This site will give my thoughts on a variety of topics. It will include thoughts on my family, youth ministry in general, my life as a part-time youth pastor, leading the emerging generation, topics of interest, and events I am part of.
Robert Morris! ~We love you! We're watching for updates and praying for you like crazy! May God continue to grant you joy and grace on your adventure, especially during those runs! Thank you for being the incredible leader of your family, example to your children, and for pursuing me as your wife, endlessly. We are SO proud of you and can't wait to give you hugs and kisses at the END of ESOAL. Stay focused... we'll see you soon enough! love, anna
can i make an interview request to see Tony Klazar. :) We are praying for him and Hasz!
We are praying for you #615 of the Texas company!! Keep the Faith - HE alone is worthy!Dad, Mum, Liam, Havilah and Eoghan!
I love you, Sarah Joy Byington! (CCM-Oregon Company)Be encouraged. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Remember how Dad used to tell us that pain is temporary?-haha! But it's true. Joy WILL come, in ESOAL, and in real life too. Keep going. Be open to whatever God wants to teach you. Love you :)Your sis,Esther
Jacob Audette, We love you! We love you! We love you! We believe in you! You will persevere to the end and you will do it in the Power that raised Christ from the dead. Keep your eyes on Him.DON'T STOP SINGING! Love, Mom and Anna
Thanks for posting the videos, but I don't know if it is my computer or if the video is just blury. It was hard to see any faces. Of course I was looking to see my daughter in the Alabama company.
TINA SPELLMEYER!! I am praying for you to be strong!! I love you and know God is with you. Let the fire burn!!!Linda (mom)
Romans 8:18 says, "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us". Lexi Gurrola (Montana company) and Sam Champman (? company) and all the other interns in Esoal, today remember your hope and what God is leading you too and let this hope infiltrate your present moment. Can't wait to see what He reveals to you both. We love you tremendously. Mom and Dad
Heather Amting, We saw the 2 mile run. You need to stop and tie your shoe the next time you see the camera so we can tell which one is you.(Just kidding) I think being able to drive stick, shoot a gun, and play guitar is not going to help you this week. The only thing that is going to help you is knowing that you belong to Jesus Christ. He has brought you to this place and He will bring you through. Love Mom and Dad
Shout out to my CA's I interned with:Michiemo- You’re compassion is going to be felt by people who may have never felt cared for beforeMarcus - You’re wisdom will be a guide for those you are leadingTravis - Your passion will be an encouragement to those around youAndrew - You’re gentleness and love will be just what people around you needRachel - You’re joy is contagious and will impact those around youBree - You are a woman of peace and that will bring rest to those you are with even amidst all the crazinessKelley - You’re kindness will be an example of God’s love to those you show it toChris Lindsay - You're strength and perseverance is important. Keep it up even when you don't see it's results or feel like continuing.-Love, Shelby Contos
Zachary Baker, We are following you and praying for you. We know God is in control and you can do this. When you feel weak hold on to the strength the Lord has placed in you. We love you and can't wait to see you cross the finish line. Mawmaw , Pawpaw,
Can you post Zachary Baker. We are doing a surprize video of his year at Teen Mania for Chrictmas and it would be great to have him on it during Esoal. Thanks for all your hard work. God Bless. Zack's grandmother/mother
This is for #442 in New York company from Uncle Trey Crum....Hey my wonderful niece! I'm just reading your blog about your intense training! I watched the trailer and I got chilly willies just thinkin back to my days of football....I know that it will never compare to the stretching that is going in you from with in. But i will say.....during my training days we had a coach that was a former drill sargent in the Marines!!!! So you can imagine what he expected!! He was tough, demanding, unfair, and just down right hateful!!! But I want to tell you the Lord never ever left my side.....I realized that as my body was getting weak that somehow in the super-natural something was taking place and I knew that it was the Lord giving me every ounce of strength, encouragment, and a will to overcome!!! So much so that my coach (the drill sargent) begin to ask questions how was this so...."Trey how is your body continuing to move forward and these other guys are spent". I told him Krystal that it is the Lord that dwells in every upmost parts of my being....My body was wanting to give up, Satin in my head telling me that I didn't have to go on.....But you know what Krystal...as I saw my Savior scared, bruised, battered, and blood pooring from with out I realized in my training that I wasn't alone!!! Believe me I'm not comparing my training to what our Savior went through. But He carried me through.... And honey you are not and will not ever be alone!!!! Allow the holy spirit to inspire you to reach the "bar". You can do it!!! I know you can!!! You have what it takes to complete this mission!!! I'm behind you 100 percent!!!! If you are able to read this before your mission is completed I want you to remember one thing!!!!It's not how many time you get knocked down, it's how many times you are willing to get yourself up again, Krystal!!!!When your mind tells you that you cannot and will not complete this mission you allow the chilles to overflow your body and you call His name a'loud and let the spirit of God take over!!! I'm proud of you and I know in the depths of my spirit that you will not just finish but you will over-come greatness!!Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:13-14I love you so much,Uncle Trey
