Friday, April 20, 2007

Surf Instructor & South Island!

So for those who have been keeping up on my life. Thanks. Honestly, your prayers and support have been huge in keeping me going. It has been amazing how much more appreciative and grateful i have become for my friends and family who honestly support me with their words, actions, and especially PRAYERS. We become of one heart and purpose the more we do this as i read at the beginning of Philippians 2:

1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

So the last two weeks Dan and I taught surf lessons for the outdoors company i work for. This last week was especially awesome. We had some amazing conversations with the teens we worked with. (i would attribute that to prayers of friends and family) I was very rejuvenated and ready for this camp. I was able to wake up extra early and call a few friends in the states( i attribute that energy to the the support prayers of friends and family). It also went smoothly as to not having any major accidents. So GOOD! Thanks for the prayers

During this last week Dan and i had some crazy conversations!
  • Dinner Prep- While getting ready for dinner prep one of the kids found out i was a Christian and asked if i was "hard out" or not. After a little prompting, Dan and I are having a half an hour Christians about how we believe the Bible is true and something that can be ignored
  • Driving- Driving back from surfing, the teens were talking about where they would go after they died. After a little prompting, the kids asked me what i believed and i got to share the story of Christ's death and the goal of heaven and what that looks like
  • Mark- Mark came up to me and said, "I am a Christian too." Mark was crazy and fun, but one of the cocky trouble makers so it was somewhat surprising to hear this. I got to spend some time hearing his testimony and encouraging him in his walk
  • Soul Cravings- My mom gave me a book call Soul Cravings from Erwin Mcmanus who is a pastor in the states. I was using it as a hard surface for the campers to write on. One of the girls named Amy who is not a Christian (from what i know) started reading it... the next thing i know she wanted to keep reading it. I ended up giving it to her under the condition that she emails me in a week to discuss what she likes about it. I didn't finish it so i will buy it again, but cool stuff! It makes me smile just thinking about it.
That was my last adventure camp for the season though. Sad Days. On to the South Island.

Dan and i have been planning to go for a LONG time. Everyone who lives here says you will always regret not spending more time there. Anyways, Dan and i have been budgeting, planning, and pushing this off until we had the money and we are going to squeeze it out now! We will be gone for close to two weeks and leave today or tomorrow (Saturday or Sunday)! I'm sure we will have some videos and good times to share when we get back. It will also be an amazing time to process, look to the future, journal, and explore! So check back in two weeks!


Anonymous said...

Praise God for good conversation and new adventures. Hope you have a great trip to the South Island!

Anonymous said...

Brothaman! I love and miss you. I am so glad to hear that things are going better for you. I had a wonderful time talking with you the other night and can't wait to hear from you again. Don't make me cry a second time! =) Thinking of you...

I never received your emial of the piglet.

Love you - Kel

Anonymous said...

Hey Brent, Lynne is in Spain right now and I am in San Diego living with Jessie for the summer!!! I had my first In and Out Burger and I thought of you! It was AMAZING!!! It is pretty amazing out here! Glad to hear you are ministering and God is using you. You're awesome! I will eat an In and Out Burger for you! :) -AP