Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you from us!  
Here's what we celebrated...from The Jesus Storybook Bible (recommended reading for all families with small children).


Merry Christmas folks

I hope you all are able to reflect on the birth of Christ, rest in His peace and love, and expectantly look forward to His return this Christmas season.  I have been posting some advent thoughts on my facebook page if you'd like to follow along.  Here's a video to thank you for your support and celebrate what the Lord has done this year.

Campus Crusade for Christ -- Christmas Thank You from Masterworks on Vimeo.



While my family may not look like a Norman Rockwell painting and the world isn't free from want...there is still much to be thankful to God for!

Try to take a minute before you make your wish list and meditate on a few things you're grateful for AND even a few ways you can be a blessing to others as you move to engage the brokenness of this world!

Abiding in Christ can be especially difficult during the holidays...with family stress, travel, lack of routine, and consumerism/materialism ever-present.  We pray that you spend extra time in prayer, live out the gospel in word and deed to your loved ones, walk in the Spirit (remember the fruit of the Spirit?  yeah we all need that extra patience, love, and joy now), rest in the finished work of Christ, be thankful for the little things, and rejoice always again I say Rejoice!

Some things we're thankful for:
  • personal relationships with God: that we can be both fully known and fully loved
  • our families (yep both sides)
  • our friends (old and new)
  • our jobs (not just to pay bills but that we get to impact lives for eternity)
  • each other
  • our soon to be daughter
  • this list is not exhaustive! (it's not an Oscar's acceptance speech people)
  • Oh, and our supporters and prayer champions


Fall Retreat 2011

Here are just a few quick pictures from ministry this fall.  We had 5 students indicate decisions for Christ at our conference this year.  Great time overall, and the students really connected with the Lord and each other.  Thanks for reading and praying for us!

Costume Dance Party (April made the decorations)
Group Shot



Here's a quick pic of us on a family vacation to Savannah, Ga.  It was lovely there and well worth a weekend visit.  I particularly like how it was and is such a planned community, with there being so many public squares (parks) and historic neighborhoods surrounding those (it's very walkable).  Not too mention all of the history of the city from Nathanael Greene to John Wesley to Juliette Gordon Low to Johnny Mercer to Paula Deen.

A few of our favorite things and restaurants were to enjoy a nice tour (carriage or trolley) and a good meal.  Vic's on the River is great for finer dining (especially seafood) as was Local 11ten (where we all had a steak and the executive chef is a NC State grad).  We loved Soho South Cafe (April's fav) and Zunzis (Jeff's fav) for lunch and Leopold's for some "world class" ice cream.  I also really wanted to try the legendary Mrs. Wilke's Dining Room, the Green Truck Pub for a burger, Vinnie Van Go Go's for pizza, Wiley's Championship BBQ for some barbeque, and B. Matthews Eatery for breakfast...but never did.  Also, Tybee Island is worth checking out if it's beach season, visit an art museum or gallery, a historic church, or see a show at the Historic Savannah Theatre, and you can always enjoy the riverfront.

Alas, you can only fit in so much on a weekend!  


We're Expecting...a baby GIRL

So the cat is out of the bag.  We are officially going to have a baby GIRL.  We are excited soon to be parents!!

Now to pick out a name.  What are your suggestions or favorite names?


Beginning of the Fall Semester

After our leader's retreat to start the semester off, we have been busy.  From the survey tables (even including a plinko board with prizes that helped generate over 800 contacts), to follow ups, to weekly meetings, Bible studies, and all.  We thought you'd like to see a few pics, b/c they're worth 1,000 words.

Plinko board at the table
Weekly Meeting crowd
Yay, Bible studies

Thanks for all your prayers, God is at work!  Note, our Fall Retreat is coming up in the middle of Oct...Pray for many new students to go and be challenged to grow closer together and closer to God.


We're Expecting...

...A New Addition to Our Family!

Hmm, boy or girl?

We are very excited and maybe a tad scared as well.  But we are looking forward to this blessing.  April is due on March 1, 2012.  So pray that it's not on leap day and that she and the baby are well.  We find out the sex at the beginning of next month. 

I'm sure most of you have heard, but we want to try to communicate this news with as many of you as possible.  Thanks for your continued prayers and support!


Training and Planning Time

Well, it's that time of year again...back to school!  But first, we pulled our students away for training time before the semester at the beach.  Here's a few shots of the time:

 Some of the guys Jeff works with:  Matt, Griffin, and Zane
Some of the girls April works with:  Anna, Caroline, and Hannah

 Planning and Mapping out our strategy
 Ministry Training

Please pray for our students to step up and lead as we attempt to reach every student/faculty in the Triad with the gospel!


Summer Staff Conference

We had fun out in Colorado at our national staff conference.  It was a great time to renew our calling and gain vision.  Here are a few pics:

 Francis Chan

 Steve Sellers, unveils new name and logo

 Staff worshiping

Miss you Mehaffies
 10th Avenue North

 David Crowder Band

David Platt


NYC Photo of the Day - July 11

Our Staff Team

Prayer Requests:
Pray for us staff as we travel home on Wed.  Also, we have a short turnaround before we head out to Colorado for 10 days.  Then 2 weeks later we start the fall semester.  I know we personally have a ton to get done in our 2 week summer.  Pray that we are able to raise support and get everything ready for the fall semester.  And ultimately, that we would rest in the work of Christ.


