just a quick note to remind everyone that for the next week, i’ll be somewhere in southern illinois hanging out with our youth group. we’re taking them to the CIY (“Christ in Youth”) teen convention that’s being held there, and we leave tomorrow evening. tonight we’re hosting a kickoff for the event, complete with kickball and a bonfire. so i’m looking forward to that and all that will come from it, especially because mal and cathy get to come along too. i know the whole thing will be as enlightening and invigorating for me as it is for the kids that it’s geared toward. and i love that! please keep us all in your prayers and especially for the kids’ hearts and our (the adults’) words and actions, etc.

see you when we return!

(after these messages, we’ll be riiiight back!)