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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Spiritual Discipline of Service

Here's a link to listen to Drew's most recent sermon on The Spiritual Discipline of Service from John 13.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Prayers For Natalie As She Counsels At IOH Retreat

Natalie leaves this Saturday morning for four days as a counselor at the Inheritance of Hope retreat in Orlando.  IOH is a non-profit organization that supports families who have a parent with a life-threatening illness.  Each year IOH offers a retreat in Orlando. Parents and kids get to come on an all-expense paid trip to Disney World, receive individual and family counseling, make legacy videos, and interact with others in similar life scenarios. 

In the past two years we've lost two close friends to cancer.  

A year ago, on January 5th, our friend Amy DiBias Patwa went to be with Jesus. Amy and I were on YL staff together in Concord, NC. She left behind her husband Adam and their daughter Charis, who is Honey's age.  

In November, many of our college friend gathered in Winston-Salem to celebrate the life of Sarah Ferguson Garcia. Sarah is survived by her husband Esteban and 3 year old son Milo. Sarah and I were YL leaders together at UNC. 


Before Amy died, her, Adam and Charis were able to go on an IOH retreat.  Sarah, Esteban and Milo never get to go, but thankfully many of their friends in Winston helped them create similar legacy videos and gave them tons of support. 

As you can imagine, retreats like this these are super intense. My heart is so heavy for these families and for Nat as she enters into their pain for these few days. Would you join me in praying for her and the other counselors (Meredith McDaniel, Kelly Heritage, & Carol Moses) as they minister to these kids and parents.  I'm praying for miracles, for physical healing for these parents, for emotional healing for these families, and most of all for the presence of the Holy Spirit to be present and evident. 


You can watch a 4 minute video to learn more about IOH here.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Drew's New Job With National Young Life

The past six months of being a YL leader at Northwest Guilford High School have been bittersweet. It was hard to say good-bye to my Campaigners group for the past 3 years as they graduated in June, but exciting to see the new class of seniors step up and reach out to freshmen. We’ve had hundreds of kids at club and took 3 full busloads to Rockbridge in October. Watching teenagers encounter Jesus never gets old. 

Mixed in with the joy comes a great deal of sadness. In October a heart-broken 10th grader wept in my passenger seat as he told me about how he got sucked into selling drugs as a freshmen. It lasted until he was robbed at gunpoint this summer. He shook as he told the story. In November I spent half a day in meetings at the Department of Social Services to help determine the best living placement for one of my high school friends. He couldn’t go home because he was being abused by his father. A couple months ago the PTA asked me to lead a prayer vigil for the school after two of our seniors passed away in a car accident, being thrown from the bed of a truck. 

Each day of being a Young Life leader seems to be filled with shadows and light. It constantly forces me to depend upon our Heavenly Father. The burdens my high school friends carry are just too heavy to bear without Him. Because being a Young Life leader is often so hard and discouraging, in December of 2010 I started “The Young Life Leader Blog.” 

My hope was to create an online space where leaders around the country could share encouragement and ideas. Over the past three years, what now is called YoungLifeLeaders.org has grown into an online resource that is used regularly by more than 15,000 leaders around the world. I’ve absolutely loved running this site but as the volume of users has increased, so has the demand on my time. I currently spend around 15 hours each week operating the site. It’s grown beyond what I can continue to manage in a volunteer role, so this fall Young Life began conversations with me about coming on part-time staff with the Service Center. On December 1st I officially started as a ‘Communications Specialist.’ Sounds fancy, huh? 

Would you consider financially investing in me? When I get to help other leaders reach more kids, I’m right in my sweet spot. I’m confident this calling is from the Lord and a worthwhile investment of my time and gifts. I’m also convinced it’s a worthwhile investment of your money. My hope is to raise 20K/year to support the operating budget for YoungLifeLeaders.org so I can continue to provide timely resources for the 15K+ Young Life leaders that regularly use the site.  A couple weeks ago we received a $10,000 matching grant from a foundation in Tennessee! Now, we only need to raise 10K/year. All we need are 5 folks to give $100/month, 5 to give $50/month, & 5 to give $25/month. 

