Tuesday, July 29, 2008

July Update

We are wrapping up some things for the summer today and tomorrow we are heading out for 3 weeks of vacation/travel/update. We will be in Nebraska, Oklahoma (August 3-6), Arkansas (August 7-11) and Missouri. We will be sharing an update at East Cross United Methodist Church in Bartlesville, August 3rd at 9:40am in Room 325. We will also hopefully be sharing an update at Antioch Church in Siloam Springs, AR, August 10th. So come on out and hear what we've been up to, see some sweet pictures and give us a hug!

July has been one busy month. Here is a list of just some of the things that have happened:

Dana’s Parents visited
Crown College Students on inner city mission trip
Drum & Easel Art Party
Art Intensive Week
Art Fest
3.5 Days of 24 hour prayer

The first week of July Dana’s parents visited. They even helped Dana paint one of the murals we are working on outside the Fallout! It was fun to have them around and to experience our daily life.

We have continued to have a weekly rhythm of morning, noon, and evening prayer 5 days a week as well as having the Fallout open on Friday’s for concerts and outreach.

Twice this month we went to Loaves and Fishes, the largest free meal in the city to throw and interactive art party, playing drums and instruments outside as well as painting inside with those who are eating.

Crown College students joined us for two weeks as we prepared for the Art Fest. Every year we host what’s called a Drum & Easel Art Intensive week. This is comprised of workshops, discussions, and seminars on how to be an artist and a Christian.

The culmination of the Art Intensive week was Source's 6th annual Fallout Art Fest. We block off 2 blocks around the Fallout and Artist Co-op building to host a free Art Fest. Below are pictures and a description of what the Fallout Art Fest consists of.


Following the Fallout Art Fest we hosted 77 hours of nonstop prayer at the Fallout. This was a great opportunity to reflect on the summer, everyone we had met, talked to, prayed for, etc. It also was a great opportunity to recover from the multiple 10+ hour days we put in in preparation the Art Fest. We also were able to pray for each of the interns before the headed home after our summer wrap up party!

We hope to see many of you during our travels. Thank you for your prayers and encouraging e-mails.


Tim & Dana

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Project Earth

Here is the scoop on Project Earth, the festival we went to this last weekend in Harmony Park. There is a band from Minnesota who is quite popular in the midwest. There name is Wookie Foot. They have charities that are building schools and orphanages around the world. Project Earth is an experiemental mix between music festival, rainbow gathering and eco-village. There were a little more than 1000 in attendances and we were invited to be a part of it. We hosted an interactive puzzle mural where people come and paint a random puzzle piece. As the day goes by we put the puzzle together until it is complete. No one who is painting knows the design or the piece they have. We have never had such a great response to any puzzle mural before!

We also set up a prayer tent and prayed from Friday at 10pm till Sunday at 10am. We got into a lot of amazing conversations, got to pray blessings over people and share meals with them as well. God was so present and gracious to us. Below is an account of the weekend put together by some of us as well as some pictures. You can see more pictures at http://www.falloutminneapolis.com/pastevents/project%20earth/index.html

below is an account of the weekend some of us put together.
Project Earth 2008

“I’m not sure what you were doing in that circle, but when you were doing it I felt something real, and it was wonderful, and I began to cry.”

We had just finished having a final prayer circle of the weekend. We had packed everything up and were ready to return. We took time to process, pray and give thanks to all that God had done. A girl that was with a group of young adults that had camped adjacent to us who frequented our camp throughout the weekend came up to me and said the above quote. I told her it was not any “magic” we were doing but that we were simply praying to Jesus, and that it was the Holy Spirit that wanted to tell her that she was wonderful and wanted to touch her.

It was one of a handful incredibly significant prayer times and conversations we experienced through the weekend. We were there less than 48 hours and we got to see God do so much. We really were able to see God move in so many ways. There was quite a few spiritually significant conversations that allowed us to share Biblical understanding of Jesus and/or allowed us to pray with young adults very significant prayers of worth, revelation, and conviction. We even saw some brought to the point of seeing tears as they sensed the Holy Spirit come to be with them.

As some of you know most of our staff and interns traveled the hour and a half concrete trail to Harmony Park to participate in the Project Earth event. Over the course of less than 48 hours we found ourselves with a very busy schedule between the prayer tent, the puzzle mural, several significant conversations, and feeding a few more mouths than we brought with us. We found little time to rest and due to our proximity to the two main stages, we didn't have to move to hear all the great bands. Oh yes, and on the note of our location, we were incredibly blessed to be placed at the crossroads! Yes, to you who are familiar with the Aidan story you know how significant it is not only in our history, but also in our mission. We had our share of drunken masses shouting as they walk by, crazy all night drum jams, and those who used our campsite as a shortcut, all of which we consider a great privilege to be able to bless. It is so encouraging to watch people's faces brighten as they paint a ridiculously huge puzzle piece, and as they eat a hot cup of soup, or just stand round our fire.

