Friday, July 31, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day
It is also the birthday of Bill Callahan, American football coach and former coach of the Huskers, from 1956.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the oldest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji occurred in 781.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Kevin Ashbee



POSITION: Children's Pastor at Flatland Church in Omaha
HISTORY: Originally from Delaware
FAMILY: Married to Stephanie

2). Ministry of the Day: The Crossing - Our Assemblies of God campground, open for business until November, in Lexington, NE

3). Song of the Day: Hawk Nelson - Drops in the Ocean

4). Quote of the Day: 'A good sermon is essentially a corporate meditation on a specific scripture or verse. Meditation is a process of converting truth into spiritual fuel.' Peter Haas, Pharisectomy

5). Movie of the Day: Ways to Ruin School Photos

6). Link of the Day: Readability - An app for comfortable reading

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Cheesecake Day
It is also the birthday of Cory Demmel (associate pastor in Bellevue, NE), Galen Rasmussen (lead pastor in Geneva, NE), and Jason Carter (Youth Pastor in Omaha, NE), a distinction they all share with Henry Ford, American businessman from 1863.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot in Michigan, never to be seen again, in 1975

1). Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 7: Notes on God's Character

2). Ministry of the Day: Church and Culture - Blog, Headline News, and Featured Resources

3). Song of the Day: Kristian Stanfill - Even So Come

4). Quote of the Day: 'Never let a passion to serve eclipse a commitment to personal spiritual disciplines.' - Cally Parkinson, Move

5). Movie of the Day: Invisible Bike Helmet


Gaga Ball, from Summer Camps

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Chicken Wing Day
It is also the birthday of Benito Mussolini, Italian politician and dictator of Italy from 1883.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the International Atomic Energy Agency was established in 1957.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Starting a Campus Club
     Now that the school year is rapidly approaching, consider challenging your students to start their own Bible club on their local school campus. Here's some steps for getting one started from Kyle Embry, our Eastern Convention speaker last year and the author of Hidden in Plain Sight:

Steps to starting a club on campus
1. Find a teacher willing to let you use their classroom.
2. Meet with the principal to ask permission. Have specific details ready. Youth pastors should be willing to go to if need be.
3. Find another student to partner with.
4. Follow a monthly plan: week 1 - watch a video (I am Second), week 2 - youth pastor speaks, week 3 - student leader speaks, week 4 - special service Project or fun activity
5. Assign a young adult leader to work with the team and attend their meetings
Take attendance at each meeting

2). Ministry of the Day: Youth Alive - Check out the National program for developing an outreach on your local school campus

3). Song of the Day: Carrie Underwood - Something in the Water

4). Quote of the Day: 'Millenials are arguably the busiest people in the US. Personal life trumps work.' - Jolene Cassellius Erlacher, Millenials in Ministry

5). Movie of the Day: Walk-On Scholarship Awarded

6). Link of the Day: Duolingo - Learn a new language for free

Funny Camp Dorm Room Photos - High School Camp - June 2015


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Milk Chocolate Day
It is also the birthday of Vali McDaniel (Youth Leader in Dalton, NE) and Josh Cramer (Youth Pastor in Lincoln, NE), a distinction they share with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 37th First Lady of the United States, from 1929.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Justin and Crystal Day (Youth Leaders in McCook, NE), a distinction they share with the day that the city of Miami, Florida was incorporated in 1896.

1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption



2). Ministry of the Day: Chi Alpha - With several recent graduates heading off to college soon, it's important that they find a strong Christian group to connect with on their local campus. Check out our Chi Alpha ministries at schools throughout the state and region.

