GRAHAM SPELL

Pointing to perfection in an imperfect world.

Honored to Serve!

I am honored to serve alongside these working professionals, parents, and college students who give hours upon hours of their lives away each week to reach kids in Richardson.

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Taking Ownership


Two of our RHS grads just returned home from giving a month of their life away on Work Crew at a Young Life camp. It is such a joy to watch kids take ownership of their faith and ensure that their peers would have the “best week of their life” and get the chance to hear about Jesus. Mallory and I are proud of not only these two seniors but the other three who served as well!

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First Staff Meeting of the Year!

The 2018 school year has begun! I am looking forward to a great year of ministry with these friends and new faces of Richardson Area Young Life in our community. Follow along by liking our FaceBook page!

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Wilderness 2017

Over the past week, 40 upcoming seniors from the Richardson area experienced the adventure of a lifetime & grew in their relationship with Christ. Thankful for the way God is moving in the lives of these students!

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Mark! Mark! Mark!

I have a fun story from Young Life tonight. Our ministry is primarily to adolescents, but when it bleeds over to others, I can’t help but not share so here we go:

Tonight for club we did “Pizza Olympics.” I called three different pizza companies and ordered a pizza at the same exact time. I called Domino’s, Pizza Hut, & Papa Johns. Sure enough arriving 15 minutes early was the delivery guy from Domino’s, who happened to be an elderly man. As he walked up the stairs, he was greeted by over fifty students yelling “Dom-in-no’s! Dom-in-no’s!” He walks through a tunnel filled with more Domino’s cheers and abundant high-fives. It took him a solid minute to reach me. He finally meets me at the stage, and I explain to him that we were doing a competition and he came in first. I ask his name, and he says “Mark.” Immediately, all the students started cheering “Mark! Mark! Mark!” for a good few seconds. Once the crowd calmed down, I asked him what his strategy was, and he said: “Be fast.” Immediately, every kid once again started chanting, “Be fast! Be fast! Be fast!” Then he left with a HUGE smile on his face as kids continued to shout “Mark! Mark! Mark!”

At the end of the night, my leader that escorted him upstairs told me that as he was leaving, he said, “That was the first time in my life that I’ve ever been cheered for, and it was incredible.” Apparently, he drove off with a toothy grin while honking his horn.

Not only do I love telling students about Jesus but I love when others feel the love of Christ in unexpected ways.

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Monthly Reader | March

It’s March– Easter is just around the corner. In fact, it’s on March 27th in case you were wondering. People who rarely darken the doors of a church will indeed drop in on Easter Sunday. Families will come together, little girls will don their pastel dresses and little boys their button-up shirts with their hair, temporarily combed perfectly.

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Podcast Preview

Student loans, credit card debt, car payments, college fund, mortgages, budgets, emergency fund… If you read any of these and it made you cringe a little bit, do yourself a favor and start listening to The Dave Ramsey Show podcast.

Life isn’t fun when you have $25,000 of student loan debt or $10,000 of credit card debt, or only $300 in your savings account (or all three of those scenarios). What’s even less fun is not knowing how to tackle your debt, start a college fund, or even hold true to a budget.

Listening to the Dave Ramsey Show will help you take control of your financial situation and learn to better steward your money. It has changed our life and has helped us simplify what we thought was a complex topic, and made it something we now understand and love to talk about!

If you aren’t interested in listening to a podcast, Dave’s book Total Money Makeover will also help you understand and win with money.

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App Recommendation

This is a spur of the moment post, but one of our favorite apps just came out with a new version and it is 50% off for a limited time. If you are like me, you love the idea of journaling but if you write a lot, you fill up journals and journals take up space.

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Monthly Reader | February

What is your most prized possession? For me–it’s my boots. I am a sucker for buying expensive things that will last me a long time, so I bit the bullet and bought a pair of Red Wings. During the first few weeks of wearing them I felt myself carefully walking around so that I wouldn’t scuff them up. However, the inevitable happened and eventually… they got scuffed. 

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Where Dreams Come True | Legacy of Walt Disney

I have never read a book about Walt Disney, but I would love to! The interesting thing about Walt is that you do not have to read a book about him to understand the man that he was. If you watch a Disney movie, go to a Disney park, or watch a short clip of Walt himself speaking, it doesn’t take long for you to realize that he was a man of innovation, fun, and adventure. That same spirit lives on today through the Disney “cast members” who work so hard to ensure that every Disney experience is magical. Walt has left a legacy that has continued on for 50 years and counting. One thing we have in common with Walt is that we too will leave a legacy. Here are 3 things we can all learn from Walt:

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