A break between conferences…

For what is now the 11th year, I went to Minneapolis for the week between Christmas and New Year’s to serve at Cru’s TCX conference.

At TCX, around 1600 college students gather to hear from great speakers, to serve the city by doing a day of outreach where they distribute food to needy families, and worship with their friends from campuses all over Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.

I, and a couple of others from Keynote, went to help lead their worship, and specifically, to lead their student worship team. It’s a great way to come alongside the students, train them as musicians and as worship leaders, and to help the conference have great music.

This year, over 200 people put their trust in Christ during the ay of outreach, and hundreds of students responded to an invitation to devote a year of their lives after graduation serving as overseas missionaries in a program called STINT (Short-Term International).

In fact, just yesterday, I got back from Spain, serving at the STINT Mid-year conference. At the mid-point of their year overseas, the STINTers come together for a conference for encouragement and refreshment, and I took a team there to provide worship and music for it. Because of the countries they’re placed in, some of the STINTers have not been able to worship in English (or in public) in months. Getting to refresh people who are serving in very difficult parts of the world is a great privilege.

And, it strengthens Keynote’s partnership with the Global Missions division of Cru.

In local news… While I was home between TCX and Spain, Jennifer fell on the ice and cracked a bone in her right heel. Oops! She’ll be in a bracing boot for a couple of months, but is otherwise OK. It does make things harder for me to be gone, though, since she has to drive Rachel and Sarah around to all their activities. So… 2014 is off to an interesting start!

Thanks, as always, for being part of our team and making our ministry possible. We’re grateful for you, and we’re praying your year is off to an injury-free beginning!