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Becoming The Man God Intended

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I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7

January was another wonderful month of ministry here at On Target.  I am making progress on our new The Man God Intended Devotional/Journey project, continuing to minister to our special group of young men and gearing up for our new TargetPoint Podcasts.

The month also finished up with a trip to Boise, Idaho where I spoke four times for Ten Mile Community Church’smen’s retreat.  Though I have had the privilege of ministering at hundreds of these over the years, each one is so very special and often produce indelible memories.  At the closing of my Saturday morning session dealing with how to establish an intimate relationship with God, I extended a call to any men who wanted to give their heart to Jesus for the first time.

The first of several men to look up at me in agreement was a young man in the front row named Dustin.  I acknowledged those who responded and prayed for them in closing out the morning.  That evening we had an extended time of the men getting up to share some of their stories.  The last man to share was Dustin, a 25-year-old Police Officer.  He stood there silent for what seemed an eternity.

As he began sobbing, a couple of men stood up to comfort him—when he spoke this is the story he told:

I worked for the York County Sheriff’s office located in South Carolina as a Patrol Deputy from 2020 to the end of 2023.

In January of 2023 I was working the night shift from 6pm to 6am. I was in our main office finishing reports from the day’s shift. While sitting in the office I observed a call being generated by dispatch of a burglary in progress. Once I saw that call get generated, I began walking out of the office to have a faster response. After getting into my patrol vehicle, dispatch called me to respond to that burglary. They advised me that there was a male outside of a residence banging on the door. Dispatch also stated that the man was also talking to another person, but that person was not responding.

I arrived at the incident with lights and sirens. When I approached the residence, I observed a male walking toward me. At first glance it appeared that he had a jacket in his hand and tossed it over his shoulder. I exited my vehicle and was about to give the command to get on the ground, but before doing so, I notice that instead of a jacket, he had a small child on his shoulder. Both he and the child were covered in blood. 

At that time, he began pleading with me to save his kid and proceeded to lay his four-year-old child in front of me. I jumped into action and began checking for a pulse. I thought that I had one, so my Sargent and I began doing CPR. After a few minutes we were made aware that EMS was too far out, and the child needed to get to a hospital now.  We picked him up and placed him into the back of my patrol car with two other deputies. After arriving at the hospital, they pronounced him dead. I later learned that the child was only a few days away from his birthday.

This incident has been stuck with me ever since. I sometimes get mental pictures of that night but mostly I can still hear the sounds that were coming from the child while giving CPR.

I can only imagine the incredible emotional hurt and trauma brought about by such an experience on a rookie officer.  Later that evening some of his friends gathered around him and were able to guide him in a time of prayer to totally surrender his life to the Lord.  Just today I had a chance to speak with Dustin and was able to encourage him to go deeper with the Lord and not let this experience fade.

Like so many young men today Dustin came from a broken home.  He never knew his dad and was raised by his mom and had a special relationship with his Grandma who would often take him to church. He met his wife in 2016 and married her in 2020.  Dustin remembers always wanting to be a Christian but not knowing how.  He says he flailed around for a couple of years kind of kicking the tires but never really made a commitment.

I asked him, why now?  He said after listening to the messages and being around a bunch of guys that would just love and encourage him, he felt tremendous peace that allowed him to become more vulnerable and emotionally open.  I ended our call by letting him know how proud I was of him and encouraged him to now take the challenge of becoming the spiritual head of his home.  He said he would.

I am so thankful for our Lord, who through His Holy Spirit, leads people to repentance.  I can only imagine the joy in Heaven around the throne of God for each one who comes.  Dear friends, please know that I am also so grateful for all of you who pray and support our ministry.  Dustin is just one incredible story out of thousands that have been impacted over the years.

I hope his story both blessed and challenged you—these are serious times and we need all hands on deck that we may help usher many more into His glorious Kingdom.

Hello, dear friends.  August, normally a slow month for us at On Target, turned out to be very busy and exciting.  It began with my unpacking a whole new and very powerful idea about my new book project.  I will be sharing much more about this in the coming weeks and sending out some sample excerpts for you to review.  I do not believe anything like what we are attempting has ever been done before and I am believing this might be one of the best disciple-making resources for men today.

The highlight of the month came on Saturday the 12th.  That was the day I married our first-born grandson, Parker to his lovely bride, Randi.  The event took place at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA.  With the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, it was a truly beautiful and wonderful occasion.  It was of course a great honor for me to preside over this precious event.  Parker and Randi are two very special people who love the Lord deeply.  

On the last weekend I was privileged to travel to Boise, Idaho to speak at a men’s retreat for Canyon Christian Church.  It took place at Camp Ivydale about an hour from the Boise Airport.  I spoke four times over the weekend, and we saw three men ask Jesus into their lives for the first time.  There were also a dozen men who raised their hands in pledging to stop following a god they want and begin pursuing The God Who Is.

While there I met a man named Ken.  He kind of reminds of the character Sy from Duck Dynasty—even sounds like him.  Ken was really struggling the entire weekend.  He is strapped to an oxygen bottle 24/7 on 5 liters.  I was so proud of him for braving the elements and coming there to honor his Lord. 

I had the chance of sharing Cindy’s story with him and told him how important it was for us to BELIEVE and EXPECT God to heal.  I then asked him if he had the faith to do the same for his circumstances—he said yes.  I felt like the Lord wanted me to end our event in a communion time and then surround Ken with all the men and pray for him.

It was a powerful time of prayer for Ken.  The look on his face when we were done was heartwarming.  He told us he felt so good.  Ken is going to continue to let me know how he is doing.  Initial reports are very encouraging as he seems to be weening from the oxygen.  I told him to leave it all in God’s hand.  Let’s continue to pray for this wonderful man.  Cindy and I are BELIEVING and EXPECTING God to heal him.

August was a good month indeed.  As I close, I want to ask you to join us on our new Substack platform if you are not already subscribed.  These newsletters and all our TargetPoint articles will be appearing there in the future.  You can find us here: https://vincedac.substack.com

A very special 4th of July greeting to you dear friend.  Cindy and I experienced another great month here in Temecula settling in, enjoying the weather and especially seeing what God is doing through our ministry.  I am happy to report that with each new month Cindy’s health continues to improve here—no oxygen necessary.

At the beginning of the month, I had the privilege of speaking to a new group of young men and women who began meeting at Oceanside Beach.  The photo captures my sharing to about 50 of these hungry people and God did an amazing work.  Five of them gave their hearts to the Lord that night.  Meanwhile, I continue to work with my grandson, Hayden, as he leads his Holy Stakes group of young men every Monday night.

Earlier in the month my Son-in-law, Hayden’s dad Jason and I sat on two stools in front of this hungry group of young men and let them have at us—no question was off limits.  It was awesome.  Jason really hit the mark as he answered questions about real-life experiences as a CEO owning and running a business in today’s woke culture.  At the end of our time together I asked the group to tell us what is driving their generations openness today regarding spiritual matters. 

The feedback was amazing and very revealing.  Most of these young men are coming from deep brokenness within their own families, are tired of superficiality and being lied to and are desperate for authenticity.  Finding answers in their world is not working for them and they can see right through the cultural smoke and mirrors.

Later in the month I had another privilege of speaking to our local No Man Left Behind gathering that takes place every Thursday morning at a local coffee shop.  About fifty men came to this and I talked to them about getting back in the game.  I asked Hayden to come with me and at the end of my talk he got up and shared what is on the heart of young men in his generation.  The gathering of mostly older guys from every walk of life, were captivated.  Dear one, something very special is happening right now.  I have not seen this kind of hunger among a generation since the sixties.  We must seize the moment—all of us.

Last week I also met with about 7-8 CEO level executives to brainstorm firing up an old group that used to meet weekly in the San Diego area called Men With A Purpose.  This gathering, started by my friend, Dwight Johnson, has had a significant impact on so many over the years.  I am excited to say that after sharing with them my experience with these young men we all came away with a commitment to make discipleship a centerpiece of our objectives moving forward.

In addition to the above, I am also working on the framework for our new book project and planning an exciting social media campaign that will take advantage of some new platforms to get our message out there.  Stay tuned for this one—it is going to be BIG!

As I close, Cindy and I are praying for each of you and hope you had a blessed 4th of July celebration time.  I also want to encourage you to go see the movie, The Sound Of Freedom.  It is a powerful story revealing how our enemy is going after the most vulnerable among us, our precious kids.  We need to stay informed so that we know how to pray and what actions we need to take.

Finally, be on the lookout for this month’s TargetPoint article, The Manipulation Of The American Mind (updated from 2017).  If you do not get our articles, please go to www.otm.co and sign up for our newsletters.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:13-14

Well, here we are in beautiful Temecula, California.  As you may recall from my last letter, Cindy remained here with our daughter and her family as I went back to Colorado Springs to prepare our home and pack up.  On so many levels this move is profound.  Bittersweet and exciting at the same time.  The hard stuff is wrapped up in having to leave our family and literally thousands of dear friends in the Springs.  The excitement is ever present as we anticipate how God is going to use this move for His glory.

I drove back to Colorado Springs with Bentley, our Golden Retriever, on March 5th.  Our daughter Kristen, wanted us to stay with her for the rest of the month and that was such a blessing.  Kristen and I had such a good time together and it was so comforting being with their whole family.  I spent the entire month packing up the home for our moveout March 30th.

On March 11th I traveled to Nampa, Idaho to speak at an Iron Sharpens Iron event for my good friend Brad Stewart.  It was such a privilege speaking both the opening and closing message at this event.  In the closing session about 20 men gave their heart to the Lord for the first time and another 80 raised their hands to commit to rededicating their lives to The God Who Is.  I believe God positioned this ministry opportunity right in the middle of our move and the attending challenges as a reminder of our greater purpose.

During the month I also had the opportunity to connect with all of the men in our weekly AIM group as well as so many more that I meet with on a regular basis to say goodbye and be blessed.  My plan is to send an invitation to all of these precious men to join me on a weekly Zoom call where I will be delivering our Men On Target curriculum…stay tuned for that.

All of this helped me to release from the past.  The above scripture has been my life verse for over 40 years.  Paul, a man you might say would have a right to allow his past to influence his future, is the same man here who proclaims, forgetting what is behind.  Then in the very next breadth he proclaims, I press on.  It is a very powerful spiritual principle at work here…I cannot fully press on until I have let go of the past.  So, here is what the press on looks like so far;

On April 1st, Pastor Al McCausland from my old church joined me and Bentley for the trip to our new home.  It was so generous of him to come with me to help with our move in.  We arrived two days before our move in to our new home. After spending an entire week getting settled we were now facing Good Friday and the most precious of all Christian celebrations…Easter.

It is a noteworthy coincidence that all of this is culminating in the celebration of the great resurrection.  In so many ways Cindy and I are believing this is a new season of be resurrected into an even greater measure of His incredible purposes for us.  There are already so many positive signs.  For those who read my last newsletter you already know about the incredible hunger we are noticing in young men here.  We are also talking to a number of pastors and leaders about starting an On Target Institute (OTI) weekly gathering here in the valley.  Please be praying with us about that.

As I am writing this I am in my new office and studio (under construction) preparing to start a number of weekly broadcasts.  In the weeks and months to come I will be sharing the various platforms we are going to use.  I also have this desire to stay connected to a number of leadership groups and people through FaceTime and Zoom.  More info will be coming about this but for any of you who are interested in joining a weekly Zoom call for our OTI curriculum please email me directly at vince@otm.co. 

I also want to take this opportunity to thank so many of you who have helped make this move possible through your prayer and sacrificial giving to our ministry.  We have been able to cover almost all of our costs.  This could not have happened without your help. 

Finally, Cindy and I want to ask you to continue to pray for us.  Here are some prayer points for you:

  • Pray for Cindy’s health to continue to improve here at the lower altitude
  • That the Lord helps us to settle in quickly and releases us from any residual anxiety resulting from such a major move
  • Pray we can find our permanent new home during this next year as this one, though a special gift, is only for one year
  • For the Lord to give clear direction regarding local ministry opportunities

Finally, please note our new home and ministry addresses:

Vince & Cindy D’Acchioli                             On Target Ministries

32247 Cassino Court                                      P. O. Box 890423

Temecula, CA 92592                                      Temecula, CA 92589

Be blessed dear friends,


On Target Ministries is headed to the bullseye

As I write to you today I am in Temecula, California at the home of our Daughter Kim and her family.  Cindy and I drove here February 6th to discover how a change in elevation might affect Cindy’s breathing. 

As many of you know, Cindy went into the emergency room back in November of last year for a yet unknown illness that affected her breathing.  Her lungs, compromised from her miracle recovery from H1N1 back in 2010, were not producing the necessary oxygen into her blood and she found herself on 55 liters and just short of having to be ventilated.  She was in ICU for three days and in the hospital for two weeks.

