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I feel like yesterday we were bringing in the year 2010. Does anyone else feel like that? What did I do that is worthy to recap for 2010?

Passion 2010 – We went back to Passion in Atlanta during the first of January and we learned a lot and worshipped a lot. I got a lot of creative ideas to bring back to CSU. The worship is always incredible and for me the best sessions are when Beth Moore speaks! It was FREEZING…19 degrees!

Baltimore 2010 – This was our third year of going to Baltimore, MD for the Spring Break Mission Trip. We worked with the Church on Warren Ave again and did some major work around and in the church building. We also had a team of students who served over at the South Baltimore Recreation Center with the after school program. Our kids always LOVE playing and helping the kids there. We had many laughs and of course the LONG drive there and back. This time me and Clark decided we wanted to drive in to the wee hours of the morning to make it back to Charleston so we would have a full weekend of rest. We think that might have been the final year of partnership in Baltimore at least for now.Fun times!

Bachelorette @ the Browns 2010 – Hanging out with the Browns to watch Bachelorette! London is the most precious little princess to hold and cuddle with.🙂 She was Team Ricardo!😉

Chaplains in 2010 – We started the Chaplains programs on the CSU Athletic teams in the Fall of 2009, but they carried over into 2010. For me, I started off with Volleyball and Softball…and I am not working with Volleyball and Soccer (and Softball eventually). It has been a challenging year to say the least. I know the coaches love me and most of the girls do too, but it doesn’t change the fact that I still feel inadequate to reach, love, challenge and teach these girls the truth and importance of a personal relationship with Christ. I had the privilege to baptize one of my volleyball girls, Ashley, in April. I do enjoy and learn a lot from the girls during our Monday Moe’s sessions. We were having a small group meet at my apartment each week to talk about the importance of a relationship with Christ. Even though it took time to prepare and to be ready for them to come in…I enjoyed those times when they felt safe and opened up and shared. I always love going in the locker room with them before games. I got to travel with them some this year and that was a definite highlight to my memories of 2010. I would ask that you would continue to pray for me as I seek opportunities to serve these teams and teach them scriptural truths.

Crazy Love in 2010 – Not going to lie…this one has almost made me sick to my stomach AND numbed me to what love is, what you do with love, who can love, why we should love, how we can show love…and anything else you want from love. I’m felt exhausted at times too. Every thing was LOVE at CSU this Fall which is a great thing, but did we get the point??? Crazy Love summer reading – Love in Motion student theme – Love Awakening festival – Elevate Love! Anyone else want to share your thoughts?

Snow in SC in 2010 – It has SNOWED in SC twice in one year… I got a pic of it in Darlington, SC and in Charleston, SC. Don’t see this happen to often so we had to jump on it and make it last as long as it could on this heated ground.

101 Tasks in 1001 days – I got this idea from someone else on their blog. I made my own list of 101 tasks that I have already been working on accomplishing. I challenge you to create your own list of things you would like to accomplish in the next 2 1/2 years. They can be things as simple as calling your mom every week to losing 20 lbs in 3 months to traveling to a foreign country.

Baking 101 in 2010 – I baked my first pound cake in 2010. It is my Aunt Polly’s specialty and I finally tried it out… SUCCESS! (see below) Call me the BAKER!

Human Trafficking 2010 – In March, CSU took ten students to Asheville, NC to work with two different ministries that work to stop sex trafficking. As many people are starting to become aware that this is an issue that is growing quickly around America, it is very saddening and shocking at the same time. I did a silent protest for the first time on the side of the road at a truck stop. There are many organizations nationwide and locally that you can get involved with that will bring awareness and also be hands on to helping victims that have been rescued out of the act. If you are in Asheville, NC you can check out the Hope House/On Eagles Wings Ministry.

The Spicy Chicken 2010 – It finally made its way down to South Carolina. Yes!! I know PT it has been in Maryland for a while now. It is DELICIOUS! And guess what will be hitting the CFA chain in SC the first week in 2011? The Spicy Chicken Biscuit. Bring the heat at the break of dawn!!!

Road Trip Summer 2010 – Kendrick, Trey and I set out on a road trip from Charleston, SC to Kansas City, KS for the National Worship Leader Conference. When it was all said and done we traveled 19 hours each way. I was hard core (and at times more hardcore than the boys) to drive through the night to get there. The worship was amazing and some of the breakout sessions really helped to confirm and reinforce some of the concepts we have been trying to implement at church and at Elevate. Fun times traveling with the guys across half of the United States.

