so close…

fundraisingSo close, so very close.  That is where my wife and I are on our fundraising journey with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  So very close to reaching our monthly support goal.

As most of you know we joined staff with FCA in the summer of 2016 and life has pretty much been a whirlwind since then.  We have definitely had some emotional ups and downs over the past two and half years with cancer, autism, celiac disease, car issues, and fundraising issues all hitting us over the course of that time.  In each of these situations though we have seen God work.  We have been amazed by his faithfulness as we have seen cancer taken away, therapies for autism, and great adjustment to the new lifestyle of being gluten free for Celiac disease.

Financially things have been tight due to our support level needing to be higher than it was for our previous ministry, more cost of living expenses with the move and kids getting older, medical issues, loss of some major support team members, and much more.  Throughout this time though, even though our support has not been at 100% we have seen over and over God work and provide for our family through the generosity of friends, family, and even faithful followers who we don’t even know.  We have truly been blessed and provided for.

As we approach the end of 2018 we are close than ever to reaching our monthly support goal of being fully funded.  We currently sit at only $290 a month from being at our support goal.  We are praying that in the next two months, God will provide the monthly or annual support partners needed to be fully funded.  Being fully funded means a weight would be taken off of us and we would be free to just go and serve.  Please join us in prayer that we would reach this goal by 2019.  Also, please pray about if you know anyone we can talk to about partnering with us that you could connect us to.  Lastly, pray about whether or not God would be leading you to join with us.  There is a link on the this blog where you can join our support team or feel free to contact me personally for more information.

Thank you for your prayers!

 

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change of plans…

caffe_latteThis morning I was supposed to be at a meeting, but it ended up be rescheduled to tomorrow.  With such late notice about this change of plans I wasn’t able to get any meetings at my school or with potential supporters.  However, with this change of plans I was able to schedule one much needed meeting.  After dropping the kids off at school, I swung back around to my house and picked up my wife for a morning coffee date.

As I have mentioned on here, my wife is currently battling breast cancer.  And while the outlook the doctors have given her is really good, we have been so busy making plans related to surgeries and waiting for appointments and dates from doctors that we have been running around like crazy.  Add to that keeping up with all that’s going on with our kiddos it’s been one hectic mess.  So, to have the opportunity to go out this morning with no rush and no plans and just enjoy come good coffee, conversation, and even a little peach and quiet has been great.

I don’t really know what the next few months are going to hold for our family with surgeries, recovery, and still needing to get our support account full funded, but I do know how blessed I am to have my beautiful wife.  Even though she is scared and nervous her faith has been a blessing to me and those around us.  She is still plugging away being an awesome Mom to our kiddos too.  I pray that in the months ahead we will have many more changes of plans where we get to have quiet time together and maybe some good coffee too!

overwhelmed…

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.