Each year we send out an end of the year newsletter via snail mail. This way we are able to bring everyone praying, supporting, and involved in our ministry up to date with what’s going on. Especially those who may not get our monthly email newsletters. This is the end of the letter year we sent out last week. If you didn’t receive one, we are very sorry. Several people who get our email newsletters we didn’t send this one, because we didn’t want to overwhelm you and you will be getting an email newsletter in December. Thank you again to all who have been praying, supporting, and been there for our family in any way this year!
It’s been a little bit since our last update, and we do apologize. These past few weeks have been a very busy season of ministry and transition for our family. Since our last update, we have wrapped up another school year of FCA Huddles at Lee County High School and Middle School. We were blessed to have great students in both of these huddles this year and it was a privilege to be able to share with them from God’s Word and to see them grow in their relationship with Him.
We also wrapped up our After School Jr. Bowling League at the Lee County Recreational Center. In our next to last week of this league we were blessed to see one of our students accept Christ as his personal Savior! And the awesome thing is that it started with another student witnessing to him on the bowling bus! Our kids Maeven and Judah, both participated in this outreach and had a great time bowling and meeting the other kids! They also loved getting bowling trophies.
We are still in the middle of trying to close on the sale of our current home and then close on our new home in Richmond, KY. The good news is, that it looks like we will be able to close the first week of June here and hopefully close on the new home and move shortly thereafter. Please keep praying for us during this stressful time that things will happen smoothly and quickly. Right now with no set dates we can’t schedule movers, fencing, and several other things we have to do to move. Also, moving is getting closer to the date when I (Andy) will be taking students from Lee County to FCA Leadership Camp. The good news is we have a great God who is in control of everything and already knows how everything will work out!
We would also like your to be praying for us during this time as we are also scheduling support appointments with family and friends. We are currently about half way to our support goal. Please pray that we will be able to secure the rest of our support before we start with FCA in August. If you would would be open to hearing more about our new ministry with FCA, please let me know, I would love the opportunity to share with you. If you would like to join our monthly support team or send a gift, you can send support in one of two different ways. The first way is to send a check made out to FCA to:
Central KY FCA
2201 Regency Road
Lexington, KY 40503
In the memo of the check just make a note that your gift is for support of Andy Owens
The second way to help support our family is by going to www.my.fca.org
When you get to this website just click on the left side of the page where it says search for staff and areas. Then in the search, type Andy Owens. This will lead you to our support page where you can click on and begin to set up online giving. You will be able to create an account with FCA where you can set up either manual or automatic giving, whichever you would like to do. If you have any questions about anything please just let me know! Also, if you are currently sending support for our family to KMM thank you for your faithfulness and please continue to send your support to KMM through the month of July.
The next couple of months are going to be a busy, high stress, whirlwind of a time. However, we know God is going to do great things during this time and can’t wait to see what He has in store for our family. Please keep praying faithfully for us!
This week I (Andy) took one of the first steps on our way to being full time missionaries with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. On Monday morning, bright and early, I drove to Lexington where I caught a flight to Kansas City for a few days of Support Raising Boot Camp at the FCA National Support Center.
All in all it was a week of first for me. My first trip to Kansas City, first trip to the FCA National Support Center, and after over 11 years of being in full time ministry, my first support raising training. During our training we went over all the ins and outs of support raising. We went over how things support raising is biblical, obstacles and road blocks to support raising, techniques to gain support team members, how to maintain and grow supporters, and what we are going to do to get started. During the Boot Camp we also did lots of role playing where we practiced giving our ministry presentations and asking people to join our support team and even made phone calls to set up appointments to share about our ministry with FCA.
It was a great trip where I really feel like I gained confidence in being able to go out and raise the funds we need as go on staff with FCA. I also realized that there were times I have not been the greatest about keeping up with our support team, and that is something that will definitely be changing as we move forward. I was also just very encouraged and excited as I got to meet and make new friends with FCA staff from all over the United States. There were staff that were fresh out of college there to staff that were several years older than me, and yet we were all there ready to get our funds raised and start working with students and coaches.
In the coming months, I will be taking all the valuable tools I learned this week and applying them as we go out and talk to various individuals and churches about coming on our support team. Who knows? You may even get a call from me to hear about all the great things God is doing with FCA!
It’s that time of year again where Erin and I (Andy) are busy getting our FCA Leadership team together for next school year and also preparing them to go to this summer’s National FCA Leadership Camp a Campbellsville University. This year our camp theme is UnDefeated and come from the book of 1 Corinthians 15:57, which talks about how as believers we have complete victory in Christ. At camp student’s will be taught how to serve Christ and live undefeated lives for Him. We pray that God will use this week to train them to be bold in their faith and possibly consider future full time ministry.
We are excited this year for both camp and our new leadership team as we will be pretty much starting over from las year’s team. The class of students we have worked with on our leadership team the past few years is graduating next week. So the team we are putting together for next year will be 8th grade leaders at LCMS next year and some will be Freshman coming into our LCHS Huddle. Two students that are going went with us last year to camp and we have seen great growth in their lives at last year’s leadership camp and then through helping in their huddles this year. We are excited to see them step up into even more of a leadership role this year.
One of the biggest things with FCA Leadership Camp that we face every year is the needed funds to take our students to camp. It costs $225 per student to attend and then we have fuel and travel expenses on top of that. Currently we need to raise enough money for six students to attend camp, and another $310 for my family to go too. While the students are in their leadership training sessions, Erin and I attend classes and training sessions as well. They also have a mini-day camp for Maeven and Judah to attend so that we can participate.
