Saturday, July 18, 2009

new blog coming soon......

i promise. :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

project ukraine: day 13 // july 6

so. to give a little background... what i'm going to assume happened last night (the night of the 4th here in munich) is that a group of us from our team stayed up all night and didn't go to bed before we flew out to head back over.

the reason i say that is because that's what a group of us did on the way over. the night before we left for the trip (tues, june 23), 10 of the 16 of our team went to see the premiere of the Transformers sequel at 12:15 AM. got out at 3:00 AM and then we all stayed up and didn't go to sleep before we met up at the church at 11:30. (i stayed up because i hadn't packed a single thing... and i was finishing up this here blog. side note: with the decreased amount of sleep that i'm currently going on, everyone should be impressed that i'm still typing somewhat discernable sentences....)

anyway, getting on the plane that first day, the time in l'viv time was 10:00 PM at night although for us it's 4:00. so... the goal was to basically collapse when we got on the plane, sleeping the whole way, or most of the way, and trying to circumvent jet lag as best we can. it's genius i tell you!

anyway, we're doing the same as we head back. we fly out at 7:00 AM in munich which is late evening here... it'll all work i promise. no matter how confusing i just made everything.

so the schedule for our final day....
3:00 AM - depart hotel for airport
7:00 AM - depart munich to frankfurt
8:05 AM - arrive in frankfurt
10:30 AM - depart frankfurt for home sweet home
2:00 PM - arrive back in texas (looks like a short flight doesn't it? oh, no no no...)
2:30 PM - head from IAH back to the city of league.

glad to be back!

pray for:
- safe travel
- grateful hearts
- God's Spirit to transform us, the students from the camp, the ukrainian leadership, the people of l'viv... and all for His glory.

what the team is reflecting on for day 13:
2 corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

psalm 115:1
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

project ukraine: day 12 // july 5


we take over munich.

pray for:
- them.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

project ukraine: day 11 // july 4

happy 4th of july!! we're heading out of ukraine today to munich, germany. you know, we did start the camp with an american day - maybe we should be "those" kind of americans and wear all of our obnoxious red, white, and blue garb all through the airports and such.... that wouldn't reinforce the negative view of us arrogant americans now would it? :)

1:05 we fly out of the l'viv airport to munich
2:00 short flight! we arrive in munich
3:00 depart airport and head to the hotel
6:00 oh here we come, german people... look out.

gonna eat german food, drink german beverages, shop at german stores, and not make one nazi joke. kidding. couldn't resist.

i figure this will be a pretty low key evening - camp is over, had some traveling, we're definitely tired. i predict we'll all be less "touristy" and more laid back. tomorrow: we'll be the annoying tourists!

pray for:
- a love that is evident and that the evidence points clearly to Jesus
- safe travel
- catching up on a little rest if possible

what the team is reflecting on for day 11:
matthew 22:36-38
36"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment.

deuteronomy 6:5-6
5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

Friday, July 3, 2009

project ukraine: day 10 // july 3

last day of camp - not fond of the last day of camp. i know, i know. i've already said that in yesterday's blog. well, it's true and today is going to be another great, joyful day, but it will also be sad.

no theme day today - we're done by lunch and heading out.

7:30 leaders wake up
8:00 team meeting and prayer time
9:00 morning exercises and breakfast
10:00 bible lesson w/ukrainian team
11:30 last gathering and farewell :(
12:30 lunch

the students leave and we leave.

