Monthly Archives: June 2011

prayer needed…

Ok, ya’ll, so this one is by Emily…and I’m kinda a different person than Pete.  He’s all thoughtful, right?  I don’t know about you, but I think he’s pretty much the coolest person ever.  He’s in Mexico for the week, and I’m home with 5 kids.  Yep, 5.  I got 2 more because we have these awesome friends who both went to Mexico with Pete and the teens, while  I get the blessing of watching their 2 awesome kids.  So I’m with 5 kids under 4.  Really probably don’t need to say much more than that, right?  You can guess how my week is going.

And then there’s our darn house.You know what? I’m all up and worried about it.  There you go…I’m worried.  And I need you to pray that I would be at peace, ok? And that it would sell…but you know what? God cares so much more about my heart than my house.  He wants me to trust Him.  And more and more as I pray He’s reminding me He wants me to be THANKFUL.  Thankful that our house hasn’t sold yet.  Thankful that I have to constantly hand my worries over and accept God’s gentle peace calming my anxious heart.  Cause you know what He reminds me when I pray about the house?  He reminds me of the abused, the afflicted, and the unredeemed who are living in La Paz.  Someday soon I’ll be praying for them by name. By name. And praying for them even now consumes my heart so much more than prayers for my house.  In God’s eternal plan, those people have eternal souls.  My house will one day be no more. It’s just stuff.  Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…God…overwhelm my heart.  You are my treasure.  God reminds me he loves me so much that He might just have some ideas about how I spend this time working to get to Mexico.  He cares about my heart; He cares about where I put my trust…in a house selling, in a certain level of support raised, or in HIM and HIM alone?  So…some people can say that “things are meant to be” because something sells quickly…but you know what…sometimes “things are meant to be” when something takes longer.  God is not on our timetable.  He is sovereign; He is in control; He is good.  All the time.  And sometimes what we think is hard or slow is His greatest blessing.

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Philippians 4: 4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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Curious about the Ranch?

Curious about the Ranch?

Pictured Left: Land being developed on the Ranch and where we will be working this summer.

Rancho El Camino is currently in phase I of development which primarily means hiring staff (we are one of those hires) and developing the infrastructure of the ranch to support its growing programs (of which we are going to help develop).

Tomorrow I (Pete) leave with 13 others from Tab church on a short-term vision and work trip. We will be assisting the Gatto family (currently living on the Ranch) and partnering with a local church community in their ministry to the people of La Paz. We will be assisting in the building of the Ranch’s first bunk house, the daily maintenance required on the Ranch, and building relational in-roads in a neighboring village (the site of a future community center/church plant).

Pictured Right: Village and place of future community center/church plane. We will building relational in-roads through an evening sports camp and a VBS-type event.

I’m excited about this trip because half of the people going have never been outside the US. I’m praying that their eyes will be opened to God’s kingdom that exists around the world. I also pray for our trip that more than accomplishing tasks (i.e. building a bunk house) we would have our eyes and hearts opened to the people of Mexico and have a listening ear to what they may teach us about God and what it means to be a follower of Christ.

The people on this trip will be the first from our church going and will be able to come back and share about the people of Mexico, the needs they experienced, and what God is doing at Rancho El Camino.

Pray for us. We will be gone June 18th-26th.

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Breaking News!

Here are some late-breaking headlines just in from this past week!

1) 33% There! We are 1/3rd of the way in our monthly support needed.

2) Tab has a new youth pastor! Zach Butterfield will be joining the staff in August. I’ll be working with him to transition the ministry and for him to officially take over in late-August.

3) Switching Roles in September! Starting September 1st, I will be switching my role from youth minister to full-time missionary. At that time, we will be drawing what we need from our monthly support and missions budget to “pay the bills” so to speak. I will remain an employee of the church, so that we can retain our health insurance, and my full-time responsibility will be networking, support-building, and training for the field.

4) Future Plans! Currently, we are finding whatever free time we do have to meet with people one-on-one and seek their support. We are also putting the finishing touches on materials and developing a plan to begin connecting with outside churches/organizations. We plan on making initial contacts in July and “planting seeds” to pursue more heavily starting in September.

Praise God…He is good! These are all great answers to prayer.

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Base Jumping

Have you ever gone base jumping?

I haven’t, and I can’t imagine I ever will. I have this love-hate relationship with heights… they draw me in and yet tend to freak me out a bit. As I get close to the edge of high places I get that pit in my stomach and my mind begins to race to a thousand crazy places. It’s not so much the height that freaks me out, but for some reason the weird urge that I should jump off the cliff. I imagine myself taking a running start and doing this big ol’ swan dive off the edge. And that’s when my mind starts racing and my stomach does its own form of gymnastics.

In regards to following after God and going into missions this is exactly the place Emily and I are in right now…except for the fact that we have jumped. Our heads our spinning, our stomachs are doing gymnastics, and we feel the rush of the wind in our faces.

Base jumpers gotta have a lot of trust I imagine. Trust in their parachute. Trust that they will pull the cord at the right time. Trust in their buddies to get their backs. Trust that gravity will work at the same rate of speed as usual. A lot of trust…I imagine.

Emily and I are here…trust…a simple, yet scary thing. A thing that can have your mind racing to a thousand crazy places and a thing that can turn your stomach into knots. We trust in God’s provision and faithfulness; trust in friends, family, and the community around us.

Base jumpers don’t just jump off and hope that their parachute was put on right or packed correctly. No, they know-it because they themselves prepared for the journey of jumping. The took action, calculated risks, and then jumped. The whole process took action and trust. They prepare, then jump, then trust.

Emily and I have taken action, calculated risks, and jumped. And it seems there’s no turning back. It’s exciting, scary, and I’m not sure we would have it any other way. God has never felt more real.

Where may God be calling you to jump? To take a leap…trusting in Him? If you’re having a hard time perhaps think of those places where your mind starts racing in a thousand places and your stomach does gymnastics? Perhaps, it’s in some relationship…an act of forgiveness that needs to be granted; or perhaps in giving up that “thing” you know you really should; or perhaps in simply giving God a chance to work in your life. Whatever it is, I pray that you jump. I pray that you trust in God and feel his presence in your life. Base jumping may be scary but its worth it.

Here’s one of my favorite songs for our journey of jumping together.

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