Friday, May 28, 2010

Team Day with 2100

Yesterday I spent the day with the 2100 team at a farm! (From Madison it does not take very long to get to farm land.) We had a great day of fellowship, learning and discussion. In the morning we read through Romans 12 as well as shared about significant things we've each experienced the past 6 months. Later in the afternoon we talked about our strengths using a training tool called StrengthsFinder. It was interesting and encouraging to learn about how each of us have different strengths, and to think about how we can use what we're naturally good at and enjoy doing in our respective roles. We also had some down time to just relax, spend time together and play games. We also finally got to take a group photo!

left to right: Jill, Matt (the photographer!), Becky, Steve (standing), Scott (sitting on floor), Dan, Val, Grete, Gary, me, David, Mike and Glenn. 

 And here I am playing croquet for the first time! And I won! :)

Here are some ways you can be praying for our team:

  • Pray that the Team Day would bear fruit in the relationships we have with each other both as Christian brothers and sisters as well as colleagues.
  • Pray that our team would continue to work together well towards our mission of communicating the gospel to students.
  • Pray for God's provision in our overall financial needs. Each of us has been asked to raise an additional 3-5%.
  • We will be joined by 4 new people next week. Adam Jeske will join us as Associate Director of Communications. Angela, Carolyn and Josh are interns who will work with us over the summer. Please pray for good transitions in joining our team and in their move to Madison.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Aisulu's last day

Today we said goodbye to our intern, Aisulu (pronounced Eye-soo-loo), pictured above in the middle. Originally from Kyrgyzstan, she was on staff there with IFES for several years. Since her fiance lives in Pennsylvania, she was looking for an opportunity to work/live a little closer and was able to connect with InterVarsity since we are part of IFES (an umbrella organization for student groups all over the world!).  It has been a great time having her on the graphics team these past few months. I learned a lot about Kyrgyzs culture, and in helping her learn more about graphic design, it's helped me verbalize ideas and principles, which has been a good way for me to learn as well!

Aisulu is moving to Pennsylvania where she and her fiance will be married. She is hoping to get another internship or opportunity in the graphic design industry. Please pray for God's provision and guidance as she moves on to the next chapter of her life!

New interns will be joining us for the summer starting June 1st. I'll write more about them when they arrive!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

OSU Price of Life - Summary Video

OSU Price of Life Invitational from InterVarsity-twentyonehundred on Vimeo.

Some of my teammates spent the week at OSU filming the events of this invitational. Here's the final summary video that they put together!

Praise God for what he has done and is still doing as a result of this event. Please pray that there would continue to be much fruit, both in the lives of the 20,000 people who were a part of this, and of slaves who are oppressed all over the world.

note: i also had a small part in this event! i printed, trimmed, and shipped the banners you see in the video! printing large banners like this usually costs hundreds of dollars, but since we have our own large format printers we saved lots of money! helping in this small way reminds us that a lot of work goes into coordinating this kind of event and every person's contribution is a way of serving the Lord and working to advance the gospel!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Thanks to everyone who came to my ministry update dinner this past Monday. I had a good time getting to connect with many of you, hear about how you are doing and also share some of what I've been up to! For those of you who couldn't make it, here are a few photos:

I brought cheese and cheese curds from Wisconsin. They were yummy!

This table displayed some of the work I've done in the past 9 months. During the presentation I shared a little bit more about each event/ministry, including Urbana 09, Imago Dei and Greek Conference.

This display shows a little glimpse of 2100, the multimedia communications team I work with.

Here I am giving my short presentation!

A special thanks to the Chow family - Hannah, Chris, Collin and Carolyn, for opening their home to me and everyone else. Also a HUGE thanks to my mom for planning the menu and cooking most of the food (and missing her Monday night Bible study)! I couldn't have done it without her help!

After a dinner like this, I am even more excited about and grateful for the wonderful people that I get to partner with in this ministry. It truly is one of the biggest blessings about being in a ministry where I raise support. It is a unique way in which God is clearly present in my life, and a beautiful expression of the way there is partnership among believers towards advancing His kingdom.

If you couldn't make it and are interested in hearing about what I shared during my presentation, please send me a message! I'd love to talk about it with you some time!