These are my friends Nate and Kei from Aklesia, which is an apparel brand to help those in need and to bring people closer together by building community. These guys took me to lunch today and I got to take them on a tour of the Luis Palau headquarters in Beaverton, OR. We talked about all the amazing things and the tough things that take place in our everyday lives. The cool thing was our conversations were all centered on Jesus and His way in our hearts and everyday lives. I am just so thankful for these guys and their families. It is rare to meet people who want to use their gifts for the purpose to serve those in need and to encourage people to follow Jesus.
To find out how you can help go to www.aklesia.com and vote for your favorite T-shirt design for the Clothe One Project. Each tee that sells, one shirt will be given to those in need. The goal is to clothe 5000 people in need by Christmas. Please pray for these guys and their families.
This is my very first skateboard. It was made by Nash and came out sometime in the mid to late 80′s. I grew up in a small country town in Missouri. All I had was a slab of concrete and a huge passion for skateboarding, I had no idea where it would take me. Pulling this board out brought back a few good memories. Enjoy!
This is the stage I performed on in front a few hundred students in N.C. I did 3 solo school assemblies and a 40 min. presentation on stage that night. I consumed 4 Redbulls, a 3 shot espresso white mocha from Starbucks, and 2 sweet teas. Let’s just say I had a hard time sleeping after it was all over, but it helped get me through the day. God used our effort and I shared the good news of Jesus. I had a few opportunities to pray with a couple Jr. high students before the night was over, it was awesome.
I am now getting ready to fly home and hang out with my wife for a good amount of time.
All for Jesus.
This past weekend I was in Norcal near Napa Valley for a huge festival with around 8000 people. Third Day, Disciple and Wavorly were just a small part of the lineup. I was in the action sports area with my friends Vic Murphy, BFC, and Justin Homan who was pulling off huge backflips on his freestyle dirt bike over a huge gap. I hadn’t seen that up close yet, so I was stoked to see it finally. The ministry was awesome. We had a few thousand people gather around our area (as you can see from my photos.)
God used us and it was a fun day. Vic and I had opportunities to pray with people and see about 30 come forward to receive Jesus.
I started out last week for a 3 day battle in a small mining town in VA. The churches brought us in to perform and then share the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. We went to a lot of schools and invited people out, but the first night we had very few show up. The lineup was a different mix of performers than you would’ve expected at an action sports demo. It would’ve been easy to get discourage, but we pushed through for two more evenings and actually saw over 400 people each night. God used this outreach and effort “because that is what God does”. I got to share with one guy who came to Jesus, who was a heavy drug addict. He broke down crying when he heard the good news and it’s stories like his that make it all worth it.
Something else I am realizing after this two week trip out on the road is the need for people to have their physical needs met. I traveled all over the Southeast and met hundreds of people- many needing tangible gifts like groceries or heat in their homes. There is an entertainment element to what I do as a minister- showing kids that God can use anyone and anything, even skateboarding, even a guy from Missouri. But I want to encourage people to include something different when planning outreach events- try adding a potluck dinner to your event, or a clothing drive, or a toy giveaway for kids. Introduce people to Jesus through your actions.
All for Jesus
I shot this when I was flying north to Alberta, Canada yesterday.
I believe it is the top of Mt. Ranier. I need prayer for my week long schedule coming up. I am not feeling well today but I know God will give me strength to preach His word.
Here is a pic backstage after the conference I did in Lethbridge, Alberta. I woke up this morning feeling sick, lacked sleep, etc. I felt like just staying in bed, but I knew it was nothing more than another battle for people to know Jesus and hear His truth and how it set me free. There were over a few hundred people and some adults in attendance. I was thankful for the Pastors and staff who invited me out and supplied me with plenty of Redbull and Starbucks and most importantly (PRAYER).
I am now on my way home and then right back out the next day for Grundy, VA.
All for Jesus!
I have been in Dallas \Ft. Worth for the past 4 days. I was invited to skate and share my testimony with the student ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas. This was an awesome event, the staff was really appreciative of us and treated us with such servant hearts. I skated and talked 6 different times while I was there. The church is what I call a mega church with 15,000 in attendance so you can imagine how many students go there. God blessed us and even though we had kids moving in and out\ back to back I knew my strength was not my own. I learned that sharing and doing the same stuff 6 times in a row was really difficult and tiring because each time I skate, I pull over 55 tricks and then my message. The one thing I learned is I cannot do that much ever again but it was pretty cool feeling the presence of the Lord as I was out there for His glory.
I was in SW Missouri in a town of 721 people at a bull riding arena this past week. From Wed.-Sun each night, we would have around 1000 or more people in attendance and the #’s that came to Jesus can only be explained as a God thing. This little town of Wheaton, MO along with small surrounding communities came out to hear the Gospel through music, skateboarding and testimony. I was encouraged and inspired to see the denominational walls of churches torn down and for these few nights to see followers of Jesus become the body of Christ serving their community together.