first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, ELSEA’S WORLD, WINNER:   “It was a little different this time (referring to the long photo finish in the Frank Kilroe Mile) at the end. This filly settled for me very nicely. This is the first time I have rode her, but I could tell she is a very classy filly.  We had a very nice pace to chase, so I was bidding my time before I asked her to run.  This race set up for us perfect on paper for me.  She did the rest when we turned for home.”TRAINER QUOTESRICHARD BALTAS, ELYSEA’S WORLD, WINNER: “The first effort was superb, that being said she was kind of nervous here. I was fortunate to have a very good crew at San Luis Rey Downs, I give the credit to my assistant Ruben Losa and the gallop boy they did a great job with her its quieter there, she’s been training well so you never know when you get a horse from another trainer is they are going to step it up again but at least she’s on the right track now. It depends on the horse when adjusting trainers, with her yes a lot of your nervous fillies they do better at San Luis Rey especially the grass horses. I think a mile and an eighth she will be great at a mile may be too short.”OWNER QUOTESJERRY McCLANAHAN, ELYSEA’S WORLD, WINNER: “It’s hard to win a race, but you know it’s so exciting when you do win that all you can do is keep hoping and waiting for it to happen. We ran three today and got one home. We really thought that this horse was the best horse in the race. We just had to have a good trip and wait for our diamond. We thought we could run by him, so she really just ran like we thought she could. She’s a little bit higher level than these horses, so if she didn’t get it done today, we might have been in a bit of trouble, but she came through for us.”NOTES: The winning owners are Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Christopher Dunn, and Jerry McClanahanlast_img read more

Build a Framework for National Youth Ministry Our

first_imgBuild a Framework for National Youth MinistryOur National Youth Ministry Coordinator, Kaeleigh Moffitt, shared several models that she encouraged and challenged the youth pastors to adapt in their local ministries. She introduced the five elements of youth ministry: Connect, Inspire, Empower, Contribute and Expand as models for clarifying the purposes of youth ministry programs and events. She also asked the youth pastors to use these five elements as educational themes for the upcoming months.Kaeleigh shared her model for effective ministry planning, which consists of clarifying the purpose for programs and events and identifying the target audience reached within the programs. Overall, the youth pastors felt more connected as a national ministry and have hope for building a future with a stable and effective network between local youth ministries. Read More FFWPU USA: Forty-three youth pastors and leaders from around the nation gathered at Camp Tejas Trails in Blanco, Texas for an uplifting and transformative weekend retreat. The youth pastors were split into small groups based on community size and were asked to focus on three goals during the retreat:To refuel hardworking youth pastorsTo build a framework for the national youth ministry identityTo offer relevant practices to enhance local ministries.Each small group participant shared best practices relevant to their community size and each youth pastor took the time to share with other youth pastors in similar situations to their own what they were facing. Refuel Hardworking Youth PastorsOur youth pastors are incredibly hard working individuals. Most of them are full-time college students, have a full time job or are juggling public ministry and growing families. They are all young and trying to navigate a ministry that is full of transformation. As they get to know God’s heart for His and Her children they often feel valued for their investment, encouragement from their community and support for the ideas they feel can help those they pastor. They are trying to meet the demands of senior pastors, congregations, parents, staff and youth all while trying to maintain spiritually healthy habits themselves.In an effort to refuel the young leaders in our communities, participants read letters of appreciation from our local pastors, spent time praying for each other to overcome challenges and difficulties, and challenged themselves to overcome those obstacles so that they could become the best older brothers and sisters possible. They spent time nurturing their own personal relationships with God through a prayer walk and ongoing reflection throughout the retreat.last_img read more