Next week we will be having our New Year’s Even Teen Lock-In outreach at the Lee County Recreational Center. Please begin praying with us for this event. Pray for the students who will be attending that they will be receptive to the Gospel and that our staff will have many opportunities to share with them throughout the night. Also pray for our staff that we will have wisdom as we talk and interact with the students. Lastly please pray that we will have enough help. We need many volunteer chaperones to come out and make this a safe and fun outreach. Also, please consider joining us as a volunteer! Thank you so much and please please pray!
It’s been two weeks since our last since our last ministry update, and I (Andy) am still not sure I am fully awake! On October 30th the Lee County Recreational Center held our annual Fall Teen Lock-In outreach. We were blessed to have over 136 teens and adults who came out for a great night of games, karaoke, bowling, and much more! Halfway through the night we stopped all the activity and after a skit from some staff and volunteers, KMM missionary Daniel McIntosh gave a devotion to the teens. Daniel did a great job of sharing with the students about how Jesus is the ultimate friend. While no students made decisions we did have several conversations with students and one student even prayed with another staff member. We know God was working in the hearts of many of our students, and ask you to keep praying that the seeds that were planted at the Lock-In will be watered and grow.
Our After School Jr. Bowling League has been going great. Our daughter Maeven has loved being able to participate this season and is not only becoming quite the bowler is making friends! I (Andy) had the opportunity to share a devotion with the students last week about how Jesus is omnipresent and as believers they can always trust He will be there for them. I also was able to share with the students that don’t know Jesus that they too can depend can call out and believe in Jesus today!
Our FCA Huddles at the Lee County High and Middle Schools have been going great and we have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with the students right in the public schools. We had planned to take a group of students to FCA’s Weekend of Champions this past weekend, but the event was cancelled. So instead of going last weekend, this Saturday night we are having as many of our students as want to over to our house for a UK Basketball game and popcorn night. Even though is not the event we had hoped to take our students to, we love having them over to our house for the opportunity to build relationships and find out more of what is going on in their lives.
Tonight, Erin is starting back the Well Ministry for mothers and caretakers of young children. Erin has been blessed by all the interest from some of the mom’s she has worked with in the past as well as some new ladies. While we are not able to offer child care presently, the ladies are still coming out to Youth Haven for a night of food, fellowship and Bible study! Please pray for Erin and all the ladies involved in this much needed ministry.
Maeven and Judah are doing great and really enjoying all their fall activities. They were able to attend both a Fall Harvest Party at Andy’s parents church and a Trunk or Treat outreach at Erin’s parents church. This past weekend we had the opportunity to go as a family and watch the Peanuts Movie. It was great to just sit their in the theater and see the smiles on our sweet kids’ faces.
The next few weeks keep up a pretty hectic pace with bowling leagues, high school bowling team matches, FCA events, and much more. Please keep us in your prayers and thank you so much for your faithful partnership in serving God!
Greetings from Beattyville, where we are in the midst of the big annual Woolly Worm Festival! It’s been a fun weekend for us as Maeven participated in her first ever Pet Show with her dog Lolo. She did great and little brother Judah was there to cheer her on!
The past couple of weeks since our last post have been very busy and exciting. Last weekend our family went to Chicago to attend a Missions Summit at Bethel Community Church. This is the church where Andy attended when he was studying and working at Moody Bible Institute. We were blessed to be able to spend time with great friends at Bethel and to share about the various ministries we are involved in with KMM. The kids also had a blast seeing the city and making new friends!
Back at the Rec Center we are busy gearing up for our annual Fall Teen Lock-In that takes place this coming Friday, October 31st. We are expecting around 200 teens to come out and join us for this outreach. Please pray that God would begin working in the hearts of ours students now and give our speaker wisdom as he prepares his message for the teens. And very important, please pray that we have plenty of volunteer chaperones!
Tomorrow morning we have our monthly KMM staff meeting and one of the things we have to do each month is share a praise and prayer list with our fellow staff members. We wanted to share our praise and prayer for this month with you so that you can know how to pray for us specifically in the next few days. As always thank you for your continued prayers and support!!!
