Mission Resource Network (MRN) invited me to partner with them in a “Missionary Renewal Retreat”—an opportunity for returning missionaries to unwind, reconnect, and discuss reentry issues with knowledgeable and caring people. I am the “teaching resource” for the retreat, leading an exploration of and discussion about the Holy Spirit.

This 5-day retreat is held at Camp Prothro, a Methodist retreat center on Lake Texoma in northern Texas. Schedule:

  • 8:00-8:30–devotional at the shore.
  • 8:30-9:30–breakfast. Then I teach/dialogue from
  • 9:30-12:00—Teaching/dialogue (this is my part!)
  • 12:00-1:00—Lunch
  • 1:00-4:00—Free time
  • 4:00-6:00—small groups
  • 6:00-7:00—more food (also known as dinner)
  • 7:00-8:00—worship and processing

What an incredible experience this has been. 20 of us, secluded by the lake, hearing each other’s stories, learning about victories and disappointments, and going to God in worship. Is the quality of your worship ever dependent on the quality of the people with whom you’re worshiping? Maybe it shouldn’t be that way. Perhaps worship should rise above who is sitting beside you. But I must confess that when I’m with people who are sold-out to the kingdom, with blood on their faces and scars on their backs, who have sacrificed so much and asked so little, I find my spiritual pulse quickening and my tongue freed to sing and pray and praise with greater fluency.

I’m teaching on the Holy Spirit from the “Final Discourse”—John 14-16. What Jesus said about the Holy Spirit in these chapters is the backbone of my book A Spirit for the Rest of Us. We are working through these chapters, noticing Jesus’ promises that the Spirit would:

  1. Become the presence of Jesus with disciples forever
  2. Teach and equip disciples to do the mission of God
  3. Testify to the world about Jesus and give disciples the courage to testify
  4. Convict the world of sin and its need for a savior
  5. Transfer the fullness of God to disciples who are so limited

It’s been a joy to think about the role of the Spirit in our lives and ministries today. I’m so appreciative to MRN for this opportunity … and to these people for letting me into their lives. One of the great joys of my life is not just what I am blessed to do but who I am blessed to be with.