Saturday, July 22, 2006

The End Of The Spear

Jasper Speaks:

Okay, so I have been wanting to see this movie for a long time and finally rented it today. Kendra was in the pool with Vickie and so I got to watch it alone which I think was good. It was a deeply affecting movie; stunning in it's cinematography, stirring in its story and challenging in it's method. At first it was a distraction to me that Chad Allen was playing Nate Saint. There was a lot of controversy at the time because he is an outspoken homosexual. God uses the foolish things of the world, however, and soon into the film that wasn't an issue for me any longer. I have read Elisabeth Eliot's "Through Gates of Splendor" but have forgotten most of it. The movie really made me think about sacrifice and living a sold out faith.

Particularly disturbing was the scene where the natives killed Nate Saint and his fellow missionaries. Somewhat like watching, The Passion Of Christ, the death scene made it all more real to me. I found myself thinking several times that at the time of their deaths every one of those men was younger than I am now. Their deaths were brutal and harsh, yet they died because they knew they would live eternally in Heaven. A stunning moment in the movie comes when Nate Saint tells his young son Steve that if attacked he will not fight the natives because they do not have the opportunity to go to Heaven, where he does have that opportunity. I think what struck me the most was the matter of fact way that this line was delivered.

Also, stunning was the confrontation scene between an adult Steve Saint (also played by Chad Allen) and his father's killer. For those of you who know the story, the families of the men who died went back into the jungle to live with the natives. The chronicles of this time were also challenging. Eventually, Steve Saint (as an adult) is asked to come and live in the village with the tribe that killed his father. One of the men he had grown close to (Mincaye) takes him to the beach where his father died and admits there that it was he who killed him. One of the most powerful moments of the film comes when Steve Saint, while processing this information) takes a spear into his hands and approaches Mincaye as if he is going to kill him. Mincaye continues to say, "I killed your father". Steve Saint begins to cry and pulls the spear away and tells Mincaye, "No one took my father's life. He gave it up."

The movie has made me think. Am I sacrificing all my life for God? Can I forgive the way Jesus forgave? Can I live a life worthy to call myself Christian? Am I willing to literally lay down my life so others can come to know him. Can I echo Nate Saint in saying even if I must die, others must live to hear the message?

I have to admit some of my reactions were amplified knowing that Bekah and Jamin are there right now. I am so proud of the sacrifice they are making this summer. I pray they will affect many for God's Kingdom, while they themselves, are also affected.

I recommend this film to you. It will challenge your faith and remind you of what is the most important duty we have as Christians. Telling others, regardless of the cost. Men like Jim Eliot and Nate Saint modeled that. They modeled that because they believed in Jesus who modeled it before them. This experience leaves me with one challenging question: is Jasper willing to lose what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose?

Friday, July 21, 2006

The Night The Lights Went Out In St. Louis

Jasper Speaks:

So is it just me or is there something weird about the lights going out at church during EVERY service lately? Creepy! Remember Sunday night is our mission trip report. We are doing Oh How I Love Jesus, Here I am To Worship, Take My Life Sin Box and Stinka is singing. Tell one and all! I hear the video is awesome! Jeff G. is so under appreciated! We should have an Jeff G. Appreciation Day. Ooops! We already did!

We had no power and I had to sleep in my mom and dad's basement. Yuck. But I love my mom and dad and spent the whole entire day with them yesterday and that was sweet. Please be praying. There is a possibility arising on the adoption front. We just want what God knows is best! Have a good day!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

God's Grace

Jasper Speaks:

One of the amazing things about mission trips I have been on the past few years is that they have all made me stop and ponder God's grace. I have brought many, many students into new settings. I have pulled kids from rural Maine to inner city Raleigh and brought kids from affluent West County St. Louis to the "ghetto" of Toronto. I have a hard time understanding some of the shock that comes when these kids first see these areas. I was raised in the "ghetto" and tend to forget that not everyone has been exposed to such things.

I always seem to need to explain it to the kids. I have to tell some real life stories generally before it all "clicks" for them. For me, this is just life playing itself out but for kids from "sheltered" backgrounds this is not like anything they have ever seen.

What is cool about taking these kind of trips is that when the students get there and start interacting witht the kids, they realize something about God that many people never really get. The realize that God's grace is cannot be understood. They began to realize the concept that we have so much but these kids that we are serving have nothing. Students begin pondering why God chose them to bestow so much upon. They begin a spiritual evolution of sorts as they decide that God is showing His love for them in ways they had never seen. My heart jumps and dances as they start thanking God out loud for their parents.

Yes, gerace is as difficult thing to grasp but thank the Lord that He gives it to us and provides opportunities for us to embrace it!

The Scoreboard Speaks:


14 5

TEMP AT 9:45 PM -
95 STINKIN' Degrees!

Jasper Speaks:

In the immortal words of Ronald Sargent, "What's up with dat?"

Monday, July 17, 2006


Jasper Speaks:

Even though we were poor, we traveled in the summer. Then as an adult I have gone lots of places too. I did this map a couple of years ago and have since been able to add a few! I have been to all but 9 of the states!

The Map Speaks:

Make your own map here!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Pretty Cool

The Video Speaks:

Jasper Speaks:

I think this is very cool!

In The Dark

Jasper Speaks:

So, it was all dark at chruch today. A trans-something or other exploded or caught on fire or something but with that comes an unexpected day off Monday! Woo-hoo! My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and nephew (Matt) are in town so I will knock around with them tomorrow after getting a deep sleep in sleep!

Church was cool. I was all about the guest speaker. He was excellent. Very good sermon and very quick. I even stayed awake. COOL! Of course I kept wondering why it was so dark in the worship center ...

Here are some quick pics from our trip. You can see them all here:

Toronto 06

The Team Minus Sarah Hayley

A bunch of us on the Maid of the Mist (Tres Cool!)

An AWESOME picture of Dustin

Jeff in his poncho on Maid of the Mist

The DeVeccios --- Candaian Tour 2006

My Buddy Gino and Me

Cool Kissy Shot (For Ana) --- The Falls are VERY romantic!