Tuesday, July 31, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Anchor and Braille - ♫ Find Me ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
     Unfortunately, there are no winners from last week's trivia, so the question will carryover to this week, with a $10 payout - Name someone from the Bible that might have been considered as living in a  'swamp'.

3). Ministry of the Day: Team STL - Do you have a creative way to help raise money for Speed the Light? Go to the Team STL Facebook page and share your idea! Every month, we'll be featuring one of your ideas on the homepage of the Team STL website!

4). Link of the Day: Crazy Universe - Check out 11 of the most unusual things about the universe we live in.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you.' - Spanish proverb

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day. It is also the birthday of my sister-in-law Kary Whearty, a distinction she shares with Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Bill Callahan from 1956. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day of the oldest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in 781 AD

Live Lobsters off the coast of Maine, last week

Monday, July 30, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Family Force 5 - ♫ Wobble ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     As I'm working at two camps in New England, I've had the privilege of serving alongside a worker named Dusty. Though the camp is in New Hampshire, he drives down from Maine every week to help out in the sound/video booth for the chapel. He is the one that oversees the presentation of my notes and videos for the students during the messages. He got a call last week that Michelle Obama was coming to NH, and they wanted him to help setup the sound and video for her meeting. Obviously, that was going to pull him away from our camp. I didn't worry too much about it, figuring that we'd find someone else that could help project the materials. But, too my surprise, Dusty showed up last night and was ready to load all of my information onto the computer for the week. I thought that maybe he had changed his plans and would be with us for the camp, but he hadn't. He decided to make the trip down just for the one night, to get the presentations ready, and then headed back late last night to setup for the President's Wife. What a worker, and what commitment!
     We should always be willing to go the Extra Mile when serving God.

3). Ministry of the Day: Live the Word - Check out some great tips on making God's Bible come aline in your life, from the Fire Institute for leaders online.

4). Link of the Day: 40 things in 40 years - The Smithsonian Institute predicted some amazing changes that might take place over the next few decades.

5). Quote of the Day: 'With high hope for the future, no prediction is ventured.' - Abraham Lincoln

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Cheesecake Day. It is also the birthdays of Cory Demmel (youth pastor in Bellevue, NE), Galen Rasmussen (pastor in Geneva, NE), and Jason Carter (Young Adults Pastor in Omaha, NE). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Medicare came into being in 1965.

Best Rock Climbing in the Eastern US, Rumney NH

Friday, July 27, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Elevation Worship - ♫ Give Me Faith ♫

2). Leader Profile: Sarah Heider



POSITION: Children's Pastor with her husband at Grand Island Northridge
HISTORY: Graduated from Southwestern University, from Texas
FAMILY: Married to Phil Heider
HOBBIES: Soccer, Christian Music, Baking

3). Ministry of the Day: How to Pray - Developed through our Fire Institute from our National Youth Office, some practical tips for keeping a consistent prayer life.

4). Link of the Day: Cows,Cows,Cows - A fan favorite video from our Sr. High Camp in New Hampshire this past week

5). Quote of the Day: 'Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials . . . such as the apple that William Tell never shot, the ride that Paul Revere never finished, the flag that Barbara Frietchie never waved.' - Gerald Johnson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Walk on Stilts Day. It is also the birthday of Sarah Heider (above), a distinction she shares with Alexandre Dumas, French Artist, from 1824. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Korean War Veteran's Memorial was dedicated in Washington DC in 1995.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Jesus Culture - ♫ Show Me Your Glory ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
     - Two nights ago, we had a message about freedom and healing. A boy was put on crutches because of a leg injury but God healed him at the altar. I saw the nurses walking out with the crutches in their hands.
     - Last night, we had a message about receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, to be like Jesus. Several students and leaders responded to the altar call and God moved powerfully among us. Many were slain in the Spirit, speaking in tongues, broken with emotion, and all were reaching out to God.

