Prelude to Lübbecke

Prior to beginning baseball camp in Germany, I spent 1.5 days in Belgium touring both Brussels and Brügge. While both cities were unique in their own right, it was fascinating to explore these two towns on foot with hardly any pregame plan or direction.

Equipped with my iPhone and GoPro, I walked about 20 miles over the course of my stay and frequented Belgian pubs for a few staples – Belgian beer, waffles and chocolate.

Perhaps the coolest place I stumbled upon was Cafe Vlissinghe, located just a few hundred meters from the canalsIMG_1614 in Brügge. What made this place special was the history – the pub is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year and proved to be the perfect environment to enjoy a beer while sitting on the outdoor patio while listening to about a half dozen languages being spoken.

My brief stop in Belgium was also another first for me – it was the first time that I have traveled solo in Europe and it happens to fall alongside my 12th or 13th trip to the continent. It’s a completely different animal to travel alone – more on that later.

Anyways, I arrived in Lübbecke earlier this afternoon and we’re having a Bavaria night this evening with members from the local church – this should be fun.

Germany Bound

Editor’s Note: After 595 days, I know everyone has eagerly awaited my latest post. Well, here it is!

It’s that time of year again – baseball camp in Germany. For the past 13 years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Lübbecke, Germany, for a sports-based mission trip that uses baseball as the tool to glorify God by making disciples who transform the world.

From July 20-25 we will host our annual camp in Lübbecke for approximately 120 kids that range from ages 8 to 18. For the first time, I will be transitioning from an instructor that teaches the fundamentals of the game, to a coach, which is tasked with working one-on-one with a team of ~12 campers while building relationships with them on and off of the field.1930619_576198446623_2958_n

I’m thoroughly excited to see what God has in store for us during the baseball camp and cannot wait to see how the week pans out. Throughout the camp I will be posting updates on this website as well as photos on my Instagram page.

For those asking how you can help, I’d recommend prayer that we can reach the campers that aren’t familiar with Ephesians 2:8.

Growth Group

As many of you know, I’ve been involved with a Growth Group at GBC Houston. Growth Groups cover some of the most foundational truths and ministry skills needed to participate in God’s Kingdom work. In 2014, I was a member of a group, and in 2015 I have served as a co-lead for a great group here in Houston.

I feel that the last 1.5 years have helped to prepare me for my new role as a coach for our camp.

Podcast

And one last plug before we call it a night. Late last month, I had an opportunity to record a podcast with Rachel Duke that covers John 5. If you are looking for something to listen to while you work, I’d recommend giving it a listen by clicking on this link.

A New Venture

Well, I haven’t made a blog post in the past few weeks because of a transition in the career world. I began working with BP America in January and I’m highly enjoying the work. I’m still trying to keep active in athletics which means writing for VYPE Magazine and College Baseball Daily.

There other night I had the opportunity to act as the play-by-play analyst for St. John’s HS and one of the top 2014 prospects in the country – Justise Winslow. Feel free to check out the broadcast here. I’ve done some work with College Baseball Daily in the past but it looks like I’ll be doing a lot of freelance work for them this spring as I am set to cover Rice and Houston (I might try to work in a few Baylor games, why not). To check out some of my work with them, take a look at my 2012 Baylor Season Preview.

That’s it for now but expect more posts in the upcoming weeks.