This past week Ethan, Terah, and I drove to Chadron State College where we spent time with our student leaders, and met with pastors, faculty, and staff at CSC. Going Chadron is always a highlight, and especially it was this time to visit the campus with Ethan and Terah. The 8-hour drive to western Nebraska is long but awesome. While in Chadron we helped launch a ministry on campus for athletes through empowering student athletes to lead it.
This past week was a milestone in the history of Campus Crusade for Christ. We saw a Campus Crusade ministry launched at Southeast Community College in Beatrice. This was the last remaining campus on the list of campuses without a Campus Crusade ministry. At the beginning of the semester our team committed to praying for the two campuses in North Platte and Beatrice. Less than three months later we've seen this prayer answered with both campuses now having student leaders who are taking ownership for reaching students on their campuses.
What a joy it was to spend time with Albert and Robin Duckworth at Kamp Ed on Saturday afternoon and evening. Albert was a leader in the Pike House in Kearney, and as a student spoke at a number of our men's retreats around the state of Nebraska. Today Albert is a pilot in the Navy, and is currently stationed in Enid, Oklahoma. Albert and Robin were in Kearney for the weekend, and came to visit Kamp Ed before heading home.
I spent this week in Mexico meeting with our National leadership from Mexico, and leaders from the USA to formulate a plan for reaching college students in Mexico City. There nearly 1 million university students in Mexico City on more than 330 campuses. The plan we came up with will bring together a Leadership Team in Mexico City who in the span of the next 3 years through working alongside of existing churches, will plant thousands of simple church movements on campuses. I'm excited, and am blown away by the opportunity to be a part of this, and the potential of impacting a city of 28 million people. (More Pictures from Mexico City) (Video of a Marachi Band singing Cielito Lindo)
This weekend we brought together students from Peru State, Wayne State, and Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte for our Fall Manhood Retreat. During the retreat we constructed into the lives of these men a foundation for walking with God and impacting lives of others. On Saturday afternoon we served the camp by deconstructing a foundation of an old building.
This week a Bass Pro Shop store opened in the Omaha metro area. What an incredible store. I attended the Grand Opening, and was impressed by the prayer given by the owner during the ribbon cutting ceremony where he blessed the store for glory of God. This is my kind of place.
This week Dominic Verdell came to Kamp Ed. While a student at Capitol University in Ohio, showed me what an incredible impact a student-lead ministry could have on a campus, and gave me a vision for launching a ministry on every campus in Nebraska. Dominic and his wife are preparing to launch into the next part of their lives. We spent 2 days sorting out life and ministry. While we talked, Dominic helped me dig into an exterior wall at Kamp Ed that was showing some mold damage. The more sheetrock we tore away the worse the damage turned out to be. Apparently, the air-conditioner has been leaking water into the wall of the main cabin at Kamp Ed for untold years, and the results will most-likely involved resetting a window, and replacing boards that have rotted out.