Friday, July 29, 2011

Cody Schmick

Cody and Olivia
My brother Cody is running and biking with us in a duathlon in Boulder, CO on September 3rd.
I asked him to compete in it a few weeks back and he readily agreed and starting training right away.
A couple of days ago he texted me and said he already did the WHOLE thing!
He "claims" that he ran 3.1 miles, rode his bike 17 miles and then ran the last 3.1 miles. All without walking or stopping?
Andrea and I are strongly questioning the validity of this claim since we, who have been training longer than he has been, are nowhere near being able to do this yet.
Seriously though, we are blessed by him, Christin and Olivia. They have been very encouraging and supportive.

Here is the link to his page for the duathlon! He is registered under Christian World Outreach and you can sponsor him by clicking this: https://www.yourcausesports.org/members/fundraising/?id=6399
100% of all donations go to CWO for our ministry in Haiti.

Thanks Cody.

Jump in!

I read this on a blog earlier today and thought it was worth re-posting.

I hope it is an encouragement to you as much as it was to me.
Stepping out with vision is hard, scary and uncommon.
Fear of failure, fear of others, and fear of hardship can make you avoid sacrifice and risk-taking.
If God has birthed a vision in your heart, the day will come when you will be called upon to make a sacrifice to achieve it. And you will have to make the sacrifice with no guarantee of success.
I talk to people all the time who have what seem to be “God ideas” but who are unwilling to commit with both hands and feet. The conversation often begins with, “If I had a million dollars.”
A well-meaning lady once said to me, “You know, I am so burdened by the problems in the inner city. If I had a million dollars, I would love to go down there and start a school for underprivileged kids.”
As sensitively as I knew how, I said, “I know people with far less than you have now who have started schools for inner-city kids. You don’t need a million dollars to start a school.” What she needed was the courage to act on her vision.
The difference between those with a burden for inner-city kids and those who actually do something is not resources. It is a willingness to take risks and make sacrifices. The people who make a difference in this world commit to what could be before they know where the money is coming from. Their vision is enough to cause them to jump in. Money usually follows vision. It rarely happens the other way around. Consequently, vision always involves sacrifice and risk-taking. - Andy Stanley

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Perils of Cholera in Pictures

Cholera peaks at Real Hope For Haiti .

The pictures are hard to look at - the toil and struggle is beyond frustrating and yet these folks keep serving and loving regardless.  Let their faith and love inspire you and be burdened to pray for Haiti.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A video of our trips to Haiti.

Here is a 7 minute video of pictures of our trips to Haiti.  We included a little bit of preaching by Piper at the end of it. He's speaking about the supremacy of God in all things. Motivation for missions has to be fueled by an increasing appreciation of the greatness of God.



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Schmick Family Updates

It's the middle of July already!

Here are a few updates since we've been pretty terrible about keeping up on this blog as of late:

- We are loving Broken Bow and the surrounding area more and more, thus making it harder and harder to leave for Haiti. Especially for the kiddos, who have made so many great friends in the last 7 months.

- Broken Bow Berean invited us to come speak to them on July 10th. It's really fun talking to missions-minded people about missions! It's like talking to my dad about the grocery business. They understand it and have a heart for it. They were so supportive and encouraging that I felt like it was my high-school graduation again.

- We're going to Broken Bow Evangelical Free church on July 31st. We have some dear friends there. We are looking forward to sharing our vision of ministry in Haiti with those folks.

- The August target date isn't going to happen. Our new launch date is September. We will probably leave towards the end of the month. When we originally decided to go in August we knew it was a stretch. It turns out that it was too much of one. Lord willing, we will have our support in place by then.

- (Related to the post above) - Will and Julie White said they would hold our housing until we get there, which was very gracious of them. These guys have been a major help to us! On that note, Will emailed me the other day and said that he had a spare generator he'd loan us. That's really good news for a few reasons! I don't have to buy one right away (which will lower our initial one-time expense budget) and I don't have to try to get it hooked up right when we get there.

- Lastly, we are looking forward to running and biking in a duathlon in Boulder, CO on September 3rd. We have a good team of people doing it with us. The last time I posted on this blog I wrote about that. So if you want to know more about it please read there.

Jason

Monday, July 11, 2011

Duathlon?

A few days ago I didn't know what a duathlon was.

In fact, I'm pretty sure I've never heard that word before.

Our friend, Michelle, asked my wife to run/bike in a duathlon with her in about 7 weeks.

Andrea asked me if I wanted to do it too.

I looked up a training schedule for a duathlon and most of them "assumed" that I was already working out on a regular basis (I wasn't) and they tailored their program based on that false assumption.

But, here we are, about 7 weeks out from running and biking this thing in Boulder, CO.

In this particular duathlon we'll be enjoying a 5k run followed by a 17 mile bicycle ride and finish with another 5k run. Should be interesting.

The organization that is running the event is "Your Cause Sports" - www.yourcausesports.org
The idea is that you run and bike for a non-profit organization of your choosing. We are registered under Christian World Outreach and any donations we get will go directly to CWO after the race is over. The funds will be used for ministry in Haiti.

If you're interested in being a sponsor here are the links to do it:

Andrea

Jason

Lastly, if you want to join in on the fun we'd love to run and bike with you. All you have to do is sign up at www.yourcausesports.org  We already have a team of about 6 or 7 going! The more the merrier.