Here is our final prayer letter from our time with KMM. Many of you should be getting a hard copy in the mail any day now. On the second page is detailed information about how you can join our support “Home Team” with FCA. We are currently at about 60% of our goal, and would love to have you join us! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Thanks so much for your faithful support and prayers!
One of our favorite outreaches of the many that KMM has is the YHBC Annual Couples Retreat. This has been such a blessing to Erin and I personally each year and we love to invite other couples to come enjoy a great weekend away together where they can get refreshed and grow in their relationships with God and each other. This year we are excited as the speaker is Dr. Scott Wigginton, who we had the pleasure of hearing at an FCA Couple retreat a few years ago. Also, the music is being led by some dear friends of ours from Erin’s home church in Charleston, WV, Bible Center Church. We would love for you to come join us for this exciting weekend! Below is all the info you need, so fill it out and come join us March 4-5! Did I mention there is an all you can eat steak dinner???
It’s been a few weeks since our last update, but that’s due to the fact we have been on the road. Our family was blessed with he opportunity to take a trip to Florida and let our kids go to Disney World for the first time ever. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to see the joy in our kids faces as they got to meet all their favorite characters, see great shows, and ride a lot of fun rides. We were also blessed with the opportunity to take the kids to see the ocean for the first time.
On our way home from Florida, God brought us safely through all the rain and flooding in South Carolina to spend some time with dear friends and supporters. It’s always an encouragement to be able pick right up with friends that live so far away even after long periods of being away from each other. Especially when God is at the center of friendships.
After returning to Kentucky, we had a couple of days together as a family working on our house, before Andy headed to Chicago with his dad and two other men from KMM. In Chicago, Andy returned to Moody Bible Institute for their annual missions conference. At the conference he was able to share with the students about the ministries of KMM as well as help with seminars about coaching ministry and public schools ministry. We are excited to see how God is going to use the time at Moody to impact ministry at KMM in the future!
While at the Moody missions conference, Andy received a very exciting text message. At the Lee County Recreational Center’s weekly after school jr. bowling league, one of our students met asked Jesus into his heart! We were so excited to hear about this student’s decision and to know that there was a party going on in heaven!
The next few weeks are going to be very busy for us in in Beattyville. Please pray as we have many outreaches, fundraisers, and much more to do!
If you didn’t get our prayer letter in the mail yet, here is copy of what we sent out. If you need to make it bigger to read, be sure to click on the pdf link at the bottom of this post. As always, thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!
It’s been awhile since our last post and lots has been going on that we are excited to let you know about!
June was packed with camp, camp and more camp! Youth Haven Bible Camp kicked off another camp season of camps for teens, grade school kids, and two weeks of camps for special needs campers. During each week of these camps Maeven and Judah both enjoyed participating in “Cubs Camp.” This is a day camp held at YHBC for kids that are too young for overnight camps. Judah usually only made it a half a day and Maeven was a our trooper who went all day everyday!
Our big moment in June was our annual trip to FCA Leadership Camp. This year we took 6 students with us who will either be in the 8th or 9th grade this coming school year. It was a totally new group from past years and they did awesome as they were trained in how to share their Faith and defend it too. Erin and I both were able to attend groups for leaders and be encouraged through our time will FCA staff and other leaders and volunteers. Maeven and Judah both participated in a Jr. FCA camp for the kids of staff and volunteers. The highlight was for sure seeing them get up in front of the entire camp and sing! Please be praying for our students as we now work with them to take what they have learned at camp and impact their school, friends, family, and community for Christ!
July was a very busy month for us a the Rec Center. With camp going on we were short staffed at the Rec Center and so I (Andy) put in quote a bit of time there. However, even though the hours were long I was blessed for the opportunity to meet some new people in our community and others vacationing in the area, with whom I could share about the ministry of the Rec Center and about the love of Jesus. In late July, the Sunshine Campers from YHBC’s special needs camp were brought to the Rec Center for bowling parties. The campers had a blast bowling and many of the had even more fun getting milkshakes and pizza!
The last week of July, we were once again blessed by a group from Kilgore Bible Church in Kilgore, TX who put on a Vacation Bible School for our local kids. The theme this year was being an agent for Christ. All week long the students were taught Bible stories, played games and even made boats all week which they raced on Friday. Maeven participated in the Bible School and had a blast making new friends and learning more about Jesus. Several kids raised their hands that they knew they needed Jesus, so please be in prayer for these kids as we follow up with them.
As we are now in August, please be praying for us as we are getting ready for a busy month of preparing for fall ministries. Our students head back to school this week and in a couple of weeks Maeven and Judah will be starting pre school for the first time! Thank you for your continued prayers and support!
Summer is officially here for us today as the first week of camp at Youth Haven Bible Camp kicks off. I (Andy) am heading out bright and early to help pick up campers for Teen Week and we can’t wait to see what God is going to in the lives of these teens!