Our students have been busy sending out letters to supporters to raise money for them to attend camp and so far most are doing well. We have a couple though that really need more help than what their letters are providing for them. Would you please consider helping support our students and our family as we go to FCA Leadership Camp this summer. At the moment we are are about $1,400 short of the total we need to raise for camp and travel fees. Please pray for our students and if you would like to support our Lee County FCA Leadership team to go to camp this summer please send your support to:
Lee County FCA – 160 Ratliff Ridge RD – Beattyville, KY 41311
This camp is life changing for our students and their relationship with Christ. Won’t you be part of this life change?
Greetings from Beattyville. We hope that you and your family are enjoying spring as much as we are. Our family has been taking full advantage of the warmer weather getting yard work done, exploring our local state park, and area playgrounds too!
During the spring we are also busy trying to raise much needed funds for the Lee County Recreational Center. One of our biggest fundraisers each year is our annual golf scramble. This year we are moving our Golf fundraiser to a new golf course, Sag Hollow, in Booneville, KY. Moving our event gives us the opportunity to have plenty of carts available for our golfers and eliminates the need to split golfers up just to have enough carts. So, we are allowing golfers to bring their own teams this year! With having newer facilities and the ability to have more golfers we are raising our prices this year in order to have cash prizes for our winners and also raise more funds for the Lee County Rec. Center. If you would like to join us for this event please call and book your team today. Also check out the flyer that’s attached to this post for more info!
Another way that you can help support the ministries of Kentucky Mountain Mission is through amazon.com. Amazon is now offering a program called AmazonSmile where you can designate money with each purchase you make on amazon.com to a non-profit of your choice. KMM is now set up to be able to receive your donations, so please consider giving with your amazon.com purchases!
Until our next post, please keep praying for our family and all that God is doing here in Beattyville!
I am happy to report that we survived and thrived at another annual Rec Center Golf Scramble! Yesterday, we held our annual golf scramble after having to cancel our original date due to bad weather. This time, however, we were blessed with beautiful weather and a great turn out as 23 golfers came out. Several more people came out to join us for delicious lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, polish sausages, and a lot of delicious desserts that were donated. It looks like after all bills are paid for this event that the Rec Center will have made between $1,500 and $1,600 to help add some much needed funding! If you are reading this blog post and participated in our scramble, sponsored our event, brought food, helped clean up, prayed for us, or anything else, I thank you so much for your support!
This week we were once again blessed with several beautiful days and nights. As a family we have loved being able to take advantage of this weather. The kids love playing outside in their kiddie pool and sandbox, playing on their swing set and going to the park. One of Maeven’s favorite things to do has been to go on a family walk in the evening to see our neighbor’s goat farm. She is constantly saying, “Daddy, Momma, go see goats!” Judah just loves going out and exploring. We have to keep a close eye on him as he will take off in a flash!
This week is going to have a lot going on. Erin and the kids are going to meet with some supporters at the beginning of the week and next Sunday we will be sharing at a new church about our ministry here with KMM. At Youth Haven Bible Camp summer staff orientation is taking place and one of the fun things we get to do is host all the jr. staff at the Rec Center for a bowling/team building outing. Please pray for traveling safety for our family, that we will be able to make new contacts for ministry partnerships and financial support, and pray for the Rec Center ministry opportunities. As always, thank you for your faithfulness!
On Sunday night last week, I went with our FCA Leadership team to speak at Beattyville Church of the Nazarene about FCA and taking our students to leadership camp this summer. One of our students, Zack, also spoke at his home church on Sunday morning to share with them about Camp. God really blessed and between both churches over $550 was collected for taking our students and chaperones to camp. Later in the week someone else made a donation for another $250 helping us get even closer to our $2,000 goal. Please keep praying for us that the needed camp finances will come in. With what we have already raised and with what has been promised we still need to raise about $300 more. God is good and we know this remaining amount will be provided!
On Thursday night, I had the opportunity to go with my mom to a workshop on how to use Google+ and Google Places to promote the Lee County Rec Center and Youth Haven Bible Camp. It was really interesting to find out new ways to draw interest and internet traffic to these ministries. By the end of the week the Rec Center, was up and running on Google+ and Google Places. If you are on either of these sites or know of people who are and are heading our way please direct them to check us out!
This weekend my home church, Bear Track Bible Church, hosted a service weekend at Youth Haven Bible Camp. They used this weekend to help get YHBC ready for camp, but also use it to teach their students about service/servanthood and prepare them for future missions trips. BTBC asked Erin and I to come share in their Saturday morning chapel service about our ministries with KMM and also for me to do a message about service. We shared about the Rec Center and FCA, and Erin also shared about The Well. I spoke to the students about how their are no small acts of service and how God can use our little to do much. I really felt like God led me to the devotion I shared with the students and pray that he will take small words and use them to do much in the lives of the students we spoke to.
This coming week is going to be busy as we are getting ready for round 2 of trying to have our annual Golf Scramble fund raiser. On Saturday we are praying for good weather and a great turn out as we try to raise some much needed funds for the Rec Center. We also will be meeting with our FCA Leadership team this week where we hope to get a game plan to raise the final $300 needed for camp.
So, how can you be praying this week? First of all pray for our Golf scramble that we will have great weather and a great turn out! Also, pray for us as we try to raise the rest of the money needed for FCA Leadership Camp. Next, pray for the Rec Center as we need to get our air conditioners fixed. Pray that our AC man will come and that it will be an easy fix, as people don’t like to bowl when they are too hot! Lastly, please pray for Maeven and Judah as they have once again been battling some seasonal allergies. They are doing well, but runny noses seem to be the norm in our family lately!
Thank you so much for your support and prayers!