Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Re: Wednesday Night Update

So, here are a few more pictures. I know they both include me or Tracy, but hey, we'll have more pictures later.

The pastor's wife convinced me to dress up in this ridiculous blow up bull outfit and jump around the stage like a wild man. The other picture is Tracy, April, Jacob and the rest of the group jumping around to the theme song of "Round Up".

It's been an awesome trip still. Today, Barron Harrison had the highest privilege of a believer. He was able to lead someone to the Lord today while we were walking around a shopping area. It's amazing to see how the Lord used Barron to do such an awesome work today.

We had our third night of camp and it went great. We only have 2 nights left!! Wow!! This week has already flown by. We are all anxious to be home but already we are not looking forward to leaving our new High Tide Church family behind.

Thank you for all your prayers and comments.

We are so blessed to be a part of such an awesome work up here. I wish all of you could see the incredible things that are happening in Delaware. Please pray that we continue to be a benefit to them and to the people with whom we come in contact. The manager at the hotel we are staying said that we are the best group she's ever had and all of our kids have been very respectful. That's so great (and, partially because I threatened them with their life if they messed up anything at the hotel).

Well, it's 11:00 on Wednesday night, I need to get to bed. We love you all!! See ya soon.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Re: Tuesday Morning Update

This is a beautiful Delaware sunset.
We have now finished the first day of G-Force camp with High Tide Church.

We had the privilege of having 136 kids come to the camp on the first night!! That is the highest attendance High Tide Church has ever had at their summer camps. This camp is a big catalyst for their church and typically brings in a large number of new, unchurched families. Our teenagers did an incredible job leading the small groups. Every one of our teenagers was leading one of the small groups of children: teaching lessons, playing games and loving on the kids.

Many of these kids come from very rough homes and a number of our teens shared how heartbroken they were to hear the stories of these kids who have seen so much hurt and dysfunction in their lives. But, the Lord is good and He will use this opportunity to plant the seed of the gospel in the hearts of these children.

I will try to post some pictures of the camp sometime later today, but it's 7:00 in the morning and the camera is still in one of the rooms with sleepin' people. I want them to get their sleep, so I'll get the camera later.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Re: Delaware - Sunday update

Well, I think we have completely exhausted everyone of energy and we still have about 4 more hours of preparation left.

Today was an awesome day. We got here at the fire hall at 6:00am. Yes, parents, your kids do function that early in the morning. We helped the High Tide staff turn the empty rooms into an amazing worship center, kids worship center and a preschool area. After set up, we had an 8:30 service and a 10:00 service, then we broke down all of that stuff again.

The commitment of this church is absolutely amazing. In only 5 years, they have grown a church to an average of close to 400 in attendance. God has truly blessed Pastor Andy and Tanya (his wife) and the rest of the staff and leadership here. Today was an unforgettable experience.

After lunch, we reported back to the fire hall to set up for our week of camp, which is called G-Force Camp. We are getting close to finishing up the prep work for that, then we will be having a worship time with the youth from High Tide and some pizza!

Please keep us in your prayers. Most everyone is tired and in need of some sleep.

Tomorrow morning will bring some rest, but we are still just at the beginning of this week.

We are sure that God is going to grow each and every one of us in an awesome and unexpected way.

Hopefully, I'll keep the updates regular.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Delaware - Saturday Night Update

So, we're here. If you haven't heard from your kids, I wanted to let you know.

These pictures are proof. We got here in 9 hours, the trip was smooth and we even had a few hours to run to the beach and hang out for a little bit.

We also got the chance to hang out with Pastor Andy and his wife and two other staff members of the church we are working with here. The church is called High Tide Church. Andy and Tanya started it 5 years ago and they have more than 350 people attending their services each week. Even cooler than that, a bunch of the people who come to their church aren't Christians. So, they are having an awesome opportunity to share the gospel with people each week.

Andy even shared with us that they baptized 4 people this morning (and they baptized them at the beach, which is saweeeeeettt!!!!).

So, that's a quick update for today. We are getting up at 4:30 tomorrow morning to go help the church set up for their service.

Tomorrow is shaping up to be an awesome day.

So, please keep lifting us up.

You'll hear from me tomorrow.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Re: Delaware Update: Night before


I am so pumped about this trip. This evening, most of the leaders came to the church along with a few of the students and we got all of the food and equipment packed and ready to ride.

Tomorrow, we'll leave bright and early and get rolling for a good long day of traveling.

I am absolutely blown away at the way people have been lifting us up in prayer. Today, my dad prayed with me over the phone, a bunch of friends called and emailed and said they are praying for us, and one close friend even typed out a prayer in the email. It was awesome.

We need your prayers. This trip will be exhausting spiritually, physically and emotionally.

I have included the prayer that was sent to me over email, read this and pray it for us.

""Dear God I lift up all our leaders praying for a safe and progressive trip. I lift the teens going up asking that you would do a great work in their lives and they would be surrounded by the Holy Spirit. I ask that you cause hearts to burst , and eyes to be open by the truths of your word. I pray the teens would experience spiritual revival on their trip and know that God is real and able to take their lives and transform them into His will. I pray for everlasting changes to take place in their hearts. Oh God hear our voices , we cry out for a revolution amongst our youth. We fight the attacks Satan sends our way, and with loud voices, we say "our God says you ,Satan, have no authority over us!!" We shield ourselves in the comfort of your words, change the lives OH Lord of those who believe they are unchangeable and strengthen the lives of our leaders , so they may feel your power within them! We give you praise our Lord for your goodness, and remember the ones who are willing to make the steps necessary to minister to your children.""

We love you all.

Check back regularly. I'll do my best to update it each day of the trip.

OH, and if you want to relay a message to someone on our trip, click on comments at the bottom of each update and leave a comment and tell me who to relay the message to. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Re: Believe

If we, as Christians, really believe what we say, shouldn't the attitude of Christ be so dominant in our lives that nothing else is seen but that?

I am absolutely exhausted of experiencing gossip, bitterness and flat out hatred among so called believers. What is wrong with us?

Do we really believe? Do we really believe that Jesus died for our sins? Do we really believe that without Jesus we are destined for eternity in hell?

If we really believe that, shouldn't it be easy and natural to get along with our fellow Christians, to seek true fellowship with them? Instead of holding on to a root of bitterness!

I know, weird post, just something I've been working through lately. Jesus, give us the courage to live out your words.

I'm done.