This is our first update on here of 2019 and so we wanted to share with you a few things that are going on with our family and ministry here with FCA in Eastern Central KY.
2019 has started off with some really good things happening and a few rough things. First the good, we are moving forward with my (Andy) promotion to being an Area Director for FCA. We are currently putting together an area advisory board of local Christian men and women to help us with advice for our ministry, help with various outreaches and FCA ministries, and with raising funds to do ministries like camp, conferences, Bibles, and other materials. Once all these things are in place we hope to be able to go deeper with our current campuses and develop new campuses by recruiting new staff to join us in this area. Please pray with us over the next few months as there is much to be done, from trainings, recruitment of board members, fundraising, and much more. While this seems a little overwhelming, we are so excited to see how God is going to work.
As I said above there has been a rough start to 2019 as well. In the first month of this year we have found out that 2 of our supporting churches are having end their partnership with our family. This means that we are starting the year with approximately $400 less a month in our monthly support. Please pray with us that we will be able to make up for this big loss in support soon. We know that God has a plan and has always met our needs and always will. Pray with us for patience and diligence on our part as we seek to make new contacts for financial partnership. Also, if you know of anyone, any church, or business that you think might be interested in partnering with our ministry with FCA please let us know. We would love the opportunity to share with more people about how they can get involved whether financially, with their time, and also with their prayers.
Lastly, as you know a big part of our ministry with FCA is traveling. I (Andy) am on the road for about 1,000-2,000 miles. These miles are spent visiting 6 counties of schools and we have the potential to get into even more. We also use our vehicles for taking students to church, camps, and conferences. As you can imagine this leads to a lot of wear and tear on our vehicles. Erin and I now find ourselves in a time where our cars are in need of some repair and also tire replacement. We are praying for God’s provision of $2,000 or more to cover all repairs and replace our well worn tires. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for this as well.
In the next week we will be sending out a full ministry update that will give you more information on all our ministry activities and how God is really doing some great things right now. We are so blessed to be able to serve here and know God is going to do more than we can possibly imagine. Thank you for your faithful prayers and please join us in prayer for these three specific things launching our new area, support needs, and the need of vehicle repairs. Thank you!
Our 2017 FCA Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University is off to a great start. Over 60 kids from our Central Kentucky region of schools have joined over 450 students here at camp. Even though the rain came in right when they were supposed to have games and competition on Thursday afternoon the students took it in stride and actually had a time of afternoon Bible study with their huddles!
On Thursday evening, I (Andy) had the opportunity to teach a “Buzz Group.” A “Buzz Group,” is a short seminar that the students can choose to go to. We give them a bunch of seminars on various topics and they can choose the ones that interest them. I taught mine on how to deal with temptation. We looked at the example of Joseph and how when it came to temptation Joseph, “Got Buff, Got Tough, and Got Out of There!” I taught two sessions on my topic and had around 25 kids in each session. It was great to get to interact with the students and talk to them about things like spiritual disciplines, setting boundaries, and finding accountability partners. I can’t wait to teach again on Saturday night!
Before I close this post I want to ask you to keep praying for all our Leadership Campers. Pray for safety here at camp, but most of all pray that lives will be surrendered to Christ! Also, check out this video of over 450 students worshiping our Amazing Savior Thursday night!
Our family hopes that you have a great Independence Day! We are truly thankful for the our freedom, and those who have served to help protect and ensure that freedom!
Greetings from Richmond, KY and sorry for the delay in keeping you updated on everything that is going on ministry wise and also with our family and Erin’s health.
We had a little bit of a scare with Erin this past week. As we have shared with you we were blessed to get Erin into a grant program that is supposed to cover all her medical bills dealing with cancer. The program was supposed to expire at the end of January and we knew that we had to apply for an extension. When Erin called to begin working on the extension we found out there had been an office glitch kicking her out of the program and that none of her medical bills thus far had been covered! Panic definitely set in and our anxiety level was through the roof. Erin and I both began praying that things could be worked out, and she began making calls to all the agencies involved in her getting kicked out of the program and getting back into it. Thankfully this morning she got a call that all has been resolved, all her previous bills taken care of, and any new bills covered through March! In March she can apply for another three months of coverage which will last through the completion of her reconstruction. Once again, we are so thankful for the way God answers prayers and has continued to bless us during Erin’s battle with breast cancer!
Ministry wise we are getting back in to things as most of our school’s are kicking off their second semester. I have been visiting several of our school’s morning huddles and trying to encourage both the students and huddle sponsor’s. I have been to almost all of the schools that we will cover who have active FCA huddles going. My next big step is to start contacting and visiting the many schools in our area who do not currently have active huddles and see what we can do to get them up and going. We are hoping to see God do great things in these schools over the coming months and ask that you keep us in your prayers.
This weekend we are getting ready for the annual FCA Coach and Spouse Get Away. This is one of the larger FCA outreaches in Kentucky. We invite coaches and their spouses, as well as other couples associated with FCA to a two day retreat at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. There we have a great time of fellowship with praise and worship music, Biblical marriage guidance from a speaker, testimonies from other couples, and some great food. Please be in prayer for the couples that will be joining us at the Get Away. We never know what issues they maybe facing in their marriages, but we know we have a great God who can take care of any needs they have. Pray that this weekend will be the starting point for many of these couples to put Christ first in their relationship.
Also, we want to thank all of you who have been praying about our support level and especially those who have partnered with us. We are currently at about 78% of our support level. Please pray that God will provide the remaining amount we need. If you would like to partner with us just click the link on the right side of this page. Also, please let us know if there is any one or any church that you think we should contact!
Thank you so much for checking in to see how we are doing and please keep praying for our family and the ministry of FCA!