Step Out

We leave for Guatemala in the morning.

This song has been my ear worm for most of this year, from the great film “Walter Mitty.”

I loved it. And I don’t care what you say. The story of a guy overcoming his fears and stepping out into the big world.

I love, love, love the song. And I’m infatuated by this video I found just now…clearly of guy creating his own Mitty-like adventure using the song from the film:

The whole “Walter Mitty” film reminded me of my years doing mission. The butterflies in the stomach when we’d travel to some new, exotic land. The amazing beautiful people and sights we got to see. The synchronistic, or Grace-filled, moments that just “happen” sometimes when  you’re out of your comfort zone.

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Nutrition Program at ODIM in Guatemala

I miss not being able to travel as much these days. But it’s a great consolation to be able to go on this trip, and be with The Divine Miss M. I’m hoping she’ll catch some of that adventurous spirit, and will always want to “step out.”

I hope you will too. It’s a big world.

Be sure you get to see it. Stepping out in mission will give you a new view of God, and change you for the better.

There’s a lot of beautiful people, and a lot beautiful people, who have a lot to teach you.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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