Just a quick update and prayer request for you:
On Thursday, a big debate is taking place on campus between James White (professor and Director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, and Christian) and Dan Barker (founder of Freedom From Religion Foundation, and atheist). It's looking to be a big event, and is being held in Foellinger Auditorium, a large venue. The Illini Navigators is co-sponoring this event, along with a couple atheist/agnostic groups on campus. You can see the poster below.
Please pray that many students (both Christian and non-) would attend. Pray also that God would be honored and glorified by James, and that He'd tactfully and wisely represent the Christian faith. Obviously we'd love to see James "win" the debate (if it's possible to clearly win), so pray to that end, but pray also that this debate would spur on many spiritual conversations, that Christian students would handle them well, and that people would be drawn to Christ. Thanks! I'll post an update on how it went.
What do these three things have in common?? They are three "hobbies" of mine that God has given me in preparation for being on full-time staff with The Navigators. Read on....
Norm's killer hand. Surprisingly, he didn't win.
The winners of the euchre tournament, Kyle and Karley, received Wisconsin-produced prizes: beef jerky produced from my neck of the woods (Minong, WI), and cheese from Katie's (Shullsburg, WI).
We hope you all had a fabulous Easter! We were so blessed to have my family spend the weekend with us in Champaign. Having them here helped make it feel more like home although I was sending out some cards tonight and starting writing our old address as the return address multiple times.... We know adjusting is a process.
This is what we woke up to yesterday:
Ah! Wisconsin's following us!
I just wanted to take a second to update you on a VERY exciting moment of our lives.... we unpacked our suitcases and put them into the storage closet. For those of you who know what our last few months have been like, you understand how big of a deal this is! It means that we will be sleeping in the same bed, staying in the same place for AT LEAST the rest of the month!
We'll we have safely arrived in Champaign! THANK YOU for all of your prayers! The driving went very smoothly but unfortunately it was pouring rain when we got here. Good thing the students were committed to help us move in rain or shine! They were VERY helpful and by mid-afternoon everything was into our house..... and I was officially overwhelmed! Even in my desire to get organized, I could not force myself to get started! Thankfully Jess (on staff with us here at the U of I) stuck around and faithfullyl helped me unpack and organize our kitchen! After that HUGE task was accomplished we felt much better! We look forward to spending the next couple of days getting things organized! Noah is actually on campus tonight and I am over at Jeff and Jess' house. (I was too afraid to stay home alone in a new house on a decently busy street with no curtains at 11 pm at night.) We are so thankful to finally be here (although it hasn't hit me that this is supposed to be home!!!)
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