Thursday, July 26, 2007

A letter I received . . . please read

I received a very kind farewell letter from a bright 15 year old boy yesterday. He said very kind words and I nearly cried. I thought I'd share what this young man said in his closing paragraph. Remember he is only 15 and I'm pretty sure his father has little interest in God.

"I have come to realize in these past few months that if everyone on Earth is to become a believer, it will not be through lectures. It will not be through pontifications and sermons and dusty old chapters in the Bible. It will be through the believers, not the belief. The day-to-day observation of people who turn the other cheek and love others as themselves that will testify that something extraordinary is happening inside of them. In our modern world, when we have become so jaded that we are always asking where the miracles are, we have lost sight of the miracles around us. Perhaps to forgive those who have wronged you and to sacrifice yourselves for others is more amazing than parting the Red Sea."

Oh, that these words would be true of my life.

Our last night at youth group - July 25, 2007

Boone has been a very special place for us. We have been so honored to minister to some fantastic students who have grown so much through struggles, pain and hardship. It's been a privilege to "bear one another's burdens" as we seek to fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Last night we had our final hoo-rah. The students all signed the back of a a very neat picture they gave us. They said very kind words, and we all had a good time. We will not forget these kind souls.

Ordination . . . yeah baby

It was a grand service. My Navigator mentor and friend Ron Shimkus gave the charge. My dad, mom and brother attended, as well as, Carrie's mom and step-dad. We had several close friends in attendance. There was also a good showing from our congregation. Thanks for such a special day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Go Iowa!

You have 90% Iowa in you!

Wow! You're almost all Iowa. No wonder you're such a likeable person. Isn't it great being so close to the greatest state in the country!

Do you have Iowa in you?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

She's getting bigger and bigger . . .

Baby Proctor is set to arrive August 22nd. He's measuring a little big right now, already at 5 pounds. We would love for him to come a few days early since I have to start class on the 27th and I need to go to orientation on the 24th.

Carrie has had a great pregnancy. Thank you to so many who have prayed!!

Friends We'll Miss . . .

Tino and Morgan moved into the neighborhood about a year and half after we did. They've been great neighbors. We've eaten lots of meals together and shared the finer parts of life. We've also had to share trials together as well. We've talked politics, Jesus and about everything in between. They will be sorely missed. We love you guys.

Enjoy the pictures of Tino and Morgan on the California beach.

A little good news . . . Carrie and I made a deposit on our future Littleton, CO apartment. We are about 1.5 miles from campus and got a bit more space than we thought was possible. Our move date of Aug. 5th still stands. Colorado here we come!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Ordination Service and Farewell

It's official . . . I am going to be ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America on July 22, 2007. If you consider yourself friend, family or colleague, please consider this a formal invitation to the event. It just so happens to be my church farewell party as well.

When: 5PM July 22, 2007 First Evangelical Free Church, 1407 Kate Shelley Drive, Boone, IA 50036

What: A potluck dinner to start with and an Ordination Service to follow. Come hungry, this wonderful congregation from Boone sure knows how to cook!

I went through an Ordination Council on Tuesday April 17, 2007. (you can read about it "Ah . . . it's over".) The 30 plus guests challenged my theological beliefs and ministry practices. The room was filled with pastors, lay people of Evangelical Free churches, and several dear friends. They voted unanimously to recommend me to the national office of the E.F.C.A. to be ordained. After the national Board of Ministerial Standing read my ordination paper and looked over the transcript from my council, they approved my ordination. Now that's my kind of rubber stamp! And now the only thing left is the service :)

Please come if you are able. I'd love to connect with as many friends and co-laborers before my wife (and baby due Aug. 22) and I head out to Colorado for me to start my program at Denver Seminary this fall.