Where do I Find Rest?

pause-and-rest (1)Rest. What an elusive concept these days. Who has time to rest anymore? I mean, especially now with the holiday season upon us. There are gifts to wrap, meals to cook, homes to decorate, and red cups to debate (sorry, couldn’t resist that last one). For me, running the Las Vegas Center, teaching a Monday night class at UNLV, Bible Study on Tuesday nights, volunteering with Young Life and Leaders in Training on Fridays, and church on Sundays often leaves me with the thought that I have little time for myself and for others, let alone for God. But in seasons like this, when we believe the lie that we couldn’t possibly rest because there is so much to do, we need to rest all the more.

When we go, go, go and wear our busyness as a badge of pride, we are emptying our souls. We have nothing left to give. I often hear pastors refer to this as a “lack of margin”- the space between what we “have” to do and where we can rest is missing. When there is no margin in our lives, we refuse to be interrupted even by a divine appointment placed by God himself.

God calls us to rest. He in fact rested on what is known as the Sabbath. “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from us. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11).

Are we truly making every effort to enter into God’s rest? I know the stress of looking at your planner and getting overwhelmed at everything you “have” to accomplish. What if you scheduled time to rest, just as you schedule the other aspects of your calendar? Turn off the app notifications and limit your social media use (remember the days when it didn’t exist?). This insight from John Piper should jolt us out of complacency: “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

Rest looks different for each of us. Maybe rest is sitting around the dinner table with your family, phones away, and just enjoying each other’s company. Or maybe it’s walking around in nature and taking in all of God’s creation. Or perhaps it’s even a moment to indulge in a delicious cup of coffee while reading a book. But in the end, whatever it looks like, rest is filling up your soul and remembering all that God has done, and will do. So this Christmas season, I will take time to sit at home with my Bible and my coffee, reflecting on the words spoken in anticipation of the birth of Christ: “…do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

Full of Thanks

Tis the season to be thankful! With many thanks from us to you! 


Kendra: I am thankful for… 

  • A wonderful family that supports us as we raise Etsen and foster our two girls.
  • A recent report that Etsen’s hearing is better than we had originally been led to believe. Our little boy was born with hearing loss. At first, it was determined that he was deaf. As a family we learned sign so that he could communicate more easily. He has grown and thrived. His language is ahead of many other children his age. This past summer during a routine test, we learned that Etsen’s hearing level had been misdiagnosed. He actually has hearing loss in the moderate to severe range, which means he can hear most of normal conversation with his hearing aids. Praise God!
  • The opportunity to love and serve the students at both centers. I’ve known some of them for seven years. It is a gift to watch them grow.
  • A husband who loves me and serves others with incredible joy. I thank Christ for him!

Kendall: I am thankful for… 

  • Katie, my amazing fiancé
  • My family
  • My Las Vegas family and friends
  • Nature- Red Rock, Mt. Charleston, and parks
  • Good coffeeshops- especially Sunrise and Avery’s Coffee

Angela: I am thankful for… 

  • My family and the many second families I have been part of over the years. When I don’t get to go back to Pittsburgh for holidays, I always have people here in Las Vegas who invite me into their homes!
  • Any opportunity I have to enjoy breakfast at Sunrise Cafe
  • Club Christ
  • Good books and coffee
  • (Christian) Hip-Hop

Evan: I am thankful for… 

  • All the wonderful people who donate and volunteer to support Club Christ each year
  • My two spunky boys and my wife who makes me a better man
  • Being a part of God’s big, audacious plan to bring lost people to Him
  • Those fall days where big, fluffy clouds fill the sky and being outside is refreshing
  • For the millions of ways that God shows His love to me each day

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Student Spotlight: Introducing Miles

“Can you help me with my math homework Mr. Kendall? I want to be good at math!” Miles asked me on Monday. Miles is one of the students at the Landsman Center. He is in 2nd grade and has a big heart, which is evident by how much he cares for his family and his friends. Miles is a hardworking leader who loves to learn about Jesus.


How long have you been attending the Center and why do you like it?

“I’ve been coming to the Center since the summer started and I like it because my friends are here and I learn about math!

What is a challenge you have faced?

“Math is the hardest class for me and whenever I have to take a test in any of my classes, I have a hard time. Math tests are especially difficult for me. But I think I’m better at math now because of the Center!”

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

I would want to have dinner with my Mom and Dad. I love them. I like having dinner with my whole family!

Children, after all, are not just adults-in-the-making. They are people whose current needs and rights and experiences must be taken seriously.

 Alfie Kohn

Volunteer Spotlight: Mr. Tommy

Mr. Tommy has been volunteering with Club Christ for a year and his passion for empowering students and leading them to Jesus is inspiring both to staff and to other volunteers.


When and why did you begin volunteering with Club Christ?

