Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Fuss with Gus the Bus...

Well, 16 Days so far has been full of adventure, challenge, fun, growth, ministry, and a little bit of everything!

To add to the mix on Friday afternoon, Gus, as we've affectionately named the 16 Days shuttle bus, decided to stop working 88 miles east of Denver, CO at a Shell station.

God is working out all the details, and has actually, in His typical fashion, used this small delay to point us toward people He wanted us to see and share His love with! I love how God works!

BTW, the the people in the photo are people we met when the bus broke down who love Jesus and are praying for the team.

Friday, July 30, 2010

On the road again!

Heading to the Mile High City after more de-briefing and an "Unusual Soldiers" challenge from Caleb.

Great weather on the road. Got the windows down. Having fun! ...wait a minute, whos underwater is this!? Gotta love 16 days on the road!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Experiential Wilderness Team Training in NE...

Arrived at the Bislow ranch yesterday afternoon. Wow! What an adventure. Learning a ton about TEAM, sharing our faith in hard to reach places and indigenous tribal ministry. We won't spoil all the individual stories. There are plenty to share!

We witnessed the face of a 40 foot high cliff collapse from a distance, built and "sailed" cardboard boats, shared Christ with an indigenous "Franklin, NE" tribe, and swam in the river.

Keep praying. God is working!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Packed up and in the road again...

Good times around the campfire last night at a Des Moines area campground... Perfect weather. Lots of stars in the sky! The girls were brave and adventurous, sleeping outside under the full moon! Boys in tents...

Great devos this morning after camp cooked eggs and bagels with cream cheese ...thanks Rachel and Laura!

Now heading to Nebraska through fields of corn and windmills. Gotta love Iowa! Keep praying for travelling safety and for God to challenge and transform!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Driving through MN to IA... worshiping the King!

We were really blessed this morning to hear from Pastor Cecilia, associate pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church. She challenged the team toward reconciliation and asking God for a deeper level of compassion for His most prized creation, people. It was powerful.

We also welcomed a new member to the team: Paul Ladd, videographer. Yeah, Paul! The bus is full! God is leading!

Left Minneapolis a few hours ago. Rob taught a lesson as we were riding in "Gus the Bus" on identity in Christ and how deeply He loves us. Now were listening to worship music and praising our King ...on the road. Powerful!

Beautiful. Sweet times. God IS awesome! Praise Him.

Listening to the Spirit's leading in downtown Minneapolis

We stayed at an inner city community center in north Minneapolis last night. The diverging ethnicity in this neighborhood is astounding to witness. Almost every country in the world is represented in this community!

We just finished engaging the street culture of the downtown area... people without food, people in suits, people without homes, people with colored skin, people with disabilities.

Jesus loves. Jesus cares. How can we be his hands and feet? The team is learning. Please keep praying!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sacked Out!

Driving from our KOA campsite toward Minneapolis. Almost everyone's catching up on some winks in the bus. Beautiful weather. Looking forward to seeing what God does on this leg of the journey!

Thanks for praying. Keep it up!

KOA Camping those s'mores!

Rolled into camp about dusk after a fun trip listening t tunes on the ride up from Chicago. Good times!

Great campfire conversation about God and fun stories. Almost a full moon. BIG mosquitoes! Lovin it!

Deyo time this morning was cool... prayer, convo, questions, honest sharing. Getting ready to head out ok the road in a few minutes. Thanks for praying for the team!

Billy Graham Center Museum

Wow! Incredible to see the Passion and legacy of one of this century's most anointed evangelists. It was an awe-inspiring experience. God's Word is powerful.

The we ate some UNBELIEVABLY mouth-watering Chicago style pizza from Rosati's Pizza. Incredible. We stuffed ourselves before jumping back in the bus and driving to a campsite in Wisconsin...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

We're off...!

After some more training time this morning and a sweet  sloppy Joe lunch, the team piled in the bus for our first.leg of the journey! Excitement is high! It's fun to be on the road!

We're heading for a stop in Chicago on our way to Wisconsin for the night. The team is doing great, so far :) Pray for safety on the road.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Who's Your Daddy...

Welcomed the 16 Days youth students to Bethel College this afternoon! What a great team. Now listening to John Vermilya's challenge: Who's Your Daddy?

Who is YOUR  first love? Is Jesus everything? Who's your King? It's not about us. It's not about you. It's all about HIM.

Love GOD. Love PEOPLE.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Putting miles on the Bus!

Well, got some rest last night at the Bislow's house. Then filled up on homemade cinnamon roles before hitting the road for Indiana. Great weather. Sun's shining. It's hot!

Oh yeah, did I mention corn? It's a field of dreams out here!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

In Nebraska, heading to Caleb Billow's for the night

Just passed some storms in eastern CO. Pretty heavy rain! Rusty's driving now as we head into NE. Most everyone's sleeping on the bus ...looking forward to crashing at the Bislow's!

Packing bus for 16 Days!

Denver, CO: Today we're getting everything ready to hit the road for 16 Days! Camping & food supplies, maintenance on the bus, and everything else on the long to-do list.

We're all really looking forward to meeting each student as we embark on 16 Days of life-transforming experiences and encounters with God ...starting at Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN on Sat afternoon!

Can't wait to see what God does! We're expecting great things!