Thank you for your friendship and for considering investing in me and this ministry. If you need any more incentive to give, we just found out Hill baby #3 is due August 14,2014! 

Gratefully yours, Drew, Natalie, Honey, Hutch, & #3 

HOW TO GIVE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION 

Visit DonateToDrew.com to set up a one-time or recurring gift. 
 It will direct you to a link for the Young Life giving site, with my number ‘1900’ already entered in. 

 If you write a check, please make it payable to ‘Young Life’ and include “1900- Drew Hill” in the memo. Checks can be mailed to Young Life: 420 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, C0. 80903. 

 If it’s easier, just call or email me and I can help you set up a monthly draft. THANK YOU!!! 

What Others Are Saying About The Site 

YoungLifeLeaders.org is hands down THE BEST RESOURCE for Young Life leaders. It’s the first place I direct our leaders to go as they’re looking for YL ideas, resources, encouragement, and philosophy. It’s such a gift to me as an Area Director! I use it almost daily. -Joel Kennedy, Area Director, Tallahassee, FL 

YoungLifeLeaders.org is the best resource for club, campaigners, contact work ideas, and discipleship. I am so thankful for it and don’t know what I’d do without it! -Emily May, volunteer leader, Dallas, TX 

As a Regional Director I’m always looking for quality resources to pass on to my team. They have to be brief, useful and "authentic YL" in order for me to do so. YoungLifeLeaders.org is all three. Many of my staff and their leaders regularly use this site and love that this content comes directly from the field and from someone currently involved in ground level ministry. -Alan Smyth, Regional Director, Greater Los Angeles 

I’m very excited & encouraged by what Drew has done with the Young Life Leader Blog & Twitter feed. Not only has he helped us get better as mission by sharing resources, he has also done it in a way that fits our culture & continually points us to Christ and kids. -Chris Theule-VanDam, Regional Director, Western Great Lakes 


  • Over 1 Million Pageviews 
  • Over 11K Twitter Followers 
  • Over 60K pageviews/month 
  • Over 15K regular monthly users 
  • Over 100K Unique Visitors (60% Returning) 
  • 650+ articles posts over last 3 years 
  • Average of over 4 posts/week 
  • Over 2K hours invested on the site 


A Sampling of the 650+ articles on YoungLifeLeaders.org 

• 121 Theme Club Ideas • How To Create Camp T-Shirts Kids Will Love To Wear • Our Club Song Schedule For The Fall • How To Give A Young Life Talk • Popular Club Songs • How To Earn Parents’ Trust As A Young Life Leader • Tips On Leading Young Life From A High School Principal • How To Be An Ineffective YL Leader • The Complete Guide To A YL’d Bus Ride • 8 Ways To Give High Schoolers Ownership • 25 Popular Pre-Club Activities • Why So Many Freshmen Came To Club • The Lies We Believe- A Campaigners Discussion • How To Make Hilarious ‘Good Morning Young Life’ Videos • 4 Tips To Begin Club With A Bang • How To Thrive At Young Life Camp As An Adult Leader • 40 Reasons To Pursue Sexual Purity • Find Your Leader Mall Hunt Tips • Camp Fundraisers That Work • The Best Club Games You’ve Never Done • 7 Keys To Having A Rockin’ YL Band • How To Recruit New YL Leaders • A Rite of Passage For Seniors • How To Take Your Campaigners Group Deeper • 15 Camp Essentials: A Leader’s Packing List • How To Get Kids To YL Camp: Eliminating The 5 Excuses • How To Do A Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant Teaching Campaigners To Memorize Scripture

Monday, January 27, 2014

2013: The Year In Review

January  
Hutch started wearing 2T clothes, at age 8 months. Honey went ice-skating. Daddy took the Young Life guys snowboarding. Honey asked Jesus to live in her heart!

