Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Been A While!

    Hey guys! Sorry I have been a few weeks behind, it has been extremely intense and busy up on the mountain.

First I'd like to give a shout out to everyone who came to my B-Day party at my house. Thank you so very much for coming, it really meant a lot to me. It was so good to be home and around friends and family again!
  
  So, here is what’s been going on; Eagles Landing Christian Academy (ELCA).
This is what we call an M3 Conference. Basically we went to a Christian school for there “Spiritual Enfaces” week. For three days we did music, dramas, services and break out labs for all the students. It was great! I got the role of "Brandon Taylor" in the play, I was the rebel kid whose father walked out on him and my mom sent me to a Christian school because I was on a downward spiral. It was fun! I also helped with break out labs for 7th and 10th grade students. It was difficult and challenging, but the second and third day we were there they really started to open up and get into some deep stuff.
 I also got to meet Mark Hall of Casting Crowns. He is a very cool and respectable guy. Also a big jokester. lol
  
Life up here on the mountain has been busy lately. We have been writing papers, doing projects and taking care of several youth group retreats that have been here. I really enjoy meeting all the kids and hanging out with them. Gives us stuff to do when we have groups up here. lol
  
 Also the 8 students up here are all learning how to grow closer to God everyday, and as most of you know, a journey like that is not always easy. We are now down to 6 students for now, on account of two of the students having to leave the institute. We all sat down and had to work through some stuff and now I believe that God is closer than ever. We will be looking out for each other more, holding each other more accountable. Please pray for us and especially for the two students I mentioned. Thank you.

  Again I want to say thank you to my sponsors and every one out there supporting me.
 I love you all and can't wait to see you again soon.

Oh, and FYI….keep an eye out in your mail boxes!!

Brandon

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Home again!

Hey everybody,
        
            Well, i drove up friday to come home. it really wasn't a bad drive. God blessed my drive with beautiful weather, and it was good to be alone for a little while. It was a great drive. The occasion is my sisters wedding. She is getting married to Toby Howell. I wish them the best and....Toby is an ok guy i guess. But no I love him and hope they enjoy their cruz! The wedding has already taken place and now im just sitting at home enjoying it while both my rents looking over my shoulder as I type this!!! it really is great to be back. i have gotten to see many friends and family and i am just loving it! I look forward to seeing everyone at church tomorrow, it will be great! I have missed you guys dearly. I am going to head back down to Georgia after the morning service sometime. So thats what my weekend looks like. I would like to thank everybody again for your support and your prayers! it really means a lot to me!! I cannot thank you enough. I love you all and am praying for you guys too.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Busy But Good!

Hey guys!
 
    Well its been a very, very busy two weeks here at Global. That"s why i didn't update ya last Sunday. However, now things are slowing back down and getting back into the usual groove.
 
Last week we had 200 kids come in for work projects and we had a group of about 20 ladies join us too for a few days. It was very busy, confusing, exhausting and awesome!
 
I got to supervise a bunch of kids who worked on a job I would've had to do with two other guys and taken a few weeks, instead two teams of about 30 knocked it out in two days!!
 
Also, ever since I got down here I've been having really bad sinus trouble, and it got to the point to where i could not breath! That's exciting! So I went to the doctor and found out I had a sinus infection, yummy! So I got a shot in each hip, and now I'm on Antibiotics. So now I feel great!
 
Due to the fact that everyone had a really intense weekend we got Monday off, classes and work! So that rocks, also my first paper is due tomorrow. Its a sermon we all had to write. So I'm looking forward to completing it and hopefully using it someday.
 
As many of you know, my sister is having her wedding Ceremony this weekend, so I'll be coming home!!
I am very excited about seeing everyone. I really miss you guys!
 
So thats about it! I love you, and thank you all for your prayers! Oh and also, if there are any needs up there that you guys would like me to keep in prayers just let me know on here or any other way. If its personal it'll stay that way, but I just wanna do whatever I can to repay all of you for your support and prayers!
Thank you!
 
 Brandon Whitaker

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hey everyone!
 
So my second week at Global has been really good! We have been learning about food, diet and maintaining over all good health. We are also looking at history and how the bible ties into it. What was happening in the world while certain things in the Bible were taking place. I've really been enjoying that!
 
We are also in an ongoing study of how everything in the bible is connected. How the Old Testament ties in with the New, and how God is seeking to bring glory to His name and how He uses us in that purpose.
 
Everyone up on the mountain is getting along well too! My church here is Spring Place Baptist. It has been very fun getting to know the people there and they have been very welcoming.
I can't wait to start getting really involved and start putting into practice what I'm learning, so I can grow that way and see the impact of the Lord!
 
Again I'd like to thank everyone for there support in prayer and financially. This wouldn't be possible without you guys!
 
If there is anything you guys need me to be remembering in my prayers feel free to let me know!
 
Thank you!

Brandon

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Classes, Challenges, Goals....

Hey everybody, Well its been one week at Global so far and i'm loving it, The classes are good and i have my job down so now its just time to get into it all!


I have 5 classes on Mondays and Tuesdays I have Contemporary Christian life and Practice (cclp), and Youth on a Mission (yom). In cclp we will be learning about what it looks like to live every area of your life like a Christian. Going in depth on topics like vacation, time and resource management, Marriage and relationships, conflict resolution, evangelism, church involvement, Christian world view, devotional life and physical wellness. In (yom) we will be seeking the special and unique calling God has placed in all our lives, and how it applies in different settings in our lives, and how we can use it to spread Gods love with everyone in our lives.
On Wednesday I have Global Perspectives. In this class we will develop biblically based strategies for becoming involved to accomplish his plan, and see how pressures from all other areas of our life impact our witness.
On Thursdays, we have Student Leadership. We will be learning about Biblical models of leadership and theological basis of leadership and developing our character and discipline.
Second class on Thursday is Life Leadership/ Youth Ministry/ Mission Mentors. Our teacher for this class is Steve Dusek, a local youth pastor in Ellijay. He will be teaching us about all the ins and outs of everyday DOING. So after we are done with school its not all just head knowledge, we will have practice in putting our hearts and mind to actions to help spread God's love and word.

Well that's what school will look like for me this semester.
I again want to thank everyone who helped make it possible for me to come to Global! Also for all the prayers.

God has a unique plan for all of us as Christians. No matter how shy, outgoing, quirky, funny, intelligent or any other thing you might be. I would like to encourage everyone out there to look into your circumstances and instead of seeing them in the worlds view, look at it through God's eyes.

Makes a difference, spread His love. That is my first challenge and goal.
So grow with me!

I love you all!!

Brandon

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Beginning

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I hope to keep everybody updated on what's happening here at Global
and let you know how things are going.

Thanks for all the prayer and support.