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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It’s Okay Being the Sheep

January 19, 2015

I just finished doing my daily devotion. I’m working my way through a Max Lucado book I received as a Christmas present. Some days I love it and some days I don’t, but it always serves the purpose of getting me in the word and focused on listening for God. Sometimes, I forget that he […]

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You Are The Light Of The World

January 16, 2015

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. -1 John 1:5 One of my favorite parts of events when I was younger was called Campfire. It’s a scheduled time at the end of each evening where the event […]

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Events: Being On The Other Side

January 13, 2015

I was in seventh grade the first time I attended a Youth Encounter sponsored Youth Quake in Omaha, Nebraska. I attended several more events in my youth with confirmation and then in high school. I remember being embarrassed as my mother chaperoned and sat in on breakout sessions, singing loudly (and often badly) with the […]

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Fab Five Fridays: Church Life!

January 9, 2015

Captive Free East Lakes has adapted well to staying in different locations. I had spent a few of my high school nights enjoying lock-ins at my church and even slept in one or two churches on youth trips and such, but I have slept in a number of different churches and have learned quite a bit about […]

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