For Ruth Kimsey(in Easy Company),I'm so proud of you for doing ESOAL again! I have been, and will continue to be, praying for you as you go through this stretching experience. Remember, even when you think you can't go on, Christ IN you can. Love you!Your former housemate,Bethany Allison
to Krystal Crum #442 in New York Company...Abba, thank You so much for Your daughter, Krystal. I speak peace to her soul--her mind and emotions; supernatural REST for a body that is being pushed to its limits; and JOY to her spirit for the work that YOU are working in her. Holy Spirit, surround Krystal, I also ask for favor--with You and with man--that she may excel to the fullest potential she has in You, L-rd. In the mighty name of Yeshua/Jesus I pray, and all glory goes to You, amen.
We love you and are praying for you Jeremiah Elliott of Alabama Company. Noah wanted to share a quote that helps him when he is running a race, “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” When you come to the end of you, call on the name of Jesus and go just a little bit further than you think you can. He will never leave you or forsake you. We know God is doing great things in you through this experience. Love Noah and Mom
Hey Jeremiah Elliott (Alabama Company)I am so proud of you for doing ESOAL! I am praying for you. "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youth grows tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:29-31Stay strong and learn on the Lord.Love, Mikeala
Kyle Tribbey!~ i know you can do this we are praying for you we love you.Love Mimi&Hannah&JoshKy~ I am thinking and praying for you constantly.There is great strength that has been built on the inside of you over the years. Draw upon that which the Lord has given you and continue to use your gift of encouragement and optimism to serve your company. Psalm 91:2 "I will say of you Lord, He is my refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust." Lean into your God!!We are so proud of you and know God is forging something very great and strategic in you as you yield every part of yourself to Him.To you and your company,Remember, This is ALL for the KINGDOM!!! Love you, Mommy
Sarah Elisabeth, our Princess! I have been monitoring your event all day and have just watched some of the videos posted of you guys. I can only imagine what you are feeling now, but know that we (I) are praying for you. Psalm 96:3 "When I am afraid I will put my trust in Thee."Keep going, we are with you! You are an incredible encouragement and example to all of us, but especially to Hannah and Bekah. They both look up to you and in this they will see you showing them to look up to Christ.Talk to you soonDad
~Kyle Tribbey"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be comparedwith the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:18Kyle~ we're praying for endurance and strength for every moment, and we are rooting for you, "my fellow American".(Remember the Titans!!) Love, The Donahue Zoo
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:2-8 May your faith be great interns. We are praying for you all. We love you #173 Massachusetts company. Your Family
Logan Smith,This is a shout out from your parents. Dad says he knows you can do this because you can do whatever you set your mind to. I know it will be tough but it will be so strengthening. Let yourself step out of your body and into your faith. You have always had such a strong faith and have been a great spiritual encouragement to our family. Stay strong and know that we are with you every step of the way but more importantly He is with you every step of the way. Love, Mom and Dad
Hi Tyler Henry! We love you and are watching all the videos on the blog. Haven't seen you in them, but we know you are there. We hope this scripture will encourage you: Romans 5:3-5 - "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." I keep reminding my friends to pray for you! We love you so much and are so proud of you. Keep the Faith and be strong! Mom and Dad
Sambo! I tried to find you in this but couldn't....but just knowing you're doing this made me cry! I love you soo much, my Sam-wise...you are indeed, that...wise beyond your years. All send their love-Love you so much, Sam Chapman! (sob..!)mom & dad
Alen, Be strong,you are chosen by GOD,who can never be mistaken."All things are possible thru christ who strengthen us." Our continuous prayers are with all of you!We are so proud of you!You can do it! May our Heavenly Father pour showers of blessings miraculously. Love you Dad&Mom&Achacha
Hey Krystal 442, you warrior woman!You can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength.Love you and can't wait to hear about your experience.Robin
