Saying Goodbye

By Bryon, July 21, 2008 6:24 am

Saying good-bye is never easy.  This past weekend I began this process at St. John’s.  The hardest part of all this is leaving those whom I have ministered to over the past 3 years and at the same time letting them know that I still care for them.  The relationships I have made will never be forgotten.  God has blessed me greatly through many of the people at St. John’s.  It may be challenging to say good-bye to so many, but I am also excited to see what God has in store for me next.  I look forward to see where I will minister next.

Lifest

By Bryon, July 21, 2008 6:21 am

Steven\'s first night back.Last week, I went to Lifest in Oshkosh, WI.  This music festival has become a great tradition for Olivia and I.  We have only missed two of the ten years.  We also took 3 of the students from our ministry at St. John’s in Springfield.  It was a great week with the girls and we heard some awsome music–newsboys, Casting Crowns, Robbie Seay Band, Stellar Kart, Superchick, Pocket Full of Rocks, Mandisa, Rebecca St. James, Ayiesha Woods, Skillet, and Steven Curtis Chapman.  This was Steven’s first concert back since the death of his five year old daughter, Maria.  He, along with his sons, and the rest of the band recieved many standing ovations.  Steven showed a lot of strength as he ministered to us through music and the words of his heart.  What a great weekend.  We also heard some great speakers–Bob Lenz, Reggie Dabbs, Bill Yonker, and Mark Hall of Casting Crowns.  I got to talk to Mark again after his session, too.  The weather Friday night got a little crazy but we survived.  I am already looking forward to next year.  Tobymac and Third Day are already on the schedule for 2009.

Jeremy Camp “Let It Fade”

By Bryon, July 17, 2008 8:25 pm

Mission Trip to Marion, VA

By Bryon, July 17, 2008 6:36 pm

Bryon and Nikki fixing the porch.I just got back from a mission trip to Marion, VA.  A group of 24 from St. John’s traveled 14 hours in vans to do home repairs.  We had two locations that we worked at during the week.  At one house, a small group finished up the painting that a group started the week before, did window repair, fixed a sidewalk, and painted the front porch.  Once finished with this project, the small group joined the other servants at a farm house where we were scraping, priming and painting the house.  We also replaced the ceiling of the porch, repaired some windows, patched the roof and built a wood shed.  It was a wonderful learning experience for the group, most of whom had not be on mission trip before .  I also learned a lot as a leader.  It was wonderful to see the glow of the people we helped and to see the lives of the servents changed because of the experience.  To see pictures and videos from the week vist the St. John’s Youth Web site.

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