On New Year’s Eve we will be having our annual Teen Lock-In outreach at the Rec Center. We have had many donors in the community who have helped to donate both food, prizes and money to help with this event. Students will be able to compete in bowling competitions, pool tournaments, ping pong tournaments, and much much more. In the middle of the night KMM missionary David Price will be sharing a devotion with the students where the Gospel will be presented. We are hoping that around 150 students will hear the Gospel on Monday night!
How can you help? First of all start praying now that God will begin to work in the lives of our students even before they arrive. Also pray that we will have plenty of staff to both chaperone and interact with our students. Lastly, pray about joining in as a helper for the night. We need volunteers to man the doors, help run games and karaoke, and much more. Please come join us for this very fun and needed outreach!
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!
Last night we held our FCA Concert outreach at Youth Haven Bible Camp. Around forty people came out to hear “The City Seen” give an awesome concert. Through the words of the music and a great testimonial by University of Kentucky tight end, Gabe Correll our students heard very clearly the Gospel and the importance of daily striving to grow closer in their relationship with Christ!
We want to thank all of you who have been praying for the concert and all the details. Please continue to pray for our students that they will take the message they heard and and apply it to their lives!
This a big week of ministry with FCA for Erin and I. Not only are we having our regular FCA weekly huddle meetings at LCHS and LCMS this week, but we are also getting ready for our first ever FCA outreach event. On this Saturday, December 1st, @ 7pm we will be holding an outreach concert at Youth Haven Bible Camp featuring The City Seen. Please be praying for us in the days leading up to the concert as we have much to do in order to get ready. Things like set up and getting all the last minute details together are really going to keep us hopping. Also, be praying for us as many of the students who really pushed to do this event are now not as free as the said they would be. Please pray that our students’ schedules would free up and that they would be able to help like they committed too. Also be praying for the band and our guest speaker as they prepare to minister to all those who come out Saturday. Pray for those who come to the concert that their hearts will be softened and that they will chose to give their lives to Christ. Lots of stuff going on that needs your prayer so please join us in prayer this week!
Lastly, please come join us at the concert. Whether you want to bring a group, bring your self or help serve we want you to be there! See you Saturday!!!
This Saturday, November the 10th, Erin and I along with one of our teacher sponsors, Jessica Napier, took 9 of our middle and high school FCA students to the FCA Weekend of Champions. This event was held by Central Kentucky FCA at the Lexington Christian Academy. Students were able to hear testimonies from a major league baseball player, other students, and hear from Gavin Duerson the main speaker who shared in two sessions. Students also spent time in worship led by Christian band Live Fish and were able to attend buzz groups where they were able to choose from a variety of topics that interested them. In the middle of the day our students competed in a variety for competitions such as volleyball, free throw shooting, soccer, softball throw, football throw, and various other races. Perhaps the most exciting time of the day was when the SOAR Dunk team from Liberty University put on an exhibition of crazy dunks and flips using trampolines. Our student absolutely love it!
During the main speaker sessions our students were challenged about believing in who Jesus truly was and is and also to be disciple makers. The students definitely heard a powerful message from God’s word yesterday. While none of our students made public decsions for Christ many students gave their lives to Christ yesterday. Please pray that the events and messages of yesterday will draw our students into closer relationships with Christ. God is doing some great things in FCA with our students. Pray that we can continue to impact them for Christ!
This morning Erin helped lead her first meeting of “The Well” with KMM missionaries Amy Brandenburg, Shirley Fryer, and Pam Price. “The Well” is a new ministry they are developing to reach out to mothers and grandmothers raising small children and babies in our area. There is child care available for children and the ladies enjoy a time of fellowship, crafts, and Bible study. The main goal is to encourage and refresh mothers, by giving them fellowship and letting them know how much God loves them.
Today’s first meeting went very well and the ladies had a great time. They will be meeting again in December and moving the meeting into the evening in order to reach even more ladies.
Please keep praying for Erin and the other missionary ladies as they seek to impact and encourage ladies and moms in our community!
On December 1, 2012 our FCA students will be joining us as we put on our first ever FCA outreach where the students will be doing a ministry to reach their lost family and friends. This year our leadership team wanted to do a concert to reach their community and beyond. Thanks to “The City Seen” a Christian Rock/Praise and Worship band from Stanton, KY we are going to be having a free concert outreach on December 1st that will start at 7 pm. Please invite any individuals, youth groups, or other groups you know to come and take advantage of this FREE concert that will be a a great outreach opportunity for them! Please pray for our students too as they will be reaching out into the community to work invite people! Lastly, stop by the Rec Center and I will have plenty of flyers you can have to invite your friends!
On Friday, October 26th, we held our annual Halloween Teen Lock-In outreach at the Rec Center. 120 students joined us from 10 pm on Friday night until 6 am on Saturday morning. This year our numbers were down from past years, however I really think God provided the perfect amount of students for us. The number was just write that we weren’t overcrowded, we didn’t have the behavioral issues we have had in past years, all students were able to fit into the same room for our guest speaker, and we were able to really mix in and interact with the students and not just do crowd control.
Throughout the night the students enjoyed bowling, cosmic bowling, pool and ping pong tournaments, karaoke, and various other games and activities. We were also blessed through the hard work of many people that our new restrooms were able to be used for the first time. This eliminated many long bathroom lines and made for a much more enjoyable night as well!
In the middle of the night KMM missionary David Price was our guest speaker. He talked with the students about how what is on the outside doesn’t always match what’s on inside and how Christ is the only one who can truly bring change to the inside of us. Dave shared with the students about the difference between religion and a personal relationship with Christ. While Dave was speaking I surveyed the audience and could tell that God was really speaking to several of our students. While we want our students to have fun at the lock-in’s our devotional time is the most important thing we do. Last night many seeds were planted and hearts spoken to. Please join us in praying that God will use last night and that students will surrender their lives to Him as a result.
The lock-in was a great time for us as we enjoyed time with our students and got to share Christ with them. A special thanks to everyone who gave of their time to work with our students. Keep praying for the students and if you would like to help at a lock-in with us sometime we have another one coming up on New Year’s Eve!!!