Check out our newest prayer letter and ministry update. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.
If you would like to help support our family with an end of the year donation please make all checks payable to Kentucky Mountain Mission and send them to:
PO Box 588, Beattyville, KY 41311
It’s been a few weeks since our last update, but that’s due to the fact we have been on the road. Our family was blessed with he opportunity to take a trip to Florida and let our kids go to Disney World for the first time ever. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to see the joy in our kids faces as they got to meet all their favorite characters, see great shows, and ride a lot of fun rides. We were also blessed with the opportunity to take the kids to see the ocean for the first time.
On our way home from Florida, God brought us safely through all the rain and flooding in South Carolina to spend some time with dear friends and supporters. It’s always an encouragement to be able pick right up with friends that live so far away even after long periods of being away from each other. Especially when God is at the center of friendships.
After returning to Kentucky, we had a couple of days together as a family working on our house, before Andy headed to Chicago with his dad and two other men from KMM. In Chicago, Andy returned to Moody Bible Institute for their annual missions conference. At the conference he was able to share with the students about the ministries of KMM as well as help with seminars about coaching ministry and public schools ministry. We are excited to see how God is going to use the time at Moody to impact ministry at KMM in the future!
While at the Moody missions conference, Andy received a very exciting text message. At the Lee County Recreational Center’s weekly after school jr. bowling league, one of our students met asked Jesus into his heart! We were so excited to hear about this student’s decision and to know that there was a party going on in heaven!
The next few weeks are going to be very busy for us in in Beattyville. Please pray as we have many outreaches, fundraisers, and much more to do!
Maeven participating in the Woolly Worm Festival Pet Show
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!
Judah enjoying a slide in Chicago!
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.
Singing praises to God with MBI students at their annual missions conference
This past week has been a crazy but very fun and exciting whirlwind. On Monday afternoon, Andy left for Chicago with his parents to attend the annual Moody Bible Institute Missions Conference. At the conference we were able to give presentations about the ministry of Kentucky Mountain Mission and Andy and his parents were each able to teach various missions related seminars. Andy taught two seminars, one on becoming an athletics coach for Christ and the other on encouraging, equipping, and empowering students to do ministry in the public school systems. Many MBI students came out and listened to our seminars and presentations. Please join us in now praying that the seeds of interest in KMM that were planted will lead to both summer and full time staff!
MBI @ night
Over all, the Moody Missions Conference was really just a huge blessing and time of spiritual renewal. Listening to students praise God in many languages, musics styles, and artistic forms was a huge blessing. Being challenged by the speakers and guest testimonies to realize what a huge problem that sexual and human trafficking has become in this world was truly eye opening. It was also a blessing to just fellowship with other missionaries and see what God is doing around the world. Another blessing was also being to catch up with old friends both at Moody and the Chicago area.
Andy also was reminded about how old he now is through staying in the dorms at MBI. He had some great roommates and really enjoyed getting to know them and the other guys on the floor. One of the best nights was Thursday, when the guys on the floor had a question and answer time with the missionaries staying on the floor and the laid hands on them and prayed for them. To see these young men with such a deep commitment to Christ and the Gospel praying for us was a great encouragement.
wagon time at Meme and PopPop’s
Erin and the kids had a busy week staying at Meme and Pop’s house dog and house sitting. The kids had a great time riding in Meme’s wagon and going to a local park in Winchester. Erin was also blessed to have her lifelong friend Kristen come with her cute baby boy and spend a few days with them. Overall we were both blessed by reconnecting with great friends God has given us over the years!
This upcoming week, looks to be a busy week of outreach for us and we even have the world famous Woolly Worm Festival in town this coming weekend. It’s another great chance for us to make up some needed finances for the Rec Center and to also reach out to new members of our community.
As always we treasure your prayers and support and thank you for being such a vital ministry partner!
Greetings from Beattyville and the Owens Family. We are very sorry in the delay since our last update, but much has been happening. In our last update we asked you to be praying for Andy’s Aunt Anna who has been battling cancer. Since that time she lost her fight and is now cancer free with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. Please continue to pray for our family and that Aunt Anna’s testimony will lead many of our family and friends to a relationship with Christ.
A week ago we held our first out of school FCA event with our students. On Friday, October 4th, we held “Dodgeballapalooza” in the Youth Haven Bible Camp Gym. All our FCA students in the high school and middle school were invited and allowed to invite their friends as well. We had a great night of dodgeball in the form of “Pinball Till You Puke” and lots of snacks. This event wasn’t as much an evangelistic outreach as it was an outreach to just get students to come out and get involved in FCA and to have a way to get their friends involved!
Our weekly after school Bible study at the local high school has been going strong. We have been blessed to have both middle and high school students attend. So far we have been diving into what the Bible has to say about friends, relationships, and families. We have a core group that come each week and have had many visitors too. Please pray for these students who have shown such an interest in growing in their faith.
playing in the leaves…
Maeven and Judah are doing well and have thoroughly enjoyed these unusually warm fall days as they have been able to play outside, rolling down the hillside, and jumping in leaves. At Youth Haven, the annual fall dental clinic outreach was held this past weekend and our family made it to get some cleanings done. We were so proud of our Maeven who hopped right up in the dental chair and let the hygienist clean her teeth like a big girl. Judah was very upset he couldn’t get in a chair like Maeven, but once his “Grumpie” (Andy’s dad William) gave him a pack of crackers he settled down.
We would like you to be praying for Andy and his parents as they prepare to speak at Moody Bible Institute’s annual missions conference. Andy will be teaching seminars on sharing Christ in public schools and on becoming Christ centered athletic coaches. This conference is a great opportunity to share about the various ministries of Kentucky Mountain Mission and to recruit both summer and full time staff. A huge prayer of ours has been and still is very much that we would be able to recruit staff to help with the Rec Center ministries specifically. There is so much potential in this ministry that is untapped due to a lack of staff, so please pray that God will bless these seminars and these needed staff will be found!
Thank you again for your continued prayers and support and we look forward to sharing with you again soon!