Greetings again from Beattyville and our family! The start of the New Year has been a rough one for our family health wise, but I am happy to report that we are on the mend and lots has been going on.
At the Rec Center this past week we had to put starting back our After School Jr. Bowling League. The weather was so bad and cold that our students were out of school all week. So when there is no school there is no after school league.
On Saturday, our high school bowling team had two bowling matches at the Rec Center. I (Andy) helped with coaching the boys teams. I’m not much of a bowling coach, but I really enjoy the opportunity to interact with the students and also how the matches bring so many new people into discover the Rec Center. Our students bowled great and won both of their matches over all!
On Sundays, Erin and I have had the privilege of teaching the teen Sunday School Class at our church. Currently we are teaching a section on ethics and morality in our class and today we dealt specifically with the issue of whether or not what we eat matters to God. It’s a rare topic to be discussed in a youth group, but we were able to talk with the students about both ends of the spectrum from gluttony to eating disorders and how what we eat can be a way to bring honor to God.
This coming week the New Year continues to take off. Today we will have our first After School Jr. Bowling League of the year and are hoping to be able to work with about 40 or so elementary age students. Erin will be sharing this evening at this year’s first meeting of The Well. Please pray for her as she brings the devotional for the mothers who attend tonight!
sister and brother techies…
Maeven and Judah are doing well and definitely feel better after having a virus. With all the bad weather and being sick they were cooped up at home and going a bit stir crazy. On Thursday and Friday, Erin brought them both out to the Rec Center to run off some of that pent up energy. It was fun having them there and seeing how much they both enjoyed it. While they were there on Friday they were both excited that their “Grumpie” (Andy’s Dad) came out and played several exciting rounds of hide and seek with them.
This past week Erin and I began including Judah in story time with Maeven before they go to bed each night. Previously he had been to easily distracted to sit with us and pay attention, but now that he is a bit older he is doing great. We have truly enjoyed reading fun stories to them and even more so reading a nightly Bible story to our kids. God has blessed us with two wonderful kids and we treasure being able to share about our great God to them. We pray we can always reflect Christ to them and that they will accept Him at a young age!
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support and we hope you have a great week!
Greetings from Beattyville and we hope you are enjoying a good start to 2014! Our 2014 has gotten off like a roller coaster with ups and downs.
On Tuesday night we held an all night teen lock-in at the Rec Center to ring in the new year. We had 146 teens come out to this outreach and KMM missionary, Scott Brandenburg, shared with the students the story of Zaccheus and how they can just like Zaccheus come to know Christ personally. Please keep praying that the seeds that were planted at this lock-in would lead to us seeing many students come to know Christ as their personal savior.
Since the new year our family has been battling some sort of bug. Finally it got to the point where Andy couldn’t go to work and the kids were totally miserable too. Thankfully Erin had recovered enough to take the rest of us into the doctor’s where we found out we had some sort of virus and given lots of meds, then told to stay home for the rest of the weekend. We are slowly making some progress and with a busy week ahead, your prayers we would greatly appreciate.
We hope this update finds you having a had a great Christmas and getting ready for a great New Year! Our family has had a great time of getting together with other family members and celebrating the birth of Christ. It was really exciting for us to be able to be at the point with Maeven where she is starting to understand Christmas and get excited about everything. Judah is still just happy to run around and play with new things.
This week we come back from a few days off for Christmas to one of the biggest outreach events that we hold at the Rec Center, our annual New Year’s Eve Teen Lock-In. We are expecting over 150 teenagers to come out and join us for a fun night of games, prizes, bowling, karaoke, cosmic bowling, and much more. Please be in prayer for KMM missionary Scott Brandenburg who will be sharing the Gospel with our teens about halfway through the night. Pray that God will begin to work in the student’s hearts even now and that many will decide to give their life to Christ! Pray for all our staff that we will be able to build relationships with our students throughout the night! And lastly please pray that we will have plenty have plenty of volunteers and chaperones to help with the lock-in.
Also, this week we begin our annual Biggest Loser Contest. This contest is designed to help bring in our community to help get them healthier and taking better care of themselves physically. Not only that, but it gives our staff the chance to interact with participants and share Jesus with them. Please pray for many opportunities to build relationships and share Jesus.
As we head into the New Year a lot is going on and God is going to do some great things. Please keep praying!
This year Maeven was able to participate in her first ever Christmas play at our church Emmanuel Baptist. We are very proud that our little “Christmas Cow” did well and stayed on stage during the entire performance. Here is the very amateur video Daddy took of her if you would like to see our “Christmas Cow” in action!
This afternoon we will be heading back to the doctor for one more test for Erin. She is having a more in depth MRI on her brain and hopefully after this the doctor will be able to totally rule out M.S. We thank you for your faithful prayers over the past couple of months and ask you to join us again today in prayer that all will go well. We serve the Great Physician and Healer and we know Erin is totally in His care. Pray for her health, calm nerves, and peace no matter what the outcome. Thank you so much for your faithfulness!