July/August Ministry Update

Greetings from Amsterdam,

Summer of Transitions

As I like to say, the only constant thing in life is change.

We’ve now undergone the change that was shared in my February update. In early July, our Pastor Eric Asp and his family departed for the US. They were “family” to me here on this side of the ocean and it was my privilege to serve with them for 8 ½ years. Needless to say, they will be sorely missed.

The Asps will continue to be a part of Great Commission Ministries through the college ministry at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. In addition, Eric will remain connected to our Amsterdam ministry for the time being to support the on-going leadership development.

For every GCM church plant missionary it seems the hope and prayer is that we work our way out of a job through multiplication and making disciples. On the International scene there is also a focus on raising up Nationals into leadership. Thankfully, there are two Dutch men who feel called by God to do just that.

Please pray for:

  • Pastors-in-training, Michaël Belgraver and Marc LaPorte — for God to raise them up in Godly character and to fulfill their gifting in order to expand God’s Kingdom.
  • Apostolic Leadership Team of Eric Asp, Joe Dunn and John Shepard — for wisdom and counsel in assisting Marc and Michaël in their spiritual development, as well as providing oversight and support to the Amsterdam50 church. Joe and Eric are living in America, but have weekly interaction with the pastors-in-training, as well as plan to make personal visits throughout the year. John will be serving as a ministry mentor here in Amsterdam to provide local support throughout the week.
  • John and Trudy Shepard - for the provision of housing as they relocate next month from Seattle to Amsterdam and for God’s guidance and a smooth transition to life here in the Netherlands.
  • The Asp Family - for the sale of their Amsterdam home in order to purchase a home in the US, and for many blessings of God’s peace and direction while settling into life in America as they naturally experience reverse culture shock.

Upcoming furlough

I arrive in the US on August 16th and depart October 25th. My travels will be from coast to coast and north to south with the hope of crossing paths with as many of you as possible.

Let me know if you’re interested in getting together. In addition, you are welcome to join me at a nearby church service where I’ll be sharing.

The following is a rough idea of where I’ll be speaking. Not all the details have been worked out yet, but it will give you an idea of the locations that I currently have established.


When: mid-August, last week of September and last 2 weeks of October prior to my departure

Aug. 19th - Zion Missionary Church in Fremont —9am Sunday cafe; 10am service

Sept. 23rd - Fremont United Methodist Church — 10am service

Sept. 30th - Lagro United Methodist Church — 9am service

Possibly Oct. 14th or 17th - Selma Christ United Methodist Church (Muncie area visits this week)

Oct. 21st - Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton — 9 & 10:30am services and Sunday school


When: last week of August and first 10 days of September

Aug. 26th - Munds Park Community Church — 10:30am service

Sept. 9th - Possibly a connection with St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Tempe

Central Florida:

When: mid- September, possibly something like the 13th-19th

Northern Ohio and Southwestern New York State:

When: first two weeks of October

Oct. 7th - Clymer, NY — North Clymer UMC — 9:30am service

Oct. 7th - Clymer United Methodist Church — 11:00am service

My goal during the next 10 weeks is not only to provide a personal update, but I also need to raise $1000/month (€800) in new support and $5000 (€4000) in special gifts. If you know of someone who may have an interest in hearing about what God is doing in Amsterdam through Great Commission Ministries and the mission work I’ve been called to, please send me an email or check my website for the phone number where I can be reached while traveling in America.

Please pray for:

  • God’s provision — of the finances needed to be at 100%; for safety and all the logistics involved with traveling.
  • God’s good care — of all the bases being covered in Amsterdam while I’m away, including a peaceful situation for my pets and blessings over Patricia (first 3 weeks) and John & Trudy (last 7 weeks), who are caring for them.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

God bless,