Since our last post much has happened. On Memorial Day weekend we held our annual End of School Teen Lock-In outreach at the Rec Center. We had 85 teens join us for the night and probably had our best behaved group ever. They listened very intently as Andy’s dad William challenged them about the choices that they will be facing in life and the ultimate choice of whether or not to trust Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We do have a couple of prayer requests about this outreach for you to add to your prayer list. First of all be praying that the seed that were sown for the Gospel will be grow and these students will make decisions for Christ. Also, please pray for us as we seek God for wisdom in the future of our lock-in outreaches. These are by far our biggest and most impactful outreaches, but with each lock-in it’s getting harder and harder to find chaperones who will stay all night. There comes a point where there kids outnumber staff by too much. So please pray that people will catch a vision and fire for this outreach and step up to volunteer their time all night for these teens to hear the Gospel!
Last week, we had the privilege of joining one of our supporting churches, Davidson Baptist Church, in Hazard, KY for their annual Vacation Bible School. Andy loved spending the week teaching the teens in a study through the book of Daniel. It was great to be able to talk to the teens about how they Christ is their leader, how they can follow Him, trust Him, and stay on track in their walk with Christ. We were truly blessed by the by the love and kindness our brothers and sisters at Davidson Baptist poured on us last week!
On Friday night we held our first Outdoor Movie Night of the summer at the Lee County Rec Center. The outdoor movie night’s give us a chance to invite families from the community to the Rec Center to come see all the Rec has to offer and to build relationships with them. We had a great turn out of families and our own kids had a great time watching the movie and playing with all the other children too!
We are still in the middle of our fundraising for FCA Leadership Camp. We currently need to raise about $300 more to take our students to camp as well as pay for the fuel to get them there. Our students are still speaking to their churches and talking to family and friends about their fundraising needs. Please pray that all the needed finances will come in and pray for our students as they prepare for camp!
Our family is doing great and Maeven and Judah are both excited to start Cubs Camp today at Youth Haven. They both love the opportunity to play with the other kids, ride horses and swim. We are also very excited to be once again going to FCA Leadership Camp in a couple of weeks. It’s a great time for us to get refreshed spiritually as a family and for us to have our kids involved first hand with our student ministry.
Thank you so much for checking in on our updates and please keep praying for us!
Greetings from Beattyville. As we get ready to enter the month of May lots of things are going on here that we wanted to bring you up to date on.
Things get busy this weekend with our annual Golf Scramble Fundraiser for the Lee County Recreational Center. This is by far the biggest fundraiser that we do each year. Please be praying this week for great weather and a great turn out for this event. Also, if you are in the area please come out and join us, even if you don’t golf. We will have plenty of hamburgers, hotdogs, and polish sausages at the Sag Hollow Golf Course in Booneville, KY from noon to 2pm on Saturday, May 9.
Our next big thing this month comes on Saturday, May 16, from 6pm to 10 pm. We are having a Pre-Teen Lock-In for students finishing 3rd Grade through finishing 6th Grade. At this event the students will get to do all the fun things our teens do at a typical all night lock-in, but only stay 4 hours. Please pray for me (Andy) as I will be sharing a devotion with the students. Pray that I will clearly communicate to them how much God loves them and pray that many students will come and hear about Christ.
At the end of the month on May 29 we are having our annual End of the School Year Teen-Lock-In for students finishing 7th Grade through students graduating high school. At this event Andy’s dad, William Owens, will be giving the devotional to the students. Please pray for him as he prepares and that this outreach will reach many students for Christ. Also, with it being the Friday before high school graduation our students will have many options for parties and places to be where they could get into a lot of trouble. Please pray that they will choose to join us instead.
Throughout May many other things are going on as well. We are wrapping up the end of the school year with our FCA Huddles at the high school and the middle school. Several of our students that we have had in FCA since their 6th grade year are graduating this year and so it’s a bit sad and exciting for us at the same time. Pray that they will stay strong in their relationship with Christ and that they would seek Him in all their future plans. Also be praying for us as we are working with a new group of students to be on our leadership team next year and to go to FCA Leadership Camp with us this summer. We have lots of fundraising to do and this camp will be a great experience for our students.
At the Lee County Rec Center we are wrapping up our Fall/Winter bowling leagues and getting ready to start our summer bowling leagues. In the summer things slow down usually at the Rec Center and so we really need a solid turnout for these summer leagues.
In family news, we have also been very busy. Maeven spent two nights a week in April taking swimming lessons and is a little fish who can’t wait for the camp pool to open in the next few weeks. Judah is progressing with his speech which is an answer to prayer. However, on May 11, we are taking him to Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington, KY to get his feet checked out. In April, Judah had some x-rays that showed he has some curvature in the bones in his feet. We are not sure what this means, whether he will have to wear corrective foot wear, or whether or not he will just grow out of it. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for Judah.
Erin is enjoying being able to get the kids outside to play more and has been working with our dogs as we prepare for two litters of puppies arriving in June. She is much improved in her health since last year, but still has days where her fibromyalgia flairs up and causes her severe discomfort. Pray that those days will be few and far between. I (Andy) have been enjoying being able to get out and do some yard work and do some grilling.
As always, thank you so much for your continued prayers for our family. We are entering another busy season and are so thankful for your partnership and encouragement!