More than A Song!

In the fall of 2005 I was a senior in high school and involved with FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) at my school. We would meet once a month in our auditorium for about 45 minutes. I still remember that at these meetings is where I truly learned how to pray with music. I remember […]

Prayer Works!

After being in full time missions for almost 2 years and living at a camp where I see God do amazing things all the time, I sometimes still forget about the power of prayer.  Every week, we pray for the teens who will be coming to Covecrest on retreat that weekend.  Every weekend, teens arrive […]

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Before I began this Mission year in September, a common question I was asked was, “Stephen, what are you most excited about for this year?”  I answered in the same way to every single person, “To grow in Christian brotherhood.” I thought that it would be easy to do since I was going to be […]

Life’s Tough, Get A Helmet!

Back in November, I had the opportunity to go on the Life Teen retreat for our area with Melanie, Amanda, and Alyssa. A religious community called the Community of the Beatitudes ran the retreat. I have been working in youth ministry for the past five years as a core member, and I have always had […]

Striving For Holiness, Not Perfection

“Many people seem to believe that creating a community is a matter of simply gathering together under the same roof a few people who get on reasonably well together or committed to the same ideal. The result can be disastrous!” –Community and Growth I have been living in some form of community since I was a sophomore in […]

“Pray Without Ceasing”

Photos by Debbie DeVoe/Catholic Relief Services The Kingdom of God includes more than just the church in the United States. In the Bible, Paul calls us to never stop praying, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thesselonians 5:17).  Thus, I want to send out an invitation to everyone who is reading this. Please join us, the missionaries, and the whole Life […]

I’ve Been Deported!

I’ve been deported! Who would have ever thought that a kid that grew up in central Florida would end up in Germany just a few short months after he graduated college? Not this guy! When I graduated college in May I had this set plan in my head that I was going to get a […]