Princess Sarah- I love you! You are awesome! God's special girl- and YOU KNOW IT! love you- mom
Rachael Jerscheid - Alabama CompanyWe are very proud of you, and have lots of people praying for you. You are strong and can do anything that you set your mind to. No it won't be easy, but with His help you can accomplish and learn many new things. Do your best and don't let anything that you thought you would never be able to do stand in your way. Love, Mom, Dad & Allison
Hey Amanda Bailey,You are going to finish this!! You listen to the Voice of Truth, press in to Jesus and keep your eyes on Him. We're praying for you 24/7. We love you as big as the sun!!! MommyAnne, Dad & Robby
Sam Chapman, is that you carrying that cross ? I think I found you!! Keep up the great work!! :) I feel a victory coming on...! much love, mom
Lexi Gurrola, be full of courage! Praying for you & Sam. melanie chapman
Sarah Byington/Oregon CoMy sweet girl, You and your team are constantly in my prayers. Be od good courage. I love you so very much, Mom
Sarah, it has been two days and you must be tired. Ephesians 6:12 "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but agains principailities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age..." Your struggle is not physical, even though it may seem as though it is. Your struggle is spiritual and even though you must fight this battle, the war is won and you are on the winning side. Christ is you Hope, your Strength, your everything. Psalm 143:8 "Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go for to You I life up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, for I hide myself in you ." Love you,Daddy
to our babygirl-natalie golightly-we are so proud of you. your dad says dont give up-love you&we are all praying for you!!just think of me by your side doing all kinds of goofy stuff,trying to make you laugh!YOU CAN DO THIS!God is always with you,phil.4'13!GO,NATALIE!!!WE LOVE YOU!!!
LEXI GURROLA- We love you so very much and consider it a privlege to be parents of such a wonderful and precious daughter. I have always told you that you are not my daughter but the daughter of the upmost high God and He has chosen and allowed us to raise you until He calls you to His side. I can not think of anything greater in life. I can't wait to see you! Stay strong, Stand Tall and listen to His voice!Love Mommy
SAM CHAPMAN- I love you tremendously and are so proud of you you. I have always seen a strength in you that I don't think you see sometimes yourself and I pray God reveals that to you through Esoal. He has instilled a warriors heart and a leadership in you that will bring so many people through this and so much more in life. Listen to His voice and follow that warrior heart He formed inside you and stand strong! I am so very proud of you and can't wait to hear all He reveals to you. It has been an honor to go through this journey with you and our family is blessed because you are part of it. Love, Capulan
Jeremiah Elliott - [ALABAMA COMPANY]We have been praying and thinking of you during the day and at night. May the Lord use ESOAl to draw you closer to Him and to make your dependance on Him complete.Phil. 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strenthens me."Love, Dad
Lexi Gurrola-Sunshine you are doing an amazing! Keep it up and remember to love and care for those who are with you. You just might be their only 'light.' More than anything, just keep singing!Here I am to worship. Here I am to bow down. Here I am to say that your my God. You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me. And I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin up on that cross. And I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin up on that cross.He's right there with you Lexi-You can do this! I love you! -Ace
Sam Chapman-Hey buddy! You are doing great! Hang in there and remember that He has never left you and He never will. Remember to let God have everything you have so that He is the ONLY thing sustaining you. Keep singing and praising Him throughout your day...I've been keeping my eyes wide openI've been keeping my eyes wide openYour love is a symphonyAll around meRunning through meYour love is a melodyUnderneath meRunning to meYour love is a songLove you Sam!
Logan SmithAnd all of the ESOAL interns:Stay focused and remind yourself of why you chose to make this weekend. Know that God will never leave your side and he will carry you when you can't go another step. I am so proud of you for your work this weekend and I will continue to pray for strength and God's peace right up until your weekend and recovery is over. Lean on each other and be strong in your company!
Sam Chapman,Still praying for you...this is something that is between only you & God...as always, He's the One that won't let you down. Kisses & tears,Mom
Zachary Baker,It is Saturday Night here in Knoxville TN and we have thought about you and your team all day. God is your strength and your hope. Just remember(all things are possible to those that believe. We know you believe in the Lord God almighty. He is your strength. Hold on. You can and will make it. Love and prayers to you all. Mawmaw and Pawpaw.
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