Jameson 2010 -I have gotten joy out of watching my little baby J grow up this year. I saw him dedicated to the Lord. I saw him betray those Crusaders and wear his Buc Pride. And I’ve seen him over SKYPE!🙂 Thank goodness for technology that allows me to talk to Solmaz so I don’t miss everything in his life.🙂

Cruise 2010 – This was probably the most needed vacation I have ever had in a long time. I did not take much down time in the summer when I usually take it because I was preparing for vacation with the Kellenbenz/Humphries/Eckert families. We had a total of 16 people on our Carnival Fantasy cruise out of the Charleston Harbor. I slept a lot and ate a lot and read a lot! We stopped at Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas the first two ports then in Key West, FL on the last day. I met a pretty neat guy, Mushir, who is a magician who works on the boat. I hope to booking my next cruise in the near future.

That’s just a few of the big highlights from the year 2010. I look forward to many more exciting things in the year 2011.

Here is the full video from our trip to Asheville, NC for Fall Break Mission Trip.

Looking to make a difference? Here are some simple ways to start making a difference…

1. Buy some TOMS shoes. Sure they might look weird and might be a little beyond your style, but what is better than having a comfortable pair of shoes knowing a little kid is getting a pair of shoes that will prevent them from possibly dying. How can you do that? Go to and browse through the options! When you go to check out online be sure to entere the promo code: CAMPUSCSU to get $5 off. You can also visit Phillips Shoes (downtown on King St), Charleston Water Sports (Mt. Pleasant) or Half Moon Outfitters (Downtown on King St).

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

2. We’ve got a Dig for the Cure night happening at the Volleyball Game on October 26th at 7 p.m. versus College of Charleston. The clubs on-campus will be having an ice cream eating contest during halftime. Give your pennies to vote on who you think will win the contest. All change will be given towards the money raised for Breast Cancer Research.

3. On October 19th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in front of the CAF come out and join in the PINK Tie Dye Party. It is $10 to tie dye a shirt that we would like for everyone to wear to the game on October 26th. Those who have on this Tie Dye shirt will get to sit in VIP seating at the game. All $10 will go straight to Breast Cancer Research.

4. Even beyond the month of October there is a local organization that is raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer research. A friend of mine, Leslie Moore, helped to found Warriors Wear Pink and not they are trying to give, encourage and change the lives of “warriors” in the Lowcountry! The money they make: “10% of all profits from Warriors Wear Pink merchandise and events go directly to local families affected by breast cancer, here in the Low Country. This 10% goes towards our Warriors Wear Pink Foundation to provide childcare, medication, transportation, financial assistance and physical and emotional support for all new warriors.” Check them out at

Support a Club…

5. The Athletic Trainers are selling tshirts for $10. They are REAL fresh. They come in hot pink, neon yellow, lime green and grey. The best part — on the back it says FEAR THE BUCCANEER!  They are raising money to go to a convention for Athletic Training!

6. Buy an Elevate tshirt for $10 and you choose one of the 12 ministry/service partnerships that $4 will go to. Find out more about these 12 ministries by stopping by the Campus Ministries  office in the Brewer Center OR at the GO CENTER following Elevate on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the CAF.

You choose…

7. The IMB is working on getting the names of unreached people groups out to people around the world. They are asking people to journal through the process of impacting one of these people groups. They 6 steps are: find out who they are, find out where they are, pray for them, give for them, go to them, share His hope with them. If you choose to take this challenge you can simply go to

8. Want to give to someone like you’ve been given? I don’t mean tangible gifts or activities. I am talking about teaching someone character, morals, standards and methods to develop those. Become a mentor! Take someone younger than you under your wings and help them along the way. For more information click here.

Feel good about yourself…

9. Go through your closet and dresser drawers to find clothes that you no longer choose to wear, put them in a bag/box and take them to the Goodwill Drop-off.

10. Make a list of ten Random Acts of Kindness and take the challenge to complete them before Thanksgiving!



Be the cause…for change!

My boss gave me an article the other day about how missions has become a thing of the past. Now granted we have missionaries going out into the mission field every year, but what is the reality of the gospel among those missionaries? Especially with the iY Generation, there is this determination to be a part of a cause that DOES GOOD, but what is the better good?

I have to admit I do a lot of GOOD things, but am I taking the opportunity to do good for someone by meeting their physical needs alone? Or am I meeting the physical need to initiate the relationship to meet their spiritual needs? I want to know that the child I sponsor through Compassion International, Jhonatan, is being told about the GOSPEL. I have taken the opportunity to write to Jhonatan to tell him that Jesus loves him and to ask if he understands to be a Christian and what he has been learning through the Bible stories at the Project.

I like to wear TOMS shoes especially because they give a part of shoes to a child in need when you buy a pair for yourself. I am not sure how they approach the deliveries, but I think it is cool that a company is that committed to the cause of meeting a physical need for those children.

How about U2 and Bono and the cause for AIDS in Africa with the RED campaign? People want to help with this cause. But how are sending medical supplies and doctors over there meeting the physical needs meeting the most important needs?

