Thankful (a good read) - Dear Praying Friends,
Thank you for praying for our travels to our Collegiate National Conference. The kids seemed to do well while we were gone and it was good for us to get away. Though it was a very people intensive week I returned home more refreshed than I had expected.
My take-away is that my primary concern needs to be my relationship with God, and He will take care of the fruitfulness. A good quote:
"If we steward the depth of our spiritual life, He will take care of th...
On the Road Again - Dear friends,
Tomorrow early Kari and I fly to Florida for our National Collegiate Staff Conference. While warm weather sounds great the schedule looks to be pretty packed full. But please pray this is a wonderful respite for us. This is the 1st time Kari has ever been able to come along.
We will have Natalie Maggelet, daughter of our Staff at Ashland U here to be with the kids. Pray especially for Emma as she has been struggling with "Scary dreams and scary thoughts" lately.
I want to say an especia...
Prayer for Two - Dear Praying Friends,
I think me and my family needs prayer. This week I think Kari and I both kind of "hit the wall". For me it shows up in loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Two things I am usually really good at. My stresser has been finances. We've had major car repairs each month since the summer. Add this on top of braces and preschool costsand our savings has taken a beating. Plus it is time I start working on Fundraising, not my favorite thing to do.
For Kari her knee has been sl...
Local Encouragement - Dear friends,
With National debts and new Health Care systems it can look like we are not setting up the next generation for success.
But locally I am quite encouraged. This mornings Headline read that Medina has finally passed a School Levy! This is huge for our schools.
On Sunday I took Caleb to his first Christian Rock Concert sponsored by a local Church. This church knew they would lose money on it, but wanted to show the Christian kids in the area that the Church is for them.
Great Fall Conference! - Dear friends,
Thank you for your prayer for our Fall Conference. This year we had 459 attendees! (When I started we were getting 200-250) While numerical growth never guarantees Spiritual growth it still shows things are happening.
Funny thing-we had 6 Asian students who didn't seem to fit in. I was chatting with a student from UK (Kentucky) and he explained he had just met the guys Thursday and they asked if they could come along. They were off smoking, not listening to the messages, but Nav st...
Fall Prayer Needs - This weekend (Oct 4-6) is our annual Student Fall Conference. We have over 400 students and staff signed up from our 14 campuses. This is our largest event of the year and a key time to expose freshmen and new students to discipleship, the lifelong pursuit of knowing Christ and making Christ known. Please pray for Drew Frazer our speaker. We are using a new facility as we finally outgrew the previous one. This will present some challenges I'm sure.
Family fatigue-having 4 kids in 4 different sch...
Knee Surgery - Dear friends,
Kari's knee has been bothering her for a long time. Ends up she has a torn minicus (MCL). This Spring they gave her an injection which seemed to help for about 2 months. The next step is to have it scoped. I think they just clean out the tear so it doesn't bang around in there. We go in this morning so would appreciate prayers for a successful procedure. She should be walking tomorrow.
Last night we had our 1st ever Young Life Club. 72-75 kids showed up. (Hard to count them as they...
Fun with Cars - Dear friends,
Driving home from church on Sunday our minivan died in the middle of an intersection. It was so dead it couldn't even be pushed, until a police car used his ram to push me over to a curb.
Sunday night drove our 2nd car to Kent State to help take surveys and pass out free T-shirts to 2000 freshmen. (Pretty much all our campuses to something crazy to connect with new students).
Monday early I picked up a rental car to drive to Indianapolis for meetings, leaving the 2nd car for ...
Readjusting - Dear friends,
We are adjusting to life post-STP. For 8-9 weeks we were going full-speed totally surrounded by students and activity. So it takes awhile to slow down and get used to normal life. The students say they are also going through this process.
Seth is playing 8th grade football.
Emma starts pre-school.
Caleb enters High School. He's reading 2 books with reports due on this Friday.
Daniel enters 4th grade.
Ward hopes to help get Young Life started in Medina.
Kari is hoping to wo...
Sweet Last Week - Dear Praying Friends,
This is our last week down here in Florida. Friday Night we had a Cook-out at a beach. Earlier Caleb had asked me if I would Baptize him. As you may know I have always been super careful to keep what we do "para-church" and not do baptisms, communion, and the things usually reserved for church. But this was my own son, so I relented and agreed to do this. Well Caleb spread the word and soon 8 students also wanted to be baptized. We urged them all to contact parents and thin throu...