Update 2010

Posted by admin in January 23rd, 2010
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My computer broke. Crash-o-rama. First time in my laptop history that I’ve had a computer crash on me. It’s at the computer doctor right now having a dataectomy. I pray it all gets transferred. My life is on that laptop! Lord have mercy!

Daryl and I spent a week in sunny Mexico for our vacation. It was a good time, but they did have record-breaking cold temps. Nothing like here in KC of course, but cold for them–57 degrees.

We’re home now and preparing to head out again. We leave for Texas on Tuesday, January 26. We’ll be speaking at Le Tourneau University’s missions emphasis week and then we head down to Houston for the IICS January board meeting. We’re also hosting a dinner down there. Fun times. Looking forward to seeing good friends and wonderful coworkers. I’ll be speaking at a Sunday School class at West University Baptist Church in Houston on the 31st. If you’re in the area, would love to see you. Also, the IICS dinner is going to be held at the Houston Marriott Westchase Saturday night, January 30th. It’s a free dinner and IICS professors will speak and it’s gonna be a lot of fun. If you want to come, just call the office or email Katie for a reservation: 800.776.4427 or

I’d like to give an update on Mike’s and my book. It’s a praise the Lord and “WOW” kind of thing, but I never want to come across as bragging or boasting. I just want to let folks know that prayers have been answered and that God has been gracious. First off, IVP wanted me to do a book signing at Urbana ’09 in St. Louis. I was glad to do it and really looked forward to meeting folks at the bookstore. They scheduled me to sign from 3:00 to 4:00. The IVP rep told me it would probably last 45 minutes. It actually lasted two hours! They sold out of the book! I was so thrilled. I think for the folks at IVP our book was kind of a dark horse–a gamble. Selling out of the book means that their risk wasn’t in vain. I’m thankful for that. I didn’t want to disappoint our editors.

Secondly, World Magazine did a review in their January 30 issue. Susan Olasky reviewed it as one of four “notable” books for the New Year. I was blown away. Of all the books she could have chosen, I was so surprised she picked ours. Surprised and grateful.

Here’s the other side of writing. I put together a collection of stories, much like what I’ve written on the blog. Stories of life on the mission field, stories of Lao Deng, Mr. Xu, Natasha and Little Olga. Stories of God’s faithfulness to a big old donkey girl. I put the book proposal together and sent it to three publishers and all three turned it down. Baker, Zondervan and IVP all said they had no niche for this kind of book. Please pray with me that I may know what to do. Do I let it go and move on or do I continue to send it off to publishers? I need wisdom.

Well, thanks for letting me ramble and share. I was so happy to see that the blog is nearing 10,000 readers. Who knew? I’m looking forward to the New Year and to seeing what God will do in each of us and through each of us. Haiti wakes us all up to see that we live in a broken and hurting world. May we each prayerfully seek God’s will and way that He might use us to live out His love for this world. Peace.

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331. Texas cuzzin Linda said,
January 23rd, 2010 at 8:55 pm

If you feel that the Lord is leading you to publish your book of mission stories, I’ll buy the first one! I so enjoy reading your stories. God has richly blessed you with the ability to write what’s in your heart and bless others through your words.

332. Lisa said,
January 24th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Praying with you for a clear answer on the book!

334. cuzzin j'lynn said,
January 26th, 2010 at 7:02 am

I’ll buy your book too. You know, everytime I retell your stories people really listen and remember them, even if I’m a terrible storyteller!!! They really make an impact. Your time will come for this book.

337. grannieannie said,
February 4th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Have you tried Crossway Publishers? Moody? Eerdmans? (They have a title by Lesslie Newbigin on missions: Open Secret, I think.) Thomas Nelson? These all have missions titles. All research from an Amazon search for Books/Missions.

340. admin said,
February 4th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Thanks Anne. I’ll try those publishers. I appreciate you!

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