The doctors were again surprised by another miracle recovery but it left her with needing to be on an oxygen concentrator 24/7.  At this point many in our medical community were suggesting moving to a lower elevation—7500 feet is pretty hard on already compromised lungs.  We drove to Temecula to see what would happen and how God might lead.  I am happy to report that Cindy is now free from her concentrator.  While still weak and recovering she no longer needs to be tethered.  Please continue praying for full recovery.

Since we have been here we have seen one miracle after another.  In all of this we came to the conclusion that we need to move and move now.  As a result, I will be driving back to Colorado later this week to pack up and get ready for the move.  We will be in Temecula full time beginning April 1st.  Cindy will not be returning with me for her safety and health.  So, that is the really big news and now for the God part of the story.

When we arrived our grandson, Hayden asked me if I would speak to his newly formed men’s Bible study.  The photo above was the scene.  He started just a few weeks ago and is now up to 25 men between the ages of 18-25.  They are finding these guys everywhere and many do not know Jesus.  I am so proud of Hayden and his brother, Parker, who is helping facilitate this hungry group of men.  I spoke to them last week, and 4 men asked the Lord into their hearts along with 8 others who rededicated their lives. 

A few days later we all went to see the new film, Jesus Revolution.  I was emotional and choking back tears practically the whole time, not just because Cindy and I were part of this incredible movement, but because I am sensing it is happening again.  As of today we hear that revival has now broken out on over 20 College campuses.  While talking to these young men I sensed a hunger I have not seen since the 60’s.  I also sensed God saying to me that we were going to be a part of this.  While I am not sure what this will look like I am getting excited.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit my share of California-shaming stories I have told.  I sensed the other day that God was not pleased with that attitude and wanted me to know He was sending me to the front lines—the belly of the beast, as it were.  The Bullseye for On Target.  In the brief time we have been here I have also had the privilege of speaking with several pastors who are encouraging us to consider planting an On Target Institute weekly men’s gathering here for the valley.

In addition to much spiritual confirmation, God has also been involved in the details.  Finding a home to rent here is almost impossible, especially at our price point.  Well, God brought a friend of our Daughter to the table who needed a renter right away for a move they were making.  It is a beautiful home we can not afford made possible by some general financial commitments for the first year.  Cost of living here is very high as you might expect.

Also, our lease in Colorado is not up until the end of June.  So, the next hurdle was asking our Landlord to let us out early with no penalties.  It took several days for them to get back to us but the amazing answer was, YES.  Yet another confirmation.  While this is all bittersweet for us we feel so blessed by our Lord and the many dear friends who are stepping up to help us.  On the financial side we had a wonderful year-end made extra special by a large donation that will help fund some cashflow needs for this year.

We also had a 5,000.00 gift from our former church in California to help with our moving costs.  We are still 8,000.00 short of our goal and sincerely appreciate your prayerful consideration to help if you are able.  For those of you in the Southern California area who want to connect please email me and after we settle in I would love to meet with you.

I am so looking forward to reporting what God is going to do here through our ministry.

Musings From A “Hayfordite
In Loving Memory

Pastor Jack Hayford

Vince D’Acchioli

My journey and memories of Pastor Jack began in the earlies 70’s when Cindy and I began attending this little church in Van Nuys, California called The Church On The Way.  Married at that time for about 8 years and raising two precious little girls we decided it was time to get serious about our relationship with the Lord.  Though unfamiliar with the Charismatic movement I knew I was in need of more of God and was just coming out of a messed up life that included dangerously close encounters with the Mafia.

Our marriage not doing well, I remember with great fondness our first, and only, marriage counseling session with a precious man who was one of Pastor Jacks close Associate Pastor.  It led to our signing up for a marrieds class which a few years later we ended up leading.  During those years I was mentored by my dear friend Pastor Jack Duitsman.  He and his wife, Mary led the class at that time.  In their transition out they recommended us to Pastor Jack to lead the class.  Pastor Jack also asked us to lead the couple’s ministry for the church.  That class ended up with 4-500 people in attendance every Sunday. 

From there we were invited to enter the two-year Discipleship program which was a prerequisite to future eldership in the church.  That program was ahead of its time and probably the equivalent of theology degree.  It later led to an invitation to become an Elder and my being appointed to one of nine members of the church council.  An amazing honor.  During this time my personal relationship with Pastor really grew.  He blessed me many times by asking me to consult on organizational dynamics and structure.

During these years we had so many occasions to be with Pastor Jack and his wife, Anna. Cindy and I remember times after church at their home eating Tomato and Mayo sandwiches and trips to Solvang, one of his favorite places. Needless to say there are so many significant and profound stories I could share.  Here is an example of just one: 

It was in the early 80’s, while on a quest to see myself through the eyes of significant people in my life, that I decided to ask my pastor, Jack Hayford what his perception of me was.  If you happen to know Pastor Jack you are probably smiling right now and thinking, that is a very dangerous question.

It turned out to be a pretty long lunch.  When I asked Pastor Jack for his impression of me I remember a blank stare and an uncomfortable period of silence.  Then, he reached over and grabbed the salt and pepper shakers from the side of our table.  He took the pepper shaker and said see this…this represents product.  You like product.  Nodding, but not really knowing where this was going, he continued.  You know why you like product?  I said no and he continued—you know how to purchase the raw material, you know how to manufacture it, you know how to package it, price it, display it, sell it—you can control product.

At this point I am thinking I may not like where this is headed but was still clueless.  He then grabbed the salt shaker and continued.  Vince, this is fruit.  You don’t like fruit.  It just so happens I really don’t like fruit but I had a good idea that was not what he meant.  He then added, do you know why?  It’s because fruit grows the way it wants to grow.  Then, he began to describe from the cellular level the incredible nature of fruit and all of its nourishing attributes in ways I had never heard.  And then came the clincher—Vince I see you as a Tiger becoming a Lion.

It was at this point I had to call a time out—Ok Pastor Jack, help me understand the zoological implications of that one?  He did—he went on to talk about the differences between a Tiger and a Lion in ways that blew me away.  Remember, this is the man who wrote the powerful song, Majesty.  He talked about how the Tiger is a skilled hunter, like the Lion, but that they hunt singular—they are not familial like Lions.  He talked about the majesty and patience of the Lion and then said, Jesus is not referred to as the Tiger of Judah, but the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

He encouraged me by letting me know how much he believed in me, but recognized I needed to rely much more on the Holy Spirit in my life then on my human ability to control.  He concluded by saying he saw me as a marble that God wanted to turn into a grape.  He held out his hand and used his thumb to demonstrate pressing down on a marble and reminded me that when the pressure is exerted the marble escapes—it will not be crushed.

On the other hand, he suggested that when you become that precious and ripe grape, submitted to the will of your heavenly Father, that same pressure now reveals the sweetness from your life that will extend to strengthen and nurture the lives of others.  What a powerful picture I received on that memorable day.

One of the hardest things I had to do was resign my position on the church council in 1991 to move the ministry of Every Home For Christ, to Colorado Springs, Colorado.  There is no doubt that was a call from God and just a few years later we felt the Lord calling us to start On Target Ministries. 

Not only did Pastor affirm our call to ministry to men he also invited me to come to a pastor conference back in 1994 and introduced our ministry to over 1000 pastors from around the world—it literally put this little known new ministry on the map and launched us into what is now an almost 30-year incredible journey.  Tens of thousands of men have been saved and equipped to become The Man God Intended as a result.

Pastor Jack remained a close friend, mentor and confident until his health began to fail.  I can honestly say I do not know where I would be had God not allowed me the privilege of knowing this man.  No person this side of Heaven has impacted and shaped me more than Pastor Jack.

I want to close with just one more Pastor Jack story you will enjoy.  It was back around 2013 and I was hosting a men’s ministry leadership event in Fontana, California.  I asked Pastor to be our keynote speaker and took the podium to introduce him.  What follows, though exaggerated and mostly made up, was so funny that it took Pastor several minutes to compose himself from the laughter.  He later indicated he wanted to share this introduction in his memoirs.  Where is my intro:

Pastor Jack needs little intro really.  I served this man for so many years and remember thinking, not only is he an amazing Theologian but also an intellectual.  In fact, we were told that Pastor would require of himself the use of a new word he had never used before in every sermons just to keep himself sharp. 

Those of us who knew this would be waiting for it every week.  We often found ourselves nodding in agreement to comments he would make for which we had no clue what it meant.  I will never forget the first time I heard the word, Juxtaposition.  I silently repeated it and turned to my wife and said, Juxtaposition? 

I said, what does it mean>  she said, I don’t know but if we are doing it and Pastor Jack says it’s wrong…WE NEED TO REPENT!

We love you Pastor Jack

As most of you know by now this has been perhaps the most difficult month in our lives since 2010.  On the 15th of November we called an ambulance for Cindy as her oxygen numbers began to plummet.  When she arrived at St Francis Hospital they began testing her but could not find anything that might be causing the issue.  They ruled out Covid and thought early on that some kind of bacterial infection may have taken hold in her lungs.  Since 2010 when she was released after a life-threatening bout with H1N1 she has not had any issues even though her lungs were seriously compromised—that is a miracle.

After a couple of days they moved her to the Intensive Care Unit as she required 55 liters of oxygen support at 100%.  That is just a short step to putting her on a ventilator.  After a couple of days and a whole lot of prayer she was moved back to intermediate care and started to get better.  They still do not know the cause but threw everything they had at the symptoms and it worked.  She was released on November 29th on 6 liters of oxygen but in a very weak condition.

We are home now and caring for her 24/7 as she slowly improves every day.  Our goal is to get her to around 3 liters so she can travel to California for Christmas.  Most of her doctors are recommending that she should be at sea level for her future health.  We will be checking that out and would ask for your continued prayers for God to give us clear direction here.  While I can continue my work from anywhere there are some significant logistical and financial implications with such a move.  Much more info to follow.

Though this was a challenge Cindy and I want you to know how grateful we are.  Grateful for all of your love, support and prayers for us personally and what God is doing through this ministry.  Grateful for this wonderful new Christmas season that is upon us.  This is truly the most precious time of year for Cindy and me.  Cindy usually writes our Christmas TargetPoint and I am hoping she will be able to do it again this year—look for it sometime around the middle of the month.

As a special thank you for all you do and what you mean to us we have enclosed a gift we hope you will enjoy.  Our dear friend, Dick Eastman recently published this powerful devotional on the names of Jesus simply titled, Awesome.  I asked Dick to personally sign your copy.  Cindy and I read this together every morning and recite the prayer at the end of each brief chapter.  We hope this will bless you as much as it has blessed us and will serve as a powerful reminder of who we celebrate this special Christmas season.

Wishing you a very blessed Christmas,

Vince & Cindy

Prayer Points:

  • Complete recovery for Cindy (lungs healed)
  • Godly discernment on possible move to CA
  • Financial assistance if a move is necessary
  • More 2023 bookings
  • The completion of The Man God Intended (Vince’s new book)
  • Opportunities for new Encounter events

September was a month filled with some major highs and lows.  On the low side our dear English Cream Golden, Bentley, has had three severe seizures.  I have not witnessed anything like this before.  You feel so helpless as there is nothing you can do for the poor animal who is going through it.  Perhaps some of you have experienced this.  For me it has caused some very emotional times as I keep reliving the visuals.  He is getting a lot of prayer and our vet is doing everything possible to find out what is happening.  Cindy and I would ask you to please pray for Bentley.

Another low point happened this month as Facebook decided to permanently take down our pages and we lost 13,000 followers overnight.  The frustrating part of this is there is no way to find out why.  They have complete control and will not tell us why this happened.  The only thing they tell you is that we somehow violated some standard but we have no clue what that might have been and they refuse to review our appeal with a generic message saying they do not have the manpower because of Covid.

The bottom line of course, is that we do know why.  Be prepared folks as any of us who proclaim Jesus and quote scriptures are subject to being shut down.  It is only a matter of time before Youtube and Twitter do the same.  We have already had warnings.  These platforms are highly political and very woke.  If you have a sizable audience they will shut you down, especially before this important election season. 

I am to the point now where I am wearing this as a badge of honor.  The Bible tells us that this kind of persecution is to be expected.  Our job is to press on and shake this off, and that is what we are doing.  In the process we are rapidly expanding through 6-8 other emerging platforms that are open to our messaging.  Please look for us by going to our home page at otm.co where you will find a number of icons for other platforms.  The main ones right now would be Gettr, Truth Social and  Rumble.

On the upside we have had a lot of ministry happen through our weekly men’s group, All In Men (AIM) and also our weekly Zoom leadership meetings.  We also had another Zoom pastors conference with about a dozen village pastors in India.  The most exciting ministry happened on the last weekend of the month as we held our second Encounter event in Florissant, Colorado.  I may have mentioned last month that The Encounter was a tremendous success as so many men told us it really helped them discover how to get closer to God.

