Journaling and I haven’t been fond friends over the years. Maybe this time it will be different. I thought I’d try to give some updates on our CSU trip this year. For those of you who don’t know what this trip is all about, let me fill you in.
Every two years most of Campus Crusades US Staff members converge on the campus of Colorado State University
View Larger Map (thus, CSU) to participate in the bi-annual staff conference. During the 9 days of the conference there are various times of corporate gatherings, team meetings, seminars and down time. All of it is designed to refresh the staff and recast the vision that sometimes gets lost in the daily battle. The vision that compelled most of us to leave our family and friends and, sometimes, our careers, to invest our lives fulltime in providing the world with the hope only found in and through Jesus Christ. In our case, it’s been through the ministry of FamilyLife (a division of Campus Crusade for Christ). FamilyLife’s mission is to effectively develop Godly marriages and families that change the world for Christ one home at a time. It also serves as a gathering point for many of the ministries that don’t see each other much because they are field staff on location at their various ministry designations.
At CSU we get a chance to worship God through powerful musical praise times, impactful teaching (this year Tim Keller is our keynote speaker during the first two days of the conference) and other times of connecting and fellowshiping with other like-minded Brothers and Sisters in Christ of all ages, races and denominations. We get to see friends that we haven’t seen for a long time (often it’s since the last CSU) or those who have left one ministry of Crusade to join another within Crusade. In any case, it’s a time of fun, fellowship and personal growth. By the way, if you’re interested you can follow along on the general haps at CSU on Twitter (you have to have a Twitter acct) or on Facebook. For Twitter users click this tag: #csutweetup09 For Facebook users, follow by clicking here: Global Christian Blogference)
Our trip started a little early this year. We left on Thursday, Jul 16. The conference doesn’t officially kick off until Tuesday, July 21. I’m co-leading one of the 15 seminars that will be offered during the week so I came up to prepare for that as well as help set up and be available as part of the CSU design team that I helped with this year.
We drove a little more than 800 miles the first night and stayed over in Colby, KS (no, there was no cheese that I found). After a restless night’s sleep, we got up and headed for Fort Collins. We arrived a little after noon. Unable to check in, we met some friends for lunch. We went to downtown Fort Collins during the afternoon as well. It’s a wonderful downtown area with a lot of shops and places to eat. For those who experienced Woodstock, there is an overriding sense of being in the 60’s throughout much of the city. Plenty of old VW vans riding around town. Then, Sue and Jaclyn went back to the motel after checking in and I went to help set up the electrical connections in the ministry fair booth (not quite as impressive as it might sound…I laid extension cords so that each booth had a cord available). Last night was a pretty uneventful night as we had dinner and then crashed in our hotel.
This morning we enjoyed the hotel breakfast and then Jaclyn and Sue went on the one event we would categorize as a “vacation item”. They went horseback riding. I’m here writing this blog and preparing for my seminar next week. Later in the trip, Jaclyn and I will ride the waves (whitewater rafting). Hopefully, I will stay in the raft this year and avoid the blackened bottom I sustained on a large river boulder two years ago. In the meantime, I’ll jot down some of the things we are doing, learning and experiencing during this time at CSU. Thank you for your prayers. Specifically please pray that:
- We would hear from God during this time. There are some significant things we are making decisions about and we need God’s direction.
- Our time with each other as a family (this is the last CSU that we will experience with any of our children)
- our family not with us will experience God’s presence (Erin in North Carolina where she is working at a KOA Kamp and ministering to the campers as well and Bryan who is visiting a long time friend in Chicago and then will be holding down the fort (Fort Abramovitz, not Collins) until we return.
- the seminar I will be co-leading would provide valuable information and would be well attended, or at least, well received.
- Our vehicle will hold up. It’s our newest vehicle and it’s been a blessing but we’ve already put on more than 14,000 miles in 4 months.