February
We took at a trip to Morehead City to visit Nat’s brother “Uncle Nate,’  Aunt Suellen, and cousins Pierce, Creed, and new baby girl Selwyn! We went to our 1st circus as a family. Hutch said ‘mama’ and got his 1st tooth.

March 
Drew & Honey did their first 1-Mile Race together. Honey won. Drew got to go to the ACC basketball tournament and watch the Heels almost win. Hutch fell in love with Mexican food.

April
Drew turned 35. He also helped 27 senior guys pull off Operation Tall Grass where they drove riding lawnmowers to school. Watch the video here. Natalie went on the Church of the Redeemer women’s retreat.

May 
We bought a house with a basement and got a ping-pong table! Many friends helped with the move! Natalie also found 3 copperheads in our yard during our first month in Green Valley neighborhood. Hutch turned 1 and got his 1st buzz cut. Drew’s sister Abby received her Masters in Teaching!

June
Nat turned 33. The Dr. thought Hutch’s head was finally round enough for him to stop wearing the helmet. Drew took his Campaigner group of graduated senior guys on the ManTrip and sadly sent them off to college. He misses them dearly. We finished the month with our annual Hill/Craft family beach trip to Ocean Isle.

July
#Merica. Honey turned 4 and celebrated with a Bug Party and she got a sweet Skateboard Swing. We vacationed at Myrtle Beach with the Leonard fam and Honey started swimming. Drew’s brother Blake released his 1st iPhone app, its called ‘Timely’ and it's awesome.

August
We took on #ProjectJericho and brought the basement walls down to make 1 large room in our basement for youth group and Campaigners. We also visited Abby & Allan in Charleston. Drew’s dad built a beautiful farm table for our dining room!

September
We survived 13 kids under age 7 in 1 house during our small group beach trip. Honey started preschool. Drew’s cousin Kinsley moved in with us as she’s doing the Greensboro Fellows program through our church. Drew also started leading worship at Redeemer.

October 
Drew took kids from #NWYL to Rockbridge YL camp. Honey changed her costume 6 times on Halloween night.  Natalie’s dad was sadly diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and is doing chemo now.

November
We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary and hosted a Young Life thanksgiving dinner using the ping pong table as a banquet table. Honey asks us to tell her stories every night about animals getting hurt, but not hurt too badly.


December
Exciting news! In addition to Drew’s role as a pastor at Redeemer, he has also gone on part-timestaff with national Young Life.  We also found out that baby #3 is due in August! 

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

I Am Yours

About two years ago I wrote a song for us to sing at Young Life club called 'I Am Yours." I asked some musician friends if they would record it for me so I could share it on The Young Life Leader Blog

Jenny & Tyler are incredible! 

Enjoy.

'I Am Yours"

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Bat Saga: Update

After a 6 hour saturday night stay at Brenner's Childrens' hospital, we all received our first round of vaccinations.  Honey did amazing.  Here's a little video of her passing time during our hospital wait. 


We got our 2nd of 4 rounds of shots today down in Shalotte, NC while on my fam's beach trip.  All seems to be going well.  We're hoping our insurance is going to help with cost and just trying to be thankful that we don't actually have the chance of getting rabies now that we're getting the vaccine.  The amount of time that this ordeal has cost us is the hardest pill to swallow, but we're excited about a few more days on the beach!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The Bat Saga: Lesson Learned

I rarely update this blog anymore, but its useful for instances like this, so here goes.

For those of you who have already heard about our "bat saga,"  thanks for your prayers and for asking about it. Below is the most current info.  For those of you who haven't, here's the skinny:

Thursday night
We found a sickly bat in our downstairs entry way, inside.  I covered it with a bucket and slid it out the front door. I snapped a photo for the amusement of my tweeps and posted it on twitter.  My public health nurse mom saw it, called, and said we need to make sure that bat doesn't have rabies.  In my 33 years, I'm sure I've learned that bats are one of the main sources of rabies (a fatal neurological disease), but I didn't remember at the time.  When I went to look outside and see if the bat was still there, it was too late, he'd flown away, or so we thought.

