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Archive for March, 2010

Out of the Wilderness

What an amazing trip!  What a fantastic spring break!

We had perfect weather, mostly sunny in the 70’s. There were a few nights of rain and towards the end it was cold, but great weather over all. Some students even cliff jumped into the cold river. That’s how sunny and warm it was.

The trip was framed around Henri Nowen’s book “In the Name of Jesus“. We walked through the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness, the temptation to be relevant, powerful, and spectacular. Each day a group of students assumed leadership by taking the map, watch, and being in charge of getting us from point a to point b. At the end of their day we would sit around and debrief their leadership and day. It was great to see how students spoke to one another, encouraged each other, and learned from others experiences. Truly there was a difference from the way the group interacted at the start of the trip to the way they bonded at the end. It is such a blessing to see that night and day difference. We were truly honored to have these students be on this trip, they were so much fun and taught us a lot in the process.

Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, and support. We would not have been able to do this without you. Here are some pictures taken from various students:

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Arkansas or Bust!

As many of you know we are heading to Arkansas for Spring Break. Twelve students came to our apartment last night to pack all the food. And what a show it was!!  We had granola, pancake mix, chocolate covered espresso beans, pasta, cous cous, hummus, mounds of cheese, and so much more spread across the table.  I made potato soup and it was a food packing party. And did we pack food, o yes!

We have been a little behind on the details for our trip and poor James has a test and a lot of work in the midst of it all. But we are pulling through and I am getting excited. Especially to be going on this trip with these particular students. They are a diverse group and we have only gotten a glimpse of them interacting together. This is going to be good.

May we learn about leadership and community. May we seek to learn in the worlds largest classroom: The Wilderness. May we ask tough questions and may  we hear God speak in the stillness. May it NOT rain, and not care if it does.

As I have written to many of you and what has impacted me lately is Psalm 115:1 “Not to us, O’ Lord, not to us, but to Your name be the glory because of Your love and faithfulness.” O’ what good news this is indeed.

To Him be the Glory forever and ever, Amen.

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