2017 Conference!

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

It's 2017 and this year it is a very short trip with a very targeted purpose. To present at the Minister's Equipping Conference. Our focus: Souls in Our Care, Connecting Counseling and Pastoring.

As always your prayers and comments are definitely coveted and encouraged!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Preparations Underway

    Surprising to think that I leave for Guam in 11 days!  This is a very fast trip, and yet seems daunting still!  Last year while in Guam it was proposed that the counseling skills course I typically teach in the seminary,  be adapted for the annual Minister's Equipping Conference.  It evolved into this upcoming conference on pastoral counseling and I am now preparing in earnest.   Our Senior Pastor from Gateway Bible, Fred Hennes and his wife Meredith will be there as well.  Fred will also be presenting on his use of pastoral counseling within the church and through outside resources.  We'll also be talking about Branches our counseling ministry at Gateway.  What a blessing and joy to be able to be in Guam and presenting with a pastor I so admire and respect!!  He'll teach at chapel and hopefully I can show him and Meredith around Guam before I leave!  A small Gateway team will be joining them after I leave to help with general needs on campus.  Of course prayers needed for all!
     Pacific Islands University,  as you know, is near and dear to our hearts.  At the moment things are difficult with Dave, the president, here in the states dealing with a severe medical issue.  We are short staffed at PIU, and the usual need for resources is there on all levels.  Please pray for this vital mission in Micronesia, and if you feel led, to contribute in some tangible way.  Blessings everyone!


  1. Unbelievable! Jo's 6th trip! The good news is that this will be short and sweet - only one week. A lot to cram in in that time, though...

  2. So much prep and such concentration! Will be praying along for the gospel flourishing through every detail. Are you sure you don't need flamingoes? Flamingotive behavioral theory is beginning to show promise.

    1. I do believe that scientific evidence has debunked the applicability of that therapy for non-avian entities. In other words it is for the birds!

  3. Thanks for the well wishes and prayers.....so appreciated!