I started this blog in 2004 to document what we were doing with students. It was unclear who, if anyone, would be reading and at worst, it could take me down memory lane. Instead, Ben Cloud kept reading. And commenting. And emailing.
Ben was already doing what I had envisioned - engaging students in global realities; mentoring and equipping them; partnering with people he trusted to launch them both close and far. In the spring of 2005, he invited me - sight unseen - to work with him and his students on a multi-faceted community outreach week.
Without ever meeting him face to face, or talking to him on the phone, I flew out and served with him for 4 days. We partner again this summer.