finding my sweet spot…

31381164_10155359850217327_2674765949316046679_nThis past couple of years of switching from one ministry to a new one and moving to a new area of Kentucky have been crazy.  Throw in my wife having breast cancer, my son being put on the autism spectrum, and my daughter being diagnosed with Celiac Disease it’s taken a while to really feel settled and where I sort of know what I am doing.  To be honest there have been times where I definitely have felt unqualified for what I have been doing and just wondering how God can use me.

The past few months though I finally feel like I am hitting my sweet spot and really finally doing what I believe God has called me to do in ministry.  I’ve been able to go into high schools and middle schools and train coaches and teacher sponsors on how to do FCA on their campuses.  Even though, I used be petrified of speaking, I’ve been blessed to share on several occasions with students and challenge them to grow in their walk with Christ.  Perhaps that most exciting part of ministry for me over the past few months has been the launch of our FCA ministry on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.  To get the chance to work with the college athletes has truly been a blessing.  Building relationships with the students, Seeing them grow in their walk with Christ, want to go deeper in Bible study, making commitments to faithfully participate in the local church, have all just been so confirming that I am right where God wants me to me be.

Don’t get me wrong, I know God has used me in various ministries, church activities, and other outreaches over the years.  And I know there is a time and a place for everything.  Yet, there are those passions and gifts that God has given that I don’t feel that I have always been able to use for Him.  I know that I still have much to learn and much more to do for God, but to finally be in a place where I am able to serve, and use the passion for ministry to coaches and athletes He gave, is just a wonderful place to be.  I am so excited to see how God is going to continue to just take that passion for sports ministry and FCA and use it for His Glory!  Just keep praying for me as I seek to serve.

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urgent call to all sponsors….

It’s that time of year again, the time of year where we are starting to get our students ready to attend FCA Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University.  This year’s leadership camp will be held the last week of June.   The cost of camp is $225 a student which is quite a lot for our local students.   So this year we are not only trying to raise funds to help pay for our students to go to camp, but also trying to make sure we are only taking students who are serious about being leaders at their schools.

Each student that we take is required to write us a one page paper telling us why they want to go to leadership camp and how they envision themselves being a leader at their school during the next school year.  The students are also required to help us through various fundraising activities such as sharing with local churches about camp and also a dessert auction we are holding at the Rec Center on April 21st.  Next, each student is required to participate in a weekly Bible study that we will be holding from the time school lets out on May 4th until we head to camp at the end of June.  Lastly, each student is committing to be on a leadership team for the 2012-2013 school year where they will help plan and lead FCA huddles, outreach events, and Bible studies.

This coming week the students who want to go to camp have to take the first step by turning in their papers on why they want to go to camp and how they will be a leader in their schools.  By next Friday, I will know for sure how many students will be going to camp with us.  We are anticipating between 6 and 8 students to attend.

At FCA Leadership camp the students are challenged and trained in how to share their faith boldly in their schools.  Various speakers including several college athletes will be sharing their testimonies and giving hands on training to our students.  Towards the end of the camp our students are even sent out to do door to door evangelism in Campbellsville as training.   It is a truly wonderful time where many of our students will get the grounding and solid teaching/challenge that they need to be bold in their faith.

So how can you help us?  If you are willing to sponsor a student or some of a student’s cost to go to camp that would be a tremendous blessing.  Also, if you live near our area we would be more than willing to come share with your church about an opportunity for them to partner with us in taking kids to go to camp.  If you have any questions I am also attaching a pdf to the blog that gives the full details of what is going on at camp.   Thank you so much for your time and I pray that you will pray about how you might help send our students to leadership camp this summer!

FCA Leadership Camp 2012 flyer

baby accessories are going to kill me…

From the time I was 14 all the way through the present I have held various jobs where I have had to learn various skills that while I am by no means a professional at, I was able to figure out enough to get by.  When I worked for an electrician I learned how to put together electrical service boxes for houses and trailers.  While working as a laborer for a masonry company I learned how to make mortar, grout, and do various other masonry tasks.  In college and while working at Moody I learned how to put together fitness equipment, set up and run various sporting events, fix scoreboards, basketball goals, and even set up a soccer field.  All these things were out of my common realm of knowledge, but I was able to learn how to do each of these tasks.

When Maven was born, most of the baby stuff that we were bought or given was already put together.  However, with the addition of Judah we have had to get various new things to either accomodate him or him and Maeven.   So far I have put together a tricycle, car seat, part of a double jogging stroller, night stands, and still have a crib to go.  I am sure I am forgetting some things as well.  The difference between these tasks and the jobs I have worked in the past, besides the fact the jobs paid, is that these “simple” little baby tasks are about to kill me.  They say men are bad about trying to figure things out without looking at directions.  Unfortunately for me I study the directions carefully and still can’t figure out things outs.  The simple little tricycle that was supposed to be a 20 minute job lasted almost 2 hours.

As I sit and stare at the boxes that contain the rest of the stroller and a crib, I am realizing that one shouldn’t pray and ask for patience.  Whenever you pray for patience you always get something from God where you get the chance to practice that patience you asked for.   My lesson right now in patience is in my baby accessories.  Who would have thought when I was working in the hot sun doing masonry work that that job would be less frustrating than putting together baby stuff….