As of yesterday, we finished the first of three quarters-I don’t know why we call something there are three of, quarters, but either way, it feels good to be heading back to Michigan for a little while to see the family.  We studied almost the whole New Testament of the Bible in the most intense way I could imagine.  When we arrive back here in January, it’s the Peter books and everything written by John, the disciple… an then, of course, the Old Testament.  Looking forward to that!


Montana is a great place to hunker in and study the Word for 9 months.  The rest of the gang here in the school are such a high caliber of young people and it’s such a privilege to be doing this together.  It’s been getting darker earlier with a little snow on the ground to make it feel like Christmas.  As I write this, the YWAM base here is getting more and more quiet with each passing hour.  The DTS (Discipleship Training School) left on their outreach, field assignment about a week ago to India, Thailand, and Malaysia, the School of Worship went to Thailand earlier this week, and our very own SBS (School of Biblical Studies) has been rapidly clearing out for Christmas break over the last 24 hrs.

Wishing safe travels to the departing...

I’m grateful to have had the chance to be here studying like this.  This is a missionary training school, so it’s not just study, study, study.  Once we finish in June, the skills and knowledge are meant to be passed along.  So there are options.  There is the Titus Project, which is an intense teaching program for 3 weeks here in Montana and then a Bible teaching field assignment to a target nation for 2 months.   It’s aimed at pastors in places like Nepal and Nigeria where people have expressed a strong desire to get better training in the word.  Then there is always the option of working on staff with one of the SBS programs around the world with Youth With A Mission.  The possibilities are endless, really, but for now, it’s being faithful here and going home for Christmas!

I am grateful to everyone who has helped make this possible.  People are so generous and I am blessed because of it.

Merry Christmas and have a blessed 20102!

“…and his name shall be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6b