Aug 30, 2011

A Man of Many Hats!

Brendan love to wear hats! He will go get any hat and put it on his head. We have had many laughs this summer watching him parade around in a variety of different hats.

He spends many hours outside in one of his several "sun" hats...thankful he likes them and keeps them on instead of tearing them off.

Here he is at a wedding this summer...Dad and Brendan were trying to waste some time and found some dress-up hats. HOW CUTE IS HE! By the way, he likes to pose too (maybe we have a future model on our hands).

When asked to make the sound of a fire truck Brendan responds with a siren sound (thank you Grandpa). The highlight of the lentil festival was getting a fireman's hat. Now all he needs is the suit to go with it.

We posted this video earlier of him wearing Mimi's sunhat at the lake...but it is too funny not to post again. Take a look at Speedy Gonzalez!

We are having fun with this cute little man who wears so many hats so well.

Aug 19, 2011

NBC Camps - Our Summer Ministry

Jamie and I are so thankful for the ministry of NBC Volleyball Camps. What a great organization to be involved in. We directed camps at Eastern Oregon University and Whitworth University again this summer. It was a great year and God worked in big ways.

Compiling the 3 weeks of camps we did this summer (just volleyball at EOU and Whitworth) we saw about 260 young women. Of those, and I don't remember the exact number, just about 20% - or roughly speaking, 2 girls from every team this summer - met face to face with Jesus and came away a different person. This is a REALLY BIG DEAL! We pray regularly that this ministry use us to the best of our abilities, truly God did some amazing things during those 3 weeks - both in the lives of our athletes and in the lives of our staff as well. Campers left camp thinking about forgiveness towards/with parents, hope in dealing with tragedy, heartache and loss, tools/encouragement to seek after people (and specifically boys) who will honor and cherish them, and with that the seed of God's love for them.
It is cool that even though we're not a "Bible camp", we can have a great influence to/for the Glory of God.

We want to thank all of our staff for their servant leadership. Thank you that you came ready to pour out love and acceptance to these young women. Thank you that you gave it everything you had for the days you were on campus.

The Bible tells the story of God, who is already in community, creating us in their likeness for the purpose of unceasing worship. He pursues us so that we might find joy, contentment and peace with him - we've always been good at replacing God on the throne of our hearts. Our command therefore is to share that joy, contentment and peace with those around us. He doesn't need us, but he choose us - what great news! May we all find joy in Jesus and may we continue to share that joy with those around us.