This month at our second event it was even more special.  After our morning briefing and orientation for the day we gathered the men at the Ranch’s stable for a special event before they began their six hours of quiet time with the Lord.  Cliff, a true horse whisperer who works at the ranch, put on an hour presentation with a horse named Tanner.  Cliff has known Tanner since the day he was born 26 years ago.

What he and Tanner did around the arena was amazing.  Each of about a dozen different exercises were designed to show us what a proper relationship with God is supposed to look.  At one point he was guiding the horse without a saddle or reigns—just gentle nudges and soft words.  He even sighted the words in Isaiah that say, you will hear a voice behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it as he had Tanner literally walk backwards through a maze he could not see.  What a powerful time to experience before going out into the forest to spend time alone with our Lord.

The discussion and teaching time at the end of the day was wonderful and after dinner the men had another opportunity to throw their pieces of paper with the issues they wish to let go of into the fire.  At this event we offered the men an opportunity to stay overnight and enjoy a breakfast and final session with communion.  Pastor Al McCausland led that session and it was powerful.  We ended our time by gathering together and praying specifically for each member of the Dawn Of Hope Ranchteam.  Such a special time.

As I close I want to remind each of you of how special you are to us.  This letter only goes to our monthly supporters and it is Cindy and my hope that what God is doing through your generous financial and prayer support blesses you.

Advancing His Kingdom Together,

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul… Ps 23 NKJV

Our Sunday school class is currently going through the book of Nehemiah.  The sessions are reminding Cindy and me of a time when we sat under Pastor Jack Hayford and his incredible teaching titled The Nehemiah series…Restoring The Walls.  Most people who have followed this man would say this series was probably one of his signature teachings of all time.

Pastor Jack would say that Nehemiah represents a “type” or “picture” of the Holy Spirit. In fact the name Nehemiah translated in Hebrew means The Comfort of God. Jesus said He would be sending the Holy Spirit or Comforter.   In the above Psalm it talks about God, by His Spirit, restoring our soul.  Pastor Jack suggests that the walls Nehemiah was desirous of rebuilding represent our soul and the temple represents our spirit.  Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit

In the above verse the Bible talks about the division of soul and spirit—let’s explore this for a moment.  In those days the Spirit of God was in the temple.  This is analogous to the New Testament believer allowing the Lord into their life, literally God’s Spirit in us.  Remember that in the old covenant God would reside in a physical place—the good news for us happened when Jesus gave His life and the temple curtain was torn allowing access from that time forward for God’s Spirit to literally be in us.  We are now the temple of God. 

The soul, on the other hand is best defined as our intellect, our emotions and our will.  Our intellect represents our thoughts, our emotions represent our feelings and our will is typically influenced by a combination of those, leading to our actions

At OTI we have a vision for shaping men who are FULLY ALIVEBecoming The Man God Intended.  When we invite the Lord into our life we are ALIVE but becoming the Man God Intended has to do with the condition of our soul, our walls.  Nehemiah knew that the Spirit of God was in that temple but because the walls were down there was little or no protection from an enemy that wanted to destroy their worship which would affect their identity, relationship with God and their destiny. 

The same is true of us. When we allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives we are ALIVE at our core.  However, when our soul is not built up and we allow in such things as fear, doubt, various kinds of sin that are not dealt with, it gives our enemy access to interrupting that important connection with the Spirit of God in us and destroys our worship.  The result—our identity, relationship with Him and destiny are impacted.

The Holy Spirit, just like Nehemiah, wants to restore and build up the broken down places in our souls so that we have protection against the attacks of the enemy.  The strong message for all of us is—the importance of God, by His Spirit, to have His way in the life of the believer.  The ability of His Spirit to work in us the way He fully intends is hindered often by the ways we allow the “walls” of our life to be compromised which gives access to the enemy.  

As I ponder what Nehemiah must have felt regarding the condition of this city in his time the scripture clearly reports the intense sadness and heartache he endured.  I want to suggest here that if he were alive today witnessing the condition of our kingdom—the United States of America and how broken we have become—his feelings would be even more intense.

Dear ones please here me—as a nation our walls are down—many would say destroyed beyond repair.  Could it be that all of this happened as the result of us—God’s people—not taking proper care of the walls in our own life?  Have we allowed our souls to deteriorate to the point that we are hindering the Spirit of God having His way in us?  Could it be that our national soul is simply a reflection of the collective soul of His people?

I long for a Nehemiah in our day.  We are in desperate need for this kind of spiritual leadership in order to turn our people and ultimately our great nation back to worshipping the one true God, the King of kings and Lord of lords.  I am persuaded that Nehemiah understood the central place that worship held in gaining victory over his enemies and the successful completion of that wall.  The same holds true today for you and me—if we are to be successful in defeating our enemy and see our souls restored we MUST understand the importance of worshipping our Lord.

Where is Nehemiah when we need him?  He is here—all around us in the form of God’s Holy Spirit.  The real question is, will you let Him have His way in you? 

When God is the center of a kingdom or a city, He makes it strong “like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken” (Ps 125:1). And when God is the center of a soul, although disasters may crowd in on all sides and roar like the waves of the sea, there is a constant calm within. The world can neither give nor take away this kind of peace. What is it that causes people to shake like leaves today at the first hint of danger? It is simply the lack of God living in their soul, and having the world in their hearts instead. –R. Leighton 

In closing, I would like to recommend some helpful resources regarding this theme:

March was a packed month with so much to report.  It started with our trip to California on the 2nd and the celebration of my Birthday on the 3rd.  As many of you know our trip to CA had multiple objectives.  The getaway and visit with our family was long overdue but the more pressing issue was Cindy’s health. 

Prior to our trip Cindy had been dealing with some congestion which caused her to need oxygen over several weeks.  We made an appointment with her doctor in Temecula and he gave her a pretty good report.  It turns out she has been suffering from a mild virus in her lungs. The doctor prescribed an inhaler with some steroids to help her heal.  He gave us strong indication that it would go away and her oxygen would go back to normal at elevation. This was great news of course and it removed any sense of urgency to have to move back to sea level—at least for the foreseeable future.  So—we are good to go for Colorado. 

While in CA for a little over two weeks we met with a lot of friends and family as well as some new potential donors to our ministry.  While there I had the privilege of speaking to the men’s group at my old church, Water Of Life.  There was also a significant number of men who joined us through Zoom as well.  Three men asked the Lord into their heart and about a dozen more rededicated their lives to the Lord.

While driving back to Colorado on the 17th we actually experienced a miracle.  We planned to stay the night in Flagstaff as we took the southern route to dodge weather.  We forgot it was Spring break and virtually every hotel room in the area was booked.  We prayed and it must have been the 12th hotel we called had a room—but—350.00 plus a non-refundable 50.00 pet fee.  We were perplexed but did not think we had a choice—then the woman came back on the line and said, we do have one room we can’t really sell as the vanity light in the bathroom does not work.  You can have that one for 109.00.  Whoa—and no pet fee. 

We arrived back home on the 18th and began working on our new plan for On Target Institute.  I mentioned this in my last newsletter and I am so excited about what God is getting ready to do.  Pat McGuire and I spent the better part of a day whiteboarding some powerful ideas.

Everyone please hear me, my board and advisory team all believe that God has uniquely prepared us for such a time as this.  Given what we are experiencing in the complete demise of our culture, men being trained to step up as spiritual leaders in their homes and communities is critical.  OTI will continue to grow men and train them for a whole new paradigm for doing church—it’s coming.

For the next week I had several meetings with perspective donors and many of our OTI Alumni to start building our team.  Everyone I talked to was truly encouraging to us.  One of the first efforts will be to film a documentary on OTIand many, including Pastor Steve Holt, have agreed to appear with some powerful testimonials.  We also expect to have some prominent national leaders weigh in as well.

While all of this has been exciting, what happened next was off the charts.  I was invited by my friend, Jerry Fristoe to join him on his drive to Kansas City to visit the International House Of Prayer (IHOP) for three days.  Not having visited this ministry before,  I was amazed to learn that they have had 24/7 prayer for over 20 years.  They have three very large campuses, one for the prayer room, another for their training center which boasts about 20,000 graduates and then one for their church. 

I had the opportunity to talk briefly with Mike Bickle, the founder, and he remembered meeting me way back in the early 90’s after moving Every Home For Christ to Colorado Springs.  I was able to bring him greetings from EHCPresident Dick Eastman.  What God is doing there is remarkable.  I have never seen so many talented young people sold out for Jesus.  They have 12 worship teams per day that take two-hour shifts for their prayer room.  The level of talent and anointing was powerful.

Before arriving Jerry had put together what they call a presbytery.  Three men were given only my first name and were asked to pray that God would give them some prophetic insights and encouragement when we met.  Because I am speaking to a broad audience theologically here let me be clear about how I feel about the prophetic.  While there has been a lot of controversary around this subject and having been personally exposed to questionable practices, I do believe that the prophetic gift exists today.

I also believe it is prudent for every Christian who receives this kind of ministry to tuck it away and ask the Holy Spirit to give spiritual witness to its validity.  That has been my posture for over 40 years.  Having said that let me explain what these men had to share and my sense of what it may mean.  Almost everything they shared witnessed to me and lined up with what I see God doing in my life and ministry at this time.  Though these men clearly did not know me they saw pictures of the past that were right on.

Perhaps the most profound vision one man had was that of a red and white barn and the number 20K.  I know that sounds odd but OTI, which we are about to launch nationally was birthed in a red and white barn in the year 2000.  Here is a sampling of some of the other words they shared:  You are a DANGEROUS MAN for God, you’ve walked a long way and God is giving you a new pair of shoes for a new calling, you are in the game, you have a Mordecai heart and a bringing-along grace about you, you will have much favor but will also spark much jealousy, you will experience a new anointing and authority in speaking as you wait on His presence. There was so much more—I do not have time or room to share. 

If you follow our ministry may I ask you to pray with Cindy and me about these words and that God will give further clarification and discernment in their interpretation.  We are truly excited about our future.  The highlight of the month was of course the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection.  It was a significant month filled with God’s great goodness culminating with the great recognition of His great gift to all of us.

I want to close by asking you to prayerfully consider helping us fund this new launch.  No gift is too small.  Please go to our donation page and consider making a recurring monthly gift to help re-launch OTIhelp us reach men and regain our Christian heritage.


A Digital Missionary To Men

Well, fasten your seatbelts for some big and exciting news.  Effective February 15th I officially retired/resigned from my full-time Executive Pastor position at The Road @ Chapel Hills.  Wow, what a wonderful 2 ½ year ride.  I have had the privilege of pastoring with a man, Pastor Steve Holt, who God has uniquely anointed with a powerful message for our day.  While here we have seen our church double in size in less than a year.  God has also brought some of the best and most strategic pastors and leaders to help take The Road into the future.  It truly has been one the most exciting times I have experienced in ministry. 

Now, it is time to see what God has for this next season.  Cindy and I are feeling that God is getting ready to explode On Target Ministries in ways we are unable to imagine.  Because of the Covid shut down we are seeing unprecedented outreach happening through our digital platforms.  Recently, I have been sensing that God is calling me to be a digital missionary to men.  He is also calling me to expand our On Target Institute into other churches and communities throughout North America.

We estimate there may be thousands of men in Colorado Springs alone who have been deeply impacted by OTI and many are still meeting in various groups throughout the community.  Years ago at our height we had about 250 men at our weekly gatherings at a local church.  Pastor Steve asked me to bring in the model last year to The Road and it went from a couple dozen men to now over 140 meeting every week going through our Men On Target curriculum.  We have been seeing real life-change.

This decision to return our focus onto our ministry has been something I have been contemplating now for a number of months.  The timing could not be better.  I am now able to finish the book I have been neglecting and really focus on my life message.  Please stay tuned as I believe this important work will be our thirty-years-in-ministry-to-men legacy.  The working title is The Man God Intended, Unpacking The Five C’s Of Biblical Manhood.

On a personal family note we are headed to California for a couple of weeks to visit our kids and help Cindy overcome some congestion that we think has been causing her to have to be on oxygen for the last few weeks.  We need to know if her oxygen need is due to the congestion or the result of her being back at high altitude.  This will determine where we might live moving forward.  At this time we are not considering a move and would prefer to stay here in Colorado where God has given us our biggest support base.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated for all of this.

On all other levels Cindy and I are doing great and we are both truly excited about this next season.  Having said that we do have one minor challenge in front of us.  On Target, though still having tremendous outreach, has been a little neglected as the demand for my time has been primarily and rightfully focused on The Road.  Now that we are refocusing on expanding our digital and live outreaches we are going to need to raise some additional support.

