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Wednesday, 28 January 2015 - Joey Nutting

  G’Day y’all We are back in Texas for a few more days before we head to South Carolina next week.Our team has been going through the CTI weekly Leadership Development Study. This week’s lesson really encouraged me. It was about what the world says about leadership vs. the example of leadership demonstrated by Jesus.It’s interesting to me what the world says about leadership. First off, they say you have to be in a high position...

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - CTI 14:22

Hey friends! We’re on week four of our winter tour, and God has been incredibly faithful to provide safety, some amazing hosts, and the energy to survive our first youth group lock in on Friday night. God is good! Anyway, I wanted to share this passage that I’ve been encouraged by this week: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits...

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Saturday, 24 January 2015 - Kelvin Woo

I've managed to finally get through the book of Deuteronomy this past month and was impressed with the wealth of seeing how God continues to be merciful even reflected throughout the old testament. God provides a way to come back to him in obedience, but wants all of heart in the process.Mercy itself is demonstrated in everything from  cancelling all debt after the 7th year (Deut 15) help take back wandering or lost livestock back to your...

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Friday, 23 January 2015 - Patty Lin

  Recently a host asked our team what our stories were - she was specifically curious about how we ended up where we were with CTI. The post-dinner conversation went on for a while as we each shared a bit about our families, our spiritual journey and how we found out about and committed to CTI.   I was last to share, and as I listened to everyone else and thought about details of my own story, I was overwhelmed. I was thankful.  ...

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Thursday, 22 January 2015 - Holly Hassman

  Right now our teams are working through a study on leadership. I’ve found it both interesting and challenging, and I’d like to share a few of the highlights for me so far:   Leadership is not only having a title; it is in a broader sense using our ability to influence those around us Based on the above definition,  every person has the ability to be a leader in some way because everyone has some sphere of influence  I...

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Joy.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - Kirsten Kennedy

  Greetings from Texas!   The past few weeks on tour have been so fulfilling. We’ve served in so many places and experienced so much in just two weeks. From rescue missions to youth groups; mental health facilities to high schools, it’s been a real blessing to be able to minister to so many people. And while I admit that I enjoy what I do with the team, I also confess that true joy sometimes feels fleeting. I’ve recently felt...

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Gratefulness
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - Wesley Lin

An oft overlooked part of CTI's ministry is the community of gracious families that open up their homes in order to host our teams wherever we travel. I find myself in a state of continuous gratefulness as we drive from house to house, each time being blown away by the love that is shown through their kindness, provision, and encouragement towards us. It would not be an exaggeration to say that our ministry would not be possible without...

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - Matt Kelley

  Hey guys!   Back in September during our training tour, 14:22 went to Dubuque, IA.  It is a nice, historically industrial town that borders the Mississippi River.  I remember that Joey and I really enjoyed our stay in Dubuque in September, especially going on a walk on a path along the Mississippi.  The river was flowing strong with lots of boats traveling along it.  It was so beautiful!   The cool thing is...

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Keys in the Car
Monday, 19 January 2015 - Lena Kvigne

Hi everyone!   We have been having  a great time traveling parts of the Midwest, and are currently in Nebraska.  This week  it was made real to me how easily everything we find dear to us could be taken away, leaving us with nothing. I realized that I am not as thankful as I thought I was  for the gifts I have been given each morning. So easily we take for granted the food we have, the clothes we wear, and even the...

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Friday, 16 January 2015 - Matthew Celeste

As a group, sometimes we travel to so many places so frequently, seeng and having the opportunity to so many amazing things, that if you aren't in the habit of taking lots of pictures or journaling (or you just have a better memory than mine, which wouldn't be surprising), the days might all run together. This is, in fact, the very reason I keep a journal, to prevent this mind slippage. But there was one moment last week which...

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When Novelty Isn't On Your Side
Friday, 16 January 2015 - Hannah Olson

Hey everyone!  We have been on the road for just under two weeks on Winter Tour. It's been pretty eye opening and humbling to say the least. We have shared a lot of laughter, some thoughtful discussions, and I've even shed some tears.  Needless to say, I'm being reminded of a strong truth, one that reminds me of my identity and my purpose for doing what I'm doing. God is my refuge, He is my help and He is my constant. Now I realize...

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Thirst
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 - Andrew Shermeyer

Greetings from South Dakota! Winter tour is off to a great start for 14:21! We have been blessed with some amazing venues and gracious hosts.   Here is a passage from my devotions his week that I found both encouraging and challenging:   Psalm 143: 5-6, “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.”  ...

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People Need Jesus
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - Joey Nutting

Howdy! We have been on tour for just over a week now. We will be ministering at a Rescue Mission today in Dubuque, IA.To be honest, lately I have found it challenging getting back into the swing of touring, specifically in the realm of being intentional with contacts at venues, audience members and with families on the road. I’ve been finding it hard to be outward focused at times.When I was writing this blog, I was reminded of a sermon I...

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Monday, 12 January 2015 - Keilah Quimby

The wintery, windy wonderland that is the Dakotas has been a whirlwind of adventure for our team over the past few days. En route to our next stop after Rapid City, we took the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Mount Rushmore, and, let me tell you, it was pretty cool. We documented the experience by using our selfie stick for the first time, and minor hilarity ensued.    While it was incredibly windy and we only stopped for a short...

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Where your treasure is, your heart will be...
Saturday, 10 January 2015 - Maddie DeVaughn

Hello from Boscobel, WI! It's good to be back on the road! We left Monday morning for our winter tour and spent the better part of our week in Farmington, MO working with the schools, youth groups, and mental health centers.  As we start off this eleven week tour, I've been personally going through the book of Matthew, with intentions of getting through the new testament. However, earlier this week I was in Matthew 6, and I was really...

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