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P12 Staffers Concert During Retreat

Posted by gkaiser on September 9, 2009

Project 12 will launch our year as usual, doing about a week and a half retreat at Cornerstone Farm. One cool feature just added is that myself and my daughter Ami will get to do a show during the retreat in Macomb, the “big city” closest to Cornerstone Farm where we do our retreat. Of course all P12’ers and most of the staff will be there as well. It’s near the WIU campus, nice people and atmosphere -and the coffee and treats are good too 🙂 And… did I say it’s free?! Yep. If you can, please come! Details below.  Hugs, -Glenn

Fri. Sept. 25 @ Cafe Aroma, Macomb, IL
Glenn Solo Blues, Ami Moss/The Unfortunate, 7-11pm
301 W University Dr. Phone: 309.837.2233
(open mic at 7, Ami and band at 8 or so, Glenn finishes the night out)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Macomb-IL/Cafe-Aroma/44506564392

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P12 Retreat Soon!

Posted by gkaiser on September 3, 2009

So we’re nearly ready to begin another year. Trimester one begins very soon, and what we used to call Orientation is really (and more accurately called) P12 Retreat. Off to Cornerstone Farm for getting to know one another, Word, prayer, worship, fun and focus, all about two weeks from now!Cornerstone Farm, Lake Wildwood Haven

Each new year we meet more people who are seeking to grow as disciples, to learn to think more and go deeper with issues that confront them and society around them. How to best pray, study the Word of God, apply the teachings of Jesus in everyday relationships? What about injustice and actual need in our own lives, in the lives of those around us, throughout the larger world? What gifts and callings is God blessing us with- and how do we sort all this out?

As you might imagine, it’s a journey and the answers aren’t always easy but they’re often exciting in the extreme. Looking forward to another life-changing year for both staff and students, and of course, we’re ALL students 🙂

Thanks for your prayers and for stopping by! -Glenn

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Summer Break- September Comes Soon!

Posted by gkaiser on July 25, 2009

So the mission trip was amazing, Cornerstone Festival ditto, and now a break for staff and students of P12. Well, not a break for most in the common use of the term…as those who follow Jesus are never totally “off” from loving Him and others in service.

The graduation after Cstone went well I’m told… I write this from Hamburg, Germany on a GKB tour making our way from Czech, through Austria, now in Germany and ending in Czech Republic again, then we fly home to Chicago, I have a couple days of pastors meetings, then Wendi and I have a 2 week vacation together- yahoo!

But as I say, a disciple of Christ is never fully offline, there are always needs in ones own life- and needs in those around us. To serve God and one another in love, really/ “getting it”- that all followers of Jesus are in fact servants, ministers, missionaries in the most true, daily sense… this ia part of Project 12’s call and mission to teach and hopefully live out by continual example.

I had to leave with the band immediately after the festival but recorded a grad. speech for the students and staff which I will post when I have time.

September comes, and mid-September means a fresh 3-trimesters of Project 12, new students (a number of apps have been processed and we have a good group of new P12ers waiting to join us then) and another year of hopefully giving much in order to “ruin” them for the world- meaning that “average” discipleship is neither our desire or aim- may God grant us depth of love and grace that we’re able to make a lasting difference in this needy world!

More later… with Love, -Glenn

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Project 12 Mission Trip in Missouri

Posted by gkaiser on May 17, 2009

After an incredibly busy- but fun and very blessed time of service in Baton Rogue, then New Orleans, we are resting and doing a bit of work at Rocks Cry Out Christian Retreat near Doniphan, Missouri.

Aaron and Angel Allen bought this huge, beautiful lodge and property from Jesus People U.S.A. (the Chicago-based ministry that built the lodge and owned the property for many years), live here, teach, mentor and share Jesus with young people in the area who are often quite beyond the “at risk” stage- that is, addictions can be the norm.

Each of the past three years the last stop on Project 12’s mission trip (the Bible/Discipleship school within JPUSA) has been at Rocks Cry Out. Then we return to Chicago to finish up our work schedule, classes and help put on the annual Cornerstone Festival prior to graduation and summer break.

The Allen’s are dear people who carry serious burdens for the younger people in the area and at the same time have blessed us with both a bit more labor as well as r. & r. after a great deal of hot and sometimes hard work in New Orleans. The beautiful lodge, pool, hot tub, worship and reflection time, quiet walks and all the pretty woods are a great way to end the trip.

