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P12 Mission Tour- Glenn’s Notes Part 4

Posted by gkaiser on May 17, 2010

The tour took the team to Bushnell where we stayed at JPUSA’s own Cornerstone Farm.

I was not able to attend the Cafe Aroma show but got good reports from them about it. I had to tend to a messed-up fridge needing serious scrubbing…

But it was Prom and graduation night for many area schools, etc., so a small crowd but a good night.

Early Sun. morning we all loaded the vans and headed to Madison Ave. United Methodist in Peoria.

I have a number of good friends there, and Pastor Bill and also another Pastor Bill (from Peoria Outreach Center/City Church) linked up with us for a wonderful 11 a.m. service.

The people responded very kindly and in this particular setting, myself and Ami led worship, then most of the P12ers joined Ami for a song, and they finished with two from the production, then I brought the message. The response was very encouraging.

And I must say, after a late night, all were really in the Spirit, happy and worked and interacted very well, especially considering what an early morning it was for them.

One of our students comes from the area, and we got word her Mom invited the crew over for dinner, so Curt and I went back to Cstone Farm to take our wives out (we sure missed ’em on this tour!) while the rest of staff and students went to hang out in a local park and then to dinner there in Peoria.

All said they had a blast, great cooking and serious worship and music late into the night, all getting back safe.

Today and tomorrow we rest up at Cornerstone Farm, then Weds. night head to Rock Church in East Peoria for the last show on the trip.

It’s raining off and on, but all who wanted to slept in, are walking, hanging out, in the Word, playing games or watching videos here and there. Cozy day, really, as I write, more overcast but a bit more rain is likely.

Thursday we do a full clean of all the mobile homes where we stayed at Cstone, pack up and head home to Chicago where they do their last show of the tour on Friday night at the Garden Room, Chelsea House, 920 W. Wilson.

So even with rain and cooler weather, hearts are warm and Jesus is truly moving- thanks so much for your prayers! -Glenn

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P12 Mission Tour- GK Pics Vol. 3

Posted by gkaiser on May 14, 2010

My blog notes on our 2010 Mission Tour are at:

http://www.glennkaiseronline.wordpress.com

P12 Director Curt Mortimer’s outreach journal for the trip are at:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/project-12-jesus-people-usa-ten-month-discipleship-intensive-chicago/project-12-outreach-journal-continued/398752952235#!/Project12.JesusPeople

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P12 Mission Tour- Glenn’s Notes Part 3

Posted by gkaiser on May 14, 2010

Days 8-11

Today several P12ers cooked and served breakfast for our friends at Hebron Center- as they have been doing for each meal every day we have been here!

Last night Alan addressed us as P12ers and Hebron men shared a compfire together. It was in a word, excellent.

My longtime friend Alan Bobbett has been director at Hebron Center near Bloomington, Indiana for many years. We share quite a fair bit of the same sort of pre-Christian past, but now, also a deep desire to see people changed and set free by the grace and power of Jesus Christ.

Hebron (a ministry of Wheeler Mission, Indianapolis) is situated at Camp Hunt, a beautiful property in rolling hills with a lake, cabins, a chapel and dining hall and best of all, a Wonderful staff of people seeking to know, grow in and serve Jesus and others.

Hebron focuses on substance abuse addiction and serves men and via them, a lot of families who have been torn to shreds due to addiction.

In our days here, Project 12 shared meals, conversation, prayer and shared testimonies around campfires and via the P12 production from this year’s class.

I was also asked so did a blues/worship set after our production the other night.

To say that God is working here is an understatement! I never cease to be thoroughly blessed by the grace and love evident among the men and staff.

A very large number of those who go through the first year program ask to continue for a second year of leadership training and there is an 80 percent success rate among that group in terms of their never returning to the old addictions.

Alan likes to share that they may be the only drug treatment program that is not only fully centered on Christ… but doesn’t offer classes on how to get off of drugs and alcohol! Funny… true, and Jesus clearly gets the credit for the powerful life-change going on.

There are a number of reasons why it’s important P12ers meet, hear and see people and ministries like this one.

