Why is Wes Wandering?
Some people think I’m a carefree wanderer. Some people think I’m a missionary. Not really either one, though there’s a hint of truth in each.
Some time ago, I got a sudden urge to hit the road, to be a nomad. But as appealing as the idea seemed, I thought it inappropriate. What about family? What about building God’s Kingdom?
But I couldn’t get rid of the idea, and folks I thought would talk me out of it instead seemed to be encouraging.
So, in October of 2014, I retired from software engineering, sold the house, and took off. I’ve ended up in places and situations I didn’t plan on, but I don’t think God was ever surprised.
“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” — Prov. 16:9
“You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” — Prov. 19:21
I fell asleep in Lisbon and missed a plane to Barcelona. So I went to the train station, got on a train, and now I am in Burgos. I thought I wanted to live in a small village on the Camino de Santiago, but if nothing goes wrong tomorrow, I’ll be living for a year or more in a sizable city on the Camino. Found a nice church, and the pastor is no longer the oldest person there. They are also interested in reaching out to the pilgrims.
I plan to help at least three projects that are reaching out to the pilgrims:
Otherwise, I’ll be praying, reading, wandering around northern Spain, and learning Chinese. At least those are my plans (see above).
Uh-oh, here’s where the guy asks for money! No, I don’t believe in asking for money unless I just sold something. Besides, I already have what I need financially. If you really think God wants you to send me something, comment below and I’ll try to talk you out of it.
But there’s a kind of support I do need: prayer. Pray that I go to the right places, meet the right people, and do/say the right things for them. Thanks!
This blog is for my prayer supporters and close family, whom I assume want to know what’s going on in a more personal level. Another blog is for a more general audience. Neither gets as much updating as they deserve, but that’s just my disorganized personality.