Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall 2010

Labor Day weekend, the first weekend in September, Central Bible Church had their Family Camp at Big Sky Bible Camp. Not only was Todd once again part of the planning process, but Central Bible asked him to be one of the speakers for the weekend. Also, AWANA started early in September. Todd is once again assisting with the AWANA program for Lion Hill Baptist Church in Martin City.

We will be starting Bible Clubs in a few weeks as well as working on raising support. In the meantime, Todd is looking at getting a part-time job. Due to expenses with vehicile breakdowns and the downturn in the economy, we need the extra income for the time being. Hopefully, this will be short term and just until the end of 2010.

Todd also is allowing other individuals to take up some of his church responsibilities such as the planning of annual church events like the Valentines Banquet and Men's Retreat. He will be continuing to teach Children's Church each week though.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Baby Isaiah

In early August we welcomed the newest addition to our family: a foster child named Isaiah. Isaiah had been neglected and bounced from one home to another for all of his short life. Because of this, when he entered our home he was severely malnourished and developmentally behind. Within a week of being in our home, he had already made much progress. He gained weight daily, learned to crawl, interact with people, and had already started the bonding process. Case workers and therapists were able to see these drastic improvements also. We are happy to have him in our home, and he has been a real blessing in our lives.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Summer Ministry Update

June was busy as the children finished school for the summer and Alanna graduated from highschool. Soon after, Brenda taught a class at Central Bible Church's Vacation Bible School. Although it required much time and work, she really enjoyed being able to work with the young kindergarten-aged children. While Brenda was teaching VBS, Todd was busy with staff training at Big Sky Bible Camp. Big Sky Bible Camp was blessed this year with a full set of staff. Praise the Lord! Also, in June, Alanna had to have a surgery which caused her to become unemployed as her position at Lowe's was seasonal and she required time to heal. This was a disappointment to her, but Alanna was able to work at Big Sky Bible Camp later on in the summer and really enjoyed her time there.

July was busy as camp was in full swing. Todd counselled two weeks, spoke two weeks, and taught Bible classes and various electives during the other weeks throughout the summer. While Todd was at camp from dawn until dusk, Brenda and Linea worked on planning for our trip to Canada. In Canada, we taught a Kid's Club as well as a Junior Missionary Conference for the Waldheim Missions Conference. Throughout the trip, which was just over a week long, there were nine different speaking engagements. Seven of those speaking times involved the Kid's Club and Junior Missionary Conference and included songs, crafts, and games.

Here are a couple pictures of the Junior Missionary Conference:

August was also full of activity. The first week of August we took in a foster baby. (More detail to come in a later post.)Big Sky Bible Camp finished its summer season in mid-August. The children then started getting ready for school as school started on the 25th of August. We also took Alanna to college in Oregon (August 26-29). We are grateful to Karen DeVries who was willing to stay with the children while we took Mallory and baby Isaiah with us to Oregon.