Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Family Update

Todd and Brenda finished their Bible Clubs nearing the end of April. Once again, we were able to see the Lord working in the lives of the children we ministered to. Todd also enjoyed working with Isaac Rajkowski, a volunteer at one of his clubs. It was refreshing to see Isaac's desire to serve God and others. Our new club at Hedges Elementary was eagerly anticipated by our children. They loved having a club at their school so they could invite their friends and classmates. We all enjoyed teaching this club as a family. We were saddened to conclude this club because its attendance more than tripled in the last month.

On Father's Day, our Children's Church class at Central Bible Church was excited to sing a song to honor their fathers in their new tie-dye shirts. During the preceding weeks, Brenda and Linea worked with each child as they were able to color their own t-shirts. Brenda has also been able to help with two special needs teens that attend this class.

Over the past week, Brenda and Levi taught a Kindergarten class at Central Bible Church's Vacation Bible School. The highlight of our time was how enthralled the children were with our flannel graph telling of Jesus' death. The old flannel graph was new to them as was the understanding that Jesus would have died for just one of them because of His amazing love for each individual.

Once again, this summer Todd will be assisting as needed at Big Sky Bible Camp. He is planning on speaking for the junior weeks and counselling during Camp Promise. Camp Promise is the program Big Sky Bible Camp has for the mentally and physically challenged individuals.

Please continue to pray for Todd's health. As many of you have heard, Todd has been dealing with back and abdominal pain over the past six months. After many doctor's appointments and months of no answers, we were finally able to find the source of his pain. A mass was found on his stomach lining. He will schedule the removal for after the camping season as doctors believe there is no immediate danger.

Alanna is home for the summer! She enjoyed attending Corban University over the past school year and hopes to attend there again in the Fall if finances permit. While she has been working on her business majors, she has also been able to work on a minor in Bible. She was able to used the skills she has learned over the years to help with a Good News Bible Club in the Salem area. She hopes to buy a car so she will be able to work off campus during the school year. She was blessed to be rehired by Lowe's and will be working full-time hours for the duration of the summer. We are trusting the Lord to provide for her outstanding additional tuition expenses.

Linea will be a senior this Fall! She is glad that school is out for the year because she worked hard in her higher level classes. Linea continues to bless people with her beautiful voice as she sings at recitals and church. This summer she is working at Big Sky Bible Camp and fulfilling many roles such as counsellor and work crew member.

Levi is quite the gentleman. He has been doing great in Middle School as he earns straight A's and his teachers' admiration. He is also good with the children, especially the baby, and will be a great help to Brenda this summer.

Danae is a beautiful and wonderful young lady. She excels at everything she puts her mind to. Even though her many gifts are endless, she has been blessed with a humble heart and attitude.

Megan is a loving, sweet child. She has a real heart for her lost friends and enjoys telling them about Jesus. She even brought one of her friends to Christ, giving her the steps to salvation and a Bible! Pray for us as we decide whether she would do better acdemically and socially at home next year.

Brett is a typical boy. He loves rocks, dirt, and bugs. In school, he excels in every area and has many friends. He is excited that he will be able to attend Clinton Community Church's Men's Retreat with Todd and Levi.

Mallory will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall although she is sure she knows it all already! She is our adorable, adventurous, active little fireball, and has yet to realize that she is no longer the baby of the family.

Isaiah will be two soon! We can hardly believe he has been in our home for almost a year. He has grown in in so many ways. He is a smart, content little guy. We all love him so much. Adoption papers are in process and we hope to finalize in September. At this time he is doing well, but he has dealt with some serious eating disorders. Please pray for us as this can be very frustrating.