Summer is Coming: Ministry Update 2

At Refugio State Beach Park for New Hope Christian Fellowship’s Family Camp.

Summer is quickly approaching and already here—depending how you look at it (June 20th the summer season officially begins, and yet school is already out for most). It’s a great season not only because the days are longer, but also because for most (not me) there is no school. No school means more time for hanging out with people, building relationships, learning and growing from one another, etc. This is what I’m looking forward to this summer.

The Cars’ singer Ric Ocasek sang in the song “Magic,”

Summer, it turns me upside down
Summer, summer, summer. It’s like a merry go round.

My summer is going to be quite hectic with a lot of ministry happenings; it might turn me upside down. It’s okay though, being upside down allows for the opportunity to see a different perspective(s). In fact, Jesus has always been about the business of turning things upside down. Jesus said things that radically altered the perspective of those around him.

- You have heard that it was said… but I say to you…
- The last will be first, and the first will be last,
- Those who lose their life for my sake will find it

In the midst of the busyness and merry go round nature of life, Jesus calls people to see the polarizing and upside down nature of reality — a reality that Jesus himself establishes in humility, stepping down, meeting people on their level, experiencing the real pain and suffering of the world, redeeming creation through his paradoxical death on a cross, restoring relationships.

All that to say here are some “big rocks” that I welcome to turn me upside down this summer I’m sitting in a coffee shop as I type this trying to finish two weeks worth of school since tomorrow I will be at the staff training for SEP Tahoe):

  • Weekly ministry responsibilities (primarily youth ministry)
  • 2 week-long regional SEP [Spiritual Enrichment Program] summer camps (SEP Tahoe June 11–16 and SEP SoCal July 2–8)
  • Global denominational conference (in Orlando, FL August 2–6)
  • Graduate school work (2 classes: “Christology of T.F. Torrance and Polity of Grace Communion International)

I’m looking forward to every second of it. Please pray for these specific “big rocks.” Pray that I see and participate in the upside down nature of these events. Pray that I may see past the busyness and experience things in a new light, from a new upside down perspective. An upside down perspective that views not the programs of primary importance, but the relationships in these programs as primarily important. If you would also like to partner with me financially, I would greatly appreciate it. You can do that by CLICKING HERE.

The infamous, and now high school graduate, Ted Gula and me Koa

Also shouts-out Tedrick Gula who graduated Gabrielino High School last week!

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