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Last Sunday I was invited to speak in between a couple of bands for RockFest, a Christian music event in Pella, IA.  I was there to represent my ministry, Serve Our Youth Network.  I thought I’d share the video with you since I had a friend there who recorded it for me.

I have to say, this has to be one of the most distracting venues for speaking with people moving around behind you and people getting up and walking around, but there were a few who stayed put to listen.

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Literally… I had a little adventure on Saturday.  SOY had it’s 2nd annual Family Fun Day in Pella at the Vermeer Pavilion.  I had the kids with me since Cheryl had to work.  They had fun while I ran the skeeball game for kids and also took some video.  It was a good day.  Throughout the day the temperature had dropped making the roads very slick.

I didn’t find that out until it was too late.  We were heading back to Pleasant Hill (35 minutes away from Pella, IA), and the roads seemed fine until about seven miles into our trip there was a section of road that had blown snow on it.  It was also completely ice covered.  I didn’t know that until my car slid, did a 360 and was off the road.  I didn’t have any time to react to what was happening.  When we hit the ditch, which was filled with snow, the bottom of the car slowed while the top half of the car was going 65 mph – so we rolled and stopped inverted.

We were all fine.  We got our seat belts unbuckled, dropped down and climbed out of the vehicle.  I praise God that we all walked away from it unharmed.  My car has been deemed a total loss, mainly due to its age I think.

I thank God for the snow that was in the ditch which softened our impact – it could have been far worse.  I also thank God for those who stopped to give us a hand, the DOT guy who called EMS, the Miller Lite distributor who helped my kids and I out of the car, the nice lady who let us warm up in the SUV.  We also praise God that SOY’s executive director and his wife left later than we did and were able to give us a ride home.

Anyway, interesting weekend.  Please pray that we find a good replacement car.  This morning when I stopped by the salvage yard to get my license plates and personal effects I shot some video so you could see the damage.

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Imagine what it is like for a juvenile in lock-up and then imagine how you can help! Featuring “Real to Me” by Nicole Nordaman and a devotion looking at Matthew 25.

 

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I’m mostly doing this for my kids because I have my office located in a locked detention facility.  So for the 5 1/2 years that I’ve worked for Serve Our Youth Network, my kids have not been able to see where I work. 

It also gave me a chance to test out a new video camera that SOY was able to purchase with a small grant we were awarded.  I will give a virtual tour of Polk County Youth Services on SOY’s blog, Serve Our Youth Network News, in the near future.

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I was  on Update Today with Maxine Sieleman (pictured above) on Praise 940 AM.  We discussed mentoring, National Mentoring Month and my ministry with Serve Our Youth Network.  You can listen to the interview online here or download the program here.

http://www.archive.org/download/KPSZPraise940AM-DesMoinesRadioGroupUpdateTodayInterview-08-01-29/updatetodayinterview080129.mp3

 

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Hey I’m going to be interviewed this Tuesday, January 29 on the Update Today show on Praise 940 AM at 8:00am (CST).  I will be discussing Mentoring, National Mentoring Month and Iowa’s Mentoring Day on the Hill.   If you don’t live in the area you can listen online at http://www.praise940.com.

 

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