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!
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!
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for Erin and our family over the past few weeks since she was diagnosed with breast cancer. We are so thankful for our ministry family with FCA who have been very supportive and are allowing us whatever time we need for Erin’s appointments, tests, surgeries and etc.
During this time though we are still trying to get as plugged in as we can to our new ministry with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and are so excited to share with you what God is doing. Last week, I (Andy), was able to travel to Powell County where both the Powell County Middle and High Schools partnered together to put on their first ever Fields of Faith outreach. These schools are near and dear to us as some of our friends from Emmanuel Baptist Church are working as huddle sponsors and many of our former youth group students are involved in FCA. Around 30 students and 10 adults came out to this even where the students shared their testimonies, read scripture and sang praises. It was exciting to see many of these students sharing about their walk with Christ for the first time! We are so excited to see what God is going to do through these faithful students, teachers, and coaches in Powell County this school year and at many more Fields of Faith outreaches to come!
At the end of the week, I was able to go to Madison Southern’s monthly club day FCA Huddle. I lost count of how many students where there at around 70 students, but if I had to guess there were close to 100 students who gathered in the school gym for their Huddle. It was awesome to watch their leadership team put on a skit that talked about the power that sin has on us and how only Christ can set us free. After the skit, one of the students share a devotional and part of her testimony. During her talk, Ms. Bevins, one of the teacher sponsors, pointed out to me just how close of attention the students were paying to the girl speaking. Sure enough almost 100 students were totally focused on this student sharing from the Bible. Not a single mobile phone was out or conversation was being had. All the students were focused on the message. It was awesome to see just how powerfully God can use students to impact their fellow students!
This week, I was able to return to Lee County on Tuesday and go to our Huddle at Lee County High School. It was great to see students that we have worked with over the past several years and to seek KMM intern Jeremy Holt, leading them through a Bible study. I also had the opportunity to speak to a Pastor’s Fellowship group on Tuesday in Lee County where I was able to present to them about the ministry of FCA and how they can partner with us. It’s awesome to be able to share what God is doing with FCA and specifically the goals and passions that He has given Erin and I to minister with FCA.
As you know Erin and I have been working on becoming fully funded as missionaries with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Currently we are at 67% of our monthly support goal and have set a few bench marks we want to reach during these last two months of 2016. Our first goal is that by the end of November we hope to raise another $1,200 a month in financial support. This will put us at 84% of our total support goal.
Our second benchmark is that we hope to reach full financial support by the end of December 2016. This means we need to raise around $2,300 more a month in monthly commitments by the end of the year. When full funded we will be able not only to take care of all personal expenses such as salary, insurance, etc., but also be able to cover all our ministry expenses such as travel to schools, Bibles and Bible study materials, and also funds to help send coaches and students to camps and conferences.
So where do you come in? If you are already part of our support home team we thank you for your financial and prayer partnership and ask you to keep praying for us that we will reach these financial goals in 2016. We also ask you to pray that over the next few weeks I will be able to schedule many support appointments as possible. We realize that in December once Erin has her surgery there will be a three week period of helping with her recovery where we will not be able to get out for these appointments. So please pray we can make the most of the time we have in November.
If you are one of our many friends that we have already spoken or met with about joining our Home Team and you have committed to partnering with us, but haven’t done so, we would like to ask you to join us now. We know it’s a busy time of year, but your partnership would be a huge blessing to us and also allows us to get into more of our schools right away! Please pray about what that commitment might look like for you and your family and join us as soon as possible.
Lastly, maybe you have not made any sort of commitment to partner with us in this new ministry, but feel that God maybe leading you to do so. We would like to ask you to join us now. Please feel free to contact us about ways to partner with us, or click on the link on the side of this page where you can set up online giving right away. Also, if you know of anyone we haven’t talked to yet about our ministry with FCA and should please let us know too!
Thank you all for your time, prayers, and support. Please remember our family during this time. Pray with us for Erin’s health and pray with us that we can be fully funded and fully engaged in ministry with FCA soon!