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!
For the past couple of weeks we have been battling various flu and other illness issues. Andy actually got so sick last week that he spent most of the week at home being medicated and trying to get better. Between fighting off a bug herself and keeping up with the kids when Andy was sick or at work Erin had reached the point of exhaustion. With all the physical issues and just busyness of ministry spiritually we were both feeling down as well. Thankfully we serve a great God who knows right when we need those times of recovery and refreshment.
This weekend Andy’s parents were able to keep our kids and KMM missionary Rose Harrison was able to house and dog-sit for us as we attended the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach and Spouse conference at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington. It was a great time of praising God through song, hearing testimonies of how God is using coaches and spouses to impact students for Christ, getting ideas for our FCA program, and just being fed and encouraged about making our marriages stronger in Christ! We thoroughly enjoyed our time with other like-minded believers. On top of the time of spiritual renewal and refocus on Christ, we hate to admit it, but a night away in a very comfortable bed without any threat of kids crying in the middle of the night was very nice. We are thankful to now be home with our kids, but for our one nigh away we are thankful too!
This week things get back to normal sort of. After a weekend of fellowshipping with other FCA leaders we are excited to get back to our students and begin preparations to seek out who will go to leadership camp this summer and step up as leaders in our huddles. God has been doing great things with our students and we pray that they will continue to grow!
As always thank you for your continued prayer and support!