All I Have is Christ?
Monday, 02 May 2016 - Samuel Iun

"7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that...

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Community is Key
Friday, 29 April 2016 - Keilah Quimby

Something I’ve noticed in my almost two years of being on the road is how difficult it can be to stay connected with the people you love. You’re busy, they’re busy.. everybody is busy, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it makes maintaining relationships tough. One of the biggest parts of our ministry is making connections, and we meet hundreds of new people a week. I love this part of what we do. We’ve blogged about amazing...

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 - Elisa Tung

The longer we're on the road, the more and more I realize how important of a role our supporters play in this ministry. The host homes in particular are people that I have grown to be more thankful for over the course of the year. I recognize the sacrifices they make to accommodate us, by giving us places to stay in their houses, providing meals for us, taking us around town or just letting us rest and sleep in on a day off...the list...

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Sunday, 24 April 2016 - Roxanne Huber

A lot of life here at CTI (and being a missionary in general) consist of "rush and wait."  For the people who are free-flow in their plans and for those who like to have a scheduled order of events, this can be frustrating and enjoyable all at the same time. I have felt like a lot of this year has been a lot of running around, very little waiting, and not catching my breath (figuratively most of the time but a few literal breaths as...

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Unpack Those Boxes
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 - Bradley J

We have made it to Washington and just left Montana! Our host have been so amazing! The views have been absolutely breathtaking.I wasn't sure what to write about in this blog but God has been slowly revealing what it means to have identity in Him.  I recently shared these following thoughts on my personal blog and I think it is something that we could all be challenged by.  One thing I don’t understand is, why society tries to put...

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Not the Carpenter, but the Tool
Monday, 18 April 2016 - Kirsten Kennedy

  With 30 days left of our final tour as a fulltime team, I’ve wondered to myself, “I’ve learned so much already, what else could God possibly teach me here?” I now realize the answer to that question is…an abundant amount. The past week for me has been marked by quite a bit of spiritual dryness. I haven’t been motivated to be in Scripture, pray, or minister to others. I’ve found myself discouraged with the past couple...

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Home
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 - Dave Albers

For the last few years, home has really been wherever my feet are.  This year I think I've really begun to understand that earth is not our home.  The things that relax, encourage, and give me joy are not the things they used to be anymore.    Gods provision, Gods will, time spent with God are where these things come from. They always have, however I had to learn that looking for these things in myself wasn't working to...

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Monday, 11 April 2016 - Elisa Tung

We’ve all been thinking about what our plans will look like after this year. Some of us have ideas of what we want to do. Others have no clue. In any case, this year has flown by and this is already our last tour together as a team. We’ve seen so much together, learned so much together and grown so much together. Sure, there have been difficult times, but we worked through them together and came out the other side learning to be more loving,...

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Friday, 08 April 2016 - Samuel Iun

I've recently been reading a book called "The Will of God as a Way of Life" by Jerry Sittser and it's been a really encouraging read. It's reminded me of a lot of things I knew before, given me new insight into understanding this concept of 'following God's will', pointed to what the Bible says about God's will, and has shown examples of people following God's will.  With three-quarters of our year being done, the question of what we will...

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Destination Isn't Everything
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 - Keilah Quimby

After our last visits to the Wolverine State, Michigan will forever hold a special place in my heart. Little of this has to do with the state itself, however, and much to do with the people we’ve encountered there. Most recently (we literally left this morning), we spent three days with the people of Berean Baptist Church, and it quickly became one of my favorite venues to date. None of us had ever been there before, as it was a new venue, but...

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A Sacrificial Life
Saturday, 02 April 2016 - Roxanne Huber

As we start off our Spring Tour this week, I have been reflecting of a word that been in numerous conversations this year: sacrifice. It's not a simple word that and it can't be taken lightly.  In every relationship, a sacrifice is needed.  As I have been intentionally reading through the Old Testament this year and our team has been working through the New Testament, sacrifices are mentioned everywhere. During the...

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - Kirsten

Hey y'all,   So, our 3 month tour across the US and Canada has officially come to an end and we're quite excited to be back "home" in Willmar. The past several days have involved making our way through the Midwest with lots of lovely stops on the way. As they say, pictures speak much louder than words, so here ya go!   On our last weekend of tour, we spent time in Duluth and Wisconsin where we got to hang out with CTI alum, Doug and...

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Spring in the Midwest
Saturday, 12 March 2016 - Dave Albers

As we near the end of winter tour we are making our way back to Minnesota.  The past couple days we have gone from Holland, Michigan, to Waterloo, IN, to Rockford, IL and are now in Spirit Lake, IA.  We have played at multiple rescue missions, a youth group, a detention center, and a school fundraiser during the past 4 days.  Even though we are a little tired from being on the road for our longest tour, and having a pretty busy...

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 - CTI 14:21

Hey everyone!  This is Kim.  Say "Hi Kim!"   Kim will be a more regular feature on this blog in the coming year as she's one of the 2016 - 2017 fulltimers!

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 - Bradley J. Banks

What are you doing after this?This is the question we get most often and probably our most dreaded. With winter tour coming to an end this is a question we all should be asking ourselves.  Before coming to CTI I had my life planned out and was definitely on the path to achieving my goals. Was working a pretty comfortable job and very exciting lifestyle but the truth is there was no substance. I was allowing my image to be shaped by my...

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