If you didn’t get our prayer letter in the mail yet, here is copy of what we sent out. If you need to make it bigger to read, be sure to click on the pdf link at the bottom of this post. As always, thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!
It’s been awhile since our last post and lots has been going on that we are excited to let you know about!
June was packed with camp, camp and more camp! Youth Haven Bible Camp kicked off another camp season of camps for teens, grade school kids, and two weeks of camps for special needs campers. During each week of these camps Maeven and Judah both enjoyed participating in “Cubs Camp.” This is a day camp held at YHBC for kids that are too young for overnight camps. Judah usually only made it a half a day and Maeven was a our trooper who went all day everyday!
Our big moment in June was our annual trip to FCA Leadership Camp. This year we took 6 students with us who will either be in the 8th or 9th grade this coming school year. It was a totally new group from past years and they did awesome as they were trained in how to share their Faith and defend it too. Erin and I both were able to attend groups for leaders and be encouraged through our time will FCA staff and other leaders and volunteers. Maeven and Judah both participated in a Jr. FCA camp for the kids of staff and volunteers. The highlight was for sure seeing them get up in front of the entire camp and sing! Please be praying for our students as we now work with them to take what they have learned at camp and impact their school, friends, family, and community for Christ!
July was a very busy month for us a the Rec Center. With camp going on we were short staffed at the Rec Center and so I (Andy) put in quote a bit of time there. However, even though the hours were long I was blessed for the opportunity to meet some new people in our community and others vacationing in the area, with whom I could share about the ministry of the Rec Center and about the love of Jesus. In late July, the Sunshine Campers from YHBC’s special needs camp were brought to the Rec Center for bowling parties. The campers had a blast bowling and many of the had even more fun getting milkshakes and pizza!
The last week of July, we were once again blessed by a group from Kilgore Bible Church in Kilgore, TX who put on a Vacation Bible School for our local kids. The theme this year was being an agent for Christ. All week long the students were taught Bible stories, played games and even made boats all week which they raced on Friday. Maeven participated in the Bible School and had a blast making new friends and learning more about Jesus. Several kids raised their hands that they knew they needed Jesus, so please be in prayer for these kids as we follow up with them.
As we are now in August, please be praying for us as we are getting ready for a busy month of preparing for fall ministries. Our students head back to school this week and in a couple of weeks Maeven and Judah will be starting pre school for the first time! Thank you for your continued prayers and support!
Summer is officially here for us today as the first week of camp at Youth Haven Bible Camp kicks off. I (Andy) am heading out bright and early to help pick up campers for Teen Week and we can’t wait to see what God is going to in the lives of these teens!
Since our last post much has happened. On Memorial Day weekend we held our annual End of School Teen Lock-In outreach at the Rec Center. We had 85 teens join us for the night and probably had our best behaved group ever. They listened very intently as Andy’s dad William challenged them about the choices that they will be facing in life and the ultimate choice of whether or not to trust Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We do have a couple of prayer requests about this outreach for you to add to your prayer list. First of all be praying that the seed that were sown for the Gospel will be grow and these students will make decisions for Christ. Also, please pray for us as we seek God for wisdom in the future of our lock-in outreaches. These are by far our biggest and most impactful outreaches, but with each lock-in it’s getting harder and harder to find chaperones who will stay all night. There comes a point where there kids outnumber staff by too much. So please pray that people will catch a vision and fire for this outreach and step up to volunteer their time all night for these teens to hear the Gospel!
Last week, we had the privilege of joining one of our supporting churches, Davidson Baptist Church, in Hazard, KY for their annual Vacation Bible School. Andy loved spending the week teaching the teens in a study through the book of Daniel. It was great to be able to talk to the teens about how they Christ is their leader, how they can follow Him, trust Him, and stay on track in their walk with Christ. We were truly blessed by the by the love and kindness our brothers and sisters at Davidson Baptist poured on us last week!
On Friday night we held our first Outdoor Movie Night of the summer at the Lee County Rec Center. The outdoor movie night’s give us a chance to invite families from the community to the Rec Center to come see all the Rec has to offer and to build relationships with them. We had a great turn out of families and our own kids had a great time watching the movie and playing with all the other children too!
