Posts from January 2017

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

  Rumors are destructive. I wonder if you’ve had this happen to you: Someone asks you about a topic because they “heard” something about you from others and want to find out if it’s true or not. I’m thankful for that person because I can correct the rumors, but I worry about the 99 others who never bother to check the truth behind the rumors. People say all kinds of things about Jesus and His followers. People think they know…

Florida Mission Trip Day 6 Recap

“Today we ate breakfast, cleaned up, and headed to the airport. We enjoyed our remaining time together in the car and over lunch. Despite some talkative neighbors towards the back of the plane, travels went smoothly and we were soon greeting family at the Buffalo Airport.” – Jordan Trautwein  “It has been a crazy week! Today, we packed up our suitcases and got on a plane to Buffalo. We’re back home now, back to our normal lives, back to family…

In with the New

Can I tell you something shocking about me and Christmas? One of the small joys for me on Christmas day is opening presents from my mom to see what new clothes she got me. I know, right? You’re probably thinking, “Who is this guy!? He’s clearly no David Fabian or Carl Fretthold to dig receiving the coolest threads!” Well, the truth is I can’t compete with them on style, that’s for sure. And yet, I like seeing what new shirt,…

Florida Mission Trip – Day 5 Recap

“What an awesome week- full of pure joy, huge smiles, and lots of dance parties! GKTW empowers all of us to do everything we can to help families embrace every moment of their vacations. This morning I got to take pictures of kids meeting Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and my personal favorite, Belle. You should have seen the young boy who discovered that Mickey’s head feels the same as his slightly more than bald head! Of course, we’ve also been…

Florida Mission Trip Recap – Day 4

“Today was a weird day. I never rode a horse before and I thought today was going to be the day! I was so excited and I even asked the guy in charge if we could ride the horse at the end after all the kids were done riding, and he said yes. I was so ecstatic and I had accumulated all my energy while walking all the kids on the horses around in a circle 50 times. It was…

Florida Mission Trip Recap – Day 3

“Today we had the morning off so we went to the beach and an escape room. Seagulls tried to ruin our lunch in the beach by stealing three people’s sandwiches from their hands, but we survived. The escape rooms were super cool (my team had to maneuver through laser beams like ninjas). We went to Chick-fil-a for dinner and then had a surprise birthday party for Mayor Clayton at the village. Jordan and I ran the station where kids made…

Florida Mission Trip – Day 2 Recap

“Our first day at Give Kids the World was totally awesome. I drove a train through dinosaur infested jungles as the kids tried to count them all. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy were there for the kids to get a little bit of Disney. The Halloween party was amazing cause we weren’t supposed to say no, my job was to hand out candy and an toys to the kids, so when the kids came back for more candy.” – Jake…

Florida Mission Day 1 Recap

We had some technical difficulties getting this posted last night, but I think we’re back in business now! While we head off to start Day 2, you can enjoy this recap from our day of travel and settling in.  Each day a couple different team members will share about the day from their perspective.  We’re mainly doing this from our phones, so we apologize in advance for typos or weird formatting. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We had a great 1st day and the…