At the end of every year Erin and I send out a regular newsletter in the mail to family, friends, support and prayer partners. In this letter we do an overview of all that God has been doing in our ministry and family over the course of the year. Below is this year’s letter that we want to share with you and please feel free to share it with others. A big need that we share at the end of the letter is that we are really pushing to get fully funded by the beginning of 2018. Please pray with us that we will reach this goal and please pray about whether or not God would lead you to partner with us. If you feel led to do so you can click on the donate button on the right of this page and it will take you to our FCA donation page. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this post and if you have any questions let us know!
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!
Greetings from Richmond, KY and sorry for the delay in keeping you updated on everything that is going on ministry wise and also with our family and Erin’s health.
We had a little bit of a scare with Erin this past week. As we have shared with you we were blessed to get Erin into a grant program that is supposed to cover all her medical bills dealing with cancer. The program was supposed to expire at the end of January and we knew that we had to apply for an extension. When Erin called to begin working on the extension we found out there had been an office glitch kicking her out of the program and that none of her medical bills thus far had been covered! Panic definitely set in and our anxiety level was through the roof. Erin and I both began praying that things could be worked out, and she began making calls to all the agencies involved in her getting kicked out of the program and getting back into it. Thankfully this morning she got a call that all has been resolved, all her previous bills taken care of, and any new bills covered through March! In March she can apply for another three months of coverage which will last through the completion of her reconstruction. Once again, we are so thankful for the way God answers prayers and has continued to bless us during Erin’s battle with breast cancer!
Ministry wise we are getting back in to things as most of our school’s are kicking off their second semester. I have been visiting several of our school’s morning huddles and trying to encourage both the students and huddle sponsor’s. I have been to almost all of the schools that we will cover who have active FCA huddles going. My next big step is to start contacting and visiting the many schools in our area who do not currently have active huddles and see what we can do to get them up and going. We are hoping to see God do great things in these schools over the coming months and ask that you keep us in your prayers.
This weekend we are getting ready for the annual FCA Coach and Spouse Get Away. This is one of the larger FCA outreaches in Kentucky. We invite coaches and their spouses, as well as other couples associated with FCA to a two day retreat at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. There we have a great time of fellowship with praise and worship music, Biblical marriage guidance from a speaker, testimonies from other couples, and some great food. Please be in prayer for the couples that will be joining us at the Get Away. We never know what issues they maybe facing in their marriages, but we know we have a great God who can take care of any needs they have. Pray that this weekend will be the starting point for many of these couples to put Christ first in their relationship.
Also, we want to thank all of you who have been praying about our support level and especially those who have partnered with us. We are currently at about 78% of our support level. Please pray that God will provide the remaining amount we need. If you would like to partner with us just click the link on the right side of this page. Also, please let us know if there is any one or any church that you think we should contact!
Thank you so much for checking in to see how we are doing and please keep praying for our family and the ministry of FCA!
We are at 75% of our monthly support goal! How will you partner with us!
Hey there, we hope this update finds you enjoying your last week of 2016. A few weeks ago we shared with you about our financial goals for reaching full support by the end of this year. While we haven not yet reached full support God has been blessing and we are moving towards our goal steadily. Currently, we sit at 75% of our total support goal of getting full funded for personal expenses and all ministry expenses. We need to raise about $500 more a month to have all personal expenses covered and $1200 a month to cover all ministry expenses. Ministry expenses are things like travel to our schools, Bibles and study materials for coaches and athletes, and the ability to scholarship coaches and athletes to FCA camps and conferences.
So how can you help? If you are already partnering with us financially we thank you and ask you to faithfully pray for the rest of our support to come in and for opportunities to share Christ as we build our ministry with FCA. Also, many of you have been sharing on social media about our ministry and with your family and friends. We thank you and ask everyone to please considering sharing with your family and friends too!
If you are not already partnering with us, please pray about how God would lead you in partnering with us. We are looking and asking for committed financial partners who will make monthly or yearly commitments to help partner with us in ministry. The easiest way to do this is to click on the donate link on the side of this page. You will then be taken to our myFCA page where you can set up online giving. If you register as an Automatic Monthly Partner you can set up for your monthly partnership support to be taken automatically each month. Your first donation will be taken on the day you give and then on the 20th of each month afterwards. If you would rather send support through the mail, please message me for details on how to do so.
So how will you partner with us? However God leads you, we appreciate your prayers. God is faithful and even though we have a ways to go for being totally funded we know He will provide!
The next week is going to be a busy time for everyone as Thanksgiving is approaching fast. Over the years the days after Thanksgiving have all been given various consumer/business based names in an attempt to kick off the Christmas buying season. On Friday and in some places Thursday, things get going with Black Friday. On Saturday people are encouraged to shop local and get out for Small Business Saturday. Lastly on Monday, you have Cyber Monday where you can find all those good deals online! However, have you heard of Giving Tuesday?
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is now known as Giving Tuesday. It’s a day designed to move past all the consumerism that takes place right after Thanksgiving and for us to look to various charities, ministries, and other ways we can give to help out. It’s a really great opportunity to give back.
This year we would like to ask you to consider joining in supporting our ministry with FCA on Giving Tuesday. You can click on the link on the right hand side of our page and be taken to our myFCA page where you can set up a one time or automatic monthly gift. As we stated in our previous post we are currently at about 70% of our committed support goal. Please pray about helping us reach full 100% by becoming a monthly partner on our Home Team. Maybe you are unable to join us in a monthly way, would you please pray about becoming an annual donor or at least giving a year end gift on Giving Tuesday? If you would rather not give online, but would like to give please let us know and we will get you that information right away. And the good news is you can join us before and after Giving Tuesday as well!!!
When Giving Tuesday comes next week please consider donating to our family and the ministry of Fellowship of Christian Athletes!