We didn't know if we had been exposed to the bat and possible rabies. We didn't know how long he'd been in our house or how he got there. We researched and discovered that bats can bite you without you even realizing it because their teeth are so small.  Everyone we talked to Thursday night thought we were going to have to get the rabies vaccine.

Friday
Nat spent all day on the phone with the state vets, animal control, health departments, doctors, Bruce Wayne, and other local bat experts.  Since she also has mad detective skills, she went snooping and found that our lil friend had climbed off our front stoop and died.  This was great news, because now we could test and see if the bat was rabid.  Animal control came and sent him off to be tested, but sadly, since he was outside and dead overnight, another animal had eaten part of his brain, so our chances of being able to test him were limited. We just had to wait.

Saturday 
The test results just got called back to us and they could not test the bat, so now we're left with 2 options:

1. Hope that we were not infected with rabies and let it ride. If we were exposed and not treated, then we'll all but certainly die. Kinda freaky to think about. But the chances of that bat having rabies and of us being exposed are so stinkin' slim.

2. Each get a series of five rabies vaccine shots over 14 days which cost close to $5000/person.  This is merely precautionary because we're not sure we were exposed.  The shots are supposedly really painful for lil ones, so we're not too excited about getting Honey 5 of them.

Now

Nat's on her way home from work and Honey is napping. Nat and I just decided over a phone call to take Honey to Brenner's children's hospital tonight and I think we're going to go ahead and get the treatments started as well.

Such a weird situation. If I would have just kept the bucket on the bat, this whole deal could have been so much simpler.  So, I wanted to write this post for a few reasons.

1. To make all of you aware of the danger of bats and rabies, if you didn't already know.  If I would have read a blog about bats before Thursday night, my life would be much less complicated.

2. Just to keep you in the loop.  It's easier than writing a long text message.

3. To ask for prayer. These past few days have just been way harder emotionally than we anticipated.  We're so thankful there is a vaccine (mad props to my boy Louis Pasteur), but the whole unknown piece of the puzzle makes it an uneasy dilemma.

Here's to Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale,

Drew


 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Go Bananas Band



Here's a little highlight video of Natalie and I performing with our fairly new children's party band, "The Go Bananas Band" at our most recent party. Let me know if you need to hire some high energy entertainment for kids! The more $ you pay me, the more fun the party. 
Sincerely, 
Silly Stan the Banana Man 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May 2011 Life Update

As you can see, I sadly haven't posted in a long while. I hope one day to start blogging about life in the Hill house again, but this season of life and year of transition hasn't allowed for much of that. Maybe this summer?

Here's a brief update on the Hills:

After I graduated from Denver Seminary in May 2010, we moved back to NC and landed in Greensboro. We love GSO and it already feels like home with great friends and community. We're so thankful. Its been such a blessing to be near family too!
DREW
I'm working part-time at Church of the Redeemer , an Anglican Mission church, as the Family Ministry Pastor (birth-high school). We love being there and the richness of the church history and tradition we get to celebrate. Its a church plant, only a couple years old, so its still small enough where we can know everyone, but growing weekly. I get to lead worship some and cherish the opportunity to love on the kids. We have a great staff team that oozes grace and constantly reminds me of the good news of the Gospel.

I also work part-time as the Interim High School Pastor at Green Street Baptist Church in High Point. They initially hired me to speak to the high schoolers for a month last August, but I've hung around there all year while they continue to search and pray for a full-time person. It has been a blessing to have the opportunity to get to know those kids and speak on a weekly basis.

