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26 June 2010

Pique/Project 86

Every time I watch Spain play, their defender Pique reminds me of Project 86 lead singer Andrew Schwab. Anyone else think the same thing?


They don't have the same facial expression, but you get the idea.

25 June 2010

Soccer Fields are Green

This is an update on my summer and progress with TWR.

Major Dates with TWR:

Fall 2009 - Introduction to TWR at Moody's Mission Conference
January 2010 - Orientation at TWR Headquarters in Cary, NC
February 2010 - Accepted as TWR Appointee
Summer 2010 - Partnership Development officially begins
Early 2011 - Projected arrival in Bratislava, Slovakia

The date I arrive in Slovakia is not for sure. TWR requires their appointees to be at a 100% support rate before going, which in my case is $3,500/month. A lot of missions are a little more flexible, but TWR hopes to keep their appointees from financial stress while they're on the field.

The last couple weeks have been very encouraging. A couple families have decided to support me financially, and quite a few others have shown interest in praying for me and keeping updated.

TWR is sending me to a SYIS Workshop in Michigan from August 1-6 put on by ITP (International Training Partners). This is designed "to provide practical, interactive, biblical training in interpersonal relationships for Christian workers." I may also be taking a trip to visit Slovakia and the TWR staff there in late September if it works out.

In non-TWR news, I'm consumed by the World Cup and loving it. Hoping Brazil, USA, and Slovakia do well. Although, I admit I'm just jumping on the Slovakia bandwagon (what an incredible win against Italy to knock them out!). I'm going to Cornerstone music festival to spend time with friends and help out The Glorious Unseen with their merchandise sales.

I still don't have a full-time job, but I've been working a couple part-time jobs and have a good job lined up for early to mid July. I've also started volunteering at Sunrise Assisted Living in Lincoln Park, so it has been an eventful summer.

If you live in Chicago or are coming through, please give me a call or write me an e-mail. I'd love to hang out.

Thanks for all your friendship and interest in my life! And now, back to this Chile/Spain game. Don't miss the U.S. game against Ghana tomorrow at 1:30 PM Central on ABC!


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22 June 2010

Partnership Development & Salvation

As I contact people and prepare for a ministry with TWR, I came to realize that Partnership Development is a lot like salvation. It takes a lot of faith and hard work!

Ha, not really.

12 June 2010

Staying focused at a conference while World Cup is going on...

6/12/10 8:45 PM

So, the last two days I have spent in a Western suburb called Oak Park. Why did I drive out there during AM rush hour and back during PM rush hour? Why did I miss the first Blackhawks victory parade in 49 years? Why did I miss watching the opening days of the best sporting event in history? For a two day conference called People Raising.

As untimely as this conference was, it turned out to be a really good experience. I met other people in the same boat that I am in - looking to develop prayer and financial partners in order to join a ministry full time. In fact, another couple at the conference, Brandon & Laura, are joining TWR as well.

Bill Dillon, the president of People Raising as well as the founder of Inner City Impact in urban Chicago, was the speaker. He and his wife Sandy started People Raising while helping volunteers at ICI raise their support.

I was kind of skeptical about the conference's take on support raising, but it was actually fairly encouraging. Bill stressed that relationship building is the key to successful ministry. People are most receptive when they know you, trust you, and care for you. I tend to be very non-confrontational, but he encouraged us to be brave and directly challenge people to join our support team. He had some wild stories about straight up asking wealthy Christian business men in Chicago for $50,000 to expand ICI's ministry.

It was cool hearing about different people's experiences and the ministries they're involved with. The following ministries were represented at the conference:
Inner City Impact
Every Child Ministries
Project Nightlight
Let's Go Ministry

Well that's the most recent happenings in my life in relation to TWR. If you were on my first mailing list, you should be receiving my newsletter and prayer card very soon. Have a great day, and by all means watch some soccer!

08 June 2010

Your blog

So, I don't have much experience blogging, but I know many of you have had your own blog for quite awhile. Let me know what your blog is so I can check it out! Thanks.


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