3). Ministry of the Day: 7 Projects - School Assembly programs, sponsored by Brian Korell our Youth Alive Missionary, which involve the students and allow them to reach out and followup with their friends

4). Link of the Day: Top US Boardwalks - A list of the ten most popular boardwalk destinations across our great country.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Women and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are endangered.' - Jean Paul Richter

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Chili Dog Day. It is also the first day of our annual PK retreat for Pastors Kids in Nebraska. It is the birthday of famous American actress Sandra Bullock from 1964. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Post Office was established by the Congress in 1775.

A beautiful scene during one of my bike rides at Sr. High Camp in NH

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Jesus Culture -  ♫ One Thing Remains ♫

2). Leaders Corner: Flexibility
     I am currently speaking at a Sr. High Camp that has two districts which have come together. They usually do their own camps but they tried to work as a team to consolidate efforts, schedules, etc. It's been an incredible experience. Of course, there have been challenges, but overall it's been a great success. Both sides have taken a 'give and take' approach. There are certain things that they've continued to do the same as they had before, and there are other areas where they've stepped back and allowed things to change. Change isn't usually easy, but it can be a great learning experience for leaders and help us grow stronger in our abilities. The key is an open attitude that can step back and learn a new way of doing things without being too possessive of doing things 'the way we've always done them before'.

3). Ministry of the Day: Campus Missionary Coaches - The goal of the coach is to: Make a one year commitment to the student, encourage the student in the five habits of a campus missionary, and guide the student in the process of becoming a follower of Jesus.

4). Link of the Day: Tying Shoes - This process is probably one of the most universal systems in all of our culture. But this is still an area where we can try something new and be creative. Check out some new ways to tie your shoes!

5). Quote of the Day: 'Important principles may and must be flexible.' - Abraham Lincoln

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Merry-Go Round Day. It is also the birthday of Tom Burkholder (pastor in Ord, NE), a distinction he shares with famous football player Walter Payton from 1954. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the electric telegraph was first used in 1837.

Worship at Youth Camp 1 last month in Nebraska

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Jessica Reedy - ♫ Something Out Of Nothing ♫

2). Bible Trivia
     Congratulations to THE VIEW FROM MY PICTURE WINDOW for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. She is now up to $33 in prize earnings - way to go!
     I am speaking at a camp in New England with the theme SWAMP PEOPLE. Can you name someone from the Bible that spent their whole life on or near the water?

3). Ministry of the Day: Fire Institute - Leadership Training Program for students

4). Link of the Day: VTravelled - A blog about great travel destinations updated by actual visitors

5). Quote of the Day: 'Sickness is a sort of early old age; it teaches us a diffidence in our earthly state.' - Alexander Pope (pray for me, I have a bad cold and my throat is raw but I'm speaking every night this week!)

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Drive-Thru Day. It is also the birthday of English Pastor John Newton from 1785. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Lance Armstrong won his seventh consecutive Tour De France in 2005.

Swimming at Arrowhead at Kids Camp last month in Nebraska

Monday, July 23, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Flatfoot 56 - ♫ I Believe It ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     - The difference between kindness and impatience is vast. I was driving along the interstate early in the morning on Saturday. I went to pass a car that was a little slower ahead of me. As I began to pass them a car quickly caught up to me and tailed me. I continued at my pace and when it was safe, I passed back into the right lane. The tailing car behind me sped up past me. The driver inside, though looking quite elderly, honked and looked at me and gave me the finger.
     - Contrast that with a couple that were on a flight I was on recently. People were loading the plane and they were caught trying to put their bags in an open spot in the overhead bins. They couldn't make their way back to their seat. When it was my turn to pass them, I waited and let them through. They were very grateful. Later, I saw an older couple loading the plane and the lady had a difficult time walking without her wheelchair. The couple that I had been kind to stood and gave up their seats to the older couple so they wouldn't have to walk completely to the back of the plane.
     - Which would you rather spread - a nasty impatient attitude, or a kind response?

3). Ministry of the Day: National Young Adults - Check out this ministry provided to single and young adults throughout the US

4). Link of the Day: Burned Calories - Working out is important. Check out how many calories on average certain workout routines burn.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Babies are such a nice way to start people.' - Don Herold

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Gorgeous Grandma Day. It is also the day we recommend you reorder your Sunday School/Discipleship Supplies for the Fall Semester. It is the birthday of Mike Washburn (pastor in Fremont, NE), a distinction he shares with famous Baseball Player Pee Wee Reese from 1918. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered in 1995.