It is not always easy to balance the passions of prayer and mission but God has called us to it nonetheless. On Friday we busily set up our camp which included tents to sleep in, a kitchen tent and a prayer tent we had the sense that God was with us. From the beginning of the festival it was evident that God was already at work. As we drove down the gravel road we were greeted by free CDs of two Christian bands. The first band that played started out with a gospel song which declared, “Lord have mercy on me a poor sinner.” Even in the midst of a subculture of wounded, marginalized addict hippies you cannot get away from God’s love.
We ran a prayer tent from Friday night at 10pm until Sunday morning at 10am. This included morning, mid-day and evening prayers together as well as individuals praying throughout the day and night. As the opening quote shows, God was definitely present through our prayers. It was especially significant to prayer night and day as the partying and drum circles also went night and day. We praise God for his grace and nearness as we practiced prayer and mission.

There were conversations in which we have recognized the fact that we are communicating with someone who may never remember this conversation because of their hindered mental state, but in this realization does not give way to hopelessness, no, it merely spurs on the knowledge of the truth of the words in Isaiah 55:10-11 "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." So we trust that God had a plan for the mission on which He has sent us.

may/june update, finally!

hey everyone, we are finally giving you an update. we know you have been on the edge of your seats waiting to here what we have been up to.

"Hey dread!"

This is what Tim heard last Monday as he was working on the garden on a lovely spring morning. My initial reaction was to ignore the person in hopes of continued solitude while pulling weeds. Instead the man parked his car and walked toward the front gate. "Devon, Devon, Devon," he said with his hand extended. DevonEvans is 64, has survived cancer and a stroke, is an activist, loves gardening, builds drums and traveled with Bob Marley and the Wailers!!!! He was looking for his friend's house but was on the wrong block when he saw a man with dreadlocks working in a garden! We are excited about this new friendship and are once again blown away by how God choses to work. Pray for Devon as he has had a rough life and has many eccentric spiritual beliefs. He is hopefully going to be coming around the fallout, playing music and wants to come cook us a Caribbean feast at our house!

Is it July already?! Where did May go or June for that matter! May 4th we were part of the May Day parade and festival. This annual event draws thousands of people, mostly the 'liberals' of liberal minneapolis. We built a giant goose bridge float for the parade and had an interactive art station in the park. The goose is the symbol of the Holy Spirit used by Celtic Christians, perhaps because they thought the dove was too wimpy! The float and crew are shown in the picture to the right.

In May we also attended the first ever USA 24/7 Prayer national gathering in Kansas. There were a couple hundred people who attended from all across the US. it was encouraging to hear and share stories, worship, prayer and fellowship together. We had a group of about 20 from Minneapolis. It was a special weekend as we got to host a theatrical performance of St. Aidan, drumming and worship near a campfire as well as being commissioned as an official 24-7 Prayer Boiler Room!


May 31st-June 8th we hosted our 10th Urban Ministry Training week. It was a full week of teaching, worship, electives, outreach and fun. There were about 15 students this year and we had a blast. The last Saturday of UMT, June 7th, we were part of Minneapolis' downtown block party called MOSAIC. MOSAIC is a celebration of the diversity of cultures and arts in minneapolis. we were given a great spot right next to main stage and hosted an interactive art station including a drum circle, make your own mosaic and a huge community mural. The mayor of Minneapolis stopped by and helped paint the mural. This was just one of the highlights of UMT. UMT ended with a great time of worship and a baptism of one of the girls who came to UMT from Indianapolis.This is a picture of a neighborhood Somalian girl spray painting at our Gloria Dei graffiti hip-hop event during UMT. Only at the Fallout do you have a Somalian girl with her head covering doing graffiti!!!


After recovering from the madness of May we began our June adventures. June has been a lot slower of a pace as we have 6 summer interns, a new weekly schedule and preparations for our 6th annual Fallout Art Fest which happens July 19th. Our weekly rhythm consists of three times of prayer Tuesday-Saturday, weekly drum and easels at Loaves and Fishes (part of St. Stephen's), Boiler Room prayer and share Wednesday evenings, teaching, story collecting, Fallout Fridays and much more. The last weekend of June, 13 of us traveled down to Harmony Park outside Geneva, MN, for a festival called Project Earth. We are going to put a post on Project Earth so you can read more about it there.

We are doing well although we are definitely looking forward to having a few weeks off in August. Tim's parents were in Minneapolis the first week of June for a short visit. Dana's parents are here right now for a few days. It is nice to be able to spend time with family in the midst of the busy Source summer. We know there are just a few short weeks left and then the summer will be over. You can pray for us to have energy for all the work before us. You can pray for us to have grace and patience with one another in the midst of very stressful weeks. You can pray for us to have wisdom in what
to do with our 2 1/2 weeks off in August. We love you very much!!!