I have finally gotten around to writing some feedback on the Equip in the US I attended recently.
What a sensational time it was! I arrived in the US a few days early to allow for some adjustment to the time zone. I spent those days in Denver, Colorado where I had some amazing time with great friends like Terry Kreuger and Tyrone and met some incredible new friends like Steve Burnette. Steve was kind enough to host me while I was in Denver, and did so incredibly well….an absolute legend!
I also had the opportunity to visit Redemption City on the Sunday where Ty preached a great message on some Biblical realities about the identity of Jesus Christ. I also attended the Redemption City mid-week prayer meeting and the elders prayer meeting. It was great to see some long term friends at these times.
Amazingly, I also had the incredible opportunity to ride one of the most spectacular Harley Davidson motorcycles through the Rocky Mountains with my mate TK…what a way to spend a morning!
On the Monday I flew to Kansas City for the Equip.
It kicked off on Monday night with some sensational worship and another amazing message from Tyrone and went through until Thursday evening. Throughout the course of the week we were privileged to also hear from: Ron Larson, Matt Doty, Mike Hanchett, Steve Sudworth, Steve Barr, Ashley Bell, Russ Doty, myself (incredibly…my first Equip appearance ever!!) and another great session from Tyrone, as well as breakouts with Terry Kreuger, Steve Sudworth, Matt Doty and Mike Hanchett. The preaching and worship were simply awesome all week…I would have to say we were well and truly equipped, strengthened, encouraged and challenged. Such a good time and I am so glad I went.
After the Equip, I spent an amazing weekend with Ron and Kathy Larson and The River Church in Kansas City…an experience I am personally the richer for in so many ways! The friendship with Ron and Kathy, the reception from The River, the worship with the guys there, their ridiculous generosity…and of course, the Kansas City catering! Wow!! What an amazing church, lead by an incredible family. I had the privilege of preaching at their Sunday morning meeting and loved every minute of it…I cannot thank them enough for having me there, it was a true pleasure.
My final encounter before heading home was at In and Out with Matt Doty (who I travelled to the US and back with) and Jody Romero. If you eat burgers, you have to get to In and Out sometime, they are simply amazing! A huge thankyou shout out to Jody for picking us up at LAX and taking us there before our flight back to Australia.
In summary, I had so many good times on that trip and met so many amazing people…I am so glad I went. Yes it cost me personally and financially, but it was one of the most rewarding trips I have ever been on in my life…I am so glad, I got there!