Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting two new schools (new to me) that were either wanting to start an FCA Huddle or have been going with no FCA staff presence. In both of these situations I was blessed to meet teachers that genuinely care for their students and want to see them come to know Christ. In both situations I was able to leave one of our FCA Coaches Bibles with the teacher and it was great to see how they were so appreciative to not only have a copy of God’s Word, but one specifically designed to help them grow in their walk as coaches/teachers and reach their students. Coming out of the Christmas season I have given many gifts lately. However, it was so refreshing and just a blessing to me to see true joy that comes from giving and receiving gifts that will make an impact on eternity for Christ. I pray that God will give me more and more opportunities to share gifts of the Gospel!
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!
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!
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!
Last week, I posted on our ministry site http://www.andyanderin.net that my wife and I were going to be leaving the current ministry we work with later this summer to work full time with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Here is our prayer letter making the announcement. I’ll definitely be posting more soon!