Camp Arcadia

By Bryon, September 13, 2008 9:33 pm

Camp Arcadia Sunset  This past week and weekend I went with Olivia to northern Michigan. We served at a camp that has been a part of Olivia’s family for many years.  Camp Arcadia is on the banks of Lake Michigan and serves as a family camp throughout the summer, but this past weekend it was home to a men’s retreat.  I worked the kitchen and did housekeeping.  I think I cleaned more toilets in the four days of this retreat than I have the other 30+ years I have been alive.  The toilets might not have been a lot of fun, but the meals and the sunsets more than made up for it.  Olivia and I were able to enjoy the wind and waves of Lake Michigan and the views of God’s beautiful sunsets many of the evenings.

Which Way?

By Bryon, August 27, 2008 2:28 pm

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Which way do I go? I feel like this a lot lately. I know I am suppose to follow Christ, but I have had a hard time figuring out which way He is going and I feel like this picture sums it up.

Coach K leads USA to Gold

By Bryon, August 25, 2008 6:19 pm

This past weekend the 29th Summer Olympics came to an end.  One of the final events of the 16 day competition was the men’s basketball gold medal game. The United States took a new approach for this year’s Olympics because of the poor showing by its men’s teams in 2000 and 2004. Three years ago they brought Mike Krzyzewski on as the team coach for the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics. Coach K took the reigns of this team and led them to victory. It is too bad that he doesn’t get a medal for all the work he has done. The team recognized the efforts he put in as their valiant leader and decorated him with their medals. We thought Michael Phelps looked good with eight, I think Mike looks much better. Congratulations Coach K on another great coaching accomplishment.

Life Goes On

By Bryon, August 19, 2008 8:15 pm

It has been almost three weeks since I left St. John’s and life doesn’t seem like it has changed much.  Maybe that’s because my life continues to be as busy as ever.  I have been working on the farm to help out Robert and Patty and make a little money at the same time.  I have made two trips to Wisconsin to see my family.  I got the chance to meet my two new nephews at the beginning of the month, what a wonderful experience it was to see two more of God’s wonderful creations.  We celebrated my mom’s 50th birthday and somehow we were able to surprise her even when she made it very difficult.  I continue to listen for God’s next calling for me, too.  I hate waiting, but know He has big plans for me and it will be wonderful to see that plan develop.

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.

John & Megan

By Bryon, June 8, 2008 7:26 am

Well, we made it.  John and Megan are married!  Congratulations and God’s Blessings.  What a day it was, hot AND very humid, but most importantly, beautiful.  Everyone looked wonderful and the day went smoothly.  I pray God will guide and bless your marriage, John and Megan.  As Christ’s disciples it is my prayer that you love and honor our wonderful Creator and Savior, those around you and each other, as you journy together as man and wife.

Sunset in the Rockies

By Bryon, May 27, 2008 8:02 pm

I came out to Colorado this week to see what Olivia’s life at Covenants Heights has been all about.  We took the scenic route from the airport back to the camp on Sunday and God provided us with this amazing sunset as we wound around the mountains.  What a beautiful sight.    You can’t beat a sunset and the mountains all in one magnificent view.  God has some great ways to show us that He is a awesome creator.

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