The summer is upon us and with it comes a tornado of good things. The past six months have kind of been a warm up. A slow fermenting churn of preparation for what we knew would be a whirlwind of family and ministry activity. Alas, the wait is over and we are about to hit the “play” button on a mountain of holy mischief.
We are one month out from our official arrival day for A Life Together DTS 2016. Our staff body is flying in from all over the world and we’re busy tweaking last minute details for this radical six month discipleship journey we have the privilege of co-leading with our dear friends Max & Cambria Melchert and Henri & Tata Hermunen. At present we have twelve students from four nations with a pile of applications still coming in. This year in A Life Together DTS we are exploring the intersection of RECONCILIATION, COMMUNITY & RADICAL DISCIPLESHIP as we journey from Kona to Cape Town.
Join us in prayer that all involved, ourselves included, would be radically transformed by the love of Jesus. We’re praying for vocational callings of peacemaking to take root in the lives of our students in particular. That they would feel empowered and emboldened by Holy Spirit to give themselves to the work of healing our world and reconciling divided communities. Lord knows we need it! So we pray this journey of discipleship will open up new avenues for the reconciling work of God to take shape in all kinds of places.
PS - If that resonates with any of you reading this... we still have a few slots open for DTS... Arrival day is July 7th! There's still time to pack your bags and join us on this wild and raged adventure with Jesus. If you know someone who may be interested please pass along the website.
We may be a month out from launching into DTS, but we are less than ONE WEEK from launching into becoming a family of six! Baby Schallert #4 is set for arrival on June 11th. I don’t feel like there is much to elaborate on… Di is resilient as ever and the kids are sensing the change about to happen. It’s a hectic time as a family in it’s own right, so we’re doing our best to slow down and wander through this beautiful process.
Pray for us!
Pray for Di and Baby... for a smooth and safe delivery.
Pray for the kids... that they feel connected and integrated as our family dynamic changes once again.
Y’all can expect an announcement ANY DAY NOW!
In the midst of all the hustle, Steve just returned from Guadalajara, Mexico where he had the privilege of teaching on The Justice of God for a discipleship school facilitated by The Matthew Training Center. What a beautiful community of people dedicated to launching the latin world into missions. It was a wild week consisting of trying to make it through twenty plus hours of lecturing with a stomach full of street tacos...
Listen, the more we wander the world and widen our network of friendships the more BEAUTY we see everywhere! So while the news channels keep pumping anxiety into our living rooms, we are learning to take our cues from The Good News over and above the nightly news… we encourage you to do the same. God is on the loose in this world and this somewhat fickle Kingdom of Grace is manifesting itself in some of the wildest places you can ever imagine. From Kona to Cape Town, Guadalajara to Fallujah we are hearing story after story of radical love casting out fear!
The hectic season we are wandering into as a family might feel a bit like a tidal wave at present, but we wouldn’t have it any other way… it is a tidal wave of love after all… it leaves no destruction in its wake… only a persistent hopefulness that love indeed with triumph over all our shared anxiety and pain.
God is good.
We would love to hear from you.
Talk to you soon.