So this is going to be a big weekend. Friday night I’m going out with some car buddies to see the new Fast Five movie. Yes, I know it is incredibly lame but we all went out to see the 4th one last year so despite how terrible it might be, its tradition. Plus, it will be fun to hang out with a lot of guys I haven’t seen in a while.
So, Friday night should be a lot of fun. But Sunday night will be even more fun. We’re putting on what should be the biggest student event yet. We have an awesome night planned out and we’re expecting close to 100 students to show up, maybe more. We’re renting out what used to be an old oil changing station that has been and will continue to be renovated into a more usable space. Right now its all cleaned up and safe for this type of use but its a bare space that we’ve built a stage in for now. We’re hoping/praying that eventually the church will buy it so we can turn it into a full time student ministry center. So, since there’s still a lot to do most of Saturday will be spent getting the space ready for 100+ students, catered food and a local HS band to rock out in. We’ve all been feeling that something big is coming and that time is Sunday night. Its an opportunity to connect with tons of students we haven’t had a chance to reach out to yet. Since a lot of these students either don’t go to church or don’t know about church we want them to feel welcomed but not pushed into anything. We’ve never been about throwing our religion in your face if you don’t want it but we do want them to know that there are people willing to talk to them if they are interested in learning more. So that’s all that we’re praying for, is students to show up with an open mind and to have a good time. It should be pretty awesome.
I don’t post nearly enough about this kind of stuff but I’m really excited for Easter Sunday for a number of reasons. The first is that its going to be an awesome day at church tomorrow. We have a sweet set list, a killer band with singing and guitar duos that hasn’t happened before and two services that people definitely won’t want to miss. And Baptisms!! We treat our baptisms services like a party because its so cool to see people’s lives change and how God is working within our church. Add that on top of everything else and this will definitely be a Sunday to remember.
Just finished editing the support letter for my mission trip in July… (I didn’t write the entire thing but added some more personal stuff towards the end)
"Friends and Family:
Serving the less fortunate through foreign missions is something that I care about. I am blessed to live in a place where I do not have to worry about many basic necessities, but not everyone is so lucky. Imagine a place where each day is a struggle to simply survive. Imagine a place where the people have few opportunities to go to school or work, see a doctor, or even have access to clean water. Poverty and sickness only begins to describe their everyday life. Now imagine having the chance to give hope to this place. This July, I will be flying to La Limonada in Guatemala to invest in the lives of people who critically need it. Our church, Rivers Crossing Community Church, has partnered with Lemonade International, to show Gods love to this place of great despair.
La Limonada is an urban slum community built into a ravine that runs into Guatemala City. An estimated 60,000 to 100,000 people live there, many in very small dwellings who live with out electricity. The geographic location of the community and the subculture of poverty have produced a lack of education, job opportunities, or an idea that there may be something more out of life. Our prayer is that we can restore lives while devoted to being a physical presence of God’s love in La Limonada.
We plan on doing this by providing children with a hope for a better future, through child sponsorship; equipping workers for short and long term missions; providing humanitarian relief of food, clothing and shelter, transforming neighborhoods through community development, and through church planting.
Since 2001 Tita Evertz has operated the Vidas Plenas program through some community schools. Here, children between the ages of 4-15 are loved, valued, fed, clothed, tutored, taught hygiene, and offered scholarships for formal education. They are also kept off the streets away from the increasing gang life in La Limonada. I know many lives will be greatly changed through this experience, mine included. I am asking for your prayers and your support in this wonderful opportunity. I had an opportunity to meet Tita in April during a screening of a documentary that was made about La Limonada. The love she has for her people and her community is unlike anything I have ever seen. She is one of the most genuine and loving people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
If you would like to make a donation, it can be paid to me directly (via mail or in person) or through Rivers Crossing Community Church, PO Box 270 South Lebanon, Ohio 45034. Just put my name on the memo line so it will be credited properly. Your contribution is also tax deductible. I will be updating my personal blog (yeahwhatokay.tumblr.com) each day while I am down there and I encourage you to also check out Rivers Crossing’s blog that will have daily updates from different people throughout our trip.
Regardless of if you send your money or your prayers, from the bottom of my heart, thank you,
New idea: Since I only have less than 8 weeks left of school, I’m going to try and either write about something or take a picture of campus to put on here every day. Maybe multiple times depending on how lazy I get. 59 days and counting.