Saturday, September 24, 2016

Off & Running in 2016!


Trailhead 2016-17 :

Daniel, Andrew, Sharisse (RA), Garreth, Rebekah, Micah, Moria, Joe, Rafaella, Jake, Cynthia, Pedro, Maddy, Doug (RA)


Another summer has come and gone, and once again the Adventure Program staff did a great job serving our guests well.  From the Flambeau River right here in Northern Wisconsin to the Beartooth Mountains in Montana, God’s creation was explored and his glory proclaimed.  We are grateful to our staff for their many long days of service.  We asked much of them, and they gave their very best. Praise God for the impact His word can have when reflecting together around a campfire under the sky.


Labor Day brought a new class for the nine-month Trailhead Program. We are excited to share a year with these students as they wrestle with some of the biggest questions they will ever have to answer: Who is God? Can I trust the Bible? Can I even understand it? What makes me valuable? How should I decide a career path? What church will I attend when I am on my own? What will I do with my money?


The answers to these questions will dictate nearly everything in life from here forward for these students. That is why we are so excited to begin the work of exploring together the Truth laid out in God’s word.


We begin this week with Dr. Dan Hayden’s course Did God Write the Bible? And from there we will apply the Bible’s answers to each component of life throughout the year. Please pray for hearts ready to receive God’s word and cling to the hope found in Christ.


Charlie and Mason are doing great. They are really at a fun stage—full of chatter and movement and learning. Please pray for God to draw them to himself, and for their relationship to grow into a true friendship.


Laura blesses all parts of my life, secretly and quietly holding things together administratively for my ministry at camp and the family at home. I am grateful to God for her partnership. Pray for rest and stamina, as she tries to keep up with these little boys.


We are grateful for the full and rewarding path God has us walking.


In His life,
Dan, Laura, Charlie & Mason


Trailhead Canoe Trip — Sept 2016


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Forest Springs Adventure Ministries Staff 2016!

This summer we will be growing, teaching, praying, kayaking, climbing, canoeing, packing and preparing food, leading alongside youth pastors, counseling, managing the details of many trips, handling the care of the camp gear and vehicles, caring for hundreds of campers, caring for each other… Thank you for your love, prayers and support!

Dan, Laura, Charlie & Mason  Jacobson—Adv. Min. Director and wife (Full-time Staff)
· Wisdom in parenting and for our boys’ growth (spiritually, physically, socially, etc.)
· For quality time with family amidst a busy season.
Tim, Andra, Ben & Kaylee Petersen— Adv.  Ministries Associate and family (Full-time staff)
· Prayer for managing the many details of ministry and family life.  Grace for each other when we make mistakes or things just don’t go as planned.
· Safety for our groups
· Continual spiritual growth and encouragement
Réanna Baumgarten— Adventure Ministries  Coordinator (Full-time Staff)
· To manage the trip details well.  Building relationships with trip staff and campers– speak God’s truth into their lives.  For own time in God’s word.
Michael S. Nimesheim Jr.—Specialist/ Speaker (Nanzdietschweiler, Germany)
· Pray that I would be focused on using the words that I speak to the kids while on the trip to be God honoring and would be encouraging to everyone to live Godly lives.
Steve Hooper– Trip Leader  (Arvada, Colorado)
· Energy as the Summer continues
· Patience when details don’t work out (I get frustrated when things don’t go according to plan)
· Effectiveness as I surrender to be used for God’s Glory
Moriah Kuehl– Trip Leader (Medina, Minnesota)
· Pray for energy & strength each day so that I can give all that I have in every moment to connect with kids, connect with Jesus, and love people WELL.  Also pray that my heart would be steadfast and one with Jesus no matter the circumstance.
Ciara Scheithauer– Trip Food Packer  (Ogema, Wisconsin/ University of Northwestern, St. Paul Minnesota)
· Continued growth in my relationship with the Lord.  Time management with my job and also my time with the Lord, to make my quiet time a priority.
Doug Henley– Trip Specialist (Willow Grove, Pennsylvania)
· Pray that through relationships with campers that we can share Christ clearly.  Pray for safety in the different activities we do.
Hansine Willoughby– Trip Leader  ( Spokane, Washington/ Moody Bible Institute)
· Pray that I don’t lose the desire to invest in the camp community.
· Pray against loneliness.
· Pray for endurance and reliance on God’s provision in all things.
Jesse Tschanz
· Pray that I would be conformed to the image of Christ.  
· Pray for patience and grace in dealing with campers.
· Pray that I wouldn’t waste the opportunities the Lord gives me this summer.
Cory Schalk,- Trip Leader (Duvall, Washington)
· Pray that  I wouldn’t be distracted by various things going on at home and that my heart would be completely here so that I can minister well and serve  our campers well.  Pray for peace, joy and contentment for me - that would be awesome!



Monday, April 4, 2016


Trailhead Welding Class--March 2016

Greetings from the Jacobsons!

You know things are busy when your Christmas update goes out in March!

Our busy-ness is nothing to complain about.  We are up to good things.  We feel blessed to be living this life together, surrounded by these people and using our time and energy for this work.

In May we will finish the third year of our Trailhead "gap year" program.  This nine month program for post high school students is our primary work from September to May.  Our nine students have done well, challenging us with good theological questions and "creative hijinks" that have often required my sternest face at work, even if I laughed after I got home (don't tell them).

In all honestly, "Don't sweat the small stuff" seems to be a good motto at times when working with 18-20 year olds.  They are often dealing with "big stuff" that I knew nothing about at their age.  These three years have taught us much about the pressures and questions plaguing young people of this generation.  What a blessing the Christ's work and His words are as relevant and powerful now as they ever have been. Pray that we would be wise as we teach and counsel these young friends!

The boys are...boys.  Charlie is two, and has an imagination that leaves us in wonder at times.  He is sensitive, and approaches life with a bright-eyed curiosity that we love.  If you join us for a meal, he just might do the praying, and he will catch you if you try to pass along a dish without partaking.

Mason is a year old, and developing into a funny little guy.  He usually knows what he wants, and can now crawl to get it. Every now and then, all he wants is a big hug from Mom or Dad, and those are special moments.  Despite a rocky and early start to life, he seems to be growing and learning well.

Laura holds everything together in our home and she does a lot more for the Trailhead program than anyone knows.  I have been blessed to see her grow in wisdom and joy since our marriage began.  Sometimes I am amazed at the Godly counsel I hear her dispensing.  I truly feel that the blessing of marriage becomes bigger each day (I hope she agrees).

Up next will be another summer of the Adventure Program.  We always look forward to the changing seasons and the next chapter of this fascinating work.

We are blessed by your friendship and support!

May God bless you,

Dan, Laura, Charlie and Mason