Welcome to my blog. Let me introduce myself so we can get acquainted before you read further. I grew up on a dairy farm in the heart of rural America surrounded by plenty of fields and forests to explore. My childhood was filled with amazing places to discover, adventures to live, and challenges to overcome. My pioneer spirit was born and nurtured in those foundational years. This down-to-earth background taught me great relationship skills, a strong work ethic, common sense, good financial practices, and an uncanny ability to get people connected to make things happen. After graduating from a small rural town with a graduating class of 69 students, I went on to Bethel University in St. Paul, MN where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
Since 1980, I have given my life and career full-time to serve rural communities in the United States and around the world. I currently serve with the National Network of Youth Ministries as their National Rural Coordinator. I also work through International Ministerial Fellowship as an International Ambassador in some of the most challenging rural communities in countries around the world.
My motto is the Back 40 to the 10/40. It simply means that I challenge rural communities, churches, and business people in America to partner with me in reaching remote rural communities in the 10/40 window. The vast majority of unreached people live in this rectangular-shaped “window of the world.”
Often called “The Resistant Belt”, this window extends from West Africa to East Asia, from ten degrees north to forty degrees north of the equator. This specific region, which has increasingly become known as The 10/40 Window, encompasses the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists…literally billions of people who represent the poorest and least reached. Most of the people living in this region are simply clueless about the love of Jesus. This is even more so if they live in rural villages.
In my role, I basically function as an explorer and scout. I travel to remote places of the world to try to identify indigenous, local leaders who have a clear vision and strong track record of working to bring the love of Jesus to overlooked and neglected people in rural villages. God has given me an uncanny ability to unearth the stories and dreams in the hearts of these native leaders. Then I gather the seeds of those dreams and firmly transplant them in the hearts of others. I carefully nurture those seeds until they take root and grow. The dreams of these indigenous or local leaders can live as others catch their vision and come alongside of them. My role as a partner is simply to be a planter and nurturer of their dreams.