Our little cowgirl!
Its been a couple of weeks since we were last able to do an update, and with the bad weather we have experienced there hasn’t been much to report. With all the snow and cold temperatures our students have been out of school and we have only had one huddle this semester. Last weekend, on Super Bowl Sunday we were able to have a break in the weather where our students came out to our house for a Super Bowl party. We had a great time with the students and Maeven loves playing with the “teenagers.” At half time of the game, I (Andy) was able to give a devotional about how just like the football players have specific gifts and roles they use and play on the team God has give us each specific role and gifts to serve Him.
At the Rec Center weather has kept us from having various leagues and youth outreaches over the past few week. With no school, there still has been only 1 week of our jr. bowling league. Please be praying that our students will get back in school and that the weather will break so people will come back out to the Rec Center. We need their business in order to fund the center and our outreaches.
On a more happy note at the Rec Center this coming Friday we will be having our annual Health Screening and Health Fair. Our local hospital and our local health department will be at the Rec Center doing blood pressure checks, lipid panels, cholesterol checks, diet information, stop smoking information, and much more. It’s free for anyone in our community to attend and once again while we try to help them with their physical health it gives us a chance to have conversations and build relationships that will hopefully lead to sharing the Gospel.
Judah playing Batman!
Our family is finally starting to get healthy after several weeks of battling different bugs and viruses. Judah has had it rough battling a bad case of the croup. We are praying that our sweet little boy returns and that the moody sick side of him will go away soon! Maeven has been having fun in the snow and working on a valentine’s box to collect valentine cards in. Erin has been battling sickness and we think she is improving finally. I am trying to get some various fundraising ideas for the Rec Center in motion and also plan some outreaches planned as well.
Please continue to pray for our family and the ministries of KMM. Thank you so much for your faithfulness!
1st time sledding…
January’s weather has definitely changed our ministry schedule to be sure. This past week we were covered in snow and cold temperatures which led to there being no school all week here in Lee County. No school, in turn meant no FCA Huddles at our schools. With more bad weather scheduled for this week, we are not sure if we will get back into our huddles this coming week either. Please pray that in this down time of no huddles that our students will keep having their own quiet times and grow in their relationships with Christ!
The bad weather has also been rough on the Rec Center as some leagues have had to be cancelled and also low turn out for others. We really need a break in the weather to get people back out and into our facility!
Erin and the kids have had a big week. On Tuesday the kids got to experience sledding and snow cream for the first time. Maeven wants to do everything herself on the sled and Judah was not quite sure what to make of the snow. At the end of the week, Erin loaded up the kiddos and joined her parents for a weekend trip to Pittsburgh where they celebrated a late Christmas with her brothers family. The kids loved getting to play with their cousins, swimming in Meme and Pop’s hotel pool, and going sledding again. It was great for Erin to spend some quality time with her family too!
This week looks to be a busy week if the weather cooperates. I (Andy) will be sharing in our church (Emmanuel Baptist) on Wednesday night about the ministries of KMM. Throughout the week we have various bowling leagues and activities at the Rec Center. This weekend the LCHS Bowling team has their regional bowling tournament and I will be helping coach with that.
In the past we have had Super Bowl Outreaches at the Rec Center where we invite kids out to watch the game and then share a devotional at half time. For the past couple of years we have mainly had FCA students and KMM staff attend and so next week we are doing things a bit different. Erin and I are having our first ever FCA Super Bowl party at our house and I will share a devotional at halftime. Please pray that the weather cooperates and we will be able to each many students!
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!
This weekend Erin and I had the pleasure of attending an FCA Coaches Time Out Conference in Lexington, KY. It was great to be able to have some time together and to be refreshed as we sat under some very wise council and teaching. We were able to attend seminars on becoming a better coach, having a better marriage, finances, and growing in our personal relationships with Christ. We were also blessed by small group times where we were able to interact, pray with, and discuss ministry ideas and personal growth issues with other teachers, coaches, and people involved in Sports Ministry. We are definitely leaving the conference refreshed and ready implement what we have learned into our lives and ministry roles.
This coming week has much in store for us as we hope to avoid snow and get back into FCA again at our schools. The high school bowling team also has some home bowling matches at the Rec Center. Pray for opportunities to share Jesus with our team and their families this week.
Maeven and Judah are doing well and had a big weekend staying with their Grammie and Grumpie (Andy’s parents) while we were at our FCA conference. Maeven has also been getting very artistic and making cards and drawings for all her family and friends. I (Andy) have at least 5 pictures to take and hang in my office this week! Judah is keeping us on our toes as he likes to follow us around the house and get into whatever mommy and daddy are doing. Tis includes trying o climb in the dishwasher!
As always we appreciate and are so thankful for your continued prayers and support!
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!