- For the opportunity to go to Chicago and participate in Bethel Community Church’s annual Missions Summit.
- That we were able to visit with many friends while in Chicago.
- For all the students who are going to FCA’s Weekend of Champions with us.
- Judah did not have to receive any speech therapy and his vocabulary is growing!
- For safety traveling over the next couple of months
- For plenty of volunteers to help with our upcoming teen lock-ins at the Rec Center
- That our FCA student who attend Weekend of Champions will be challenged to grow in their walk with Christ and there maybe some students who attend who are unsaved, so pray they will accept Christ as their Lord and Savior!
- For Maeven who has been having some anxiety lately.
Recovering……very….very…very…slowly. That’s how my body (Andy) feels at the moment. Last Friday night we held our annual End of the School Year Teen Lock-In Outreach at the Lee County Recreational Center. Over 128 local teens joined us for a great night. I had the privilege of sharing the devotion at this year’s lock-in with our teens. Through the story of the Prodigal Son I shared wit the teens about how no matter what they have done they are valuable to God and He wants to have a personal relationship with them. After the devotion, I had the opportunity to speak with one of our students. While he didn’t make a decision, God was really working in his heart and mind. Please join me in praying that we will have a chance to talk more again soon!
This week things are very busy once again as we have two major events planned. On Friday night we are having an auction fundraiser to help raise funds for the Rec Center. We have had many items donated from local businesses and individuals in our community that we will be auctioning off as well as having a cookout! If you are interested in donating something for the auction we would greatly appreciate it. Also, we would love for you to attend. Check out the attached flyer for more info!
On Saturday night, we are having a smaller scale lock-in from 5pm-9pm for elementary age kids. I (Andy) will once again be giving a devotion, so please pray for me as I prepare and pray that our students will be receptive to God’s Word! Also, we are in need of chaperones to come help us with this outreach!
Our kids are doing great. They have been busy enjoying the summer weather and playing with puppies. Both of the kids have been able to spend time at the Rec Center lately and have loved socializing with all the students and bowlers that have been there.
As always, thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. Also, below is a video of my devotional from the End of School Teen Lock-In if you would like to watch.
We hope this update finds you having a had a great Christmas and getting ready for a great New Year! Our family has had a great time of getting together with other family members and celebrating the birth of Christ. It was really exciting for us to be able to be at the point with Maeven where she is starting to understand Christmas and get excited about everything. Judah is still just happy to run around and play with new things.
This week we come back from a few days off for Christmas to one of the biggest outreach events that we hold at the Rec Center, our annual New Year’s Eve Teen Lock-In. We are expecting over 150 teenagers to come out and join us for a fun night of games, prizes, bowling, karaoke, cosmic bowling, and much more. Please be in prayer for KMM missionary Scott Brandenburg who will be sharing the Gospel with our teens about halfway through the night. Pray that God will begin to work in the student’s hearts even now and that many will decide to give their life to Christ! Pray for all our staff that we will be able to build relationships with our students throughout the night! And lastly please pray that we will have plenty have plenty of volunteers and chaperones to help with the lock-in.
Also, this week we begin our annual Biggest Loser Contest. This contest is designed to help bring in our community to help get them healthier and taking better care of themselves physically. Not only that, but it gives our staff the chance to interact with participants and share Jesus with them. Please pray for many opportunities to build relationships and share Jesus.
As we head into the New Year a lot is going on and God is going to do some great things. Please keep praying!
This past week has been crazy but good for us here in Beattyville. The first part of the week I was pretty much in a fog as I was recovering from last weekends all night teen lock-in outreach at the Rec Center. 104 teens attended our outreach and heard a great Gospel presentation from KMM missionary Scott Brandenburg. Please keep praying with us that students will take the message and realize their need to make Christ the Lord of their lives.