My son Ryan at Middle Camp in Nebraska in June

Friday, July 20, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Remedy Drive - ♫ Better Than Life ♫

2). Leader Profile: Mark Dean



POSITION: DYD of Minnesota
HISTORY: Graduated from North Central University
FAMILY: Married to Barb with two daughters
HOBBIES: Caribou Coffee, Minnesota Vikings, Traveling with Family

3). Ministry of the Day: PK Retreat - Today is the registration deadline to be involved in this campout for the teenage children of pastors in Nebraska next Thursday-Saturday

4). Link of the Day: Rick Dance - Josh Lorimer made this great website where you can make Rick Lorimer, pastor of Christ's Place Church in Lincoln, dance.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.' - Tennessee Williams

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Lollipop Day. It is also the birthdays of Mary Dohmen (youth leader in York, NE), Mitch McGonigle (youth leader in Milford, NE),  Javin Troyer (Jr. High leader in Lincoln, NE), and Chris Murdock (DYD of West Texas). Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Ford Motor Company shipped its' first car in 1903.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Kima Charysse - ♫ Possible ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
     - I've been speaking at a Jr. High Camp in Minnesota this week and some amazing things have been happening. We've had several students make commitments to Christ, and others filled with the Spirit. Last night, a youth pastor came to me and told me that all 5 of the students that he brought were at the altar and filled with the Spirit. Another youth pastor mentioned that four of his students were filled with the Spirit and two others gave their lives to God, one of which had been a professed atheist. A leader testified about a story from last week - her friend was praying for a student to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The student stopped her and told her that she was speaking Russian to her. The leader, of course, didn't know how to speak Russian, but the student did and she could understand every word.

3). Ministry of the Day: Youth Pastor Retreat - Join us in Grand Island August 23-25. This is for the main youth pastor/leader and their family. Tim Moen, DYD of Massachusettes, will be with us. It is also the opening weekend of our State Fair, so we'll have plenty of time to hang out and have fun together.

4). Link of the Day: Disney Map - Check out a map of where different popular Disney characters come from around the world.

5). Quote of the Day: 'The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.' - Benjamin Disraeli

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Get To Know Your Customers Day. It is also the birthday of firearms inventor Samuel Colt from 1814. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Great Fire of Rome burned in 64 AD

A Husker Fan at MN Jr. Teen Camp 2, this week in Alexandria, MN

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Israel Houghton - ♫ Your Presence is Heaven ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     There are four main learning styles that all of us learn best in. The first is AUDITORY, learning through hearing. Most speakers in our churches speak predominantly in this way. Unfortunately, there are those who have come to view this way as sacred, and all other learning styles as unholy. This alienates a large percentage of our mission field from hearing our message. The second is VISUAL, and the highest percentage of people learn best by this method, well over 40%. The third is TACTILE, learning by touch, or by feel. This could be both a physical touch or even an emotional feeling. Think of someone speaking with music playing in the background, and somehow that enhances the message. Finally, we have the KINESTHETIC method, learning in motion. This is for those who learn best not by hearing or reading the instructions, but pulling the machine apart and working with it yourself. Often when I speak, I try to involve all of these methods in some way with my message, so as to bring all of my audience along with me.

3). Ministry of the Day: National Fine Arts - The National Fine Arts Event is coming up the first week of August. See information from previous National Fine Arts at this link.

4). Link of the Day: Star Trek - This show has become a phenomenon in our society. Check out someone's version of the top 10 episodes of this long running television sitcom.

5). Quote of the Day: 'He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.' - Henry David Thoreau

6). Miscellaneous: Today is International Mandela Day. It is also the birthday of Kent Anderson (missionary with Rural Compassion Ministries), a distinction he shares with famous astronaut John Glenn from 1921. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that INTEL was founded in 1968 in California.