Some of us came out of such destructive habits, some simply need to begin to understand how it is others end up or continue in such horrible addictions. People need to hear true stories from people struggling to be free and truly finding God in the process.

Regardless of the issue, it’s the same for all of us- a fact we must face, not pretend isn’t reality. Dealing honestly via regular confession, forgiveness and accountability in the context of Christian community is exactly what these men are learning and sharing.

They focus on servanthood rather than personal acquisition. They eventually see the fruit of character and attitude change in their own heart as a result.

Both groups exchanged experiences and as always this produced a mutual understanding, encouragement and faith. REALLY good stuff!

Only God knows where and in what areas of service He will call each of us, but our hope is that P12ers will be “ruined for the world”. That is to say status-quo, “nice and clean” Christianity is simply not as real or for that matter, potent to draw anyone to Jesus, nor is it sufficient for an ever-growing group of people in society whose excess, imbalance, deep need for God and lack of genuine Christian examples is only growing.

Whether the students continue on at JPUSA, move into other ministry work, return to their home church or whatever God calls them to, experiencing Him among others in the larger Church is really essential.

As I listened and pondered these last few days, it struck me how I somehow figured my own 60’s hippie generation who played with every form of drug mixed with booze mixed with sex we could imagine- I guess I thought following generations would learn as most of we did that there had to be a better way to live.

The monkey got so much larger than we did, it began leading us around. We no longer had (as they say in AA, NA and so on)control over our own life.

I guess I thought future generations would learn from the wreckage of my generation.

It’s sadly clear that substance abuse is a growing rather than shrinking problem.

What a GIFT to see Him work among these men and families, what a wonderful exchange in sharing these days together! Faith, hope and love are alive in Jesus Christ moving among us. But how tragic so many still don’t know Him and His power to transform.

The students were searching and sharing Scriptures pretty constantly here, prayed about most everything and with staff had a couple very intense but needed meetings over our time here. A number of prayer and worship sessions broke out.

God is quite present and right relationships are being shaped by Him.

As it turns out the Ft. Wayne show wasn’t to be so now we travel on to Macomb, IL where tomorrow night (Sat.) the P12ers will do their production at Cafe Aroma near Western Illinois University campus.

We have a couple more stops in Peoria and E. Peoria, then back to Chicago.

We have a small break between these to rest and enjoy Cornerstone Farm where our annual Cstone Festival is held, and where P12ers along with most others at JPUSA will serve many thousands of fest-goers for a week over the Fourth of July holidays.

Thanks for your prayers and for stopping by!

-Glenn

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Glenn’s P12 Mission Tour Pics- Vol. 2

Posted by gkaiser on May 11, 2010

Charlottesville, VA, Travel Through W. VA, Hebron Center near Bloomington, IN

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2010 Mission Tour- GK Pics Vol. 1

Posted by gkaiser on May 9, 2010

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P12 2010 MISSION TOUR

Posted by gkaiser on May 1, 2010

Hi and thanks for having a look! We are also now on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/Project12.JesusPeople

The mission trip/tour looks promising, all have been rehearsing, the students have an actual production that includes music, testimony, poetry and we trust will speak to a lot of people throughout the tour.

As you’ll see, there are many stops and a lot of ground to cover so thanks for your prayer support and interest. Please come see us on the road if you’re able!

PROJECT 12 SPRING 2010 MISSION TOUR

Tues. & Weds. May 4th & 5th
Koinonia Cafe
27 W Main St.
Morehead KY
40351
Contact: Pastor Bruce or Drew McNeil
pastorbln@yahoo.com

Thu. & Fri. May 6th & 7th
Berea Campus Ministries House
Berea, KY
Contact: Niki Fischer or Kimberly

Sat. & Sun. May 8th & 9th
Random Row Books
315 W Main St.
Charlottesville, VA
Contact: Ryan & Erin DeRamus
434-326-5501

Mon.-Thu. May 10th–13th
The Hebron Center
7790 North Fish Road
Bloomington, IN
Contact: Alan or Kyle

Fri. May 14th
Come2Go Ministries
323 West Baker St.
Fort Wayne, IN
Contact: Brad Etters & Jan Krist
http://www.come2go.org

