Saturday, November 08, 2008
ACU finished our season today at Shotwell Stadium by defeating Midwestern State University in a smashdown. It was the first time in 30 years that we've had a perfect season. The only time in history we've had a perfect season was the same season we won the National Championship. We're still ranked #2 in the Nation for all of DII football.
Posted by Jerms at 5:29 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Yes, I know...it's been a ridiculously long time since I've written anything on here. The blog has definitely gotten the shaft over the past few months. I got swamped with work at Impact this summer and didn't have any time to spare. This trickled over to being at home and working lots in August, which has then brought me to almost 4 weeks of school being done before I realized that I've neglected this (obviously) vital part of life. So here goes an update of how things are for me...
Posted by Jerms at 6:55 PM
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Well, we just finished our first official week of Impact VBS 2008. It has sure been a crazy ride, these past few days. How can I describe how this past week went? I think the best way is to list a bunch of words that are on my mind. Some of these include but are not limited to the following: wonderful, tiring, long, intense, exciting, crazy, busy, exhausting, never-ceasing, amazing, surprising, testing, and blessed.
The Irvington Village Bus!
Some of them were "newscasters" at the Museum.
Damion & Cory. These boys are BAD. I love em.
Wednesday was a tough one. There were a few moments during the morning that I thought I might not make it through. The lack of sleep and high-stress atmosphere of being in charge left me feeling slightly frazzled. But thankfully, God provided a sense of peace and energy that got me going.
Thursday afternoon brought us some rainy skies that prevented us from going to this cool park downtown for our field trip. But we made it work and stayed at the building to watch The Land Before Time. This was an all-time favorite of mine. By Thursday night, I could hardly see straight. Needless to say, I slept in yesterday morning and today (which means about 8:30 or 9, ha).
Yesterday was SO awesome. I got up and went to the movies with one of the youth groups that helped us from Memphis. Then I went to a friend's apartment to sit by the pool and read/get some sun. Then finally, I met Deanna out in the Woodlands to go to a nice relaxing dinner. It was a perfect day to get refreshed. You've gotta have those when you go, go, go all week with these awesome and crazy kids.
Keep praying. We cannot do what we do without you.
Posted by Jerms at 10:37 AM
Sunday, June 29, 2008
For any of you who are interested in following up with how Mike is doing...he came back the next day with a huge smile on his face. He was happy to be at reading camp and seemed to have a much better day following his possible trouble at home. Thanks for your prayers.
The past few days have been a definite blessing to me. Tuesday and Wednesday were family nights at Impact. Tuesday was spent with some 100 Spanish speaking families as we introduced our summer program and what was in store. Wednesday night was expected to have decreased involvement, but God blew us away with a packed house. I thought I might only have two or three families from my neighborhood to pick up, but I ended up with two packed van loads and had to make two trips.
Broken Buses: On the way home Wednesday night, we decided to take a bus, rather than make two trips to take families home. What a great idea, right? No. Bad idea. Very bad idea. To start things off, our bus stalled as we were politely singing "Jesus Loves Me" on the bus. We fixed it quickly and thought we were low on fuel. A few minutes later, we get a call from Dennis that his bus is broken over by Minute Maid Park. His was overheated as we spent about an hour working it our. God provided a water hose spout directly next to where he was broken down at. Thank goodness that we were able to mend the radiator hose and get back to the church safely. Needless to say, it was a long day (and week for that matter).
Beach: Friday could not have come soon enough. Myself, a few interns, and some teens took the early part of the day to relax in Galveston in the muddy waters. There were a lot of waves and it was free, so there was no right to complain. The night ended by spending the evening in Clear Lake with a few old friends from ACU.
Birthday Boys: On Saturday, Gabby and I took SeDarious and his two brothers Damion and DeAngelo to Zuma Fun Center, which is basically the same thing as Celebration Station. They had a blast. It was great to see them riding Go-Karts, doing the Bumper Boats, and attempting to play mini-golf. I have a feeling that we are starting to spoil them. But they need it. Who will show them that they are worth a day out if someone doesn't take them? Damion just found out he is being held back in school for the second time in a row. He needs some serious prayers as he learns and grows and acts out during his hard times.
Friends: On a side note, I was SO glad to spend the weekend with some very good friends. Cassie came into town and I we got to see Kelly and Julie. I also got to go to First Colony CofC this morning and was refreshed to be worshiping with good friends in a "close-to-home" way.
This week marks our official start to VBS. We'll spend the next 4 days working on throwing everything together before we get about 400 kiddos for the rest of the summer. I'll definitely be needing prayers for energy, patience, leadership, communication, rest, and joy as we work together to create something lasting for these children.
Posted by Jerms at 7:39 PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Yesterday was a tough one. Leaving for the afternoon is not always an easy thing for our children. For many of them, church is the only safe place they can run to and count on. Some of them have no consistency in their lives and very little positive relationships to turn to. For Mike, reading camp has been his safe haven over the past couple weeks.
As we were leaving on our van routes, all 15 kids were loaded and ready to go...except for one. Mike didn't want to get on. In fact, he refused to get on. First he wouldn't put his shoes on because there was a little glitter in them. Then he started getting fired up about a little glue and glitter that had gotten on his shirt.
After a few minutes of trying to figure out why this was such a big deal (and it wasn't about being OCD or anythng) he began to cry. Tears began falling as we coaxed him toward the van. A few feet futher, he planted himself on the ground and started balling. I talked to him for a bit, and figured out that he was not going to go home with anything that caused his clothes to appear dirty.
"My mom told me that I would be in big trouble if I get my clothes dirty." We cleaned the little guy up. The glitter was gone, and there wasn't a remnant of anything dirty. This still didn't satisfy Mike's peace of mind. I promised to talk to his mom and that it would be ok. He cried all the way home.
"Are you Mike's mom?"... "Yes, what did he do!?" I spoke with his mom and told her what a great kid she has. I told her she should be proud of him because he does such a great job and is such a bright little dude.
How scary it must be to go home in fear of loved ones. How do 8 year olds endure such hardship and trials of abuse? Surely God has provided these little ones with a faith and hope that goes much farther than this world. They are already stronger than I might ever be to keep moving on each day. Pray for Mike. Pray for the infinite amount of nameless others without a hope.
Here's a picture from last Friday. I took SeDarious, Paul, and DeAngelo out to Kemah to eat some lunch and ride some rides. We had a blast.
Posted by Jerms at 11:31 AM