Exhausted but Grateful

For the past month our student ministry has been blessed in so many ways. After two mission trips and a middle school camp I have seen God work in the lives of many including myself. I look forward to what is next. Right now I am traveling home with our College ministry from a week in Richmond, VA.  I can't wait to see my wife Donna and wrestle with our Dog Baxley. After some rest I will continue to have the joy of seeing God working. Gotta go for now we are making a stop.


Jesus Wept


July 17, 2011
Pine Valley Baptist Church
Rev. James Strickland - Mniister of Students

Our "human-ness" makes us "human"! Flawed and Imperfect! In Need of A Forgiver and Leader. Jesus' human-ness allows us to relate to God in a way that is like no other. God created a perfect world for us to live in called Eden. Sin entered the world and has separated us from God ever since.


Arrival at MFUGE

Today was a whirlwind of driving, deadlines, sign ups, details, logistics and ministry. Beginning at 9 AM we gathered in the parking lot to embark on this adventure called MFUGE. This is a week long mission trip in Charleston, SC where kids do a variety of jobs to minister to the community. I am so thankful for their hearts. No one complained when the AC went out on the bus, they have conducted themselves with respect for themselves, us and the church and went to bed hungry. God holds some special blessing for them this week, I just know it. Our days will start at 6am and often end by midnight. Please, Pray for God to first work in our hearts that it may spill out to those we are connected with.

Matthew 22:37-39 New Living Translation (NLT)
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Final Thoughts For The Day:

  1. Thank you God for getting us here safely.
  2. It's really cool to be staying in the same dorms I stayed in as a student here at Charleston Southern University.
  3. The MFUGE Staff was extremely courteous and helpful.
  4. The Worship Team will do a great job of leading us to God's Throne
  5. Tomorrow is a new day to love God more and love other's more.