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Ichthus 2011, by far was one of my  best weekends of this year! From Hillsong United to Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Transform DJs, listening to Family Force 5 ridiculously close enough to touch them, and Twenty One Pilots I’m going to say that I just got my face rocked off with so much awesome talent, that the artists and I would say came only from God. I’m marking my calendar already for next year and counting down!

Amazing night of worship with the "Aftermath" from Hillsong.

Thursday night by far was my favorite night of them all! Christian rap artists from all over America where on stage in the Deep End going insanely nuts in a unique way of worship! I caught myself during the three hours of rapping, closing my eyes and worshipping God as the energy at the stage was pulsing through my lungs and body! I mean this place was a earthquake pleasing to God!

The 116 Clique is comprised of Christian Rappers by the names of Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Flame, and Pro. The 116 comes from Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."

During the day though before I got to enjoy the controlled chaos exploding from the town of Wilmore, Ky., I was working for Asbury University in the Admissions tent. We conducted contests, gave away scholarships, free bags, and t-shirts! My job specifically was to record high school students that had ideas to give money to a specific charity to help impact their community! The winner received  $1,000 dollars to donate to their charity of their choice. The girl that won is giving the money to a camp in Ohio called Kamp Dovetail that helps out with handicap children and children alike. Honestly I wish we could have given more gifts because all of the high schoolers that applied for the, “Make an Impact”, gift were all very good, and it was sad to have to turn down so many great ideas!

Two Asbury students have fun while waiting for applicants to arrive.

Besides working and eating tons of Chick-fil-A, I was able to do something that I’ve never done before but always wanted to do! I had the privilege to go out on stage numerous times through out the weekend and take pictures, but on friday night the main night I was able to go without the camera and throw t-shirts and bags into the crowd! Oh my gosh, were there a million people out there! I think I did a good job of hiding my nervousness behind my uncontrollable energy jumping around. Nevertheless it was a experience of a life time and I was definitely gifted by God to be able to do such a thing!

My friend, James Banter, throws t-shirts out into the freebie hungry crowd. Before we went out our boss said don't worry about the crowd because no matter what you do you'll make as many friends, as you have t-shirts, and everyone else will hate your guts! Just thought that was funny.

But the best part of this past weekend though was I was able to spend time with a lot of good people that I’ve come to know over the past year and it has been a blessing. This past year a friend said this to me and I adopted it as my own and love it. The person said, “Meeting a new person you’ve never met before is like receiving a gift from God. Everyone is different, they have their own talents, and getting to know that person and unwrapping who they are is just a pure blessing.” To the people I’ve met in this life either for a day or for 10yrs or more, Thank you, along with God’s help, for making me who I am today. God places people in our lives to encourage us, not to tear us down. The friends walking by the will of God speak truth to you daily, and that is a gift in itself.

This is Peter, he represents 1 Peter 2:11. "Friends this world is not your home, so do not make yourself cozy in it! Do not indulge your ego at the expense of your soul."

Uniquely created to reach out to others.

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Ichthus 2011

So these past days have been crazy off the hook retarded! If that doesn’t make since then that will kind of give you a taste of the mass awesomeness of chaos that is going down in Wilmore, KY!

Oh how that was ridiculously crazy!

Tonight was Family Force 5 and it was ridiculous! I was on the fence in the very front and that is where the party was! My friend Gloria pulling crowd control in front of me, Emmaleigh right beside her, and the lead guitarist for Family Force 5 jamming with his guitar literally inches from my face! I freaked, so what did I do?!, I jammed yelling the lyrics as loud as I could! It was beyond Epic, if that’s even possible?

But towards the end of the craziness FF5 left and came back for an encore and they came strapped to these balloons, and it was a treat of all treats that you could have seen! The lead singer came out in a blow up mouse ball and he, “crowd rolled?”, I might say! All I remember is that it was intense! Ha.

The dude came out in a huge ball! Sick!

But after the FF5 portion was over I jetted out to get their autograph on my, “Dance or Die” vinyl that is legit! But wait theres more, on the way out (I hopped the fence, because I have a main stage pass) and I walk around to backstage and Asbury’s Admission Team was going up on stage… So what did I do? I jumped on board and went NUTS!!! on stage throwing t-shirts and going crazy!!! By far a very amazing night!

He even went crowd surfing in that stinking ball! Awesome!

This is just a small blurb of the entire weekend but I thought I would just write this to capture some of the uber excitement coursing through my vains at this moment!

PS. Here is some new stuff from Family Force 5 that is a sure ear candy!

A World Turned Upside Down

On April 27th, 2011 an EF4-EF5 tornado ripped through the South East region of the United States through major cities of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama turning their world upside down.

In 20 secs on April 27th, 2011 this town of Pleasant Grove, AL was ripped to pieces.

Communities such as Smithville, MS; Tuscaloosa, Hackleburg, and Pleasant Grove, AL sustained extensive damage and loss of life from EF4 and EF5 tornadoes, with thousands of residents displaced from their homes with their lives turned completely upside down.  The recovery effort began almost immediately in most areas, but likely will require years of support for these communities to rebuild.  If you are interested in donating to the April 27 tornado outbreak recovery, I’ve listed below some charity websites I was able to find.

Red Cross (search for southern tornadoes):  http://redcross.org 

We Are Alabama:  http://www.wearealabama.org/ 

Alabama kids affected by tornadoes:  http://kids4al.com/

Hackleburg, AL schools:  http://www.mcbe.net/

EF4-EF5 Tornado destroyed Pratt City and Pleasant Grove, AL.

On arriving in Birmingham, AL a month after the tornados had ripped through, I was left with sight of complete hopelessness. To see so many people without homes, friends, and family it made me take a look back onto my own life and realize what life really means. To me that is living in every moment that we can because we never know what is waiting for us even 5min into the future. We will never know why God allows situations like these to pass through our lives, but what I have come to understand is that through times like these he brings people together that would have never been together if it weren’t for something like this event. In this God’s word is spread and shared, love is passed along from one to another, compassion is shared, people are serving one another as Christ said is should be. In times like this we see Christians standing up, picking up their crosses, and serving people in need and through that God is given glory. Praise be to God for everything, even in the worst of times.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.”

Philippians 4:4-14

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-Truly Blessed