Saturday, February 25, 2017

Looking for Jesus

Fifty two of our Josiah Venture teammates met up at the airport this afternoon to begin a trip of a lifetime.

We are here in Israel, Jesus' home, and where the roots of our faith are! Praise the Lord everyone arrived safely from ten different countries, with luggage. That's a small miracle in itself! But that meant we were actually on our bus on time, headed to our first location of sight-seeing and learning.

Joining us on the tour this week is our friend and tour guide from past tours, Andrey. He will be with us all week. And seriously, this man is like a walking "Google" website when it comes to knowledge about his country! It's a privilege to have him with us.

We headed to Mount Arbel, which is a great vantage point for starting out a tour of the Holy Land. With a view over the Sea of Galilee (or Lake Kinneret, as they actually call it in Israel), it was the perfect place for Dave to start teaching today. 

And getting us all to do a little Bible memorization with hand motions!

As we worked on memorizing a familiar passage, Matthew 28:16, a verse that is at the heart of our ministry (so I think most everyone knows it already!), I was reminded of two things.

One is that our mission is ALWAYS to make disciples. And who IS a disciple? Someone that takes what has been given to them and passes it on.

And the second thing is that we are always to "look for Jesus". In that verse, there is the familiar section that says, "And lo, I am with you always." In the original language, that is actually a command telling us to "Look" for Jesus...because he's with us always.

I've seen him numerous times already today, and am sure He will be with us every step of this trip!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Off to Israel

What you can't see in this picture is another 25 Josiah Venture teammates on the plane with us!

This week we are headed to Israel with 52 JV staff where we will tour the Holy Land and listen, learn and talk about how Jesus made disciples. Along with a tour guide who will give us historical context, Dave will be doing the teaching this week.

Since our tour starts tomorrow at noon, and we couldn't get a flight into Tel Aviv early enough, we came a day early with some of our teammates. Everyone found their own accommodations and are just hanging out in the city for the evening.

We had the joy and privilege of hanging out with Mel and Amy on the day of their 19th anniversary of being Josiah Venture missionaries!!!

We love serving with these dear ones! They are faith-filled and faithful missionaries who have made a great impact across Central and Eastern Europe for the sake of Jesus.

It's awesome to be in Israel with them, and all our other JV teammates, this week!

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Tucked away in this photo is a special generational you see it?

Four generations of Patty men, right there!

How kind of the Lord to allow us to overlap in Denver with Tyler, Lara and Judah so that this epic four generation photo could be taken!

He gave us just a little more than twelve hours together, but we sure made the most of it!

So thankful that Tyler, Lara and Judah had the joy of visiting grandparents, and that we got in on the joy of it too!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Best Day Ever

We received an unexpected gift last week-end.

Our Tyler, Lara and Judah (who live in Tennessee) were on their last day of visiting Dave's parents in Denver, which coincided with our last day in the States. What a treat to finish out our trip with a sweet connection with them!

One of these days, when the Lord blesses Tyler and Lara with all their needed support for moving to Czech to serve with Josiah Venture, we'll see more of this little fellow. But for now, these touch points with him mean so much.

I loved watching Judah interact with his great-grandparents. How cool is it that he got to spend time with them? And that they got to have time with him as well!!!

And you know the other cool thing?

Having Caleb and Haley drive down from Fort Collins to spend the evening with us! Family time is a treasure when you live long distances from each other.

And that's why this was the best day ever!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Locked Out

If you're one of my faithful, regular readers (thank you all!), you might have wondered why I haven't posted for the past five days.

I was locked out of my blog by Google.

To be fair, it wasn't their fault. But it also wasn't something that I did that locked me out. It was just a complicated jumble of problems that led to the freezing of my account.

Thanks to a very savvy Google wizard (aka: Brian at our JV Frydlant office), it was untangled today and I'm back in business! WHEW. "Thank you Brian!!!"

For ten years, my blog has been a way to share our lives and ministry with all of you. When I got the email saying I was going to lose my domain, I'll admit, a bit of panic rose up inside of me! It's not that all my blog posts would have disappeared. But I wouldn't have ever been able to post again on this blog domain. And you would never have known why.

How thankful I am that Brian knew how to untangle the problem and solve it. How thankful I am that God is in all the little details of life, including blog domains!