Sat. May 15th
Café Aroma
cafearomamacomb.com
301 West University Drive
Macomb, IL
309-837-2233

Sun. May 16th
Madison Avenue United Methodist Church
11 a.m. Service
3201 NE Madison Ave.
Peoria, IL
Contact: Pastor Bill (Bulldog:)
309-685-1755

Weds. May 19th
Rock Church
1081 Upper Spring Bay Road
East Peoria, IL
Contact: Pastor Chuck or Kristy
309-699-4ROCK (4762)

Fri. May 21st
The Chelsea House
920 W. Wilson
Chicago, IL
Contact: Ami Moss or Ed Bialach
773-561-2450

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Another P12 Graduation- Glenn’s Message

Posted by gkaiser on April 13, 2010

Greetings!

Project 12 just had another wonderful end of trimester graduation. Here is the text of my brief message to the grads.:

Ps. 119
129 Your testimonies are wonderful, Therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The entrance of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for your commandments.

Was Jesus ever really, really hungry?

In Mt. 4 and again in Lk. 4 we find the account of Jesus being tempted by the devil. He was tempted after fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. He was… very hungry!

In each case the devil tempts Jesus- including when the devil mis-quotes the Word of God- Jesus responds WITH the Word of God.

In story after scriptural story, the Word of His Father was central and core to Who Jesus was and is -it’s exactly the same for us, His disciples!

In Mt. 4.4 and again in Lk. 4.4 He replies to the devil, “People shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY WORD that proceeds from the mouth of God”.

Though we are by faith in the family of God, we cannot and will not experience true spiritual growth and LIFE in Christ without faith in His Word.

Reflect on what God says as you think, speak, act, make choices along the path. Our story is wrapped up in His Story.

One key thing you’ll recall from this year in P12 is the emphasis on listening to God.

May you CONTINUE to listen through the many ways and means you’ve been taught- but do not neglect the study and application of His Word- with “ears to hear” what God is saying.

As it was for Jesus, Scripture is part of the foundation of our spiritual house, our anchor in the storms, our source of life and direction, of godly wisdom and absolutely essential to the authentic faith, hope and love God gives us.

Jesus tells us there is not only the true God but a real devil, not only holy angels but fallen angels, not only a church who lives in Him and His Word but also about temptation.

We may spend countless hours focusing on anything and everything but the Word of God, the Word of the Father, the Word of Jesus, the Word the Holy Spirit gives us in THE Word by which all other words shall be judged.

Listen… Hear our Lord Jesus and REMEMBER: “People shall not LIVE by bread alone… BUT [WILL -LIVE-] BY -EVERY- WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD”.

What we, His people say may be helpful- what HE says is crucial.

GOD BLESS each of you as you continue to seek and find the Lord, grow in His love and serve Him and those around you. Thank you for joining with us this past year in the Greatest Story of all! Amen.

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Regarding Comments… MY BAD!

Posted by Jon on November 8, 2009

Dear friends,

I just realized that some of your comments hadn’t been posted, and that was due to my having not approving them! My bad. They should now be posted.

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Blessing

Posted by curtmort on November 5, 2009

I just got out of our student led devotions. This is the best part of Project 12

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Jon Trott continues the story

Posted by curtmort on October 19, 2009

Franklin Hall was only 20 years old, a student in our Project 12 Discipleship Training School of which I am a teacher / staffer.

Last week Franklin was riding in a car with two other P12 students in Pennsylvania. They had a roll-over accident and Franklin was thrown from the car and killed.

Virtually the entire Project 12, students and staff, went to Cadillac Michigan for the wake and funeral last weekend.

What did I experience?

Frustration. Franklin was a student whom I identified with… he saw Christianity as central to everything, yet was deeply disturbed by the Church’s woundedness and lukewarmness. (A song he’d written, performed at his funeral by some of the P12 students, underscored this love for, yet pain because of, the church.) I was frustrated because I wanted to get to know Franklin better. And here, only a few weeks into our year, he is gone.

Finality. As we entered the funeral home where the wake was held, and I saw Franklin’s body lying in the casket, I was struck with his youth. The make-up on one of his hands did not completely cover the bruises. And I, often haunted by the reality of death, felt its presence in an almost scientific way. Death is the end of all that happens on this earth. Death is the Ultimate Earthly Fact. Everyone will end up in a coffin.

