Archive for January, 2010

Jan 23rd

Posted in Life/Stories on January 23, 2010 by lspray

Hey! Sorry its taken me so long to update this. Things have been busy here and typically the internet connection is very spotty,  so I haven’t been able to keep everyone as updated as I would like.

As of right now we’re docked in french harbor, which is kind of our home base, there is internet in town, as well as a grocery store and other necessary supplies.  I can’t remember exactly the specific type of boat(s) we are on, but we have two 46-foot sailing catamarans, which are really really cool.

But here is what has happened so far:  I already mentioned orientation week. The next week week we had our first speaker, Jon Peterson, Jon has been a pastor for over 25 years, and he is an occasional professor at Fuller Theological eminary. We went though the book of John with him, and we read it 5 times in 5 days which was pretty intense. It was really great sitting and talking with him, and just having another male on the boat!

Our second speaker was a woman named Dina who talked about spiritual gifts/leadership/ Myers Briggs personality type stuff. She just left today. Having her here was really good as far as learning about how to be a better listener, a more impactful (and yes I did just make that word up) friend, and many other things.

Tomorrow we are sailing to a nearby island called Guanaja, which should be alot of fun. Chris, our base leader/ Destination Paradise founder/ boat captain is speaking. Other than that I’ve been getting alot of reading done, as wells as attempting to swim a quarter mile each day (which is tougher than it seems!) and alot of other things. All in all, its been REALLY good so far. So yeah!

Luke

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In Honduras!

Posted in Life/Stories on January 10, 2010 by lspray

So, I am here! I arrived in Honduras on Tuesday after a redeye from LAX and a layover in El Salvador.

Things are great so far. Its nice to just…relax.

Anyways, this week has just been orientation week, getting to know everyone and getting familiar with the boats. (which are amazing)

Oh, and for those of you who do not know, I am the only guy on my DTS. Which is fine, because there are other guys. Jeremy is the guys leader and the skipper of one of the boats, and Chris is the base leader, so there are two other guys, me, five girls on the dts, and a girls leader.

gtg now!

Luke.

4:12 AM

Posted in Life/Stories on January 3, 2010 by lspray

It is currently 4:12 AM as I write this.

I’m working on a theory here. If I stay up till at least 5 AM, and then wake up around 9 AM, then I should be tired tomorrow. Then I will go to bed at a decent hour, wake up at a decent hour, and then get my biological time clock on a more reasonable schedule. I’m pretty sure that going to bed at 3 AM and waking up at 11 AM will not fly in Honduras. This really means nothing, but will hopefully explain the random pieces of information that I’m about to write.

First off, Sufjan Stevens is a genius. It just has to be said. His music helps me write, and think for that matter. I’m currently listening to “The BQE” which is a phenomenal instrumental. Listen to it.

Raising money has been frustrating. Its been nerve racking. It’s been a lot of things that are the opposite of words like “fun” and “enjoyable” and “comfortable”. There have been numerous times that I have complained to God about not “catching a break”, and I’ve begun to realize that while its true that I don’t normally catch big breaks, I do catch a lot of small ones. For instance, I’ve been in need of a backpack for my trip. There certain things in life that I do not really care for. Such as socks of how my backpack looks. As such, I don’t think I’ve ever spent much money on a backpack. Like a wallet, it was occasionally just bought out of necessity. So imagine my surprise when I discovered how much the kind of backpack I would need would cost. Do you know they sell backpacks for upwards of $500? How ridiculous is that? Anyways, I went into REI today looking to spend about $75 (as part of a Christmas gift from my parents) on a backpack that I had already looked at. When we pulled up we noticed that they were having a sale. I immediately found a backpack that was larger and nicer than the one that I had originally wanted. The original price tag? $189.00. The sale price I paid? $35.00. Like I said, I catch a lot of small breaks, and for that I am very thankful.

For those of you who don’t know, I am actually going to Honduras instead of Belize. To make a long story short, instead of having the boat I will be living on docked off Belize, there was a paperwork issue, and they had to move the boats a little further south. So yeah.

I’m still in need of ALOT of support, and I could definitely use prayer for that.

I should have access to the internet occasionally while I’m gone, and I will try to keep this blog as updated as possible.

2009 was a trying year. I had a lot of successful moments, and I had a lot of frustrating moments. I might write about that later. We’ll see.

One thing that stands out though, is realizing how truly grateful I am to have the friends that I have. I’m not nearly as good to people as they are to me, and for that I am thankful.

Resolutions: Write more. Read more. Listen more. Engage more. Talk less.

Goodnight.

Love.

Posted in Life/Stories on January 3, 2010 by lspray

When I open up a book for the first time, I occasionally wonder about who the book is dedicated to. Who is this “For Sara or “To David?” Tonight I had one of those questions answered for me.

I don’t write on this blog as consistently as I’d like to. I get busy. I get distracted. I make excuses like getting busy and distracted. But I do read other peoples blogs pretty consistently. One of the blogs I read is Donald Miller’s. Don is the author of the bestseller “Blue Like Jazz”, which is dedicated to a “David Gentiles”.

Through reading Don’s blog post, I learned that David Gentiles was Don’s youth pastor. David recently passed away and Don gave his eulogy, which he posted on his blog at Donmilleris.com.  David was the one who initially encouraged Don to write.  And apparently he encouraged people to do a lot of things. Apparently he encouraged a lot of people period.

I did a Google search for “David Gentiles” and within a minute I had 10 new tabs open to things people had written about David following his passing. They all reiterated the same message, Love. David loved people.

Being home these past few weeks has not been easy for me. For a number of reasons really, but there is one I’d like to mention here.

For proclaiming to follow such a loving God we Christians sure are a judgmental group. It is no secret that a large majority of the people who I grew up with…have not made the most of their lives (to put it nicely). So coming home for me is tough, because I keep seeing friends and saying to myself “what are you thinking?” and I kind of want to say that (and some other things) to them. But I know that everyone else is saying those things. I mean, People say those things to me about my friends. So I know they hear it. In condescending tones adults ask me, “What is (Bob) doing with his life?” and the truth is I don’t know either and I have just as many questions for (Bob).

But I know that if I were Bob I wouldn’t want to answer those questions either if people asked me in such a judgmental tone. And I’ve usually chosen to stick by my friends no matter what their situation, because I figure that if I was in their situation, I would rather have someone standing by my side than someone asking “wtf are you doing with your life?” And maybe I should ask the tough questions of my friends, and sometimes I try to. I don’t if they need tough love or just love. It’s a dilemma that I don’t have the answers to.

But I’m tired. I’m tired of all the negative talk about the kids I grew up with and what their doing or not doing. I’m especially tired of hearing “what is he doing with his life?” from people who aren’t providing a very appealing alternative.

I’ve basically stopped fielding questions about my friends. It’s really, really, frustrating and disheartening to be honest with you.

I was very lucky to read about David Gentiles tonight. He appears to be someone who just loved. Period. And I know that I don’t know how to do that right, but I know I could try harder. And I know the adults that I’m fielding questions from could try harder to love the people that their speaking so negatively of. I know the Church(s) I attend could try harder to love the people they speak so negatively of. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?

And I know about “tough love” and constructive criticism and such, and I know there is a time and place for it, and maybe I’m completely wrong and that time and place is right now. But I can’t help but think that my friends need more people like David Gentiles in their lives.