This past weekend we held our annual FCA Victory Banquet. At the banquet we shared about all that God is doing with our various ministries of FCA. Erin and I wanted to share with you all two of the videos that were shown at our Banquet. The first video shares testimonies of a couple of athletes and a coach at UK about how God has used FCA to impact them. The second video has testimonies of coaches and athletes in our high and middle school ministries sharing about how the have been impacted by FCA camps, coaches ministry, campus ministry, and community ministries. We hope you enjoy these videos and find them informative. If you have any questions about anything you see or how you can partner with us, please let us know!
Greetings from Richmond, KY where we are continuing to get plugged into our new life and new ministry with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This week I (Andy) have been able to start visiting some schools in our Central Kentucky FCA region. One school is one that I will be regularly covering and working with. And while I didn’t get to meet everyone involved with FCA there, it was great to make contact and see how they are already doing great things for Christ at their school. I also had the chance to travel with Jonathan, another FCA Representative, and visit one of his schools that he covers. It was great to see first hand his interaction with the students and what a huddle that’s different than the ones I have worked with looks like. I am excited to get to travel with some more of our FCA staff over the next few weeks and see what their ministries with the schools look like.
This week, I have also been given the task of working on our Central Kentucky FCA website. I always enjoyed working on the Rec Center website and helping my mom with the KMM website, so it was nice to hop into something I really enjoy and that can help with our local FCA office. I’m still not completely done with the site and I am sure I will be making regular changes as I figure things out, but be sure to check out http://www.ckyfca.org and see how our regional site works.
Since our newsletter went out last week we have been blessed to have a couple of more people come on to our Home Support Team. We are at about 65% of our total support goal of where we want to be to cover all our living and ministry expenses. Erin and I are praying that God will provide ministry partners in the next two weeks that will total up to $1,200 in monthly support commitments. This amount will not put us at our over all goal, but will be enough to cover all our living expense and our basic ministry travel expenses. Would you please pray about if God would have you to join our home team. There is a donate link on our http://www.ckyfca.org page where you can go and click on my name Andy Owens and it will take you directly to our MY FCA page where you can give online. No matter what please pray with us for the remainder of our support team to come in and also that many who have made commitments will begin their support soon.
I’d like to end this post on a non ministry related note. This Friday, September 30th we are celebrating our sweet girl, Maeven’s 6th birthday!!! We can’t believe its already been 6 years that God has blessed us with such a wonderful daughter. Maeven has had a busy week of celebrating her birthday with friends and family. We’ve also been getting great reports on how she is doing at school and her teacher was so happy that Maeven is kind to everyone. Erin and I are so thankful for Maeven (and Judah too!) and can’t wait to see how God is going to use her!
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!