3). Song of the Day: For King and Country - Shoulders

4). Quote of the Day: 'The jump between backpack and briefcase is huge.' - Tim Elmore, iY Generation

5). Movie of the Day: Terrifying Synchronized Swimming

6). Link of the Day: AHH - Games from Coke


Monday, July 27, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Walk on Stilts Day
It is also the birthday of Glenda Snell (Youth Leader in Lincoln, NE) and Sarah Heider (Children's Pastor's Wife in Grand Island, NE), a distinction she shares with Alexandre Dumas, French author and playwright from 1824.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when insulin was discovered to regulate blood sugar at the University of Toronto in 1921.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons 
     Bellevue Christian Center is beginning their annual camp today, the WEEKLONG, and they are hosting it at our campgrounds, The Crossing, in Lexington, NE. Years ago, when I was a youth pastor at BCC, I was very involved in the weeklongs and had many life changing experiences as a part of them. Now, as the overseer for our campgrounds, I found myself being able to have a connection to the Weeklong's once again. Years ago, as a student at those camps, I never would have imagined that I'd be able to help provide a location for one in the future. LIFE LESSON - God uses our experiences in powerful ways to prepare us for what lies ahead in our lives. Don't overlook the moment, and what God may be trying to accomplish with us.

2). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska AIM - Today is also the first day of our 2nd AIM trip in 2015, a week partnering with the Kansas District with ministry in Wichita. 

3). Song of the Day: Third Day - Soul on Fire

4). Quote of the Day: 'A person who is driven can work so hard chasing his vision that he leaves a trail of ruined relationships behind because people feel used.' - Brian Dollar, I Blew It

5). Movie of the Day: Dangerous TV Reporting

6). Link of the Day: Velium - Simple Reading List

Dropping off Clothes Donations from STL Toss Boxes,
at our Trailer at ALCC in GI

Friday, July 24, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Drive-Thru Day
It is also the birthday of Kerry Callaway (Pastor's Wife in Gering, NE), a distinction she shares with Alexandre Dumas, French writer from 1802.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Lance Armstrong won his seventh consecutive Tour de France in 2005.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Tom Burkholder (Bday on Saturday)



POSITION: Lead Pastor in Ord, NE
HISTORY: Graduate from Central Bible College
FAMILY: Married to Lora with a boy

2). Ministry of the Day: Instafeed - Instagram Slideshows for virtually any event

3). Song of the Day: Hillsong United - Touch the Sky

4). Quote of the Day: 'Our common impressions of God may be very different from the God the Bible actually portrays.' - Phillip Yance, Disappointment with God

5). Movie of the Day: Extreme Mountain Biking

6). Link of the Day: Etresoft - Display important details of your system information

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Gorgeous Grandma Day
It is also the birthday of Mike Washburn (Pastor in Fremont, NE), a distinction he shares with 1918 – Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player from 1918.
Finally, it is Mark and April Hoffman's Anniversary (Youth Pastor in Cozad, NE) as well as John and Kerri Fransisco (District Staff Members in Lexington, NE), a distinction they share with the day when the Province of Canada was created by the Act of Union in 1840.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Timothy 1: Notes on Leadership

2). Ministry of the Day: Core Groups - Quarterly Small Groups of Minister Get togethers for youth and children's leaders in Nebraska

3). Song of the Day: MercyMe - Flawless

4). Quote of the Day: 'When the kids feel His presence, circus lights fade.' - Dick Gruber, Cultivating a Cutting Edge Children's Church

5). Movie of the Day: Dancing on Crutches

6). Link of the Day: Remind - Reach Students and Parents where they are

PK's roasting Marshmallows at the Pastor's Appreciation Day at the Camp earlier this week

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Rat Catcher's Day
It is also the birthday of Brett Harrison (Youth Pastor in Chadron, NE), a distinction he shares with 1923 – Bob Dole, American attorney and politician from 1923.
Finally, it is the anniversary of Angie and Barry Emerson (Camp Steward in Lexington, NE) and Matt and Michelle Casey (Youth Leaders in York, NE), a distinction they share with the day that the first ever motor race was held in France in 1894.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Helping Unbelievers Serve in Church
     Each of our churches should be reaching out to new people in our communities. We should be inviting them to join our services and our congregations, becoming new members. Our people should be inviting their neighbors and co-workers to join in to the Body of Christ. Each of our services should have at least one person in the seats that doesn't yet know Jesus and could be labeled an unbeliever. In fact, it could be the same person week after week, with the Holy Spirit slowly working on their heart and leading them to repentance. As with any group, one of the ways to keep them coming back for more is if they become involved and participating in some way in the church. Here's a list of appropriate serving opportunities in a church for unbelievers (according to Andy Stanley from the book Deep and Wide):

