I was asked this question while attending our discipleship school in Spain by my teacher/mentor, Andrew Shearman. “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” He would also often recite to us one of his favorite prayers/poems by Sir Francis Drake:


Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.


Well, this morning, for the first time, I will be flying out to help lead a small greenhouse construction project in Honduras! I am nervous and restless with excitement.


The greatest contributor to my nervousness?: travelling with tools and a portable welder.


So thrilled for all of the opportunities I have had to use my welding abilities over the years!
Weld table in Mae Sot, funded by DonorSee
Welding w/ torch cutting goggles and sunscreen on the World Race in Lesotho… never again

Please pray for me and our small team as we venture to do something new none of us have tried before. There are a lot of variables, a lot of things that could go sideways–just trying to build in a different country sounds a bit daunting to me. Pray for seamless travel through security with the welder and tools!


Even while living as a missionary, it is so easy to “sail too close to shore.” Disturb us Lord!


If you’d like to see a video of me talking more about this project, click here!