We are so grateful for all of you who have continued to give monthly to keep us going but we now need to expand this base.  I want to ask all of you who believe in our ministry to prayerfully consider helping us with a monthly donation.  No amount is insignificant and every dollar really helps.  We need to pay for some much needed tech, marketing and product development as we move forward.  My producer, Pat McGuire, has plans to place us on some effective TV and web based platforms that will significantly expand our reach that is already into places like, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.  Our support to date has been sufficient but more will be needed for this crucial expansion.

If you find yourself in a position to help please go to our donation page here.  You can click on a one time gift or choose recurring donation.  The monthly recurring option is what we prefer if you are able—it really helps us flatten out the ups and downs of giving cycles and greatly helps in budgeting.

Finally, I want to encourage all of you to keep your chin up during these difficult times and get a glimpse of the face of God.  He is smiling.  And that’s what He expects right now of you and me.  Smiling because we know and serve an awesome God who has the whole world in His hands.  Smiling also because of the knowledge that He still chooses to use you and me to win a dying world. 

So be blessed dear friends and let’s continue to battle for the souls of me together,

While February is famous for being the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day it truly was a month filled with powerful ministry to couples through On Target Ministries.

It began with Cindy and I traveling to Dayton Ohio on the invitation of Ed and Kathy Kruse from West Carrollton Nazarene Church.  The last time we were there was back in 2005 where we conducted a Couples On Target Seminar on Valentine’s day one year after I had done a men’s conference for them.

Cindy and I spoke four times on Saturday to the couples and the response was amazing.  Several rededications and three precious souls ushered into the kingdom for the first time.  On Sunday I spoke at both of their services and brought the message, Armed…Ready For Battle.  Many of you know that is the story of Cindy’s incredible journey through an illness that almost took her life back in 2010.

The response was overwhelming as between 20-25 people asked Jesus into their hearts.  Five of them were under 20 years old.  A few of these precious people came up to us after the service and we had the privilege of praying for them.  It was such a special time.  I also had the pleasure of meeting the Senior Pastor, Bryan Heil.  Bryan and I had a couple of pre-trip conference calls to get to know each other and it greatly helped me to tailor a positive and relevant message for his congregation.

The following weekend we were back at our home church for our Valentine’s weekend couples conference.  Cindy and I teamed up with our Senior Pastor Steve and his wife Liz for a very special Friday night dinner, message and dance.  On Saturday we each brought two more messages dealing with how to have Godly relationships.  It was a well-attended event, maybe the biggest one yet at The Road @ Chapel Hills. 

On Sunday the four of us teamed up for a panel discussion during our regular church service.  If you go to theroad.org and click on sermons you can navigate to that service and take it all in.  The Lord gave us some great wisdom as we addressed some key questions from our audience on how to have Godly relationships.

Finally, as I am writing this letter my family just finished celebrating with me for my 75th birthday.  It was a great time made more special by a surprise visit from our daughter Kim from California.  To the hundreds of people who sent me happy birthday messages, thank you so much.

Someone asked me, at my age is it boxers or briefs…I said depends.

Thank you dear friends for all your prayers, love and support for what God is doing through On Target Ministries,

We are experiencing a great start to 2020.  On the 24th Cindy and I loaded up Bentley, our Golden Retriever, and drove to Rio Verde, AZ to conduct a men’s event on the 25th  at the Community Church Of The Verdes.  It was a very special time as I brought three messages culminating in 15 men asking Jesus into their hearts for the first time.  We were humbled as the Lord was truly gracious!

While there we met a lovely couple, David and Judith Adolfson, who invited us to stay in their beautiful Casita.  The weather was awesome and the views spectacular.

From there on Sunday we continued our drive to Temecula, California to spend a week with our family.  I am actually writing you from our daughter’s back yard in 75 degree weather where we are resting and preparing for two major couples conferences over the next three weeks.  One will be in Ohio this next week and then another in Colorado Springs on Valentine’s Day weekend.

For any of you who are in the Colorado area who may wish to attend you can get more information by visiting theroad.org and clicking on events.  Or simply call our office at 719-649-1000.  I think the Colorado event is full but we may be able to pull some strings.

At the beginning of the month I spoke at our final session of a three-day series on Prepare 2020, at our home church, The Road @ Chapel Hills.  The message is based on an article I had just written titled, 20/20…Year Of The Blind.  For all who call themselves followers of Christ I would encourage you to read or watch this message.  If you go to theroad.org you will find it under sermons.  On our site the article is at otm.co under the blog dropdown—select TargetPoint.

Here is an excerpt:

Matthew 13:15  For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.

In Mark 13:22 the Bible warns us that in the end times even the elect might be deceived.  My friends, we are there.  As we enter this new year we are at a very tenuous place.  We are a nation that has not been so divided since slavery.  We could see civil war in this decade if we cannot unite.  Christian persecution is already here and growing exponentially.  What is not commonly understood is that this is a very calculated process brought about by a few wealthy global elites in order to destroy our nation and the values we have stood upon since our formation.  Click Here for full article.

We are so proud to join with you in reaching the people God has given us to advance His Kingdom,

On November 7th Cindy and I flew to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to bring five plenary sessions to the NAME Canada National Marriage Conference.  This was our third time serving this annual conference over the past 8-10 years.   

Before leaving Cindy and I prayed for God to bring new life to our Couples Ministry materials.  Cindy added some new teaching and we tweaked some of our sessions—it was truly amazing what God did.  Cindy had a level of anointing I have not witnessed before.  The couples were tuned to her every word—I have never been so proud of her.

There were many who were greatly impacted but one couple in particular stands out.  They came to the event on the advice of a friend who actually bought them tickets.  They were also in
the middle of a divorce and committed to ending their marriage.  The fact that they came was a miracle itself.  The greater miracle happened as they shared with us at the end—we decided to not go through with the divorce and reunite.  WOW!  This is what it’s all about friends.

We had another couple approach us and say that in over 40 years of following the Lord they had never heard teaching like this.  They indicated how powerful our message was for them and expressed genuine excitement about the future of their marriage.  Dear ones, Cindy and I want to thank you so much for your generous donations and prayer support for our ministry.  We could not do any of this without your help.

Once back from Canada I went in for foot surgery.  Though minor, whenever anything is done on the foot it takes a very long time to heal.  I am wearing a boot and will be on crutches for about 4-6 weeks.  We purchased a knee scooter that really helps but it can be somewhat awkward.  We picked this time because I am not traveling again until mid-January.  I have to admit I am kind of liking it though as I am getting a lot of sympathy—makes me feel good.

The end of November and especially Thanksgiving weekend were very special for us as our whole family was together for the first time in over 10 years.  We traveled to Fort Collins on Thanksgiving Day to unite with our extended family up there and had a wonderful time.  This season is such a wonderful reminder of all the things we are thankful for.  Our God is so good.

As we head into this Christmas and end-of-year time I am truly excited to see what God is going to do.  In the natural I am concerned about 2020 as I view especially our political landscape.  However, we know that the natural is not the real world and that our precious Lord is still on the throne.  As Christians living in America today I believe we are facing the most critical season in our nation’s history. 

It will be a season where we are faced with the dichotomy of having to navigate with love and sensitivity in a world gone mad and increasingly hostile toward anything having to do with God or those that believe in Him and yet holding firm to the foundational scriptural and moral truths that we so dearly believe.  It will not be easy, and we will fail if we do not recognize the spiritual nature of the battle.  Dear friends—your personal walk with Jesus is critical if you are to be an effective witness for Him in this season—there will be no shortcuts.

Finally, as we approach another year-end we want to ask you to prayerfully consider a generous end-of-year gift to On Target Ministries.  Our commitment to you is that Cindy and I will continue to take the very best God has taught us over these many years and use it wisely to advance His Kingdom.

From our family to yours, may God bless you richly this Christmas season as we celebrate our Lords birth,

Greetings dear friends.  I cannot believe we are into November.  This year has gone by in such a flash—so many wonderful ministry events and special memories.  Cindy and I are really looking forward to this holiday season.  It is our favorite time of year.  And also, Cindy’s health seems to be improving and we are both feeling a strong sense of His presence in our midst. 

October was another great month for us here at On Target Ministries, for my work at The Road and for us personally. Our weekly AIM (All In Men) gatherings on Tuesday mornings have been going great.  We are up to over 70 men now and I just concluded a series on letting go of the past. 

On October 13th I had the privilege of bringing an important message to our church.  The title was Finding Your Way.  (Click here to watch the full message) I began by unpacking the profound word God gave me from November of 2009—My people are not prepared.  I remember when I received this in an intense time of prayer and not comprehending its full meaning.  In fact, every year that passes He is giving me fresh insight into these powerful five words.

As I said to our congregation I am convinced the average Christian is not prepared for what our future holds for us.  2020 is going to be an ugly year in the natural—political turmoil is at an all-time high and the atmosphere necessary for our faith to survive and thrive is being compromised every day.  Yet, most of us are asleep.  At one point I shouted WAKE UP!  I really sensed my message had a watchmen on the wall feel to it.  We truly need a wakeup call.  However it is not a call to activism in the natural sense.

I am persuaded that the current trajectory of our culture suggests we are in for some persecution.  How you perceive that last statement has everything to do with your spiritual preparedness.  If it scares you—you are not ready.  Should it concern us, yes.  But it should never frighten.  It should motivate us to get as close to God as we can and recognize the importance of exercising our call.  Living the life God intended for each of us.

It also calls for a new level of determination and seriousness to discover just what that call is.  It is truly His call (Way)and ultimately He is the Way Maker. We ended the service with the popular song Waymaker.  I can still hear the chorus…Waymaker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness.  At the end of the song I came up on the platform and asked how many here truly desire to discover God’s way but are struggling because you need the miracle worker to show up in your present circumstances?

The response was overwhelming, and the altar ended up filled with people who wanted prayer.  It was yet another reminder of just how many precious people are struggling right now and the need for all of our churches to get serious about restoring their flocks and preparing them to be all God intended.  Here is a question for you—how prepared are you?

Later in the month I conducted a three hour workshop for future small-group leaders.  We had a great turnout and were able to prepare many with the skills necessary to facilitate vibrant discussions in their groups as well as helping them understand what true servant leadership looks like.

On November 7th Cindy and I fly to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to bring five plenary sessions to the NAME Canada National Marriage Conference.  This is our third time serving this annual conference over the past 8-10 years.  Our dear friends Jack and Simone Winnicky have headed up this wonderful ministry for many years.  Please pray for this event as we are anticipating many marriages will be restored and people coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus for the first time. 

Finally, please also pray for me as I am having foot surgery on November 18th and will likely be on crutches for 4-5 weeks.  It is not a major procedure but just some corrective surgery.  That said, it still takes a long time to recover from foot surgery and I will be getting used to wearing a boot and not being able to drive for a while.  Especially pray for the people who will have to wait on me!

May our wonderful God bless you richly,

August provided an opportunity for Cindy and me to take our first vacation in over a year  since arriving in Colorado last August and beginning my assignment at The Road @ Chapel Hillsfor my friend and pastor, Steve Holt.  In addition, we have had a very successful and wonderful year for On Target Ministries,filled with a lot of hard work.  So, all this to say taking a vacation break was a great blessing.

We traveled to California and stayed with our daughter Kim and her family for 10 days.  Temecula was as beautiful and relaxing as ever.  We were able to visit old friends and family.  We also had opportunity to go to the beach and watch our grandkids surf and enjoy great food on the beach at Jakes.

Now that we are back Cindy and I are getting very excited about the coming months.  On the church front we are headed into a wonderful new season as we launch our AIM(All In Men) weekly gatherings. We have about 50 men on our list and it is growing even through the summer months.  AIMis The Road @ Chapel Hills’rendition of our On Target Institutemodel.  Pastor Steve has asked me to bring leadership to this important effort and I am honored.

For On Target Ministries, the next few months will be pretty busy as well.  This coming weekend I fly to Gainesville, Florida for a weekend with The Family Church.  My good friend Jim Guth, formerly head of Florida Men Of Integrity, has asked me to come and speak at his men’s breakfast on Saturday, conduct a leadership conference, and also speak at his church for both Sunday morning services.  As I write this, a major hurricane is headed toward Florida, however, the latest news is that it is expected to miss the Gainesville area. Please pray for that whole hemisphere as it is devastating.

From the 12ththrough the 15thI will be attending my first Whole Heart Advanceat the Ponderosa Campin Monument, Colorado.  This is the major event put on by my pastor, Steve Holt, and should be a powerful experience.  As Steve and I continue to discuss how our men’s ministries, Worshipper Warriorand On Target, may work more closely, we are realizing how similar our ministries really are!  We are both endeavoring to help men overcome their past guilt and shame, move on to seeing themselves through Jesus’ eyes and ultimately discover God’s destiny for them.

My last event for September is the largest.  I fly to Allentown, PA for Priority Onemen’s ministry.  I leave on the 18thand return Sunday the 22nd.  The event is taking place at the beautiful Young Life’sLake Championin New York.  I will be speaking five times and they are expecting 400-500 men.  Many of these men will no doubt surrender to Jesus during this time so please pray in advance for them.  Also, please pray for safe travels for myself and 1-2 men from our church who may be traveling with me.

