| May 18, 2013
On June 29, I will turn 65 years old. The next day, I’ll retire.
I have been privileged to serve as President of Medical Teams International for nearly 16 years. During that time, God has blessed us with incredible growth and impact.
When I graduated from college, I felt God’s call to serve the poor. For the past 41 years, from when I began my work in the inner city of Boston to my current responsibilities with Medical Teams International, God has been faithful to this call.
Why This Walk? As I approach this key point in my life’s journey, I didn’t just want to turn the page and move on. I’m truly overcome by God’s goodness and blessing over the years. I wanted to do something to celebrate His grace and mercy and to thank Him for His love and faithfulness.
That’s why I decided to do the Celebration Walk.
This 220 mile walk is going to take me 14 days—at an average distance of about 15-20 miles a day. At each step along the way, I’m going to honor God and celebrate His goodness. At each step, I’m going to reflect on those who joined me in service to the poor—staff, volunteers, local partners, and church leaders. At each step, I will remember the faces and the stories of the millions of people we served.
At the end, when the walk is over, I hope more people will have responded to God’s call to serve the poor, more funds will have been raised for this purpose, and, most important, more people will have joined me in thanking God for His love and mercy and in celebrating God’s goodness in their lives.
What You Can Do? Join me in this adventure.
- Pray with me for safety, health, and strength during the walk.
- Follow my blog and the Celebration Walk Facebook page. Add your comments and thoughts.
- Pray for Medical Teams International and those we serve.
- Donate money to Medical Teams International for each mile I walk.
- Commit yourself in a fresh way to show God’s love to those who are poor.
- Do something significant to celebrate God’s blessing in your life.
And, stay tuned for more updates in the days ahead.