Greetings from Richmond! It’s been a couple of weeks since our last update and so much has been happening that we are excited to share with you! For the past 6 years Erin and I have been attending FCA’s annual Coach and Spouse Get Away on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. This marriage retreat has been a huge blessing to us both in our marriage and our walks with Christ. The opportunity to get away and fellowship with others in sports ministry, sing praises to God, hear Godly Biblical teaching on marriage, and just have some time in a nice hotel is always an awesome thing for us. This year was our first year to go to this event as FCA staff and we were so excited because we had several friends and coaches and sponsors that we minister with who were joining us this year. Over all 70 couples from all over Kentucky came out to our Coach and Spouse Get Away. It was so great to see God working in the lives of these couples as we learned so many deep lessons. One of the biggest lessons we had was on the power of our words and how in our marriages we have the ability to speak life or death words to our spouses. Please keep praying with us that God would take the seeds that were planted at the marriage retreat and draw these couples closer together as they grow closer to Him!
Another big thing going on right now is that I am actively contacting, reaching out to, and visiting schools in our area where there are no FCA huddles. So far I have been well received by the schools that I have been able to touch base with, and I am so excited for the possibilities of partnering with these schools. Tomorrow I am actually meeting most of the day with a school that’s never had an FCA Huddle and wants to get one going! Earlier this week I met with a Coach who decided FCA needed to be going at his school and started it himself. It was great to hear his enthusiasm for using FCA to share the love of Christ with his students. I was personally so thankful for the ability to be able to meet with him and give him one of our Coaches Bibles to use in his ministry with his students!
Now that the Coach and Spouse Retreat is over, I am also reaching out to our schools to share with them about our annual FCA Leadership Camp this summer. Right now I am just trying spark the coaches and huddle leaders into plugging camp with their students and then in the next month or so get them the information to sign their kids up. Please pray that as we begin to share about Leadership Camp with the students that God will begin to work in their heart so that they will be drawn to this awesome camp where they not only have fun, but learn to take ownership of their faith, defend their faith, and share their faith in Christ with others!
God is doing some great things in FCA right now and even though I am still learning my way around I am still amazed and blessed by the opportunity to go to our schools and work with these coaches, teachers, and athletes. Please pray that I will grow closer to Christ daily and reflect Him well to all whom I come in contact with! Thank you so much for continuing to pray for us! Next week, I will give you more of a family update too!
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for Erin and our family over the past few weeks since she was diagnosed with breast cancer. We are so thankful for our ministry family with FCA who have been very supportive and are allowing us whatever time we need for Erin’s appointments, tests, surgeries and etc.
During this time though we are still trying to get as plugged in as we can to our new ministry with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and are so excited to share with you what God is doing. Last week, I (Andy), was able to travel to Powell County where both the Powell County Middle and High Schools partnered together to put on their first ever Fields of Faith outreach. These schools are near and dear to us as some of our friends from Emmanuel Baptist Church are working as huddle sponsors and many of our former youth group students are involved in FCA. Around 30 students and 10 adults came out to this even where the students shared their testimonies, read scripture and sang praises. It was exciting to see many of these students sharing about their walk with Christ for the first time! We are so excited to see what God is going to do through these faithful students, teachers, and coaches in Powell County this school year and at many more Fields of Faith outreaches to come!
At the end of the week, I was able to go to Madison Southern’s monthly club day FCA Huddle. I lost count of how many students where there at around 70 students, but if I had to guess there were close to 100 students who gathered in the school gym for their Huddle. It was awesome to watch their leadership team put on a skit that talked about the power that sin has on us and how only Christ can set us free. After the skit, one of the students share a devotional and part of her testimony. During her talk, Ms. Bevins, one of the teacher sponsors, pointed out to me just how close of attention the students were paying to the girl speaking. Sure enough almost 100 students were totally focused on this student sharing from the Bible. Not a single mobile phone was out or conversation was being had. All the students were focused on the message. It was awesome to see just how powerfully God can use students to impact their fellow students!
This week, I was able to return to Lee County on Tuesday and go to our Huddle at Lee County High School. It was great to see students that we have worked with over the past several years and to seek KMM intern Jeremy Holt, leading them through a Bible study. I also had the opportunity to speak to a Pastor’s Fellowship group on Tuesday in Lee County where I was able to present to them about the ministry of FCA and how they can partner with us. It’s awesome to be able to share what God is doing with FCA and specifically the goals and passions that He has given Erin and I to minister with FCA.
As you know Erin and I have been working on becoming fully funded as missionaries with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Currently we are at 67% of our monthly support goal and have set a few bench marks we want to reach during these last two months of 2016. Our first goal is that by the end of November we hope to raise another $1,200 a month in financial support. This will put us at 84% of our total support goal.
Our second benchmark is that we hope to reach full financial support by the end of December 2016. This means we need to raise around $2,300 more a month in monthly commitments by the end of the year. When full funded we will be able not only to take care of all personal expenses such as salary, insurance, etc., but also be able to cover all our ministry expenses such as travel to schools, Bibles and Bible study materials, and also funds to help send coaches and students to camps and conferences.
So where do you come in? If you are already part of our support home team we thank you for your financial and prayer partnership and ask you to keep praying for us that we will reach these financial goals in 2016. We also ask you to pray that over the next few weeks I will be able to schedule many support appointments as possible. We realize that in December once Erin has her surgery there will be a three week period of helping with her recovery where we will not be able to get out for these appointments. So please pray we can make the most of the time we have in November.
If you are one of our many friends that we have already spoken or met with about joining our Home Team and you have committed to partnering with us, but haven’t done so, we would like to ask you to join us now. We know it’s a busy time of year, but your partnership would be a huge blessing to us and also allows us to get into more of our schools right away! Please pray about what that commitment might look like for you and your family and join us as soon as possible.
Lastly, maybe you have not made any sort of commitment to partner with us in this new ministry, but feel that God maybe leading you to do so. We would like to ask you to join us now. Please feel free to contact us about ways to partner with us, or click on the link on the side of this page where you can set up online giving right away. Also, if you know of anyone we haven’t talked to yet about our ministry with FCA and should please let us know too!
Thank you all for your time, prayers, and support. Please remember our family during this time. Pray with us for Erin’s health and pray with us that we can be fully funded and fully engaged in ministry with FCA soon!