Seeing the lodge that JPUSA built long ago with chainsaws and hand tools using timber from the property is in itself an object lesson for the students as to what a few committed (crazy?) Jesus freaks could design and build with not much more than the willingness and time to do so. Only God knows how many have been touched by all those efforts. God knows some of our grads will have to improvise and build in various ways in various places during their lives… so we think it’s a good lesson to learn.

I’m going to do some Bible-study and take a walk myself today. And post a few pics here in the next day or two.

Thanks for stopping by, and for your prayers!

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Project 12 Mission Trip 2009- Entry 1

Posted by gkaiser on May 14, 2009

P12 Outreach- May 2009

Had a looooonnnnggggg drive (about 22 hours I think) from Chicago to Baton Rouge. Everyone seemed rather cool for such a long tiring trip. Lots of stops for fuel, food and play along the route helped. Had a fun picnic in a town park in Illinois, lots of slides, merry-go-round and a nice pavilion where we ate lunch on a warm Spring day.

We drove through a heavy rainstorm in southern Mississippi but other than that it was a rather uneventful trip -which is nice sometimes 🙂

Early in the morning we arrived at New Covenant Baptist in Denham Springs, LA who as last year, really blessed us with food and accommodations. We had great fellowship with old and new friends, worked at the wonderful Streams of Life church food for the needy distribution center, I did a short music set at Walker School in nearby Walker, well received, had a great response and good chats with students and some of the staff. God is at work there!

The mid-week worship service at New Covenant was a blessing, pastoral staff very kind -and of course these southerners can really cook… we had several amazing dinners in Baton Rouge there!

We were able to also do a set with several great local artists at Community Bible Church, had an excellent turnout and response. Ami, Brach and friends (The Unfortunates) who include staff and students of Project 12 did a cool show there. I finished with a blues set and some speaking. Again, a wonderful night with a lot of great folks.

I’m writing this at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church mission house who have provided our housing as well as connections to needy folks with homes semi or totally trashed by the hurricane in New Orleans. They have long done great outreach and hosted hurricane relief groups in N.O. and directed us to solid and good labor throughout the week.

We had gotten to New Orleans very late due to the last Baton Rouge concert and the many chats with folks afterwards. Heading towards Mike & Terry Rousey’s home (good friends and directors of St. Level Ministries, also members of Redeemer Church) we drove through the French Quarter about 3 a.m.. So many sad people were out, doing the Fri. night up. As in many places lots were drunk, high, plenty of pimps, prostitutes and thrill-seekers. It reminded me of Chicago only more compressed in the Quarter. And of course many of these folks are tourists from other places.

It also reminded me of where God brought me from, that’s for sure. Loving pleasure rather than God is still the deal for so many in our culture.

A street-musician friend named  Wil Kennedy (a singer/songwriter/guitarist) as last year set his battery-powered gear up in Jackson Square and music sets with me. He’s a seasoned street performer and knows Jesus and the Word. He’d taken a large detour on heroin a long time ago but has climbed out of addiction and is just a good bro. who I enjoy hanging with.

Had a couple good chats with people who stood or sat to listen, a few school groups who sat or stood across the street waiting to get into a museum there, and was thankful to notice a local fortune teller and a few drug dealers were essentially forced to listen to most of my gospel blues tunes 🙂

Our students and staff have worked hard each day, demoing, drywalling, sanding, mudding, painting and otherwise doing carpentry and other work in homes quite messed up from Katrina. A lot of folks have never returned or are dead or gave up, but many came back and are basically trying to keep afloat in an economy and a hard situation of perhaps getting their mortgage finished up but with zero money left with which to rebuild wrecked homes. This is where wonderful folks like those at Redeemer and other churches have made a great difference by hosting mission groups.

As I write all but 3 of our group of 18 is once again working hard at two sites.

Yesterday we’d split into 3 teams, one of them who had the job of crawling under a house that had been largely destroyed, nothing now but the frame basically. A single mom and her daughter were kind and grateful for our P12’ers going under the house and clearing out all sorts of debris, tires, pipes, anything the wind and flood waters had brought to a halt under the house. I’m told the snails, other bugs and of course overall mess was quite amazing. We were blessed by her kindness as she brought them all lunch from Popeye’s Chicken.

Last night most everyone visited the Quarter, had coffee and treats there and were able to relax after yet another day of heat and hard work. I’m proud of ’em for sure- truly!

God is blessing this trip and we certainly appreciate all the prayers.

Hope you enjoy a few photos from the trip so far!

