Mission & Vision Statements

Mission Statement:

My mission and passion in life is to serve, pursue, and inspire transformation and justice for the hurting and marginalized.


Vision Statement:

It’s Monday late-morning, and as the children complete their schoolwork, I survey the living room. I’m awed by the rainbow of faces and chorus of international accents, remembering each child’s background and story. Several have been a “Marble” for quite awhile, and I notice they help and encourage the newer additions. I pray for each of their hearts to be open to God’s love and for their lives to contribute meaningfully to society….

I glance at my desk, seeing pictures of houses in Haiti my daughter helped build, and the children’s picture book on adoption another daughter is writing and illustrating. They’re partially buried underneath the new recipe I’ve picked out to try tonight, and the receipt from John and I’s recent date night. The artwork on the walls catch my attention, reminding me of amazing times spent abroad traveling, living, ministering and serving the poor and needy.

Refocusing, I glance at my calendar for the upcoming week – video conference and project due for my doctoral studies, preaching on Wednesday night, and travel to the Midwest to speak at a large event next weekend. I remember it’s Viergine’s turn to come with me, and smile remembering the special one-on-one times with each of the kids as they travel with me to my twice monthly speaking opportunities.

Later in the week as we finish prepping the meal we’re serving at the homeless shelter, the entire family chats excitedly about the girls’ softball team we’re helping coach and our upcoming cross-country camping trip. I grab a coffee on the way out the door to a brainstorming meeting I’ve been asked to be a part of, and drop off my latest newspaper column. A quick stop at the local thrift store reminds me how much I enjoy living in a small town – where I can be just me without the hype of author, speaker and social justice advocate. But as I reflect on the lives changed by that hype, I realize I also wouldn’t trade that in for anything. I sigh, deeply contented and joyful.