- guest services
- service projects
- audio/visual engineer
- music bands
- creating and building sets
- editing and producing videos
- acting in drams

2). Ministry of the Day: Risk Management Video Library, Assemblies of God

3). Song of the Day: Hillsong United - Oceans

4). Quote of the Day: 'We don't see what we don't want to see. We don't hear what we don't want to hear. We don't speak what we don't want to speak.' - Rob Ketterling, Change Before You Have To

5). Movie of the Day: Monkey Attack

6). Link of the Day: Lyft - A Ride whenever You need One

Jumping into the Dismal River off the Bridge on the PK Retreat earlier this week

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Ice Cream Day
It is also the birthday of Lance Loven (Pastor in York, NE), a distinction  he shares with Ernest Hemingway, American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from 1899.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when NASA's Space Shuttle program ended with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135 in 2011.

1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption



2). Ministry of the Day: Pastor's Appreciation Day - Come and enjoy a free day at our camp for all of our NE Assemblies of God Ministers and their families, today - starting at 1pm.

3). Song of the Day: Francesca Battistelli - Holy Spirit

4). Quote of the Day: 'Humanity at night had become the sea. Even a few hours in darkness caused major alarm.' - Jane Brox, Brilliance

5). Movie of the Day: Shaving Cream Head - Cheese Ball Toss: Blitz Game at Kids Camp 2, 2015

6). Link of the Day: Fedora - Start an online school

Monday, July 20, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Lollipop Day
It is also the birthday of Alexander the Great, Macedonian king from 356 BC
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Ford Motor Company shipped it's first car in 1903.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Trust God
     My wife and I were reminiscing about our finances the other day. Two years ago we were languished in a tough home situation that had to be repaired before we could move on and it was going to cost us almost $30,000. We didn't have a ton of money to work with and needed a miracle. At the same time, things were changing with my job and there were some new policies put in place that would cost us a bit more money from home. Though uncomfortable, we felt God telling us to trust Him and obey so we did. After two years, God has set us free from the home situation and put us in our favorite home since we've been married, and he's blessed us so that we haven't had any problems keeping up with our personal finances. LIFE LESSON - God is in control. Do we had asks you to do and trust Him!

2). Ministry of the Day: The Crossing Campgrounds - This is our Facebook page for our campgrounds, available for rental and usage, in Lexington, NE

3). Song of the Day: Needtobreathe - Brother

4). Quote of the Day: 'Whenever we stand up for Christ we can be sure of two things: opposition and glory.' - Pastor Choco, Amazing Faith

5). Movie of the Day: Kids Camp 2 - Mid Day Blitz

6). Link of the Day: Cha Cha - Questions and Answers

Nebraska Pastor's Kids at PK Retreat in Lex last night


Friday, July 17, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Yellow Pig Day
It is also the birthday of Tim Boatright (Pastor in Falls City, NE), a distinction he shares with Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television host from 1912.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Disneyland was dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California in 1955.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Lance Loven (birthday next Tuesday)



POSITION: Lead Pastor in York, NE
HISTORY: Former Chi Alpha Director for NE
FAMILY: Married to Angela with 4 Kids

2). Ministry of the Day: Interrobang - Preaching Resources from my associate, the DYD of North Carolina

3). Song of the Day: Owl City - My Everything

4). Quote of the Day: 'Every great organization has a few areas where their standards are so high it's annoying.' - Brad Lomenick, The Catalyst Leader

5). Movie of the Day: The Deer Wakes Up

6). Link of the Day: 52 Jobs in 52 Weeks

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Global Hug Your Kid Day
It is also the birthday of Loran Sandoz (Royal Ranger Commander in Taylor, NE), a distinction he shares with Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen from 1872.
Finally, it is Drew and Morgan Milliken's Anniversary (Youth Pastor's in Omaha, NE), a distinction thy share with the day that the destruction of the 2nd Jewish temple in Jerusalem occurred in 70 AD.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 1: Notes on Attitude

2). Ministry of the Day: Color Run Powder - Many people enjoy this model for a running fundraiser. Here's a website where you can order the powder.