My costume for a
YL "Find Your Leader" Hunt

After 7 of the last 10 years on staff with Young Life, I'm now a volunteer leader again for the first time since college. I'm leading at Northwest Guilford High School, Go Vikings! (Some of my high school friends won the state championship in Lax this weekend!) It has been eye opening to be leading as a volunteer again and has given me great appreciation for the 30,000 volunteer leaders across the country (and world) that give their lives away to teenagers for the sake of the Gospel. This new perspective has sent me on a new blogging adventure, which is one of the reasons this blog has not been updated. In January, I started keeping a blog for YL leaders around the country to provide helpful resources, current ideas, and encouragement. It has been a fun project and one I'd like to invest more time and energy in. I've been encouraged by the response it has received and how many leaders it seems to be reaching. I'm all about sharing ideas and working together, after all, creativity is just forgetting where you stole it from. (I made that up, if I remember correctly.)

I continue to dabble in other side projects like selling Human Slingshots, occasionally shooting photos with Lifetouch (I shot the NW prom this weekend), and performing with my fairly new children's party band, "The Go Bananas Band." Silly Stan the Banana Man actually has a concert for 50 two-four year olds tomorrow (end of the year preschool party!) True story. Let me know if you need to hire some high energy entertainment for kids. The more $ you pay me, the more fun the party.

NATALIE
Nat finished her last seminary class this week! Its been a long journey towards her Masters in Counseling, but she's almost there! She needs 200 more internship hours and 2 short independent studies and she'll graduate from Denver Seminary in August!

She started her counseling internship at Moses Cone Hospital's Behavioral Health Center yesterday and is privileged to be a light in that dark place. She is primarily counseling patients struggling with suicide and could use all the prayers you could give her. I can't think of anyone better to be around when feeling so low and I'm confident that God will use her joy, laughter, education, wisdom, gift of discernment, and incredible southern accent to bring life to folks facing death.

One of the highlights of Nat's year has been the chance to lead a College Life (YL for college) Small Group of freshmen ladies from UNC-Greensboro. The group has bonded in a unique way and Nat's excited about journeying with them through these years of college. They even had a sleepover last week! I wasn't invited.

Natalie just wrapped up her 3rd Mother's Day (1st one was while Honey was inside) and really has found her sweet spot in being a mom. It's amazing to watch her and Honey. They have a bond that makes me tear up just thinking about it. Nat spends most of her days at home or at the park with Honey and all their new friends. We love being parents and we're thinking it's about time to start shooting for round two.

HONEY
Although her daddy slipped and dropped her when spinning her around at the park this weekend (and she got 6 x-rays and spent 4 hours in doctor's offices but is only bruised up, no broken bones!), Honey has had a pretty fun year. She turns 2 on July 19, 2011 and is looking forward to her pool party. (We have a pool in our townhome complex!)

Her favorite things are puppies, splashing in water, Barney, markers, playing the guitar, painting her toe-nails, and dancing. In Target yesterday she about had a cow to try on a pink tu-tu bathing suit, so mommy gave in and stripped her down right there in the store and put it on her. She proceeded to spin around while saying "rina." She loves Angelina Balle-rina. I have a feeling I need to start saving $ for dance classes.

She had a verbal explosion recently and can now carry on a conversation with us. It's amazing to see how much she understands and picks up on. I've got to stop cussing so much in front of her. Probably our favorite thing about being parents these days is listening to Honey sing. If God even feels half the joy hearing us (His children) sing to Him as we do listening to her, then wow....just wow. I'm going to keep singing my heart out!

We cherish your prayers as we daily depend on our Father to teach us how to parent. It's the hardest, most awesomemest, and most important thing we've ever done.
Lolli & Pops with Kessler & Honey
Honey, Kessler, & Courtney


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Doug Hill is 60

A lil tribute to my dad from his kids at his surprise 60th party last month:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Thoughts

I know I haven't been posting on the blog lately, a sign of the speed of life thats been hitting us. I do hope to get back in the bloggin' swing of things in the next few weeks. For now, I just wanted to share a quick link to another blog I read sometimes.  Different authors share on this website, but this particular post is from Jason Gray regarding his thoughts on Halloween. Its a long read, but some worthwhile thoughts of freedom from fear and the joy of redemption.  http://www.rabbitroom.com/?p=10435