Friday, March 26, 2010

Mentoring Is Good

Jasper Speaks:

I have been in Student ministry for 20 years. I love it. I can seldom imagine being satisfied doing anything else. What I love about being a "veteran" is that God allows me to help and mentor younger YPs. Some of these I know through service. I was their Youth Pastor and God called them into this crazy and awesome world. Others I don't know. I also love getting the chance to share at conferences and things as well.

Recently I have been writing some for Simply Youth Ministry and Group Magazine. Recently I had the honor of being a featured blogger on Youthworker Journal's website as well. God has used these writings to bring new friends and mentees to me. Just today I got a great email from a Youth Pastor in Pennsylvania who had read my article in Group about simplifying our ministry. She needed some encouraging words and ideas. I loved giving those to her.

One thing I told her to do was to buy Simple Youth Ministry by Eric Geiger and Jeff Borton. It is an excellent book. It helped me rethink our ministry and the way we were doing it. I put that out here because if you are a Youth Pastor sturggling to make the ends meet and are looking for a way to streamline your ministries to be most effective, and are reading this blog, I would HIGHLY recommend that you read this book. It changed the way I schedule and helped us focus our ministry so much more.

Well, that is what I wanted to say. I love helping other Youth Pastors and am honored God is allowing me to do so! Have a great day all!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Latest on Laurie

Jasper Speaks:

Here is the latest update I have gotten on Laurie from Don's Facebook note. Keep praying!


Snap back to reality, oh there goes gravity. (If you get that reference cool, if's our secret we're not explaining it to you :-) )

Today the neurosurgeon put the kibosh on all talk of leaving anytime soon, skipping a level, or being able to relax.

Laurie is still in a place of extreme caution. She could still have a seizure or stroke causing pretty certain death. We believe that God has healed my wife and she will continue to progress, however we must be prudent with her care. Her blood pressure is being kept at a high level in order to ensure the blood vessels in her brain are open enough to protect her from the side effects of this surgery.

This is why visitors are severely limited. Her blood pressure is being held in the area of 175/100. YES that is high but it is necessary to help prevent death.

I do not want to place a dark cloud over this wonderful miracle that God has given us, however I do want to reiterate that she is NOT out of the woods until her vasospasms are gone.

Please pray for continued healing for my bride Laurie, the mother of our children.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010



Here is the video we made for the end of our To Save A Life: Be The Church Sermon Series:

Who Am I?

Jasper Speaks:

Sometimes there is a struggle in me. I realize it is as ancient as man himself. There are two natures. They both want me to submit to their authority. Sometimes one wins, other times it is the other who is victorious. Sometimes I switch back and forth so much that I have identity issues. I realize that the carnal man wins so often because of my own lethargy. For the spirit man to win it takes action. For the carnal man to win, I can sit and do nothing.

I think the enemy preys on me by convincing me his way is the simple way. It is great proof that status-quo is our sinful nature. It is who we are at our core. Simply put, sinning comes naturally.

I want to fight more. I want to be the man of God He can have me be. But that takes work. That takes commitment. That takes time. I want to be identified as a man of God who chases after the Lord's heart. In the deepest part of me that is my desire. It takes me really chasing. Oh, how I identify with the words of Paul in Romans 7:

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.
For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to
carry it out.
For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do
not want is what I keep on doing.
Now if I do what I do not want,
it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So, I ask this morning, who am I? I pray that I can be a man after God's own heart.

Laurie Update of the Day:

She has been on Facebook, studying the Bible with a friend, returning more and more to her old self every day and will probably be moved to a regular room soon. Our miracle girl just keeps on going.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Not Out of The Woods Yet

Jasper Speaks:

Praying for Laurie Coldwell Prayer Request!

This week is going to be worse for Laurie as far as her recovery is concern. She will be dealing with vasospasm that will be more intense. The doctors expected this! But continue to pray for releif and healing. As soon as these stop, she will be able to move to the next step of recovery.

Please continue to pray.

For more information on Vasospasm click here.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

One Week Ago

Jasper Speaks:

One week ago many of us were apprehensive and sad. Our friend was very ill. The outlook was bleak. One week ago I was pricing plane tickets to Maine for a sad event. God had other plans. One week ago I said to Kendra, "Maybe God is going to do something that will knock our socks off!" I didn't realize at that moment that this was EXACTLY what he had planned. Laurie is proof that miracles still happen. Here is Donnie's update posted to Facebook last night:

Donnie Speaks:

God the Lord is my strength;
He makes my feet like the deer's;
He makes me tread on my high places.

It's 11:03. One week ago a neurosurgeon told me that my wife was probably not going to survive the night.


Today my wife had headaches all day. As soon as the medication wore off (sometimes before) she would start to feel pain. She slept most of the day due to the pain medication and she was still tired most of the time she was awake. We were told there would be good days and bad days during this next week or two of recovery...if that was a bad day I'll take it.

We still notice some issues with her speech in various ways as well as her memory. What we see is typical however and we are not alarmed or hopeless in response to her progress.

The people that God had in my life already have been a blessing to Laurie and I and we thank you for all you have done The people that God is bringing into our lives is a blessing as well and we look forward to years of community with you.

Only a week later and here we are already looking to bring her home. While this something I look forward to, I know that we should not push what we think God's plans SHOULD be. God has brought us to this point for a reason and we need to be faithful to seek Him first in all that happens.

Thank you all once again for the prayers support and the physical support as well.