30 DAYS OF CRAZY
By Dave Earley
The last thirty days have been ridiculously busy, highly exhausting, and very fruitful. I have been in seven states, been on 17 airplanes, given 18 different presentations, and had about a dozen other meetings. Yeah.
Monday, Feb.2: We presented the Grace City movement to the North American Mission Board Trustees and President Kevin Ezell in Las Vegas as part of their Vision Tour.
Friday and Saturday Feb 6-7: I was in Salt Lake City sharing with the pastors of the Utah / Idaho Southern Baptist Convention at their annual Evangelism Conference. I was speaking on Spiritual Warfare and Prayer. This great group of church leaders were incredibly open and responsive, saying they especially appreciated the times of prayer for and with each other after each message.
Monday through Friday Feb 9-13: Several of us went to Hawaii to the world’s largest YWAM (Youth with a Mission) base! We met with their leaders to see about how we can partner with their University of the Nations to train more missionaries in Las Vegas. It was a special privilege to meet with YWAM founder Loren Cunningham for over 2 hours. On the way back, plane delays left us stranded in LA overnight (American Airlines = @#$^&*$%$#@).
Monday Feb. 23: I was in Dallas at the Southern Baptist of Texas Evangelism Conference at the First Baptist Church of Euless speaking on prayer. I ran into an ice storm, but I eventually made it to Virginia.
Tuesday Feb 24: I shared with my good friends at the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia Prayer Summit on the role of Prayer and Spiritual Warfare in Revival. They especially responded to the season of prayer after my session and said they wanted more training.
Wednesday – Friday Feb 25-27: Several of us were at Liberty University for Church Planting Conference working with the CMT. We were recruiting students for our summer internship, discipleship internship, and church planting center. We spoke with nearly 2,000 students as we taught several classes ranging from Evangelism and the Christian Life to Church Ministries to Woman’s Ministries to graduate level Discipleship. I also spoke on the importance of prayer for the Church Planting Conference.
Saturday and Sunday Feb 28, March 1: Unfortunately, Cathy and I got stranded in Charlotte for what would have been 36 hours (US AIR = @%^&*&^%$#@). Fortunately, we were able to change routes and jump on a late plane to Columbus, Ohio so I could see my brother, Steve instead. He had a lung transplant 18 months ago and just found out he has cancer in his other lung. It was really good to see both Steve and my sister, Carol.
Monday and Tuesday March 2-3: I was in Albuquerque at the Hoffmantown Baptist Church speaking again to the pastors of the New Mexico Baptist Convention on Spiritual Warfare, Pastoral Ministry, and Church Planting.
Hopefully we can enjoy a couple of days of “normal” (Although I have yet to determine exactly what normal looks like in Las Vegas). Then, 20 college students join us Saturday, March 7 for Love Las Vegas, an intense week of outreach.
Then I am going to take a nap.