I had an awesome opportunity to share the Gospel at a big (non Christian) event called Sundown Fest in Junction City Kansas. I did a few demos each day on the 2nd and 3rd. I was stoked that people listened as I shared the good news of Jesus. I even got to pray with a few people. My skating went well, or I should say better when I started drinking more water and less coffee…. imagine that?
The strange thing was I shared the stage with a daredevil stunt show. This guy was breaking bricks on his wife’s stomach and chopping up watermelons on her, too. We had to clean up the mess so I could skate each time. You can see the low quality picture I took of our stage before anything was set up.
I was surprised to see some good FMX riders there as well. The riders had to be some heavy hitters in the industry from what I could gather. The pic is of their demo ramp set up. I just like to see back flips on motorcycles, and they were pulling those in their warm up. God is so good, my flights were on time & I got free upgrades to First Class both ways. Sharing the love of Jesus and skateboarding is the best job in the world!
Glory to God.
My church makes a lot of artsy items for visuals during the messages. This stuff in the photo is what they tossed out and now I get to skate it! I’m actually going to shoot a wall ride photo on this, so keep an eye out for that coming soon. What some people consider trash I see as a beautiful peace of art waiting to be touched up by my skateboard.
This past weekend I had a crazy trip to New York City in terms of travel.
I missed my connecting flight in San Francisco due to high winds. They placed us in a holding pattern above the city for 30 minutes. In that time, I got to share Christ with a girl that I was sitting next to who saw me reading my bible, so that was good. We finally landed in San Francisco and I had missed any chance of leaving at a decent time. I was supposed to land in New York Friday night but instead got in the following morning at 10 AM after catching the last flight at 1 AM. That meant 10 hours in the airport! I got off the plane and drank a whole bunch of coffee, met the nice people who brought me in, and did my demo on stage and shared the Gospel. The skating was difficult, but then again, I never in all my years took a red eye flight to get right off the plane and go straight into skateboarding.
God is good and he used my humble effort. The event was filled with music and testimonies throughout the day. I got to meet some great people and hear their stories. This trip was fun and I was so thankful for the nice hotel and great food.
On my way home I got a complimentary upgrade to First Class on the 5.5 hour flight home so, that was awesome! I even got to share Jesus with this sweet 80 year old lady that sat next to me.
They say the apostle Paul was a tent builder…Well I built a deck this year and we finally finished in time for Summer! Maybe I can have a Building Stuff for People Ministry.
What was I like growing up? Well here’s an old newspaper clipping of me back in May of 1985 at a break dance or (B-boy) contest in my hometown. Break dancing has inspired so many of my trick combos over the years and it still plays a huge role in how I want my skating to look. I’m stoked my mom saved this stuff. I even have the 1st place trophy still… somewhere.
God bless and I hope you enjoy this pic.
These are just some of the magazines and books that I was featured in over the years since 2000. I’ve had the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus through my skateboarding for quite some time now and it’s taken me to some amazing places. I celebrate knowing the Lord Jesus 10 years this month.
This other pic is of my personal tour board that I wrote all our travel dates on. This was a huge deal, being a small town kid from Rolla, MO, being able to travel the country getting treated like a rock star (which was really weird being a new Christian). The tour was called The Extreme Days Tour and it ran from September to November in 2000. I was just a few months old in the Lord when God opened this door and my ministry began. The bands featured were Pax 217, Beanbag, MG the Visionary and K J 52. I don’t think these bands are even around anymore. I still see K J 52 every once in a while though. I look back on this stuff as if it was only yesterday. I’m stoked that God chooses to use us for His glory.
Thanks for your prayers
This month, my wife and I celebrate a number of events including both birthdays and our wedding anniversary. Every year since we have been married, we’ve taken a vacation for an entire week. This year we are staying in Sunriver, OR. This area is absolutely beautiful. It has plenty of mountain bike trails, good hiking areas, as well as great fishing spots. I’m truly thankful that God gave me such a great person to spend my life with. We get along so well and understand each other in an amazing way. She truly is my best friend and the love of my life. We both believe that the most important way to live our life is completely dedicated to the call of spreading the Gospel. We see ourselves everyday on mission in our community and it stokes us to see people know Jesus and to see them grow in His love and grace.
I also celebrate becoming a Christ follower for the past 10 years this month. God has used us in ways that we cannot begin to describe. I am thankful to still be progressing on my skateboard and the fact that I still have good sponsors, as well as work for a great ministry. God is awesome!
I love living by faith and trusting God to take care of us. There is no other life than a life lived for Christ.
I was invited to speak this past weekend at our high school youth retreat. I spoke from John 10:10 on “the Good Shepherd”. God gave me the words and I ended up sharing a message on dying to (sin\self) and living the life Jesus Christ gives us through the cross. Apart from Him, we are lost and dead in sin, which is where the thief (Satan) comes to kill, steal and destroy.
God used it and my wife and I were able to pray for a few students and really enjoy our time together on a beautiful private Oregon beach with some rad high school kids. The other day, I also was able to speak at an elementary school to a group called God’s Holy Gang. The little kids were so stoked and I shared my story of how God has used me and my skateboard to impact the world for His glory.
This pic is all I have to show for our beach trip. I found a group of starfish on the rocks at low tide. This guy was heavy. I later found out that pulling starfish off rocks was against camp rules….oops.
I am so thankful for Untitled Skateboards and all their support. This is what it looks like when you have a good sponsor who sends the stuff you need. God is so good to us I am so thankful to my good friend Jud Heald and his wife Tyann who continue to press in and press on to further the Kingdom.
Go check out www.Untitledskateboards.com for more info and to get updated with the ministry. You can pick up one of my pro models (featured in pic) there as well. We just want to see people truly receive Jesus in a real way so they can know God and live the life they were created to live.
A few blog posts back, I wrote about an outreach called The Door. At that outreach we were able to pray with a few skaters to receive Jesus. I’ve noticed whenever God does something huge and miraculous, it is often times hard to put those things into words.
These boys have grown up with a lot of hard stuff to deal with. It is amazing to see and be around someone who receives Jesus and begins to grow and walk in that new life. Yesterday I met the guys at church for an afternoon skate session. We prayed and talked about some stuff and about baptism. Last night during our 6 o’clock service, the pastor talked about baptism and the guys stood up and went forward to be baptized. It was incredible! It reminded me of the radical change that I experienced when I gave my life to Jesus. I remember just going to God with my heart and mind opened to whatever His will was for my life. Meeting these skaters and spending time with them has had such a forever impact on my life and ministry. God has used all this to show me that there is so much more He wants me to do besides fly around on planes and go in and out of ministries all over the U.S. I have such a burden for the kids and people in the Portland area who are neglected and broken. We are completely willing to give up everything to see others become whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ. Please pray for my wife and I.