Thank you so much for checking in our our ministry update website. Erin and I wanted to send out a prayer request about a need that we currently have without sending out an email to our entire mailing list so soon after our last newsletter. Over the past couple of years we have shared with you prayer requests about our van and repairs we have had to do to keep it going on there road. God blessed us with a great van that we have been able to use for our family and many ministry related events. However, now our van is almost 12 years old and the transmission is going. After a trip to the mechanic, we were advised to keep our van off the interstate, under 60 mph and try to sell it while it is still running.
For the past couple of weeks, Erin and I have been praying and seeking God’s will for what we should do to about our current transportation situation. With me being on the road all the time with FCA we simply must have two vehicles for our family. Also, because my car is a small hatchback we need something bigger for trips where our whole family has to go and/or we are taking students some place.
After much prayer we have decided the best thing to do would be to try and get a vehicle for me to use for ministry. Then Erin could take my car for a year to use around Richmond and on day trips for her and the kids. In a year when my hatchback is paid off at that time we can begin looking for a family vehicle.
FCA has given us a couple of options for getting a ministry vehicle. First and best, one can be donated to FCA and designated for me to use for traveling to schools, meetings, camps, speaking engagements and all other needs. Secondly, we also have the option of raising funds through our FCA account to purchase a vehicle that would belong to FCA but be for our use, just as though the whole car was donated.
We are praying that God would provide either a vehicle that would meet our needs or finances to purchase one through our FCA Staff account. Our ideal vehicle would fit our family of 4 and maybe more if possible, have room for luggage, low miles and dependable for long trips, and front wheel drive or better head AWD since many of the schools I go to are in rural areas.
So how can you help? Please pray! Pray with us that we will trust God through this whole process and be patient as we wait on his provision. Pray that our van keeps running well enough for Erin to get around Richmond until we are able to get a 2nd vehicle. Pray with us as we look into some fundraisers and possibly meeting with some people that might be able to help us through donating a car or giving towards one. Pray that the right car, suv, truck, or whatever will be used for years of reaching students and coaches and athletes for Christ will be directed our way. If you or anyone you know would like to donate towards this need you can click the link on the right of this page and do so that way. Also, if you know anyone who has a vehicle that they would like to donate to a great non-profit ministry feel free to point them our way. More than anything though please keep praying for us. It’s a stressful time, but it’s also a time where we know we can see God do something amazing. Thank you as always for your prayers and for loving our family.
As we approach the end of the year would you please pray about making an end of the year donation to our ministry with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes? We are very close to reaching our committed monthly support goal and you can help us reach that by New Years. Also, if you would rather do a single gift, those donations will go to help us with buying Bibles for coaches and athletes, sending them to camps and conferences, and many other ministry expenses. Above all please keep us in your prayers as we serve the athletes and coaches here in Central and Eastern Kentucky!
To make a donation just click on the donate button on the right side of this webpage today!
A big thank you to everyone who has been praying for Erin and our family and all who have sent their well wishes, helped with meals, or helped us in any other way. We are truly blessed by your kindness and friendships. I am sorry for not posting in a few days. It’s been pretty busy around here as we have been adjusting to having Erin back at home and helping with her recovery.
On Thursday, less than 24 hours after her surgery the doctors felt she was ok enough to send her home. I was very concerned that it was too early, since she still seemed pretty out of it. However, we got home at about 6 pm on Thursday and she has done great. Erin is still really sore and slow moving, but we are already seeing improvements as swelling has gone down and she has been able to leave the recliner in our bedroom and come down stairs and sit in a recliner while hanging out with the rest of our family. On Saturday night even though we had to keep the kiddos and dogs off of her, it was nice to have her down stairs to watch a bunch of classic Christmas movies together as a family!
I also want to say how thankful we are for our families. My sister and dad have been a huge help in taking care of our kiddos, getting them from school, staying with them, and even taking them to Beattyville for a fun weekend of Christmas parties and sleep overs. Erin’s parents have been a huge blessing too. Her dad brought us a recliner to borrow for Erin to be able to visit with us in the living room and he has helped out with tons of errands too. Erin’s mom Cathy has been a huge blessing staying with us and helping keep things running around the house. God has really blessed us with a great family and we are so thankful for them!
Please continue to pray for Erin this week as she continues to heal and has follow up appointments with her surgeons. Tomorrow she goes back to see her plastic surgeon and on Wednesday meets with her oncology surgeon. Her big prayer is that they will be able to remove her drainage tubes as soon as possible. They are very uncomfortable and having them gone would help her be able to move around.
Lastly, we are again so thankful for how we have seen God work and thank you all so much for everything you have done for our family!
Greetings from Beattyville and we hope you are enjoying a good start to 2014! Our 2014 has gotten off like a roller coaster with ups and downs.
On Tuesday night we held an all night teen lock-in at the Rec Center to ring in the new year. We had 146 teens come out to this outreach and KMM missionary, Scott Brandenburg, shared with the students the story of Zaccheus and how they can just like Zaccheus come to know Christ personally. Please keep praying that the seeds that were planted at this lock-in would lead to us seeing many students come to know Christ as their personal savior.
Since the new year our family has been battling some sort of bug. Finally it got to the point where Andy couldn’t go to work and the kids were totally miserable too. Thankfully Erin had recovered enough to take the rest of us into the doctor’s where we found out we had some sort of virus and given lots of meds, then told to stay home for the rest of the weekend. We are slowly making some progress and with a busy week ahead, your prayers we would greatly appreciate.
I hope this post finds you staying warm and dry. Here in Beattyville between precipitation and cold temperatures it has been one nasty December weather wise. This past weekend at the Rec Center we were going to have an indoor yard sale to help raise funds for the Rec Center. Unfortunately, the weather had been rotten and was predicted to be really bad about the time of the sale we had to reschedule for Saturday, December 21st.
This week is a busy week for our family. On Saturday the Lee County Rec Center is hosting a breakfast with Santa. During this time I (Andy) will be reading the Christmas story and sharing the Good News of Christ’s birth with all who attend. We are expecting around 50 people to attend this event. Immediately after this event, we have a high school bowling match for our Lee County High School Bowling Team at the Rec Center. I will be helping as an assistant coach and also with whatever needs may arise during the match. Once all that raps ups, our family will be hosting our annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Christmas party at our house. All of our middle and high school students are invited out to our home to enjoy games, good food, and lots of fun. When Erin and I, purchased our current home we prayed and asked God to give us opportunities to open our home to our local youth. We are excited to be able to be a witness to them in our house and hopefully show some that come from broken homes love that they need to be shown.
On Sunday evening our family is gearing up for a big first. Maeven will be participating in her first ever Christmas play! She is practicing and is really excited for her role as a cow in the stable where Jesus was born. We can’t help but smile as we remember how just a year ago she was scared to death of cows, but now is proudly practicing her mooing. Judah is still to young to participate, but he loves practicing his cow sounds as well!
Erin is doing ok with her health diagnosis, but has some pretty tough days. Since we have met our insurance deductible for the year and to erase any worries about a scar found on Erin’s brain during her last MRI we have decided to go and get a better contrasted MRI of her head next week. We pray that this MRI will lead to a total conclusion that all of Erin’s symptoms are Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia related and not some more serious brain issues. The relief of finding out that would be a tremendous weight off of our shoulders, so please be praying.
As always, we thank you for your continued support and prayers. We hope that you are having a great Christmas season and are truly enjoying celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!