Saturday, July 31, 2010


Yesterday, we lost 2 great friends to a tradgic set of circumstances. We do not know exactly what happened and we may never know. What I hope and pray is the focus of everything is the 6 kids that they left behind.

They are wonderful kids and they have to be struggling mighty of not having their mom and dad. They range from the ages of 4-13. I cannot imagine.

My heart breaks.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Going Deeper: Puerto Rico

I wanted to share with you the theme for the week and how it was broken down. The students really connected with the themes and I am looking forward to seeing how it will play out in their life.

- More Jesus / Less Me
- More Courage / Less Fear
- Less Do / More Be
- Less Here / More There
- Less Ego / More Love

As I went through the week and still processing, I am not sure which one I struggle with the most. I think that it is More Courage / Less Fear. However, Less Do / More Be is close behind if not first and I just do not want to admit it. I like "doing". I like "results".

Thursday, July 29, 2010

PR 2010 Video

Almost A Month

Well, it has been almost a month since I have posted here. i need to place my facebook statuses over here. Making a 140 charachter response via the phone is so much easier then logging on to a computer and putting thoughts down here.

It has been a very busy month as I have made the transition to the new church. things are going fantastic. In week 1, my focus was the Sr High Curriculum and we have that mapped out for the school year (Aug - May). The second week was dedicated to Confirmation. We are making some changes in the curriculum to hopefully create more of a flow while emphasizing the strengths of the existing program. In between the curriculum prep, I was meeting with various staff and ministry leaders. In week 3, I was in Puerto Rico with 18 students and 4 other adults. Here are a few pics:

Our group inside the rain forest

A few of the students at a roadside stand getting canapas - the love to eat them and to throw them

The beach a few blocks from the hotel we stayed at going in and out of the country

View from Old San Juan

One of our youth taking a break on the worksite when she found an animal friend.

While there, we participated in a local kids club, worked at a Salvation Army, helped at a Juvenile Retention Center, attended local church services and helped with a few work projects at a local school academy.

If I get my act together, more on the trip later.

Friday, July 02, 2010

A Long 2 Weeks

It has been a long two weeks as we have tried to pack and clean the house and move and begin to unpack the boxes into our new home and for us to get familiar with the new area and the new ministry (job).

I am giving this update from my new office, which I need to do some work on as well, but that is going to have to wait for awhile.

In the near future (after the holiday), I will give some updates and be a little more active again.