Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nepal 2008

It all began with a conversation with my brother Steve about 8 or 9 years ago. He asked a very thoughtful question about the fairness of God. We were on a long road trip from Texas to NC in a rented U-Haul truck towing a VW van, being brothers and discussing life. The question of Jesus came up. We talked about the Bible and the history and hipocracy of the church, intelligent design, ethics, the resurrection, historical reliability of the Bible and the fairness of God. Steve asked the question, "If Jesus is the only way to heaven, then what about the guy whose never heard living on a mountain in Nepal?" Now in seminary I learned all kinds of theological and philosophical answers to this. But sometimes those answers, though based in truth and sound reason, just don't meet us at our human level. I thought about his question for while and decided that I wouldn't give him the seminary answer. I decided I'd give him the answer that I beleive Jesus wanted me to give. I decided to go find that guy on the mountain in Nepal. So with 6 good friends in 2002 I went there and we found that guy and a bunch more like him. And while we were seeing the most beautiful country I have ever seen, trekking a hundred miles or so, we found people that were hungering for God. So the theological answers to troubling questions are necessary, but action oriented answers to these questions are just as powerful maybe more so. God does love every single human on this planet and He finds ways of getting the news to them, even if its a small group of people from NC.

So this year in May the journey continues. I am joining another group of friends to go back to Nepal to carry good news there. We are also taking a medic with us and we'll treat injuries and illness. The last time we were there we met a guy on the trail that had a 5" gash on his foot from an ax wound. It was badly infected. Luckily we had a high speed med kit and Grant, our "Doc", was able to treat the wound. In remote areas of the Himalayas wounds like that can be fatal. We are also visiting friends there to encourage them and yes we'll probably find some "guys on the side of the mountain"

Maybe you'd like to help us go. And to be quite honest we need help. I know everyone can't do a trip like this. I know jobs and life prohibit many from going, but you can be a part of the adventure by being the one who sends us. If you'd like to help we've set up a tax deductible way for you to partner with us. You can email me at for more information on how to assist us.

Thank you so much for reading this and pray for us as we go.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Update on Hunter

Thanks to everyone who has prayed for Hunter. I just got an email from his mom and he is home from the hospital and has no fever today. Keep lifting him up and I will update as the situation changes. Thanks again and praise God who answers prayer!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Prayer for a warrior

In my last post I introduced you to Hunter Monk, my new friend from Roanoke. I told you all about Hunter's battle with cancer and how he is a little warrior, fighting this thing. Over the weekend he was all smiles and feeling good, but I have gotten word today that he is not doing very well. The text below is from a lady that met there las weekend. If you have a moment please read this.

Hey Brad, I am Jane Assaid from Southside. I was with Ty when you signed his bible Sunday after church. I wanted to up date you on Hunter. I am one of Hunter's teachers from school so we just found out this information. He went in yesterday for his chemo and spiked a temp. of 105 last night. They have moved him to ICU and they are giving him antibiotics. His fever is down a little today but not much. He is sick from the chemo and of course throwing up. He is a little fighter and I know he is trying to fight this. I just wanted you to pray for him and Jodie and the family. Her husband is in Texas working and I know this is very hard for him to be away. Just keep them in your prayers. I will try to keep you posted as to what is going on if you want.

Its hard for me to convey to you how much I was touched by that little guy. Maybe its because I have a son myself or because Its just so hard to watch his eyes full of life while his body is so sick.

Would you please stop what you are doing and pray for Hunter. Pray for his mom and his little brother who doesn't quite get all this cancer stuff. Pray Hunter's dad who is in Texas working.

I will keep you all updated as to his condition. Thanks so much for praying for him.

Monday, March 10, 2008

My new hero!

This handsome little guy is Hunter Monk. He lives near Roanoke, Virginia and I had the privilege of meeting him this weekend. Hunter and I have the same hairdo, mine is from age, his is from radiation treatments. Hunter has leukemia. But, Hunter is also a 7 year old boy and even though his body is filled with a disease that can kill him, his life is in tact. He runs and plays with his brother. His name betrays one of his great loves in life, hunting of course. He told me about a coon that he had taken. He skinned it but the flies got to hide at and ate it up. What a blessing just to be around him and his family. I met Hunter while speaking at a wild game dinner this weekend put on by some great people at Southside Baptist Church and my new friend Steve Jones.

I've met some courageous people in the military. I've met men who have faced danger, fear, gunfire and IED's. But I have a new hero and its Hunter. A few months ago his kidneys failed and he almost died. But if you look in his eyes you can see that there is abundant life there.

My heart was touched by him and his infectious smile. We all want to ask why, why did this happen to such an awesome little guy. I don't know. I do know this that there will be a day when cancer and disease, war and hate, crime and jails no longer exist. It is the hope of the Kingdom. It is the hope of the promises of our God, that He will wipe away every tear and there will be no more death. But also remember that Jesus heals. So we pray for healing continually.

Please pray for Hunter as he is going to have tests run to see if he can handle chemo-therapy this week. Hunter has a long way to go, but we continue to pray for him and support his family.

His family has no insurance and are having to rely on the generosity of others to help with day to day needs. If you are reading this and you are moved to help this amazing kid in his fight please contact me and I can put you in touch with the folks that are helping his family out. You can do so through the comments section or by going to my profile and clicking the link for my email address.

To God be the glory

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