Enjoying Auckland

Greetings from Auckland! After a wonderful day of worship and relaxation with our brothers and sisters on the Auckland church planting team, we went to the beach and a tasty Portuguese restaurant. Jennifer Cherry was not able to be with us due to an illness, but the rest of the team took Dwight and I to the beach and it was a beautiful site to behold. Pictured here (left to right) are Dwight Whitsett, Morgan and Skylar Ely, Elijah and Kristen Peters, Justin Cherry and little Rylee Cherry (a little shy at the moment). This team is doing a great job of assimilating in the community, making preparations for the actual church plant next month, and setting the stage for a church planting movement in this area of the world. We should all be excited to see this team go into action!
Dwight and I leave tomorrow afternoon for Sydney to speak at the Macquarie lectures and then I will return to speak at the Global Mission Workshop in Arlington, TX. I hope that you are planning on coming.  I might need a few of you to show up just to guarantee that I will have a few people in my class on Friday (hint, hint). I think there are even highways connecting Arlington to other cities in Fort Worth and even other cities in Texas! Seriously, hope to see you there. I'll bring my laptop and show you all the pictures from the trip!