This past week has been a whirlwind. If I wasn’t already balding, I would be by now that’s for sure. I shared on my ministry update site on Monday, but we found out last Friday that my wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s one of those things you never want to hear and I still can’t believe it’s true.
Both Erin and I have had health issues over the years, but normally we go to the doctor find out what’s wrong and it’s something that is easily taken care of. When my wife went to the doctor at the beginning of last week that’s what we thought we were dealing with. Even though we knew the hospital was testing for cancer, we just thought it was a precaution and nothing we needed to worry about. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Even though the news is something you dread, we are thankful though that her doctor seems confident that the cancer has been caught early and that it can be removed. Right now we are waiting until next week when we will be able to find out for sure what the next steps will be.
I guess since I found out the results, I have been feeling pretty emotionally overwhelmed. There was the emotion of shock and this can’t be true at first. From there came all the worry emotions. Worrying about my wife’s health and future, worrying about our kids, worrying about finances when we are already not at full support, and worrying about how I am just going to keep it all together and be a rock for my wife and kids during this time. Thankfully, God has been reminding me constantly of all the ways he has and is taking care of us. Almost everyone I have spoken with has let me know that they are praying for Erin and our family, and several have prayed right then and there with me.
It’s comforting to know between our great God and all our brothers and sisters in Christ that we don’t have to go through this battle alone. Please continue to pray with me though as I know Satan would like nothing more than to overwhelm and bring discouragement at this time. Pray that I will always reach out to God and those who have offered help when I need it. Pray that I can be the husband and father I need to be for my family during this time and lead them to Christ no matter what happens. It’s going to be a battle for our family health wise, financially, and spiritually over the next few months. Pray with me that on the other side we will see my wife healthy and Christ glorified.
A couple of posts ago I shared about my transition to working full time with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. So far I have enjoyed my first month on staff. Even though I am still not plugged into all that I am going to be doing, I have loved getting to know the other staff and making new connections in our new town as well. My main assignment is still working on getting the rest of our needed financial support. We are currently at a little over 60% of our needed goals, but several people have promised to start giving regularly and we are waiting to see what those commitments will be. I would love the opportunity to come share with you about what my new role with FCA will be and also how you can partner with us. If you want to meet please let me know and we will get together! Also, if you know you would already like to partners with my family and I, check out our online support page . There you can sign up to become an Automatic Monthly Partner. More than anything though, please keep my family and I in your prayers!
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!