Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I spend my free time hiking, backpacking, traveling, nordic skiing, and doing mission work. I work in a rural emergency department. I own a home outside Milaca and I'm learning to garden. I am always up to trying something new.
How did you get connected with Trio Community Church?
I grew up here, left when I started college, and came back the summer of 2008. I spent the first year struggling to find a church that felt right. One day at work in the fall of 2009, I heard a co-worker talking about a church that Jim Johnson was a part of leading. Jim was the youth leader at Emmanuel my senior year of high school, and although I had grown up going to church, he and Jen were a big part of me starting to examine my faith for the first time. Anything they were a part of, I was going to check out. I loved the people at Trio right away, and felt challenged in my faith all the time, so I stayed!
What has God been showing you recently?
I have been taking a class online called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (check it out atwww.perspectives.org) and it has really been opening my eyes about God's global purpose. Hudson Taylor once wrote, "If the whole resources of the Church of God were well utilized, how much more might be accomplished! How many poor might be fed and naked clothed, and to how many of those as yet unreached the Gospel might be carried!" What would happen if I and more who believe in Christ took the Great Commission in Matthew 28 seriously? Recent studies show that only 1 in 100 of us are involved in a meaningful way with the Commission seriously. We need to do what Christ calls us to do, not what we think we are able to do. Bishop Phillips Brooks once threw down this challenge, "Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for task equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle." What is God calling you to? Don't say you can't, pray that He gives you the ability to do it.