My brother Corey praying with students at Youth Camp 2, last month

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

1). Song of the Day:Jimmy Needham - ♫ My Victory ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
      Congratulations to PASTOR TIM for being the correct comment chosen at random as our winner from last week's trivia. Because of doubling up on the prize allotment, he just won $10 to be used toward any NYM piece of merchandise or event. He is now up to $33 in prize earnings - way to go!
      Tonight, I will be speaking a message about worship and UNSTOPPABLE THANKS at Minnesota Jr. High Camp. Can you name a story in the Bible where people 'Thanked' God?

3). Ministry of the Day: Transitions - A powerful resource for helping high school graduates transition into college and stay strong in their faith

4). Link of the Day: Free Game Downloads - Here's 100 of the top games online you can download for free (stay strong for God!)

5). Quote of the Day: 'A Christian could even give thanks for Hell, because Hell was a threat and a warning to keep him in the right way.' - Anonymous

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Yellow Pig Day. It is also the birthday of Tim Boatright (pastor in Hebron, NE), a distinction he shares with Kim Whitlock, the wife of our National Discipleship Director and former DYD Rod. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa were executed for being Christians. This is the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world, in 180 AD

Hanging in our Popstand at Youth Camp 1, last month

Monday, July 16, 2012

1). Song of the Day:Building 429 - ♫ Where I belong ♫

2). Blog Entry: Life Lessons
     - Last week, my son Eric and I went to Family Fest for the free Pastors Day on Wednesday, out at Lake Arrowhead near Lexington, Nebraska. We decided to go fishing, though neither of us are accomplished fishermen. We loaded up the gear, went in a canoe to the far side of the lake, and gave it a go. Eric threw out his first line, and believe it or not, he caught a fish immediately. I thought that maybe it would be easy, especially if Eric could do it, so I tried it as well. A fish latched onto my line and began to pull at it. I tried to reel it in, but it was fighting big time. I gave it one final big tug, and the line came flying up at me quickly as the fish got away, with the bait and hook in tow. I didn't catch it, but it was fun telling everyone about our adventure. Don't be afraid to try new things, even if you may not be that good at them. The adventure will be worth the memory.

3). Ministry of the Day: PK Retreat - Join other teenagers from pastors families as they came near Valentine and tube down the Niobrara River. Deadline for registering is this Friday, July 20th

4). Link of the Day: That Gravity Game - A quick puzzle game that messes with gravity, try not to die!

5). Quote of the Day: 'Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.' - Robert Frost

6). Miscellaneous: Today is Global Hug Your Kid day. It is also the birthday of Loren Sandoz (youth leader in Taylor, NE), a distinction he shares with actor Will Ferrell from 1967. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Joe DiMaggio set the all time hitting streak record of hitting safely in 56 games, in 1941.

My kids and their cousins at an Omaha Stormchasers game July 3rd

Friday, July 13, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Phillips, Craig & Dean - ♫ Great I Am ♫

2). Leader Profile: Lou Adney



POSITION: Certified Minister, Youth Camp Grandpa
HISTORY: From Hastings, Worked at US Meat Research Center
FAMILY: Married to Colette
HOBBIES: Christian Music, Praying, The Amazing Race

3). Ministry of the Day: Alive in Christ - This simple booklets are perfect to hand out to new Christians and young people just beginning a relationship with Christ

4). Link of the Day: Kongregate - Play games with other gamers free online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Faith is an attitude of the person. It means you are prepared to stake yourself on something being so.' - Arthur M. Ramsey

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National French Fries Day. It is also the birthday of famous English actor Patrick Stewart, from 1940. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Hollywood sign was dedicated in California in 1923.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Travis Greene -  ♫ Living Water ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
     Several of my DYD associates are at camps and missions trips during this part of the summer. The Kansas DYD is in Central America, and he reported several salvations and his daughter helped him preach with her merit award final sermon from Fine Arts.
     My Superintendent has a son that is married to a lady from Europe. She has tried unsuccessfully for two years to obtain a green card to visit the United States. Finally, this morning, she got the email saying she was approved.
     I went on a bike ride at Family Fest with Luke Storer, pastor in Mullen, NE. He is the lifeguard at their local pool. It's a way for him to get out in the community and minister among the people he's called to. I also spoke to Brian Steinbach, pastor in Holdrege. They just finished their first fireworks stand, and though it didn't profit a huge amount, he also did it as a ministry in the community, putting a small card in each purchased sack, saying thanks for our church.

