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2010 in Pictures

2010 has been the most transitional year of our lives. We moved from our house in Maine to an apartment in North Carolina. We built a house and then moved from our apartment into our house. Steve began his job with JAARS and traveled to San Francisco, Germany, and Singapore. The boys made friends and explored their new home state. And Glenda set up house in two places and began her job(s) at JAARS. We praise God for navigating all this change for us and through it all showing that He will take care of us with great care.

To President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden

President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden,

Sirs, I want you to know that I did not vote for you, but I believe that God has installed you into these positions. I will not argue or fight against God's will and I pray that He bless you as you enter into leadership of the greatest country on earth. Please know that I am praying for both of you and for the rest of our elected officials.

It is the role of good government to identify core issues and patterns that are damaging to its citizens and to use it's influence, and power when necessary, to resolve them.

I envision a country where people are truly equal in value, from the unborn baby to the dying grandmother. A place where marriages are supported and parents have the support of the government to raise their children.

Missionaries

We are excited that God is leading us into full time missions with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Wycliffe's vision is to make God's Word accessible to all people in the language that best speaks to their heart. People in over 2,200 language groups, almost 200 million people, still have no Scripture in their language and Wycliffe's goal is to have Bible translation projects in the last languages begun by the year 2025.

We have been invited to serve at JAARS in Waxhaw, North Carolina. They are the technical services organization for Wycliffe Bible Translators, and over 50 Wycliffe partner organizations. Steve will be responsible for worldwide network security oversight for JAARS, as their Network Security Engineer. Glenda's initial focus will be settling the boys, Stephen (age 5) and Evan (age 3), and our household into our new location. Once settled she plans to investigate opportunities where God will use her at the JAARS center.

As missionaries for a faith organization, we are responsible for developing a team of ministry partners who will pray, contribute financially, and advocate for our ministry in their local areas. Lord willing, we will be moving to our assignment in the Summer (2009).

More information, pictures, videos about Wycliffe's work, and a form for subscribing to our email newsletter is available on our ministry Web site.

We love talking about this adventure so feel free to call or e-mail us if you want to know more. We appreciate your prayers as God brings us into this new phase of our life.

Missions at the Airport

Wycliffe Bible Translators and JAARS came to Rumford, Maine today. Glenda, the kids and I went up to check things out. Stephen and Evan got to sit in a plane and we all got to ride in a helicopter!

New Server

Well, I finally decided to stop running my own server for moitozo.com after I lost the hard drive. But now the site is back online and I'm hoping for the best with a hosting account. Man, it's been a long time since I used a hosting company.

1969 Chevy Carryall Suburban (Panel Truck)

SOLD on 8/1/2008 after being posted on craigslist for four days. For all the details as well as pictures and video visit the truck's Web page.

There are only three things I've ever beed afraid of...

"There are only three things I've ever been afraid of: electricity, heights, and women... and I'm married too." --Unidentified Helicopter Powerline Maintenance Worker

Marcus DeValantino student of Grandmaster Seikichi Odo

Kyoshi Marcus DeValentino was trained by Grandmaster Seikichi Odo. My instructor Shihan Rich Pelletier is Marcus's senior student. Visit Marcus's Web site for more information about Okinawa Kenpo Karate-Kobudo Shudokan.

Birth Control for Middle School Girls!

I know the statistics. I know that five students at King Middle School in Portland, Maine recently admitted they are sexually active. I know that there were at least 17 pregnancies in Portland middle schools in the last four years. I also know that the Portland School Committee decided that the risk of middle school aged girls getting pregnant was too high and they should make birth control available. Yes, middle schoolers--who can be as young as eleven!

Sexual contact with a minor is still illegal, right? What if every time a school nurse heard about a minor who is sexually active we make the police investigate and prosecute? Well, you can forget that in Portland. Instead their solution is to hand out contraception to under age children in order prevent bad stuff from happening to children who make bad choices.

Now that you're a black belt have you arrived?

Someone recently asked me, "Do you feel different now that you have you're black belt? Do you feel like you've arrived? Is it cool?" As I thought about the question I realized that I don't feel like I've arrived at all. In fact, I would liken my feelings to a person who is lining up to run a marathon, not like the runner who has finished the marathon. In martial arts, as with any art that one might seek to master (relationships, painting, photography, writing, hunting, etc), there is always more to learn and refine. We chase a goal that is unreachable, perfection. Yet we still seek it. I'm convinced that this is why people talk so much about enjoying the journey.

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