I first learned about Flatirons’ mission partner in Afghanistan over 3 years ago while sitting in front of my office computer back in Texas—listening to a Jim Burgen podcast. I sat there in the comfort of my well-maintained, two-story home numbly listening to what Flatirons was doing for the “least of these” in this tiny community on the side of a mountain half-a-world away. When the podcast ended, I remember choking with emotion and thinking how much I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and (as Tina Fey says in NBCs 30 Rock) “Go to there.”
Fast forward 3 years and now here I sit in front of my office computer in Colorado going through my last minute to-do list...getting ready to “go to there.” We’ve got a great group of 9 Flatirons guys champing at the bit…rare and ready to visit our missions’ partner over there (See: picture).
Everyone says the same thing, “You can’t describe what it’s like. You have to experience it.” Okay…I’m ready…I’m more than ready…I’ve been ready for over 3 years. And there are a few guys on our team who have been ready for even longer. I’m always one up for a challenge, so even though people have said you can’t describe it…I’m going to try and give it a shot. I’m going to use this Men’s Blog to post daily (hopefully) activities, thoughts and insights. We’ll see.
So…until we return, I know you’ll be praying for us and for our missions’ partner. Who knows, maybe something you hear or read from one of us on the team will eventually dig deep into your heart and inspire you to step out and say, “I want to go to there.”
See you on the flip-side of Afghanistan.