As I close, just a reminder that Cindy and I love you so much.  We could not continue our ministry efforts without your prayers and generous financial support.  Please consider a special gift this season as we are needing to complete our Men On Targetmanuals and also record additional videos.

May you experience Gods richest blessings,

It is with deep regret that I must begin this letter on such a sad note as we consider the tragic events that have occurred over these past few days.  Our hearts are deeply saddened as we pray for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and were injured in one of the most evil-filled two days we have witnessed in a very long time.  It begs an important question for us as Christians—how do I respond to this?

On the 7thof July I spoke at my church on what I believe is the secret to truly becoming the man or woman God intended—WORSHIP!  Look at that word closely as I am convinced it is what every follower of Christ needs to understand and enter into and is the answer to everything life throws at us. The good, the bad and yes, the ugly and evil.

I acknowledge the ease with which I am brought to my knees in worship when I see God move in positive ways. But what about when He is silent or seemingly not to be found in the midst of deep tragedy?  Yet, as one of His followers I am convinced these are the times when worship is even more important.  Counter intuitive? Yes.  Perhaps the biggest reason why is our mis-understanding as to what worship is supposed to be.

No matter what you may believe about the tragedies we have just witnessed God is not to blame—we are. Our deliberate separation from Him as a society has contributed to a culture that is spinning out of control. We are lost and to the casual observer their seems no way to recover.  In the natural this is probably true—but—dear ones, we do not live in the natural.  We live under the banner of a loving God who is still on the throne.

Knowing that begs again the question—what do I do in light of all this evil?  WORSHIP!  That’s right, we are called to worship God in the midst of everything.  I believe there are two fundamental reasons for this. First, it is an acknowledgement that we love and believe in our Lord no matter what may happen.  Though we do not understand these events we still know with certainty that He is there ready to respond to our worship and prayers in the midst of every situation.

But secondly, and perhaps more importantly, worship brings us to the position of humility and vulnerability before Him that moves us to a place where He can work His life-transforming power into us.  My friends, evil is not going to go away as long as we are this side of heaven, but it can be impacted.  What God is wanting us to learn is the relationship between our worshipping Him and His growing and equipping us to invade our world with more salt and light in order to have the kind of influence we need to have.

Let me challenge you to use this series of events as a reminder to not only pray for God to intervene and comfort, but as a reminder of the responsibility we all have to get closer to Him and allow Him to grow us.  My prayer:

Lord I come before you today to ask you to comfort those impacted by these terrible tragedies.  Help them Lord even in the midst of the pain to somehow see You through these circumstances.  Help us as a nation to realize our need for You and not attempt to manipulate to support our self-serving causes.  But Lord most important, help me to better understand what you are calling me to do. I humbly come before you in a posture of total surrender and I choose to worship you Lord.  Help me be the man or woman you intended.  Help me to grow and become the salt and light that is needed in order to impact my world.  -Amen

I want to share something I saw in a devotional reading just this morning—I pray it will be food for thought and minister to you:

Deny or Confess?

We deny Jesus when we (1) hope no one will think we are Christians, (2) decide not to speak up for what is right, (3) are silent about our relationship with God, (4) blend into society, (5) accept our culture's non-Christian values. By contrast, we confess him when we (1) live moral, upright, Christ-honoring lives, (2) look for opportunities to share our faith with others, (3) help others in need, (4) take a stand for justice, (5) love others, (6) acknowledge our loyalty to Christ, (7) use our lives and resources to carry out his desires rather than our own.

July was truly a great month as we had a lot of ministry opportunities and also settled into our new rental home.  August will be a much-needed time to take a brief vacation rest as we go to Temecula, California to be with family and friends from the 15thto the 24th.  This is our first vacation getaway since we moved here last September and we are really looking forward to it.

Please pray for us as we move toward this September.  I have three weeks in a row with major events on my calendar.  The 6ththrough 8thI am in Gainesville, Florida with my friend Jim Guth for a men’s event, leadership seminar and two church services.  Then back to Colorado the following week for our church’s Whole-Heart Advancewith about 80-90 men from our community.

Then from the 18thto the 22ndI will be in Lake Champion, NY for Priority Onemen’s ministry for a major event.  They are expecting around 4-500 men and I will be speaking five times over those days. 

I want you to know how much we love and appreciate you.  We could not continue our ministry to men, couples and Pastors without your prayers and financial support.

May you experience Gods richest blessings,

June was a BIG month for the D’Acchioli’s

As I write you today it is Cindy and my 54thwedding anniversary.  It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 6 decades ago I met this beautiful and grace-filled lady.  She truly has been, and still remains the love of my life.

We finally found our new rental home here in the new and beautiful community called Cordera. It fits us perfectly and actually came in less than what we were paying.  Now, the hard part!  The move. Thanks to many at our church, including the whole Holt family and volunteers, we were able to move most of our belongings without professionals in one day.  It was amazing.  Cars and trucks everywhere.

Over the following week we moved the rest,  culminating with a professional mover who came in on the 29thto move a few heavy pieces.  Thank you so much to all who helped—what an amazing blessing.

Father’s Day was awesome.  We served all our dads and their families with a special breakfast.  We also announced our new men’s ministry effort called AIM(All In Men).  This is a direct takeoff on our OTI(On Target Institute) model we have had here in the Springs for over 15 years.  I am so excited to roll this out.  We are actually growing in numbers, which is unusual for summer here in the Rockies.  Around 50+ men call this their weekly men’s gathering. We meet every Tuesday from 6-7:15 here at The Road @ Chapel Hills.

On the 19thI was privileged to bring the morning staff devotional for Dr. Jim Dobson’s organization, Family Talk here in Colorado Springs.  I shared three powerful principles that the Lord has impressed upon me over the last 20-30 years of ministry.  The reception was wonderful.

This weekend I am speaking at my church on The Secret To Living The BE-Attitudes.  The Lord has been developing this message in me for the last couple of months.  It all has to do with Worshipand what I call the three barriers to effective worship: a narrow or cavalier understanding of God, a narrow theological perspective and a reluctance toward surrender.

Look at this powerful passage in Exodus.  This is God responding to Moses after he asked God, Who am I?  Exodus 3:11-12  And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

In essence what God said to Moses is, you are a bringer of my people to the mountain.  And why did He want them there?…because this is where they received the law, in the form of the Tabletsand the call to worship in the Tabernacle.  This is truly where the concept of worshipping God in Spiritand Truth really began.

If you would like to watch this live you can do so on our church You Tube Livestreamchannel Sunday July 7that 10:15 or go the The Road websiteany time after the 7th.

I want you to know how much Cindy and I love and appreciate you.  We could not continue our ministry to men, couples and Pastors without your prayers and financial support.

May you experience Gods richest blessings,

I want to begin by directing you to our newly redesigned and updated web site.  Click HERE to see all the new and exciting things we are bringing to you.  You can also click HERE to sign up for one of our exciting 30-day devotional series.  We have had over 1,000 subscribers so far and are getting some wonderful feedback.  Finally, you can click on the image above or HERE to purchase our new Essentials For The Journey study series.  This nine-week series and accompanying study guide may be one of the best resources we have developed to date.

May was another great month but it also brought some challenges for Cindy and me personally.  Cindy just got over a bout with the flu but ended up catching another bug that lasted most of the month.  The good news is that we had an important doctor visit with our pulmonologist last week and he said she was doing great.  He wanted to get her through her illness and into a normal routine so he can get more data on how her lungs are performing.  Although he is not a Christian, he did admit that she is a miracle—he said, you know that we should not even be talking right now.  His way of acknowledging how incredible her recovery really was from his perspective. 
Please continue to pray for us as we need to find another rental home in the next 30 days.  The market here is really hot and prices are high. Pray God show us just where He wants us to be for this next year.
On the ministry side we are continuing to develop new bookings for the rest of this year and into 2020.  We are also re-writing our book Wired To Workand came up with the working title, The Man God Intended.  In addition, some much needed website improvements have been made and are preparing us for a whole new look and launch, especially for our products and membership offerings.
I am also excited to report that my work here at The Road @ Chapel Hillswith Pastor Steve Holt is going very well.  Our team is wonderful and God is doing such a good job of bringing us together for His great purpose.  Over the years I have been involved with so many churches and it has been such a great blessing to me.  Here at The Road I am sensing something very special—something I have not experienced anywhere I have been.
God is showing us His unique plan for bringing about a Kingdom Revolutionhere in the Rockies.  He is giving us His formula—humble people who are dedicated to 24/7 prayer and the building up and empowering of His followers to carry the life-saving message of Jesus into their spheres of influence.
Finally, Pastor Steve Holt and Ryan Styre have asked me to partner with them in transforming their Tuesday morning men’s gathering into something more resembling what we did with On Target Institute.  Their gathering is called Morning Fire and was birthed out of their men’s ministryWorshipper Warrior. We have come up with a new name—(AIM) All In Men.  Building men who are truly Whole-Hearted.  Stay tuned and if you are in our area please come visit.  We meet every Tuesday morning from 6:00-7:15 at The Road @ Chapel Hills beginning with a breakfast.
Dear ones, we could not be doing this work without you.  Thank you for your faithful support in so many ways. 
May you experience Gods richest blessings,

April was another wonderful month for us and Cindy and I trust you had a very blessed Easter.  At our home church, The Road @ Chapel Hills, we had such a tender and meaningful Good Friday service followed by a very victorious Easter Sunday.

On a personal note I am happy to report that Cindy is recovering nicely from her bout with the Influenza A Flu. Thank you so much for your prayers for her.  God was good and we are always so grateful when He shows up to help us with His wonderful miracles.  The Lord protected her from this respiratory flu ever impacting her lungs.

Last Sunday I had the privilege of sharing my personal testimony at The Road.  I had prepared a message on worship that I was ready to bring but the staff here encouraged me to tell my story instead.  I have been on staff here now since last September but most of our congregation have not heard my personal testimony, Overwhelmed By The Grace Of God.  Over the years we have witnessed 10-15,000 people who have invited the Lord into their heart as a result of hearing about God’s great mercy to me.

It was an incredible service. Many in the audience raised their hands to commit to not following a god that they wantand to begin pursuing The God Who Is.  We also had 19 baptisms, a record for our church.  A couple of young people actually decided to come up at the end, clothes and all, and get baptized.  It was such a blessing to see the Lord touch their lives.

On the ministry front we booked two more events this month and are excited about these future opportunities. There is also a growing interest in our new two-year curriculum as well as our newest product, Essentials For The Journey. 

I also had the privilege of taping a very significant 25-minute video directed toward Senior Pastors. The title is Intentional Strategiesand we expect it will be widely distributed through social media channels.  It deals with the importance of the Senior Pastor’s role in evolving a truly effective ministry to men within the local church.  If you go to our site, www.otm.coand scroll down on our home page you can review it there.

In addition, as I’ve previously mentioned, I am re-writing my first book, Wired To Work.  The working title for the new release is The Man God Intended.  Your prayers for this are greatly appreciated as I am planning to use a ghostwriter to help me with this project.  I am sensing that this book may be the culmination of 30 years of ministry to men and perhaps capture the legacy of On Target Ministries.

Dear ones, we could not be doing this work without you.  Thank you for your faithful support in so many ways.

May you experience Gods richest blessings,

WOW! March was a wild month.  It started with my birthday on the 3rd.  I found a recent study that said, people who have birthdays actually live longer.  I guess if you are able to read this you have already discovered that.

On the 6th we had some special guests all the way from New Zealand who came to visit and stay a few days.  Paul and Lynette Subritzky were the original founders of Promise Keepers New Zealandand hosted me for my 19-day trip there last August.  It was probably my most memorable ministry trip as I spoke 28 times in 19 days and God profoundly impacted so many lives and marriages.

During the second week of March, Cindy ended up catching Influenza A.  As many of you know, this can be a real challenge for her as her lungs still have some residual scar tissue from her battle back in 2010.  The good news is that this is the first time she has been sick since then.   The challenge for her is that she needed to be on oxygen for about three weeks to assist her in the recovery.  The doctors treated it properly and she now seems to be recovering just fine.  With her lung condition it typically takes longer to recoup we are told.

On the 15th of March I traveled to Greene, New York for a men’s conference for PointMan Ministriesand my friend Ron Fraser.  I left out of Denver just 2 days after our biggest blizzard here in recent history.  As a result my plane was just late enough getting into Chicago to miss my connection. Although I was able to arrange a later flight, it went to a different airport, I therefore arrived without my luggage.

