Thursday, February 19, 2009


I remember when I was little, I desperately wanted to be a Detroit Tiger. My heroes were Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, and Gates Brown. The problem was I just wasn’t good enough to play baseball, and that dream really was empty. But recently I spent some time with two missionary couples who have dreams, God-breathed dreams, and God has given them the strength, the abilities, and the drive to accomplish these things for Him.

I was in Colorado with Stan Spiess. He’s such a warm and tender RD. It was fun to watch him interact with these two couples. We first went to see Bill and Mary Glidden in the little town of Aguilar, Colorado. Bill and Mary ran a successful parts business in New Mexico when God gave them a dream – a dream to come to an open field in AMF and create incarnational ministry, to do whatever Jesus calls them to do in that place.

We went to a community center where the Gliddens hold a Tuesday-morning coffee and chat time. Anyone in Aguilar is welcome to come and have coffee cake and coffee and talk. It’s in this context that Bill and Mary explain Jesus and how to have a relationship with Him – without pressure, without music, without a service – just by building relationships. God is going to use the Gliddens in a powerful way.

Later, we had dinner with Jeremy and Danae Hoyt. The Hoyts want to demonstrate to their 18-month-old daughter, Maranatha, and the rest of their family what it means to be Christlike. They have raised all their support, and in the next few days, they will launch a youth ministry. Their dream is to make sure that kids in the central part of Colorado know who Jesus is.

We all have dreams. The thing that’s different between my dream to be a Detroit Tiger and the Gliddens’ and the Hoyts’ dreams is that God has given them all they need – all the strength, all the power, all the love – because they reside in Him. It’s not what they do. It’s what Christ does through them. What dreams do you have?

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