Last week we asked you to be praying for Maeven and Judah as they went back to school this week. Well, yesterday was their first day of classes and both survived! Judah was quiet and nervous as he went to his first day, but did great. Of course his two favorite things were lunch and recess. Maeven started her homeschool classes and did excellent. It’s big adjustment for her as a social butterfly to be home just with Mom, but so far so good. She is really excited for next week when she goes to her homeschool co-op and is able to hang out with other kids. Thank you so much for your prayers and please keep praying with us that our kids have an excellent school year, do great with their studies, make lots of friends, and also that they will grow in their relationships with and be bold for Christ!
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!
If you didn’t get our prayer letter in the mail yet, here is copy of what we sent out. If you need to make it bigger to read, be sure to click on the pdf link at the bottom of this post. As always, thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!
Not a lot new has happened this past week to report since last week’s update. However, this week at church we had our annual Kid’s Sunday where the children in the church help with songs, prayer, taking the offering and much more. After church there were hot dogs, kool-aid and inflatable slides and bounce houses for the kids. During the service though, Maeven helped sing with a couple different groups of the students. We were able to video her and thought we would share these videos with you! Enjoy our sweet girl praising God!
Greetings from the Owens Family. Since our last update much has been happening and not happening!
Last week we wrapped up our After School Jr. Bowling League for the year. We had an awards ceremony where all the kids received various awards for their participation and accomplishments throughout the year. I (Andy) was able to talk to the kids and share with them about how much Jesus loved them and also to talk with them about us helping to find them a local church if they aren’t attending one. Pray with us that seeds planted this school year will lead to these students putting their faith in Christ!
For the past few weeks we have been working gathering donations and planning our annual Lee County Recreational Center Golf Scramble. Unfortunately, this past weekend we had so much rain that we had to postpone the scramble until May 31st. Please pray that this postponement, will turn out to be a blessing where we can have more participation and raise more funds that are much needed for the Recreational Center!
This past week, I began working on some grants to help raise funds for the some upcoming programs that we hope to begin this fall at the Rec Center. To be honest sometimes I feel like I am in a little over my head when it comes to grant writing. That being said, God blessed and I was actually able finish one grant this week and submit it. Please pray that God will continue to lead us to grant foundations that will help further the ministry here and also that He will continue to give me the perseverance to write the grants correctly!
We have also began working with our FCA Leadership team on a weekly Bible study. We are currently doing the “Not a Fan” study for teens. So far we have really enjoyed going deeper with our teens and challenging them to take a deeper look at their relationship with Christ. Are they fans of Christ or true followers? Please pray that they will grow in their faith and pray for Erin and I as week seek to disciple them.
Our family is doing well and Maeven and Judah are really enjoying the warm weather. They have already enjoyed several trips to play in the creek at Natural Bridge State Park and love making a water slide on their swing set. Erin is continuing to do well and making great improvements in her health since going gluten free.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support of our family!
Greetings again from Beattyville and our family! The start of the New Year has been a rough one for our family health wise, but I am happy to report that we are on the mend and lots has been going on.
At the Rec Center this past week we had to put starting back our After School Jr. Bowling League. The weather was so bad and cold that our students were out of school all week. So when there is no school there is no after school league.
On Saturday, our high school bowling team had two bowling matches at the Rec Center. I (Andy) helped with coaching the boys teams. I’m not much of a bowling coach, but I really enjoy the opportunity to interact with the students and also how the matches bring so many new people into discover the Rec Center. Our students bowled great and won both of their matches over all!
On Sundays, Erin and I have had the privilege of teaching the teen Sunday School Class at our church. Currently we are teaching a section on ethics and morality in our class and today we dealt specifically with the issue of whether or not what we eat matters to God. It’s a rare topic to be discussed in a youth group, but we were able to talk with the students about both ends of the spectrum from gluttony to eating disorders and how what we eat can be a way to bring honor to God.
This coming week the New Year continues to take off. Today we will have our first After School Jr. Bowling League of the year and are hoping to be able to work with about 40 or so elementary age students. Erin will be sharing this evening at this year’s first meeting of The Well. Please pray for her as she brings the devotional for the mothers who attend tonight!
sister and brother techies…
Maeven and Judah are doing well and definitely feel better after having a virus. With all the bad weather and being sick they were cooped up at home and going a bit stir crazy. On Thursday and Friday, Erin brought them both out to the Rec Center to run off some of that pent up energy. It was fun having them there and seeing how much they both enjoyed it. While they were there on Friday they were both excited that their “Grumpie” (Andy’s Dad) came out and played several exciting rounds of hide and seek with them.
This past week Erin and I began including Judah in story time with Maeven before they go to bed each night. Previously he had been to easily distracted to sit with us and pay attention, but now that he is a bit older he is doing great. We have truly enjoyed reading fun stories to them and even more so reading a nightly Bible story to our kids. God has blessed us with two wonderful kids and we treasure being able to share about our great God to them. We pray we can always reflect Christ to them and that they will accept Him at a young age!
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support and we hope you have a great week!