Buffalo in the Badlands.

From the unknown

I don’t know what day it is, I don’t know how long I’ve been here, and I’m not sure where all the oxygen went.
Luckily that doesn’t matter much in comparison to what I’ve already learned in a matter of 3 weeks out here in Yellowstone.

1. It’s like freshman year all over again, the dorm life along with the sub-par dorm food.
2. Running is harder here. At an evaluation of over 7,000 feet oxygen seems sparse.
3. Cleaning toilets is not something I want to do with my life.
4. The people I’ve met out here are awesome and always ready for an adventure.
5. Hammocking is the most common pastime. If you don’t have a hammock are you even living?
6. Everyone’s goal is to touch a buffalo.
7. Huckleberry ice cream is where it’s at.
8. There’s a lot of spiritual warfare here, we’ve entered in to Satan’s playground and he isn’t happy.
9. God is continually good and always with us even when we feel abandoned.
10. This summer is and will continue to be a revelation in my life.

So you may be wondering what I’m actually doing and why it’s been so long since I’ve posted. First, I do want to apologize for not posting as often as I expected. I’ve been working from 8-5, five days a week. It’s hard work cleaning hotel rooms and after I always feel so exhausted.

I’ve experienced so many new things here including climbing my first mountain, seeing my first buffalo, my first time seeing Old Faithful explode among so many others. It’s cool. God’s presence is evident here and so is Satan’s.

The first week in Boseman was out orientation and when we got to meet everyone for the first time, let me tell you everyone on this project is amazing. The next week we headed to Old Faithful to start work. So that’s where I’m at, working, sleeping, eating dorm food…all while participating in project activities in the evenings.

I know I didn’t give much detail but if you have specific questions never hesitate to ask! I would love to hear from you. Another thing, service is real spotty out here so internet connection is also lacking most of the time.

If you want to send me things I have an address here: 
Jes Wilson
c/o CCC
Old Faithful Basin
P.O. Box 2140
YNP, WY 82190

Love you all and thanks for your continual support. Pray for revival in Yellowstone. Until next time.

Badlands NP, SD

If you like details you may like this.

I arrived in Yellowstone. It was a long week of travel across many states. Indiana through Illinois, to Madison, Wisconsin then to Fargo, North Dakota. And of course why not travel down to South Dakota to see the badlands? We took off from the badlands early in the AM to make it to project orientation in Bozeman, Montana.

Let me tell ya, this roadtrip was not what I expected..it was so much greater. I traveled through a number of places I’ve never been, stayed in the apartments of new found friends, and rode a buffalo.

I got a bit behind as I headed out last Tuesday to pick up Daisy at the Indy airport. And off we went (I was only 30 minutes late) headed north to pick up Hunter in Madison, Wisconsin. We traveled through a terrible downpour of rain in the Chicago area and it got so bad we had to slow down and put the hazards on because I couldn’t see the lane lines on the road. I was so scared, it’s a good thing Dad fixed my windshield wiper the day before I left.

We eventually made it to Madison around midnight, stayed the night and had a great breakfast at Mickie’s. Who doesn’t love strawberry pancakes.

Off to Fargo! We met most of the group in Fargo, North Dakota. It was a quaint little town that had a food place called Sweeto Burrito. Let me tell you, that was like SUCH a great burrito. We spent a couple days in Fargo waiting for other carpools to show up. It was a really great opportunity to get to know some of the people before project even started. And while there in Fargo, I rode a buffalo. It wasn’t a real buffalo but I’ll work my way up to that.

Ready or not, I’m going to Yellowstone

The countdown had begun. Three days until I leave Indiana. Five days until project begins.

Is this real? God’s called me to be part of his plan in Yellowstone, sharing the Gospel and spreading the love of Jesus. Woah. Before I head out I’ve been working to raise financial support, as many of you know. I need to raise $2750 to cover the cost of training, room, board, etc. In order to do this I’ve realized it’s takes a lot of work and surrender.

It’s hard for me to surrender control to God. I know what I want to do with my life, I know what I have to do to get there, I can get anywhere on my own. Those are thoughts that run through my mind all the time. It’s easy. I can sustain myself, no need to yield to God..right?

It’s hard. I still struggle with it, but I’ve experience that God is in COMPLETE control. I kept praying for God to take control of my support raising, I admitted to Him that I am unable to do it on my own. But God is a gentleman in every way. He’s not going to take it from me, I need to yield to His plan and he gives me the free will to do so. And boy, I was anxious when I did. Waiting, waiting expectantly.

Patience, definition: something I often lack. Of course God, you challenge me in the areas I lack most. You’re smart.

Which brings me to today. I’ve been waiting and following up with people. At the 11 day mark I was worried. With a little less than $1000 left to raise, I had doubts about it all coming in but now there are 5 days left and I have $420 left to raise. I have full confidence in The Lord, he is mighty and is sovereign in everything.

My Other (less important) Struggle

I’m heading out Tuesday and still haven’t started packing—something else I really need to work on. I know I’m not the only one who hates packing, but I really hate packing…and unpacking. Can I just live out of my suitcase? The best time to pack is the day before. Reasoning behind my logic is if I do forget something I can blame it on my time crunch. I never overpack. I don’t have time to overpack, therefore I can say (from experience) that procrastination isn’t always bad.

If you’ve made it this far I congratulate you. You have read through my rambles and maybe you’ve figured out that this blog has aided in my packing procrastination. Thanks again for praying and supporting me this summer! Friends, stay awesome and until next time.

My Prayer

Lord, search my heart and fill it with your will. Give me strength to share my faith this summer and make lasting friendships. I know you are good and provide according to your will. I love you. Amen.