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Supper in the Park

Benny took Max and his best friend hammock camping for the weekend to celebrate Max’s 13th birthday. I can’t believe he’s 13. With every voice-cracking, smelly sock wearing, girl liking day, I’m the proud observer of emerging manhood. Today while two of my wild men are out conquering the Colorado forest, the rest of our family will be hanging out in Central Park in Boulder, sharing life with our friends that call the streets, parks, and woods their home.

The summer is coming to a close, and many of the 150 people we’ve been sharing our weekly meals with will be heading for warmer temps for the next several months. Our “regulars”, the friends we know by name as we seek each other out, will shift into winter survival mode. Benny will find fewer on the streets when he does outreach, but the conversations will be longer, deeper, and more desperate. Every week they’ll meet us at the park, we’ll talk about life and needs and prayers and hopes for a better tomorrow. It’s a beautiful time at these mini family reunions, yet we struggle to provide for them and for our own family. It’s sobering to process all of this, but there is peace in knowing we are right where we are supposed to be. God doesn’t show up in Boulder when we’re there, He dwells there and invites us to join Him in what He’s already doing.

We have amazing volunteers that bring the meals each week, but we need more help. We have a group that can no longer provide the meal once a month, so we need another group to step in and help fill the gap. If you are interested in more information about what it takes to host one of our suppers in the park, please email me at nikinowell@gmail.com

We are thankful for all of the people who help us serve each month:

1st Saturday – The Journey Church from Westminster

2nd Saturday – Boulder Valley Church of Christ from Louisville

3rd Saturday – The week we need filled!

4th Saturday –  Marc & Raechel Leduc & Friends

5th Saturday – Barlow’s Premium Cigars & Pipes from Lafayette

While I’m taking a moment to thank friends of SEVENS, and really a moment is not enough, we could not function without the support of our many friends that partner with us financially and/or donate resources throughout the year:

  • Alme Chiropractic / Maximized Living
  • Boulder Valley church of Christ
  • Camp OC
  • River Wild Ministries
  • The Barnett Family
  • The Browning Family
  • The Burham Family
  • The Clang Family
  • The Cloud Family
  • The Cunningham Family
  • The Cox Family
  • The Estler Family
  • The Frantz Family
  • The Gaddie Family
  • The Gilbert Family
  • The Hart Family
  • The King’s Oasis / L. Rose
  • The Lech Family
  • The Leduc Family
  • The Miller Family
  • The Moldenhauer Family
  • The Moore Family
  • The Norsworthy Family
  • The Olson Family
  • The Robey Family
  • The Rutledge Family
  • The Schlachter Family
  • The Sears Family
  • The Vardas Family
  • Vinelife Church
  • Westlink Church of Christ

I hope I’m not forgetting anyone. If I listed all of the people that encourage us and pray for us, I’d be typing all day. If this is you, thank you! We love you! 🙂

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Introducing our 2011 Summer Interns…

Every year we hand-pick a few college students to intern with us for the summer. We offer them a unique opportunity for hands on, life experience in community outreach and faith training as well as various service opportunities. This year we are excited to have two hard-working Texans joining us for the summer. Good thing I make excellent sweet tea! 😉

         

Tanner Colley is from Wichita Falls, Texas. He is a senior English major with a History minor at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. He has been interning with their campus ministry, Mustangs for Christ, for the past 2 years. His future goals include missionary work and writing science fiction, so he’ll fit right in with our family of Dr. Who addicts. Tanner has spent his last 2 spring breaks with us in Boulder and is looking forward to being here this summer. When asked why he wanted to intern with us and what he hoped to take away from the experience, Tanner replied, “Because God told me to and because I love the Nowells and their street friends. I hope to gain a sense of Love without hindrance.”

        

Ty Reynolds is from Granbury, Texas. He is a sophomore Business Management major (thinking about minoring in Sports Management) at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma. He’d like his future to include working in the sports industry, possibly as a sports agent. Ty is a movie buff and with all of the summer blockbusters coming out, we’ll all be hitting the theater during our time off! As a 2-time SABBATH participant, Ty is a SEVENS veteran. Why does he want to be here and what does he hope to take away? “I want to intern with you guys because the 2 times I have gone in the past were 2 of the most memorable moments of my life. Being out there on the streets loving on the people we meet just feels so right. I hope I come away from this summer with an even more open heart towards the world and everyone in it. I also want bragging rights with my friends to say I had the coolest summer ever by getting to hang out with homeless people and show them God’s love.”

Pictures can say a lot about a person, and these are saying that Tanner’s love for coffee makes him the official SEVENS coffee maker, and with Ty around, I won’t have to lift anything heavy all summer. 😉 They also expose the raw, hidden modeling talent which we will immediately put to work when they arrive in 2 weeks. Want to look like our interns? Order a SEVENS shirt today!

~Niki~

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