For this month’s meeting of “The Well”, Erin and the ladies gathered at a local park for a kids play date. Maeven and Judah both enjoyed the opportunity to play with the other little kids and enjoy all the playground equipment. Erin also enjoyed the opportunity to continue to build relationships with some of our local mothers. Please continue to pray for Erin and all the ladies that are involved with this ministry.
On Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to take 12 of our FCA students to a Lexington Legends baseball game as a reward for faithful FCA huddle attendance this past semester. One of our teacher sponsors, Mrs. Napier came along to help chaperone the kids and as always we are so thankful for her help, encouragement and support! As we headed to the game storms were surrounding the area and we didn’t know if we would be able to watch the Legends play or not. Thankfully the clouds parted and we had nice weather for the game. I was able to catch a foul ball at the game and even was selected with one of my students to go box with oversized gloves on the field between innings. Several of our students caught t shirts and won various other prizes. Overall it was a great night and everyone really enjoyed himself or herself.
Tonight, Erin and I, along with our FCA Leadership team are going to another local church to share about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and try to raise funds to take our students to leadership camp this summer. Our goal is still to raise around $2,000 to cover gas, student and chaperone costs, and some other deposits needed for the trip. Currently we have raised about $600 towards this goal. Please pray that the remaining $1,400 will come in soon. One of our students is speaking at a local church this morning and then like I mentioned a second ago, all of us will be at a church tonight. We are confident that God will meet this need, but ask for your faithful prayers while we work to raise this money.
This week, we would also ask for you to be praying for Erin and I as we prepare to speak in a chapel service at a weekend retreat that Bear Track Bible Church is having this weekend. We will be sharing about what all we do ministry wise and also doing a challenge devotion on service and servant hood. While leading a Bible study or teaching from a lesson, or even sharing about are ministry are things that I enjoy to do, I always get very nervous when giving a devotion or message in front of a large group. Please pray for wisdom, calm nerves, and clarity as I speak.
Thank you all again for your faithful prayers and support. Please feel free to call or come see us this summer!
I’d like to start out by apologizing for being so long between updates. May got off to a fast start for us and to be honest, I still feel like I’m playing catch up! Erin and I wrapped up our FCA Huddles at the local high and middle school’s. The last two weeks of school are hard to have huddles due to all the announcements during our huddle time and so many other things going on. So, we wrapped things up while we still had our students attention. God really blessed our huddles this year in both schools as they grew in number, but more importantly we saw a lot of growth in the spiritual lives of our students.
This time of year each year I am busy getting ready for our annual Golf scramble fundraiser which raises lots of money for our Rec Center. For the past few weeks I have been getting out and about gathering sponsors and other donations for the scramble. Our scramble was supposed to have taken place this past Saturday, May 11th. However, we have had so much rain and rain was scheduled all through the day of the the scramble that we postponed until June 8th. We are praying hard for good weather that day and also still looking for more sponsors.
This week, Erin is helping lead another monthly meeting of “The Well.” Please pray for her as she is preparing activities and a Bible study for the ladies. We have been getting lots of good feedback from the ladies who are participating and it’s just been a blessing and encouragement to Erin to interact and build friendships also.
Maeven and Judah are both doing well. They have been enjoying the nicer weather and playing on their swing set. Maeven is running around in a tutu and wings thinking she is Tinkerbell. Judah is loving walking and his favorite past time is finding out what buttons he can push to aggravate his big sister. Both kids are developing fun personalities and we are truly blessed by them.
This week we are holding our end of the school year lock-in at the Rec Center. We are expecting over 100 teenagers to come to this event. KMM missionary Scott Brandenburg will be sharing a devotional with the students. Please pray that through the devotional and our interaction with the students that they will see and hear how much Christ loves them. Pray that students who don’t know Christ will give their lives to Him, and that our Christian students will be challenged to grow in their relationship with Christ! Also, if you are in the area and interested in Chaperoning please let us know! We need lots of adults to help keep an eye on the students throughout the night.
As always, thank you so much for your faithful support and prayers!