I’ll post one more time from Missouri where we will fellowship and share in a bit of work as well as outreach and fellowship with the Allen’s who run Rocks Cry Out Christian Retreat near Doniphan. They bought the old JPUSA lodge and property we had owned and worked for many years, and have graciously allowed us to stay, work and interact with them for a few days at the end of each of our P12 mission trips. They’re good folks who love the Lord and have vital ministry to many of the kids, many whom are caught in drugs and other issues locally.

So, after we’re there for a couple days I’ll post an update.

Thanks for stopping by, and for your prayers for our team, witness/example and safety.

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P12 OUTREACH TOUR!

Posted by gkaiser on May 2, 2009

So we leave for sixteen days: Baton Rouge, a longer stint in New Orleans working with hurricane relief building, etc., then on to Doniphan, Mo.. In each place we’ll do concerts and a lot of service-work, linking with old friends and likely make new ones. Sharing Jesus and His love in real and practical ways is a huge part of what P12 is all about and God has once again graciously provided outreach opportunities that help each of us grow. Thanks for your prayers and financial support, and the blessing of being able to serve and learn what real discipleship and love are all about! -Glenn

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Good Friday/Easter!

Posted by gkaiser on April 10, 2009

GOOD FRIDAY
At JPUSA, P12’ers along with our entire intentional community are working, creating, lots of art and prayer, a lot of fun, concerts, guest speaker and more… the little kids have special stuff happening and the entire weekend is focused on Jesus, His passion, His resurrection and a great deal of food, fun and fellowship with amazing in-house celebrations. We call it “Fest For Us” cuz Cornerstone is one of many things we do for all beyond our ministry in Chicago. But here’s a blog I wrote today that I hope you will find edifying.

GOOD FRIDAY/EASTER
What a day. What a sad, tragic but wonderful day. For Jesus to know me as I am and still love me, sacrifice Himself for me is just plain amazing.

And thank God it didn’t remain Friday but finally Sunday came around!

We know a number of things from the scriptural account of Jesus’ death and resurrection- two of them are that the sky was pitch-black dark and in full storm mode at high noon as He hung on the cross and died… and that He rose “on the first day of the week at the rising
of the sun”.

Darkness swallowed by light. YES! Hallelulia! Hosanna! Deo Gloria forever!!

Happy Easter to all!
-Glenn

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Glenn, Toronto & P12

Posted by gkaiser on March 1, 2009

Tonight at a Toronto concert I spoke a message laced with things I often emphasize with Project 12 students.

Core issues included: We cannot live our Christian life vicariously through our Christian heros, our parents, pastors or musicians, etc.. We MUST have a genuine personal (though shared and accountable) walk with Jesus. My other key point was that our first mission field is exactly where we are, not where we think we’ll eventually be.

It does no good to think that we have a growing spiritual life when we are in reality camping out on a plateau of sorts, fairly dead in the water. Some think “I’m saved, I’m a believer, what else is essential?” My response is that Jesus calls us to follow Him, not simply know we’re saved by grace and end up living a kindergarten Christian life for the next 30 or 40 years!

I’m often reminding P12’ers that if they have at times rightly judged older Christians in terms of lethargy, stagnation and surface living, they will not be one bit more mature in Christ themselves unless they take God’s Word (commands as well as promises) seriously and apply the simple teachings in their daily relationships.

Loading up with information -even the very Truth of God’s Word itself- does not automatically equal spiritual formation and growth.

I support, uphold and -do- a lot of travel in the world as a missionary. JPUSA as most all churches Christians would consider healthy and full of life, does daily mission work on many levels. But some of us think we can pay others, pray for others and basically expect others to BE missionaries -for- (or instead of) us.

Nobody reflects Jesus to your neighbor, the needy person in a church service, the stranger near you or your next-door neighbor much less the person you see in school or at work or socialize with: like you can or must! It’s largely relational and your favorite Christian leader likely doesn’t attend your school or work where you do. It’s not their job to do your job in terms of reflecting Jesus to those around you.

Regardless of spiritual gifts and callings, all Christ-followers are called to such ministry.

Therefore, all of us can make a difference as opposed to merely “doing Christian stuff” and taking a “Whatever?!!” attitude toward the Lord, His Word or our neighbor.

Sadly, many choose “average” when in fact average is nearly synonymous with “shallow” if not fully “slack”.

A. W. Tozer said “Refuse to be average”. Amen! We must not pretend the “average” Christian life is what we should aim at!

God help us move beyond “the norm” if/when the norm is sterile and uninspiring to those around us.

