Thursday, June 3, 2010

We'll miss you, friends!

We love you and will miss you, Brian, Nate, Lauren, Sarah, Sarah, Josh, Kristin, Hunter, John and Pat!!! You've been such a beautiful and important part of our EDGE experience over the past year. We know that you have made eternal fingerprints on all of the lives you've impacted and trust that you will continue to do so as you are lead in different directions.Please continue to keep in touch and let us know how we can be praying for you!

Will be pursuing his law degree at University of Colorado, Boulder in the fall. Pray that he'll be able to do well and find balance as he re-enters into the academic setting.

Will be joining the Marine Corps in October while his wife Michaela will be staying at the University of Maine until the end of the semester before joining him. Pray for vision for ministry among the marines and that he'll be able to endure and flourish during his time there.

Moving to Boston to pursue a teaching job and possibly volunteer part-time with the ministry at Boston University and/or City Life. Pray for easy transition, finding a job and housing.

Sarah C.:
Getting married July 3 and will be moving to Philadelphia with her new husband. Would love to pursue a degree in pastoral counseling. Prayer request for boldness and against the intrinsic fears that come with transition.

Sarah S.:
Will be the 7-12th grade choral direction at the Des Moines Christian School. Pray that she will continue being a laborer and discipler in the school among staff and students. John 12.24

Josh, Kristin and Hunter:
Will be moving to Australia for 5-7 years to help pioneer college ministry with the Navigators. Be praying for the LORD to provide as their budget is doubling. Also pray that the LORD would provide community for them in Cedar Falls. Isaiah 43:4

Unsure about where God is taking him in the next season of life but regardless desires a lifetime vision for pouring into people. He has applied and had a second interview on 5/21 for a tutoring program for inner-city kids to get into private high schools. His desire and prayer is to be a laborer wherever he is. Pray for direction, provision and open doors.

He is beginning the year-long process of studying for/taking the LSAT and applying to law school. He will be staying at the University of Illinois to volunteer until hopefully going to law school next fall. He'll be spending four months studying for the LSAT. His prayer is that his identity would be built upon Christ and not his performance or acceptance; that he would work heard and trust God for the results.



Greetings from Vermont!

"You are the
salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5: 13-16

(Photo above: Looking out over Lake Champlain to the Adirondack mountains at sunset)

I'm writing to you from the Jeanne Mance dorm at the University of Vermont where I have the privilege of staffing a Navigators summer training program called Green Mountain Summer (GMS). Over the course of nine weeks 46 students from all over the country will get jobs in Burlington, Vermont and learn together through training courses and Bible studies how to be salt and light in the community! This week was our first hot, sticky week together, learning how to observe a culture, note its nuances, taste its flavor and see the
imago dei--image of GOD--in every person we encounter. CS Lewis writes, "There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendors."

One such soul was a young girl named Jordan I had the pleasure of meeting yesterday at our weekly community BBQ. Jordan is from New Hampshire and got connected with the students in the program last summer when she worked alongside a few of them at a local grocery store. Quickly being welcomed into the community she "basically did the program every day" (her own words!) joining the weekly Bible studies, events and hang-out times. This summer she returns with equal enthusiasm to be around "influential people" once again. Last night I had the opportunity to chat with Jordan for almost two hours as she very quickly opened up about her life, broken relationships, struggle with faith, self-condemnation, and longing for community.
"Some time, would you mind sharing with me your story of how you found a relationship with God?" she asked me earnestly through the noise of 46 other conversations surrounding her. Today we have made a coffee date to get together and I am thrilled with the opportunity to get to share with Jordan the places Jesus has taken me.

Would you pray for Jordan today?

Please pray:

  • That she might be drawn deeper into our community
  • That she would encounter Jesus, know that she is precious in His sight, and surrender her life to Him
  • For our GMS community to be salty beacons of light; that we might be growing in depth and love for each other, Burlington, and Christ--seeing the weight of each others' glory and un-ordinariness!
Thank you, friends!
Love to you--


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