April 7, 1999 – Wednesday – 7:50 a.m.

The past two days have been really rough.  Last night though, we had a leaders meeting at Robin’s house.  We were singing out on her porch, David’s brother was playing guitar, and the next door neighbor’s game out to listen.  I ran over and invited them to join us.  They did, and to make a long story very short, they both accepted Jesus as their savior last night; so awesome!

I went running this morning in the Lake James neighborhood.  I felt the desire to go there and pray for the youth in that area.

It is a beautiful morning.  A perfect day is ahead.  Jesus is the key to happiness.

April 4, 1999 – Sunday – 11:14 p.m.

It’s been a wonderful Easter Sunday!  I went to Sterling’s after church, then over to Christian’s and Connie’s, where we played frisbee.  We celebrated Easter as well as a group member’s birthday.

A southern gospel group called the Tully Trio put on a concert at church tonight.  It was surprisingly good.  Afterwards, myself and eight of the teens from youth went out to eat at Applebee’s.

Kimberly’s cousin was with us, and he kept laughing so hard at all my jokes that he began choking and snot bolted out of his nose.  It was a fun evening.  I do not believe I have yet grasped the realization of the true treasure that is in each of the teens here.  Please God, teach me that before it’s too late.

April 3, 1999 – Saturday – 3:05 p.m.

Dan and Abigail came around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night and they left this morning.  Our time together was nice; we explored the National Wildlife Refuge of the area and we went to youth group where Abigail sang.  Our small group meeting was all girls except for Dan and I.

Dan and Abigail are so happy together.  They blessed me so much, but their absence now makes me feel lonely.  There is only one month left in the semester.  I have so much work ahead of me, but it will all be over soon.  I will visit Banner Elk and see my friends graduate, then I’ll begin another semester, well a summer semester at least, but that will last just a tad longer than a month.  Then perhaps just one more year of school, and then who knows.  I hear there is a decent filmmaking scene in Wilmington, NC.  Perhaps I will move there.

I’ve been writing in these journals for six years, and I see now that I have only been writing the beginning.

Some day soon perhaps I can leave everything behind and drive away.

April 1, 1999 – Thursday – 12:08 p.m.

The first day of April ’99 has brought forth great peace.  I finished editing my first five minute film this morning at 2:00 a.m.  Life since my last entry has been nice.  Justin from youth group came to stay with me on Sunday afternoon.  That was a fun time.  On Monday, I rented some French films.  They were all amazing, especially Blue of Three Colors; I need to see the other two now!

On Tuesday night we had a foot washing service with our teen leaders from youth church.  God is doing good things at Parkway Temple.

I’ve been told over and over here that I bless people by simply being me.  That has to be on of the greatest compliments anyone can ever receive.

Thank you God!