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Sorry for the lack of updates on the blog the past couple of weeks. I know that your world does not revolve around whether or not I post on here, but I always like to maintain a level of consistency when it comes to my writing.

The main reason for my lack of writing was SULPHUR SPRINGS WORKCAMP 2011. SSWC is the camp that I founded 5 years ago and that I currently direct. Last week 400+ students and adults pulled together from 15+ churches to paint and restore 25 homes in the Sulphur Springs, Texas area.

I wanted to take a moment just to thank all the groups of people who made SSWC2011 happen. Hundreds and hundreds of people pulled together to pull off this incredible event.

Thank you…

  • 25 HOMEOWNERS, who let us paint your house.
  • SPONSORS, who gave money, deals, time, resources, etc.
  • SHANNON OAKS CHURCH, for being amazing hosts.
  • SULPHUR SPRINGS SCHOOL SYSTEM, for being so awesome in letting hundreds of students sleep in Sulphur Springs High School and Sulphur Springs Middle School.
  • ADULTS WHO STAYED AT THE CHURCHES AT NIGHT. You are brave.
  • KITCHEN CREW, who worked all day every day to make sure we had food. You went above and beyond. I have heard many students say that it is the best camp food they’ve ever had.
  • STUDENTS, who stepped up to the plate to work and paint 25 houses.
  • CREW LEADERS, who led those students and made sure the 25 houses were finished.
  • SECTION LEADERS, 7 men who helped crew leaders, bought supplies, and trouble-shooted.
  • MEDIA/TECH TEAM, who filmed/edited video, took pictures, ran lights, ran sound, and much much more. You guys are unbelievably talented.
  • TAYLOR MASON, thank you for using your ventriloquist skills and bringing the funny to the SSWC stage.
  • SSWC20101 WORSHIP LEADER CODY CARNES, thank you for taking us every night directly to God’s throne.
  • SSWC2011 COMMUNICATOR BRANDON MITCHELL, you’ve been a part of SSWC since the beginning and can’t wait to work with you next year. God spoke through you.
  • YOUTH PASTORS & LEADERS WHO BROUGHT GROUPS, thank you for seeing the need and buying into the SSWC vision.
  • SSWC LEADERSHIP TEAM, who is a group of people who really pull this off. We plan and meet all year around to make sure SSWC happens.
  • MY PARTNER AND SSWC CO-DIRECTOR BEN VOS, who planned and organized all of the work projects for SSWC2011.
  • LAST BUT NOT LEAST, ALL GLORY, HONOR, AND PRAISE GOES TO GOD. WE DO THIS BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH YOU LOVE US. OUR PRAYER IS THAT YOU ARE MORE FAMOUS TODAY BECAUSE OF SSWC2011. GLORY TO GOD FOREVER!!!

“Three things will last forever – FAITH. HOPE. LOVE. – and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

FAITH. HOPE. LOVE. is the theme for Sulphur Springs Workcamp 2011.

 

 

Sunday is the official start of the 5th annual Sulphur Springs Workcamp. SSWC is an interdenominational mission experience where students and adults unite together to paint and restore homes for the needy in the Sulphur Springs, Texas area. Students from all different churches come together for one week to scrape, paint, serve, play, laugh, and worship together.

At SSWC2011, 400+ students and adults from 15 student ministries covering 3 states will come together to paint 25 houses for free at SSWC2011.

SSWC is about 3 things: (1) Loving God. (2) Serving Others. (3) Uniting Churches.

God really put the idea for my SSWC in my brain over six years ago. I was hesitant at first to put another big project on my plate (especially in the always busy summer season). However, God kept putting this idea of an interdenominational local mission experience before me. I procrastinated for one year before deciding to give it a shot in 2007. What ever small expectations I had for SSWC were blown away by God’s ability to do more than my tiny brain can even imagine. Anywhere from 90-100 people participated in SSWC as we painted and restored nine homes in the Sulphur Springs, Texas area.

Every year SSWC has gotten bigger and better.

Some people ask me why. Why do feel God wanted you to start SSWC? There are three main reasons why.

1. IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. God is pretty specific about sharing your faith and helping other people. It is the right thing to take care of a widow who cannot take care of things like painting her house herself. Mission trips (in the student ministry world) are often only thought in the context of far away from home or in another culture. While I am all for global, short term missions, being able to spread the Gospel and the love of Jesus in our backyard is equally important.

2. TO BE A BLESSING TO OTHER STUDENT PASTORS. As a student pastor, I know how tough summer can be and how hard it can be to plan a bunch of stuff. The best trips seem to be the trips where I simply show up, all the details are already taken care, and I can spend time and love on my students. We try to make SSWC as student ministry-friendly as possible. My desire has always been for SSWC to be something that is a blessing to other student pastors, not a burden.

