Encouragement Exchange

Have you ever had an exchange student? Having an exchange student is an experience that is incredibly impactful and will leave you with stories for a lifetime.  (My friend Michael had all of his jeans stolen by his exchange student). As we prepare to depart to a foreign land, I’ve been wondering how to connect […]

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Creating Space

Creating space is an art form.  Most musicians will tell you that it is often what you don’t play – as much as what you do play – that makes a great song.  That created space allows the song to live and “breathe.”  We are no different. It’s incredible when you have a thought rolling […]

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the Wind will blow.

Before we moved to Ellensburg we had heard about the wind … but we had no idea. The wind blows in Ellensburg and leaves its mark.  The trees throughout the valley lean permanantly to the east — the evidence of powerful wind from the west.  It blew the day we arrived, the day we left, and […]

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Friday Night Lights will change your life.

The final episode of Friday Night Lights airs tonight.  I was a little late to the Friday Night Lights party.  I started a couple years ago, but as many of you know once you start it’s hard to stop and thanks to Netflix it didn’t take me long to get “caught up”. I spent 12 […]

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Passport Pandemonium

Apparently these new electronic, do-it-yourself passport photos are all the rage.  They claim to save not only time but money, allowing you to select your perfect passport photo.  “It’s great for kids!”  You simply take a photo, upload it to a website, crop it, print it and attach it to your application. Julie and I […]

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Project Compassion

In previous posts I’ve referenced Project Compassion as my first introduction to Youth Compass.  I thought it would be great to post a quick video about the yearly service project.  Kids from all over the world spend their Easter break serving those in need primarily in Eastern Europe in communities where resources are extremely limited. This year, teens representing 20 different […]

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The One

I thought I’d post Brandon Heath’s “The One” video from his Leaving Eden Sessions.  Brandon was there at the beginning of this journey with Youth Compass on that first Project Compassion trip and my first trip to Europe.  I may have taken the title of this blog from this song.  🙂  Have a great 4th of July […]

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ein Junge unter einem flugzeug.

We’re learning key German phrases like, “a boy under an airplane”.  If I really thought about it I could probably also say, “a dog on a table”.  We’ve started using Rosetta Stone to give us a head start on becoming familiar with the German language.  While the phrases may or may not be useful, I’m starting to […]

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18 “homes” in 24 years.

In late February 2004 I answered the phone.  The voice on the other end, my friend Amanda, asked, “What are you doing in mid April and do you have a valid passport?”  I was intrigued. April arrived and I found myself on a plane headed for Vienna and eventually Mojtin, Slovakia.  My time in Mojtin […]

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Where the streets have no name…

Okay the streets probably have names, but we can’t pronounce them…yet.  I’ll write more soon about what we’ll be doing in our work with Youth Compass, but I needed a quick post for this evening.   The town of Oberursel, Germany is home to Frankfurt International School and Frankfurt International Christian Fellowship(Church).  Oberursel is most likely […]

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