God has been so good to me, and I want to give back. Children need more than what they’re currently getting from school. Many children are being raised without knowing the Lord and I want to do what I can; to not only help them with their homework, but teach them about the missing piece in their lives- Jesus.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Mississippi, but lived in Memphis, Tennessee for 23 years. Growing up, my family taught me to fear the Lord. I know what God has done in my life, and I want to do what I can to help others see what God can do in their lives. I have been working as a teacher in CCSD for 11 years and I also serve as an usher at Crossroads Community Church. I am a graduate of Memphis State University and UNLV, and I love watching Tennessee football on Saturdays and traveling to Europe over the summer.

What is your favorite part of volunteering?

Seeing the student’s faces. They don’t have to say anything because the look they give us when they finally understand the math problem says it all! 

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. “

1 Corinthians 3:9

Do You See the Need?

“With the Boys and Girls Club so close by, can you explain the need for another after-school program like yours in that area?”

That’s a good question. I mean the Boys and Girls Club is HUGE and has so many things that our Center doesn’t have: a basketball court, a game room, and ten times the paid staff. I had to think fast about my answer because I was standing before the Henderson Block Grant Committee and 10k was on the line. I knew they were asking that question because they had yet to stand on the corner off Major and Burkholder at 3 pm on a Monday afternoon.

If you joined me there, you would see children with Power Ranger and Frozen backpacks flood the streets following the last bell of the school day. I have watched them walk by, heading straight home: they are the “latch-key kids”. They return to an empty house and immediately lock the door. The only way to get them involved in our after-school program would be to intercept them on their route home.

That has become our strategy this past month and it has worked. Our Henderson Center is filling up with kids who desperately need help. After administering our basic reading assessments, we concluded that there isn’t even one child enrolled who is at the proper reading level. That means without intervention, these kids will continue to slip through the cracks. And if that happens, there are plenty of alternate lifestyles offered in their community besides the road to a college degree. I see it clearly in the dudes leaning on the lamppost, surrounded by a cloud of marijuana smoke, who are also looking to intercept these same kids.

So my answer that question that was asked of me? “Our center is right there in the middle of the neighborhood. That allows us direct access to kids and their families.” What I really wanted to say was, “Meet me there at 3 pm on Monday and you will see the need.”


Have you been by either one of our Centers lately? Email me at evan@clubchrist.org and I will give you a behind the scenes of Club Christ.

“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can, with whatever I have, to try and make a difference.”

-Jimmy Carter 

The Mystery of Deedra


Deedra, a fifth grader, is new to the Henderson Center and when I meet her for the first time, I notice something. Deedra is holding back; holding back from letting herself be who she is. Looking at her picture, it’s easy to see that her mouth is restraining one expression while her eyes suggest a certain will of their own.


During Bible Study, she didn’t take a posture like her girlfriends. Instead, she took a position suggesting how at rest she is during prayer. She is waiting to hear from God in a moment of stillness.

DaytoDay_1In the midst of the Center chaos, Deedra’s indecisiveness about selecting candy for her prize after Bible study shines through.


During Girl Time, Deedra listed qualities she seeks in a best friend. Her paper was quickly packed with several insightful characteristics a friend should possess; but evenso, she restrains her smile.


During this coming year, I hope to unlock the mystery of Deedra. What is her story? What are her hopes and dreams? How can we equip her to reach her potential? Behind those eyes is a young lady with great potential. I’m grateful we are able to invest in Deedra and her future.

“See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.” 

-Dr. Wayne Dyer

Student Spotlight: Meet Ramon

“Instead of free time Ms. Angela can I finish this reading passage please?” Ramon asked the other day. He is currently in 4th grade and one of the sweetest and smartest kids you will ever meet. Ramon is a model student and a leader; qualities he displays both inside and outside of the Las Vegas Center. He loves soccer and aspires to be a professional soccer player or president one day.


       Strategizing during a game of Connect Four.

How long have you been attending the Center and why do you like it? 

I’ve been coming to the Center for two years and I like it because all my friends come. We always have a great time together! I’ve learned more about God and that has been cool. 


        Ramon and three of his best friends!

What is a challenge you have faced? 

A challenge I faced was at school and it was with my reading. I used to not like reading because it was hard for me. I could not read big words correctly. But now, thanks to my teacher and the Center, I am better at reading and I enjoy it! 

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

I would like to have dinner with my third grade teacher because he helped me when I was going through a lot of struggles. One of these struggles was reading. In the beginning of third grade I was reading at 2.9 level and then five months after, I scored at a 4.1. I was really proud of my accomplishment and my reading has only continued to improve. Having dinner with him would be cool because I could thank him for what he has done for me. 


New backpacks for the school year!

Thank you to the donors and volunteers who help support Club Christ, allowing Ramon to grow not only in his academics, but in his faith as well.

     “All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.”

-Magic Johnson