It’s early Monday morning. In just a few moments I’ll be heading to Cleveland to fly to Ecuador.

At three this afternoon I’ll be joining 12 other Jesus-following leaders from across the country in Miami, Florida. In Miami we’ll board a jet that will take us into Guayaquil. We’ll spend the next five days hanging out together, being exposed to extreme poverty, but most importantly experiencing the work that Compassion International is doing to be Jesus to the world. In fact, my mentor, Wess Stafford (President of Compassion), is leading the trip.

Deeply appreciate any prayers you would care to send up.

The church I help lead, RiverTree Christian, already sponsors more than 800 children in South America. My family has sponsored a little girl in Ecuador, Inte, for the past several years. In fact, we just received a letter from her this weekend.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if more than 8,000 additional children around the world would be sponsored as a result of this trip?

Once again, deeply appreciate your prayers.

To learn more about Compassion’s incredible work, and to sponsor a child, go to