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CSU 2009 – Days 1-3

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 journey….

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.  A View of CSU campus from our hotel locationWe 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 aroA view of our hotel room und 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.

Until tomorrow…

Weekly Update

It’s so hard for me to do anything that takes discipline. At the risk of overcommitting and underdelivering, I’m at least going to try and a blahhhg entry that shares some benign family updates and looks ahead to the week. That way, I hope to get in the habit of capturing regular thoughts, putting them into a blog entry and adding others as God brings them to mind. So, here goes week 1 of our weekly update.

We had a great time as a family going to the Arkansas Traveler’s baseball game on Saturday. Full schedules rarely permit us to do things as a family anymore. We don’t have many days left so we need to be more intentional about making those times a priority. After the game, we enjoyed fireworks over the Arkansas River. Great seats from inside a very nice AAA minor league outdoor ballpark. If you visit us during the summer, we’ll make sure to take you out to the ball game.

Have you ever had one of those projects you envisioned completing over a long day or even a weekend but found yourself weeks later still working on it? I have and do. We’ve had erosion over the past four years and it’s caused our backyard to retain water (no mitol jokes). What started as a relatively simple task of digging a couple of long ditches and digging some holes for drywells has become the project from h… However, all good things must come to an end, and we are nearing the end of phase I of this project. If you want to see how it looks or what I’m referring to CLICK HERE to see some photos. Anyone have a few weekends free for phase II?

Bryan house sat for friends of ours from FamilyLife, worked on some yard projects for a neighbor and is working full time as a maintenance car porter at a nearby Toyota dealer.  Jaclyn just returned from Guatemala and contunually enjoys time with her “homies”.  Erin is working in North Carolina all summer at a KOA camp as part of a Summershine ministry/work program.  She’s working hard and experiencing God in new ways!

Sue and I are holding the fort at home.  We are in the process of throwing our hat into the ring of a new Singles minstry at church.  I’m a little more called than she is but we are looking forward to seeing how God might use us “aged” folk in the lives of these 20-30 somethings.

Finally, we are experiencing God’s goodness and truth daily.  He’s stretching us in new and old ways.  Finances are still an issue for us as we seek His direction for our support.  Our staff balance has diminished to a level where we will get a short paycheck beginning August 1.  We are very content and that has to come from His peace that passes understanding.  Thank you for praying for us!

Until next post….