busy but exciting times

Another whirlwind week has begun here in Beattyville.  I really do feel like I am going 100 mph in multiple multiple directions, but God has blessed in letting me participate in some new and exciting ministry opportunities.

On Monday I was back at the Rec Center getting things ready for the week ahead.  I tried to update the Rec Center website and get some  orders taken care of for the Rec.  Afterwards I headed the middle school for basketball practice.  I have really enjoyed the opportunity to get to basically help teach the game and the most basic of fundamentals.  Too often kids want to imitate And1 streetball moves and they can’t even dribble left handed or make a left handed lay up.  So one of my duties as an assistant has been to lead drills to help get these basic fundamentals down.  Teaching the basics and teaching hard work also leads into great opportunities to give life advice and build relationships  with the boys that will hopefully lead to opportunities to share the Gospel.

Today, we had our FCA Huddle at Lee County High school and we talked about how God can heal our hurts.  Just like physical hurts can hinder and discourage an athlete, as Christians we can have hurts and discouragement too.  People may say things that can hurt us, friends can let us down, sickness and discouragement come.  However, we have a great God who can and will heal those hurts and help us through any struggles we may face.  He has promised us that he will never leave us nor forsake us.  I know when I was in high school and even now this has been a huge encouragement for me and I pray that it will be for our students as well with all they face.

For the most part today, I was back in the KMM office relearning how to help with the KMM finances.  From processing incoming support to paying bills.  I admit by the time that I got done this afternoon my head was in a fog from doing more math than I usually have to do.  However, in ministry so often we see results way in the future or not even at all, so having this one little piece of ministry with KMM in my life where at the end of the day I see instant results is great.

This afternoon it was back to basketball practice working with our middle school boys.  Seeing them run and slowly pick up the things we are teaching them was great.

Tonight, I got to spend some quality time with my family.  At different times throughout the night I found myself on the floor bouncing the kids around and eating belly buttons.  This did result in my son dropping spit bubbles on me and my daughter kicking me in various painful places.  However, hearing their laughter made it totally worth while.

So, tonight while I sit here worn out, I can’t be help but be excited to see what God is going to do this school year of ministry!

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a new coaching opportunity…

A couple of weeks back I asked you to be praying about a new ministry opportunity that I had been presented with.  At the time, I wasn’t able to give many if any details about the opportunity, but I nonetheless thank you for your faithful prayers.  The opportunity was that I had been offered the opportunity to help coach the boys basketball team at the Lee County Middle School.  My fellow KMM missionary Scott Brandenburg would be the head coach and I would be his assistant.  Both Scott and I prayed about the opportunity and really felt like this was another door God was opening for us to work with students here in Lee County and so we said yes.

Our first basketball practice was last Thursday and it was basically an introduction to our players and a chance for Scott and I to see what skill level the boys are at.  With having students in the 6th-8th grades the skill level was all over the place and it looks like we will have a lot of teaching to do as well as coaching.  That being said, it is a great opportunity that God has blessed us with to get to know these students and build relationships with them.  Often times coaches get so focused on winning that they forget the mentoring opportunity that God has blessed them with.  As Scott and I have talked this is not something we want to take lightly and really want to teach these boys about God and life and not just that everything depends on winning and losing a basketball game.

So, please pray for us this fall as we jump into something new as coaches.  Pray that we will have wisdom in coaching and that most importantly of all these boys will be able to see Christ in us!