Every time we climb up a peak it’s a perfect chance for reflection. You can see where you’ve come from and you can see where you are going. Our path is an important thing to remember especially when we are back in the valley and can’t see around the next bend. As we reflect on 2010 it’s incredible to see what God has been doing through Nexus International. We have grown to 14 Staff and we have trained over 5,000 youth workers whose impact/exposure is250,000 young people over the course of the past 6 years. Wow, how we have grown! It’s a blessing to be a part of this organization, I am excited to see where God takes us this year. Thank you for all your prayers and support!
This weekend we had our annual Wilderness First Aid course put on by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute. It is such a great weekend we do every year. This year we had about twenty people go through the WFA course, some for the first time and some for the 8th time. Every time we do this course I feel more and more confident about my skills in wilderness medicine. Aaron and Catherine Banks shared with us their story of how they used their WFA skills in a car accident they had earlier this year. It truly was amazing to hear how Aaron snapped into rescue mode, while being trapped in his car, stabilized his wife’s spine and ultimately is the reason that she is walking today. My version of the story won’t do them justice so we’ll need to get them to do a guest post on it soon.
Besides the sweet medical training it was so good to reconnect with like-minded guides from all over the state of Colorado. Sharing vision and prayer for this summer’s trips is always a hightlight for me. I love hearing their dreams and seeing the sacrifices these folks are making to reach kids for the Gospel. It’s encouraging to see so many people believing that one of the best ways to build a relationship with a young person is go on a week-long journey in the wilderness with them.
I’ve got to give a big shout out to our rock star instructors Katie Chambless and Kelly Pyke. You guys were great! If anyone needs wilderness first aid check out NOLS we highly recommend their courses and make sure you request Katie and Kelly!
Here is a short video of our CPR session… in sync to the retro song “Stayin’ Alive.” Yeah baby!
I’ve just returned from my third visit to the KO guys in Czech Republic. It was encouraging for me to see how our friendships have developed over the past two years. Even though I don’t speak Czech I feel very comfortable there. Thanks KO for letting us be a part of what you are doing! We added a day long adventure race to our training this year. I really think that it worked out well. A lot of the sessions seemed to have more weight as we referenced their experience in the race to what we were trying to communicate. I think we will have to do that again next year!
Honza and Jirka were kind enough to let us interview them so we can update people on what is going on there and the heart of their ministry. Check out the short video below:
I don’t have a lot of time to post today so I’ll just put up a few pictures of the past week and a half. In short week one had a great trip. The had a lot of rain but that didn’t stop them from having a great time. In fact dealing with the rain helped them build an amazing community throughout the week. Everyone’s feed back was overwhelming on how great the community was that formed. A few of these pictures are also from the week two group that just went out yesterday. I’m excited to see how their trip goes, please be praying for them! Check out the Wide Open Spaces learn more!
Happy New Year everyone! Hopefully you all are excited to welcome a new year full of promise and new adventure! We were excited to bring in the new year by sending off our first (of four) backpacking trips with kids for Wide Open Spaces. So much planning, preparation and prayer have gone into these trips. It’s exciting to see them finally happen!
For the next four weeks Wide Open Spaces will be taking different groups of young people out from around the Christchurch area on a six day tramp. Each trip is designed to give kids an amazing opportunity to learn about themselves, to develop a deep lasting relationship with their trip leader whom they will go home with and hear the Gospel in a way that they have never heard it before, in the wilderness like the disciples heard it from Jesus so many years ago.
This weeks group is from the only Young Life club on New Zealand’s south island. Please pray for this group as they are out for six days this week. Pray for safety, good weather, and that relationships between the Young Life leaders and the kids would grow to a much deeper level. Pray for the guides as they sacrifice all their spiritual, emotional and physical energy leading this group this week. Please pray that they would have eyes and ears to know all these kids’ needs (especially spiritual) and how to meet them on the trail. All the campers have little to no experience tramping in the NZ bush and most of these kids don’t have much of an understanding about God either. Pray with us that this experience would be a powerful opportunity for them to learn who their creator is and what kind of life they are meant to live. Here are a few pictures of the tramp getting ready to go out. Make sure you check out the Wide Open Spaces site too!