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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]