Unexpected Father

“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.” Genesis 17:4

This past Thursday, I had the privilege of leading a session at Kristfest helping young men navigate from boyhood to manhood.

I’ve been excited about the session ever since I was asked to lead it back in April.

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In It All

This year, I experienced a new Czech first while at Kristfest.

I got sick.
Like, really, really sick.

We still don’t know what disease swept through the camp, but early Tuesday morning, over 30 people found themselves incredibly sick.

Whole body aches.

Four people even went to the hospital.

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Known By Name

This year during our week of outreaches in Cesky Tesin, I was struck by the number of kids from the community who knew my name.

We would walk into an event, and all I would hear was a resounding Jason from the younger kids.

I didn’t know many of them – probably only talked to them a few times, led an event they participated in, or gave them a hi-five sometime during a past trip – but they knew me, and made sure to say Hello, Jason every time they saw me.

It was a weird feeling.

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Blessing Behind the Fear

Fear. It’s been an attractive factor of our trip this year.

Every night during our time of outreaches, we’ve put various young people through a number of competitions in fear factor-ish style.

And it’s been great.

Of all the events we’ve done – be it workshops, community dinners, speed dating, and even our showcase – the fear factor events we planned were the most attractive.

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Wake Within Me

Every year as we get ready to head to Czech, I tend to get a single song stuck in my head. It’s a song I end up playing over and over again. A song I whistle and hum to myself. A song that makes me pray harder – and begin to cry – about what God wants to do.

This year, that song was Wake.

And God has been using it to stir within all of our hearts.

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Praying for the Czech Trip

In a few short days, the Czech mission team will board a plane and begin our journey to what will become a very life-changing trip.

God is going to do something BIG.

Now more than ever, we need your help! We know God is going to show up and change lives on this trip, which means: we need prayer!

If you are interested in praying for our team while we are ministering in the Czech Republic, you will find a list of prayer requests below, as well as a downloadable copy of our itinerary. Unless marked, all times are recorded in Czech time – 7 hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

Prayer Requests:

  • Safe travels to and from the Czech Republic (including driving, plane flights, bus and train rides)
  • Health for every team member – both American and Czech
  • Ability to adjust to the time difference quickly and easily
  • God’s presence every time our team members speak or pray
  • Hearts of the Czech youth and young adults to be turned towards Christ
  • Lives to be changed
  • Young people showing up to our outreaches and retreat
  • Distractions and hinderances from youth coming to our events or retreat to be destroyed
  • Favor on our team as we minister to people
  • Czech young people to experience the presence and power of God
  • Courage and boldness to step out in faith and do whatever God asks of us
  • Young people to encounter God during our Encounter Retreat
  • God’s Spirit to guide us every day
  • Fear to be overcome
  • Young people to experience a new level of hope


You can download a PDF copy of our trip itinerary by clicking the link below.

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Periodically throughout the trip, our team will post updates on the Ignite blog. During the last week of the trip, while at KristFest, there won’t be any updates as the team won’t have access to internet. Click the button below to see all updates pertaining to the Czech 2014 mission trip:

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Making Disciples

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”  Matthew 28:19

A few weeks ago, I received one of the greatest compliments about Ignite.

I was chatting with one of the leaders of Kristfest – the national youth camp we will help with during our trip to Czech – and he was explaining why my team was chosen to lead the sessions we will lead.

You see, this year’s theme is partly on discipleship, and what it means to be a true disciple of Christ. Throughout the week, our team will lead all the breakout sessions related to discipleship.

The reason? Apparently even in Czech, Ignite is known as a ministry that makes disciples.

I was humbled.

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