Steve Nutting’s Newsletter & Ministry Update
Summer’s still a long way away, isn’t it? Actually our summer season is right around the corner, only 9 days from now – Crazy! With summer coming so soon I thought it would be good to give you an update, because I’m pretty sure I won’t have much time once summer is here.
We have 8 guides hired for the summer: Dan, Josh, Kari, Justin, Jeanne Marie, Cori, Elise, and Elise! The first four have served with Vessels for Honor in the past, and the other four served with Mark & I at Redcloud, so we’re going into summer with a great wealth of experience that will be extremely helpful. Please pray that God will prepare our hearts and use us to minister, all the while working in our lives to bring us closer to the image of Jesus Christ.
We plan to continue using the name Vessels for Honor Rafting for at least a year as we transition the extensive existing customer base to Journey Quest. We’ve been receiving quite a few early bookings for this summer and we’re really excited to serve all these guests. We have 5 groups scheduled for week-long ministry trips and a couple other shorter overnight trips scheduled. We’re really thankful to start off with this much activity our first season. Please pray for each guest who comes this summer. Pray that God will give us His words to speak into their lives, that we would serve them well with the love of Christ, and that many of them will receive Christ’s free gift of eternal life this summer!
In just a few days we kick-off our summer with what looks to be a fun trip – seven of us are planning a six-day, 75 mile float on the Green River in Utah. Although we will miss three of our guides who will still be in school, we’re excited to log some river miles for us new river guides and begin developing the ministry together. It is also an opportunity to scope out the river for a Creation Family Rafting trip we’re planning with Alpha Omega Institute in late August. After the Green River trip we have a few days to rest and get some things organized before our full-fledged guide training begins in the Arkansas River Valley — which will take the rest of May.
Rock & Summit: While I’ve spent a lot of my energy thinking about the river, I’ve also put a lot of time and effort into developing Rock & Summit, a two-week rock-climbing and mountaineering camp with a strong discipleship focus. It is similar in many ways to the Rock Camp I ran at Redcloud, but two days longer and with more training in backpacking, mountaineering, and alpine climbing skills. This year will be an exploratory trip into some really exciting areas, including an amazing part of the Sangre-De-Cristo Mountains. We’re limiting it to only a few students ages 14-20, so be sure to connect with me if you are interested in coming. If the cost is a problem please let me know; I’ll see what I can do. Please pray that God will bring the 4-6 students He wants to be on this trip.
Personal Support Update: Since my last newsletter I’ve received several gifts that have been a huge blessing. My home church in Grand Junction decided to continue supporting me, but at a reduced level. God has provided for my needs and I can’t say I’ve yet gone hungry, except when I forgot to eat. I trust He will continue to provide, even as my needs will grow in the next few months. To cover these needs I still need about 10 additional ministry partners who will give $50-$150/month. Are you interested in joining?
As I think about the way that God has provided for me, I’m reminded of the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 4: “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Like Paul, I’m exceedingly blessed to receive your gifts. Thanks again for standing with me in this ministry!
Come rafting with us! We’d love to serve you, your family, or your group this summer!