The Launchbox version 1.0

Howdy from Hartford Run Drive!

The Michals are back in Orlando after a long summer away. We were so blessed to be able to see so many friends along the way out to Colorado this summer, but it is good to be home!

Building up to the summer I (Mark) was heavily engaged in a project called the Launchbox – a primer on starting a high school ministry in a public school. We were racing up to the last minute to finish writing it but we were able to get it in on time and we handed them out to the 2,500 campus staff on July 20th. It was so great to get them in the hands of our staff. We have ministries on college campuses all over the country where staff and students are interested in starting ministries with teenagers, but don’t know how. Now they have a step by step plan to reach lost teenagers in their area. Thank you for your prayers and support as we have put this tool together. Please pray for us as we now begin gathering feedback about the tool so that we can refine it even more for the next version, and pray that God would use this tool to launch many ministries around the country! You can download your own copy of the Launchbox at

We are returning to Orlando for our second year here and a new season – high school. Yep, our oldest, Gabe, is now officially a freshman in high school, Jake in 8th grade, Nate in Middle school, and Kate in Kindergarten. We are excited to see our kids grow up and so proud of the men (and woman) they are becoming, and we are bracing ourselves for paying for food and car insurance over the next few years. Here we go!

Thank you so much for caring for our family and for teenagers everywhere who need Jesus. Please pray with us this month for…

  • Dawn as she plans her November New Staff Training conference in Indianapolis
  • Mark as he begins a translation process to translate all of our Thrive small group materials
  • Our leadership team, as we meet in 2 weeks to tackle some challenges and opportunities in our ministry
  • Gabe (and his parents) as he gets his drivers’ permit this month!
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