Like the new look?  There’s always a first for everything.  Wearing this oxygen deprivation mask during training is conditioning my lungs for my latest adventure. Most of you know by now, there’s no “mountain” I won’t climb to provide hope for a child that would otherwise have little hope. It’s what I’ve been doing for 50 years, it’s what I’ll do until I meet Jesus.

Although I’ve never climbed a mountain the size of Kilimanjaro, I’ve had my challenges through the years that took the perseverance, endurance and strength, against all odds. So mentally, I feel I’ve been preparing my entire life and its not the first time I’ve looked to the mountains, where I know my help comes from. The same attitude that has gotten Metro to where it is today is what will get me to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The physical training I’m doing along with this dopey mask will have me in the best shape I’ve ever been in- what better way to celebrate turning 70?!   I’m all-too-familiar with preparing myself to endure difficult environments, without the comforts of home and enduring when my body says rest. It’s how I’ve lived for 50 years in ministry every day, not for me, but for them, because I’ve been there.

When this opportunity was presented to me by my friend, Tony, my initial thought was that I really don’t have the time neither does my recent shooting incident allow me to climb a mountain. Then I realized it will be a great opportunity to continue to raise awareness and be the voice of these children simply do not have. Metro needs to expand its reach to get more people involved.  By folks sharing the “Klimbing for Kids” campaign on social media and with their friends and churches, my hope is that people will join our team and support our work so we will strengthen Metro for many more years to come.

The doors that continue to open are overwhelming at times with opportunities to help new regions and more children; but this would require more staff and funding.  That is truly the mountain that keeps me up at night and what I will be thinking about as I ascend Kilimanjaro.

People are concerned that the next generation will be lost as multitudes are waiting for someone to show them they care.  Turn your concern into action and join me in this campaign.  While I’m training these next few months, you can help by sponsoring me 1$ a step or join our Team 50 as a climber yourself with me.  A new mountain, new heights, the same vision. Please be involved somehow.  Go to

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

—2 Corinthians 4:16–17




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