Arriving at the hotel around midnight, and having to open the conference in the first plenary in the morning, I did not have anything other than the clothes on my back.  No product to sell either.  I thank God that I am old enough and have had so much life experience in matters like this that I can have a sense of humor about it.  Never did get my luggage until two days after I got home.  However, hundreds of men were blessed and 14 of them asked the Lord into their life for the first time.  Another 200 men raised their hands in a pledge to stop pursuing a god that they want…and draw near to the God who is. 

On the 22nd I flew out to St Louis for an Iron Sharpen Iron(ISI)conference for my friend Tom Cheshire and RPM Ministriesin Springfield, IL.  We had around 900 men who attended and it was an amazing event. In one of my seminars attended by around 200 guys, I spoke on The Four Pillars Of Leadership.  This is not the kind of session where I would challenge men to ask Jesus into their heart. The natural assumption is that they would have already done that.  I felt a deep prompting however and asked them to bow their heads as I prayed. Then, about 15 men looked up at me in response to my challenge to make this the day they surrender and become a child of God.  It was awesome and further proof that the Holy Spirit is the one who does the realwork.

The next day it was my privilege to speak again at one of my favorite churches, Koke Mill Christian Church.  Pastor Stan Summers is a dear friend and often asks me to speak when I am in town for ISI.  I taught at both services about how to have an intimate relationship with our Lord.  It was so well received.

Finally, I want to introduce you to a new friend and a man who may become very instrumental in the future direction of On Target Ministries.  His name is Victor Marx.  Some of you may already know who he is as he has an enormous following resulting from the incredible work that he does around the world.  Victor is a Martial Arts expert and has trained numerous champions around the globe.  He is also best known for rescuing young girls from dangerous areas in the Middle East. Take a moment to check him out here, Victor's Story, or look him up on YouTube, you will not be disappointed.

Victor and I are talking about ways we might join forces in the future with regard to ministry to men.  He has developed a deep passion in this area and in my estimation, has a strong message to men.  I am introducing him to many of the men’s ministry leaders I am connected with around the world.  Victor and I are praying that God would show us how we may work together in the future for His glory.  Please, would you pray with us in this regard?

May you experience God’s richest blessings,

Another great ministry month in February, and March is looking even more exciting.  On February 8th I was picked up by my friend John Yates for a two-hour drive to Westcliff, Colorado.  First Presbyterian Churchbooked me for their men’s retreat this year and I was excited to accept their invitation.  The last time I spoke at their retreat was when Cindy was in the hospital fighting for her life.  It was a memorable experience back then as I remember feeling so emotionally spent that I did not think I had anymore to give.

Many of you may remember that story.  God shows up in such powerful ways when we come to end of ourselves.  This time was not different.  I was in extreme pain from a mysterious lower back issue and had just come through three consecutive days of adjustments.  Fortunately, I had a ride and did not have to drive.  I found myself on pain meds for most of the weekend.  The good news—lots—and I mean—lots of prayers got me through.

I remember again struggling with such a sense of inadequacy while preparing to speak.  In addition, while expecting about 150 men to show we had about 45.  That would normally not affect my messaging but this time it did.  I had five messages prepared for what I anticipated would be a wide range of ages.  As it turned out this was a much older group than I prepared for.  However, what God did was nothing short of amazing.

I cannot remember being more blessed by a group of men in many years. I was also blessed richly as the Holy Spirit gave me such effortless and supernatural wisdom in adjusting my messages to fit the group’s specific needs.  In the end, five of these precious men gave their hearts to Jesus and about 15-20 more committed to stop pursuing a god that they want and getting to know The God Who Is.  Though in pain a lot—I never felt anything but peace and joy while speaking. It was truly a blessed time.  The drive home was wonderful and I arrived with no more pain.  God is so good.

During the rest of the month I found myself meeting with some very special people regarding some exciting ideas and joint ventures that have the potential of taking On Target Ministriesto a whole new level (more to come).  In addition, Tony Scialdone, our web master, is finishing a complete overhaul of our website.  I can’t wait to share that with you very soon.

This month I have two significant events I am preparing for. Please be in prayer for these. The first is in Greene, NY for Pointman Ministries, part of the ISInetwork.  I will be sharing my testimony and two workshops for a large group of men gathering at Berean Bible Church.  The following week I am off to Springfield, IL for my friend Tom Cheshire and the ISIconference there.  Hundreds of men gather for this annual event, which I have had the privilege of ministering to on numerous occasions.

While in Springfield I will also be speaking for my dear friend, Pastor Stan Summers, at Koke Mill Christian Churchfor both of his Sunday services.  Koke Millis one of Cindy and my favorite churches to visit when in that area. Over the years they have been such faithful supporters of our ministry.

On a more personal note, Cindy and I are doing fine settling back into Colorado.  Cindy’s tests are just about completed and so far the doctors are saying she is well at this altitude.  We are still believing and expecting God to complete the healing process in her lungs and would ask that you continue to pray with us for this ongoing miracle.

Cindy and I are so grateful for your continued prayers and financial support for this important OTMwork.  It is truly making a difference—one man and one marriage at a time.

My assignment at The Road @ Chapel Hillsis going very well as I am so blessed to be serving such a special man and dear friend in Pastor Steve Holt.  If you haven’t already, please visit https://theroad.organd take in some of the incredible messages he is bringing regarding our vision for the Rockies.

May you experience God’s richest blessings,

Well here we are…2019.  Cindy and I hope and pray that this new-year has begun on a positive note for you.  We are so excited to see what God is going to do. January has been a great month for us personally as well as On Target Ministries.  On the personal side, we just concluded another important test at National Jewish Hospitalthat measures heart/lung pressure.  While Cindy has been fine and not experiencing any negative side effects from the altitude, this test will help us discover what long-term affects we may need to consider.  So far it seems like she is doing just great.

We also learned that our landlord wants to terminate our lease at the end of our one year agreement coming this August.  Your prayers are appreciated as we now need to consider our next steps—do we continue to rent, look for a house to purchase, etc.?  I think we may be leaning toward another year of renting unless God provides something just right for us.

On the ministry front there is a lot going on.  I am preparing today for a major men’s retreat this weekend for First Presbyterian Churchin Colorado Springs. First Pres is a mega church here that we have had a relationship with for many years.  The retreat is this weekend in Westcliff, Colorado. 

This will be a very special event for me as I have such fond memories from the last time I conducted a men’s retreat for them.  It was late 2009 while Cindy was in the hospital fighting for her life.  I remember that event vividly as I did not think I was in any condition to speak because I was so emotionally out of it.  Well, God really showed up in such a powerful way.  Such a great example of how God shines through our weakness. Counter intuitive for sure.

It now looks like we have three major events already booked for our first quarter and I just booked a major event for a men’s group out of Pennsylvania for September.  I am so excited that the Lord is continuing to use us in such a powerful way.  We are also getting a lot of new interest in our Men On Targetcurriculum from around the country.  Still looking for a little more financial help to complete our second workbook. Please pray about that and remember no gift is too small for us.

I am truly excited about my role here with Pastor Steve Holt at The Road @ Chapel Hills.  Let me just say that I have never experienced such a special connection of the unique needs we have here and the incredible experiences God has given to me to be able to make a difference.  Very few things in life make you feel better than when you are operating in your sweet spot.

In mid January I had the privilege of speaking again here and brought a message about vision and mission.  As a leadership team we crafted our new statements last month.  Our vision is A Kingdom Revolution In The Rockies.  We want to build a one hundred year church.  We want to do today what will truly last if Jesus should tarry.

Our mission is Equipping People To Change The World.  This is the area I really drilled down on in my message.  The mission is how we get to the vision.  I encouraged all of us to consider that our true destinywill never be realized until we understand our identity.  I talked about the importance of pressing in with God and establishing an intimate relationship as the secret to discovering His purpose for your life.

I also talked about how we are going to impact our area by unpacking strategies for reaching the Seven Mountains Of Culture.  Our people got really excited.  I had a couple of them say that they have never heard a church reveal in such great detail how they were going to live out their mission.  The connection between the new messaging from our church and the vision and mission of On Targetis profound.

My friends God is moving—we can feel it.  However, the world is moving too and unfortunately it is going in the wrong direction.  Hardly a day goes by where we don’t learn of some new bill being passed that is anti everything we believe in.  That is certainly the case here in Colorado as our legislators just passed a new and hideous sex education bill that is going to truly impact our precious little ones. It is an important reminder of how critical a time we live in and of the importance of the work God is calling us to do.

With that in mind I want to encourage you to discover what your target is before God and keep your eyes fixed.  Let’s all endeavor to be that tree planted firmly on the hill with our roots firmly established and watered by His Spirit so that we become truly the people He intended.

Cindy and I are so grateful for your continued prayers and financial support for this important work.  It is truly making a difference—one man and one marriage at a time.

May you experience God’s richest blessing in this new season,

WOW! 2018 was a wild and crazy ride for the D’Acchioli’s and On Target Ministries.  It started for me in January with a ten-day fasting and prayer retreat in Big Bear California.  As you recall Cindy and I lived at that time in Temecula, CA.  I remember on one of the last days I was crying out to the Lord with three important questions. Where do you want Cindy and I to live?  What do you want us to be doing?  Who might you want us to work with or serve?  Little did I know how profound those questions would be.  He ultimately answered all three. 

The next day, Steve Holt, our pastor in Colorado called me with a word he sensed while praying for me.  It was so amazing.  He prayed Col 1:9-12 over me and I ended up praying that same prayer over myself for several more weeks.  God was telling me that the answer to this incredible prayer can only come as I ABIDE in Him.  January was an incredible month of hearing from my God as I pursued His Presence and would set the stage for what was an incredible year of transition.

February and March were two powerful ministry months as I spoke at two ISIevents and back in Colorado Springs for Pastor Holt at The Road @ Chapel Hills. After speaking at The RoadI felt such a strong appreciation for Steve and the ministry God was flowing through this growing congregation.  Steve asked me if I would be an overseer at that time and I was honored to accept.  A strong kinship was beginning to develop.

In April Cindy and I found ourselves in Illinois visiting our kids and ministering in Champaign for ISIand one of our favorite churches in Rantoul.  In June everything started to change.  Cindy and I had been praying about whether we should consider moving back to Colorado after experiencing three months there at the end of 2017 where Cindy no longer needed oxygen.  While we were settled into Temecula our hearts were still missing Colorado.  Now, it was looking like God may be healing Cindy at yet another deeper level.

Then came that infamous phone call from Steve Holt.  He mentioned that he heard we may be contemplating coming back and asked me if I would consider coming on staff to help him if I decided to do so.  He even offered to let us stay there in his Air B&B free for three months to see if it works.  Wow.  I told him we would have to pray about it. He wanted us in September which was only a few months away—big decision.

Literally one hour later our daughter Kim calls from Illinois breaking the news to us that she is moving back to Temecula and we needed to be out of our home that we were renting from them by August.  The normal reaction to something like that would be—you are kidding me right?  Instead I just began to laugh—if this isn’t just like our Lord.

Two weeks later I found myself back in Illinois for a week-long ministry trip and I decided to fly to Colorado Springs on my way back to interview the staff and elders at The Road.  I needed to know if I would be a good fit for this team if I decided to accept their offer. It could not have been more confirming and the rest, as they say, is now history.  We pulled the trigger on our move and actually arrived in Colorado right on the heels of my 19-day ministry trip to New Zealand for Promise Keepers—the first week of September.

As many of you know, the New Zealand trip was probably the most powerful and intense ministry trip I have ever taken.  The Lord moved so incredibly.  Our relocation back here to Colorado was stressful of course, most moves are.  This one was a little more intense as we lost our Golden Retriever Beau just days after arriving, I was getting over jetlag and Cindy was adjusting to the altitude. 

I started my assignment at The Roadthe second week of September.  So far it has been an amazing time.  Cindy seems to be doing well at altitude and the Lord has given me such great favor with this wonderful congregation and staff.  There is such a strong sense here that God is birthing something very powerful.  As we are drilling down on our vision and missions statements it is becoming so clear that He is moving.  Pastor Steve’s vision is for a 100-year church resulting in A Kingdom of God revolution in the Rockies.

Another exciting part of being here is working with Steve and his Worshipper Warriorministry to men and discovering how On Targetand his ministry might work together.  We are both excited to see what God does with our combined efforts moving forward. Steve has a real passion for ministry to men and this seems like such a great fit.  As we move forward in this exciting new year our theme as a church is Encounter.  We are looking forward to encountering God and His wonderful presence in a new and special way.

For On Target Ministrieswe are looking forward to a really special year packed with even more ministry opportunities.  We already have a record number of bookings for the first quarter and just scheduled a major event for next September in PA.  On some of these trips my plan is to travel with some up-and-coming young leaders from our church in order to mentor them.  I am really looking forward to that.  This is truly an exciting time. 

