Archive | July, 2009

A Patchwork Quilt Summer

31 Jul

     My time in the States began at Winshape Camp for Boys where I reconnected with friends seen only yearly—but what a glorious 12 days of friendships, teamwork and ministry transpire! After several speaking engagements, we literally spread patchwork quilts to watch the laser show at Stone Mountain, a first-time experience for our youngest two, Ben and Anna.


     During the past two weeks, we’ve spent time with new friends(High Point small group who’ve loved us from afar),  friends from the remote past(from college days who now pastor in North Carolina),  friends from the distant past(Brian’s childhood church congregation, 3rd grade teacher, and his first pastor), and friends from our recent(Charlotte/Matthews) and newlywed past(Lou and Andrea, you’re the best!)-but the Lord’s kindness on providing such a beautifully woven summer has inspired us and encouraged us. We have the next 36 hours to cocoon as a family (and only that brief time to be altogether), and then we leave for meetings with our newest friends, our Reachglobal missionary Latin America leadership team, and then our newest team, the Holistic Ministry team meeting for the first time live in New Orleans!


Join us in praying for special family time before our eldest return to college, for focus and unity during team meetings, and for ministry opportunities that arise during the way!






Keri gets an ER manicure

23 Jul

Keri’s toe got caught between two boats and the boats won. Now she gets to sport a nail-less big toe.

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It’s CAMP time again…

15 Jul
To all my blog readers,
I deeply apologize for the time lapse between blogs, but I am working at my children’s camp of choice-Winshape Camps! I am privileged to serve along 50+ Christian young men and women who spend their summers serving the Lord and kids here in Rome, Georgia. The heat, bugs and rain have been kept to a minimum, and only one pottery item exploded in the kiln–I teach pottery at Boys’ Camp, and that is wonderful news to a potter!
Our family will spend the weekend visiting a church from Brian’s childhood, and look forward to welcoming Keri and Matt home after their summer jobs in a few weeks(but Matt is doing a great job here at Boys’ camp as well)!
Many opportunities to share Christ’s love with the campers and others have arisen. Please pray for us and them as they still have another session until camp is packed up and the rush to prepare for school begins!


4 Jul

Walter Sandell was my pastor from the time I was four until I left after my last summer at home during college years. We had the privilege of visiting Walter and Margy on a trip to Atlanta. As we talked about our lives it struck me how much my thinking about missions was shaped during my years at First Alliance Church in Atlanta. Our church had the highest level of support for missions of all C&MA churches, hosted missionaries constantly, and had the most amazing missions conferences. With so many missionaries in our lives, it was inevitable that our hearts would be drawn to missions. Thanks to Pastor Sandell, missions defines many of our vision and goals in life.

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