3) Ministry of the Day: National Youth Convention - In Louisville, KY and in conjunction with National Fine Arts, August 6-10th.

4). Link of the Day: Web Sudoku - Thousands of challenging puzzles free and online

5). Quote of the Day: 'Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.' - Bernard Baruch

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Simplicity Day. It is also the birthday of Jeanne Mayo (famous American minister to students), a distinction she shares with Bill Cosby from 1937. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the Medal of Honor was first authorized by the US Congress in 1862.

Brian and Ethan helped some kids canoe at Kids Camp last month

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Matthew West - ♫ Forgiveness ♫

2). Blog Entry: 4 Thoughts on Worship Leading
     1. Worship isn't about you. Focus on glorifying God, and helping us join in. Picking songs/styles that only you enjoy will decrease your overall effectiveness.
     2. Practice your skill. Just as in other areas of leadership, there's always room to grow. Practice, take lessons, learn from a mentor, challenge yourself, become the best you can be.
     3. Take it seriously. It's a ministry to God. Prepare in prayer, don't just throw it together. Be on the same page with your speaker/pastor. Analyze it when finished
     4. Be your own worship leader. You shouldn't lead others if you can't lead yourself. Great worship on stage flows from passionate worship at home

3). Ministry of the Day: Chi Alpha Summer Blast - An opportunity for college students of UNK to hang out at the lake. Especially for incoming freshman!

4). Link of the Day: Type Rings - Custom engraving rings online

5). Quote of the Day: 'The most delightful advantage of being bald - one can hear snowflakes.' - R. G. Daniels

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Slurpee Day. It is also the birthday of President John Quincy Adams from 1767. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Babe Ruth made his debut in baseball in 1914.

Strong Student at Middle Camp last month

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Citizen Way - ♫ Should've Been Me ♫

2). Blog Entry: Bible Trivia
     Unfortunately, we don't have a winner from last week's trivia, so the question carry's over to this week with a $10 payout - What famous battle in the Old Testament saw God's people march around a city several times?

3). Ministry of the Day: Campus Missionaries - Help students connect with other missionaries to their campuses, on Facebook.

4). Link of the Day: Home Recording Studio - Learn how to setup your own recording studio at home in an inexpensive way

5). Quote of the Day: 'Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.' - Thomas la Mance

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Don't Step on a Bee Day. It is also the birthday of Byron Riddle (associate pastor in Papillion, NE), a distinction he shares with Troy Vandament (pastor in Papillion, NE) and John Calvin, religious reformer from 1509. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that World News Tonight premiered on ABC in 1978.

David Cramer and Ryan Conner at Youth Camp 2 last month

Monday, July 9, 2012

1). Song of the Day: Building 429 - ♫ Right Beside You ♫

2). Blog Entry: Wrong Text
     Before camps, I went to an INCITE Chi Alpha Leaders Retreat for the North Central Region college ministries, in Rochester, MN. I went up a day early to meet with the statewide leaders before the actual retreat began. I was told to meet in a certain conference room, but when I arrived there, it was mostly empty. Only the guest speaker was there, and he told me that he was redirected to send me to room 534. I found this hotel room and knocked on the door, only to have some strangers open it up. I didn't recognize them so I apologized and walked away. I noticed my phone vibrate, and I had received a text from our regional leader, informing me to go to room 254 instead. Apparently, the guest speaker had mixed the numbers up from the original message.
      When you're given a message to deliver, make sure you get it right, or else the message loses it's value.

3). Ministry of the Day: Prayer Zone Partners - Help recruit adults and leaders in your church to regularly pray for your students and their schools this upcoming school year

4). Link of the Day: God is Big Enough - The is a song that our guest speakers, Scott and Sarah Berkey, used in worship at Middle and Kids Camp

5). Quote of the Day: 'He who labors diligently need never despair, for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.' - Menander

6). Miscellaneous: Today is International  Town Criers Day. It is also the birthday of  Jennifer Cattnach (youth leader in Chadron, NE), a distinction she shares with OJ Simpson from 1947. Finally, it is the anniversary Karen and Raymond Libby (pastors in West Point, NE), a distinction they share with the day that George Washington ordered the Declaration of Independence to be read out loud to members of the Continental Army in New York for the first time in 1776.

