My few fingers speaks to God's unique creation of me. Physical deformities of my hands and feet from birth have been attributed to ectrodactyly, a rare genetic condition that affects one of every five million children born.
I believe that you will be encouraged and inspired by personal stories that I will share of my physical differences. But better still, may you relate with what we know to be true: challenge is common to us all. Life happens. And it's our response to circumstances that matters most. Some days I get it right. Some days its not as good--all part of what I accept as a lifelong journey of growth.
At age 22, God, my loving Creator, brought me into relationship with himself through His son, Jesus Christ. It has changed my life. Since then, I have experienced His unconditional love, received direction and guidance, and found strength sufficient for every test. In Him, I stand set free of sin and graced to awake to living each day with a view toward eternity.
In Him, I (and my family) am blessed. My wife, Linda, and I celebrate 20 great years of marriage this year. We are the proud parents of two boys--Kyle (16) and Ryan (9). The past two decades, we have served in full-time, vocational ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ/Cru.
Most days, I reflect in awe. From the small town of Toledo, Oregon (population 3,000) to a world traveler (more than 25 countries), these few fingers (and few toes) have had the privilege of seeing and experiencing much.
I invite you to journey with me.