3). Song of the Day: Jeremy Camp - Same Power

4). Quote of the Day: 'Too many churches are looking for a dynamic, top-notch, committed, magnetic, relational, creative, organized, theologically informed, 22 year old who can present powerful life-changing messages and will gratefully work for $23,000 a year’ - Mark DeVries, Sustainable Youth Ministries

5). Movie of the Day: Fighting Priests

6). Link of the Day: Study Blue - Online Flashcards

Adam and Brian, running the controls for services at High School Camp, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is Gummi Worm Day
It is also the birthday of the Dutch painter Rembrandt from 1606.
Finally, it is John Wedige's Anniversary (Children's Leader in Grand Island, NE), a distinction they share with the day that the Nintendo Entertainment System, the best-selling game console of its time, was released in Japan in 1983.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - LEADERSHIP
     One of the great things I get to do is work with leaders all across the Midwest. As much as I enjoy ministry with students, the leaders are the gatekeepers that can make or break an enduring ministry. One of the prayers that I pray for our churches is that each one would raise up leaders as an inheritance. Mark Batterson, in his book The CircleMaker, outlines some great characteristics of leaders:

LEADERSHIP - L istening E ncouragement A uthenticity D aring E xpectancy R espect S ervice H ope I nspiration P erseverance

2). Ministry of the Day: Nebraska Core Groups - Check out the remaining opportunities to connect with other leaders from across your local area for training and support.

3). Song of the Day: Lincoln Brewster - There is Power

4). Quote of the Day: 'Our students are much more likely to remember what we've said while we're walking beside them than while we're standing in front of them.' - Doug Fields, Speaking to Teenagers

5). Movie of the Day: Pizza Bagels

6). Link of the Day: Common Core Formative Assessment - Snapshot for Schools

AIM Director Pastor Bruce, at High School Camp in June

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today begins 'Everyone Deserves a Massage' week
It is also the birthday of Phil Heider (Children's Pastor in Grand Island, NE), a distinction he shares with actor Matthew Fox from 1966.
It is also the anniversary of Herbie Thompson's Anniversary (Young Adult Pastor in Bellevue, NE), a distinction he shares with the day when the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille during the French Revolution in 1789.

1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - click on the pic below to submit a caption



2). Ministry of the Day: Royal Family Kids Camp Podcast, by Scott Murrish

3). Song of the Day: NF - I'll Keep On

4). Quote of the Day: 'Where we fail as earthy parents, I believe our Heavenly Father can succeed.' - Mark Batterson, Praying Circles Around your Children

5). Movie of the Day: Panda Face Plant

6). Link of the Day: Volunteer Nebraska


Monday, July 13, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National French Fries Day
It is also the birthday of Brooke Schneckloth (Youth Pastor's Wife in Grand Island, NE and my sister-in-law), a distinction she shares with Jack Kemp, American football player and politician from 1935.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Hollywood Sign was officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles, California in 1923.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - God's Presence
     This past weekend I had the chance to visit a new church startup in Lincoln, Project 21. Having just left the month of June, I was used to being in large group environments with all the effects of a large auditorium in worship, experiencing the powerful presence of God. As I was driving to Lincoln by myself in the morning, I was worshipping God on my own and once again I felt that same wonderful presence; I knew that God was with me. Being a recent church plant, the congregation wasn't large and they didn't have any musicians, but we still sang our worship to God, and once again, in that moment I felt God's Presence alive in that place. LIFE LESSON - God's Presence isn't ushered in by large crowds, special effects, and any instrument of our creation. God is with us when we truly draw near to Him, regardless of the circumstances.

2). Ministry of the Day: Something Amazing - Video website with the Gospel presentation

3). Song of the Day: Crowder - Lift Your Hear Weary Sinner

4). Quote of the Day: 'The job description of a disciple maker is the same as that of a disciple of Jesus Christ. It requires everything.' - Francis Chan, Multiply

5). Movie of the Day: Earth Time Lapse

6). Link of the Day: See the Glory Astrophotography

Service with Project 21 yesterday in Lincoln

Friday, July 10, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is National Don't Step on a Bee Day
It is also the birthday of Troy Vandament (Pastor in Papillion, NE), a distinction he shares with John Calvin, French theologian and pastor from 1509.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations in Miami, Florida in 1992.

1). Blog Entry: Leader Profile - Brooke Schneckloth (bday on Monday!)



