Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Today is our travel day! Many have waited anxiously for this day to come for a long time! We left Lincoln this morning about 9am and traveled by bus to Kansas City. We made it, we've gotten our tickets and are processing through security now, about to embark on our first flight!
Pictures, up to this point, can be found HERE!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Native American Indian Chief Oren Lyons once said, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." Often, we spend our time looking at the past, dwelling on what happened rather than looking forward to what is to come. You can't more forward while facing backwards. When you turn your head, you turn your torso. When you turn your torso, you change your direction. We're looking forward to what God has in store for Derry, and what God has in store for our team, and how we might partner with the local church (Cornerstone City Church) to bring renewed hope to their city. My name is Tim Lillard (youth pastor, Norfolk, NE) and I will be your host, hoping to provide daily updates along the way.
Yesterday, our team arrived in Lincoln for some pre-trip training. We did introductions and trip orientation. We also began to break into the ministry teams we'll be in on the trip. One team will focus on renovating a city park, one team will focus on hosting some "street parties" - catchy, high-energy activities that will cause people to stop and pay attention, drawing them in. A third team will focus on children's ministry. We concluded Day 1 with group devotions and prayer.
This morning, we started with group devotions and prayer. After that, we Skyped with the leadership team in Ireland - for some, their first opportunity to experience the Irish accent! The rest of our morning has been spent doing large group dance prep. This afternoon, we'll finalize various dance routines and other ministry prep before doing a final Walmart run for anything the team may have forgotten.
Our schedule tomorrow has us leaving Lincoln at 9am for Kansas City. We we fly out mid-afternoon!
This morning, there were two passages of scriptures that became a focus of our attention in our prayer and devotion time: Isaiah 61:1-4 and 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. I pass those along in case you'd like to be on the "same page" we are!
I know we’re just getting started but there are some specific things you could partner with us in praying for as we begin this incredible journey.
- Pray against fear. There are a lot of fears that can creep in and steal our focus, from traveling and being away from home for the first time, to not knowing exactly what's coming up next. Pray that God would stretch us and that we would remain flexible.
- Pray for our home situations. Many of our team leaves their own version of "The Troubles" back home that become obstacles in their minds, stealing their focus from the task at hand. Pray for parents who are struggling with allowing their kids to temporally leave the nest. Pray also for our leaders who are leaving their spouse and/or children at home.
- Pray for one of our team members whose father passed away on Friday. Pray that as she stays home to be with family that they will experience the peace and comfort that only the Holy Spirit can provide during this difficult time.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
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Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Here are some testimonies from Tuesday night at Youth Camp 1 in Nebraska:
A camper came with his cousins, but wasn’t a Christian. He was very hungry about God the first night but didn’t make a commitment. The dorm leader felt like testifying the next day about it, but didn’t because hadn’t yet accepted Christ. Well on Tuesday night, he was broken and came forward and accepted Christ as His Savior.
A dorm leader had a cabin full of girls that were very close but wouldn’t open up with her at all. After the service, they got to their room and the dorm leader decided to share her testimony with them. It really opened them up and they connected and talked for a long time.
A dorm leader ran into some students that he had the privilege of dorm leading several camp seasons ago. One particular student pulled him aside and talked with him at length about the issues going on in his life, still feeling close the dorm leader he had a few years back.
A dorm leader talked of a student that was very lonely. Last night, our speaker Chet spoke about seeing herself as God’s child. She wrote a sign and showed it to everyone in her room, with a smile on her face,’I AM NOT INVISIBLE’
A youth pastor talked about how he had a great connection with one of his students that had just graduated and was now planning to attend UNL.
A dorm leader asked her students what they wanted to see God do, and they spoke of things that she hadn’t even thought possible. She realized that their faith is even bigger than ours: ‘the faith of a child’
One youth group organized an early morning prayer session with the students from their church. They made a commitment as they prayed to continue staying in a prayerful attitude throughout the day.
Last night, we ended the service was triumphant praise, many of us jumping, screaming, and dancing in freedom. A youth pastor spoke about how many of us still needed to let go and do these things to experience a new freedom in worship as well.