Christopher Cowling


45 Responses to Christopher Cowling

  1. Lynn Albachten says:

    Can’t wait to hear all about what amazing things God will do in the lives of your group. Thank you so much for taking the group down there. What a huge responsibility!! You rock!

  2. Debbie Cowling says:

    We love and miss you tons!!! We can’t wait to hear about how God has touched those in Guatemala and those on the trip. ((((HUGS)))))
    Eli: “I love you. Have fun.”
    Leah: “My tooth is still wiggly. I love you.”
    Kids are doing awesome so far. Love you!!

  3. Jim Crawley says:

    Hey Chris….hope you had a great first day! The students were super excited. Hoepfully they didnt drive everyone nuts on the plane! I know being there was an incredible experience for me and I know it will be for you too!

    Take care and enjoy the experience!


  4. Jean MacDonald says:

    Bless you for undertaking this trip! 26 kids is a lot to keep track of. Will be anxious to hear from you and the rest. Prayers being sent your way.

  5. Joann Kloote says:

    Glad to hear you all arrived safely . Prayers for a wonderful experience . Work hard, have fun and share his word. God bless you all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love. You Debbie miss you tons! Hug leah & Eli for me!
    Going well, I am DRIVING! Pray for us!

    • Debbie Cowling says:

      We are praying for you a lot at home!! So glad you are driving. I will be praying for your protection on the roads!!
      Leah wanted to be sure you knew she now has 2 wiggly teeth… 🙂
      Eli is doing a great job at taking care of his mommy!!
      I hope you get some rest tonight. Love you!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I hope all is well brother. I am praying that you have a trip like I did Dan is an awesome man! God will be with you as always.

    Steve P.S. Driving in Guatemala is just like Michigan just with no ORV tag.

  8. JoJo says:

    – chris, you inspired me on my trip so i am here to tell you i hope your trip goes amazing…
    wish i was there to experience at all over again, completely sad right now..
    have a safe trip.

  9. Sharon Bylsma says:

    Praying for you Chris! Praying for the whole Lifestream team! Have an amazing adventure, God will do amazing things for and through this group!

  10. rick says:

    Hey brother you are the man!!!!!! Thank you for doing this amazing trip.I am truly honored to have you as a friend and mentor to my family.Good luck,andbe safe

  11. Hey Chris,
    Thank you for taking the kids on this trip. As you know going on this trip had a significant impact on my life and I pray that it will for you and the rest of the team as well. Take time to love on the children of Guatemala as well.

  12. Rich Joslyn says:

    Hi Chris,
    Pretty awesome right! Can’t believe you are driving…..scary! Did you have to sit on cushions. Ha Ha. Sorry. Tomorrow on dedication day you will be so awe struck by our God! Wish I was there.
    God bless all fo you.
    Sandi and Rich

    Say Hi to Dan and Heidi for us.

  13. Ed Driesenga says:

    Hi Chris.thank you for looking after Peg and Joe.Glad you made her stay at base today and rest a little,i’m sure she said she was able to go.God bless all of you!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to all I really am blessed to be able to hang with these kids!

  15. Brandon says:

    Anouther great day! Miss you my love!! Tell Leah not to get any taller befor I get home Proud of my boy!! Miss you a ton. Thank you for being a great family and sharing me…

    Thanks to all for you support and prayers

  16. Chris says:

    Oops that was from me lol

  17. Kris Grace says:

    Hi Chris! I know that this isn’t just one journey, but many. Let God be the pilot and just be the navigator for the those that are with you. I know you will be tremendous! Be safe and know that the prayers are flowing from MI to Guatemala for you and your team!
    Kris Grace

  18. Debbie Cowling says:

    It is so awesome to get little snapshots of how God is moving in the lives of everyone there. I am so proud of how you have faithfully answered God’s call on your life (even if I was not on board at first…. Sometimes I need a lot of convincing). You are an amazing man of God! I love you!!
    Oh, and don’t worry about me and the kids…..we have been filling up the day with LOTS of activities (movies, shopping, bootcamp workouts, swimming (leah can swim by herself with a life jacket now….and no tears!!!), and beach tomorrow! The kids even cleaned the house again while I was at praise team practice as a surprise…. 🙂
    Have a great day tomorrow!!! Hug a kid for me.

  19. Hi, Chris!! Sounds like an amazing trip so far ~ how awesome to share this experience with such a great group! Will continue to pray for you all!! Have a great day!

  20. Chris says:


  21. Jaimy Stevens says:

    Praying for all of you there!! I am so excited to hear the stories from your eyes!! I am so glad that you were able to go on this mission trip!! Praying for your home dedication this day is pretty powerful!!! It sounds like we have a pretty amazing group of youth with you!! You have done a great job with those kids:) you should be proud!!! Again we are praying all day long despite being a little jealous wishing I was there:)

  22. Eli says:

    hey dad have a great week leah is swimming!!! ( : we r going to the beach have fun. i love you!!

  23. Jim Maness says:

    Hi Chris — You know the famous picture of the dogs playing poker? Well, someone has put it in your office. You and classic art have a way of finding each other. Appreciate you like crazy! So glad you are our servant-leader on this expedition for the Kingdom of God. – Jim

  24. Terri says:

    Pastor Chris- Thank you so much for taking your time and energy to lead our kids in such a mighty way! I just spent the day with your lovely wife and beautiful children. They miss you like crazy. I pray that God will multiply your time with them when you return. May you find the strength and encouragement you need right now. GOOD JOB!! – Terri

    • Chris says:

      Thanks for looking after Debbie. You would be proud of you son today he was an amazing man after God’s own heart today!

