Our Team Blog

Howdy from the home of Kansas State University, Manhatton KS! We have been having an amazing time on the road and have had great weather! Below is a link to a blog we just posted on the NET website. You can see a little bit more about our team and some pictures as well.

http://www.netusa.org/teamprofiles/?c=15

We have about another week in the land of Oz and then we will be heading to Texas. Today we have a day off so our team is running errands, catching up with family, and then going to get Mexican food tonight!

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The Ladies of Team 5

So I got to share a little bit about the men on my team… now it is time for the ladies of Team 5

Jacky (purple shirt):  Jacky is my co-leader for the year. She is 26 years old from Canada. She actually grew up in India but moved to Canada when she was 13. Jacky is a lot of fun and we balance eachother really well. This is Jacky’s first time in the US, so she is still getting use to our culture. She thinks things are more expensive here than back in Canada…. I would have thought the opposite!

Anna (Far left in picture): Anna is from Fairbault, MN (prnounced Fair-bow) She is 21 years old and took a year off school to serve with NET. She attended St. Thomas University in St. Paul before coming to NET. Anna and her sister are actually adopted but we got to meet her mom and I think she looks exactly like her mom…kinda weird. Anna is a boxer and played goalie for an ice hockey team… none of the guys on our team dare to mess with her haha. Anna’s family owns a coffee shop in Fairbault and when our team did a practice retreat for her parish, we got to go get coffee afterwards!

Alonna (flower in hair): Alonna is from Michigan and is 18 years old. She loves flowers and usually wears one in her hair. Alonna is really good at giving talks and grew up living with her grandparents. Her grandparents live on a farm in Michigan, so she loves horses and being in farmland areas.

Sarah (short, green vest): Sarah is from Buffalo, MN and is 18 years old. Sarah use to work at McDonald’s so I told her during training that everytime I would see a McDonald’s on the road I would think of her… but she ended up on my team, so now I don’t have to think of her because I see her all the time! Sarah is very reverant and has a great peace about her.

Kendra (in all black): Kendra is 25 years old and is from New York. She was a 4th grade teacher for 2 years before coming on NET. Kendra loves teaching and is very close to her family. She just found out that she is going to be an Aunt as well. Kendra is one of our van drivers too!

Ruthie (White skirt): Ruthie is 19 years old from St. Paul, MN. This is her 2nd year to do NET and her experience has been a huge blessing for our team. All the guys on our team got to stay with Ruthie’s family for 2 weeks of training, so it was great to know where she is coming from. Ruthie is a great leader for our team and is our drama leader for the year. She is very organized and on top of things.

Tanya (Far right): Tanya is the female supervisor for our team. She is 24 years old and is from Louisiana. She did NET for 2 years and is now on staff. Tanya was a business mgmt major in school and hopes to go back to school to get an MBA. She is a great gift for our team!

So those are the women of Team 5. They are all very different, but gel really well together. I am excited to get to know them even more throughout the year. They will keep us men on our toes :)

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The Men of Team 5

Below is a small glimpse of the amazing men that I will be journeying with this year:

Bobby (red shorts in picture below): Bobby is 24 and is from Philedelphia. He was teaching at a pre-school before coming on NET and helping with a youth group. He played soccer and baseball at a small college in Phili. He is our “van man” and in charge of directing our funny skits on retreat also called after meal entertainment. Bobby is the humor of our team.

Kieran (right under me in pict): Kieran is 18 years old and is from Redding, England. This is his first time in the US and his older brother, Dan, is also serving with NET this year. Kieran is in charge of Set-Up for our retreats and is also my workout buddy for this year (Monday, Weds, Friday…. is our jogging plan… we will see if we keep it up) Kieran is very insightful and his british accent is a huge hit with the high school girls on our retreats…. sometimes we have to be his body guards.

Dan (on top of the pile): Dan is 18 years old and is from Buffalo, MN. He loves hunting and is really laid back. He loves mountain dew and buffalo wild wings. Dan is the trailer packer for our team… which is a very important job so that we can be super efficient on the road.

Gavin (The very bottom of the pile): Gavin is 19 years old and is from New Jersey. He is full of energy and loves keeping us on our toes. Gavin is the music leader for our team and has been sharing his musical talents with us everyday. Gavin always speaks very quickly since he is from New Jersey and so we get to joke with him about his quick tounge.

So those are short bios of the men on my team, they have been a huge blessing for me and our team. We all get along great and have similar interests. We love playing sports, watching Band of Brothers, and lifting eachother up in prayer. I can’t wait to see where God leads us throughout the next 9 months as we grow as sons of God and brothers in Christ.

My next post will give short bios of the women on our team…. stay tuned! We have one week left of training and then on Saturday we will be heading out on the road! We are all excited and can’t wait! Until next time…. peace!

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Our Route for the Fall

Howdy!

Our Team (Team 5) will be going on the following adventure this fall:

1) Rapid City, SD

2) Salina, KS

3) Lubbock, TX

4) Baton Rouge, LA

5) New Orleans, LA

6) Springfield, MO

7) Lexington, KY

Please keep us in your prayers! I will update pictures soon!

God Bless!

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I am in St. Paul, MN! Training has been amazing and God has been working so much in my life! We just got back from Camp Wapo which is about an hour and a half from the NET center. We had an amazing two weeks at camp and were able to retreat from the world! At the end of camp we found out our teams! I will be a team leader for Team 5! We are a traveling team but are unsure of where we will be going. We will find out our region in about a week. I don’t have a lot of time to post today, but I wanted to update everyone on what is going on in the life of NET :) I wanted to share a few pictures too. This is a picture of us doing laundry at camp and also a picture of my new and AMAZING team! I am praying for all my friends, family, and those that helped make this journey possible. God Bless and Whoop!

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2 Days until take off

Howdy! Welcome to my blog for my upcoming year of service with NET Ministries. I leave College Station in 2 days and I am very excited to start my adventure. Though my mind screams of excitement, my stomach is producing butterflies that seem like the size of elephants. I am so thankful to my friends, family, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Community for supporting me with their prayers and donations for this upcoming year. Hopefully through this blog and prayer, I will be able to bring you along on my journey. During the 5 weeks of training, I will not be able to update this very much, but in mid September, I hope to keep you updated with stories, pictures, and how God has been working in my life on NET. Know that I will be praying for you and will miss Aggieland so much!

And now, back to packing…. Come Holy Spirit!

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