Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Favored Nation

It was a privilege to be part of Ken Parker's, Christian Arts Ministries patriotic musical called Favored Nation. Dustin commanded the stage during his act as John Hancock and Katie danced in scenes throughout the production.

Ninety-five percent of the script was the actual words of our Founding Fathers and showed their dependence upon God in making the important decisions of our countries beginning. It was a refreshing yet sobering look at our countries heritage, though magnified how far we have strayed from the Truth of God that was once commonly accepted.

There were two lines in the production that really impacted Dustin. First was one of his own lines as John Hancock: "...our confidence must not be in the Means we use; but must repose only in that GOD who rules the Armies of Heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness." (America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quoatations pg. 275) The other line was from John Adams - Founding Father and 2nd U.S. president: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Happy 4th of July! And may God somehow have mercy on us and continue to bless America!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Have a Blast!

For all your fireworks needs this Independence Day, we recommend you stop by the Shakopee Cub Foods parking lot and stock up. This firework stand is run by our friends at JSAW (Jesus, Snow, Asphalt and Water) and proceeds go toward their action sports ministry. Support JSAW and you can be assured you are supporting the cause of Christ in reaching youth around the world!
Get the most bang for your buck and watch your patriotic fireworks display support a ministry! POW!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rock Solid Rock!

Dustin participated in Grace Church's VBS this summer. The theme was Rock Solid Rock with a very clever drama running all week along the theme of David and Goliath.

Dustin's role each day was to MC the rally's where 900 kids and 350 volunteers gathered from their classrooms for a big assembly. Each day he surprised the kids by riding out on a different unicycle, of course building up to the ten footer at last.

Dustin had the opportunity to share the gospel with the kids on the last day and again with families Friday evening during the Family Drama Night which seamed the daily drama together and celebrated all that God had done throughout the week. Many kids choose to make Jesus their Solid Rock to build their lives on. It was an exciting week where we saw God at work in many ways.

(Thank you Jonathan Stone for the photos; thank you Children 18:3 for the "Jesus is my Rock" t-shirt.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

I Corinthians 4:6-7

We were blessed by a visit from the Isaaks, missionaries with Light in Action in Brazil. It was fun to connect with other missionaries and hear their passion for teaching God's truth to the world. They mean business, as you can see...their daughter, not yet 3 years old, had numerous verses memorized and inspired us all!

Dustin recently performed the UniShow in Blaine MN at Good Shepherd Covenant Church for a community outreach. There was a great and responsive audience and Dustin gave them a good show and Jesus! It was a special evening for us since a member of our prayer team attended to pray through the program in real time.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

O Canada!

Early June we participated in a weekend of outreaches in Moosonee Ontario Canada. After a smooth boarder crossing into Canada, thanks to the prayers of many, and 17 hours of driving, we unloaded then parked our van and trailer in Cochrane Ontario. All our equipment was then loaded onto a box car and we boarded a passenger car for the 5 1/2 hour train ride up to Moosonee, the only way into the town besides a small airport.

Rob, our Moosonee host, was in the band we toured with in Azerbaijan last spring. It was fun to reconnect with him and meet his family and in-laws who are very involved in community outreaches, desiring to serve and share Jesus with the locals. His three daughters kept us entertained and smiling all weekend and were amazingly well behaved and adaptable to the activities of each day.

We had a great weekend with 2 school assemblies, a two day youth conference and a community outreach where nearly 500 of the 2,500 population showed up! Rob's band, theBetween, also performed and Steve Tulloch spoke powerful messages throughout the weekend. Dustin was a hit and besides sharing Jesus, he inspired many to take up the challenge of unicycling. We had 10 extra unicycles for kids to try all weekend and many gave it a successful whirl!

To top off our Canadian experience, we enjoyed the tastes of poutine and Tim Hortons and had 5 moose sightings!