Beautiful Failure

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017

Beautiful Failure

I am writing this while hunched over my laptop, squinting at the screen in the passenger seat of a moving car. White Ribbon Day is heading to Côte d’Ivoire (or “Ivory Coast” for all of us non-French speakers out there.) The last few days have been a blur of last-minute scrambling, culminating in a frantic morning spent trying to replace a lost immunization card before our 11 AM departure...

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Coming Up Short in the American Heartland

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

Coming Up Short in the American Heartland

“In just a minute I’m going to give you a chance to take a stand and say yes to Jesus.” The metal handle of the microphone felt cold in my hands as I squinted into the stadium lights – I had been pacing back-and-forth at the limits of the mic cord in front of a football field full of young people for the last 15 minutes, and usually at this point I would be feeling a strong...

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Time-Sensitive Prayer Request: An Open Door for Reaching American Youth

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

Time-Sensitive Prayer Request: An Open Door for Reaching American Youth

Over the past year, we’ve been amazed at the way God has been impacting young adults around the world – and He’s been using YOU to do it:  You’ve prayed.  You’ve partnered. And literally thousands of young people have responded to Jesus: in Malawi, Myanmar, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, and Kenya. Now we have an incredible opportunity – in a few days, hundreds of...

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Deported: Sierra’s Story

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017

Deported: Sierra’s Story

For the last three months of 2016, my daughter Sierra (a powerhouse White Ribbon Day vocalist) lived and worked on a YWAM base on the island of Lesvos, Greece.  Her team’s mission was to share the love of Jesus by serving at a camp for Syrian refugees.  The story that she shares in this blog is an incredible account of the faithfulness of God, and we hope it encourages you. Here’s...

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The One Question that Changes Everything

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017

The One Question that Changes Everything

“So I guess you could sum it up this way: God created all of us for relationship with Him… but we all screwed up and separated ourselves from Him… but then Jesus loved us so much that He gave His life to pay for all of our sin so we could be forgiven and reconnected to God by accepting His free gift.” “Okay….”.  The young man across the table flipped his...

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Blog #100 – So Thankful for The Journey with You!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016

Blog #100 – So Thankful for The Journey with You!

“Thanks for coming over – I’d love to hear about your trip.” Well… umm… yeah… it was great.” I was sitting in the living room of my current boss, Pastor Steve Irwin of River of Life Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And I was about to drop a bomb… Several weeks before, in mid-December, Steve had called me into his office and gently challenged me in a profound way. “Zach, I’m so grateful for you and...

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