Wonder and joy,
Noah and Katie
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Wonder and joy,
Noah and Katie
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Hey friends, check out this quick update from the Dells Summer Training Program!
In case you missed it on the way in, click below to view Noah's review of 2013-14...and our first eighteen months at UW-Whitewater!
Finals concluded yesterday and our students have headed home, having experienced a full semester. It's been our privilege to walk beside them amidst many hours of open Bibles, prayer, tears, laughs, and encouragement. God is gaining significant ground in many of their lives as they learn to trust Him more. The gospel has been preached to and shared with many who haven't heard it.
for your part in this ministry--praying for us and giving generously that we'd be able to minister on this dark campus. We wouldn't be here without you!
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We have a little drummer girl on our hands. For a long time, I've had a sneaking suspicion that Ellie has a really good sense of rhythm. Being a percussionist myself and her dad, I'm aware that I'm probably biased, but I've really noticed how Ellie can seem to keep a steady beat along with me while I'm drumming to some music or with one of her toys.
My confidence in her rhythmic ability has only increased as she's acquired a favorite Christmas carol. Check it out below :)
and Merry Christmas!
You thought I was gonna say Christmas!
Yes, as many in our nation gear up for Christmas, on campus we're gearing up for the summer! At least for encouraging our students to spend next summer at Spring Hill, our region's summer training program. Katie and I had the privilege to direct this program last year.
Below is a video we're using to recruit our students (featuring yours truly)! It was put together by a talented young staffperson from Ball State University. If he wasn't discipling students at Ball State, he'd probably be in Hollywood making movies!
Hope you enjoy the video.
You may have noticed: the Friday updates have been more sporadic this summer. And they will continue to be...hopefully resuming with more frequency in the fall.
We are doing well...planning and preparing for the fall semester, and enjoying the challenge and joy of parenting Ellie in this season of her development. We'd appreciate your continued prayers both personally and for our ministry.
Thank you for praying for Glen Eyrie and The Navigators' headquarters during the recent Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs. The fire is almost entirely contained! Below is an update from Jack McQueeney with some more details on what God's been doing as a result of the fire. Be sure to check out the Youtube video below, with some exclusive photos of the fire's impact.
By His grace,
Saturday we hosted the Federal Incident Command Team (65) for the Waldo Canyon Fire at Glen Eyrie for their final debrief and transition to the next phase of leadership. I had gotten to know a number of them over the last two weeks, and it was fun sharing what the Navigators are about and showing them around hearing the statement, 'Ooooh, so this is why you were so concerned!" We will probably see some of these guys drift back as I offered them a stay at the Castle for some much needed R&R with their wives. We are offering not only Camperships for the firefighter's kids who helped fight the fire at Eagle Lake, but we are also offering some First Responder Marriage Getaways as well. God is opening some new and exciting doors of continued ministry for us!
The fire (over 18,000) acres is 98% contained (perimeter), but as they talked Saturday, they said it won't be considered 'out' until around December. As you may already know, we had to evacuate both Glen Eyrie and Eagle Lake. Glen Eyrie had moderate smoke damage and we had to cancel a couple of weeks of business on the property. Eagle Lake had pretty significant fire damage around the property. We are still in the discovery phase, but it looks like we lost one cabin, three sheds, four to six platform tents, our riflery range, and took on heavy smoke damage. We had to make the hard decision to cancel camp for the rest of the summer. As Bob Foster Jr. (Lost Valley Ranch/Haymen fire, 10 years ago) said to me when we called to learn how they worked through some of this, "The fire is one thing, but the thing that almost killed us was the flooding after the fact, and you have a lake to worry about!" There are many implications now with the burn areas in and around the lake and down the canyon and toward the Glen as well. We would covet your prayer support from the potential flooding that could do great damage in and around our properties as well as in Colorado Springs.
Here is the link to a video that we have put together that shows how the fire has impacted Glen Eyrie and Eagle Lake Camp:
The way is forward now. God whispered Isaiah 43:19 to me, then Isaiah 41:10 quickly followed at around 5:00am the day that I was asked to share some stories with our entire local Navigator family.
"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." Isaiah 43:19
"Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." -Isaiah 41:10
I am not sure what to make of all of the implications that we have before us, but at least we have our marching orders for this next period of time.
All in all, God has been very gracious to us and we are very thankful. A lot of hard work is ahead, but our staff, though a little weary, have great resolve in their souls! I am very proud of the way they've handled these past two weeks. I would appreciate your continued prayer support. Thank you!
By faith and with His help we press on!
Jack McQueeney, Executive Director, Glen Eyrie Group
Check out this video made by one of our students, highlighting the challenges faced by this generation of students on campus. At the end, you'll hear from Norman Hubbard, campus director for The Navigators here.
Today marks the halfway point of the semester! The beginning of the fall is always a crazy time in campus ministry which makes it hard to explain what is going on here as there is just so much to tell! Large group Nav Nights, small group Bible studies, and one-on-one discipleship comprise much of what we do on campus, but we find those things don't make the most exciting videos :) A student made a video with some pictures from the social events from this fall and we thought we'd pass it along to you to put some faces to the students you have been praying for. If you have a minute, please take a look. We hope you enjoy the video.
Today is Ellie's 2-month "birthday". She's growing so fast! I love making videos, and have made a short video with a few clips from the last month. I've also been learning the basics of a program called Adobe After Effects, and this video gave me an opportunity to use a couple basic things I've learned. Enjoy!
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