NYC Photo of the Day - July 10

A NYC Sunset

Prayer Request:
Please pray for our students to take back what they learned and continue to impact their world for Christ.  Also pray for the people we have talked to this summer...that the Lord would continue to pursue and reveal Himself to them.


NYC Photo of the Day-July 9

On Saturday, we went bicycling on Governor's Island. Here are some of our girls on a quad-bike.

Prayer Request:
Pray that in the fall our NYC staff team would be able to reconnect with the students we meet this summer who are interested in learning more about God.


NYC Photo of the Day - July 8

before date night

Prayer Request:
Pray for us to live out the gospel in our relationship and in leading the students as we close out project.


NYC Photo of the Day - July 6

New York Red Bulls game

Prayer Request:
Pray for us to finish project well.  This includes ministry on campus (our last Bible studies are on Thursday) and ministry to our students on project.  We will finish training them and trying to prepare them to continue walking with Christ on campus and for a lifetime.


NYC Photo of the Day-July 4

Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days-it was a super busy week!

Happy Independence Day!!

Prayer Request
Pray for team as it is our last week on campus doing ministry here in NYC. Pray that we will finishe well and make the most of every opportunity.


NYC Photo of the Day - June 25

How to Succeed in Business and Chelsea Market/High Line Park

Prayer Request
Pray for the Gallery Church, which is a church plant close to Mad. Sq. Pk.  We are serving there each Sunday morning...doing greeting, childcare and odds and ends.  Pray that they would love the city well and that God's kingdom will take root & grow in influence.


NYC Photo of the Day - June 24

Lower Manhattan at Night

Prayer Requests
Pray that we would encourage one another well as a ministry team. 
Heb. 10:24
Pray that we would continue to grow in our marriage.
Eph. 5:33


NYC Photo of the Day - June 23

Chinese Cultural Dinner

Prayer Request
Please pray for us to walk in faith empowered by the Holy Spirit.  We need to experience God's character in a deeper way in our lives.  Wisdom, peace, joy, and provision are all needed.


NYC Photo of the Day - June 22

Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

Prayer Request
Today the guys handed out 40 mini footballs on campus as an invitation to come to our Bible study tomorrow.  Pray that the men's and women's Bible studies will see NYC college students come out on Thurs. afternoon.


NYC Photo of the Day - June 21

Enjoying birthday cookie cake

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)

As many of you may already know from experience, when you get to be my age (around 30) then you start taking a long hard look at your life.  Evaluating how far you come, what you've done, what you want to do, what you are good at and what you aren't, what makes you happy, and how you can get where you want to be at in life.  I think it all stems from a desire not to waste your life and to make an impact in the world or at least in someone else's life.  This season of searching for purpose, meaning, and significance is often also complicated by seeking to balance it against responsibilities to family, community, and work.  

In the midst of all this processing of life, I am comforted by this verse that I am God's poema...His masterpiece, His work of art.  On this day of my birth, I am thankful that the holy, God of the universe, created me and knows me intimately and personally.  I am grateful that He will accomplish His good works through me, not because I'm special or perfect, but because His Son is.  So I can rest in the work of Jesus on the cross, that it is sufficient to make me acceptable before Him; and I can rest in the resurrection of Jesus, that it is sufficient to empower me to accomplish His purpose for my life.

Prayer Requests
  So in light of all this, please pray for myself and April:

Pray that I would take the time to look carefully at how I walk and for wisdom to make THE BEST use of my time.  Pray for me to follow the Lord's will, to daily walk empowered by the Holy Spirit, to worship Him alone, and to encourage and serve others...especially my wife.  Above all to be thankful for the many blessings in my life by His grace.  (Ephesians 5:15-21)

I am grateful for my wife, family, friends, co-laborers, our supporters, and all the people with which I get to interact.  Among men, I am truly blessed!  Thanks be to God.

Pray that I would be strengthened by His Spirit to more fully comprehend and grasp the surpassing love of Christ for me.  That I would be rooted and grounded in this love that emanates from the Trinity (for God is love), share that love in word and deed with others, and delight to give love back to the Father through Christ.  (Ephesians 3:14-19)

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21)


NYC Photo of the Day - June 20

Then Bursting Forth In Glorious Day

Prayer Requests
Pray that God's kingdom would burst forth into the lives of New Yorkers.  That many would be able to experience sins curse lose its grip on them.  That they might know the hope, healing, and restoration the Gospel of Christ brings.  All because on the cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.  Pray they would find that in Him, we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace! Lastly, that His character and kingdom values would be reflected for the good of the city and for His glory.

NYC Photo of the Day - June 19

Street View

Prayer Requests:
Pray for April as she leads a talk on God's heart for the nations.  Also pray for us as we visit Queens College on Monday.


NYC Photo of the Day-June 18

Jeff playing with the Jones' kids. :-)

Prayer Request

Thank God for our earthy Fathers, and thank Him for being the ultimate and perfect Father.

- 1 John 3:1

NYC Photo of the Day-June 17

Pray that God would be our strength and we draw on Him or power and wisdom.
- Eph. 3:16-17



NYC Photo of the Day-June 15-Worship

A glimpse of our Monday weekly meeting. We invited students who are involved in the Crusade movement here in NYC and had a good number show up! We will continue to invite students we meet on campus too.

Prayer Requests

Pray that ourconversations with students this summer would lead to new movements being launched on campuses in the fall.