ve come too far Too far to turn back”