2016 is here and we made it! As usual the new year got off to a busy start for our family as the Lee County Recreational Center held it’s annual New Year’s Eve Teen Lock-In. Over 109 teens and adult chaperones attended this outreach and helped us ring in the new year. Normally, I (Andy) would sort of facilitate and help make sure the night runs smoothly and find a speaker to share the Gospel with the students. For this Lock-In, I realized that I hadn’t scheduled a speaker and so I ended up speaking. I was blessed to have the opportunity to share with the students about how God’s will for their lives is good, pleasing, and perfect and that they shouldn’t conform the labels that the World places on them. I’m not one to throw out casually that I feel the Spirit moving, but that night as I gave the devotion I did have a peace from God that I was sharing just what He wanted met to share and that He was working in the hearts of our students. Please join us in praying that we will see students make decisions for Christ as a result of the Lock-In outreach.
Maeven and Judah have had a great start to the New Year as they went to their Mimi and Pop’s for New Year’s. They were also able to take one of their Christmas gifts and go to Build-A-Bear and each get a new buddy. We even had break through’s in Sunday School this week as both of our kids were able to tell us their lesson, Judah actually colored, and Maeven wrote her name on here Sunday School paper all by herself! After a two week break, both of our kiddos are excited to go back to Pre-School this week to see their teachers and friends.
Maeven and Judah and their new stuffed pals
Today we are starting the second semester of our After School Jr. Bowling Outreach. Join us in praying for this awesome outreach. Pray that students will remember after being off for a couple of weeks and come back to day. Most of all pray, that they will be receptive to the Word and open to talking with our staff about Jesus!
2016 looks to be a busy year with lots of opportunities and changes. Please keep our family in your prayers and thank you so much for your faithfulness!
1st time sledding…
January’s weather has definitely changed our ministry schedule to be sure. This past week we were covered in snow and cold temperatures which led to there being no school all week here in Lee County. No school, in turn meant no FCA Huddles at our schools. With more bad weather scheduled for this week, we are not sure if we will get back into our huddles this coming week either. Please pray that in this down time of no huddles that our students will keep having their own quiet times and grow in their relationships with Christ!
The bad weather has also been rough on the Rec Center as some leagues have had to be cancelled and also low turn out for others. We really need a break in the weather to get people back out and into our facility!
Erin and the kids have had a big week. On Tuesday the kids got to experience sledding and snow cream for the first time. Maeven wants to do everything herself on the sled and Judah was not quite sure what to make of the snow. At the end of the week, Erin loaded up the kiddos and joined her parents for a weekend trip to Pittsburgh where they celebrated a late Christmas with her brothers family. The kids loved getting to play with their cousins, swimming in Meme and Pop’s hotel pool, and going sledding again. It was great for Erin to spend some quality time with her family too!
This week looks to be a busy week if the weather cooperates. I (Andy) will be sharing in our church (Emmanuel Baptist) on Wednesday night about the ministries of KMM. Throughout the week we have various bowling leagues and activities at the Rec Center. This weekend the LCHS Bowling team has their regional bowling tournament and I will be helping coach with that.
In the past we have had Super Bowl Outreaches at the Rec Center where we invite kids out to watch the game and then share a devotional at half time. For the past couple of years we have mainly had FCA students and KMM staff attend and so next week we are doing things a bit different. Erin and I are having our first ever FCA Super Bowl party at our house and I will share a devotional at halftime. Please pray that the weather cooperates and we will be able to each many students!
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!