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Trip from Honduras February 2014

Its been awhile since we have updated this blog, but I thought I would throw up some pics from my trip to Honduras with Kairos. This is my 3rd year taking our Kairos students down to Honduras. Every year God does some pretty awesome work in the lives of the Hondurans and our students!

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Meet the Kairos Guys!

 
 Meet Brian’s small group for Kairos– it’s all 3 of the guys in the class! 
(next time, you’ll meet Beth’s)
 
Outside of Kairos 

This weekend, Brian is speaking at the high school retreat for our church.  He did this last fall, too; and we are excited to return!
We also had our first official snowfall in Minneapolis this week.  Can’t believe winter is already upon us!  
Andrew, intern

age: 22
home state: Oregon
fun fact: there’s really nothing he’s bad at, so he earned the knickname “Man-drew”
Andrew was a student last year in Kairos, and he has been on multiple mission trips with Royal Servants (Costa Rica, China, Sierra Leone).  He is a very level-headed, detail-oriented guy who loves Christ and sees himself doing youth ministry long-term!
Josh

age: 18
home state: Minnesota
fun fact: he’s an instagram genius
Looking for direction after high school, Josh came to Kairos with a willing heart to learn and to meet God.  He is full of energy, fun, and craziness.  There is never a dull moment with him around!
Daniel

age: 18
home country: Columbia
fun fact: Superman is his favorite superhero
Columbia is Daniel’s home, but he came all the way to Kairos in snowy Minnesota so he could know God on a deeper level.  He brings a Latino flair, love of futbol (or soccer), and global perspective to this year’s class!

Kairos Starts Again!

Another Kairos Year!

It’s almost unbelievable that our third year with Kairos Discipleship School begins in a week!  This Monday, our interns will come in for a week of training and preparation.  Our interns are two graduates from last year’s class (one guy and one girl) who want to develop their skills of small group discipleship and to learn more about what it looks like to work in full-time ministry.
The students arrive Sunday, the 13th!  This class has 6 girls (ages 18-20) and 2 guys (ages 18-19).  About half are alumni from Royal Servants mission trips; and one of the guys is a citizen of Columbia (we are all hoping to become fluent in Spanish!).
We are excited for yet another year of discipleship and evangelism!
Costa Rica 2013

Fall Planning 

Every September, we take time in both Royal Servants and Kairos to evaluate the previous year and to plan for the future year.  Along with hours upon hours of meetings, it’s always good time to fellowship with our staff teams.
For Royal Servants, we are able to hear stories of each staff member’s summer; and it is encouraging!  One of the greatest news was that about 8 participants on our mission trips accepted Christ this summer (3 of which were on our team)!  We are all excited about youth finding a passion for Christ!
Also, our 2014 teams are determined!  We will be leading the Costa Rica trip again!  And we are thrilled to continue the relationships and ministry there!

 

THANK YOU

for making this ministry possible!  We have been on staff with Reign for 4 1/2 years, which includes 5 summer mission trips and 2 Kairos classes (this year is our 3rd).  Thank you for making it all happen!

Futbol Win

Yesterday, both our guys and girls teams played full field soccer games in Cartago, a university city about 45 minutes away from Cachi. It was a chilly, overcast morning, and we had left the church 2 hours earlier than usual to play these games.

The guys played a division one team, which included a Saprisa (a professional Tico team) legend. Brian even remembers seeing him play on TV! We may have been a little outmatched.

Inbetween the two games, our drama and dance teams performed. Our girls headed over after the performance to stretch with the opposing team and build relationships, while the drama team spread out to talk with people in the crowd.

Admittedly, our guys were slightly intimidated by the level of soccer they were competing against, but soccer is just the tool we use to gain the chance to share the Gospel. I sat in the stands, observing all that was transpiring and anticipating a challenging game. But then one of our students came rushing up, full of excitement. He said to me matter-of-factly, “Well, at least one person was saved today!” He was able to talk with a woman following the girls game, share the Gospel with her, and hear her interest in God{s story. His excitement was encouraging.

Maybe we experienced defeat on the soccer field but it was a win in all other regards!

love

Every day during the summer, our students spend an hour focusing on their personal relationship with Christ. It’s a crucial aspect of our trips.

Over the last week, our students have been studying Scripture to learn more about love–God’s love for us and our love for others. Some of their studying has included the Greatest Commandment, 1 Corinthians 13 (the “love” chapter), gossip, Mary and Martha, and the Psalms.

Many of our ministry opportunities have included the chance to spend a few hours looking for ways to show Christ’s love to others. We call it Jesus with Skin On. This is a great way to put into practice what they’ve been learning from God’s Word and to learn that ministry can be done at anytime, anywhere, and to anyone.

Earlier this week, we went into the capital city of San Jose to a large, crowded park. Our students spread out, playing soccer with people and striking up conversations. One group decided to make balloon animals for all the little children. They were swarmed with kids wanting swords, flowers, and butterflies! I stood back and watched as our students showed Jesus’ love to small children or “the least of these,” as Jesus called them. The smile on a cute, Tico face as they’re handed a balloon sword is priceless.

When we did our dramas and dances, people were more open to hear our message of the Gospel because they had already seen it demonstrated to their children.