1:30 cool thing: we americans are taking a field trip to Mukacheve Palanok Castle - would it be bad if i carried a septor around while we're touring the grounds? eh eh.
4:15 we head to the train station, buy tickets and head back to l'viv
5:00 train departs
10:00 arrive back in l'viv - i may be dead tired but i'm running around the city one last time... i have told you all how much i love this city. that's my only downer about this trip - hardly any time in the city. i seriously want to schedule a personal vacation type trip to l'viv to just take pictures and hang out for several days and really experience the city. wanna go??
10:30 - supposed to be arriving at central baptist church where we'll spend the night... i may be going out after we get here.......

pray for:
- an inviting spirit so… when the opportunity arises for you to INVITE someone to explore a relationship with a God who…”so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16) you have the ability, courage and words to so.

what the team is reflecting on for day 10:
matthew 4:19
And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

Our God is a God of invitation. He says, “Come…”

matthew 11:28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

isaiah 55:1
"Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

isaiah 1:18
"Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

revelation 22:17
The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

john 6:35
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

project ukraine: day 9 // july 2

it's gonna get harder because this is the next to last day of camp - tomorrow we say goodbye. i hate goodbyes, especially this kind. to say that you may never see each other again is absolutely true. would never trade it, but the goodbye is hard. enough of being a downer..... :)

theme for today: ANCIENT. we've got togas, moses, cleopatra, and king tut... among others. of course, that should sort of give away what we're doing musically... walk like an eqyptian, pharaoh pharaoh, and king tut. oh yeah. davey durand is gonna bring it, steve martin style.

the sport for today is the heart of ukraine: SOCCER. we will be learning from them. not the other way around.

we're having another bonfire tonight too. the bonfires are always memorable and special.

the party zone time and the bonfires, etc. happen after the worship time. every day, the students get a bible lesson in the morning with the ukraine team and then a worship service in the evening with a combo team of us americans and the ukrainians. it is hard to describe what it's like to sing songs in two languages at the same time and to hear it all around you while you sing. and it's so cool to hear these students who are learning english sing some of the worship songs we do back at home in english. it's just all the way around cool. powerful to experience and impossible to describe with words.

i know although our team, by this time, is probably hitting the wall, so i think it's time to bring out the super soakers that i hid in my bag. :) yeah baby.

OH! did i tell everyone about the color teams? the students are in a variety of groups (i.e. - they are in a specific english class based on their level. they are in an age-graded group when discussing the worship services and bible studies. they are also divided into color groups for camp competitions.) nick, krista and i are the fearless leaders of the red team along with our ukrainian red leaders. i'm pretty sure we're dominating the week. i just feel it. i have a sense about these things.....

pray for:
- overflowing love for all the students and for one another
- openness and boldness with sharing our faith
- our dedication to the mission of making disciples

what the team is reflecting on for day 9:
john 17:9-26
9I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. 20"I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."

How does it feel to know Jesus, the living GOD, prays for you? Reflect on what Jesus asks the Father on your behalf (bolded)? What is your response to his prayer?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

project ukraine: day 8 // july 1

it's wednesday. this time last week we were loading up and flying out. now, here we sit in the beautiful carpathian mountains with some phenomenal students and leaders from l'viv. such an awesome opportunity to be here and partner with them in sharing the good news of what the cross means for us.

same camp schedule - we eat, we pray, we meet, we teach, we play, we sing, we listen, etc.

rise up all you texans.... it's WILD WEST day. a day that we just do naturally. we don't have to work at the accent or knowing what to do. in the industry, this is what you call a cake walk.

-sport for today: kickball. i love kickball.
-wild west theme: oh we're bringing out the country... we've got some willie, some john denver, some old camp songs, throw in rascal flatts and john michael montgomery.... and you've got the wild west. you know you wish you were here!
- we have a special event today that happens last and starts at midnight. that's all i'm allowed to disclose at this juncture..... are you intrigued?

pray for:
- pray that Jesus remains the focus and the priority to all that we do while here
- confidence and grace to approach every student in our assigned groups about Christ before the camp ends
- the ukraine leaders and their endurance and passion for the gospel

what the team is reflecting on for day 8:
mark 8:27-29
27And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" 28And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets." 29And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."

Just like Peter we quickly and correctly answer this question…”You are the Christ.” Yet do we take the time to let the answer to this question seep deep into our hearts? Do we allow the answer to penetrate our soul?

What does the answer to this question mean to you? What does it mean to the Ukrainian children? What does it mean to the Ukrainians? What does it mean to the world? Spend some time throughout your day meditating on “Who Jesus is to you.”