As I close this year-end letter please allow me to communicate a word of encouragement to you.  On the last Sunday of the year I had the privilege of speaking at my church.  The message title was, The Old Has Gone…The New Has Come.  During the message I challenged all of us to offload the baggage we are carrying from past negative life experiences in order for us to see and embrace Gods wonderful new plan for our future.  If you would like to view the message you can find it here: https://theroad.org/sermons/

At the end I asked people to consider what they might be struggling with in the areas of Fear, Anger, Un-forgivenessand Guilt. They all had cards we encouraged them to fill out identifying things they wanted to let go of and were encouraged to come forward and deposit them into receptacles located around the sanctuary. There were also communion elements at each station for them to seal it with this precious expression of worship. It was a powerful time and 5 people also gave their hearts to the Lord to culminate the year.

Next we our pastoral team is going to take this large bag of cards, pray over them and then burn them over the bon fire at Pastor Steve’s home. Dear one, may I encourage you to do the same with any areas in your life you need to let go of.  I know one thing is true—you will never see the new thing God is doing as long as you are focused on the old.

Cindy and I are so grateful for your continued prayers and financial support for this important work.  It is truly making a difference—one man and one marriage at a time.

November was a great month of celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday and visiting with family and friends in California.  It was also a poignant reminder of how thankful we are for the miracle God worked in our family nine years ago this month. That was when Cindy entered the critical care unit at our local hospital and was not expected to make it.  Our precious Lord had something else to say about that and we truly are thankful.

Currently we are still waiting for altitude tests to be scheduled and getting some time behind us to be reaffirmed that Cindy is going to be ok.  So far it looks really good and we know that God is with us.  Your continued prayers for us in this area are really appreciated.

Early this month I had the privilege of meeting for an extended period of time with Del Tackett.  You may remember that name.  He was the presenter on Focus On The Family’sThe Truth Project series.  Del shared his vision for a new project that really sounds exciting.  He actually wants me to participate with an interview on one of the courses, or tours,as he calls them.  I have a lot of respect for this man—he is a great communicator and now a wonderful new friend.

Now that we are settling in here in Colorado some exciting things are happening on the ministry front.  My new assignment here at The Road @ Chapel Hillsis going wonderfully.  I am so excited about what God is preparing to do here and our team is so special.  I will be sharing more on all of this after the first of the year. 

It looks like the first quarter of 2019 is shaping up very nicely for On Target.  We have several bookings. Also, Cindy and I, along with Pastor Steve Holt and his wife, Liz will be doing a special Couples Conference here around Valentine’s Day, February 15-16. Please mark that date as those of you in the area might like to attend.

On December 30th, for those of you in Colorado, I will be bringing the end-of-year message at The Road.  The service is at 10:15 and I will be talking about moving into the new season God has before us personally and corporately. Working titles, See, I Am Doing A New Thing… The Old Has Gone, The New Has Come

As we close this important end-of-year letter please allow me to share an important reminder.  Our ministry, not unlike most non-profits, really depends upon the generous donations from our partners at the close of the year.  December is usually our strongest month for financial donations and it truly does set the table for an exciting first quarter launch. That said, this year we have some important opportunities we want you to be aware of.  Please pray about taking on one or more of these special needs as you consider your end-of-year donation plans:

  • 5-7,000.00 gets us to the goal line on our final publishing for our new two-year curriculum workbooks
  • We are about 10,000.00 away from retiring some accumulated debt we have been carrying for many years. This pay off gets us to retiring all short term debt
  • 2,000.00 to finish a much needed update of our website and social media platforms
  • 3-5,000.00 to develop a video version of our Couples On Target teaching

We are so thankful for you, your prayers, support and faithful partnership in serving our Lord.

Advancing God’s kingdom together,

October was a wonderful month on so many levels.  It appears Cindy is not experiencing any physical issues regarding the altitude here so far.  We probably need another couple of months to allow her body to adjust to this new environment.  Our initial doctor appointment with a lung specialist at National Jewish Hospital was pretty positive but more tests are forthcoming.  Still appreciate your continued prayers here.

Cindy and I are encouraged by the number of requests that have come in for our On Targetministry events and speaking venues this next year.  God is continuing to open up many new doors.  In addition we have seen many groups and ministries starting up our new series on Essentials For The Journey.One of our board members has felt led to begin this series with several young men in their twenties in his home.  If you would like to start a group in your home, please visit our site at otm.coand go to our store for more info. 

On the 14thI had the privilege of bringing the message at our church, The Road @ Chapel Hills.  The Lord impressed upon me the importance of dealing with how we as Christians should be approaching this mid term election and our potential upon our culture in general.  The title was Real Christianity In An Unreal Worldand you may view it by going to our site at theroad.org. 

During the message we handed out a wonderful new prayer guide that helps people pray daily over the Seven Mountains Of Culture:  (1. Business, 2.Education, 3. Church, 4. Military, 5. Media Arts, Entertainment, Sports, 6. Government, and, 7. Family, Marriages).If you would like to receive one please give me a call or email me and I will send you one.  We are also developing plans to seek out people in our church who already work in these important mountains to call them together for prayer, encouragement and some strategic planning on how to better minister in these important arenas.

The body of my message continued to talk about ways we as Christians can take a more thoughtful and spirit inspired approach to advancing God’s kingdom to those with whom we work and live.  The three main points dealt with, Living A Life That Lights Up, Developing A Healthy Attitude Toward Others and Getting Out Of Our Comfort Zone. It was very well received.  As an exclamation point I held up my Bible and told them this is the most important voters’ guide you will ever encounter.

My first two months at The Roadhave been amazing.  I so love this incredible team of God loving and dedicated people.  Pastor Steve’s passion for developing Whole-Hearted Disciples is so refreshing.  In the coming weeks we will be further developing our vision and strategies for bringing the Kingdom of God into the community He has given us to serve.

Finally on a personal note, Cindy and I welcomed a new member of our family on Saturday the 20th.  His name is Bentley.  I picked up this 11-pound bundle of fur in Dallas from our breeder, Wisteria Goldens.  He is what they call an English Cream Golden.  He is the cutest thing you will ever see.  As you may recall Beau, our 12-year old Golden died in my arms two days after we arrived in Colorado.  That loss left such a deep hole in our lives.  Bentley has already brought such great joy and we are so grateful for him.

Cindy and I are mindful that we will not be writing to you again until after Thanksgiving.  From the bottom of our hearts we want to wish you a very joyous and blessed Thanksgiving. May God richly bless you with special times with your family and friends and may He remind you often of how much He loves you.

In closing I want to let you know that we are very close to finishing our workbooks for Men On Target 101 and 201, our new 2-year curriculum. Would you prayerfully consider a generous gift this month to help get us to the finish line?

We are so thankful for you, your prayers, support and your faithful partnership in serving our Lord.

Advancing God’s kingdom together,

Cindy and I are getting settled in to our new rental home here in Colorado Springs and I am busy with our ministry and my new assignment at The Road @ Chapel Hill.  It has been a very exciting month.  If you read my last newsletter then you know how amazing my trip to New Zealand last month was.  It took the first week of September for me to get over jetlag and wind down.  I am still so amazed at what God did during my time there.

The past couple of weeks as I am learning more about my pastor, Steve Holt and the amazing ministry here at The RoadI can honestly say I have not had this level of excitement for a very long time.  It seems like God has uniquely equipped me to be able to minister here at some strategic points of need.  Working with the people, all the special volunteers and this wonderful staff has been such a blessing.

I want to talk with you briefly about the most important thing on my heart right now.  A few weeks ago Liz Holt had a vision in our sanctuary of fire coming down on people.  She felt the Lord showing here that it was a purging fire He was sending to burn away the chaff—the dark places of sin in people’s lives.  That same day as Steve and Liz and Cindy and I were at lunch Cindy shared a prophecy we heard back in the 80’s given by Delores Hayford, Pastor Jack Hayford’s mom.

Pastor Jack shared this in one of the Wednesday night prayer meetings.  Mama Hayford said that in the end times there would be two winds of the Spirit.  The first would be a purging wind sent to expose the darkness and sin within the church.  That leaders would be exposed who had hidden sin and dark places in their lives.  The second wind would be a wind of anointing that could only be received if you gave place to the first wind.

My friends, I believe these are profound in light of what we see happening in our world today.  I have always said there is a direct relationship between obedience and power.  God wants us to be holy and pure, free from the dirt and sin that binds us up and stifles God’s power from flowing through our lives.  I believe this is perhaps the main reason why we, who call ourselves followers of Christ, are not having the influence over our culture we were intended to have.

As a direct result of all of this Pastor Steve has spent the last two Sundays preaching on The Refiners Fire.  It has been powerful and a much needed wakeup call for all of us to take more seriously our own need for allowing the Holy Spirit to search and cleanse us.  As I have been praying about this I have felt prompted to actually change my message for our church on the 14th of this month.  I will be talking on Real Christianity In An Unreal World. 

We are going to explore some of the reasons why we are losing our culture and ways we can turn it around.  One of the main themes suggests we need to stop cursing the darkness and just be a light.  I will also be challenging all of us to start praying over what we call The Seven Mountains Of Culture.  We are producing a great handout to tuck into your bible as a guide for how to pray over these mountains and invite in the kingdom of God.

I will also challenge us to take our responsibility as citizens of this great country seriously and be sure to vote in this upcoming election.  My friends, we are living in challenging times and we must take our responsibility seriously.

Finally I need to challenge you to please help us with the final touches needed for a full launch of our new curriculum.  The workbook production is proving to be a much bigger project than we anticipated and we still need funds to complete the second manual for MOT 201.  Promise Keepers New Zealand has expressed an interest in adopting our two-year curriculum for their country and we are excited about that.  However, we do need to finish production.  The good news is that we are very close.  Would you prayerfully consider a generous gift this month to help us?

We are so thankful for you, your prayers, support and your faithful partnership in serving our Lord.

May God richly bless you,

In our 30 years of ministry, there has never been as profound and intense ministry as I have just experienced.  Late last year the wonderful folks at Promise Keepers New Zealand invited me to come and speak at two of their three annual conferences in August.  The trip would take me into Auckland and have me there for 19 days.  They asked me if I would be open to other speaking opportunities sandwiched between the two weekends of the events.  I said, sure, you cannot over work me.  My former pastor, Danny says there is a theological word for this—STUPID!

I want to share with you a brief summary of what happened:  I arrived in New Zealand on the 15th. By the time I was done I had been in 8 cities covering both islands from Auckland in the north to the far southern tip, taken 6 plane trips, spoken at 5-6 fundraisers, conducted 7 marriage seminars, spoken at 3 churches for Sunday services and two major PK rallys where I brought the opening and closing messages as well as two elective workshops in each.  In all I calculate I spoke 28 times in 19 days. 

I want to truly thank Paul Monahan, John Subritsky and the entire PK staff for their incredible kindness and encouragement all the way through.  In addition, a special thanks to Paul and Lynette Subritsky, (founders of PK NZ 25 years ago now retired) for hosting all of my trips throughout this amazing and beautiful country.  I cannot say enough about the people, all the incredible food and the amazing sights I encountered.

This trip was truly supernatural on so many levels.  In all of that time I never once felt tired, did not come close to losing my voice and did not experience anything other than God’s amazing grace and strength.  I am sorry that time and space here does not afford me the opportunity to share all of the details but let me just unpack the final weekend for you as a sample.

It began at the opening of the last PK event Friday night the 31st.  It was my privilege to open for about 900-1,000 guys with my testimony.  Daz Chettle followed with a strong evangelistic call and the altar was flooded with hundreds of men.  Daz and I escorted them into another prepared room where we shared more with them, had them fill out a card and then prayed over them.  The next day I conducted two elective breakout sessions with an average attendance of around 350 men.  During the second breakout about 10 men gave their hearts to Jesus.

Later I spoke at a fundraiser for PK and then closed the conference that evening with a strong message on Real Christianity In An Un-real World.  At the end of the night I felt impressed to give another invitation and about 20 more men followed me off to another side room where we shared and prayed together.  It was so amazing and special.  NOTE: If you would like to see some pictures and videos from this experience please visit my Facebook home page, https://www.facebook.com/vince.dacchioli.

The next day, Sunday, I had the privilege of speaking at two services for a church about an hour away and Cindy opened the services with prayer all the way from California where she had just arrived.  I brought the powerful message of God’s incredible healing of Cindy back in 2010 and all He taught us through that challenging time.  There were many tears and many were saved and touched. 

That evening was the culmination of the whole 19 days when 150 people showed up for our final couples seminar.  This was the 7th one and though they were all special, this one was amazing.  As you know, Cindy was not able to join me on this trip so I had to play her role in all of the sessions.  Thank God He gave me the grace to pull it off.  These seminars were some of the most impactful events of the entire trip. So many couples recommitted their lives and marriages to Christ and many people were saved.

The two-hour meeting time was split into two sessions. The first one dealt with the differences between men and women and has always been the highlight of our Couples On TargetSeminar.  The second session had them taking the natural gift test and then concluding with a time of debriefing the results.  The feedback was amazing.  Many indicated they thought it was some of the best information they had ever encountered on marriage.  When the video of this is available I will post it.

