this morning, i leave on a 10 day trip. i’m speaking 12 times at 7 events. it’s nuts. i’ve never done anything like this — it’s just the way these things ended lining up. my kids and i have been jokingly referring to it as my “east coast tour”; but, of course, east coast peeps would know that’s only what a teenagers in california would call it, since i’m only going to florida and michigan.
i’m really looking forward to each of these opportunities, but i’m sure i’ll be a bit fuzzy-headed by the end!
saturday, may 1: speak 4 times at the refuel conference, a youth ministry event in ft myers, florida.
sunday, may 2: a down day. probably would have been better to have this later in the run; but it is what it is. and i’ll be in a beach front condo in ft myers, so i’m not complainin’!
monday, may 3: drive up to orlando, give the opening keynote at a salvation army youth minsitry event. greg stier and ron luce are two of the other two speakers at this event, and i have meal plans with both (which i’m really looking forward to).
tuesday, may 4: two seminars at the salvation army event in orlando, then an evening direct flight from orlando to flint, michigan (who knew there was a direct from orlando to flint!?). drive to midland, michigan.
thursday, may 6: continue with the lcms youth worker retreat, then drive to grand rapids in the afternoon. dinner with a friend and overnight at his house.
friday, may 7: breakfast with another friend. in the afternoon, participate in a youth ministry forum at calvin seminary (in grand rapids, michigan). in the evening, speak to the youth ministry volunteer team of a church in holland, michigan.
saturday, may 8: speak at a youth ministry network gathering in holland, michigan.
sunday, may 9: fly home.
whew. i’m winded just writing it all out. hope i have all my talks ready and travel information correctly in my blackberry. i’m bringing three books along with me (teen 2.0, which i’m 1/4 into, the promise of despair, and half the sky, which i read the first 1/3 of months ago before jeannie swiped it from me).