525,600 Minutes

My highlights from '05:

  • The first New Years Eve party I've ever hosted - power went out, it was great
  • Worship@FullVolume rocked with about 500 crazy high school kids at Miracle Camp in Lawton, MI ... dozens of students met Jesus for the first time
  • Peoria Children's Home visit with Undertone - always a great time

  • YFC staff retreat in downtown Chicago ... got to see Blue Man Group, and Jamin
  • Undertone hosted their first concert event in Pekin - about 500 students in attendance
  • Brandon and I worked on his demo project - turned out great
  • Went to a Jars Concert with the family

  • Spent all of Spring break doing homework ... yuck
  • Celebrated the resurrection of Jesus

  • Participated in Bradley's 24 hours of music ... outside on the quad
  • Undertone concert even in Chillicothe - met Jeff Schwarzentraub, a new friend and partner in ministry
  • Watched my friends Amie & Justin get married
  • Kyle and I found out we could play Fondulac golf course in under an hour ... played 3 times in one week (over lunch!)

  • Mom was honored as Pekin's Outstanding Employee of the Year by the YWCA.
  • Rocked out with 300 kids in Metamora ... saw Batman & Robin fly above the crowd (probably the first time ever in the Metamora town square)
  • Joe'’s DI Team competed for the Global Finals ...– traveled with them to Knoxville, TN and spent my 21st birthday on a charter bus
  • Took a summer class on 3D video compositing -– the best class I took at BU

  • Attended a YFC'’s Summer Institute on Evangelism -– a week at Huntington University ...… fell in love with their passion for relational ministry
  • Came home for one day: went to YFC's annual golf outing
  • Left the next day: for YFC'’s Reachout tour ...… 9 kids, 3 volunteers, a big smelly white van, a trailer with 4 million guitars ...… and lots of changed lives.

  • Dad and I served our 3rd year as part of Pekin'’s fireworks launching crew
  • Walked 7 times around PCHS praying that God would bring YFC ministry to Pekin
  • Climbed an 11,000 foot mountain as part of our week at YFCamp. Celebrated as my brother recommitted his life to Jesus, but missed my friends Megan and Dave get married

  • On the seventh day, we walked around PCHS seven times praying for YFC ministry ...… feet hurt.
  • Had lunch with my Grandma and Mom at Panera - a vivid memory for me ... hope it always is
  • Golfed with Doug Cheney, Dad, and Andy Sparks at Weaver
  • Watched one of my best friends (Renee) marry her best friend (Bruce).
  • Kicked off the school year with W@FV freshman ecumenical service
  • Worshipped outside on the quad - the power went out, and the voices got louder

  • Ben and Jake'’s random road trips ...… much fun
  • Got to watch my freshman brother play VARSITY soccer

  • Coondiggers weddin' in Michigan ... road trip, sweet trip.
  • "“So Pretty Much this is Gonna Rock" Party, version 2
  • YFC Banquet
  • GoMAD Conference
  • Tough decisions ... peaceful answers.

  • Thanksgiving
  • Had to go to Symphony over Crowder ... whaa?
  • Cookouts, and ... "Dip it, Pop it, Shoot it!"

  • 4 A'’s, one B
  • 3 opportunities to speak at church
  • www.jakebland.com/christmas


Anonymous said...

sounds like a very successful year indeed. Congrats on the grades. Ohh and Merry Christmas Jake :-)

hi.im.kelsey. said...

go mad was in novemeber my friend ;-)

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