Praying at the Altars at Youth Camp 1 last month

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ireland'12 AIM Update: Day 14

Update #1: We made it to Dublin, after a three hour bus ride, and are checking in now!

Update #2: We just landed in Chicago!  All is well!

Update #3: Just landed in Kansas City! Now, to navigate baggage claim and catch our bus back to Lincoln!

Ireland'12 AIM Update: Day 13

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: There is an urgent matter our team is currently dealing with that requires immediate prayer.  Unfortunately, no details are available at this time.  Thanks for your prayers!  UPDATE: Situation resolved!  Praise the Lord!  All is well!

We had an amazing morning worshiping with Cornerstone City Church!  Pastor Brian challenged us to "bust a move" and "dance a new dance".  God sings over us (Zeph. 3:17).  Will we dance to that song?  World changers dance to a different tune.  Dancing is contagious.  It just takes one person to get a party started.

After church, we headed off to the north coast for the afternoon.  While it was quite chilly, a good time was had by all.  After saying our goodbyes to the locals, all have retired to their rooms for the "night".  Tomorrow comes early; we start our travels back home at 3:30am!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Ireland'12 AIM Update: Day 12

Late start today - praise the Lord!  Up at 11am (after getting to bed at 4am this morning...) and off to the Peace Bridge for One City Prayer.  To recap, the idea behind this was to span the Peace Bridge, hand-in-hand, bank-to-bank, 235 feet, connecting the Waterside (Protestant) and Cityside (Catholic) of Derry in a way that has never been done before.  It was an amazing experience, in spite of the rain!  Afterwards, we had a little bit of free time before heading over to the Fountain neighborhood for the official opening of the new playground!  This evening, we went out to Barrontop Fun Farm for a BBQ, then came back to the Halls of Residence for our team debrief and to begin packing...

Tomorrow, we'll do church with Cornerstone City Church, then head out to the north coast to visit Giant's Causway and/or the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.  We'll grab dinner in Portrush before heading back to the Halls for a very short night - we depart Monday morning at 3:30am.

Here are a few photo highlights from today:












Ireland'12 AIM Update:Day 11

Kids Week has come to an end.  All-in-all, we ministered to about 860 kids or so!  What an amazing opportunity!  Tonight, we held the final football (soccer) tournament against two prominent teams, each from different sides of the city.  What a momentous occasion!   These teams would never have play each other otherwise, and their parents could have even fought against each other just 10 years ago!  We concluded the night with Street Pastors, just as we did last Friday night.  Many good conversations and opportunities to pray with people on the streets of Derry.  The next couple of days should be quite a bit lighter than we've become accustomed to.  Tomorrow, Saturday, our big event is "One City Prayer", where we hope 200+ people will link hands and bridge the gap between both sides of the city, in prayer, across the peace bridge.  Here are a few photo highlights from today:






Friday, July 6, 2012

1. Song of the Day: Write this Down - ♫ Crash and Burn ♫

2. Leader Profile: Jerry Gill


POSITION: Senior Pastor of Friend Christian Assembly
HISTORY: Originally from the Northwest part of the United States
FAMILY: Married to Ethel, with several awesome children
HOBBIES: Traveling, Music, Being with Family, Making Pizzas at Camp

3). Ministry of the Day: Family Fest - Next week, join us any or every day, Thursday-Sunday, at our campgrounds for our annual Family Fest Celebration.

4). Link of the Day: Background Checks - It's important to make sure we provide quality safe ministry for our kids. Background Checks should be mandatory with all volunteers working with young people in your church/ministry.

5). Quote of the Day: 'My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.' - Adlai Stevenson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Fried Chicken Day. It is also the birthday of my sister-in-law Tina Moen (DYD's wife in Massachusettes), a distinction she shares with President George W. Bush, from 1946. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that the dollar was chosen as the monetary unit in the US in 1785.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ireland'12 AIM Update: Day 10

Nothing new.  All is well.  Here are some pics.  Short.  Sweet.  To-the-point!






