Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Student Leadership

Who does ministry on the campus of SDSU as "Equip"?

If your first thought is me or Brandon, or other staff or full-time college ministers, you might be mistaken.

Indeed I am extremely privileged to do what I do, and I sometimes I can't believe that I am blessed to "give myself" to this work, laboring and striving to see the gospel spread and disciples grown in Jesus. 
However, without solid, passionate, committed and amazing student leaders, Brandon and I would not have a fraction of the impact that we do, by the grace of God.

This past weekend was our annual "Leadership Recruitment and Vision Casting Retreat".  We had about 20 students come to learn scripture, grow in their ability to minister to their peers, and get a much better understanding of how to do ministry.  We invite them to come and consider whether it might be right for them to formally join our Leadership Team for the 2013-14 school year.  

It was a fantastic time!  Lots of learning, lots of fun and some really good time in prayer and fellowship.

Please pray God would bring those onto our team would should be there.  

The line that we start them with is, "Being a leader means giving your life away on this campus".  We truly believe this, and are praying God raises up more students who want to serve and "give their lives [time, energy, finances, etc] away" for their peers this coming year!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


That reference to David Bowie may or may not be accurate...but I think it is.
There are indeed some changes 'round these parts.

There are of course always great things happening, put perhaps the most recent and exciting change for me is the beginning of a new relationship.

That's right, the long time Lone Ranger has lassoed his Tonto, except this Tonto is a girl (quite a cute girl I might add).  A month ago I approached this Tonto, whose stage name is "Emma DeJong".
I "sat her down" (as the say) and basically asked her if she was interested in taking a month of intentionally pursuing a relationship, seeing if further affections might arise and if God might lead us in wisdom towards further things together.

Long story short (but short time), she said "yes" for some strange reason, and we've been moving in a healthy and positive direction together.

It's a bit surreal, but things have been super blessed and we have been getting to know each other quite well, and I've been enjoying that a great deal (she says she does, but I find that hard to believe ;).

Why share this on a blog post?
Good question, simple answer:  I would very much request your prayer for us.  Emma and I have known each other for 4 years now, so there is an incredible amount of ground already covered. This is one reason it is going fast, the other is because we sorta like each other...

So, please pray!  Pray our relationship would grow in Christ, finding our joy and purposes in Jesus and not primarily in each other. We have been grateful to God for much answered prayer, and we are asking for even more, that His name would be lifted high, and we would walk forward in wisdom and holiness.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Boot camp 60% done

We're not done yet, but this Fundraising "Boot Camp" has truly been super crazy helpful, amazing, convicting, and all sorts of other great words.
Lots of biblical convictions on my view on money, giving and asking. Please pray God would continue to bless Brando and I as we have several hours left.
Praise God from whom all these blessings flow!

Ps. The weather is amazing! Hope you don't mind the temp picture I uploaded...