21 June, 2008

Start of growth

well. Things have been pretty crazy the last week or so. Between work and project time, I have little time for self or much of the Word. However I have been blessed to have a lot of alone time at work to pray and get into the Word a bit. I think that so far my biggest growth has been in the area of prayer. God has blessed me so much through this!

Last night was the annual "man-maker" camping trip. This is were we invite men we have met in the community of Juneau out camping so that we can really pour into their lives and share with them our mission and drive to "place the gospel within arms reach of every person in southeast Alaska". It was a great time and I think that much was accomplished...if not in their lives then at least within my own.

Tonight is our annual salmon bake for Juneau...this is an outreach to the community. It is a great way to meet new folks, have fellowship, and be a blessing to those around us.

As for all other things...a lot has been happening for me this last week. Good things. I will not go into many details. But, just pray for brokenness for me...for me to be humbled and broken. I am awful prideful.

Thanks again for all things. You all are amazing! Keep praying please!

P.S. I am missing home and everything that goes with it. That means YOU!

13 June, 2008

A couple Pics


Here is a picture of the sun sitting behind the mountains and our campfire! (This was near mid-night)

Here is a picture of all of us on the Men's Project here at Juneau. Behind us is a ice tunnel made through the Mendenhall Glacier!

Here is the whole convey at the border of Alaska!

Week 2

Hello ALL!

I only have enough time for a short update...but I still wanted to let you all in on what has been happening this last week or so.

First things first. I have a job. I am a tour guide/driver for Juneau Sportfishing. It is a really great job for me as I am able to meet lots of people. I have already met people from ten or so countries and I have only been there for a week! So, if you could please spend some time in prayer for me specifically for my time spent on the job...that I may be able to start spiritual conversations and that the words my be from God and not me. Also if you could pray for those who I work with regularly; Walter, Katie, Kelly, Suparna, Greg, and Sharron. Pray that I am able to impact them also as I live life around them.

Secondly...I went camping last night with seven other guys. It was a great bonding time and most importantly it was my first full night of rest in a really long time!

Thirdly. I have begun to meet many people in the community and have started to try and pour into their lives. There are some exciting things going on in these areas.
Please be praying for these individuals; Don, David, Missy, Dillion, Ronnie, Stephanie, and Shawn.

Lastly, Pray for me in general. I have been having a hard time with a few things here on project. I wont go into any details but God will know what it is all about. I would really appreciate the prayers in this area. Pray that I may be have wisdom...that I may have discernment in this situation. That I may have direction. And that I may have strength to stand up and follow the direction God points. Also pray that I may be open-minded to my shortfallings...That I be humbled.

That is all for now.

Thank you all so much. I love you.

04 June, 2008

Pushing Northward

Hello to all!

To pick up where I left off, We were traveling across Canada! This drive was absolutely amazing. It was so very rewarding to me on so many levels...First off, this trip allowed me to remember some important times in my past. This happened not only because of the immense time at my disposal but also because of how much this drive reminded me of my family's travels to Colorado for vacation every year.
I recall, setting out every July from the gently rolling hills and medium grass prairie of northwestern Oklahoma, through the flat grounds of north Texas and New Mexico, then suddenly into the cool temperatures and high elevations of the mountains of Colorado! This road trip seemed to be a large version of these past trips. I set out from the same driveway that I remember leaving from on so many summers before; then hit the flat ground and short prairies of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Alberta; suddenly we hit the mountain terrain of British Columbia with awe inspiring views and many encounters with wildlife ranging from bear to moose (it was at this point when I really dwelt on how this trip paralleled my vacations of past). Then out of nowhere came the stellar beauty that is Alaska. You would think that there would not be much difference between BC and Alaska...but there is. It is absolutely unexplainable the beauty that is here.
There were also other thoughts that came from my memories of these past vacations...first off the excitement that I felt in preparation. Second, the sense of love that I felt from these trips. It never failed every vacation we took held in it a great many of arguments and confrontations between family members...still never did we stay that way...we always grew closer than we were before we left. These thoughts too, paralleled this trip. There was excitement...excitement about the convey, about the summer, about growing nearer God, about seeing Him more clearly, about making friendships that are actually brotherhoods. And, there were also confrontations...stepped on toes, escalation of moods and words...but through it all there was love. And now we have been here for a week...those of us that traveled together are still closer.

There is something truly awesome about a group of believers striving to see His perspective and live out His path in our lives. To be surrounded by such a cloud of witness. It is beautiful. I will be uploading some pictures I have taken so far. Many are beautiful, but know that there are many times that I have been unable to take a physical picture because of the setting. Instead I took pictures with my heart. My favorite picture of the entire trip so far is one such picture. It was the group of us (those in the convey) at the Alaskan line, after 70 hours driving and over 3000 miles traveled together, we got out circled up (all 23 of us) and prayed. It was the one of the greatest feelings I have felt. To see each persons heart. To lift those hearts up humbly, full of passion and excitement, full of love.