Spring has sprung . . . oops, it seems to have lost its 'spring', but surely it will come around again. Unfortunately not before the tulips have bent over in submission to the unexpected freezing temperatures. Isn’t it weird how, when things are out of order, they do not go right? I think perhaps that is how I have felt these last few months. It is true, as Carol said in our last letter, we must be thankful and faithful with what is put before us, day by day. If we try to go ahead of God’s order it may cause us to lose our steadfastness, just like the poor, limp tulips I am thankful for the places the Lord has sent me, to see what He sees. On a recent trip abroad, He did just that. Let me take you back and explain: It’s Sunday morning at theVineyard Christian Fellowship. We were there in the to minister at our friends' maternity clinic. I was so excited to be attending a local church in the heart of a busy Filipino neighborhood that I was not yet ready to enter all the way in the church when we arrived. I stood in the doorway so I could hear worship but also be able to watch the kids entertain themselves in the alley kicking a can, just under a lady hanging laundry on a line above. As I began to enter into worship, and as I heard these congregants sing “All I want is You”, I was captured by the innocence in their uninhibited worship. I found myself standing on a handmade small rug. It was made out of bits of scrap cloth sown together. There I stood on this resourceful rug in this more than resourceful (by force not choice) country. I was so moved by the humble worship. There was such enthusiasm in their singing, and much thankfulness in their hearts. I remember thinking, how are they so content? It just seemed to click for me that I have too many things in my life in the western world, which cause me to be weighed down with concern. Perhaps you may relate. As I stood on that beautiful rug, I had some life reflection. I began to think of when we lived in and how I was always so busy. I always desired to do more among the poor, specifically in . I always longed to spend more time producing something that really seemed to matter - something that made a difference. I told the Lord that I felt I took for granted living so close to the border of Mexico and the many opportunities there. I thought to myself, here I am in a third world country where there is such great need and how a small effort on my part could go such a long way. I told the Lord that I was sorry I did not follow what I believed was His leading of me and how I was undisciplined with my time, following my own priorities. I had such a wonderful repentance there on that rug as I found freedom to worship uninhibited with my Filipino brothers and sisters. Afterwards I told Carol and our team members, Eric & Crystal, that I needed to make some changes in my life in order to regain perspective and follow what God called me to do. Since that day in , I have felt so many levels of the Lord's grace and His leading. These have been so confirming. Confirming what, you might say? Well, confirming that the desires of our heart were meant to be followed and that those desires were put there by God. The Lord is granting this, as we plan to once again shift our geographical location from , returning to . Some of you are surprised! Others just 'knew' it already. We are very excited! Even though we don't have all the details as yet, returning there will be very strategic. I will be reconnecting with ministry in on a much more purposeful level. I have some connections already, and plan to survey and scout what the Lord would have me put my hands to. I also plan to apply with organizations which work with troubled youth. I have realized that another deep desire of mine is to make a bigger difference in the lives of teens. Carol has many things brewing in her heart regarding worship. Some of that, she has already begun to do with intercessory worship on our trip, and some other things she has done for Desert Stream. She anticipates stirring things with former worshipers among our tribe. She feels will be a good base for launching out into something called 'WorldWide Intercession Plan’, a ministry the Lord has given her a vision of, which entails bringing worship and intercession to the nations on an 'as needed' basis. Simply put, will become the 'base of operations' for Voice of the Bride. And we believe it will be a launching pad for many things...... We definitely know we were to come to KC and work with Desert Stream. We also have established a perfect peace over the fact that leaving only to return 3 years later is just a GOD THING! We feel that we have been in God's will throughout this journey. Carol and I have grown so much individually and are thankful for maturity in our marriage and ministry together. I have the blessing of the staff here at Desert Stream to go on and pursue a greater part of my calling. They affirmed that I was instrumental, these 2 years, in the transition of their 26 year ministry, moving from California to . I will continue to be involved with the ministry of Living Waters both locally and abroad just as I did before joining staff. We will be sad to leave our little yellow house the Lord provided for us during this season. We have been so blessed by it. He ordained many Divine appointments with so many while we were here More to come later. We will keep you posted. By the way, I bought one of those rugs made of scraps and it blesses me each morning I sit over it and put my shoes on. I love those God changing moments, don't you?