We are still in the middle of our fundraising for FCA Leadership Camp. We currently need to raise about $300 more to take our students to camp as well as pay for the fuel to get them there. Our students are still speaking to their churches and talking to family and friends about their fundraising needs. Please pray that all the needed finances will come in and pray for our students as they prepare for camp!
Our family is doing great and Maeven and Judah are both excited to start Cubs Camp today at Youth Haven. They both love the opportunity to play with the other kids, ride horses and swim. We are also very excited to be once again going to FCA Leadership Camp in a couple of weeks. It’s a great time for us to get refreshed spiritually as a family and for us to have our kids involved first hand with our student ministry.
Thank you so much for checking in on our updates and please keep praying for us!
Greetings from Beattyville. As we get ready to enter the month of May lots of things are going on here that we wanted to bring you up to date on.
Things get busy this weekend with our annual Golf Scramble Fundraiser for the Lee County Recreational Center. This is by far the biggest fundraiser that we do each year. Please be praying this week for great weather and a great turn out for this event. Also, if you are in the area please come out and join us, even if you don’t golf. We will have plenty of hamburgers, hotdogs, and polish sausages at the Sag Hollow Golf Course in Booneville, KY from noon to 2pm on Saturday, May 9.
Our next big thing this month comes on Saturday, May 16, from 6pm to 10 pm. We are having a Pre-Teen Lock-In for students finishing 3rd Grade through finishing 6th Grade. At this event the students will get to do all the fun things our teens do at a typical all night lock-in, but only stay 4 hours. Please pray for me (Andy) as I will be sharing a devotion with the students. Pray that I will clearly communicate to them how much God loves them and pray that many students will come and hear about Christ.
At the end of the month on May 29 we are having our annual End of the School Year Teen-Lock-In for students finishing 7th Grade through students graduating high school. At this event Andy’s dad, William Owens, will be giving the devotional to the students. Please pray for him as he prepares and that this outreach will reach many students for Christ. Also, with it being the Friday before high school graduation our students will have many options for parties and places to be where they could get into a lot of trouble. Please pray that they will choose to join us instead.
Throughout May many other things are going on as well. We are wrapping up the end of the school year with our FCA Huddles at the high school and the middle school. Several of our students that we have had in FCA since their 6th grade year are graduating this year and so it’s a bit sad and exciting for us at the same time. Pray that they will stay strong in their relationship with Christ and that they would seek Him in all their future plans. Also be praying for us as we are working with a new group of students to be on our leadership team next year and to go to FCA Leadership Camp with us this summer. We have lots of fundraising to do and this camp will be a great experience for our students.
At the Lee County Rec Center we are wrapping up our Fall/Winter bowling leagues and getting ready to start our summer bowling leagues. In the summer things slow down usually at the Rec Center and so we really need a solid turnout for these summer leagues.
In family news, we have also been very busy. Maeven spent two nights a week in April taking swimming lessons and is a little fish who can’t wait for the camp pool to open in the next few weeks. Judah is progressing with his speech which is an answer to prayer. However, on May 11, we are taking him to Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington, KY to get his feet checked out. In April, Judah had some x-rays that showed he has some curvature in the bones in his feet. We are not sure what this means, whether he will have to wear corrective foot wear, or whether or not he will just grow out of it. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for Judah.
Erin is enjoying being able to get the kids outside to play more and has been working with our dogs as we prepare for two litters of puppies arriving in June. She is much improved in her health since last year, but still has days where her fibromyalgia flairs up and causes her severe discomfort. Pray that those days will be few and far between. I (Andy) have been enjoying being able to get out and do some yard work and do some grilling.
As always, thank you so much for your continued prayers for our family. We are entering another busy season and are so thankful for your partnership and encouragement!
I (Andy) am writing this after a very exciting week at the Lee County Recreational Center. After being with out AC for over a year and a half we now have cool air at the Rec Center!!! Not only is this a good thing for personal comfort, but we are excited because it has honestly been so hot that we have had many patrons that had given up bowling and coming out due to the heat. We are so very thankful for the many that stuck with us and supported us through the heat. Now we are hoping and praying that the cool air will encourage those who stuck with us and bring back many old and new faces for the various events and outreaches at the Rec Center. Please keep us in your prayers as we need to raise over $3,000 to pay off the remainder of this project!
