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!
Greetings from Richmond, KY and sorry for the delay in keeping you updated on everything that is going on ministry wise and also with our family and Erin’s health.
We had a little bit of a scare with Erin this past week. As we have shared with you we were blessed to get Erin into a grant program that is supposed to cover all her medical bills dealing with cancer. The program was supposed to expire at the end of January and we knew that we had to apply for an extension. When Erin called to begin working on the extension we found out there had been an office glitch kicking her out of the program and that none of her medical bills thus far had been covered! Panic definitely set in and our anxiety level was through the roof. Erin and I both began praying that things could be worked out, and she began making calls to all the agencies involved in her getting kicked out of the program and getting back into it. Thankfully this morning she got a call that all has been resolved, all her previous bills taken care of, and any new bills covered through March! In March she can apply for another three months of coverage which will last through the completion of her reconstruction. Once again, we are so thankful for the way God answers prayers and has continued to bless us during Erin’s battle with breast cancer!
Ministry wise we are getting back in to things as most of our school’s are kicking off their second semester. I have been visiting several of our school’s morning huddles and trying to encourage both the students and huddle sponsor’s. I have been to almost all of the schools that we will cover who have active FCA huddles going. My next big step is to start contacting and visiting the many schools in our area who do not currently have active huddles and see what we can do to get them up and going. We are hoping to see God do great things in these schools over the coming months and ask that you keep us in your prayers.
This weekend we are getting ready for the annual FCA Coach and Spouse Get Away. This is one of the larger FCA outreaches in Kentucky. We invite coaches and their spouses, as well as other couples associated with FCA to a two day retreat at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. There we have a great time of fellowship with praise and worship music, Biblical marriage guidance from a speaker, testimonies from other couples, and some great food. Please be in prayer for the couples that will be joining us at the Get Away. We never know what issues they maybe facing in their marriages, but we know we have a great God who can take care of any needs they have. Pray that this weekend will be the starting point for many of these couples to put Christ first in their relationship.
Also, we want to thank all of you who have been praying about our support level and especially those who have partnered with us. We are currently at about 78% of our support level. Please pray that God will provide the remaining amount we need. If you would like to partner with us just click the link on the right side of this page. Also, please let us know if there is any one or any church that you think we should contact!
Thank you so much for checking in to see how we are doing and please keep praying for our family and the ministry of FCA!