POSITION: Youth Pastor's Wife in Grand Island, NE
HISTORY: Studied Radiology at UNMC
FAMILY: Married to Corey with a baby on the way

2). Ministry of the Day: AIM - Ambassadors in Missions (Our Ireland team is in Derry today, and our Wichita team mobilizes at the end of the month)

3). Song of the Day: Owl City - Unbelievable

4). Quote of the Day: 'The great lie many of us believe is that we can accomplish whatever we wish on our own.' -Kyle Embry, Hidden in Plain Sight

5). Movie of the Day: Hudson - Against the Grain

6). Link of the Day: Google Science Fair

Thursday, July 9, 2015

NYM Daily Post

Today is the First Day of Comic Con International
It is also the birthday of Donald Rumsfeld, the 13th United States Secretary of Defense, from 1932.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when George Washington ordered the Declaration of Independence to be read out loud to members of the Continental Army in New York, New York, for the first time in 1776.

1). Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 7: Notes on Family

2). Ministry of the Day: NE STL Projects for 2015

3). Song of the Day: Michael W. Smith - Sky Spills Over

4). Quote of the Day: 'We believe the church is most appealing when the message of grace is most apparent.' - Andy Stanley, Deep and Wide

5). Movie of the Day: Drivelapse USA

6). Link of the Day: Everyday - Capture Life (iPhone)

Morning Devotion Groups at High School Camp, June 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

UPDATE FROM AIM TEAM IN IRELAND...

Well we have made it half way through our working week here in Derry. We have been encouraging the kids to continue to post their pictures to the NE AIM 2015 page on Facebook for you all to see as well as use #greenthunder when posting online. As mentioned previously, anyone on Kid's Week teams will not be able to post pictures of them interacting with children but I assure you they are working hard and doing an amazing job with the schools they are in. Our NE members on the prayer team report back every evening that they are able to see some amazing things happening as they go out into the city and volunteer to pray with people as they walk by. Their impact on these people's lives is often immediately evident with many of them verbally committing to coming to church on Sunday. Our construction team has been working on multiple projects in the area surrounding the new church location. These have included cleaning streets, parking lots, painting and re-building signs of businesses as well as talking with anyone who asks "what's you's doin?" as they walk by.

Evenings have been used for either recreational time and or bonding time. Monday we had 100+ people at the local Starbucks for some relaxed hang out time with Tuesday evening being the exact opposite. The locals orchestrated a dodge ball tournament amongst all of the American missionary teams as well as fielding 3 teams of Derry people. For many of the locals never having played dodgeball before last night, one of the Derry teams took second with one of our three teams placing third, but under lots of international controversy.

Tonight (Wednesday) evening we had some NE team time which we chose to go out and sight see a bit. Most of the team went to visit a fort/castle which dates back to 1700BC (Grianan of Aileach-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grianan_of_Aileach) followed by a trip to a local beach while others took a guided tour of the original and only complete city walls in Ireland which date back to the 1600's. 

As our trip continues we greatly appreciate your continued prayer for not only the work we are doing and the people we are doing it for, but for everyone on the team. Thank you for all of your continued support. Please make sure to check out the Facebook page for the most up to date info!

NYM Daily Post

Today is International Town Crier's Day
It is also the birthday of Stephanie Wedige (Children's Leader in Grand Island, NE), a distinction she shares with John D. Rockefeller, American businessman from 1839.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program in 2011.

1). Blog Entry: Leaders Corner - Why Values are important
     One of the important parts of the identity of our various ministries are the values that we hold dear. These are the non-negotiables that will drive all of our decisions and guide us in our journey. Here's some reasons why establishing your core values is so important (from the book Advanced Strategic Planning, by Aubrey Malphurs):

1. They determine ministry distinctives.
2. They dictate personal involvement.
3. They communicate what is important
4. They embrace good change.
5. They influence overall behavior.
6. They inspire people to action.
7. They enhance credible leadership.
8. They contribute to ministry success.
9. They determine mission and vision.

2). Ministry of the Day: Missions Bike Rides - Join us as we ride bikes over several miles to raise funds for missions through STL and BGMC.

