Friday, July 17, 2009


We are pleased to tell you that we finished our last BIG edit for our book. We're so thankful to have that chapter done for now so we can turn our eyes onto the next 2 weeks. We hope to have more word about the book in the next few weeks. Our editors will be working their magic to get it the right word length and grammatically sound.

Dale and I will be on a 14 day road trip, driving first to Orcas Island, off the coast of Seattle, for something called "Kindling's Fest" hosted by Dick Staub. We are hoping to enjoy some retreating of our own as well as reuniting with friends and Soulation connections. And you better believe we'll be taking notes about good things to adapt for our retreats.

One week from tomorrow we leave Seattle area and head south to mid-California region to speak for a week long Water Ski High School Church Camp.

Here's what we need prayer for:
  1. Strength, we had very little turn around time between events/deadlines this summer. Even though we've been home for 1 full month we've moved, hosted a retreat and finished our 1st book together. We want to feel both refreshed by our retreat time and prepared to help the teens think more deeply about their faith. We need strength to let ourselves relax and gear up.
  2. Joy as we drive, relax, network and speak together. It's been about a month since we've been on the road, and as we gear up to go back out, we want to remember why we really love doing this
  3. Preparation for teen's hearts to be receptive as this camp is at least 15% un-churched. Our theme is re-introducing Jesus. We hope they will love him more when the week is over.
  4. Safety and creativity- we're taking our corgis with us on this one and we need both safety for all of us as we drive, but also creativity to keep everyone cool enough during these warm weeks. We look forward to watching our little Ladies run in the fields at a little dog-friendly farm we found on Orcas Island.

Off to pack!
Jonalyn (for Dale, too).

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Soulation Retreat

Our Soulation retreat finished up last Sunday and it went incredibly, beautifully well. Dale and I felt so affirmed by how our guests bonded, contributed, helped and loved. We feel like retreats are in our future as Soulation and look forward to see how God will give us the space to make them happen.

To see a cool slide show one photographer attendee put together watch here. Through her eyes you will get a taste of our land and the fun people who came out! They breathed courage and joy into us, even though we felt slightly stressed with our book deadline and our move.


I (Jonalyn) have finished my final proof read of our book: Coffee Shop Conversations. Dale is doing his final read through and we are VERY VERY grateful to be near the end.

Would you pray for him to

  • notice the things I missed as he sharpens up this final draft
  • enjoy the final read through even as he has other things clamoring for his attention
  • creativity

We are finishing up our time with guests. This week Joseph, a friend from our travels, has flown out to help us with trail-making. He is working hard and Dale asks for some time to enjoy working and hanging out with him. So far, I (Jonalyn) am so impressed by how much Dale can do. He is amazing! :)

Thank you for making a tangible difference in our lives with your prayers!