This past week was an action packed week of ministry for Erin and me. On Monday, I travelled with the Middle School Basketball team to Jackson County Middle School. It’s been an interesting season of learning about coaching and also trying to show our students that basketball is fun, but there is by far more to life than sports. Our boys played hard and we were able to share with them about the importance of giving your all even when the odds are stacked against you. Unfortunately after the game one of our players was suffering from dehydration and fatigue and had to be taken to the hospital. The good news is that he is now doing well.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings we held our weekly FCA Huddles at the Lee County High and Middle Schools. Erin and I shared with the students about the importance of not getting distracted by all that is going on around us and looking for those around us who are hurting and need the hope we have in Christ. The students seemed to really get that they have friends, classmates, and family all around them who are hurting in silence and need their love.
Thursday was a fast paced day of FCA, working at the Rec Center, After-School Bible Study, and three home games for the LCMS basketball team. At the Bible study I was able to talk to the students about how when they have high standards they live lives that cause people to notice the difference that Christ is making in their lives. And then eventually they open the door to the Gospel by asking what the difference in us is. I was very encouraged as the students were very honest about road blocks in their lives that hinder having standards and what they need to do to get rid of them.
Also, on Thursday night, Erin had her second meeting of the new ministry to mothers, “The Well.” Around 8 mothers came out and Erin and the other staff ladies were able to enjoy a great night of getting to know these ladies, encourage them, and share Christ!
Friday night brought a great time of fellowship at the Kentucky Mountain Mission annual Christmas party. We had a great time enjoying great food, the company of fellow staff and board members, and watching our kids get some early Christmas presents. Maeven received all kinds of goodies, but the tiny little rubber frogs she was given have definitely been her favorite!
On Saturday morning my mother called me with the sad news that my cousin Greg had passed away from cancer. Thankfully Greg had recommitted his life to Christ a few months back and we know he is totally healed and in heaven with Jesus now. Please be praying for my family though during this rough time. My Uncle and many other family members have never accepted Christ. Pray that through this sad loss God will work and their hearts will be softened to the point they recognize their need of Christ and accept Him as their personal savior. Also please pray for my dad as He will be sharing the Gospel with everyone tomorrow at the funeral.
Thank you so much for your continued faithfulness in prayer! God has truly used you to bless our family!