Archive for August, 2007

Encouraging Thought

Nothing longwinded here today, just a profound quick hitter.

 “We can not say no to temptation without saying yes to something far better”   –Erwin Lutzer

Take a minute to ponder that one… it’s worth it.


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Corn in Idaho?

Its been a few weeks since our last post, so here’s the latest, sorry for the delay 😉

Well I never thought I would see the day, but we saw more corn in Idaho than we did potatoes…. What’s this world coming to?

Corn not Potatoes!

Traci and I just returned from a week long trip to Idaho to see her family and to be there for her dad’s 60th birthday… a special occasion indeed. It was good to see her folks again having not seen them since last November for Thanksgiving.

We also took the opportunity to spend some time catching up with a few of Traci’s friends from college and with her pastor from University Bible Church, Mike Powell.
It was encouraging to hear that they were excited about the ministry we will be involved in. We were encouraged as well and felt that we were able to re-establish some important connections with people.

We want to thank all of you who prayed for us while we were away, we definitely saw evidence of your prayers. One prayer we had was that when we visited Traci’s church, Magic Valley Bible Church, that we could talk to the right people about the arts ministry in France. The Lord answered and we wound up speaking directly to the elder who leads the missions committee. We were able to establish a good relationship and left with him our ministry portfolio to share with the missions committee. Hopefully they will consider joining with us in this new adventure!

Here are just a few photos from birthday party for Scott (Traci’s dad). Click ’em to see ’em bigger.

Scott’s Birthday Party with the Whole Gang!

Master of the Grill… sort of.

Traci with Marla and Shaina

Traci’s Folks; Scott and Claire McClure

Traci and I with Misty… our favorite dog.

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Growing in Confidence

The challenges in support development are numerous, but I think the most challenging for me (Chad), at least at this stage, are phone calls.

It’s one thing to share your passion and vision for ministry with people you know and are comfortable with, but something completely different and intimidating to share with those you don’t know from Adam, or those whom you haven’t talked with in quite awhile.

All kinds of questions start to run through your mind, “What will they think? Will they reject me? What if they have questions I don’t know how to answer?” They can go on and on. However, it’s only when we put our trust completely in Christ that the opinions of others diminish and fade away.

One of the more encouraging books we have read recently is called When People Are Big and God Is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Manby Edward T. Welch. This is an eye- opening read and calls us to examine exactly what we are placing our hope in.

Many, including Traci and I, have found that we have put far too much emphasis on what other people think, which in reality is placing people as more important than God. God’s Word says that we are not to have any idols, but when we place our hope in anything other than God Himself, we make that thing/person an idol. That’s not good.

When we put God first – in our hopes, expectations, trust, faith, whatever…He will give us everything we need for life and godliness, for we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us – including find the courage to make that phone call… even for an introverted individual like myself.

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