This past weekend I was stoked to join up with old and new friends once again to reach out to the community of St. Helens, OR. It is always an honor to be able to share the love of Jesus, and invite people to pass from death to life. I was impressed by the trained festival councilors who were close by as well praying with people as they responded to the message. Having trained councilors is a great need at events like this, where a mass of people respond to the Gospel of Jesus. Everyone who served did an amazing job. We had an awesome weekend! Blessed
This past week I was in 4 different states. I feel so blessed to be able to share and live out the love of Christ in so many different contexts. I started out in Tracy, CA, where I skated and shared my story at a local coffee house. I was really encouraged to be apart of a ministry that was engaging culture outside the four walls of a church building. I then got on a plane and headed to the small town of Galax, VA. I made some new friends and was blessed to see a bunch of people in a small gymnasium watch and listen to me preach the Gospel.
The response to recieve Jesus was great, but even better was when my friend Pastor Mike made the follow~up info very clear. Super blessed!
All for Jesus!
The Lord has blessed Liz and I so much these past few trips. Here are a few pics from our trip to Honduras. We were blessed to partner with Skate Urbano & “Inglesia de la Calle” Skate Church in Cholomo Cortez. I genuinely feel humbled by being invited in to these places. We learn so much more and receive so much more love and support from the people, that it is hard to put that kind of experience into words. I just simply thank The Lord for all that He has allowed us to do.
We were able to minister and be ministered to in amazing ways. Thank you for your prayers for my wife and I.
I pray that you have a blessed week.
Liz and I are on our way to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to do some missions work. Please pray that the love of Jesus would be seen and felt in our actions. Please pray for my strength as I skate and share with the kiddos as well.
I just got back home from The Dominican Rep. with my wife Liz. I am still trying to process all that The Lord was trying to teach the both of us, during our short visit there. It was amazing meeting and serving alongside the beautiful community of Santo Domingo. What an amazing culture!
What I found interesting was the deep rooted & rich sense of community in some of the places that we visited. What most of America would describe as poor or less fortunate, I would have to describe as some of the most loving & hospitable people that I have had the pleasure of meeting.
If wealth was measured by loving your neighbor as yourself and being invested in your community, then my friends; there is a lot we can learn from these “rich” brothers and sisters in the D.R.
My prayer today;
Thank you Lord for opening my eyes and continuing to change my skewed perspective on life. Please continue to fill my bank account with the things that have eternal value and significance. Thank you for using me to help usher in your Kingdom. I realize that I am bankrupt without love and without You.
Thank you Jesus!
As I was in my prayer time last night pouring my heart out to The Lord and asking for discernment and guidance in our next season of life. I was reminded of where I was at 10yrs. ago this month. God did a miraculous work in His abundant provision by opening huge doors that allowed me to be in full time skateboarding ministry that developed me as an evangelist to this very day.
My hope is that the following short story will encourage you and strengthen your trust in The Lord.
I had just turned 23 and was already a few years into the crazy ministry tour life. We had a very professional type set up with a very large management /booking company out of Nashville, TN. Yes it was the one that probably booked all your favorite Christian artist in the early 2000′s. We were the premiere Skateboarding Ministry of the time with legit Pro’s/Ams and quality products. Our demos and presence attracted thousands of people to our outreaches. We were able to impact so many lives with the Gospel of Jesus that someday I hope to pen it all down in a book. In summer 2003, my good friend Jud Heald and I were touring like crazy and about to go on our first trip over seas tour to England. We had a little time off in July so we spent it at our ministry headquarters in GA. I remember a formal meeting was held with the leaders and some new guy who was “all business”. I remember this being the first time that I felt really let down and had that sort of helpless/confused feeling creep into my gut. It happened when we were told by those in charge that Jud and I would now only make 5% a piece on each demo/outreach we did from that point on. This ministry had a lot of great potential, but unfortunately it started to implode. One huge red flag prior to this meeting was when the original owner/visionary was no longer present. Many decisions that the new owners made were postured out of self preservation. I knew in my heart that God was leading me into a new territory but it was scary, because it was simply the unknown. People might let you down, but God will lift you up when you are seeking Him. Even though things didn’t make sense on paper, I always had every dollar needed to pay my bills. God is good! I still remember after that meeting, pacing the street in front of the house and asking God for solid direction. I knew a change was coming, and I didn’t have a clue on what I was going to do with my life. I always felt compelled to do my own demos individually and share some sort of message.
For the following, I am going to put the main highlights of each month that followed to demonstrate the power of the God I serve and love.
This all happened between June 2003 – February 2004.
Jud Heald, Dave Nelson, Jared Lee, Sierra Fellers & Myself left that ministry/company and started Untitled Skateboards! You can check us out today at www.untitledskate.com
We have team riders that are going into all the nations and proclaiming the Gospel!
My pal Jud Heald got me involved in making a ministry DVD called Livin’ It. The film was directed by Actor Stephen Baldwin and produced by the Luis Palau Ministry.
This DVD became in the years to follow the most widely distributed action sports DVD ever made. With a half million units distributed. This gave me a whole new platform to preach the Gospel from.
During the filming of Livin’ It in Portland OR, I met the love of my life while at a prayer meeting. Her name is Liz and we just celebrated 9yrs. of marriage this month. I am so blessed to have such an awesome woman of God as my wife.
