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Resettled

Hi all,

Could anyone tell me…where did August go? I thought I had it right here in front of me, but it seems to have slipped away…oh, here’s where it went:

August 4-9: After returning from the northwest, we packed up all our belongings and moved an entire 6 blocks down the street. Sounds crazy, we know, but there’s actually quite a cultural difference. Our old place was on the edge of Crossroads but had much more of an entertainment district feel to it. Our new place is in the heart of Crossroads, which has already opened new doors relationally in the district.

August 12-14: Chad suffered deeply to provide for his family and flew to Napa Valley, CA to shoot a conference at a winery. 🙂 See Twitter pic to the right.

August 16-20: Writing a business plan for the coming year (since we know we’ll be here 1 more year – see below), catching up on the multitude of admin tasks following our trip.

August 21-29: Chad’s dad had a minor heart attack, while his mom was down with a bad back. Thank you to those who prayed! We helped Chad’s sister care for them and their store, Designer Consignment, until they got back on their feet. We also had the pleasure of attending and photographing our friends’ wedding reception. See pics here.

Now for THE FUTURE:

Many of you know that we have been praying about a 1-year internship with our church, Redeemer Fellowship. Redeemer is just over a year old, but has almost 150 members and 500 in attendance. It is located in Westport, a counter-cultural, cynical community (strikingly similar to French culture) just 5 minutes from where we live. The pastoral staff has done a great job connecting with this culture and bringing the Gospel to light for all who attend.
One reason we decided to do this internship is the practical experience we would gain. This new church is still feeling its way through growing pains, so we’ll see first-hand how the pastors lead in the midst of that. We’ll meet with the pastors regularly and gain their guidance as we prepare to plant a church in France.
Also, we’ll gain experience in using art in ministry in several ways:
�    Orchestrating at least 2 gallery showings in our church foyer – another chance to connect with Kansas City artists.
�    Choosing quotes & artwork for the weekly bulletin. We also hope to work with artists in the church to create artwork for the bulletin at times.
�    Assisting one of the pastors in hosting 2 movie discussion nights.
We’ll also assist our pastors by scheduling and preparing servers for each service, which will be a great way to get to know more people in the church. Our hope is that, as we learn at Redeemer over the next year, God will provide the rest of our financial support, as well as a team of people to join us.
Many of you know that we have been praying about a 1-year internship with our church, Redeemer Fellowship. Redeemer is just over a year old, but has almost 150 members and 500 in attendance. It is located in Westport, a counter-cultural and cynical community (strikingly similar to French culture) just 5 minutes from where we live. The pastoral staff has done a great job connecting with this culture and bringing the Gospel to light for all who attend.
One reason we decided to do this internship is the practical experience we would gain. This new church is still feeling its way through growing pains, so we’ll see first-hand how the pastors lead in the midst of that. We’ll meet with the pastors regularly and gain their guidance as we prepare to plant a church in France.
Also, we’ll gain experience in using art in ministry in several ways:
�    Orchestrating at least 2 gallery showings in our church foyer – another chance to connect with Kansas City artists.
�    Choosing quotes & artwork for the weekly bulletin. We also hope to work with artists in the church to create artwork for the bulletin at times.
�    Assisting one of the pastors in hosting 2 movie discussion nights.
We’ll also assist our pastors by scheduling and preparing servers for each service, which will be a great way to get to know more people in the church. Our hope is that, as we learn at Redeemer over the next year, God will provide the rest of our financial support, as well as a team of people to join us.
Again, thank you for praying for us, we have had a VERY busy summer and are looking forward to the next year in our internship.
Blessings,
Chad & Traci

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Wrapping it up

Today is our last day before we head home. After spending 3 weeks on the road, I think its safe to say we are ready to be home. We have seen many cool sights including the majestic Tetons and Yellowstone park, the vast expanse that is Montana, and the usually cool and rainy northwest…except of course the week we spent there where the average temp was around 102! We were hoping to leave all the hot weather back in KC, but alas no.

We have had the chance to meet with many great folks and share about our ministry and we leave the results in the hands of the Lord. We are really excited to get home and get ready for a one year internship with our home church Redeemer Fellowship. There have been a lot of things we have learned along the way on this trip over the many miles of road and we are eager to start putting those into practice.

One of the highlights of our trip was listening to a series of podcasts on the life of Francis Schaeffer. These were actually part of a class from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. It has been interesting to say the least to hear the process that Schaeffer went through and to learn about the many struggles that he had working out his thoughts on Christianity. I would have to say that Schaeffer is truly one of my heroes now. Highly recommended reading is his complete works which you can easily find on Amazon or Ebay for less than dinner and a movie.

Another thing we have learned is that updating a blog while on the road is very difficult! Although wi-fi is usually found, the time to spend updating is not. Our schedule has been really tight and driving almost every day makes it a bit tough. Check back in about a week and hopefully we will have a better recap of our trip 😉 For now, here are a few pictures from our time in the Northwest.

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