Greetings from Colorado!? Hereís an update from Liesl:
Thanks for all of your prayers.? Organizing the New Staff Training worship teams had a lot of details that Iíd never worked on before and many others that were just out of my control (like hoping the sound system would be there and that a sound tech would be there to run it, for example ūüėČ ), and yet God brought it all together.? We even picked up a couple of extra instrumentalists at the last minute (the piano player we had turned down for lack of having a keyboard, but then found a piano at the meeting site and called him to come!)
For me the biggest blessing of all is getting to know these people.? Itís a special time to hear their stories as they begin in full time ministry.? Many of them have done internships on campuses around the country, some working with different people groups (like internationals with our ministry Bridges,? Asian students with Epic, or African American students with the Impact Movement).? ? ? I feel privileged to have met them and worked with them.
You can pray for them to continue to be able to manage their full schedule for New Staff Training with the addition of extra practice hours for leading worship.? And of course, pray that their service would help all the new staff worship in the midst of such a daunting schedule.
Another neat thing is that, through Facebook, they have formed a community for communicating important info, like practice times, but theyíve also used it to build themselves into a community and are building friendships as a group ūüėČ .? God is so good!
And an update from Karl:
These ladies are helping people get checked in as they arrive for four weeks of training.? This was our biggest registration to date, with about 600 people coming through.? We make sure theyíre set up with housing, meal plans, and childcare for their kids.
Because people can choose between class rosters that last from one to four weeks, we have a registration period almost every weekend.? My team sets up the computers and then steps back and makes sure that any problems get solved quickly.
Weíre already preparing for the big US Staff Conference, when 4500 people will be here for connection, encouragement, and training.? Weíll be setting up computers all over the place, and helping broadcast the conference over the web to people who canít be here.? Thank you for your prayers!