3. TO HELP SMALL STUDENT MINISTRIES. The majority of churches in this area do not have the resources, budget, and staff to participate in summer missions. SSWC was designed for the small church that maybe is being led by a volunteer. This is a local, cost-efficient (only $50 for students) mission experience that is legit. Now every student can have the opportunity to participate in missions.

4. TO UNITE THE LOCAL CHURCH. (WARNING: I will probably preach right here.) If we were honest, we (Christians) do not do a very good job of uniting. We tend to focus more on all the things that make us different – worship styles, songs we sing, vocabulary, etc. SSWC focuses on what we have in common – JESUS, which is by far the most important thing. Sure, the denominations represented think differently about certain aspects of the Christian faith. However, we all believe in the fundamental truth that Jesus is our savior. Maybe people seeing different Christians getting along and serving together in unity will get nonbelievers interested in having a relationship with Jesus.

Sulphur Springs Workcamp 2011 will be from Sunday, June 5 to Wednesday, June 8. Please be praying for this incredible mission experience.

Every summer REVOLUTION offers a variety of mission trip and camp experiences that we call the REVOLUTION SUMMER TOUR. I am pumped to announce that there will be six stops (four mission trips and two camps) this summer.

Here the official stops and details of the REVOLUTION SUMMER TOUR 2011:

SULPHUR SPRINGS WORKCAMP | SSWC2011

  • facebook.com/eat.sleep.serve
  • For ALL middle school & high school students (current 6th-12th graders)
  • June 5-9, 2011
  • Sulphur Springs, Texas
  • SSWC is a low-cost, close-to-home mission trip, founded and directed by me, where students from different denominations come together to paint and restore homes in the Sulphur Springs, TX area. There will also be nightly worship experiences where students will intimately connect with God. Our annual Six Flags trip will also be combined with this experience.
  • $150 (includes Six Flags)

LOS ANGELES DREAM CENTER MISSION TRIP

  • dreamcenter.org
  • REVOLUTION students ages 15 and up
  • June 20-27, 2011
  • Los Angeles, California
  • The LA Dream Center serves the city of Los Angeles with over 273 ministries and outreaches to reach thousands of people every week. Students will be given the opportunity to work alongside the ministries of the Dream Center and to attend services at one of the largest churches in the country.
  • $1000*

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MISSION TRIP

  • missionofmercy.org
  • All NORTHchurch Mission Trip
  • July 16-22, 2011*
  • Moca, Dominican Republic
  • This will be a NORTHchurch Medical Mission Trip with a full medical & dental clinic.
  • $1500*

HAITI MISSION TRIP

  • mohhaiti.org
  • All NORTHchurch Mission Trip
  • July 16-22, 2011*
  • Port au Prince, Haiti
  • This will be a NORTHchurch construction mission trip with special ministry to orphans. We will be rebuilding homes and ministering in the area of the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake.
  • $1500*

REVOLUTION SUMMER CAMP – HIGH SCHOOL

  • Current 9th-12th grade high school students
  • July 7-11, 2011
  • Glen Rose, Texas
  • Students will have a blast as they grow in their relationship with God and others through a camp experience with hundreds of other students. REVOLUTION attends camp experiences with Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.
  • $300*

REVOLUTION SUMMER CAMP – MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Current 6th-8th grade middle school students
  • July 29-August 2, 2011
  • Waxahachie, Texas
  • Students will have a blast as they grow in their relationship with God and others through a camp experience with hundreds of other students. REVOLUTION attends camp experiences with Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.
  • $300*

* = Estimated. Subject to slight change.

**Limited spots available on all trips. All trips are on a first come, first serve basis.

***ALL SIGNUPS BEGIN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2011.

I enjoy shooting, making, and editing videos from time to time. This was a video I made for Sulphur Springs Workcamp 2010. I reluctantly had to use my thespian skills (or lack there of) in this video. The title of this video is “Tuesday Morning Part 2″ because this is how I got to Shannon Oaks Church on the Tuesday morning of SSWC 2010. I accidently over slept and had to hustle from OKC.

WARNING: The special effects from this video could possibly make your brain explode.

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To see Tuesday Morning Part 1 and more videos that I have made, visit MY PROFILE ON VIMEO.COM.

Sorry for the lack of updates on the blog the past couple of weeks. I know that your world does not revolve around whether or not I post on here, but I always like to maintain a level of consistency when it comes to my writing.

The main reason for my lack of writing was SULPHUR SPRINGS WORKCAMP 2010. SSWC is the camp that I founded 4 years ago and that I currently direct. Last week 300+ students and adults pulled together from 10+ churches to paint and restore 21 homes in the Sulphur Springs, Texas area.

I wanted to take a moment just to thank all the groups of people who made SSWC2010 happen. Hundreds and hundreds of people pulled together to pull this incredible event off.