3). Song of the Day: Finding Favour - Cast My Cares

4). Quote of the Day: 'Well developed faith results in well defined prayers. And we'll defined prayers result in a well lived life.' - Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker

5). Movie of the Day: Kirk Spain's STL Vehicle Project in South Africa

6). Link of the Day: Miki Mottes - Illustrator, Animator, and Designer

Moving Mattresses above the gym for leaders at High School Camp

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NYM Update

Today is National Chocolate Day
It is also the birthday of Kevin Roach (Pastor in South Sioux City, NE) a distinction he shares with Satchel Paige, American baseball player from 1906.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the United States began its first military draft, with exemptions costing $300, in 1863.

1). Blog Entry: Caption Contest - Click on the pic below to submit a caption



2). Ministry of the Day: The Crossing Campgrounds - Check out this article in the local Lexington, NE paper about our youth and kids camps last month in Nebraska.

3). Song of the Day: Josh Wilson - That was Then, This is Now

4). Quote of the Day: 'Don't accumulate possessions accumulate experiences.' - Mark Batterson, All In

5). Movie of the Day: Great Basketball Celebration

6). Link of the Day: Tomorrow - Record Messages for yourself in the Future

Monday, July 6, 2015

NYM Update

Today is National Fried Chicken Day
It is also the birthday of Mitzi Marincell (Youth Leader from Beatrice, NE), a distinction she shares with Pro wrestling icon Vince McMahon from 1914.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Richard "the Lionheart" acceded to the English throne in 1189.

1). Blog Entry: Life Lessons - Hard Work
     This past month I had the privilege of leading our Nebraska Youth and Kids camps at our Assemblies of God campgrounds in Lexington, NE. It was an exhausting month full of late nights, tons of paperwork, last minute details, several trips to the local Walmart, and sore knees. But it was also full of several student salvations, many young people that recommitted their lives to Christ and felt called to pursue a life of ministry for Him. And many more were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to go and be a witness in their world. So the hard work was hard, but it was all worth it! LIFE LESSON - Don't be afraid to work hard for a good cause.

2). Ministry of the Day: The Human Right - STL Campaign to Know Jesus and to make Him Known

3). Song of the Day: Plumb - Exhale

4). Quote of the Day: 'Good listening is the key to good communication.' - Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic Planning

5). Movie of the Day: 2010 Fall Convention Dance Videos

6). Link of the Day: USA Swimming - Find a local club today

High School Camp 2015



Saturday, July 4, 2015

UPDATE FROM AIM TEAM IN IRELAND...

Happy Fourth of July from Derry Ireland! Our team(s) arrived safely into the Republic of Ireland (Dublin) on July 3rd. We were met by our very own Abigail Young and taken to Derry, Northern Ireland. After 30+ hours of travel they were kind enough to allow us to check in and then relax. That evening they had some local food trucks come to the dorms and served hamburgers and chips (fries) as well as chicken or sausage. Best part was the ice cream cone truck. They call them 99's or 99'rs whatever they are called....they are amazing.

Today we begun formal training with the locals. Our NE crew was broken into multiple teams consisting of us, some locals, and some people from other teams from the US. We will have teams in two of the local schools for Kids Week as well as some of our members on the street prayer team as well as the construction team.  Formal training for the Kids Week team consisted of learning some killer dance moves they will be performing at the schools which ultimately lead to a proper dance off after training.

This evening to celebrate Fourth of July they threw us party consisting of a cultural combination of American style barbecue followed by an Irish Ceilih (pronounced "kay-lee") which would be comparable to an old school square dance with games but very Irish dancing. As I type I am sure some of the students are posting videos. Look on Facebook for #greenthunder or check out the Facebook group page we created for the trip (NE AIM 2015).

Tomorrow we will attend the local church in the morning and then will continue with training in the afternoon. Pastor Bruce apparently has them convinced that Americans can not live without Starbucks so we were enthusiastically promised a trip to Starbucks tomorrow evening for some more "team building."

We are so proud of our kids. Many of them are being taken way out of their comfort zones and are being asked to do things that they would probably not otherwise do (see videos on Facebook of the dancing). They have bonded well and are pumped to get the week started.

In closing thanks again for all the support and prayers! We will work to update either this blog or the Facebook page nightly even if just with a few pictures.