Just wanted to give a quick update on where we are on our support raising for our ministry with FCA. Currently Erin and I are at almost 83% of our needed monthly support commitment. This means we need to raise about $1,400 more a month in committed support. Over this summer we have had many meetings with individuals, churches and organizations. Please keep praying with us that the seeds planted and the passion presented in these meetings will lead to partnerships. Reaching full support really would take a lot of worry off of us and allow us to fully focus on reaching coaches and athletes for Christ. Please pray with us that our support would come in. Pray about if there is anyone or any church that you might be able to tell about partnering with us and FCA. And lastly, if you are not already doing so please pray about if God would have you join our “Home Team” as a committed monthly financial partner. Feel free to contact Erin or I if you have any questions and also there is a link on the right side of this page that will take you to where you can set up online giving. Thank you so much for praying with us!
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!
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.
This afternoon we will be heading back to the doctor for one more test for Erin. She is having a more in depth MRI on her brain and hopefully after this the doctor will be able to totally rule out M.S. We thank you for your faithful prayers over the past couple of months and ask you to join us again today in prayer that all will go well. We serve the Great Physician and Healer and we know Erin is totally in His care. Pray for her health, calm nerves, and peace no matter what the outcome. Thank you so much for your faithfulness!
For the past few months Erin has been experiencing various health issues. Issues with fatigue, nerve issues, swelling hands and feet, and many other things have really made her feel pretty miserable. We have been through many doctor visits and tests trying to figure out what is going on so that she can get some relief. These visits and bills have been building up, but unfortunately no diagnosis has been given yet. This afternoon we will be visiting a neurologist to hopefully finally get some answers so she can start feeling better soon. Please be in prayer for Erin and this new doctor today. Pray that diagnosis and relief from her symptoms can begin soon and for wisdom for her neurologist. Thank you so much for your faithfulness and when we know something definite we will update everyone.
Greetings from Beattyville. Thank you for checking in to see how ministry here in Southeastern Kentucky is going and for all your prayers and support!
This week has been a week full of FCA activities. In all of our clubs this week we were able to share the Gospel through sharing testimonies of athletes and their relationships with Christ. The athletes share their stories of their walks with Christ and then challenged the students to make the decision to follow Christ as well. We also had our monthly club day at LCHS this Friday and during two club periods we were able to share the Gospel again and many of these students don’t regularly attend church. Please pray that the seeds that were sown this week will take root and that we will see these students come to know Christ!
At the Rec Center our Bowling League outreaches are continuing to grow. We had almost 50 students out for our after school bowling outreach. Our Men’s bowling league also added more bowlers this week and we had some school groups out to bowl which was great for the Rec Center.
On Monday we are going to be celebrating Maeven’s 3 year birthday. It’s hard to believe we have had our sweet baby girl for three years already. She’s super excited that she got a big girl bed already for her birthday. Judah has also love Maeven’s new bed as he can bounce up and down on it.
We would like to ask you to be praying for Andy’s Aunt Anna and all our family. She has been battling cancer for many years and now the cancer has spread throughout her entire body. Unless there is a miracle it doesn’t look like she will be with us much longer. Our family is truly thankful though that she knows Christ as her personal savior and will soon be with Him. Please pray that she will have peace and comfort. Also, be praying for her many family members that don’t know Christ that through this time they will see her awesome testimony and come to know Christ as well. Please pray for all our family through this difficult time.
Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers.
At the Rec Center we are gearing up for our winter bowling leagues to begin during the first week of September. We are going to be having leagues for men and women, old and young, basically everyone in our community. The bowling leagues give us a great opportunity to build relationships with bowlers, their families and friends which hopefully leads to opportunities to share the Gospel and connect them with local churches and Bible studies. Below are our flyers for our adult and youth bowling leagues and I would like to ask you to please pray for each of these leagues. Pray that many people would come out and participate and that as a result many will choose to follow Christ!