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Tomorrow I am leading a team of 13 students and 5 adults from Quest on a mission trip in Acuña, Mexico. There we will build an entire 2 rooms house for a local family. Would you please take a moment each day to pray for health, strength and safe travel for our Quest students and leaders? Here is what you can pray for each day…
Friday, March 22
Pray for a smooth departure. After school, the team will rush to church to load the trailer and begin the 20-hour drive to Mexico. Pray for the preparation of our hearts for serving the people in Acuña, Mexico.
Saturday, March 23
This is our longest day of travel. Pray that all goes smoothly with the logistics of traveling with a group our size.
Sunday, March 24
Today we will meet the Casas por Cristo staff member that is leading our trip. Pray we develop a great relationship with him and gain a heart of understanding as we learn about the community we will serve the next several days.
Monday, March 25
Pray for safe travels as we cross the boarder into Mexico. We will meet with the pastor of the local church and the family that will receive the house we are building. Pray we make our family feel loved and that we have a great first day of building.
Tuesday, March 26
Pray for endurance for long days of ministry and building. Pray that our team connects with the Acuña community as we continue to build and begin to engage with the local kids through soccer and baseball.
Wednesday, March 27
Pray for protection from sickness and fatigue. This will be our longest workday, pray we stay focused and remember why we are there.
Thursday, March 28
Pray that the team continues to shine the light of Christ even though we are exhausted. As the house comes to completion and we dedicate it to our family, pray they see Jesus in our work.
Friday, March 29
Pray that as we conclude our time in Acuña and cross back into the United States, we would be able to reflect on what God has taught us and encourage one another with stories of God’s work.
Saturday, March 30
On our way home, pray the team adjusts well spiritually, emotionally and physically. Pray the team will continue to remember and reflect on their journey in Acuña, Mexico.
Sunday, March 31
On Easter, our team will arrive back in Corydon. Pray they begin sharing their experience with those that weren’t on the trip.
Yeah…we have fun.
The highlight of my summer is always the MOVE Conference. Each year, we take our high school students to a week long conference hosted by Christ in Youth. We Just finished our “Promo Packet”. Check it out…
- Moving into our First House (February 3)
- conQUEST (June 6)
- Family Thanksgiving (November 22)
- Project Rusty (Sept 22)
- Renovating Office (July 2)
- Getting Wisdom Teeth Out (January 12)
- Extended MOVE 2012 (June 30)
- Missing Friends Wedding (June 2)
- Magdalena’s Closed (February 2012)
- Breaking My Snowboard (February 2012)
- Florida (July 28-August 5)
- Holland, MI (June 25-30)
- St. Louis for Cardinals in Playoffs (October 19)
- Atlanta, GA (April 24-26)
- Cincinnati (March 2)
Recapping an incredible year of student ministry in a short video is impossible…but we tried. Check it out…
I need to-do lists to function. Without one, I waste time and I’m not near as productive. Over the past couple years, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to make my lists in a way that set me up for a productive day.
Here is how I prepare my to-do lists everyday for work…
1) Make it every night before I go to bed
I keep my blank to-do list sheets on my night stand and fill them out before I go to bed. That way when I wake up, I’m ready to tackle the day full speed. This has made my mornings much more productive.
2) Start every task with a verb
Each item on my to-do list is something that needs to be done. Hence the name “to-do”. That means an action is required to cross that item of my list. By starting each item with a verb, I know what action is needed to complete this task. Simple but very helpful.
3) Find a to-do list template that fits me
Everyone creates their to-do lists differently…computer, cell phone, piece of paper, notebook, post it, etc. I prefer to write mine out. For the longest time, I used a blank piece of paper. But I began to notice a trend when making my lists, I always broke down my lists using 3 different categories: General, phone calls and text/emails/postcards to students and leaders. After I recognized this, I designed and ordered a to-do from Vista Print that was tailored for Matt Erxleben.
4) Cross out completed tasks
Seeing your progress is great motivation to stay hard at it. That’s why I created “check boxes” so I could check my items off when I complete them.
5) Carry over uncompleted tasks at the end of the day
Didn’t mark off something on your list? Add it to your list for tomorrow!
How about you? Is there anything unique you do when creating your to-do lists?