This month was tough because I was in a holding pattern. Hind sight is always 20/20
I went back home to Missouri and prayed that God would somehow make a way for Liz and I to be together. Liz came to meet my family and stayed from Nov 19 – Dec. 13th “yep I still remember the dates”. I had a few thousand in the bank and no real residual income. I also had not a clue on how Liz and I would be together. In my simple thinking I just wanted to provide enough income, so that I could be with this woman for the rest of my life. I know it sounds mushy and crazy, but here we are 9yrs. later, madly in love with each other and Jesus
Just before Liz was flying back to Portland, I had an idea to call my new friend Kevin Palau who produced Livin’ It “yes the then VP now President for one of the worlds largest evangelistic ministries in the world” to ask for a job. BTW the Luis Palau headquarters is located near Portland. At this point I thought my Skating and traveling ministry days were over. I had turned Pro toured all over the US and I thought my time was up. Man, was I wrong
I remember getting off the plane in STL. after The New Year from a trip to Jamaica with KKSM. I checked my VoiceMail and there was a message from Kevin Palau offering me a salary and a job in the office at the Palau headquarters in Portland to help promote Livin It! A few weeks later
I arrived at the airport in Portland with just 2 duffle bags. Stephen Baldwin let me use his travel trailer to live in until Liz and I were married with our own place. It was parked and plugged into the Palau office building. I even had a little skating practice area inside the office. I was also provided a company car until I was able to go back to Missouri to get my own car. God is good!
February and beyond……
I woke up from a deep sleep while in my trailer one night, with a full message to be shared in front of people. As crazy as it sounds, I felt God impressing on my heart to go skate solo and share the Gospel of Jesus. I was clueless on how this was going to happen.
I believe it was the very next day when Kevin Palau arranged for me to do my very first solo speaking/skating event at a small Christian School in town. In the months that followed, I figured out a way to have a 30-45 min. skating/speaking performance in a small area on stage. Out of all the other ways to ride a skateboard, I always believed that freestyle flatland skating was much more appealing to watch to an average audience other than skaters. It was just perfect and I was made to skate on stages and preach Christ and Him crucified. Through all this, I quit my desk job at LPA in Sept. and continued flying around the US doing my own outreaches. I signed my first formal contract with RYC to manage my ministry in Nov. 2004. I continued to learn and grow as more and more ministry doors opened up. In all the years that followed, we have never come close to doing without. God is so good and He will always take care of our every need and beyond.
The rest is History……….
Today, even though I still have a busy schedule coming up and Liz and I are both healthy in our walks with Jesus. I find myself in a similar place of unrest. Writing this out really helped me to remember all that God has done and is doing in and through me. I would encourage you to write out difficult or transitional seasons in which you saw The Lord provide. There are obvious details that need no mention, but the sparks of memories from all these pivotal moments really ministered to me today. I pray that you allow God to minister to your heart as well, by the word of your very testimony to the glory of God.
Tomorrow Liz and I are on our way to the Dominican Republic. I will be skating and sharing the Gospel at a small festival this Saturday in Santo Domingo. Please pray with us.
All for Jesus
I hope that you are having a great summer. I thought I’d give a quick update and post a link to a somewhat obscure 50sec. clip that I had found on YouTube. This is from a demo back in Apr. Listen to the crowd and the response that freestyle gets at this large skatepark. So stoked!
I ended up leading pretty much everyone of those dudes in the front to the Lord that night and gave them each a bible. God is good
Thank you for your continued support. Next week my wife and I are off to the Dominican Republic until the 1st. Please keep us in your prayers. Thanks again for everything.
I caught this clip on Youtube a while back, and was stoked to see a few of my trick combos in this edit. No body in the freestyle skating community knows who put this together. This is a good edit and pretty fun to watch. I know that if I were a kid again, I would have played this clip until it broke This edit displays some of the best flatland skating on the planet. Enjoy!
Here it is!
I don’t know about you, but there is something awesome that takes place when we embrace a lifestyle that causes us to lean completely on the wall of faith in our Heavenly Father. I am glad that my trust is in the Creator of the heavens and the earth, therefore we should have no fear for whatever comes our way. Hebrews 11:6
God always provides above and beyond when we choose to refrain from choices based on self preservation. Meaning the choices based on our own framing of understanding or drawing from our own personal well of relationships or opportunities that make up our sphere of influence. Though by the grace of God and His goodness, God will always provide and take care of those who earnestly seek His face (No matter what). As for myself I want so badly to be in God’s presence and “perfect will” for my life, that I simply will not settle for ” the whatever”. I have come to one conclusion in navigating big decisions that are life changing.
“The currency of God’s Kingdom is prayer” !
Every time God is leading me to make a drastic change, I get a strong sense of excitement and vision to accomplish whatever it is that I am moving towards. It is usually something that I wasn’t expecting or the very last thing that I thought I’d be doing. But the gifts God has already given me will always be implemented. If you are like me and feeling that you are in one of those seasons observing a plethora of choices. I would encourage you to pray and fast until you have a clear vision or a strong sense of peace with wherever or whatever God is leading you towards. Do not settle for 2nd best. If you find yourself without choices and see a drastic change on the horizon. I would encourage you to go back over all of the times that God has provided for you, and how He has equipped you with various ministry gifts. Now you just have to pray earnestly and trust God.
Approach His throne with a thankful & humble heart, for The Lord is worthy of praise.
I have been allowing Psalms 139 to rock my world lately
Go check it out & have a blessed week.