Land of a Thousand Hills is a coffee company that is helping Rwandan coffee farmers to make fair trade monies that are helping their families have better sustainable homes and businesses. They take trips to the Bukonya to help build orphanages, provide coffee bikes, and provide money for loans to women for small businesses.

And the list can go on.. Human Trafficking, Poverty, Homelessness, and other social injustices. But are we actively meeting the spiritual need of the people that we are engaging with? I can honestly say that I have not come to a confident place that I am looking for moment to share the gospel with those I help, encounter or pray for. It’s a shame, but no need in telling a lie. My prayer is that I would have a heart change. Be the cause…for Change! Change = sharing the gospel not just doing something good to make me feel better about the material things I have.

Lord help me!

I feel like it has been a while since I’ve done a top ten…do you agree? Well, here is today’s topic for top ten…

In light of the school year beginning and I’ve been consumed with preparing for it I thought I would share ten things you should get in to this year at CSU. Go BLUE!!!

10. You can never go wrong with getting involved with intramurals sports on our campus. This year we will kick-off with our cross-town rival flag football game versus the Citadel on Thursday, September 3rd at 7:30 p.m. As the year kicks in to gear there will be flag football, paintball, softball, beach volleyball, frisbee, disc golf, basketball and dodgeball. Join in the fun by signing up in the Brewer Center. Ask for Eric!

9. Solomon’s Porch will be a good time to bring your questions about life, relationships, struggles and other issues to the room through a text Q&A in Littlejohn Parlor on September 16th and November 16th at 8 p.m. King Solomon was the wisest man to ever live simply because He asked the Lord for wisdom to lead. There is wisdom in God’s word to help us and guide us through the good, the bad and the ugly. Or maybe for you simply the ups and downs of this thing we call LIFE! We’ll talk for a bit and have some food to enjoy afterwards. Join us!SP Sept 16

8. We have 30+ clubs and organizations who will be recruiting beginning on September 1st at Start FRESH by the pond. Get involved in a club to make a difference on this campus and in the community. By getting involved in this way, you always help your resume and skill set for the future.

7. Rez Life Small Groups are bible study/small groups led by the RAs on each hallway. This semester we will be discussing the book, The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, and then going through some life issues. Find out more about how you can get involved with your RA. These small groups will build community among your hallmates and corporately across campus.

6. Homecoming 2009 – This year there is a new format of events going down at Buc City. We will begin on Thursday at the Fun Run/FallFest at 7 p.m. over by the Fieldhouse. Then Saturday will be our Display of floats, Homecoming Lunch under the tent and then our CSU football team takes on the Liberty Flames.

5. Join the  “We❤ the Lady Bucs” Facebook group! Then come out to support our lady Bucs as they take on our cross-town rivals like the Citadel and College of Charleston, or our conference rivals Coastal Carolina and Winthrop! We kick off the fall semester with Women’s Soccer on Saturday, August 22nd at 4 p.m. and Volleyball on Tuesday, September 1st at 6 p.m. Go Bucs!

4. During Fall Break  (October 2009) we will be going to Erwin, Tennessee on a Mission trip to help with a church who is doing lots of cool ministry in their community. We’re hoping to head south to New Orleans for Spring Break Mission Trip this year in March 2010 to help with the continuation of rebuilding the city from Hurricane Katrina. We are looking for anyone and everyone on-campus who wants to spend their break living out their faith through the power of serving, praying and worshiping!

3. Because our University’s vision is that we would be recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and SERVING we have a program called Catalyst. This is a group of people who go out into the community to do service! In the past we’ve mainly worked with Habitat for Humanity, but this year we’re going even further than before. We will be working with groups of people building relationships, doing laborous work such as Habitat, and also serving people meals. If you have a heart to serve then you’re gonna want to be involved with this. Contact Melissa Bell, RLC, for more information.


2. This semester at Elevate we’re going to be focused on the character of Jesus, mission and important things to Jesus,  and lessons that Jesus taught the people through parables. We have a great leadership team who has been praying for you guys all summer! The first Elevate will kick-off on Thursday, August 27th at 8 p.m. in the CAF. You really don’t want to miss this night of worship because its going to set the pace for the whole school year and the Holy Spirit is going to SHOW UP and SHOW OUT that night. For more info on upcoming Elevate stuff get connected:

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1. Duh – What is more exciting than GO BLUE! We’ve got lots of cool things for you to get involved in throughout the semester that are special Go Blue events. As soon as you get to campus you need to get your hands on TWO major things…(1) Go Blue Button and (2) Go Blue involvement card. Just drop by the Student Activities office in the Brewer Center to get a card and button. After get staff to stamp your card at all of the listed events  you can bring it back to Student Activities to get some Go Blue! gear. I promise you want to be in the GO BLUE group!  Check us out on the CSU website and Facebook.