Thank you…

  • 21 HOMEOWNERS, who let us paint your house.
  • FREDDIE ALSOBROOKS, who helped us find many of the houses we painted.
  • SPONSORS, who gave money, deals, time, resources, etc.
  • ADULTS WHO STAYED AT THE CHURCHES AT NIGHT. You are brave.
  • KITCHEN CREW, who worked all day every day to make sure we had food. You went above and beyond. I heard one student say that it is the best camp food they’ve ever had.
  • STUDENTS, who stepped up to the plate to work and paint 21 houses.
  • CREW LEADERS, who led those students and made sure the 21 houses were finished.
  • SECTION LEADERS, 5 men who helped crew leaders, bought supplies, and trouble-shooted.
  • MEDIA/TECH TEAM, who filmed/edited video, took pictures, ran lights, ran sound, and much much more. You guys are unbelievably talented.
  • JOE CASTILLO AND SEAN ALGAIER. Thank you for using your gifts and sharing your stories with SSWC.
  • SSWC2010 WORSHIP LEADERS JON WEBB & KARI JOBE. Thank you for taking us every night directly to God’s throne.
  • SSWC2010 COMMUNICATOR BRANDON MITCHELL. You’ve been a part of SSWC since the beginning and can’t wait to work with you next year. God spoke through you.
  • YOUTH PASTORS & LEADERS WHO BROUGHT GROUPS. Thank you for seeing the need and buying into the SSWC vision.
  • SSWC LEADERSHIP TEAM, who is a group of people who really pull this off. We plan and meet all year around to make sure SSWC happens.
  • MY PARTNER AND SSWC CO-DIRECTOR BEN VOS, who planned and organized all of the work projects for SSWC2010.
  • LAST BUT NOT LEAST, ALL GLORY, HONOR, AND PRAISE GOES TO GOD. WE DO THIS BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH YOU LOVE US. OUR PRAYER IS THAT YOU ARE MORE FAMOUS TODAY BECAUSE OF SSWC2010. GLORY TO GOD FOREVER!!!

The countdown is officially on…

10 days and counting until Sulphur Springs Workcamp 2010. This year at the 4th annual SSWC, 12 churches from Texas and Oklahoma are coming together to paint and restore 18-20 houses in the Sulphur Springs, Texas community.

Over the past 3 years, Sulphur Springs Workcamp has painted and restored 32 houses. This year our goal is to paint and restore 20, but we cannot do this without you.

If you are a teenager (current 6th-12th grader) or adult and you would like to be involved with SSWC 2010, please contact me as soon as possible. Time is running out for you to be involved in such an incredible, God-sized event. You will have a blast serving, laughing, being crazy, painting, scraping, singing, worshiping, growing, and being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Not to mention, check out our amazing lineup that will be at SSWC 2010…

Don’t miss out.

After last year’s tidal wave of popularity, Sulphur Springs Workcamp will feature more “Deep Thoughts” by B. David Vos. You won’t want to miss what B. David Vos has in store this year at Sulphur Springs Workcamp 2010.

Check out http://www.facebook.com/eat.sleep.serve for more information on Sulphur Springs Workcamp and how you can be involved. More people = more houses painted = more lives changed = SSWC2010.

Tomorrow is a very special REVOLUTION.

Jared Hall, who is one of the best illusionists on the planet, will be performing live on the NORTHchurch stage. It is going to be an incredible night that we have entitled “REV-ILLUSION.”

This will be the second time that I have used Jared Hall for an event. He truly helped us out at Sulphur Springs Workcamp 2009 with what I like to call the “Sulphur Springs Workcamp Miracle” where we were somehow able to replace one nationally-known, consistently-booked, incredible talent with another nationally-known, consistently-booked, incredible talent within two hours the night before the event started. I was so impressed, I wanted to get him in Oklahoma City as soon as possible.

Not only will you laugh a lot and have your mind blown from amazing illusions, you will be spiritually challenged.

Jared uses illusions and comedy to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in relevant, engaging ways. Traveling extensively across the nation, Jared does shows for many conferences, festivals, outreach events, youth camps, and Upward award nights. He has shared the stage with many artists including Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, David Crowder, Shane and Shane, Toby Mac, Building 429, P.O.D., GRITS, Jeremy Camp, and Leeland.

Check out this Jared Hall promo video to get a small taste of what REV-ILLUSION will be all about…

REV-ILLUSION is a special outreach event. If you are a 6th-12th grade student in the Oklahoma City metro area, you need to be here. You need to get your friends here. If you are a parent of a 6th-12th grade student in the Oklahoma City metro area, you need to get your student(s) here.

This is a can’t miss event!

Can you tell I’m excited?

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REV-ILLUSION is this Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at NORTHchurch (1601 W. Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73134). Doors open at 6:30pm. Jared Hall performs at 7:00pm.

Just get here!!!