This past we were also blessed with a great week at Youth Haven Bible Camp. I had the opportunity to take students students to and from YHBC. Talking to the students as they were nervous on Monday and then so excited about all they had done at camp, the people they had met, and about what they had learned in chapel was very encouraging. We were also blessed to have our pastor, Terry Leap, be the chapel speaker at YHBC. He did an incredible job sharing from God’s Word with the students and it was great to spend time catching up too.
Maeven reached another milestone this week as she was able to spend part of the week going to Cubs Camp at YHBC all on her own. She loved swimming and riding horses especially. Judah is also getting to be a big boy and so far his favorite part of summer is discovering sunglasses. Erin is doing well and been keeping busy delivering puppies and keeping the kids involved in Cubs Camp and various other events.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!
Thank you to everyone who helped pray and/or financially supported our trip to FCA Leadership camp this summer. While we were at camp, I (Andy), wrote a daily update for parents and friends to check out. In this post we included each day’s update so that you can get a sense of what camp was like and how God worked. Enjoy!
Greetings from Campbellsville University! Yesterday, we arrived here with 8 middle and high school students, our teacher sponsor Ms. Napier, and the whole Owens family. This is by far the largest group we have ever taken to camp and so we were super excited to get here and get our students plugged in!
Camp was kicked off with a great time of worship that was followed by the students being introduced to IMG_3168their huddle leaders. These are college age students who are not only going to be leading our students in games, but also small group times and devotions. From the kick off our students were thrown right into an afternoon of games. The best was tube mania where we got to watch several students battle it out tug-o-war style over inner tubes!
After a delicious supper in the dining room it was time for buzz groups. The students were able to attend a variety of classes on issues like dating, purity, defending your faith, evangelism, and leading worship to name a few. I went to the worship class, because a couple of our students went there. While I don’t have any musical gifts at all, it was encouraging to see these students excited and asking questions about how they could be worship leaders!
After buzz groups the students came back to the chapel for the first chapel service at camp. The students were once again led to worship Christ through some amazing music. They were also encouraged through the testimony of a division one softball player and a skit that showed the futility of trying to get to God on our own.
The camp speaker shared with the kids tonight about what it truly means to be All In for Christ. He let the students know the Lord wants all of us for all of Him. Before they can ever serve God they have to be committed to giving their all to Him. It was a great opening message for the students to hear this week. As they begin to get training at camp to impact their schools and communities for Christ they need to be reminded that they must first make sure they are All In in their relationship with Him.
Today is another busy day, so please keep our students in your prayers! God is already working in their lives and we can’t wait to see what he is going to do this week!
Day 2 of FCA Leadership Camp has came to a close. While I am completely exhausted as I write this post before heading to bed, I am so very excited about all that God is doing here!
This morning our students were up bright and early for devotional time and calisthenics and a brisk morning run before breakfast. While most probably cringed at the thought of the run, we loved that they were up and ready to go with diving into God’s Word as the first priority of the day!
During the morning our students had a morning chapel session where they were challenged to seek out the voice of God in their lives to see how he is calling them to serve. The speaker did an excellent job of challenging the students to get serious about their time in the Word and prayer so that they will be able to discern the will of God clearly.
Following morning chapel the students had a couple of hours where they were either meeting with their huddle groups discussing the Word or involved in various competition games around the Campbellsville University campus. It was during this time, that myself and the other huddle coaches, sponsors, and leaders gathered for a time of fellowship. We introduced ourselves to one an another and shared about the various FCA things we are doing and how God is working in our schools. It was a huge encouragement to me personally to see how God is moving through FCA and changing the lives of students around the country!
Right before lunch the students gathered back in the chapel for a time of Campus Ministry training. This is where they are trained on how to do our weekly huddles in the school and impact their schools for Christ. As always our goal is to get our huddles more student led and so this is a great time of encouraging and training our Lee County students to do just that.
In the afternoon our students were able to enjoy some free time. Many took naps or showers, but some played basketball and various other activities. Myself and Maeven went to the pool for a swim. She was however very excited to find a couple of our students were going swimming and that the teenagers were going to play with her. So getting pulled around and thrown in the water was a blast for my giggling little 3 year old!