  25. Vickie, Ben and Katie says:

    hi pastor chris. love, Ben

  26. Leah says:

    “Love you dad. Can’t wait till you come home. My tooths are very wiggly. Dad, what are you doing right now? We went to the beach. I tried to swim.”

  27. Becki Visser says:

    Hi Chris! So happy you are the youth leader and that you are there with those wonderful young men and women. What a great experience for all of you and I am looking forward to talking with you when you all get back. Take good care of my boy!!

  28. Chris says:

    Thank you all SO PROUD of our teens!

    Thanks Eli and Leah love you so much miss you.
    Lov you Debbie more then you know!

  29. Jim Crawley says:


    Thank you for your leadership, both Spiritual and personal. We are blessed to have you there with our kids. It sounds like all is going well! I still remember my trip from two years ago and it certainly changed my life, and I know it will have an impact for all of you this week.

    Enjoy and God Bless!


  30. Russ & Vicki Wierenga says:

    Hey Chris! Just wanted to let you know we are lifting you all up in prayer today. I’m sure it has been quite emotional for all of you…goodness I’m emotional reading all these wonderful things the kids are writing ! THANK YOU for heading this up and being there to support all of these kids. What an amazing, life changing experience for all of you. We will continue to pray that things go smoothly and that illnesses are healed. God Bless all of you as you continue on with the medical clinics!

  31. Lori says:

    Chris, Thanks for taking this incredible group of kids on this incredible adventure…they will always remember this as I am sure you will as well. Looking forward to hearing stories and seeing pictures and we are praying for all of you! Lori

  32. Jeff Stevens says:

    Chris, I am sure that this week has given a whole new meaning to “full-time” youth ministry! Our prayers are with you all. Thanks for leading this adventure that is making an eternal impact. Also, please don’t let my wife come home with 10 more children or we will have to drive 3 vehicles to go anywhere.


  33. Jim Maness says:

    Chris – since you will be all caught up on rest and sleep after your vacation with the youth to Guatemala was hoping that you could help move some things in the west wing asap! (Hey, it is saturday night and I miss you) Hope that you actually are getting some rest as you close out the week – may your Lord’s Day be blessed! – Jim

  34. Sheldon Shaw says:

    Chris, you are the man! Thanks for taking point on an amazing experience. Praying for you.

  35. Debbie Cowling says:

    Happy Fathers Day!!!!!
    Leah: “Love you Dad forever, and forever, and forever. Can’t wait till you come home. I will never forget about you. I got a new hummingbird feeder from grandma. It is hanging by my window. Buttons might look out my window. I got to plant my own flower in the woods. I found a toad today. Coal and buttons is very sleepy. Happy Fathers Day!”
    Eli: “hay dad i hope you are having a great time i got my new fish! did you get sick? i am praying for you have a safe and fun time and a safe trip home. We have been organizing in the basement don’t worry mom didn’t bring TOO much stuff to Goodwill and yes we still have big red. it took us three full car rides including the toys form grandma and a LOT of other stuff! But we did sell some of the stuff. I love you.”
    Debbie: It is wonderful to hear all of the God stories. I can’t wait to hear about them in person. We miss you bunches!! I hope you had a couple of great days at the medical clinics. Have fun shopping tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear your voice when you land… 🙂
    Your Family

  36. jeff and laura says:

    happy fathers day! we look forward to hearing the stories when you return. thank you

  37. jeff and laura says:

    sorry wrong button……… Thanks for your dedication in everything you do for the kids.

  38. Lynn Albachten says:

    Good evening to you Chris. Happy Father’s Day to you!! First of all I want to thank you so very much for all that you do for the youth of Life Stream and Allendale and beyond. You are an amazing example to all of them. I appreciate that you took time away from your fabulous family to shine God’s light in Guatemala. Dennis and I are so thankful for all you have done to show the love of Christ to Michael and Sarah. It is so obvious in Sarah’s writings that “She Gets It”!!! I am sure Michael does too, just haven’t had the opportunity to read about his trip. Sounds like he has had some computer issues. Maybe I should send Dennis down to take care of that. Well, anyway, have a truly enjoyable rest of the trip. Will continue to pray for you and the team’s safety, health and overall spiritual well-being. See you soon. Lynn 🙂

  39. Lynn Albachten says:

    Good morning everyone – The Lord is blessing the Allendale area with a much needed storm, rain, wind, thunder and lightening. Awesome!! Thinking and praying for all of you on your last day in paradise. So proud of everyone for taking God’s leading and sharing the love of Christ with so many wonderful and beautiful people in Guatemala. Thank you all for sharing little bits and pieces of your adventure. You have been such a blessing to all of us back in the states. The world has been a better place because of your trip, due to all of us praying for you and your trip. So many more prayers have been prayed in the last week than usual. Praise the Lord! Enjoy your day shopping and relaxing with friends and family. Hugs to you all! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip when you get home. Safety, health and love to you all! Be sure to keep your hearts and minds open to what God has in store for you all in many different ways. Heaven must be celebrating about all of the new followers from Guatemala. Thank you for your role in their new lives with Christ. We will continue to pray for Nancy that God will soften her heart and have the opportunity to welcome her into His mighty fold someday. Bless you all in mighty ways!!
    Hugs – Mom, Mrs. A, Lynn

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