Dearest Parents & Students of Ignition,
Happy New Year! It has been a crazy 2010 and I look forward to 2011 with you and your family. I just wanted to take a look back on the year and celebrate what God has been doing in the ministry.
Looking back, I have seen His hand in many things that we have done. Ryan Ingram served Ignition for 3 amazing years and saw the ministry take off. As he left to be 100% with Awakening, the transition was seamless. Most major transitions in Youth Ministry is rough and we see a lot of drop off but there was none of that. Awakening is BOOMIN with Ryan’s attention focusing on college students.
We had some great “Grub Nights” for the students to get to know me. BRINNER was the best meal:)
The Blue Print Winter Camp was a great way to start the year. The video was good!
We also had a great Senior Brazilian Breakfast and Bike Ride in Santa Cruz! Video:)
And then the NEW Freshman Class entered the building…wow! They are big, loud, crazy and some of the coolest freshmen in the world!
SUMMER SUMMER SUMMER! What a crazy summer Ignition had! We has some amazing interns! Caitlin Toews, Greg Larson and Katie Delgado made the summer run! They also DANCED? The summer started off with the Freshman Dinner. Then we went to Sky High Sports…most of you didn’t see this but Greg The Intern ripped his pants….VIDEO!!! We went to the beach and had tons of fun. The Trust Fall was a hit but Josh Osborn got The Trust Tackle! We had some fun Big Group Parties! And then there was Mexico…or FLEXICO…amazing trip! The Aztec was introduced:)We went to City Impact up in The City. We learned how to pray in the Tenderloin:) We got to see some students get baptized at the beach! The Urban Camping was a little weird but cool! And there was the FOOOOOOD FIGHT!!! Mike Buchanan was brave enough to take pics!!! Through out the summer we studied Colossians and saw God do some amazing things through the book! All in all, great summer!
We took a little break…
Small Groups started with the Oscar’s! We made some sweet videos and the students ROCKED their videos! Check out our BUMPERS!
Justin Beiber made a guest appearance! VIDEO!
Small Groups started strong and almost 100 High School Students signed up to be in community!
Mall Hunt was crazy! Valley Fair wanted to kick us out but we kept on having fun!
A whole lotta UGLY SWEATERS at our Christmas Party!
It’s also been pretty cool working along side Christina Papoulias. I sometimes give her a hard time and make her cry but to serve alongside someone so passionate about Jesus and students! I am blessed to be able to serve with her.
I have to say that we had an EPIC year at Ignition. We are just a small but BIG part of WestGate Church and blessed to sit under some amazing pastors and leaders!
I have to give a BIG BIG BIG shout out to all of our LEADERS that have served in 2010! They are the power and energy that has made this Ignition Ship move! God has totally blessed us with great adult leaders that Love Jesus and Love Students!
Please, Parents, if you are not involved in Parent Prayer, get involved. There is power in prayer!
I am excited for 2011 and what God has in store for Ignition, students, families and our leaders. Please PRAY that we rely on God to empower us to keep this ship going. We have some great things planned for Ignition and your students! PRAY that we stay sensitive to His voice and His leading…
Thank you for everything and all your support! I am blessed to be here at WestGate Church serving and leading! Amazing community!