Not Quite a VBS…

June 19, 2015

Blogging. This thing that I tell you all that I will do and I then get busy and distracted and I don’t do it. I’m so sorry. (Not that you probably hang on my every word, but I do like to keep my promise to keep people updated, so I am truly sorry that I […]

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Random Musings from Starbucks

May 5, 2015

As I sit nursing my iced coffee in a very crowded Starbucks surrounded by my teammates, I find myself at a loss for what to write. You see, for the longest time I have found myself struggling to blog as regularly because I felt like I was writing only for myself. I often wondered who […]

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Top Five Lists: Host Home Perks

April 29, 2015

Not too long ago I posted about staying in churches. As much as I do enjoy the laid back atmosphere in a church with my team, we haven’t had host homes in over a week. Tonight, we had our first host home experience in a while. It was glorious. So here are my top five favorite […]

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Seeing the Fruit of Our Labors

April 1, 2015

One of the unique things about team ministry is that people want to know about your experiences and often you are asked questions that require thoughtful answers. To be honest, I have some cookie-cutter answers that I’m almost always prepared to give to questions like: Why did you join Captive Free? What place has been your […]

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26 Blessings on the 26th Day of March

March 27, 2015

In many respects, March 26th was a nightmare. The start of our Easter Break, I had high hopes of seeing my family, curling up in my bed, and being so content to have my normal life back – to some degree. Instead, I slept poorly and only had a few hours to prepare for the day, the […]

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Taste the Rainbow (East Lakes Edition)

March 18, 2015

One of the coolest experiences on team is trying new restaurants and local shopping opportunities. Since starting my year, I’ve been in a number of local Mexican, Thai, Pizza, and Chinese restaurants, tried some area diners, and shopped in an Aldi, Meijer, and a number of other stores I had never heard of. My teammate […]

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A Letter to Pre-Team Katie

March 11, 2015

Dear Katie, While I write this, you only have 5 months left on team. Isn’t that amazing? You’ve made it through seven months of a year long journey and you’re still standing. Let me start by saying that I am proud of you. In seven months you have overcome a variety of challenges and obstacles, […]

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Drawing to a Close

March 8, 2015

As I gaze out on an empty ballroom, I write with some disappointment. In less than 90 minutes, nearly 250 youth and adult leaders will fill Salons B & C at the Chicago Oak Brook Marriott, ready for a morning of worship and celebration at another YE QuakeZone. As excited as I am to rejoice […]

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Never On Our Own

March 4, 2015

I haven’t written a blog in a long time. Over a month. I could try to give you a million excuses about how busy our team has been, how I’ve been avoiding technology in order to better serve God, or how I couldn’t properly describe what was going on around me in a way that […]

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Real Talk: What’s the Focus?

January 23, 2015

Shortly after signing a letter of call to team ministry I was asked to write a short bio for the Youth Encounter website. Part of writing that biography is choosing a verse to be associated with your page. I chose one of my favorite verses: Some days it’s easy to lose sight of the call. […]

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