Daytona Blog #1

We have arrived in ‘less than sunny’ Daytona Beach. Saturday was spent in Tennessee as we waited for our Daytona hotel to be ready for our arrival today. Yesterday we hiked up to the Appalachian Trail – and as the picture will attest it was cold (30 degrees) and WINDY!!! But it was good to do the hike together – see the beautiful view – and then hurriedly hiked back down to the warm vans. We spent time sharing and praying with each other in anticipation of what God will do this week.
Pray for energy as we recover from the long drive and that God will prepare us, and those we meet, to have meaningful spiritual conversation!
More to come….
Steve

Meet the Kentucky Team!

SBM KentuckyMeet Team Kentucky! On this trip we have: (back row) Jack Andrews, Rachel Teal, Josie Starkey, David Fletcher, Brad Walker, (front row) Jimmy Schantz, Amy Barnett (L), Madison Hiatt, Julia Hurlow (L), and Emily Wallace.

This team will receive a unique opportunity to learn to connect with God in a new way through a spiritual retreat at The Abbey of Gethsemani Monastery. The hope of this trip is to experience foundational spiritual practices in order to grow in relationship with the triune God and others.

Here are some things to pray for:

  • For wisdom and discernment as we would practice the presence of God
  • Provision of health and safety
  • Growth into the likeness of Christ

Team verse:

For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

Isaiah 30:15

If you want to contribute to the Kentucky team, please prayerfully consider giving at http://www.taylor.edu/give-online, click “give to Taylor World Outreach,” and select “TWO Spring Break – Kentucky.”

Meet the Mexico Team!

image.jpegMeet Team Mexico! This team includes . . .

(Pictured from the left front row) Sarah Mangan, Lily Smith, Cassidy Clasen, Savannah Palumbo, McKenzie Nelson. (From left back row) Taylor Marshall, Kayla Hunter, Tori Trevorrow, Caroline Poland, Ben Kruger, Will VanDerNoord, and Jacob Halleen. (Not pictured: Sarah Bleeke)

In partnership with Back2Back Ministries, the team will have the opportunity to partner with local children’s homes, communities, and churches to meet the spiritual, physical, educational, emotional, and social needs of orphans.

Here are a few ways you can be praying for the team and their time in Mexico:

  • For team unity as a whole. That we would be able to work well together, encourage one another where needed, and give grace throughout the time we are serving with Back2Back.
  • For compassion and openness to learning as we begin to discuss more of the course content and engage in daily trainings down in Cancun.
  • For safety and health for our time as we travel and work alongside the staff of Back2Back.

Their team verse is Isaiah 1:17, which says, “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

If you want to contribute to the Mexico team, please prayerfully consider giving at http://www.taylor.edu/give-online, click “give to Taylor World Outreach,” and select “TWO Spring Break – Cancun.”

Meet the DR team!

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Meet Team Dominican Republic! On this trip, there is Theo Cook, David Dunas, Crysta Haynes, Dana Kay, Jordan Rhodes, Annika Ward, Rachel Davidovitch, Paul Dunas, Grace Hooley, Jordan Rhodes, Taylor Whitlow, Shelby Delay, and Jeff Wallace.

They are excited to go serve with Students International, where they work with occupational ministry opportunities, and will have the opportunity to connect to many of major areas of study pertaining to ministry and meeting the needs of the people.

Here are some things this team has asked you to pray for…

  • Provision for God’s adventure
  • Joy in all we do giving God the glory
  • Encouraged hearts as we serve
  • Spiritual and physical safety/health
  • Relationships developed in the DR and with each other
  • That we can be encouragement to SI staff and missionaries

Team verse:  John 17:23 –  “I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

If you want to contribute to the DR team, please prayerfully consider giving at http://www.taylor.edu/give-online, click “give to Taylor World Outreach,” and select “TWO Spring Break – Dominican Republic.”

Meet Team Fort Myers

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Meet Team Fort Myers! The team is comprised of Hannah Stumpf, Justin White, Jonathan Skaggs, Caleb Grubb, Abigail Roberts, Anne Cooper, Kassie Jahr, Claire Rush, Sydney Peugh, Grace Miller, Megan Herrema, and Mallory Tyree.

Partnering with the organization ECHO in Fort Myers, Florida, (https://www.echonet.org) this team will learn about fighting world hunger, and sustainable steps that ECHO is taking to help equip small scale farmers across the world in feeding their families and communities.

Here are some things this team has asked you to pray for…

  • That they would be able to prepare well before spring break so they can be at their best for the week of the trip
  • That the team has a great week of learning and bonding with each other, as well as a good balance of work and rest
  • That the team can be a blessing to the ECHO staff and anyone they come in contact with
  • That they will be able to raise all of their funds for the trip
  • That they would glorify God in all that they do

If you want to contribute to the Fort Myers team, please prayerfully consider giving at http://www.taylor.edu/give-online, click “give to Taylor World Outreach,” and select “TWO Spring Break – Fort Myers.”