Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Where are they?!"

It's been a little over 3 weeks since the Team returned to the United States. And, some dedicated V-Team Blog Followers are in withdrawal. SO... a little information for those of you who keep checking for some form of update. :)
First of all, yes, Evan finally shaved his beard and cut his hair. His hair was cut in New Zealand and was a re-vamped sort of mullet. His beard was cut once he got home. It was a group event. Andrew's brothers went over to the Stookey's to watch.
Andrew, Christian, and Evan were joined by more than 130 people in Colorado in a potluck reception that included pictures, dinner, music, and stories, stories, stories. It was a captivating night. Audience members wrote down questions on small pieces of paper, and Evan sifted through them. The three guys, positioned on stools, with mics, then took turns answering the wide variety of questions like:
"What was your scariest moment?"
"Did you get tired of each other?"
"What was the best animal you saw?"
"What did you learn about God?"
"How have you changed?"
"What are you going to do next?"

People gave the loudest reaction when video was played of Evan eating a form of goat yogurt (Andrew had offered Evan $10 to eat it). He didn't vomit... but boy, it sure looked like he was going to hurl, several times.

Christian talked about the adjustment of suddenly be apart all the time after being together every minute. It was difficult to re-adjust to being separated. Which is a very true condition at the moment. They are separate. For the first time in 8 months, the Team is in 3 different states. Right now, Andrew is in Minnesota, traveling with his Grampa Leigh. Christian is in Arkansas for a bit, visiting family. And Evan will be coming back to Colorado after he finishes up a couple weeks in California.

Once they all finish their short travels, all three will be back in Colorado for the duration of the summer. Christian and Evan will be working with Matt Parker and youth ministry. Christian will be back at his barista job at Starbucks. Andrew will be Intern & Interim Worship Pastor at Woodland Park Community Church.

Feel free to check back in for possible posts when they all land back in the same place again.
Thanks for your interest and support!


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bittersweet feelings and Thank You's!

We have now been home for 9 days.  The time since we landed has gone by so fast.  It feels great to be home and we are learning how to do this American thing again.  Our prayer is that we do not forget what God has shown us in the last 7 months and that we can effectively live out his will for our lives.  We are currently figuring out job and living situations as well as college in the fall of '09/spring of '10.  Seeing many of you over the last week has been so good and we are happy to talk to all of you.  V-team would like to invite you to a gathering on Saturday, April 4, 2009 @ 6 PM at the Woodland Park Community Church.  We will be hosting a potluck dinner as well as a story/picture/question/answer/worship/prayer/etc time until 9 PM (or later).  If you would like to attend, please send us an email at   

Now that this trip has come to an end, we would like to go back and thank the ministries that have hosted us over the last 7 months:

  • Caleb & Debbie @ Hosean International Ministries-Haiti
  • Marconi & Katiana @ Challenge Ministries-Brazil
  • Philipp Lorch & Family- Germany
  • Richard & Susan @ Family Empowerment/Canaan Farm-Uganda
  • Phillip Kakungulu with YoungLife-Uganda
  • Light Gives Heat (the whole house)-Uganda
  • Emmanuel & Dee and Francis @ IREF-India
  • All the people along the way in Thailand!
  • Brent & Neeley, Neda, Ben, Ian, Glen and everyone at PACT-New Zealand

AND OF COURSE: All of our supporters, prayer warriors, blog followers, families, friends, everyone we met along the trip and got share wonderful times together, those who served and helped in any way (printing letters, stamping envelopes, etc.), WE THANK GOD FOR ALL OF YOU!

Thank you all and God Bless,

The V-team

Andrew Leigh
Evan Stookey
Christian Outlaw

P.S. Please send us an email at
We would love to hear from you further. We can't say it enough but thank you!