Faith. For what, I thought as we sat the next morning in the Nazarene Church’s sanctuary, do we live? Death is the end of this life, but for the Christian it is the beginning of the next life. It is a door, not a wall. And when one of the relatives of Franklin stood up, she held (literally) a door upon which some months ago — before all this came to pass — had painted an image of Franklin. He is holding open his shirt, and inside the opening is a fire so vivid it appears to be a bomb-blast. He is shouting, and above his head three or four large black birds (crows, I think to myself) fly up and away from him. Are those crows death? Is his faith-filled heart filled with a power that overthrows death?

Various voices from past and present are raised to talk about Franklin. His mother and father tell us how Rusty became Franklin, how he joined a group of Christians called “Scum of the Earth” (see: http://www.scumoftheearth.net ).

The verse the name is taken from, said Rusty’s sister, is this one: “To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.” (1 Corinthians 4:11-13)

Rusty became Franklin recently when through this group he had a renewal of faith, a commitment to Christ that he felt required him to use his middle name as signifier of a new life in Jesus.

I listened to his story, told through the lips of his parents, his brother, his friends, his high school wrestling coach. Franklin, it turns out, wrestled injured for three years. (The word “Relentless” emblazoned a wrestling banner near his coffin at the wake.)

I looked around the church, filled to overflowing. And I looked up at the platform where Rusty lay, his coffin covered with rough but beautiful artwork with a sort of punk feel to it all.

I remembered Franklin’s words weeks earlier, as we’d sat around a campfire at the Project 12 Orientation at our Cornerstone Farm. He’d shared his story, and he’d shared his desire to pastor.

I looked at this group of people again, here in this church, with death the winner only if what is visible is all that exists. And I felt the current of the Invisible God, His Resurrection Power, His Agape Love. Franklin’s life lasted 20 years, so short a time that he had the appearance of a child still, and his coffin was lined with pictures of spiderman. He looked like a fragile child asleep. Yet above his head, almost directly, was a comic book word balloon: “SMASH!” And I thought, with a start, that’s what he’s done in Christ.

Death is smashed. Death has been overcome. The Final Fact of this world is negated by Faith in Christ.

But pain remains. I looked at the young girl / woman, another P12 student, Franklin’s beloved. She sat with his parents, and her face was filled with anguish.

Christ wept. He knew he was about to raise Lazarus from the dead. Yet he wept. The Bible does not say why he wept, only that he did.

That is enough for me. God wept not only for us, but with us. That is the only answer to the mystery of suffering that I know. And it suffices. It is, in the end, one of the most powerful reasons for my faith in Christ. A suffering God is a God in Whom I can believe.

Franklin is with Christ. He is in Joy forever. We — his friends and family — are not yet fully with Christ, knowing as we are known. We dwell yet in the land of reflection and shadow.

I sat with a dear friend of mine, Curt Mortimer, that first night at the wake. We were alone in a side room, and I asked Curt how he was feeling. Curt, you see, lost his own son years ago to cancer. Benjamin was only nine years old when he died.

When Curt hugged Franklin’s mother, I knew there was a knowledge between them I could not (and thank God I could not) fully know. And as Curt and I talked, I looked at his face and saw in it a suffering that seemed (and this isn’t poetic — this is what I experienced at that moment) a sort of gentle light of nobility in his features. And I imagined, or tried to, what it would be like to have one of my four children still in that coffin. And I shuddered.

Franklin preaches in his death. He has become a pastor, leaving us this one last life sermon. There are men and women older than I am who have lived thoughtless lives, lives which deny the power of God and deny the meaning of human existence. They have lived lives which are death in life, vacuous and self-seeking and pleasure-seeking without any sense of consequences temporal or eternal.

Franklin’s life and words testify against that road. In twenty years he left a lasting legacy of Grace, meaning, and commitment. “Obey” one of his shirts said on it. Obedience was a road he’d set out on, obedience to Love.

I am convicted and challenged by his example.

– Chicago 10/19/09

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