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Cor. 13:1).

A New Meaden!

Jude Asher Meaden

On April 6th at 5:19 P.M., we welcomed Jude Asher into our family.  He weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz. and was born by water birth.  We are so thankful that he is healthy and here!  We are excited to have him join our life of ministry.
His name has significant meaning to us.  Both are Hebrew names.  Jude means “praise” and Asher means “happy.”  After miscarrying last spring, we feel so much joy and happiness to have him here.  We also want to pass along to him the importance of bringing praise to God, for He alone is worthy.  On a lighter note, we also really love the Beatles; and we regularly sing “Hey, Jude” to him at night!

Kairos

There are just a few weeks left of Kairos before the students head out on different Royal Servant mission trips all over the globe this summer!
This is our final week of class, and they are studying major world religions, complete with a tour of a Mosque.  Last week, Beth’s dad Kris came and taught on church history. It was great for him to really see Reign, as it’s been apart of our lives for over 10 years now.
In May, Kairos will spend a week volunteering in different ministries throughout Minneapolis and then head out to the Boundary Waters for a leadership training adventure trip! It’s always a little sad as the year draws to a close, but it’s now time for the students to take everything they’ve learned and begin making disciples who will make disciples.  And we will have a mini reunion in August for the official Kairos graduation!

Royal Servants

Brian and I (along with the other trip leaders) head to Training Camp the very end of May and will be there (living in a tent!) for a little over a month. The first few weeks are full of preparation for the students, and the last two are the official weeks of training for both staff disciplers (college-aged) and students (ages 13-18). Along with the ministry to students, we enjoy being outside 24/7 and bonding with the other Reign staff who live all over the country. This summer, we will be leading the Costa Rica trip again; and our ministry will include both sharing the Gospel through the arts (dance, drama) and soccer. We can’t wait for another amazing summer of discipleship and evangelism!

And as you pray…

– Preparations for Royal Servants this summer
– Safety in the Boundary Waters (end of May)
– SLEEP, patience, and wisdom as new parents!

Honduras mission trip full video

Thank you all again for your continual support!  We are so grateful to have you apart of this team.  If you do not currently support us and would like to, click here or send us an email.  We would love to chat about how you can be directly involved with discipling youth.

Honduras 2013

It was 8:00 A.M.  The team had just finished breakfast and applied an enormous amount of sun screen. We were about to hike up the mountain 20 minutes from the school we were staying in to help build 3 houses. The word “school” might be a little misleading, as it was really just a small one-room structure made out of a mud brick mixture.  We were in the town of Santa Maria in the Opalaca Mountains of Honduras.  You can’t drive to this village.  It has no electricity and unreliable running water. The Lenca Indians who live here work hard at growing coffee.  They don’t have much else.  Most have a small house which consists of four walls–maybe a window.  They all have about 2 sets of clothes (one for work, the other for special occasions).  As I began the hike, I once again realized how blessed we are in the United States. While having a warm house, clean water, and food on the table is more wealth than these Hondurans could ever imagine, that’s not why we are so blessed. We are blessed because we have so much spiritual wealth.  Training, teaching, and discipleship is available to pretty much everyone in the United States; but the Lenca Indians are very much forgotten.

Over the last several years, Kairos has worked hard to help build, develop, and train the local believers in the mountains.  Even though the body of Christ is small there, they are growing!  And they are so hungry to hear more about who God is and how such an amazing God wants them to be a part of His story.

As I continued the hike, I was overwhelmed by the privilege and responsibility to encourage and disciple the believers.  Anytime I would share a simple testimony, they would get their pencil and a small piece of paper to write down everything they could so they could learn more about Jesus.

As we began to build the walls of the houses, I learned the story behind the project.  Most of the houses we were building were for families that had been living in temporary housing since hurricane Mich in 1998.  While they were surviving, living in temporary housing for 15 years is far from okay.  And we worked,  the walls grew higher; and our brother in Christ’s smile grew wider.

Building houses was not our only ministry while in Honduras.  We also held a multi-village church leader meeting where we discipled and shared God’s Word with some of the pastors.  We also led VBS clinics, played soccer matches, picked coffee, and talked about Jesus love with everyone who wanted to listen.

As the three-week trip came to a close, I began to thank God for the many blessings He has given Beth and I.  We have a loving family, great friends, amazing supporters, and a dedicated prayer team.  What I am most thankful for, though, is the body of Christ.  No matter where I go in the world, we have brothers and sisters giving life and needing encouragement. There is nothing else in the world that is so unique as the body of Christ.

Thank you all for being apart of our story.  For our faithful supporters, this ministry does not happen without you.  You have had a huge part in developing the body of believers in Honduras. And for those who pray, thank you for all the work you put in!  May the Lord bless you.

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this is what happens when you sheetrock a little too fast.

this is what happens when you sheetrock a little too fast.

4 hour local bus ride up the mountain.

4 hour local bus ride up the mountain.

This is Freddy Montero.  He is my friend!

This is Freddy Montero. He is my friend!

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these kids are amazing

these kids are amazing

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getting ready for VBS

getting ready for VBS

building this families house alongside them.  the best feeling in the world.

building this families house alongside them. the best feeling in the world.

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playing with the kids

playing with the kids

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