I hope this post finds you staying warm and dry. Here in Beattyville between precipitation and cold temperatures it has been one nasty December weather wise. This past weekend at the Rec Center we were going to have an indoor yard sale to help raise funds for the Rec Center. Unfortunately, the weather had been rotten and was predicted to be really bad about the time of the sale we had to reschedule for Saturday, December 21st.
This week is a busy week for our family. On Saturday the Lee County Rec Center is hosting a breakfast with Santa. During this time I (Andy) will be reading the Christmas story and sharing the Good News of Christ’s birth with all who attend. We are expecting around 50 people to attend this event. Immediately after this event, we have a high school bowling match for our Lee County High School Bowling Team at the Rec Center. I will be helping as an assistant coach and also with whatever needs may arise during the match. Once all that raps ups, our family will be hosting our annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Christmas party at our house. All of our middle and high school students are invited out to our home to enjoy games, good food, and lots of fun. When Erin and I, purchased our current home we prayed and asked God to give us opportunities to open our home to our local youth. We are excited to be able to be a witness to them in our house and hopefully show some that come from broken homes love that they need to be shown.
On Sunday evening our family is gearing up for a big first. Maeven will be participating in her first ever Christmas play! She is practicing and is really excited for her role as a cow in the stable where Jesus was born. We can’t help but smile as we remember how just a year ago she was scared to death of cows, but now is proudly practicing her mooing. Judah is still to young to participate, but he loves practicing his cow sounds as well!
Erin is doing ok with her health diagnosis, but has some pretty tough days. Since we have met our insurance deductible for the year and to erase any worries about a scar found on Erin’s brain during her last MRI we have decided to go and get a better contrasted MRI of her head next week. We pray that this MRI will lead to a total conclusion that all of Erin’s symptoms are Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia related and not some more serious brain issues. The relief of finding out that would be a tremendous weight off of our shoulders, so please be praying.
As always, we thank you for your continued support and prayers. We hope that you are having a great Christmas season and are truly enjoying celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The month of December is full of various events and outreaches for us at the Lee County Recreational Center. We are doing several things to help raise funds for the Rec Center and many others to share the love of Christ with our community. Erin and I wanted to share with you several upcoming things that you can join us in prayer for. I (Andy) will be sharing about the first Christmas at several of these events. Please pray that myself and other speakers will effectively communicate the Gospel to our community!
Yesterday afternoon, we went back to Erin’s neurologist to find out the results of her MRI and hopefully get some answers as to what has been going on with her body these past few months. After some discussion the doctor told us his “working” diagnosis is that she has fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and a herniated disc in her neck. The good news is that none of this diagnosis is life threatening. The bad news is that the two major issues really aren’t curable, but they are treatable. For the next three months Erin will be trying a routine of meds and physical therapy to help ease her symptoms. If all goes well we will go back to the neurologist in three months and continue on the same track. If all does not go well, there may be some more detailed MRI’s in the future. We are thankful to finally have some answers and very thankful for your continued prayers through this difficult time. Please keep praying for Erin as this looks to be a long tough road ahead.
This past Friday we went to Lexington for Erin’s MRI. Everything seemed to go well and she survived being loaded up into a torpedo tube. We now have to sit back and wait until December 2nd for her next doctor’s appointment to find out what the results of Friday’s tests are. In the mean time we are busy praying that we will get a diagnosis and that it will be something that is treatable so that Erin will be back to normal in no time. We appreciate your continued prayers and will let you know as we find out more. Thanks!
Greetings from Beattyville and from the Owens Family. Much has been going on since our last post and we want to bring you up to date. Ministry wise things have really been going very busy, but very well at the same time. Last week, Erin and the other KMM ladies held the November meeting of The Well. Erin was able to share with the ladies about prayer about how we should pray and also share requests and pray with each other. During the Well, Maeven and Judah enjoyed the kids ministry ran by KMM missionaries Pam Price and Shirl Fryer and both came home very excited.
Our FCA Huddles were very busy last week and in both the middle and high schools we also talked with students about prayer. After discussing prayer the students broke into small groups and spent time sharing requests and praises and then praying with and for each other. In our Thursday afternoon after school Bible study, Andy had the opportunity to begin a four week section on spiritual disciplines. The first week of this study was talking and seeing what the Bible says about the importance of fellowshipping and being part of the church. Hearing students asking questions and talking about the need to get more involved in their churches.
The annual FCA Weekend of Champions was held this Saturday and we took 19 high and middle school students with us. This was by far the largest group that we have taken over the past four years, but seeing this amount of students getting excited about sharing Christ in their schools was very encouraging. Our students were able to take seminars on how to share and defend their faith, praise God through lots of awesome worship music, hear testimonies of college athletes, and hear messages from former University of Kentucky basketball players Cameron Mills and Jeff Sheppard. Please join us in praying that our students will now take what they have learned and been challenged with this past weekend and be bold in their schools!
Our family has been battling different sicknesses that have been going around. Both Maeven and Judah have battled colds and fevers but are now recovering well. I have been down the past couple of days with some sort of cold/allergies that have left me miserable and hoarse. Erin is still dealing with her continuing health issues. This Friday we are finally going for her MRI’s and praying for good and definite results so that she can get the treatment she needs and feel better soon! Please join us in praying for her health!
As always thank you for your continued prayers and support!