This evening the students were treated to testimonies from two different college basketball players about how God has worked in their lives. Our girls were especially excited to hear from Sarah Hammond who plays basketball for the University of Louisville.
The evening service was once again kicked off with a great time of worship as we sang praises to the Father. Our speaker used the first nine verses of the book of Joshua tonight to challenged our students on three truths about an all in leader. He told them that an All In Leader trusts the promises of God, trusts the presence of God, and is committed to the Word of God. He also encouraged the students that God does not call them because of what they can do, but because of what God can do through them. I have been very encouraged this week at how clear our speaker has been in speaking truth to our students. God promises that the truth of His word will not return void, and I can not wait to see how God is going to use this week’s messages of truth in the lives of our students.
It’s time I head to bed now though, but as we head into day 3 be praying for our students. They will be heading out Saturday afternoon to share their faith with complete strangers. Pray that just like Joshua they will be bold and courageous for Christ!
I want to start off with an apology. Due to the late hour I got back to our room from chapel service this update will be a bit more brief than my last two. That being said, I will try to be more thorough when I write my final camp updated tomorrow!
Today was a busy but blessed day. Our students were challenged in chapel this morning to not only listen for the call of God, but to go and make disciples. The speaker challenged them to be leaders that were causing others to follow Christ.
The big event of today was the Faith Building Trip. All week long the students have been receiving training on sharing their faith and being All In for Christ. Today they were able to put that training into action as they went into the streets of Campbellsville and went door to door sharing their faith. As soon as they returned to campus we met them for a time of sharing about all they had experienced. All 8 of our students really enjoyed their time sharing and definitely had to step out of their comfort zones. I challenged them to go back home and to their schools and not wait for opportunities to share Jesus, but to use today’s experience to realize they need to make their own opportunities to share Him.
In this evening’s chapel service the students heard another great message from our speaker Ken Watson. He challenged the students again on what an All In Leader needs to be. Using I Timothy he challenged them that an all leader needs to be willing to flee from certain things, needs to be willing to follow those who will lead them towards Christ, needs to be willing to fight when Satan throws things at them, and an All In Leader must be found faithful. He encouraged them that God will take faithfulness over talent every time. One thing he challenged the students to be is faithful to their role in our local FCA Huddles this school year. This is a challenge that we pray our students will take to heart as we seek to seek LCHS and LCMS changed for Christ!
Please pray for our students as they begin their last day of camp today that God will keep working in their hearts and that they will become All In Leaders for Christ!
It’s been a busy past few days, but we are now back home safe and sound in Beattyville after another great year at FCA Leadership Camp! We had a great time and were greatly encouraged by the the training and speaking we heard.
Sunday is the shortest day of camp, but is by far one of the busiest days, if not the busiest day. Students were up bright and early for calisthenics and quiet time. After a quick breakfast the students went to the first chapel service of the day. Their the speaker once again challenged our students to be disciple makers. He challenged them to seek out disciples based on those who have a desire to learn more about Christ and not on looks, popularity, or the things the world looks at.
Following that service the students had a short break to meet one final time with their huddle groups and discuss all they had learned over the course of the weekend. Our students really enjoyed their huddle groups and made some great friends as they dived into the Word together.
After Huddle Groups the students gathered one last time in the chapel for a time of worship and hearing from our main speaker, Ken Watson. Ken gave the students a final challenge to be All In Leaders for Christ. He was very clear in letting them know that being All in for Christ would cost them something. Yet God wants all of them for all of Him.
After chapel our students spent some time saying their good byes before we left to head back to Beattyville. On the way home I spent some time talking with our students about their experiences at camp. I challenged them to not only be All In Leaders for Christ, but also to be stronger bolder leaders in our FCA Huddle this year.
I can honestly say that this is probably one of the best years of FCA Leadership Camp that we have ever been to. We took a great group of kids and heard very clear and challenging messages. I know God is working in the lives of our students. Please pray that they will be open to His leading. Pray they will be fateful to serve Him in their school and huddles. Pray for Erin and I that we will be able to lead and challenge our students to apply all they have learned this week.
God has great plans for our FCA Huddles and we ask you to keep praying!