It’s Been A Summer

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This summer feels like it has been one of the busiest 5 months of our lives (summer is longer here in Orlando)… and it doesn't seem to be slowing down. The Lord has been sustaining us, but this is proving to be an intense year.

The Story So Far

  • Headed to Colorado for our biennial Cru National Staff Conference, which was encouraging and incredibly challenging. (No external kiddos, though! It was like a 9-day long date!)

  • I was a best man in a wedding and traveled to Erie for about 48 total hours for my step-brother's wedding.

  • Spent 36 hours in two days to prepare for Hurricane Irma, and evacuated from Orlando for 6 days. (We lost a few fence panels, 9 shingles, and 10 ft² of siding, and power only for 18 hours – we got away easy!)

  • From the beginning of August until the end of September, we had a total of 6 days in which no one in our household was ill – or at least not symptomatic.

  • Saw a total eclipse. (Which was absolutely amazing!)

  • Drove 4,652 miles together, Carrie added 500 to that without me.

  • We flew 2,432 miles together, I added almost 10,000 miles to that total.


  • There's some discussion about my role expanding within my Jesus Film Digital Team. More about that soon.

  • Carrie has been invited to officially lead up our neighborhood's "welcome committee" — our church small group is helping us to prepare welcome packets.

  • Fia has started 1st Grade! She loves to read & is incredibly good at it — she's almost done with Charlotte's Web.

As of October 1st all of Cru moved to a new software for tracking and managing all of the support-raising process. There have been some bugs with the new system, please let us know if anything seems to go wrong on your end or if you start missing updates!

…Coming Soon!

  • I am headed to Central Asia for 2 weeks around the end of this month! I'll share what I can after I get back.

  • I am probably headed to Las Vegas during the first week of December for an intense 40-48 hours of professional development & training over 5-6 days.

  • Sometime early next year, I will be taking a month-long sabbatical to seek refreshment, and rest. This is the first real sabbatical we've planned in our 15 years with Cru.

We're expecting a baby girl! Due January 27th!
Pray for us,

6 Years Ago…

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Six years ago this month we were getting ready to wrap up what we’d thought was a 10-month working sabbatical living in Orlando. Carrie was pregnant with Fia, due in less than a month. Our own plans for our life and ministry had been swept away, and we were 4-months in to a period of floating and figuring out what the Lord had next for us… we had two options in front of us (one in Orlando, one in Portland, OR) without any clear calling. I was spending at least an hour every day seeking God’s lead.

Then, on 16 May (the same day as the very last Space Shuttle Endeavour launch) it was six words. The closest thing that I’ve ever experienced to an “audible” voice from God…

“I want you to stay here.”


We spent time thinking about all of the things that happened in 6 years:

  • The birth of all 3 of our children (so far).
  • 4 addresses and our first home of our own.
  • 7 job roles between the two of us.
  • 2 hurricanes & 5 Florida summers survived.
  • J started going back to school for design & stepped into a new vocational calling.
  • Struggled alongside a neighbor and a friend to overcome sin, and temptation. (It’s not over yet.)
  • Helped launch the Jesus Film app in 2011.
  • Led and designed the initial launch of our web app.
  • Invested in UCF’s campus ministry for 3 years.
  • Invested in the lives, families & spiritual journey of 15+ Orlando friends & neighbors
  • Worked on 28+ different projects (≥3 I still can’t share about).
  • Learned 3 new programming languages.
  • Trained hundreds of staff on how to use the Jesus Film app to share the Gospel clearly.
  • Hosted a viewing of the Story of JESUS for Children in our neighborhood.
  • Prayed for, and helped in our city after a series of high-profile shootings.
  • Designed resources specifically to help get the Gospel to Syrian refugees.
  • J preached at our church 4 times.

Each of these have stories upon stories attached to them, and almost all of them stemming from that call to stay in Orlando. We’re thankful for all of the ways that God has, and continues to lead us.

Thank you for all of the things you to to make it possible for us to live out our calling!


Daasanach – Number 1,500!

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The Daasanach language is spoken by about 85,000 people from a people group of the same name living in and around Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Sudan. The people are largely cattle herders, and some have referred to their culture as “tribal avant-garde” with just one example being the colorful headgear they love to wear.

While the New Testament is available in Daasanach, the literacy rate sits somewhere around 2%, which limits the Scriptures’ impact on the people individually, and their culture on the whole.

Because of this, we’re proud to to announce that Daasanach has been released as the 1,500th translation of the JESUS film. The script was translated a while ago, but the production process can take years. If you want to hear the translation, it is available on the Jesus Film app, or on!

Mission 865

In 2010 the Jesus Film Project identified every language or dialect spoken by 50,000 people or more into which the JESUS film had not been translated. These people groups represent around 323 million people. Working with partnership translators and other missions organizations, we’re making incredible progress having completed 275 of these particular languages. Additionally, the frequency at which we’re releasing films continues to increase. Daasanach was just announced on 1 March, and as of this morning I saw that the total translation count had increased to 1,511!

Pray that we’d see the impact of Daasanach clearly, and that the Lord would continue to hasten the completion of the Great Commission!

The Translation Process

Many people have no idea what the actual process of producing a JESUS film translation looks like, these are the most basic steps:

  1. Written Translation
  2. Video Matching
  3. Recording
  4. Mixing & Editing
  5. Distribution Preparation
  6. Screening
  7. General Release

Thank you for being a part of all of this!