Carrie and I are in Ft Collins, CO this week for our biennial all-staff conference. We are listening to challenging and encouraging talks from our leaders and people outside of Cru. 

You can “join” us also:

https://cru15.cru.org/watch/index.htm

It is totally worth your time, and attention. 

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Carrie and I are on day 3 of our second leg of Road Trip 2015! The kids are with grandparents, and we have a two week “date” to go to Cru’s National Staff Conference in Colorado.

We’ve seen family, college friends, and tables in restaurants with no highchairs!

Pray for safe travels, and a refreshing time at our conference.

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Things Keep Moving

Two weeks ago I (Jayson) had a conversation with my boss leading up to my annual job evaluation meetings, and 18 hours later I had another new job title – Designer. I think it’s the shortest paid job title I’ve ever had – “dad” is shorter, but I think I’m losing money on that one. 😉

I know, it was just back in December that we shared about my role as a product manager – I was in that role for 6 months, and I know that I helped move us forward in improving the Jesus Film Media web site. I spent a lot of time thinking about forward-facing strategy, while also thinking through how to make what we have already more usable.

In my new role, I’ll be focusing on what is called UI/UX in the industry – User Interface and User Experience. If you remember our February update where I gave you all homework on the JFM site, it’s addressing the problems that many of you ran into, specifically the confusion that many of you ran into trying to find content on our site. My job feels similar to translation – making something that is merely valuable into something useful, and useful for sharing the Gospel!

President’s List & Summer School

My time back in school this past semester has a lot to do with the role change. I completed my first semester back in college pursuing my Graphic and Interactive Design degrees. I’ve already seen clear payoff from the classes in my work, and now that I’m “officially” a designer, I’m sure I’ll see more.

Good news, I got straight-A’s for the first time in my life! Now, granted, I am only taking two classes at a time, but I’ve definitely worked harder at them than any other class I’ve ever taken. I’m even taking two calsses online this summer. I remember always feeling like I was busy in college the first time – HAHA! I remember the “nontraditional students” in those classes, they always seemed so intensely focused, asking questions, talking to the professor after class, and they always looked so tired. Oh boy, do I get it now!

Thank you for your piece in all that the Lord has in front of us!

Pray For:

  • The friendships that I made in my classes, that they might develop into opportunities for the Gospel as well as for fun.
  • Our travels this summer, we’ll be doing our biannual Colorado trip starting at the end of next month.

Photos from this past month…

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  1. Fia teaching & Cai learning how to do a somersault.
  2. Cai has really taken off on walking. Loves “ow-siiie”.
  3. Fia and Jayson went to their first Star Wars themed party together on May the Fourth.
  4. Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in Florida, even if the hats are tiny.
  5. Ice cream is also a big deal.
  6. Days can get a little crazy around the house. We’re thankful for the “dress up box”.
    (Also, Princess Anna dress + Yoda ears = Princess Fiona.)
  7. Jayson went to another hackathon put on by Code for the Kingdom and Wycliffe Associates.
  8. Cai loves rocking chairs, and Cracker Barrel.
  9. Fia has been out of town with her grandparents, but we’ve been having a good time.

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In August of 2013 I had an opportunity to travel to Chicago to train new interns working internationally on using the Jesus Film Media app in their ministries. One of the teams this year is called “Expedition Team Charlie.” Here’s an excerpt of an update from one of the team members:

There are over 300 cities across Eastern Europe and Russia that do not have a student-led movement that seeks to give every student in those cities an opportunity to respond to the Gospel. The mission of the Expedition strategy is to go to these cities and to find 2-3 student key volunteers, train them in evangelism & discipleship, and then send them out to launch the movement. The Expedition teams trust God to make this happen in one month.

We arrived in Chernivtsi, Ukraine with few Christian contacts. After networking through churches and with an English club at Chernivtsi National University, we had enough contacts to host an event. The goal of the event was to find potential key volunteers who would lead the movement, and also to find spiritually interested students whose hearts were softened to talk about Jesus.

We decided to host a short-film night. Luckily for them, Jesus Film had graciously provided them with iPads and with a projector, making it an easy event to execute. At the night of the event, 25 students came, some Christian and some non-Christian. The event consisted of an introduction to Cru, followed by three short-films, then a discussion about those films, followed by two more short-films and one more round of discussion. Through the event, the team was able to find two potential key volunteers, and many students who were open to talk about Jesus.

When asked which video she liked best, a female student replied: “I liked them all! They were all very interesting and entertaining. They were easy to connect with.”

This event was a vital part in building momentum to launch a student-led movement as it [helped us] to find two key volunteers and spiritually interested students. The two female students are now official key volunteers who will partner with national Ukrainian staff to launch the movement in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. The ministry of Jesus Film played a huge role for the Expedition Team in their efforts to launch this movement.”

I love hearing how our tools are helping to reach students all around the world, and I’m excited for the updates that are coming to all of them this year that will only make them easier to use. Back in DC, our team used a similar short-film strategy to launch our work at American University; not to mention our “film festival” is where we met Erin (“not-Aunt” Erin to our kids).

Thank you for your part in bringing the Gospel to the world!

Grace & Peace,
Jayson & Carrie

Pray for:

  • Team “Charlie’s” continued work in Eastern Europe & Russia.
  • Our church’s ongoing initiatives to serve our city, and to grow in depth as well as depth.
  • Continued wonderful growth in our kiddos!