Baseball season has begun for me, this is a 25-30 game blitz. Our games don't start until mid-February and in the mean time our playing field is being refurbished thanks to Cal Ripken Jr. He restores old baseball fields where baseball legends have played. Lucky for us Babe Ruth played at our Legion Field and subsequently it is getting a face lift. I look forward to coaching on this field as I have for the past two seasons. Our motto this year after losing 9 seniors, 7 of whom started is "We aren't rebuilding, we're reloading!" I am really looking forward to this baseball season as we try and win our third straight district title. I guess you could say I am as "giddy" as a Florida Gaytor football fan who is looking for another crystal ball, by the way LSU led the way winning their two first! But nonetheless baseball is my sport, always has been. I can remember seeing the 84' Detroit Tigers win with Kirk Gibson hitting a three run homer, I can remember Kirby Puckett stepping up to the plate (literally) and doing what he said he was going to do with the Minnesota Twins in 87' and 91'! I love baseball, Field of Dreams: memorized; The Rookie: watched every season; Catcher and the Rye: is not about baseball! As I look toward this season, I anticipate it being my last with the HCA Warriors. Sarah and I anticipate (with the help of our church, supporters and future supporters) to be in North Carolina in one year, January 2010 for our intercultural training. This is way more important than baseball as important to my well-being as it is! We look forward to this with fear and trembling but with an equal amount of excitement and elation. Pray for us this year as we get back into the swing of visiting churches after the holidays. Fittingly our first engagement this year is with our home church, Iowa First Baptist. Sure I look forward to this baseball season but more importantly I look forward to seeing what God is going to be doing to get us closer to Guatemala.
Peace of Christ to You.