Last week we met up with some friends for a Hispanic night of fun first by having dinner at La Isla Mexican restaurant. After some good food, we headed off to the Verve for Salsa dancing! We each watched the instructors there, then stepped out on the floor to shake our bon bons. Some caught on very well. I, on the other hand…well, let’s not go there. Here’s a shot of our group of friends at the end of the night. We had a blast!
The Indiana Statesman newspaper was also covering the event that night. In the article, they posted a picture of Emily and I working our Salsa moves:
Here is a link to the article from the Statesman: http://media.www.indianastatesman.com/media/storage/paper929/news/2008/02/15/Campus/Isu-Celebrates.Valentines.Day-3212709.shtml
My friend, Lance Hampton, who has also been a worship leader at our church called eXchange, is stepping out in faith on a missionary journey with Team Expansion to Taichung, Taiwan. When I first heard about his decision to do this, I was very excited and had to learn more. While in Taiwan, Lance will be using talents he has professionally as a children’s case manager to minister to youth. Also, he is going to to be involved in music ministry at a newly planted church in Taichung. Above all, he’s going to have chances to share the gospel and God’s love. I’m posting this on my blog in search for those who would lift him up in prayer as he is making a move on this trip.
You can check out more on his story and ministry at:
At the beginning of the new year, we heard about an awesome opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, in fact, something unlike anything that has happened in the Wabash Valley. Tim Ramseier, the executive director of the Wabash Valley Youth for Christ, came to Maryland Community Church to talk about the 7 Project. The project itself is an organization whose mission is driven to share the Truth of Jesus Christ students and children who represent the next generation. The project, led by Keith Robinson, has toured around Indiana, conducting character building convocations in the public schools through the week, then had a faith based rally at the end of the week. Tim explained this to our church while mentioning that this Project was coming to Terre Haute and was going to take place in our very own public schools. While the project itself required funding and a venue, the Lord opened up hearts in the Vigo County School Corporation administration to allow this to take place.
The truth is that as many programs that could come through a school, not a single one could match what the 7 Project was offering. Sure, a character building program that touches subjects that teenagers face on a daily basis such as drugs, sex, and peer pressure would be very helpful. But, there is emptiness and longing for something deeper living in each and every heart. This void can only be filled and satisfied by their Creator. Keith and his team would spend an entire week visiting each of the Vigo County middle and high schools discussing character subjects only to invite students to a post week rally at North and South High Schools.
Terre Haute Tribune Star articles published on the event:
Faith-based rally draws scores of Valley teens
Old Man Winter won’t stop tonight’s faith-based rally (2/1/2008)
Character-based assemblies precede weekend rallies at North, South (1/30/2008)