Friday, September 27, 2013


Students left for the Desiring God Conference today. This link will allow you to watch the live stream of the event. We are at home because our due date is TOMORROW.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Friends and Family,

Ever since we entered full time ministry, we have been promising people that we would someday blog more regularly. Unfortunately life got BUSY and keeping up with the ministry itself seemed to often prevent keeping people updated on what was going on.

Now, however, with the Trailhead program kicking off a month ago, I feel that I would be negligent if I didn't buckle down and do this. There are just too many people praying and wondering about how things are going. I will try to blog weekly. We shall see how that goes!

So far things are good!

 As with any human endeavor, it has been imperfect and the learning curve (for us and the students) has been steep. There are definitely "first month things" that will look different next year, but the students have had grace with us. We are enjoying the group.

As the first month has passed, we have settled into a schedule that is somewhat predictable and consistent. Students are digging in to their classes which include a CS Lewis crash course in preparation for the Desiring God Conference this weekend, A "Mining God's Word" Bible study methods course at the local church, and an application discussion group we are calling "Gospel and Life". They also had their first session with Defining Point Consulting and learned their key strengths (and each other's). This was enlightening for all.

Not a bad classroom!

After the conference, we will swap out the CS Lewis material for guest lecturers (Reuben David and Dr. Dan Hayden) for the month of October.

In addition to classes, students have trained, served and had their "testimony canoe trip". Hearing the story of each life reminds me how diverse we are, yet how there are common threads woven through each life. God has done remarkable work to assemble this group from all over the country (and beyond). We are excited to watch his plan unfold as we go forward.

Of course, construction has also begun on the giant canoe. This is going to be HALF of it!

Prayer Requests:
Continued unity and sensitivity to each other.
Our baby due any day!
Wisdom as we try to lead and direct this new program

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Meet the Trailhead class of 2013!

We are enjoying our first weeks with these students!

Esteban Alvarez—Bogota, Colombia
He enjoys playing drums, soccer and any sport.  He likes to fill out Sudoku.  He also loves to listen to music in English and in Spanish.   

Matthew Fetzer—Oak Lawn, IL
His hobbies are reading, running, exercise, tennis, archery and chess.

Tyler Johnson—Windsor Locks, CT
He has been studying to be a carpenter for the last 4 years.  He is loving and funny and people love to be around him.  He loves playing any sport.

Eric Hoyt—Berryville, VA
He’s very athletic, and enjoys playing soccer!  He also is passionate about music and has a natural ability to play piano well.  He wants to use this gift to glorify God.

Tyler Morecraft—St. John, IN
He enjoys shooting, fencing, airsoft, rock climbing and survival skills.  He’s also a media volunteer at his church.

Brady Reetz—Hudson, WI
He likes to work with small engines.  He also has wood-working experience and skill.  He finds great pleasure in fishing and is working on reading his Bible in chronological order.

David Schutt—Sandstone, MN
He enjoys fishing and playing video games.  Being outdoors with friends on a canoeing or backpacking trip brings him joy.  He has done a lot of that with his dad.

Jalene Vegter—Avalon, WI
She loves photography!  She has been very interested in it for the last few years and has had the opportunity to have people want her to shoot their senior pictures, family portraits, engagements and weddings.  She also enjoys hiking and outdoor activities.

Ashley Vorwerk—Jackson, WI
She enjoys reading and writing songs and poetry.  She loves being outdoors, biking, camping, and swimming.  She is good with children.  She also likes to bake and is good with cleaning.  Music is something she is passionate about and she loves to sing and praise God with the gifts He’s blessed her with.  She has a good sense of humor and enjoys planning social events with her friends.  She loves to take pictures.