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!
The weather is definitely letting us know that we are officially into summer time here in Beattyville. Hot and busy days have been the norm this past week for sure.
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!
On Monday night we gathered our students who are on our FCA Leadership team at our house for a time of discipleship and getting ready for this summer’s FCA Leadership Camp. It’s hard to believe but it’s almost time for camp again this year! We are excited to be taking even more students to camp this summer as we currently have 7 who will be going with us.
The camp theme this year is “Relentless” which is taken from Hebrews 10:39, “But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.” (HCSB). This is a great theme for our students as we want them to be relentless in their desire to grow stronger in their relationship with Christ. To help get them ready for this theme and camp we are doing a discipleship program and starting with helping them write and share their testimonies. Last night we spent a lot of time with them going over their testimonies and helping them go into further detail about what Christ has done for them.
One of the big issues we face with taking these students to camp is the cost of the camp. FCA Leadership costs $225 per student to go. Even though this seems expensive the experience and training the students receive to be able to communicate their faith in Christ and be leaders at their school is priceless. In order to pay for our students to go, for my wife and I to go for training, and travel expenses we need to raise around $2,200. One of the things we are doing to raise these funds is going to local churches and letting our students share their testimonies, how leadership camp has impacted them in past years, why they want to go to camp this year, and how they want to be leaders in their school. Through sharing with the churches we hope to be able to raise funds towards camp. Tonight, April 28th we will be sharing in the 7pm service at Bear Track Bible Church, please feel free to come hear our students!
Over the next two months leading up to camp I will be keeping you posted on our fundraising progress. I would like to ask you first and foremost to pray for our students as we get ready to go to camp. Pray that they will grow in our discipleship meetings, pray that God will use camp as a catalyst to for our students to change their schools for Christ and possibly go into full time ministry themselves. Pray for the $2,000 we need to raise for camp this summer. I have no doubt God will supply it, but we covet your prayers that hearts will be burdened to give to our students. Lastly, please pray and see if God would have you help financially with taking our students to camp. Your prayers and help could have a profound impact on our students. Please please pray!