Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Favorite Saying of the Week

Big Hat, No Cattle. This refers to the person with lots of alleged bling but no real wealth as described in The Millionare Next Door. While a person may have nice things and look like they're living the high life, they may in fact have very little real financial value and could be heavily leveraged on debt.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Phillipines Prayer Request

Dear Family and Friends,

God has opened the door for me to go on a short-term mission trip with my church June 23- July 5. We will be working with missionaries and their families in Cebu, Philippines. My team will help lead a camp for high school and junior high students of missionaries. While there, we will conduct a variety of Bible studies, worship, games, and fun activities. This will be in conjunction with a conference for the missionary families to encourage and uplift them. We will be hanging out with the kids and investing in them spiritually. We also will likely have the opportunity to interact with some of the people who are native to the area.

During both our preparation, the trip itself, and afterwards, prayer will play an important role in the outcome. Jesus tells us in the John 15:16, “…I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” It is my prayer that we will be able to truly touch the lives of these kids and their families and pour into them so that they can continue to pour themselves into others and touch the Filipino people for Christ.

Please pray that we and the missionaries can proclaim Christ boldly as the Bible teaches and that false doctrine, which can be prevalent, will not continue to lead the Filipinos down the wrong path. Pray that we will know the types of materials to prepare which will be most effective in conducting the camp whether that be songs, Bible study material, games, or whatever else God might see fit. Pray that we will have wisdom in all decisions related to the trip. Please pray for safety in travel. Pray for rest when it is needed and that we will be able to quickly adapt to the time change. Pray that God will protect us from Satan and his powers and that Christ will be victorious and glorified through this trip. Pray that our attitudes will be in the right place and that we would not allow frustrations or petty differences to get in the way of God’s purposes. Pray that we will approach the trip with a servant mentality and to truly work as a team.

Please contact me if I can answer any questions you might have. I am looking forward to the trip and what God will do with and through us for His kingdom. I also challenge you to pray about going on a mission trip. I’ve found these to be times of great growth in my walk with Christ and spiritual milestones in my life.

Thank you for praying for us. I will be excited to report back the things God did through the trip.
His child,


Friday, May 19, 2006

Phillipines Mission Trip

I'll be going on a mission trip to the Phillipines June 23 - July 5th with Pleasant Valley Baptist church. While there, we'll be conducting a camp for high school and junior high students. Looking forward to it. :-)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Running Advice Installment 10

Howdy Team,

Great job this weekend! I had loads of fun hanging out with y'all and watching you run. As far as post race running, hopefully ya'll have been taking it easy the past few days. I highly recommend taking a week off from running. If you still want to exercise, take it very slowly. Some light walking, exercise bike riding, or swimming would be good cross training. Depending on how you're feeling next week, you can start back gradually. In order to maintain motivation, it wouldn't be a bad idea to pick out a 5k or something that looks fun just to have something to shoot for. Again, excellent running and keep it up. Please feel free to send me any questions you have at any time.

Coach Andrew

Monday, May 01, 2006

Country Music Half-Marathon

This weekend, I went with 7 of my runners and 2 support crew to the Country Music Half-Marathon in Nashville. Everyone finished. Yay! Phil Vassar serenaded us at a concert on Saturday evening. He puts on a good show. I am amazed at the amount of music going on in downtown Nashville. There was a band in literally every door. Even in the ice cream shop. I also got to spend some quality time with my cousin who lives in the music city.

A Haiku

Brown bagging my beans
Morning's scent tinctures the air
so satisfying
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