It's been a while since I blogged. (Hmm, how many times have I started a blog like that?)
I really should write about my three weeks in Illinois with International Teams. To be honest, I'm at a loss how to summarize it.
I could write a whole blog about the trip up there. I love driving across country when I have time to goof-off on back roads. I drove up Hwy 61 and 1 from Vicksburg to Memphis and then had "Man vs Food" amazing fried chicken in Memphis with my nephew. Later that day I continued up the backroads to southern Illinois and spent the night with a great kid from my first youth group in Aberdeen...he's married now, he's a Pastor and has wonderful kids.
I could write about that first week at ITeams. How I had Deep Dish Chicago Pizza with my friends Carrie and Ali. How I enjoyed getting to know 28 or so missionaries- especially the short-termers that were only with us for a week. Most of them were college-age and they are awesome and getting ready to go all over the world.
The 2nd week was mostly about studying our strengths and gifts and personality. That alone deserves it's own blog. At the end of the week I drove down to Southwestern Illinois for an all day "Jesus Focused Youth Ministry" Seminar. That's the material I'll be teaching in Ukraine.
The 3rd week included a lot of cross-cultural stuff like visiting an Islamic Mosque, and Inner City Church and a Hindu Temple. Crazy week. At the end of the week I began the road-trip home which is another blog too. I spent the night with my friend Dennis on Friday night, with Thuy and Ryan in St Louis on Saturday night and with Darrell and Kimberly and kids on Sunday night. On the way home that Monday I drove down scenic Hwy 7 in Arkansas- a great drive!
So now I'm back in MS and working with Stik. I hope to begin meeting with people in regard to support raising as early as next weekend (heading to Tupelo for another JFYM Seminar).
So there ya go.