getting people in on a sunny day…

Today i am here working at the Lee County Recreational Center and waiting for people to come in and bowl and take advantage of all the fun activities our facility has to offer.  So far to be honest, it’s been pretty lonely.  The sun is out and shining brightly which means lots of people are out and about doing all kinds of fun activities outdoors.

So how do we draw people inside?  This is something that is on my mind today as I am pondering life’s many mysteries.  As we head into summer I know there are going to be many more beautiful summer days and we can’t afford to have an empty Rec Center.  Some of the things we have planned to deal with this issue are outdoor movie night’s, summer bowling leagues, Vacation Bible School, and various meal deals.  So, I guess the purpose of this post is what ideas do you have that we could do to compete with the beautiful weather?  Other than pray for rain that is!

searching for funding…

photo_8324_carouselWell, I am about to get in over my head again and dive full force into the world of grant writing.  The Lee County Recreational Center needs more funding for equipment, building maintenance, staffing, and ministry outreaches.  We are still seeking to generate more funding from our community, but the need for funding from outside resources such as grants is very real.

This week I began working with a company that assists in helping finding grants for non profits and next week I will have a more in depth training.  They are going to show me more of the what and where to look for funding that could possibly help us keep the ministry of the Lee County Recreational Center and various other ministries of KMM going.  Not only going, but hopefully thriving, so that more focus can be on the ministry aspects and less on the financial.

As I blogged about last summer, I was able to work on and help get a grant for the Rec Center through AT&T.  The biggest thing I learned through that experience is just how little I know about the world of grant writing and once again how over my head it all is.  So, the reason for this post is asking for your prayers.   Please pray that God will first of all direct us to grant options that can really help us out.  Pray for wisdom for me as I try to fill out and write all the information needed with clarity.  I want to be able to express well, the needs of this needed ministry.  Also, pray for time to be able to put in to do well on the grant writing process.  We are short staffed and so I have to be able to find balance between time to get all I need to get done with the Rec Center,FCA, all the ministries I’m involved in, and to also make sure I am giving my family the quality time that they need from me.  It’s a lot to think about, process and look forward to, so please join me in praying!

pinching myself…

How I used to feel waiting on slow internet...

How I used to feel waiting on slow internet…

In the fall of 2005, I moved into my “first” house here in Beattyville, KY.   During the first couple of weeks of being in that home,  I went through all the things you do when you move somewhere.  I set up all the various utilities like water, electric, tv, and even phone.  When the phone company came out to set up my landline service, I inquired of them about when I would be able to get high speed internet at my house.  The service technicians told me that I would surely have it with in the next two years.  Well, 2007 came and went and I didn’t have it and even 9 years later I found myself still lusting after the high speed internet that family and friends in other places were able to get.  All that changed on Tuesday as I finally entered into the high speed world!

I am now finding it hard to believe that I can actually watch videos online and don’t have to worry about using up all the bandwidth I have for the month in a couple of days.  I sometimes feel like I need to pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream or a big joke someone is playing on me.  Not only that things I would do for the Rec Center website or for the mission easier to do, but I have even more possibilities of what I can do.  For the past several years, I’ve wondered about taking some online classes to further my education for both help in ministry and also personal growth.  Due to bad connections and over all unreliability I’ve not looked too hard into my options.  Now, that’s something I hope to change and get working on in the near future.

In the next few months AT&T is going to be continuing to work in our area spreading high speed internet around our community.  While I am so glad and excited to have it at my house finally it has not yet reached the Lee County Recreational Center.  Please pray that it will get there soon.  One of the ways that we hope to help the financial situation out at the Rec Center is offering wifi and becoming an internet cafe.  With so many rock climbers and hikers in our area, as well as members of our community in general, needing internet access I have no doubt that this would be a huge draw and financial boost for us.  So please please pray that this will happen soon!

In the mean time, I may be taking more of my computer work home with me, but the ease that I can do it with is still amazing me!

ready for a harvest…

“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”  — Matthew 9:37-38 ESV

harvestThe passage of scripture above has been on my mind for quite awhile and has been driven home more and more over the past couple of weeks.  I had the opportunity last week to share at a missions conference about all that God is doing here at the Rec Center and with the various other ministries of KMM.  As I shared with various people about all that God is doing, I couldn’t help but think of the many ways that we could be doing more at KMM, and especially at the Lee County Recreational Center, if we only had more help.

