Austin, Texas

This mission has been a glorious impossibility...one that the Lord continues to make possible...as "impossible" as it might feel at times. Austin's a perfect example of the ridiculousness of going to 50 capitals with almost no notice, believing God to gather folks in almost every venue (which he has), even though I've often not known even one local contact. 

I'm posting this in the car, en route from Sea-Tac airport to Olympia, Washington for our 45th CapitalWalk. My close friend, John Monroe, who just recently moved his family up from Santa Maria, CA to Edmonds, WA, is my chauffer and wing-man for the night. Way good to be with John.

So...I just wrote a way-too-long diatribe on how ridiculous it is to go to 50 capitals in 50 days when you don't have contacts in most of the cities, etc... The long prose wasn't cathartic, just honest...and the bottom line was how GLORIOUS this has been. Nonetheless, maybe it's the Lord that I lost it... Gone.

So, instead of writing it again, let me just say that even though I had the PERFECT contact for Austin (Steve Hawthorne of Waymakers, a friend and mentor since 2001) I didn't call Steve until just a handful of days beforehand. So if you're thinking how dumb that is-or-was of me...all I can tell you is this:

YOU try going to 50 capitals in 50 days with hardly any notice... We're doing the best we can, and it truly has been glorious. Even though there were about six other events going on that same day in Austin, Steve helped us gather a small band of prayer-warriors to agree with us for the sake of the GREAT state of Texas, for the USA, and ultimately, for the GLORY of the King!

Austin started with a rippin' post-airport lunch with a buddy named Seth. He and I have been friends for some years, "pen pals," really. He met me when I spoke at his home church a million years ago, and reached out in partnership and support. Pretty sweet face-to-face, finally... BTW, I had some kind of breakfast corn-tortilla burrito type deal, but way different than anything I'd ever had before. Muy bueno!

Seth and Jesse (he and Lisa's third of three boys).

Seth and Jesse (he and Lisa's third of three boys).

Everything's big in Texas...

Everything's big in Texas...

...and beautiful

...and beautiful

Transient
Thank you Thana and Dick..and all!

Thank you Thana and Dick..and all!

No wonder God has blessed this state. 

No wonder God has blessed this state.