I'm so grateful for the opportunity God has given me to be a part of His plan through CSB Ministries. It has been quite a while since I have given personal updates. Here is a very abbreviated overview of what has been going on in ministry and life…
Camp Registration Meltdown
On April 23 we lost our network server host for our camp registration site. We were left high and dry by the host company and the amount of hours it took to recover are immeasurable. Jeanne Seifert, Todd Sharkey and myself spent great efforts pulling the system back together. THANKS to your prayers and the many dedicated hours, we pulled it back together with little pain to our staff and registrants.
I hope you saw the Camp Director’s Report from Dave Buncher. We are praising God for the spiritual decisions made and the relationships built. I had a very blessed time leading the Junior Counselor Training week with Jack Reppart. Most of last year’s JC’s graduated, so we had nearly a whole group of newbies. They were a great group and we can’t wait to have them back next year! Developing young men toward servant leadership for Christ is core to the Brigade fabric.
Keeping Up With Life
This was the “year of the car” – spending money and time on them that is. Long term maintenance issues had built up in our “fleet.” I had to fix issues with the family car before we went on our summer excursions. Issues on the family car had me tearing half of the rear suspension apart as well as the top of the engine (intake manifold.)
We had to add a car for Madelyn to drive for work and her senior year of high school which involves commuting to YSU for College Credit Plus classes. We were blessed with a great deal on a 2004 Honda CR-V for Madelyn, but high mileage (240,000) demands extra and more costly maintenance. We went into the deal with eyes wide open and we are still way ahead. However, even with good deals and the ability to do the repairs, the car budget and savings has taken a BIG hit this year.
It had been quite a while since we had taken a family excursion. We were blessed to be able to go to The Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. AIG has done an outstanding job. If anyone has doubts about the possibility of the Noah account, the exhibit answers those doubts very well and with great quality.
Our next excursion took us to the Jersey shores for a family wedding and to Niagara Falls. We dropped the kids in Buffalo, and headed to the wedding. We then blitzed back to Buffalo and did an excursion to Niagara Falls, Canada with Jennifer’s family. Great beauty and power; and great family memories.
Among all of this and more, my revision and design management of Leadership Trails headed forward – AND IS COMPLETE! This completes a full revision of our Battalion materials. Pre-print response from those who have seen the updated edition has been very positive. We pray this will increase the success of the number of the men of tomorrow being discipled in biblical, servant leadership by the men of today.
I am so grateful for all who help me carry out God’s call on my life. Your prayers and financial support help me accomplish my role in Brigade to disciple the men of today and tomorrow. Your prayers and support also help me fulfill my role as a husband and father. Thank you for being a part of my life!