There’s No Place Like Home

January 6, 2015

Captive Free East Lakes – A ministry team serving in the East Lakes Region that includes Michigan, some Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and some western Pennsylvania and western New York. Captive Free East Lakes – A ministry team serving a region that does not include Nebraska. But even if Nebraska isn’t east of many lakes, especially […]

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Countdown to 2015!

January 1, 2015

Picture it: December 31, 2014. Ten. Nine. Eight. 8:30am? You have GOT to be kidding me. Press snooze, roll over, and tug up that sleeping bag. 8:40am. Fine. I’ll get up. Rise, shine, and shower in the host church!  The return to team life is now complete! I should not have stayed up so late having […]

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Return Flights!

December 30, 2014

As I sit in the Omaha airport eating overpriced popcorn and drinking overpriced bottled water, I can’t help but feel excited that I will soon be reunited with my teammates in St. Paul and on the road again. It’s kind of funny because I was so ready for the eighteen days I would spend at home. […]

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25 Lessons for 25 Years

December 28, 2014

Well, it’s my birthday. The last of the exciting ones, or so I’ve heard. I am officially a quarter of a century old. By most odds, I have officially lived over one-fourth of my life. At 25, car insurance rates tend to drop. I suppose that’s the last of the exciting milestones for a while. […]

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Merry Christmas To All!

December 25, 2014

The Birth of Jesus as told in the book of Luke, chapter 2, verses 1-20. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph […]

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas!

December 23, 2014

On December 12 I departed St. Paul, Minnesota for Lincoln and arrived at home safe and sound after a slightly bumpy, but overall successful, flight on Delta. While I was somewhat sad to leave my teammates and the other teamers, I was incredibly excited to arrive home! It’s so great to see my family, sleep […]

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Go Huskers! Er…Badgers?

December 16, 2014

If you’ve read Grace Accepted for a while you may be aware of the fact that I am fairly proud of my Nebraska heritage. It is often common knowledge that residents of Nebraska are all but required to pledge their allegiance to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. We cheer on our athletic teams, particularly in football, through […]

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Living in the Now

December 13, 2014

I arrived in Nebraska late in the evening on December 12 for Christmas break from team. Our team had a wonderful, yet challenging, week at midwinter training. You see, in team life, midwinter is a chance to have fun gathering with the entire Youth Encounter community, but it is also a chance to review your […]

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Throwback Thursdays?

December 4, 2014

You may or may not be familiar with the online concept of a Throwback Thursday, but since it is Thursday and today marks our return to the Youth Encounter office for Midwinter Training, I figured I would throwback to our initial training and tell you one of my favorite stories from the process of getting […]

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Looking Like Christmas!

November 29, 2014

Artificial or real tree? Christmas music before or after Thanksgiving? Presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Church before or after Christmas Dinner? Pumpkin or pecan pie? How many members of your family celebrate together? These are just a few of the questions our team has discussed as we approach the Christmas season! We all celebrate […]

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