With our move to Richmond and ministry transitions, our family has made lots of changes over the past couple of months. One of those changes is the way that we watch television. For the past several years we had lived so rurally that we were unable to pick up even basic network channels via antenna in our house. Until a year ago we were unable to get high speed internet in order to stream television as well. So with these limitations we at different times used both of the two major satellite companies. However, with our move to Richmond, we had something that we have never had before…options.
When we moved to Richmond, we decided to cut the cords and disconnect from satellite and cable tv. This was partly because we live of a support based income with the ministry we are in and are in the middle of raising all our needed support. With our total support still unknown we are cutting areas of our budget that can go out. Also, now living in Richmond we are able to actually get antenna signal and great high speed internet!
So, now we are unplugged and just streaming shows we like and watching our basic network channels. To be honest I haven’t really missed the satellite channels all that much and find myself watching less television. This may also be due to being super busy right now working on our support, but also I don’t have that temptation waiting on me. We are also saving a good chunk of money in our budget which is really nice. The only time I am going to really miss it is when my Wildcats play on ESPN or the SEC network!
Yesterday was interesting…for the first time in years I was no longer on staff with Kentucky Mountain Mission. I am so thankful for all the years that God gave me with KMM and all the great things that I was able to see God Today is my first official day of being on staff with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I am excited to see what God is going to do in me an through me while working with FCA.
For my first month with FCA my main responsibility is trying to raise the rest of our needed financial support. I am busy right now calling people, emailing, and messaging them to set up support appointments where I can share about our ministry. I am excited to share about all the cool opportunities God is giving us with FCA and hopefully see others catch the vision God has given us too and join our Home support team.
If you are interested in finding out more about what my wife and I are going to be doing with FCA please let me know and we can set up a time to get together. If you already know you want to join our support team you can start by going to http://www.my.fca.org …..Once there just look up my name Andy Owens and you can sign up to join our support team! No matter what, please keep us in your prayers this month!
This week was a big one for our family. Even though we finally moved almost a month ago now, we finally closed on our new home. It’s ours and we are so relieved and excited that God provided a place for our family to make many new memories and that we can use for ministry and sharing the love of Christ with others.
We had hoped to close on our house at the end of June, but our bank kept putting off the closing date. So, we have been renting since the end of June. Even though we were in our home, it still didn’t feel like ours yet and their was this stressful cloud hanging over us about when and if we were ever going close. Monday at 3:30 or so when I walked out of the realtor’s office, all those stresses were gone and a wave of relief swept over me.
Thank you to everyone who prayed for our family as we sold our previous home, moved, and now finally closed on our current home. There were tons of hoops and ups and downs, but we are finally home. Please continue to pray that we will use our home to both raise our kids to serve the Lord and also be used to reach others!
The commute has started. For the month of July I am finishing my time with Kentucky Mountain Mission by commuting almost an hour each way from Richmond to Beattyville. The first week of my commuting has been a little more rough as I get more tired each day due to the fact that I am working at the Rec Center from open to close, since some of our staff are on vacation. While physically I am pretty worn down and ready to go hibernate after three weeks of camp, moving, and now commuting, emotionally and spiritually I am feeling very refreshed.
So, why am I feeling so refreshed. The hour long car rides have allowed me time to listen to some great podcasts and sermons over the course of moving and now commuting. Yes, I have enjoyed some fun sports and entertainment podcasts like the Bill Simmons podcast and The Watch. However the opportunity to hear some great sermons and podcasts from Andy Stanley, Southland Christian Church, Alistair Begg, and others have been a great encouragement and blessing to me. What better way than to start each day than by diving deep into God’s Word and hearing Biblical truths being taught and explained by some great Biblical teachers. In a season of high stress with moving, house selling and purchasing, and transitioning to a new ministry with FCA, having that teaching in my life has blessed me and kept me focused on my relationship with Christ.
There are so many radio stations that you can listen to out there, but if you have the ability I highly encourage finding some good podcasts to help you enjoy your commute!
The past few weeks and the next few weeks are all becoming one big whirlwind that has not gone as expected, but is still going nonetheless. As I have shared on here before, my wife and I are in the middle of getting ready to move and to transition to a new ministry with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In my plans we were going to close on our current home at the end of May and close and move into our new home at the beginning of June. However, that was not to be.
We have had a month of thinking we are going to close on our current home one day only to be pushed back a week, and then another and then another. Every day was a reminder that everything is pretty much out of my control and left up to God and his timing. It seems like He has been daily teaching and lessons in patience and dependence on Him. It’s been overwhelming as I look at my upcoming schedule of various ministry events before I leave KMM, taking kids to FCA camp, and a plethora of other things coming up and wondering how we will be able to close and move at the same time. More and more to trust God with for sure.
If all goes well, we are finally going to close on our new home this week and then the last week of June close on our new home and move. The good news is that the ball finally looks to be rolling and we are so excited to see progress. Please be praying for us as we have much to do in the next two weeks to finish packing, close on our current and new home, and in the middle of it take kids to FCA Camp. Overwhelmed and exhausted are things we already area and know are going to be more intense. Pray for strength and energy to get everything done that we need to get done. Pray that we will continue to be patient and trust God as we know that when dealing with banks dates can still change. God’s got it all in control and we know at the end of all this chaos, He has great things in store for our family!