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An Unexpected Journey

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"That was epic!" 

This is a phrase that today's youth can and do use for just about everything, from epic dunks in the NBA finals to an epic movie they just watched. There are also things such as "epic meals," or "epic carpet" (seriously, I have heard this), and perhaps most popular out of all, "epic fails," which we all know much too well. But I don't think that this propensity for focusing on the epic is confined to just youth.

Even as children we see older kids and adults doing things that seem out of reach for us. We hear stories about heroes who overcome every obstacle and find victory in the end. Even at a young age we want to do more and be more. We see adults walking and so we get up and walk. Children play at sword fights, pretend to score the buzzer beating three-pointer in the finals that makes the crowd go crazy, or dream of being the prince or princess who lives happily ever after.

Living With an Eternal Perspective

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Five minutes after I die, what will I think is really important? So often, I find myself zipping along through life at a ridiculous pace, barely keeping my head above the water with all the flurry of activities pressing in at every side, to the point of extreme exhaustion and fatigue. But do these activities that seem so important really have eternal significance? Francis Chan puts this in perspective when he says that "our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter."

Urban Ministry Opportunity

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I remember years ago when my time in REACH came to a conclusion, I faced the question, "What next?" You may be confronting that same question. If you are drawn to work in urban areas and want to continue to use the experience you gained in REACH,  I invite you to consider an opportunity in Flint, Michigan. My wife Nadia and I have been invited to step into leadership at a church called Grace Christian Fellowship. We want to help this congregation as they reshape their vision and develop a plan to engage the neighborhood and city through outreach and service. Our dream is to see this congregation grow into a vibrant multiplying expression of the body of Christ. 

Alumni Happenings Summer 2012

Every few months we put together a list of births, weddings, and other interesting alumni happenings to keep you up to date on what is going on.

And So It Begins... Again!

REACH is here and started whether we were actually ready for it or not! Last Sunday the team leaders came to begin their two weeks of team leader training. They are spending these two weeks in sessions learning about all the responsibilities that they have as team leaders. They get teachings on how to lead worship, on Servant Leadership, on planning and leading Bible studies, on Discipleship and other things like that. They also get a low down on all the things that happen in daily life at the RIC, like washing dishes and cleaning. Also they get to spend a lot of time settling in and getting familiar with their new surroundings before they get thrown into a crazy busy schedule. It has been really good spending time with leaders. They each seem to have a contagious excitement for what is to come. Their excitement is what is making me really excited for this fall and all that God is going to be doing. I think we these team leaders we are bound to have an awesome REACH year!

People of Peace and the Start of Something New

Hello everyone again, a lot of things have been happening lately. It is so sad that City Challenge has finally come to an end. It has been seven weeks of pure epicness. Sorry I don't even think that's a word, Epic was our theme this year and I would rightfully say it was so. So where do we go from here, well the Conservative Mennonite Conference sounds pretty good. Seriously though conference was amazing this year, not to mention it was in my home town and home church.