Back at it

We have officially been back at the MTC for a month now and back in the swing of training and ministry. I’d like to share a few thoughts about some classes we are currently in, along with a reality that we are all not looking forward to.

When we came back we jumped right back into classes and begun our fall semester with Families and Education. This class was seriously a wealth of knowledge. Meegan and I got to really look at all the schooling options for our kiddos. We (mainly she) homeschools the kids and we were required to come up with a home schooling philosophy. We also got to talk about our timeline on when we expect to hit the field and when we might be back stateside. This would also affect the kids schooling so we were able to talk about the options and when we might be able to be back in Texas for furlough and how long. One of the hard things to think about with this class is all of the transitions our kids will make. By the time they get settled in to Papua New Guinea (PNG) we will pick up and be back for a year and then go back to PNG and so on. Transition will be a big part of all of our lives but we along with others can help them by being honest about time lines, asking their input, and talking through hard things with them so that they really understand the why behind it all.

Another class that we are currently in is Field Health. They really hold back no punches in this one. Brutal, but focused honesty about infections, malaria, wounds, burns, all of that coming with the reality of there is no ambulance coming. One of the first exercises done by the instructor was for our class to name all of the medical privileges that we have here in the US but will probably not get in the country we hope to go. Let me tell yuh, there was quite a bit that we have access to but will not in PNG. No ambulance, surgeons, 911, fire department, ER, Urgent Care, etc. This class came at a good time though, Aydin had just contracted a skin infection in his knee that we ended up having to take him to the local doctor for because his knee was the size of a great fruit and looked about the same as one too. He is fine now and on his way to running and playing as much as he ever was, thank the Lord. However it did open our eyes up to what we will have access to and how to try and treat infections with things on hand, and the need to be proactive on all sores from the beginning. All of this has opened up conversations with the kids on how to stay healthy. We saw that Aydin is really prone to the woe is me, life isn’t fair, why is God causing me to be hurt attitude, which also allowed us to talk more about the goodness of God. Please pray our children cling to Him no matter what they face in the future as we know they will witness many difficult things.

This may have been abit heavy to share but we really want people to know what we are doing here and preparing for. Jesus promised that He will always be with us and today our instructor showed us a picture of the disciples in the boat as the sea tossed and turned in Matthew 8:23-27

23Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!

To answer their question, He was not just a man He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings! Jesus, in Matthew 6:25-27 says:

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

Rope Swing Fun

There I was having lots of fun and suddenly friction and gravity take their roles and I am laying on the ground. “Ahhhhh I broke my wrists!!!” I said. The reply was as expected form a dear compassionate friend “Hahaha No you didn’t”. Well turns out I sure did and let me tell you I have never been so humbled as this last 5 weeks. After surgery the doctor told me that I now had added hardware to both wrists and I would be out for the summer. Let me tell yuh this did not fit into my plan, but I think that’s was the point. I had quite a few plans over the summer to go and do and adventure with friends but I never asked the Lord if that’s what He would have me do. I have been reminded daily of Luke 14:7-11 when Jesus is talking to His disciples about coming to a wedding feast and sitting in the place of honor. He told them it is best to not be shamed by sitting in the place of honor when it may not be your place. He tells them it is honorable to sit in the place of the lowest then let the host honor you by moving you into greater position. In Luke 4:11 Jesus says “11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted”. I currently have braces on both hands and have a 5 pound weight limit all summer. If you know me at all you can only imagine how excruciatingly painful it is for me not to be able to do just about everything. For the first week or so I was unable to feed myself, bathing was an issue, and Meegan and the kids had to rally around dad as we loaded up the car and moved back to Texas for the summer. I read a quote I’d like to share with you from Britt Hancock, “Many things in this life we cannot fight our way through. There is nothing in this life that we cannot worship our way through.” I have had to reflect and reflect and reflect and pray “God what are you showing me through this?” For me I have felt like I put my agenda before His. There are many seasons in our life when we don’t understand why things happen, but we must remember the truths of scripture, that God is good and whether it  is to draw us back to Him or show His power, He orchestrates all things for His good. Romans 8:28 “28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” Thank you for your continued prayers for healing. I am so blessed ot tell you that the plates are being accepted well and I’m at about 70% of the way healed already. With all this time Meegan and I have been able to meet with many of our partners and have also been able to serve in both Loving Baptist and Faith Baptist Church for youth camps. If we haven’t gotten to catch up with you this summer yet and would like to meet for a cup of coffee or meal please send us a message or email. Thank you all for your continued support as we journey together to reach the unreached.

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What is your identity?

In our last newsletter update (sign up for it here) we mentioned our communications class we were taking to help improve our ability to speak to different audiences. Our second speech we had to do was intended for our peers. I (Meegan) shared something the Lord has been and is working in my heart on and I wanted to share it here as well. I hope it blesses you/challenges you to consider what you consider your identity to be or where you place it.

To start off- I want to tell you a story about an eagle and his lost identity.

He started out abandoned by his mom in his little egg. But Thankfully a farmer happened upon the nest and finding the egg still warm, put it under one of his chickens. When he hatched, the hen fed him but then he soon learned to peck at the ground to find seeds, worms and other insects just like the other chicks. Unfortunately, he became scrawny and weak, hunting for food constantly. See he was designed with a curved beak to eat flesh, and then grow into a strong , large bird, eating seeds was near impossible. To top it off, the other chickens made fun of him because he looked and talked different then they did.
One day, as he’s desperately searching for food, he notices a shadow of a large bird flying above. He looks up to see a beautiful eagle with strong wings, enjoying the thrill of riding the winds. How he wishes he was an eagle! Yet day after day he continues to search for food he wasn’t designed to eat. He is an eagle, but doesn’t know it. He could soar in the sky if he knew who he was. He could enjoy the life and diet of an eagle, and he could be strong if he were to understand who he is and what he was designed for.

From this story it is easy to see how sad it is that this eagle doesn’t know what he is. I wonder if he would have believed someone if they told him.

You may be reading this and know the right answer to where our identity should be held. Is it your job title? your social standing? a mom? a wife?
I know I have had many studies and sermons that have dealt with our identity in Christ-who the Bible says we are as His children. Our identity should be held in that because every other identity can change and doesn’t last for eternity.

But what the Lord has been showing me is that we may KNOW (head knowledge) the right answers but do we truly believe them and act accordingly.
Sometimes the promises of who we are as believers seem so different in our daily lives.

Because the reality is-we live according to how we perceive ourselves.

And unless our view of ourself lines up with His view- we will never get to experience the freedom, thrill, and joy of riding the winds like the eagle in the story. We won’t get to experience all the ways He desires to use us.

There are MANY passages throughout Scripture that speak to who we are in Christ.

Ephesians 1:1-14 (changed for personalization)
To YOU, the faithful In Christ Jesus.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has BLESSED YOU with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Just as He chose YOU in Him, before the foundation of the world.
That YOU should be holy and without blame before Him in love
Having predestined YOU to adoption as sons by Christ to Himself,
According to the good pleasure of His will.
To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which he made YOU accepted in the Beloved.
In Him, YOU have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward YOU in all wisdom and prudence.
Having made known to YOU the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure, which he purposed in Himself. In Him YOU have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the counsel of His will.That YOU who trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

Some others that have been meaningful to me and sometimes hard to cling to and daily live out are:
I am a temple-a dwelling place- of God. His Spirit and His life dwells in me (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19)
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2 For 5:18-19)
I have been crucified with Chris and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life (Gal 2:20)
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3)
I have been made complete in Christ (Col 2:10)
I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Tim 1:7)
I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God through which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)

I would encourage you to look up the following verses and see MANY more of who the Lord says we are:
Matthew 5:13-14
John 1:12;15:15
Rom 5:1, 6:1-6, 18, 8:1, 17
1 Cor 1:2, 2;12,16, 6:19-20 12:27
2 Cor 5:14-15, 17
Col 1:2,13-14, 27, 2:10,12-13,  3:1-4, 12
Eph 2:6, 10,18-19, 3:12, 4:24
Gal 2:20
1 Thes 1:4
2 Tim 1:7,9
Heb 3:14, 4:16
1 Pet 2:5, 9-11, 5:8
2 Pet 1:4
1 John 5:18

It’s easy to acknowledge these truths about who Scripture says we are or have been given without believing them to the very core of who we are and understanding what that means and how they are lived out.

I want to challenge you to meditate on these truths DAILY, asking the Lord to help you to grasp them and live them out.

Winter t-shirt Fundraiser

We are THRILLED to be doing another t-shirt fundraiser!!
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The last one was incredibly helpful and we have loved most of all how the shirts are raising awareness of the unreached people groups that have never heard.

Little H Creative will be doing the printing again! I am so thankful for her friendship and creativity!!

and this time we have more options!!! They feature the world map and the wording “Reaching the Unreached-How will they hear unless we go- Romans 10:13-14”

Long Sleeve Bella & Canvas option-Maroon
unfortunately the maroon is not available for youth sizes so if you want a long sleeve youth it will be a grey one.

We have Comfort Colors-  Island Reef
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Comfort Colors option 2-Washed Denim
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Thank you so much for your continuous support and willingness to get involved!!! We want to make sure to be able to deliver these by Christmas if possible.
You can use the PayPal option below or email your order to us by December 1st.

Adult and Kid sizes available! Please use the amt drop down beside the “pay with PayPal” icon and email for the details of the order-size and color

T-shirt fundraiser

Please indicate which shirt and what size you would like to get! 1. Long Sleeve Bella & Canvas- Maroon 2. Comfort Colors-Island Reef 3. Comfort Colors-Washed Denmim



the bilum bag story

In our last post we shared that we were going on a web-fast for the month of October as an assignment for one of our classes. I’ll be honest-there were a few times it was really hard to keep from looking something up or wishing I could check Instagram in order to see picture updates from friends and family. Or post pictures of exciting moments for us. But overall it was a great experience. The idea of being without internet overseas in a tribe isn’t as earth shattering as it might have been otherwise. Although there were a few times I wanted to check social media, for the most part it was easy and refreshing to stay away. I thought we might have a little more time on our hands without internet but there’s just no way around staying extremely busy here. Glad to be back and thankful for the realization that I don’t need to check social media daily. We did notice how much people are on their phones outside of this campus though.. when you have no reason to be on yours its a lot more noticeable when your trying to have conversations with people and they are always looking at theirs.
We were incredibly blessed by a lady who saw our post about the web fast and sent some fun activity books for the kids and a gift card for us. God’s people are so kind!!

During the first week of October we also mentioned that we would have a field fair. It was a super busy week that was non stop but we got to know so many people serving all over the world. I love listening to people’s stories of how the Lord brought them to the place they are and just seeing how amazing He is in the special unique ways He works.
During field fair the representatives for PNG shared a story from one of their recent surveys.
Its the story about a bilum bag
If you have heard us speak or share what the Lord is leading us to do, then you have heard us say that the people there are begging for God’s talk. There is a huge list of people groups just waiting for missionaries to come and share God’s talk in their language.
This story is yet another group asking and waiting. Please watch

We are thrilled to have been given this exact bilum bag as a constant reminder in our home of why we are here-Why we have moved away from our family, going through 4 years of training, planning to move to a foreign land surrounded by darkness, learn 2 other languages, and spend many years living in a jungle…Because these people and many others need God’s talk.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14

Please pray along with us for more people to go. “therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:38

During field fair we also learned of more of the support roles that are needed-both state side and in the different countries. If you have skills-whether teacher, IT, media, building, mechanics, accounting, hospitality, etc… the needs are endless to serve and make it possible for church planters like us to be out in the bush. I want to encourage you to pray and see if the Lord would have you take an active part. It takes everyone doing their role the Lord has led them to do.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers!

Web-fast and recruiting

We have been learning a lot since starting orientation and classes here at the MTC. Every class and information shared is just another confirmation that the Lord has brought us here and the excitement to learn all we can.

We have been learning:
-about the community we live in now and how to get involved and minister to people in the here and now of this sub culture
-our learning styles and the value that each has in regards to team work
-an intro to understanding worldview. LOVED this class in trying to understand how worldviews are created and reinforced throughout all cultures. He emphasized Proverbs 18:13 “He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.”
-learning the principles of foundational Bible teaching and the importance of chronological teaching. It is so key for people to have an accurate view of who God is, in His holiness and righteousness, as well as the reality of our own sin that separates us from Him. Until someone recognizes their need for a Savior, they won’t be able to come to a saving faith in Christ.
-about what a mature church looks like according to Scripture so that we will have an accurate goal in mind when planting a mature church. What we love about this organization is that we aren’t going to “parachute in” and tell the Gospel to people without taking the time to make sure they have a clear understanding and disciple them. Unfortunately many times a people group will learn of Jesus but not truly understand and add Him on as one of their spirits they are trying to appease.

We have an exciting month ahead!
October 2 -October 27 we will be under a “Web-Fast.” The leadership here (acting in our best interest) has set up some rules and reasons why they include this in our training. Some of those reasons are:
-to build face to face relationships here (get the students out of their home sick bubble),
-to reflect and focus (developing a lifestyle of being before the Lord to listen and reflect on truth, pondering what God may desire to teach me/us with the goal of knowing Him more intimately, being transformed to be more like Him),
-to be other-centered for His sake (People are losing the ability to empathize—having a deep concern for/interest in others; and yet these are central to a fruitful life and ministry. He calls us to walk with Him and to be others-centered),
-to be better at managing our time (Digital technology can negatively impact time management and nurture the wasting of time because it invites us to do things faster and yet spend more time doing them. Field leaders have expressed concern over new missionaries coming to the field with poor time management skills, spending too much time online)

I managed to meal plan for the month of October and write out recipe cards so I won’t be dependent on Pinterest each week. I also grocery shopped for the month (got almost everything we need.) This is great training for the field as well!!

We are praying that the Holy Spirit would come to our aid in these areas by showing us as a family where we can be more intentional to glorify Him. Some of the “Web-Fast NO NO’s” include the use of: the web, social media, texting, instant messaging, television, Netflix, hulu, etc. Fortunately they have permitted us to use our home phone, cell phones (for calls only), skype, and use our email. If you know us very well you know that we shouldn’t have much of a problem with this, though it will inconvenience us some. Part of our focus over this time is to study and reflect on the book of Philippians. Each week we will write a one-page reflection of what we are learning from God’s word and through conversing with our peers. This is also good preparation for the field. We have heard that when we are interior in the bush there is a very minute chance that there will be a signal and finding one will take lots of hiking. It reminds me of that commercial “Can you hear me now?”

We also have field fair this coming week. Field fair is when many of Ethnos360’s field leadership come to inform and recruit those in the training to their field. This is an amazing time to hear and ask questions about the in’s and out’s of their regions. We are also signed up to host the representatives from PNG. We are feeling led to start a church plant in one of the unreached people groups there so this will be an amazing opportunity to be able to ask questions and get some better understanding of the opportunities there.

We would love your prayers as we get flooded with the many needs that are still all over the world. There are still about 2500 people groups that need an opportunity to hear the Gospel in their language, plus many areas that have on going work but need help finishing the task. Please pray with us that we will have discernment and wisdom this next week, the ability to process the overwhelming needs, and also enjoy the fellowship of His workers from all over.

Thank you for being a part of this with us!!

classes and daily life at the MTC

This last month has gone by in a whirlwind. It seems as though we have been here for months with the connections we have made but yet at the same time the days are slipping by. A new week begins and I blink and its already the weekend again.

The classes, the get-togethers, the Bible study, and prayer groups we are involved in are invaluable! It’s incredible to be immersed into the lifestyle here surrounded by believers who are committed to seeing unreached people come to know and follow the Lord for generations. We are constantly being poured into by missionaries who are now committed to helping the next generation of missionaries go out equipped.

Thank you to all of you who are supporting us financially and prayerfully so that we can be here!

Daily Schedule
Our days have gotten into a routine (which is awesome for me!) Chris and I are able to wake up and spend time with the Lord in His word separately and then pray together before the kids wake up. We do breakfast and Chris does their Homeschool Bible time with them before we have to be in class at 8am.
Monday- Thursdays 8am to 8:30 we meet together with our class and the class ahead of us to pray for other missionaries on the field and pray for the ministries we are involved in locally.


groups huddled up together to pray for missionary prayer requests from all over the world

we have class time till 12 with breaks in between. The kids have done incredible at getting independent work done and love the breaks so they can run around outside or get hot chocolate.
Fridays we have Chapel time where we worship and hear from a speaker (sometimes a visiting missionary home on furlough).
We have class and then break early to do our e-linc group

Elinc is equipping through listening, interacting, nurturing, and challenging. We meet in a set group for the next 2 years, growing together, sharing our stories and what the Lord is teaching us through the classes or chapel time. We have an awesome group with some amazing leaders! Speaking of leaders-Please be praying for some dear friends of ours: The Deal Family. They have come home to the states for Shad to have Brain surgery. He is having a Left temporal lobe resection this morning (Friday Sept 29) to take away seizure causing areas. If the Lord wills they would like to be able to return to their field. Please lift Shad, Sarah and their two boys up during this time and recovery time.


Our E-Linc group before getting beat in a kickball tournament on campus

We spend the afternoons doing the rest of the kids homeschool, Chris does work detail in the Garage working on campus vehicles. If you follow us on instagram or facebook you may have seen the forts and fun times the kids are having on campus. We are so blessed to have quick friends!

Local Ministry
One of our assignments here is to commit to a local church, serve and get to know the community. Just as overseas we will partner with the local church to reach those who have never heard. We are also supposed to get involved in a local outreach ministry to put some of the things we are learning into practice.

We are thrilled and thankful the Lord has lead us to the Helping Hands Homeless Shelter in the area. We have committed to a local church, Rock House, that the residents feel comfortable attending with us. We pick several up to go to church with us Sunday and Wednesday night and usually go Sunday afternoons to the Shelter for fellowship and building relationships. As a major plus the kids get to be involved with us, playing with kids currently at the shelter when we go. It has been incredible to get to know some of the residents, hear their stories, see their brokenness and have conversations with them about the Lord. He has opened doors for us to be able to connect with a few of them to do more one on one chronological teaching with. It’s humbling to see how brokenness paves the way for the truth of Christ to be understood and welcomed. It is such a contrast to a self-righteous culture that sees no need for God.


Calyn painting nails at Helping Hands

We want to share more with you the truths and practical training we are getting soon! Till then-thank you for keeping us in your prayers as we  balance classes, home school, homework, ministry, church, and fellowships here on campus!

Summer fun

We were so blessed to be able to spend the later part of the summer visiting family, spending time with family and just having fun before moving to Missouri to begin training. We had the best time! Our van got us to New Mexico, Florida, and then Broken Bow Oklahoma before ending it off with the drive to Missouri.

We started off in July going to Sipapu New Mexico with family! It was such a good time just relaxing and watching the kids enjoy spending time with their cousins and grandparents!

After that we drove the 20 hour drive to Florida for a few days!! We got to go to the beach a couple times and it was totally worth the long day of driving!

While we were in Florida we got to stop by the home office of Ethnos 360. It was so good to visit people we have only talked to over the phone and through email and see the ins and outs, the behind the scenes work that is key to reaching the unreached.

After Florida we explored Beaver Bend State Park with our good friends! It was absolutely beautiful and warm enough to want to get in the cold river water!

July went by fast and furious with all these fun trips and time with family but thankfully we were able to have a few ‘going-away’ parties and hug everyone’s neck and say ‘see ya later’ We were overwhelmed with the love and support of so many friends and family!

August 4th (the big move date) came so quickly. We have absolutely loved our home in Loving and the preparation the Lord did in our lives to get us to this place. If you have heard our presentation for our mission then you know how the Lord used that time. Our short stay in Loving was integral to the change He did in our lives. It will always be one of our absolute favorite times.  So with that we sold a lot, packed up the rest, and moved to Missouri to begin training.

We arrived in the rain and got a lot of help from other students that selflessly helped unload and make it go by quick!

We are so thankful for the support of our friends and family that the Lord has used to get us here. His faithfulness has been proven over and over and we are beyond grateful for all of you that have played the role of giving financially and praying for us!
We are all settled in and meeting tons of great staff and students. The kids are LOVING all of the other kids to play with all day! Classes start next week and we can’t wait to learn and grow!!

One chapter ends another begins

For the last 10 years I have been a fireman. For the last 10 years every third day I was going to be at the fire station for at least 24 hours, sometimes 48. It has been such a habit to go to the station I would wake up on my day off and show up to work by accident on occasion. Our lives pretty much revolved around my job. We would make plans a year in advance so that I would be sure the days off. The time spent as a fireman has grown me beyond belief. God truly has been at work over these last 10 years. Its amazing when Meegan and I can look back and see just how God orchestrates all things for the good of those who love Him. Through just the experience in stressful situations where action needed to be taken and my crew and I were the ones to do it has been nothing short of what I can see as preparation for upcoming steps in our journey. My medical experience as a first responder has allowed me to see most people in their worst moments and has taught me to do all that I can to help them. The Apostle Paul in Romans 8:28 comes to mind, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Meegan and I are so blessed to have been apart of so many families in the fire service. Being able to spend that much time with one another at the fire station can really bring you together even though it is sometimes like a soap opera or Reality TV show. The men and women that I have served with have been nothing short of first-rate. I can’t say enough about them and what they mean to me. This may get a little corny for a second so beware. There is a tight bond that occurs when you walk into a burning building or make it through a sketchy call together. No one will ever be able to have that same experience and you can always look back and think man God was really watching over us then. Each and every officer, driver, and fellow firefighter has taught me something and I am so blessed to have served with them. As of July 3, 2017 I am no longer employed as a firefighter with the city of Weatherford Texas. My parting was very sweet and sad. When I turned in my resignation I was able to share about God’s desire to be known even to the end of the earth with a few of the chiefs. On my last shift the guys gathered together at one of the stations and threw me a going away party. The love and support is definitely felt and is so reassuring because they know why I am leaving. The Lord has made a way for my life to be a witness and I pray that He uses it to glorify Him as we continue in this next step of our journey. As most of you know we are preparing to move to Missouri on August 4. Meegan and I have taken physical steps in our family to follow wherever He leads us. It has been remarkable to see Him work in the hearts of so many, leading them to partner with us in this ministry. It has not been the easiest thing to walk away from such securities but we feel confident that the Lord has called us to go. Through all of this God has shown His faithfulness, Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”. With each step we take, He is there. It may not be what or when we expected it or how we thought it would happen all the time but God is truly faithful. If the Lord has led you to partner with us I would like to thank you for responding to the Lord’s call on your involvement. If you have not partnered with us but feel that the Lord is leading you to become partners with us in reaching the unreached please contact us. Again we are so thankful to all of our partners and are excited as we walk together wherever He leads.

Blast through time with photos over the years


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When my momma heart needs reminding

Aydin and Calyn have now finished up with their extra-curricular activities here in Graham. Aydin is done with soccer and piano lessons and Calyn is done with her dance class. I wish I could say I didn’t shed a tear but the truth is it hurts my momma heart to know they are done doing some of these things they love doing… and honestly that I love watching them do. I know Aydin will continue to play soccer wherever and we can continue learning musical instruments through the internet or something and Calyn will always be dancing throughout our house…. but its just different.

This past week the kids have been taking swim lessons to learn to do the different strokes and Aydin’s instructor came and said that he should be on the swim team. He was so proud, calling everyone to let them know his instructor  thought that he was good enough to join the swim team, which is actually just participating in a swim team camp at the end of summer. Of course it is after we move to Missouri so he wont be able to participate in it. Its so silly but I caught myself tearing up at what he is going to miss out on… pursuing those things that he is good at and enjoys…

and then the Lord gently reminded me that that’s not our purpose on this earth. I feel the Lord wrapping His arms around me reminding me of His love and goodness. He has called our family to overseas missions and there’s nothing I would rather do but when it comes to the kids it makes me a little sad to think of the things they wont get to do. I’m then reminded of all the experiences they will get that other kids would love to get to do and wont.

This specific incidence is what led me to write about it because the Lord is so good. He has been molding and preparing my kids and I continue to pray and request prayer that they will continue to have a heart for others. They get it! They get that they won’t get to do all these things they have been doing and its all for Him. They are understanding and excited for whats to come. They willingly trade these earthly joys for the joy to come of sharing the love of Christ with those who have no access. These people are worth it. The Lord Jesus Christ is worth it.

so while I’m tearing up at the thought of Aydin not getting to do the swim team camp, hes just thrilled that the instructor thought he should be in it.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

As believers, our purpose on this earth is to bring God glory. Of course He can be glorified through all events and kids pursuing their passions and gifts He has given them… but for us it means being obedient to the burden He has placed on our hearts for unreached people groups. And that means seeing our kids not pursuing their gifts in team sports, lessons, or performances.. but trusting the Lord to continue to give them a heart for Him and the nations…molding and changing all of us for the purpose He has. I pray that He will bring to light the gifts He has given them and avenues to pursue those for Him.

“Serve the Lord with gladness!Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:2-3

Thank you for your continued prayers as we transition from Loving Texas and prepare to move to the Training Center in exactly 2 months. We are anxious to get this next step underway!