Coaching

A few years ago I heard Jane Creswell talk about the benefits of “coaching” for the very first time. Since then the idea of coaching (not the athletic kind, think stagecoach) has moved from intriguing thoughts, to being coached, to now training to become a coach myself. Last month I joined a cohort of other like-minded Chi Alpha staff from around the country to begin our coaching training.

The benefits of coaching and being coached are many. Personally, I love the coaching process of helping people realize that they already have the answers they need, and simply need the help of a coach in drawing them out. Beyond coaching colleagues, pastors, and professionals, I’m looking forward to the impact this new tool will have in our students lives here at Kent Chi Alpha! A few things I’m anticipating are healthier student emotions, more confident leaders, clearer sense of identity, and being more focused on priorities.

Your prayers are appreciated as I continue on this training journey.

Summer Connections

Next month a mass of students will come flooding back on the main campus of Kent State University. They will be getting involved with all kinds of student groups and organizations and will inevitably build some life long friendships.

Will you help us build relationships with those students? Most people living in Ohio have a connection with a future Kent State University student. It might be a grandson, or cousin, or a close friends relative. Maybe they are a student in your Churches youth group, or have played a team sport with your child through high school. Whatever the connection, that future “Golden Flash” will benefit in a huge way by getting involved in the community of Christ followers that make up Kent Chi Alpha!

We have lots of resources to help students grow in Jesus, and grow in relationships with those around them here on campus. One of the best times to help get a freshman connected with KXA is during the summer, before they even get to campus.

If you know someone and are willing to help…all that you need to do is introduce us! This can be as simple as sending an email or a Facebook message between yourself, the student, and either Jesse or Raelyn. Or you prefer a face to face connection…come on out to Kent and we would love to get coffee or lunch with you. Any effort you make really is a big help in getting someone connected with Kent Chi Alpha.

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We are praising God this week for the fact that we have raised 30% of our goal for our new budget! Please continue to pray for us as we travel Ohio this month and share the vision that God has given us for Kent State.

While we were on campus yesterday we took some great family pictures. Snagged this one of Justus and had to post it!

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The Number 754

Sometimes I get asked what it’s like to do fundraising as a missionary. I think it’s funny to say that “it’s kinda like the cross between being a trucker and a telemarketer”. And it really is! Throughout the week I’m primarily doing two things over and over. I’m either making phone calls to get a meeting, or I’m driving to a meeting. The meeting is so important because it’s a chance to look someone in the face and share the story of what God is doing, and what we think he will do next, at Kent Chi Alpha. In some of these meetings God connects us with people who want to help make our vision a reality by joining our financial team.

Currently we need $754 in monthly support to be at 100% of our budget. As I start another week of fundraising, calls and meetings, I have been thinking some about the significance of that number. In my mind it represents more than just a deficit, it’s more than an arbitrary figure on paper. In front of us is another opportunity for God to show his ability to perfectly provide. Going beyond provision, it’s another way for God to confirm his calling in our lives to make disciples who love to share Christ at Kent State. We will continue to pray, plan, and work hard…but we know that nothing will happen unless God wills it. At the end of the day, the funding for this ministry comes from the one who owns it all.

And so every dollar raised is more than the meeting of our practical needs, it’s God reminding us that He is with us and that He has called us.

Summer Trip Round 1

Four years ago we were doing the exact same thing we are doing now. Itenerating. Last time, it took us 15 months to raise our budget. This time, we have a lot less to raise and we hope to have it shored up in just one summer.

We just returned from three and a half weeks of traveling to raise support. It was a really good trip. Before we left in May, I was pretty nervous about being on the go for such an extensive period of time with Justus, who just turned 15 months old today. He adjusted wonderfully through it all. Justus and I came down with a virus about half way through the trip and we were both pretty sick for a few days. Being sick away from home is always challenging, but God really strengthened us and allowed us stick to our schedule.

During our long car rides, Jesse and I kept talking about what a privilege it is that we get to travel and see old friends and meet new people. It’s a really cool part of our “job.” It’s something that not everybody gets to experience in their lifetime. I hope Justus grows up feeling like the traveling part of being a missionary kid is fun and exciting. And although going on a long trip is a good time, it’s always good to be home and sleep in your own bed. Having a toddler has made me even more thankful to be in our own space where I know he isn’t going to break some ones stuff.

I’m really glad we went. And when I say we I mean the whole family. There were times I wondered if traveling with Justus was the right decision. Those times when he was fussy, hard to deal with and then when he had a high fever I felt like maybe I had made a mistake. I wondered if Justus and I should have just stayed home and Jesse could have gone on his own. When it was all said and done, I am glad we went. Even though there was some bad, there was a lot more good. So I look forward to the rest of our summer as we fund raise with a toddler. It’s going to be a learning experience, but God is faithful and will help us all to do what He has called us to do.