The next morning before going to PK and then the airport I had some meaningful alone time with God.  I shed a lot of tears as I remember being very emotional.  Everything finally over I now had time to reflect.  The intensity of our move, losing our precious dog, Beau and the excitement of this trip was catching up.  I remember my most powerful emotion was being filled with awe and great thankfulness about how God used me on this trip.  I am so deeply humbled that He would allow me, a frail and flawed human being, to experience His amazing grace.

I arrived back in Los Angeles on Monday September 3rd.  Our daughter Kim purchased a ticket for Cindy to fly out to meet me so I would not have to drive our second car back to our new home in Colorado alone.  What a blessing that turned out to be.  I was exhausted to say the least.  The adrenalin gone and jet lag set in, it took a couple of days to adjust.  We drove back on the 6th of September and are now able to begin settling in.

Next week I begin a new assignment at The Road @ Chapel Hill.  I am looking forward to how God might use me to bless my pastor, Steve Holt and our wonderful staff there.  In addition, the ministry is moving forward full blast.  We are still in need of additional financial resources to complete our second MOTCurriculum manuals and it looks like PK New Zealand is interested in perhaps adopting this resource for distribution there.

Cindy and I are so blessed to bring you this exciting report and want to encourage you to please continue to pray for us, OTM and to also consider a generous gift this month to help us close out the usual end-of-summer financial challenges.

We are so thankful for you, your prayers and support.

May God richly bless you,

July was a wonderful month as we had many friends and family over to help us prepare for our move back to Colorado.  Bitter sweet times but very precious to us.  It is now August 10th, we are moved into our new home here in Colorado Springs and looking forward to what God is going to do.  The journey over these past two weeks has produced every emotion possible—from an incredible sense of loss to excitement and joy. Here is the story:

On July 30ththe movers packed us up and the truck left California for our new home in Colorado the next day.   On the 31stthe truck came to pick up our furnishings.  Then, Cindy and I, along with our dog Beau, drove to Colorado Springs on August 1stand after a stay in Grand Junction arrived on the afternoon of the 2nd.  We stayed with our daughter, Kristen and her family until we could officially move into our leased home on August 7th.

On our first day here we had a bit of a scare as Cindy’s need for oxygen spiked.  You may recall that our move here was based on pretty good medical evidence that she would be ok.  Well, God was gracious and that condition, probably brought about by the stress of the move, has now subsided and she is fine.  On Sunday we were at our new church and Pastor Steve introduced us and made the announcement that I will be coming on board starting in September. Next week we will be prayed over by our church for my trip to New Zealand.

On August 6thwe visited our new home and took a tour to determine the layout before the movers were to arrive the next day.  We loved the home and were looking forward to the move in.  What happened next was very unexpected however.  Our precious Golden retriever, Beau has been slowing down for some time. He is 12 years old, lost his hearing and having great difficulty climbing stairs.   

As I awoke the morning of the tour I remember an intense time of prayer during my devotions.  Beau was heavy upon my heart.  As I prayed I heard God whisper to me, Vince, I am bringing you and Cindy into a new season and you must be prepared to let the old pass.  While I knew what this meant in a generic sense I also felt He was speaking to me especially about Beau.

The night before Beau had had a seizure and we began to worry his time was close.  We made an appointment with the vet on the afternoon of the 6thjust after our tour.  When we finished the tour Cindy went out for a dentist appointment.  I was home and decided to take Beau out on the lawn for what I anticipated may be the last time.  We knew in our heart what the vet was probably going to say.

I remember praying and crying out, please Lord do not let us have to go through this—if it is his time just take him.  Beau was now really struggling, had a more intense seizure and just then the phone rang. It was Cindy who had asked the dentist, in the middle of drilling, to allow her to make the call.  She believed the Lord prompted her.  She asked how he was doing and I told her he would probably not make it to the appointment.

We were both in tears, and while knowing Beau could not hear Cindy asked me to put the phone up to his ear and she prayed and thanked the Lord for what he has meant to us and released him.  As soon as she finished Beau took his last breadth and passed in my arms. If you are a dog person you know the feeling.  We took him to the local pet clinic and Cindy met us there for some final moments of saying goodbye.

The next day we moved into our new home.  I remember thinking that there is no way Beau could have navigated this place with so many stairs and challenging obstacles.  Though the pain was still heavy, the joy of anticipation and heavy workload of moving in really helped.  Before the movers arrived I prayed through the entire home asking God to place His holy angels there.  It was a powerful time and in our first few days here—we feel His presence.  The very next day I walked the four corners of the property and placed our spiritual pillars there.

On the 13thof August I fly to Los Angeles International Airportto catch my flight to New Zealand.  I will be there from the 15thof August until September 3rdfor Promise Keepers.  I believe I am speaking probably 20 times during that stretch (Cindy will not be joining me on this trip.  We feel it is best for her to remain here and get settled).  Upon my return I start my new assignment as Executive Pastor for The Road @ Chapel Hillschurch. I am so looking forward to this new and exciting opportunity and anticipating some great things God is going to do with The Roadand On Target.

On the OTMministry front we are still moving forward and there is a lot happening.  Pat McGuire, our producer, has finished editing our new Essentials For The Journeyworkbook and is now in the process of uploading it to the Amazonsite for purchase.  In addition we will soon re-release our book,Wired To Work,with perhaps a new title and graphics.  It will also be available on Amazon and for purchase at live events as well.

In addition we are anticipating our Essentialspackage with 9 powerful small group sessions and workbook to really take off.  The material represents the very best from our ministry over this past twenty-five years and is especially relevant for new believers.  Please consider ordering a copy to check out and perhaps promote to your church or small group.  If you call me personally I will give you my Italian discount.  It should be in our store soon.

Finally, we also could use your help on the financial front.  There is still more to do in product development, studio and editing work as well as web development.  We are also in our slow summer season where most ministries like ours can use a little extra boost.

We are so thankful for you, your prayers and support.

May God richly bless you,

Major Changes and a Beautiful Unfolding of God’s Destiny

I want to say up front that this is one of the most exciting personal and ministry updates I have ever published—please forgive the length but there’s so much you need to know. Before I get to the exciting new news let me begin with a powerful ministry nugget and reminder of what our lives are all about.

Last month I traveled to Gifford, Il. to speak at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  You may remember this is the church where I was in the middle of a phone conversation with the pastor when he experienced a horrible accident.  I will never forget the sounds and then eerie silence as I thought the worst.  As I spoke that Sunday Pastor Scott Guhl and his entire family were in church for the first time—it was emotional and he is doing remarkably well.  A true miracle.

When I retuned home a few days later I received this email:

Good evening Vince. I wanted to thank you for the message you shared on Sunday at my church in Gifford, Il. It was so perfect to help me work through my most recent issue. I truly believe God sent you to speak to me. I am an assistant principal at the local high school in Rantoul and last Sunday a student of mine took his own life. This past week has been brutal. Trying to console my students and staff all while I am questioning what I missed or could have done differently. His coaches are struggling and I am their rock, but through their questioning I have all the same questions. (I am sure you saw me crying through your whole message).  I have read through my notes and will continue to pray through all of this, but I wanted to be sure to thank you. I will continue to work to "let go." We have a long road ahead of us and I know I have a lot of work to do, but from the bottom of my heart I thank God for sending you on Sunday. May God continue to bless you and your messages. 
Thank you again, Brooke 

Dear ones, I am convinced that when you and I are in glory one day we are going to be blown away with the incredible testimonies we hear regarding what our lives have meant to others. Most often we do not hear these kind of testimonies but I am so grateful every time I do.

On my way back from Illinois I stopped in Colorado Springs for a week to visit with my pastor there, Steve Holt, and his staff and leadership team.  Over the past few months some things have transpired that have given us much to consider. Pastor Steve and I had an extensive conversation about a potential move back there. The Road @ Chapel Hill is a new church merger and God is doing a mighty work there. He asked me to be an overseer and I have already had the privilege of ministering there.

I spent the entire week interviewing with Pastor Steve, his leadership and oversight people and many on staff.  The result was a high level of excitement regarding how I might fit in and the potential of how God might use my gifts to bless this growing and vibrant ministry.

Steve indicated his desire to bring me on board in a senior level leadership capacity and after we talked through how my gifts might be a fit for him we were both very excited. In addition, we also talked about Steve possibly helping us with On Target Ministriesmoving forward.  Let me say here parenthetically that Steve is one of only a handful of pastors in our nation that truly gets ministry to men.

After returning home I received a call offering a position at The Road @ Chapel Hill as Executive Pastor.  Their generosity also included additional money that would cover a significant portion of our move costs. 

Now for the all-important and exciting backstory:

As you may know, Cindy and I have been crying out to our Lord over this past year about gaining His vision for our future personally as well as for OTM.  As we examine our own hearts we both are leaning toward this final season of our life unfolding back in Colorado.  The attraction there has a lot to do with our family, friends and a powerful network of ministry connections that remain.  It seems like all of the opportunities we thought we might have here in Temecula are not present.

You are also aware that our primary reason for the California move had to do with Cindy’s oxygen needs in Colorado.   Now, it looks like she has been completely healed from that.  This is pending a few more medical tests of course.  However, our doctor here in Temecula seems confident that she would no longer have a problem at elevation.

The only thing left is our desire to be affirmed by God.  In light of this I have been asking Him for signs and doors to be either opened or closed. 

As we have been praying, fasting and seeking wisdom from so many spiritual mentors as well as our board, Cindy and I are convinced that this is from our Lord.  We have had absolutely no door shut or opened to lead us down any other pathway.  A perhaps humorous side note is that after Steve talked with me about the position he indicated he would like to see me there this September.

Here in Temecula we are leasing our daughter Kim’s home—literally one hour after Pastor Steve’s call Kim phoned me.  She said, Dad, don't know how to tell you this but we are coming back to Temecula and you need to be out of the house by August. Now, a predictable response to something like that would be WOAH!  All I could do was laugh—this is just one of so many coincidences that we believe God has sent our way.

As we move forward Cindy and I are believing and expectingGod to go before us.  We have decided to be all-in.  Instead of putting our furniture in storage here we are leasing a home there the beginning of August.  We want to ask you to believe with us and also to pray that all the details regarding this move will be superintended by our precious Lord.

We are so thankful for you, your prayers and support.  Please rejoice with us in this new adventure.  For all of you who support this ministry, we are anticipating that the best is yet to come as we move forward from the base of our new church home. More to come—stay tuned.

May God richly bless you,

May was a month filled with great family times, special celebrations mixed with a tragic accident and miracle outcome. 

My most memorable event happened on June 8th while on a scheduled conference call with Pastor Scott Guhl from St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Churchin Gifford, IL. Pastor Scott invited me to come and bring the Fathers Day message this month after we met at an ISI conference recently.  Cindy and I have a rich history with this very special congregation as we conducted a whole week of meetings there back in 2011. 

Pastor Scott replaced Pastor Steven Lombardo who retired since our last visit.  I asked to schedule a call with him to get some info regarding his ministry and where he feels I can best serve this congregation with my message.  This is something I try to do with every invitation in advance of my trip.

Seventeen minutes into the call I heard Pastor yell out Oh Vincefollowed instantly by a loud thud.  Then, everything went silent.  I hung on for a minute and then hung up and began to pray contemplating the worst.  I immediately contacted the former Pastor, Steven Lombardo and then called the church office to report what happened.  I believe that started an early chain reaction of prayer. 

It turns out that Pastor Scott was involved in a horrible accident and had to be cut out of his car and airlifted to the hospital.  The doctors, I have heard, were amazed that he survived. I am so grateful to God for what appears to be another incredible miracle.  He is still in the process of some intense physical therapy and making progress. Praise God. 

On the 9th and 10th Dr Dobson from Family Talk, re-aired two radio interviews he did 15 years ago at Focus On The Familywith me and three other men’s ministry colleagues regarding the state of ministry to men in America.  In case you missed my last TargetPoint article on this you can still catch these 20-minute programs at these links:

Family Talk Broadcast 1 of 2

Family Talk Broadcast 2 of 2

The balance of the month we experienced some very special family time.  Our daughter Kim celebrated her 50th birthday.  At one time we had around 15 people in our home for a little over a week. Cindy and I cannot find words to describe the joy of having all of our kids and grandkids with us for this special time of celebration.  A red carpet formal party thrown by her family and some very special friends here in Temecula highlighted it all.  If you visit our Facebook page you will find lots of great pics.

As I prepare for two important ministry trips this month and Cindy and I going to New Zealand in August for Promise Keepers there is so much more happening on the personal and ministry front I want to share.  For now, please continue to pray for us and stay tuned—exciting stuff ahead. 

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love you and appreciate all of your faithful prayers and financial support

Becoming The Man God Intended,