Thursday, December 30, 2010

Past, Present and Future

I don’t think a person can fully grasp the wonders of what God has done without being able to see clearly all that He’s done in every stage of our life.  I’m a very forward looking person for the most part but there are things of the past that I hope to give me experience to make the future brighter.  Last night we had our mid-week service which was also our New Year service.  One thing we have done is have everyone involved in the services and I love that.  Last night they brought out a home made banner with the trips we’ve had over the last couple of years put on it.  It was so incredibly encouraging to see those things God has done in the past be a testimony to what God will surely do in the future.  I can’t help but believe that this will be the best year yet.  The weather has broken records this year with a tornado even hitting our Metra causing damage that they say won’t be fixed until April but I believe we have records of our own to set this coming year!  Our youngest will turn five on the 31st which is a great way to kick off the new year as well!  20011 will surely be a year of fulfillment and I can hardly wait!


Looking back on our trip to Ghana I am warmed not just by the heat I can remember so well as we traveled from place to place.  Nor is it the palm nut used to make their fiery soups…not even the powerful chilies warmas much as the coming fulfillment for 2011!  The promises both warm and refresh me…much like this coconut on a hot day in Ghana!  I believe that we have vision and faith will provide the building materials for the job we have at hand.  It is not merely a change in location that warms meno, not just the wonderful friends who have now become family to us…not only those things.  What thrills me is that God has brought together these precious things to make a structure of His making.  My dream has been to travel a road less traveled.  I always wanted to see people from the nations we visit be in an international team ready to go into all the world together to bring unique anointings to places that would not ordinarily see it.  This year this vision will come to the birth.  We intend to bring our dear friends and family from Africa to a mission to the Philippines…this vision has long simmered on the back burner but now it is about to bloom like a glorious flower!  Sometimes it can feel that you’re eating whatever garbage fate tosses your waybut put action to your faith and you’ll never walk away ashamed or unfulfilled!  This year we’ll form another team even greater than the one we had in Ghana.  Though many that went to Ghana will return we will have new people and greater purpose!  We’ve stood tall in the storms of the past and attainted marvelous things, we’ve cut through the jungle of doubts and fears that Satan presented but now we roll down the tracks on a train of his purpose with greater vision than ever before!  We’ve been accepted by those God has put us together with.  We’ve seen the promise in the generation to come.  Never was this more obvious then it was in my adopted brother’s son Julian.  Now the vision that has seemed hung out to dryis coming to pass before our very eyes!  Don’t let the vision come upon your unaware!  This is our time!  God bless you all in this New Year!  Something good is about to happen, something good is in store!


  1. Hi Joe
    May Our Lord bless all you do in his name and may 2011 be a very special year for us all, we fight from victory - Hallelujah

  2. I love what you do and how you think, Joe. I am also very excited about the Phillipines trip. My first cousin's mother is Phillipino and I love them so much. I also fund a number of businesses in the Phillipines through a mico finance co. called I love that site and have been involved with them for years. Can't wait to see your travels there. xoxoxo

  3. You have every reason to be proud of your accomplishments Joe. The Phillipines trip will be another accomplishment for your family.
    The photos are wonderful!
    Happy New Year Joe, may your family continue to be blessed!

  4. Happy New Year Joe. I hope you're right that 2011 will turn out to be a great year!

  5. God Bless You and your family Joe, as you follow where He leads you in the New Year ahead.
    Loved your post with your testimony, and images of the past and future. God is Good, and has great thing in store. I thank God for your Vision.
    Dianne :)
    Oh and Happy Birthday to Gabby!

  6. Yay!! Good stuff!!!

  7. Your a blessing to me Joe with your testimony.
    I think God has great things planned for you not just in the coming year but years ahead. How exciting . I think it is.
    Happy Birthday to dear little Gabby.
    Happy New Year to all of you.

  8. Great pics and even better philosphy! Keep a positive outlook and things will happen that will further astound you. Good wishes for 2011 to you and yours. Oh, and Happy Birthday, Gabby.

  9. Happy Birthday to Gabby,
    Sounds great that you can do another mission to the Philippines with your Ghana friends, sounds exciting.
    Have a Happy New Year
    Lady J

  10. You are a blessing to me as you are to Lisa and I am grateful for your friendship and care.

    Happy New Year to you and the family and may this year as with the others bring you fulfillment in your mission.

  11. I haven't been to the Philippines in nearly 40 years but still have fond memories of the people and the land. Later, when I worked for the US NAvy several co-workers were Philippino and some of the friendliest people you ever met. Looking forward to exploring the islands through your blog and lens.

  12. Happy Birthday to Gabby,I bet she is looking forward to go to the school.
    Happy New Year to you and your family..

    The Philippines trip would be a little easir for your family than Ghana:-)
    Hope your dream make bloom like a glorious flower...Bright futures:-)
    Enjoy your photos Joe!

  13. May all that you dream come to pass in 2011!

  14. It's good that your Ghana friends will be on a mission trip with you to the Philippines. God bless you and you family and Ghana friends as well, on your next mission trip. I will be looking forward to photos.

  15. U did also fail in ur first flight Joe??
    i hope its not that bad. The feeling u give me when i read is one of love and friendship between ppl living apart with such different culture.
    But with God in the middle.
    Tx for sharing ur fotoos and story of ur goals
    I wish u and ur loved ones a wonderful loving New year

  16. I so love the way you think.. and even though 2011 just does not sound right to me.. and with all the garbage that is being thrown our way.. if we meet this new year with acceptance , with grace.. and God's help and love.. yes.. it will indeed be a good year.. The fear of the unknown can be turned around.. and be a blessings.. for God's hand is upon this year.. we will travel it one day at a time.. moment by moment.. I am very excited for you on this journey Joe.. what delight is to behold.. wow.. "smiling".
    thank you Joe.. your words have brought about a healing.. more than you will ever know..
    softest of all hugs..
    hey.. spring is now only a hop skip and jump away..
    with the way time has been rolling.. it will be here in no time..