back to school 2014/2015…

For the past few weeks my posts have been few and far between and I want to apologize for that.  With the busyness of ministry and life in general I have just fallen behind.  Now with the camp season over with and being able to fall into more of a routine here at the Lee County Recreational Center, I hope to do a much better job of having regular postings.

Back_To_SchoolSo, in my first attempt to get back to blogging regularly, I wanted to start out with some prayer requests.  Today is the first day of the new school year here in Lee County.  As our students head back to school please keep them in your prayers.  We have been busy working with FCA students this summer helping encourage and prepare them to be “All In” leaders for Christ at their schools.  An “All In” Leader is someone who puts their relationship with Christ as the number one priority and relationship in their life and every aspect of their life flows from that.  This is a challenge for our students as they will face all kinds of school and peer pressures this year.  Pray that rather than their schools impacting their relationship with Christ that their relationship with Christ will impact their schools!

This year many of our faithful FCA Leaders will be seniors.  Pray that they will finish their school careers strong and leave behind a legacy of faithfulness to Christ.  Pray with us that this year we will see underclassmen grow in their faith to take strong leadership roles in our FCA Huddles.

Our FCA Huddles won’t officially start back for regular weekly meetings until September.  However we are going to be working with our Leadership team to lay out a plan for this year’s huddle meetings and set goals for the school year.  Please pray that we would follow God’s leading in the direction He would have for our Huddles to best honor Him.  Also, pray that our Leadership team will honor their commitments to being Leaders for Christ and being active members of our Leadership team.

I know that as we face a big new school year that there will be many challenges.  That being said, I know that I have an even bigger God who is going to do great things!  Please just keep praying for our students throughout the 2014/2015 school year!!!

get the word out!!!

This morning we held our weekly FCA huddle at the Lee County Middle School.  There I told the student about the free concert we are having this weekend.  The main point that I emphasized with them was that they can use this concert as an opportunity to share Jesus with their family and friends.   I want to encourage you to do the same thing, invite and bring lots of your family and friends!  We are and have been praying hard that this concert would be used to bring many lost people to Christ and bring back many who have made previous commitments to Christ and have walked away.   We serve a great powerful God and I know He is going to use this weekend to do something great for His Kingdom!  Won’t you be a part of that???

game day…

Monday, October 15th is a big day for the Lee County Middle School basketball team.  It’s our first game of the season.  After several weeks of practice and lots of running things actually begin for the team.  Please pray for our team that we will have safety traveling and that our boys will play hard with good sportsmanship.  God has truly given us a great opportunity to coach these boys and show them what Godly men should be like.  Pray that we can reflect Christ well to our team no matter how well or unwell they may play.  I can’t wait to see how things are going to go!

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!

finishing well @ FCA…

Today we had our weekly FCA huddle at Lee County High School.  For the next few weeks as we wrap up the school year I am really wanting to encourage the students to finish well and not let their relationship with God get pushed to the side.  Today our lesson was on hearing God say, “Well done my good and faithful servant,” or something else.  As I spoke with our students it struck me as how little we often think about that time when we will one day have to stand in front of the Creator of everything and give an account for our lives.   And when we look at our lives in light of what God’s Word says a relationship with Christ should look like, do we honestly think we are living a life that is well done?

It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life we forget to be thankful for our lives and to live a life that reflects our relationship with our Savior to the World.  As I spoke with our students today I encouraged them especially in this incredibly busy and complicated season of their lives not to shrink their relationship or put it aside, but to grow and be bolder than ever.   And that’s also the challenge for myself as well.  Live a life that is having and impact for Christ and is worthy of being called “well done!”