Memphis update 3

•June 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

One more day of work. Had a chance to survey all of the teams’ work and I’m just astounded by the progress. Once we got over the initial learning curve of actual roofing practices, we are basically a professional roofing service now.

Additionally it has been so rewarding to see 1) these kids dialed in during lunchtime devotionals. You can tell that they’re making the connections between what many have been reading all their loves about serving and what they have been doing all week. 2) their love for the homeowners and the way that they engage them is amazing. Many of these homeowners have been living in those homes for decades and you can imagine the stories that they have. The kids are soaking it up.

One more day.

Also quick apology. I realize that many of my stories and pics have “male” bent to them. The girl leaders have twice as many stories and pics. We will post these as soon as we return.



Memphis update 2

•June 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

There are a couple of natural indicators that if you observe closely you can assess progression in student ministry.

First off and I’m not putting this first because it’s the “spiritual thing to do” – the Holy Spirit. He moves all the time and continually but every now and then there are those special moments and you must be mindful of those “moments.” For instance, sitting on a roof with two of your dudes with the sun beating down. You can choose to count the minutes down before the day is over or you can listen to the Holy Spirit and ask them about…well what He tells you to ask. When these stories are coming in droves from leaders, something is happening.

Second, nicknames. And no not mean ones. The hilarious ones. When nicknames start developing, it’s an indicator of community happening. It’s a testament to teamwork and a closeness. Parents you’ll see what I mean when on Saturday you get a recap that sounds like, “And then dp called drawers over and then he got out in the knock out game and then…nevermind.” Nicknames mean you have a community of believers

Memphis pics

•June 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Update from memphis

•June 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hey all,

There’s no internet access where we are so I’m writing this from my phone. Excuse the typos.

We are safe and sound in Memphis and through with day 2 of some of the most grueling work these kids (and leaders) have ever been through. Nonetheless it has been amazing getting to serve together. For us leaders it has been amazing being able to see what these kids are capable of. They are working together – loving on the homeowners – and getting significant work done.

Before I go any further I wanted to take the time to fill you all in on our journey up here. Our first incident was an unexpected flat tire. Wade and Larry (our drivers) had gone through all the necessary checks including tire pressure but sometime between Friday and Saturday when we stopped for gas, we caught a nail. The result was a flat tire. Larry very calmly pulled the bus over without further incident. It took about an hour and a half for the tire to be repaired by a company in Waco.

Our next incident was another surprise. Somewhere between hope and little rock Arkansas, Larry plugged in the gps system into the cigarette lighter. Something shorted and the power in the bus died including the engines electrical system. The result was a gradual stop and Wade this time pulled over without further incident.

The repair on this took about 2 hours as well

All in all we made it to Memphis in 16 hours and SOS (who we are workin with) was so gracious in our late arrival.

Bus has been checked out again and we have every assurance we are good to go. At no point during the ordeal up here was I worried or nervous about continuing with these drivers and this bus.

Tomorrow is a half day of work and we will head into Memphis to taste the cuisine and see some of the sites.

Continue praying. We are seeing some amazing bonds being formed among students and we honestly could not have picked a better organization to work with than SOS. Their leaders are unbelievable and so energetic. One quick note. Every day at lunch the site leaders lead the kids in a devotional. It’s so helpful because it really centers the kids on why they are serving.

Thank you all for your trust and your prayers. We covet both.


TeenRock Moves to Wednesday

•May 29, 2010 • 1 Comment

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•June 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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