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7 Days of Reflections

I think I might get myself into some trouble with this post. (That’s never a good way to start something, is it!?!?!)

So our family just moved into Ace House #2, literally one block off the park in our south MPLS Powderhorn community. We’ve been in for one week and because we’ve been living like cavemen without television (might be a good thing, actually) and internet came just yesterday, we’ve had quite a bit of time to reflect on things. (It’s been quite the crazy last four weeks, not a shortage of things to think about…).

I’m one to (1) number things and (2) vomit out thoughts with

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Not a game of Numbers

I have been reminded lately of the story of Samuel and the quest God placed on him to find and anoint a new king of Israel. I’m in Fantasy Football draft mode right now (hoping Megatron finds his way on my squad), and I envision Sammy creating his own King of Israel mock draft–a list of who should be the first candidate to be considered for such a big position. And then there was David, who I don’t think who have even been a candidate for “Mr. Irrelevant”–the recognition given to the last player drafted in the actual NFL draft.

He was young. He was scrawny. He was a shephard. Boy. With peach fuzz.

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Maxine & Me

We’re excited to announace that our Ace | Neighbor program is tripling in size over this past summer. This program really doesn’t deserve a title, but it’s our initiative (and we hope to create more opportunites in the next few years) to get suburbanites out of…the ‘burbs and into the city. Living! Not just in and out…but relocating!

Our first Ace House has been occupied for over 9 months, and a few weeks back Ashley moved into the lower half of our second place–just two blocks away from house #1.

My family and I are moving to the upstairs part of this duplex within the next few weeks

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Maxine & Me

We’re excited to announace that our Ace | Neighbor program is tripling in size over this past summer. This program really doesn’t deserve a title, but it’s our initiative (and we hope to create more opportunites in the next few years) to get suburbanites out of…the ‘burbs and into the city. Living! Not just in and out…but relocating!

Our first Ace House has been occupied for over 9 months, and a few weeks back Ashley moved into the lower half of our second place–just two blocks away from house #1.

My family and I are moving to the upstairs part of this duplex within the next few weeks

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CABALITO

Good morning from Juarez!

We can’t believe it’s already Thursday. Time has been flying by so quickly down here, like it always does!

We hope you’ve been enjoying the videos that Jon Helle, our Media Arts Director, has been putting together from this trip. Another REALLY FUN one coming today!

If you’ve missed them, check out our vimeo page for the latest:

Relay it! from Ace in the City on Vimeo.

It has been an amazing time so far in Juarez. Although not necessarily the expectation

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Felicitaciones

As always, we’ve had ourselves an incredible first full day at the home!

Saturday night, after crossing the border and arriving at the home, we got settled in. Kids don’t arrive until Sunday morning here, so we had some time to connect with the leaders of the home, and with each other. (Some of the team members had never met each other before connecting in El Paso.) We finished the night in worship, asking God to go ahead of us and show up and show out this week and our time with the kids!

Church is at noon here on Sunday’s. And yesterday’s service was a very special service as the church had a prayer

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Leap Frog & Launching Pads

There are a lot of short-term mission trip critics in the world. I’m one of them, probably. Part of my criticism of short-term mission trips as we know them to be in the Western culture actually stems from my first short-term trip to Juarez, Mexico:

I think I came back more changed, more impacted, more transformed than any one kid we loved and served over our week at the home.

But wait…

We’re going down there to change…impact…transform them, right?

And so the folly begins…

I read a good article from Jamie the Very Worst Missionary the other day. (She gave herself that name, not me.) Taking a

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Leap Frog & Launching Pads

There are a lot of short-term mission trip critics in the world. I’m one of them, probably. Part of my criticism of short-term mission trips as we know them to be in the Western culture actually stems from my first short-term trip to Juarez, Mexico:

I think I came back more changed, more impacted, more transformed than any one kid we loved and served over our week at the home.

But wait…

We’re going down there to change…impact…transform them, right?

And so the folly begins…

I read a good article from Jamie the Very Worst Missionary the other day. (She gave herself that name, not me.) Taking a

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[Almost] Grown-Up

I’m almost grown up. Or so I think so anyway. And these feelings have only been validated from recent events like the basketball growing from my wife’s tummy (it’s actually a boy!), signing up for parent/teacher conferences, and finding myself eating Honey Bunches of Oats in the morning.

May be a kid at heart–hopefully always will be–but I woke up this morning with some heavy and adult things on my heart.

What do I want my kid to know?

What kind of father do I want to be?

If I knew that my time here on this earth was limited, what would I do?

And so I did something very manl

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Amor Por Juarez

Another incredible week at Emmanuel…one I am sure none of us will ever forget.

So many great memories…the children’s service, delicious meals, countless hugs and kisses from the beautiful niños, Wii dance party at Adams’, carne asada with Keren and Armando, Kung Fu Panda with the boys, mural painting, the beautiful view from the roof, watching the kids put on their Spring school program the list could go on and on!

We are so blessed to have spent time with such incredible people in such an amazing place…

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