Ron Luce Goes to Guatemala After 25 Years!

Did you know that Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions actually began in Guatemala?
In 1987 my wife Katie and I led our very first group of teenagers onto the mission field of Guatemala, believing their eyes would be opened to the deep need for God’s Word to be shared in other cultures the same way we had witnessed on our own 6-month trip all around the world just a short time before that.
We could never have guessed that this first trip with 60 teenagers would be the starting point for Global Expeditions and that after 25 years we would see over 67,000 missionaries make a difference in more than 69 different countries.
Guatemala is special to me because it’s where this all really started.  Global Expeditions has sent other leaders and other missionaries to Guatemala since that first trip, but Katie and I have not had the opportunity to return…until now.
This summer, we are excited to lead another trip to the birthplace of Global Expeditions and we’d like to extend you a personal invitation to come with us.

Baby Steps of Change

It’s been said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, I know this to be false. As a matter of fact, this mindset does nothing but keep you imprisoned. It saps your desire to pursue permanent change in your life in Christ. We basically say that our problems are too big.

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Global Expeditions: Village Campaign – Update!

Global Expeditions: Village Campaign – Click To See the Update!
We want to thank you for what has been given so far! Your heart for leaving a legacy for our future missionaries is overwhelming. Click to see an update of our progress so far from Emmie Harper, Director of Global Expeditions.

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Global Expeditions: Village Campaign – Update!

Global Expeditions: Village Campaign – Click To See the Update!
We want to thank you for what has been given so far! Your heart for leaving a legacy for our future missionaries is overwhelming. Click to see an update of our progress so far from Emmie Harper, Director of Global Expeditions.

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Camping in Africa – Africa:Hope

AFRICA:HOPE – CLICK TO WATCH HOW G.E. WILL REMEMBER AFRICA IN APRIL
Can we go camping?
A fairly simple question, yet how serious and divisive it became at my house growing up.  The mere mention of the word “camping” would evoke an icy look of pure horror from my mother as she contemplated days in the wilderness—days spent entirely without electricity in its various forms (hot water, ovens, hairdryers, etc.) and accompanied by insects of indeterminable size and number (that was undoubtedly the worst part).

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Camping in Africa – Africa:Hope

AFRICA:HOPE – CLICK TO WATCH HOW G.E. WILL REMEMBER AFRICA IN APRIL
Can we go camping?
A fairly simple question, yet how serious and divisive it became at my house growing up.  The mere mention of the word “camping” would evoke an icy look of pure horror from my mother as she contemplated days in the wilderness—days spent entirely without electricity in its various forms (hot water, ovens, hairdryers, etc.) and accompanied by insects of indeterminable size and number (that was undoubtedly the worst part).

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I’d like a venti iced skinny no-whip pumpkin spice latte with…

I’ve never quite caught on to the whole Starbucks thing—perhaps because my self-control (or lack thereof) is such that any drink which tastes like liquid candy is gone so rapidly that the price seems higher than I can justify.
But it does make me think.  Have you noticed that holding a Starbucks cup (especially the clear ones with a green straw attached) has become almost an article of clothing?  It’s like we get up in the morning, put on our clothes, add whatever accessories we want, and then pick up the Starbucks cup as the final touch.  And from the point of picking it up, it does not leave our hands for the remainder of the day.
Personally, my beverage of choice is Diet Coke.

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“We Died Before We Came Here.”

When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.” To that, Calvert replied, “We died before we came here.”
-David Augsburger, Sticking My Neck Out
When I read this quote, to be honest, I didn’t know who this man was. Afterwards I thought, “I would have loved to have been able to meet him and see what kind of man could inspire others to lay down their lives for the cause of Christ.”  I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but reflect on my own life and wonder if what I’m doing inspires people to follow, disciple and ultimately surrender everything for Jesus Christ.

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Action Is Our Response to Injustice

Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions will be spending the month of April challenging our friends, family, staff and readers from all over the world to bring action to awareness. Action is OUR response to injustice. We are challenging it to be yours. We will be posting blogs with weekly challenges to boldly proclaim, I will not just be aware. I will act.

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Love Acts Differently

So, I’ve been reading 1 Corinthians 13 a lot lately. It’s seemingly the only chapter of the bible that exists for me right now. That ever happen with you? You just can’t seem to get away from a verse or chapter because the Lord is trying to teach you something?
This is the portion of scripture that I have been camped on:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

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