Connectivity in the Woods

Internet Connection in the Woods

Dear Friends,

We’d like to apologize. Mr. Brewster is having some difficulties with internet connectivity in the north woods of Wisconsin. It’s being worked on, but until he’s able to connect to the interweb his posts will be scant.

He’s extremely sorry for the inconvenience and prays the other content here will continue to be a blessing.

He will continue to write, however, in preparation for his reconnection to the world. :)

On a positive note, though his connectivity with us is shaky, he is starting many new and exciting relationships at Victory Academy.

Sincerely,

The Evermind Staff

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Weekend Update: 8/16/14

Weekend Update

Friends,

The move is done, and we have a very special note from Mr. Brewster!

But before we share it with you, please note that there will be no Sunday Sermon Series this week, but don’t miss our Monday Feature: “‘5 Ways to Fail God’ by Miley Cyrus.”

Also, Ask the Counselor is our new interactive feature where you can email us at any time with questions you have about what the Bible says and what that means for you. Please note that all correspondence is confidential and founded in God’s Word.

Now please enjoy this personal letter from AMBrewster:

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Friends,

Well, I’m here . . . and I’m exhausted.

Moving is taxing in itself, and though the vast majority of the heavy-lifting was done last week when I drove my family up here to Victory, the mental and emotional weight of leaving the people I’ve been ministering to for the past seven years has left me drained.

Yet along with the exhaustion comes a renewed excitement for everything the Lord has planned for us this year. I am anticipating great things from God this fall and hope you’re looking forward to them as much as I am. I’m very excited about working at Victory, and I’m pumped about the opportunities Evermind Ministries will have in our new home.

So, even though most of the boxes are unpacked, there’s still a lot of work to be done. I’ll be starting my training soon so I can learn the ropes up here at Victory. New posts from me may be spotty for a time, but my desire is to start here strong without any interruptions in either ministry. We’ll see if the Lord allows me to accomplish that. I also would like to start conference speaking after I get settled in. Please remember that if I can be a blessing to your ministry, do not hesitate to reach out to me at AMBrewster@EvermindMinistries.Com. Our schedules may not always mesh, but I’ll do my best to make it happen.

I hope to be sharing pictures on Twitter very shortly of my family in our new home. Please feel free to follow me @AMBrewster for those updates and much more. Who knows, pics may even show up on Evermind’s Facebook page  or @EvermindTruth if they run out of interesting things to share. :-)

Please know that even though I don’t know all of you personally, I love you very much. I want God’s best for your life, and I pray that Evermind can play a beneficial role in you becoming more like your God.

Always,

Aaron M. Brewster

“His Way is Perfect” – The Wilds

Music Wednesdays

As a counselor at The Wilds, AMBrewster had the opportunity to sing this song all summer long as part of a counselor choir.

The truth contained in this song is amazingly biblical and will redirect your thinking if you’re struggling today with trusting God’s direction for your life.

In just three days, Aaron will be leaving his home of seven years to take a new position at Victory Academy for Boys. He has recounted that many times in the past year he was tempted to doubt what God was doing, but – as always – came to realize that there was no better place for him to be than in the center of God’s perfect way.

The New Me: Part 7, “The Woodsman”

Seven years.

What have you been doing for seven years?

For some activities it’s a long time; for others it’s merely a moment.

I’ve been serving at Bethel Baptist Church, Schaumburg Christian School, and Schaumburg Christian Day Camp for seven years and, in retrospect, it feels like the tick of the second-hand.

If’ you’ve been following the New Me Posts (which started with Part I back in May of 2012), you know I’ve been a busy boy for the past seven years. But all of that is coming to a God ordained close, and I’m excited to tell you about what’s happening next.

But, before I do . . . .

I’m not certain the best way to handle this next piece of information. It’s delicate, but yet necessary to the narrative of my life and this decision in the life of my family.

I need to tell you why we’re leaving my current ministry.

Continue reading “The New Me: Part 7, “The Woodsman””

WildHeart Adventure Camp

 

I love the outdoors!

I garden, keep bees, hunt, hike, camp, rock climb, ski . . . I love it all. I especially enjoy survival training.

WildHeart Adventure Camp combines two things that mean a lot to me: God’s Truth and the outdoors.

Victory Academy is a non-profit organization that ministers to young men in the spacious woods of Wisconsin. It’s a beautiful place where truly beautiful work is done for families. Victory runs this 4 WEEK camp with the goal of teaching young men how to survive and enjoy the creation God has given them.

This means far more than merely starting fires.

True success only comes by being grounded in God’s absolute, unchanging truth.

WildHeart works their three “S’s” into everything they do. Whether white-water rafting, camping, or rock climbing, the boys learn the importance of Service, Skills, and Spirit.

Check out their promotional video here and then click through to the WildHeart website for more information.

Here’s an excerpt from their material:

WildHeart Adventure Camp grew out of a burden from God to train young men as leaders in three vital areas:

Service“- because true Biblical leadership is servant-leadership. Incorporated with the whole program is an emphasis on using the skills learned to serve others. From the first aid training to rock climbing, all skills are taught in a way that helps our guys focus on others first. This aspect is a robust part of the spiritual teaching and growth they will experience as well. I Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”

Skills” – because a young man needs to be challenged in areas where he is weak or ignorant so he learns to seek and listen to wisdom. This will help him be a lifelong learner continually seeking wisdom. Proverbs 3 says, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.”

Spirit” – because training a young man to pursue God, love him and others first prepares him for a life of godliness and Biblical leadership. I Timothy 6:11, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”

The program consists of four weeks of adventure camping throughout the northern woods of Wisconsin and the south eastern woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We utilize many state parks, public water areas as well as adventure organization facilities. 

Each week includes training in each facet of our core values. From trail development to physical training to swimming and backpacking, our campers never have trouble falling asleep at night.  Along with intense spiritual teaching, one on one discipleship and individual studies in the Bible, we mix a strong dose of adventure fun including paintball, rappelling and whitewater rafting just to name a few.

Service projects make up part of the schedule as well as we help with local church projects, the elderly and other non-profit organizations. 

Your son will experience life changing growth and leave with fantastic memories of a summer that helped him transition toward godly manhood while enjoying exciting outdoor adventure in the beautiful north woods. 

For Your Consideration:

“Let’s Learn from Creation”

Before He made man, God made dirt.
The first job He ordained? Gard’ner.
Yet the stain we all hate
Is the substance from which we were made,
And the job we refuse
Is the one man requires for food.

Children of Light cannot grow
Without the desire to know
More about the world God created.
How sad for a child separated
From the earth his Lord proclaimed, “Good.”
Let’s all reconnect with the wood.

Let’s see in the chaff and the wheat
Lessons ordained for this week.
Let us learn from the sparrow
That our Father will not suffer
His children, forgotten to cry.
Let’s learn from the ant to be wise.

Don’t bother to hug the rough bark.
You needn’t picket or build a new ark.
But take every chance that is there
To enjoy what the Heavens declare
About God Who chose to make sand,
And from it, create His first man.

-AMBrewster-

Let's Learn from Creation