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Some Pics from the Project 12 Orientation ’08

Posted by Jon on September 30, 2008

I had a wonderful time getting to know our students during orientation. I’ll blog more on my class — “Doing Community” — later on, but for now here are some of the pictures I grabbed with my little digital snapper. If too many of them look like we had fun, well… I guess we did.

Wendi Kaiser discusses dating and sexuality with P12 students.

Wendi Kaiser discusses dating and sexuality with P12 students.

Mornings are tough, but these two look plenty awake.

Mornings are tough, but these two look plenty awake.

P12 Instructor Curt Mortimer asked the students to look for symbols of God in nature. This student's bird's nest offers all sorts of possibilities.

P12 Instructor Curt Mortimer asked the students to look for symbols of God in nature. This student's bird's nest was one such find.

The obligatory campfire photo... because cliches are cliches cuz we like 'em.

The obligatory campfire photo... because cliches are cliches cuz we like 'em.

Looks peaceful, but when two fish jumped in the boat there were screams a-plenty!

Looks peaceful, but when two fish jumped in the boat there were screams a-plenty!

A P12er caught by the evening sun. Thinking... or maybe worn out by a long day.

A P12er caught by the evening sun. Thinking... or maybe worn out by a long day.

Some of our classes took place "in the round" -- a circle, that is.

Some of our classes took place

Project 12ers tossing the proverbial plastic as heaven's beams appaud.

Project 12ers tossing the proverbial plastic as heaven beams down upon them.

Two P12ers who've been married under a year... and have "that look of love."

Two P12ers who have been married under a year... and have that newlywed "look of love" for sure!

Homemade pizza, including the whole wheat crusts.... MMMMMmmmm.

Homemade pizza, including the whole wheat crusts.... MMMMMmmmm.

Looking over the 2008-2009 Project 12 Schedule.

Looking over the 2008-2009 Project 12 Schedule.

Why are all these P12 hikers looking so freaked out?!

Why are all these P12 hikers looking so freaked out?!

An eight-legged UFO!?! No, just a large spider hanging directly over our heads.

An eight-legged UFO!?! No, just a large spider hanging directly over our heads. Thus the wide eyes.

Nearly the whole class grins it up for me on this stairway.

Nearly the whole class grins it up for me on this stairway.

Study and worship sometimes blend.

Study and worship sometimes blend.

Climbing the tree was easy. Getting down left this P12er skinned up with slivers.

Climbing the tree was easy. Getting down left this P12er skinned up with slivers.

Whoa, girls climb trees better than boys? She didn't get slivers coming down, either.

Whoa, girls climb trees better than boys? She didn't get slivers coming down, either.

Sunset over Lake Wildwood, as we think of getting back to Chicago.

Sunset over Lake Wildwood, as we think of getting back to Chicago.

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Project 12 (Web… & Glenn & Wendi) Update

Posted by gkaiser on August 26, 2008

Greetings 🙂

Another year of P12 is nearly underway. By now you’ll have noticed the good work of Jon Trott on our site. Please look around as there is fresh (and more) detailed info. on Project 12 than ever- click away!

The staff is meeting, praying, discussing and tweaking, going over applications and readying for Orientation in mid-September as we kick off the ’08-’09 Trimesters.

I suppose many of you are (like Wendi and I) finishing up vacations and getting set to launch into autumn work, school and so on.

Some are preparing to join P12 in an adventure of community-based discipleship, study and practical work all laced together in Christ-focused relationships. Cool!

Please note that the host computer service company (off-site) is having serious issues with their servers. P12 isn’t affected as it’s hosted elsewhere- but glennkaiser.com, jpusa.org, cornerstonefestival.com, grrrrecords.com and many more of our main sites are currently down. Arrrgh! They’ll eventually fix what ails us but meanwhile those sites are not reachable. Please pray for ’em- and us and those trying to reach us via these means.

You can always email me directly at gkaiser@jpusa.org

AND- Wendi and I are constructing personal websites for each of us, hers centering around love, sex and relationships, mine on all the things I care deeply about… which is lots (!). I’ve been wanting to put up a couple sites like this for a long time, not as much eye-candy but quick loading, easy for me to admin. and add content to from where ever I am- and fewer worries about server issues such as the one I mentioned here.

As soon as either of these new blog/webpages are ready for viewing I’ll post the addresses here.

Thanks for your prayers, interest in P12 and here’s to the Lord moving more in and through all of us this upcoming year!

Love and Hugs,

-Glenn

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