When I say help, I am not talking about the day to day cleaning and business side of keeping things open, although more help in that area would be nice.  I am specifically thinking about more help as in full time staff coming to partner in ministry and to share Jesus and disciple our community.  Within the Rec Center right now we have men and women, boys and girls, young and old, people with and without disabilities that come out to our facility.  We have been blessed to have various outreaches (especially for the youth) and also do more relationship evangelism.  But as I pray I know that if we had someone who had a passion to reach our seniors, someone with a passion to reach the ladies, reach the men, and even the youth we could have such a greater impact for Christ than we currently have.

The harvest is plentiful here with the various people that come into the Rec Center and the other ministries of KMM.  The laborers we have are passionate and are serving God faithfully.  Yet, we are praying for more laborers, more people that would be passionate about our community coming to know Christ.  As I continue to pray to the Lord of the Harvest for co-laborers in ministry here I know He is faithful and has them out there somewhere.  Please join me in daily praying that they will be led here soon.  Our community is ready…the harvest is ready!


Thankful for answered prayers…

I just wanted to share a cool way that God answered a prayer for us at the Rec Center.  Last week our new pastor, Terry, came to the Rec Center to visit with me and to get to know one another.  As we were visiting, my father came into the Rec Center and began talking with us.  When Pastor Terry asked about any needs the Rec Center ministry has, Dad shared with him about our need for heat and air at the Rec Center.  He specifically shared how if we could get a couple more ventless propane heaters it would really help us with heat and lowering the electric bill.  Terry said he would be praying about the need and also would talk to one of our church members who works for a natural gas company to see if he could help in any way.

This week Pastor Terry talked with Mark who works for a natural gas company about the availability of any propane heaters.  Mark said they really don’t deal with propane heaters, but he would look out for us.  The next day, one of Mark’s new customers was converting from propane to natural gas.  The customer had two ventless propane heaters that he was looking to sell.  Mark shared with him about the Rec Center and the customer donated both heaters to us.  When Mark brought the heaters to the Rec Center, not only were they the type of heaters we have been needing one of them was even the exact brand of the heaters we already have.

It’s been awesome to see once again this week how God works and provides for us.  From a conversation about praying for needed heaters to providing those heaters.  How a dear friend who doesn’t deal with propane just happens to meet a customer with heaters.  From not only getting those heaters donated to having them be the exact kind needed and the same brand.  The whole situation has God’s finger prints all over it.  I am so thankful for how our great God works through  prayer and through the friends He gives us in the Body of Christ!

I hope hearing about this answered prayer encourages you as much as it has me!

updating pains…

computer frustrationYesterday was the big iOS7 release date.  All around the world people were waiting to download the newest iOS for their iPhones and iPads.  I was among the many ready to upgrade, but as usual when it comes to updating things it took me a bit longer than most people.

Living rurally we are still waiting on high speed cable or dsl internet to come our way.  The good news is that for the past couple of months the AT&T trucks have been all around working hard to hopefully have that blessed high speed internet up and running by the end of the year.  The bad news, is that it is not up yet and thus I am still stuck with the slowest satellite service known to mankind….Hughesnet.

When 1pm came on Wednesday, I started seeing right away that my friends were upgrading and already bragging about the new software.  Their I sat trying to get my phone to stop saying there was an error with my internet connection.  Three hours and several attempts later my upgrade was complete.  At home we tried to upgrade our other devices and it literally took all night to get it done.  Slow does not begin to even describe how poor our internet is here.

That being said, this post really isn’t about about my upgrading to iOS7.  Although, my upgrades many hours later are complete and so far I am really enjoying them.  No, this post is really about a prayer request.  Please pray that we will get high speed internet here soon.  It will help us tremendously with not only our ministry websites and personal use, but also an influx of business at the Rec Center.  We are constantly asked by visiting hikers, climbers, and other tourists if we have a wifi hot spot that they can use.  When informed that we don’t the often leave.  Having wifi here would enable us to draw in much more business to help us with our major financial needs.  People will stay longer and eat more, it works out great.  So, please join me and praying that high speed internet gets here soon!