1). Song of the Day: Rhett Walker Band - ♫ When Mercy Found Me ♫

2). Blog Entry: Testimonies
     - We had a couple of buses that were given to us last year, in Nebraska Youth Ministries. We use one of them at our campgrounds, but the other hasn't had much use so we wanted to sell it. We had tried unsuccessfully. At camp last month, a youth pastor from North Central Nebraska asked about the bus and mentioned that he wished he had one for his church. A fellow camp staff member sitting nearby was touched in that moment, and decided to purchase the bus for this church, for $1,000.

3). Ministry of the Day: Missions Bike Ride - Join us as we ride over 500 miles from Chadron to NE City to raise money for STL and BGMC

4). Link of the Day: AG Colleges and Universities - Check out all of our Assembly of God institutions for higher learning in the US.

5). Quote of the Day: 'Be not hot in prayer and cold in praise.' - Anonymous

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Bikini Day. It is also the birthday of Adrienne Schwarz (Children's Pastor in Sidney, NE), a distinction she shares with PT Barnum, famous circus owner, from 1810. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon Singles Final, in tennis.

Josh Williams, Crete Youth Pastor, helping boys in a paddleboat at Kids Camp

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ireland'12 AIM Update: Day 9

Kids Week started today!  Same routine: morning devotions, community programs, Kids Week instructions and off we went!  We had just over 300 kids attend today!  That's a good start, but only about half of where we'd like to be by the end of the week.  The theme for Kids Week is "Super Strong God" and consisted of drama, games, worship songs, and teaching.  It went well, for the fist day!

The playground construction project is on track to be completed tomorrow (Thursday) with finishing touches being made on Friday.

This evening, the team participated in an "Irish Culture Night", consisting of traditional Irish dances, games and fun activities.

Due to strict rules regarding taking children's photographs here, I'm unable to post any good pictures of Kids Week, per se, but here are a few photo highlights from today:








1). Song of the Day: Kutless - ♫ Even If ♫

2). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner
     - Here's a synopsis of 8 Christian principles for dating, for girls:
     1. Repeat after me: You are loved
     2. You are less beautiful than you think and more beautiful than you believe
     3. Consider what controls you
     4. Address your daddy issues
     5. Charm and beauty are not a good dating plan
     6. Realize that you are already submitting - or are you?
     7. Dress to kill...
     8. Guard your heart

3). Ministry of the Day: Youth Pastors Retreat - Join other youth leaders in Grand Island for fun and fellowship Thursday - Saturday, August 23-25

4). Link of the Day: Gipis - Get your personal step-by-step plan that automatically adapts to your goals and fitness level

5). Quote of the Day: 'Freedom is knowing who you really are.' - Linda Thomson

6). Miscellaneous: Today is National Indivisible Day. It is also the birthday of President Calvin Coolidge from 1872. Finally, it is the anniversary of the day that Providence, Rhode Island was founded in 1636.

Camp Director Dave Busch, organizing his thoughts at Middle Camp

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ireland'12 AIM Update: Day 8

Today was very similar to yesterday, with a few exceptions.  Still a lot of flyering, although we seem to be accomplishing more in less time...must be all the "practice".  The Kids Week team continued to practice for the big day tomorrow.  We also did about six more community programs/block parties.  In case you haven't been with us from the beginning, those consist of music, line dancing, games, face painting, balloon animals, a bounce house and a whole lot of fun.  We setup right in the middle of a neighborhood for about an hour and attract as many kids as possible to promote Kids Week.  One team also did on street prayer.

PRAISE REPORT: Yesterday, I requested urgent prayer for Ryan, one of our bus driver's son, who was admitted to the hospital with sever head pain and sickness.  They did a CT scan and a spinal tap and were unable to determine what was wrong.  Our team prayed for him yesterday and then again this morning.  He was released from the hospital at 1pm this afternoon; healed!  Praise the Lord!

Later this afternoon, we did a run down of Kids Week roles and did a bit more flyering this evening.

Tomorrow: KIDS WEEK, community programs and promo, on street prayer, community programs, and an Irish culture night.  Here are a few photo highlights from today: