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Monday, March 14, 2016

Ministry Update: March 2016

It has been quite a season for our family!  Our family has grown since I last posted - Oliver was born on a stormy night in December - and he will get his very own post soon!  But for now, a quick update including how God has continued to do work within, for, and through our family.

The latest, and most exciting news:  We found a house!  It is in the heart of Peachtree City, which is exactly where we wanted to stay, since that is the location of most of our church family - and the CPPTC building!  On the very day I became discouraged about house-hunting, God already had a plan in place.  We will be moving to a newly renovated home, thanks to an awesome brother in Christ in our community group.  James and I already had plans to talk with him when we purchased a home, but God moved in Joe's heart to approach us first - and with just the right home for us.  Not only is the location great, the size is just enough for our family to grow in, and it is right at our price point.  It's truly incredible how the Lord hears us, sees us, and provides exactly what we need, in His timing.  More details to come as this progresses!

photo from Google maps

We were also blessed with the provision of a much larger car!  We traded the Yaris in for a minivan!!  It is a Chrysler Town & Country, and we love it.  It has been so fantastic having the space to not only accommodate our family of five, but also two extra passengers.  It was perfectly timed that we got our van after the new year, right before my Mom came to visit for two weeks.  I'm glad she didn't have to be squished in the back with all of the carseats this time.

Room for one more... 

In other recent news, here on the home front, the boys have been keeping me busy during the week.  We still go to Bible Study Fellowship every Thursday, and Ollie stayed in his class for the first time last week!  I love knowing that they are hearing God's word, and learning the very same truths that I am in my small group, from Oliver's class, all the way up to Miles' class!  It also encourages me to be steadfast in discipling our boys.  If the volunteers who keep the babies from 6 weeks old to walking are able to teach the Bible to their students, I can do the same with my babies!!

Miles started little league last month.  He is #4 on the Durham Bulls!  This was the generous gift of dear friends, whose son played T-Ball last season, and invited us to join the league this Spring!  He loves every second of it, and is learning so much.  My heart bursts at every single game and practice, and I pray that I don't lose that feeling.  It is 'coach toss' instead of T-Ball, which is fun - the kids get five pitches to try and hit it, otherwise, they are allowed to hit off of the tee.  They also advance one base at a time, unless you are the last batter - then you get a home run!  Every player goes up to bat, and each one scores a run.  It has given us the opportunity to connect with new families, and see our kids bonding on the field.

Let's go Bulls!

James is continuing to work part-time at the warehouse, now three days a week.  We are so grateful for the provision God gives us through this job, and the flexibility of his bosses, supervisors, and coworkers.  Unfortunately, this limits his time at CrossPointe to just two days a week - one of prep and practice, and then Sunday.  Still, our faith is growing through this process, and we are continuing to pray that James will eventually be employed full time at the church.  He has been provided with time to pursue one passion - writing and recording music with his band, Farewell Teddy!  If you haven't downloaded the EP, do it now!  They also have a single on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon:  "A Thousand Bouquets."

Thanks to your prayers and generosity, CrossPointe is continuing to grow and thrive.  We hit the three-year-mark on Super Bowl Sunday!  For a church plant, getting past the first two years is a huge deal, so please continue to lift up our efforts to reach the lost in PTC, and the surrounding areas of South Atlanta Metro.  Our youth group is expanding, and they have their own community group.  James and I are leading a community group still, and we have connected with really wonderful people this year.  I love how God knits the hearts of His followers together.

James at the men's event:  Skeet & Eat

Oliver also stayed in his classroom in CrossPointe Kids yesterday.  He did great!  It is super encouraging to know that each of the boys is being cared for by volunteers who love Jesus, pray for my children, and teach them about the gospel every single Sunday.  The preschool and elementary classes use The Gospel Project curriculum, which teaches the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and each lesson focuses on the fact that it is one story - Jesus' story!  It is so important for them to see that the stories from the Bible are not only related, but also that each one points to the saving power of Jesus Christ.

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As we continue to move forward this spring, please join us in praying!

  • God has called me to begin a prayer ministry/team
    • for vision, training, time management, and courage to move forward
  • For James, as he looks into officially becoming a pastor
  • For the boys, to make connections with their peers and to recognize opportunities to pray for and encourage their friends
  • For the church to continue to grow so James can be fully funded, and work at the church full time
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We are so thankful for each and every one of you!

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