I’m Josh, but I want you to meet my good friend, Hondo Wynn, and let me quickly get to the POINT.
If you haven’t met Hondo yet, boy howdy, you’re missing out! He’s unique. Twisted even, but not real twisted, just kind of a friendly goofball… “twisted” more like a PRETZEL than a twizzler. You know?
Anyway, to keep a long story short, Hondo and I were first introduced via email and the intro went something to the tune of: “Hondo is some dude I know from Big Bear who is a full-time missionary in a place called Slovenia…it’s a country somewhere in EUROPE, I think.”
I finally got to MEAT with Hondo face-to-face when we landed with a crew of 6 snowboarding/skiing missionaries (who were in for quite the surprising whirlwind-four-day-tour of the ski resorts of Slovenia).
And when I say “tour” I don’t mean luxury stroll. I mean more like expedited-chain-gang-work-week! Haha, we pulled a non-stop “shovel-shred-teach-preach” schedule for four exhausting days. Haha, time with Hondo will (almost guaranteed) put you in a pickle of an uncomfortable spot or two. And of course I mean the “good for you” kind of UNCOMFORTABLE spots – like your grandfather’s endless chores that “help you build character.”
Hondo has “tenacity” and “drive” like I’ve seen in few individuals I’ve ever met. He’s also got a keen ability to relate and communicate to people from a myriad of BACKGROUNDS.
If one thing can be said for Hondo Wynn, it’s that he has a voracious appetite…for Balkan MEAT plates, yes of course…
But more so, Hondo has a voracious appetite for Kingdom Building, disciple-making and BRIDGE-building with shred kids. He’s particularly passionate in pushing into regions untrodden to bring the light of Jesus.
I have been one of the lucky ones to have witnessed Hondo’s enthusiasm, intentionality and PRAYERFUL passion and to have been inspired by it first hand.
I introduce you to Hondo for this reason, Hondo has just become the new:
“Interim SFC Europe Coordinator” and that’s our fancy little title that means he’ll be the go-to-guy on the ground in Europe for current SFC leaders and potential new SFC communities. He’ll also be coordinating trips to VISIT chapters and fellow-shred missionaries around Europe.
He’ll essentially be wearing one or two of the HATS I have been trying to wear (and he’ll be doing it from within Europe instead of me doing it from across the pond) in visiting/encouraging/seeking to unite leaders across the Alps.
Despite being an American, Hondo has gained amazing credibility with the Euros over his last half dozen or so years of investing time, energy, prayer and other resources. We are calling him the “interim” because the plan is to find and train a future full-time European SFC Director over the next few years, and Hondo has the HEART and capacity to help lead this endeavor.
So, congratulate Hondo. Thank him for his commitment and dedication to BEING THE LIGHT OF JESUS IN THE SHRED CULTURE! Give him a virtual pat on the back. Take your photo with him. Follow him into a sketchy-looking TREELINE. He’s a Legend!
And if you have ideas, feel free to contact Hondo at his new email address: [email protected] and brainstorm together. The shred culture in Europe is the largest in the world. The need is great. We want to honor and appreciate all those pushing forward there with the Vision!