Saturday, July 07, 2012

Mission: Guatemala

Hi Everybody,
Things have been busy around our home the last few months and our blog has taken a backseat.  I apologize for not updating or keeping in touch.  I promise to update as soon as I can and post pictures of happenings for the last few months.  Today I wanted to post about something important in our house and this seemed a great way to do it!

Rachel and I are going on a mission trip.  We are leaving at the end of this week.  Rachel worked long hours volunteering at our church garage sale for 3 days to earn money toward the trip for the entire team with which we are travelling.  She also has done odd jobs and babysitting to put funds toward her part of the trip.  Lastly, she wrote a support letter to ask for ministry support through prayer and funding is people felt moved to give.  I, Kathy, Mom, dropped the ball on getting that letter out.  Things have been very busy with Grandpa, Daddy's job and surgeries so it just got pushed to the back burner.

Thank you to those who have already given toward her trip.  We've received 3 donations already.  Many people have asked about donations and we definitely would appreciate any help in funding her trip.  It is NOT too late to give!  Below I have included her letter.  If you feel like you would like to give, please message me about it.  She still has a balance of $700 to pay by Friday for the trip.  I will say thank you in advance and God Bless you for considering praying for this mission trip or giving if you feel moved to.

Thank you!  Kathy
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Dear friends and family,
This coming July, I will be joining Canadian Valley Baptist Church on a mission trip to Guatemala. We partner with a ministry called Clubhouse Guatemala. Clubhouse Guatemala has several ministries that are ongoing including:
·       VBS in local schools and churches as well as a Women's Bible Study
·       A shoe ministry
·       Backpack/school supply ministry
·       Self-sufficiency ministry through providing chicken coop/baby chicks, and stoves
·       Operating feeding centers
·       And a new addition of a camp site for kids
The trip is funded entirely through donations and by personal funds of those going on the mission trip. Fund-raisers are being held by those going on the trip. My trip is July 13 to July 21.  In order to make the necessary preparations I need to raise $1250 by May 1st. (*Now July 13th since Mom didn't get the letter our...signed, Mom)  I would greatly appreciate your consideration of supporting me on this mission trip.
I believe this opportunity will be a real blessing to the people in Guatemala. I expect to be stretched in my own faith, relationship with Christ, and ability to share the Gospel. I will also grow spiritually as I learn to approach strangers who do not speak my language to share the Gospel. These opportunities are going to allow for me to minister in Guatemala but also equip me better to minister at home.
           I am excited about the opportunity to serve and to minister, and I ask you to join me in ministry. I am seeking your support and prayers for this mission trip.
I have included my address below (*Email or comment if you need the address), should you give. You can mail a check to myself (*Made out to Rachel, since we are so close to departure, it would be easiest*). Just be sure to write "Guatemala" on the memo line.
Even if you choose not to support me in funding, I do hope that you will continue to support me in the best support possible: prayer.
 In His Name,
Rachel
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28:19-20

Friday, March 09, 2012

This world is not my home...

But oh, look at this beauty.  This is where I grew up.  My earthly "home".  With moving so much in the military and other circumstances, I've not been able to get home as much as I'd like so that our children can enjoy God's amazing beauty that is the KJB Ranch.  This IS beauty.  Mom and Dad have worked so hard overhauling the place since they retired and have done an amazing job.
(photo credit: Doug Williams)
THANK you, Doug, for taking this picture today and sending it to me!  It brought tears to my eyes.  He was passing by out there today, thought of me and took this picture just for me!  Can you stand it?!  He thought of me and did this, so kind. I went to Kindergarten with Doug's son.  He's known me since I was knee-high to a grasshopper (as they say in my neck o'the woods).  I used to stand right where this picture was taken to catch the schoolbus those dark mornings. 

See where that white gate is?  My grandma, my dear, sweet grandma would walk right to the white gate with an umbrella when it was raining and wait for us to get off the bus.  And the stinkers that we were, we didn't want to walk under the umbrella!  Oh that sweet lady.
(Grandma and Rachel sharing a secret.  Baby Connor just a week and half old.  This was 5/3/99, the day of the "May 3rd Tornado" in Oklahoma)

This road is where I learned how to drive a tractor.  That field is where we baled hay and when I was 15, I drove my 61 Ford Falcon out to the middle of it with my friend Belinda and we got S-T-U-C-K, Stuck in the mud.  Apparantly the old Ford Falcon couldn't handle the mud like the 4 wheelers could.
(Not my actual car.  photo credit: http://bridgetownblog.wordpress.com/tag/cars/)
Oh!  See the bright blue thing on the middle right?  The big two trees just to the left of there was where I spent much of my childhood.  We had a tire swing there in the left tree, and my cousin Stacey, my brother and I built a playhouse up in the right tree.

And the pond.  Uh-mazing.  It's full!  Do you know there's been a drought down there?  God has blessed abundantly and kept that pond full this year.  One year, Dad wanted to expand the pond.  So, he bought-yes BOUGHT, on credit-a bulldozer.  His plan was to use the bulldozer and then sell it for profit before the first payment was due.  Really, people thought he was bonkers.  Then, when working on the pond, he got that thing buried in the pond.  Up over the tracks, it was not budging.  Again, people thought there was no way he was going to dig that thing out, get it cleaned up and sold before that first payment came due.  But we did!

No family is perfect and ours certainly wasn't.  Nor is ours now and we would never expect perfection.  But there are so many positives and memories and wonderful lessons I learned right here in this picture.  Good and bad, love and healing.  Thank you, Lord.  I believe through all the craziness, His Hand was on us all and His Providence led us through.

I love you Mommy and Daddy.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
James 1:17

Friday, March 02, 2012

Harris Family - Missionaries to Guatemala

I am writing to you today on behalf of our dear friends, the Harris family. The Harris family originally surrendered to the mission field to go wherever the Lord led them to go several years ago.  Throughout the last several years, He has taken them all across the midwest for service and training-ultimately His Work and His training to prepare them for their future in service. 
They also began preparation to serve in Papua New Guinea.  Last year, however, God provided an opportunity to serve in Guatemala.  All the doors opened for them to go there and they felt it was God paving the way.

They are now there and serving the local people by helping in the ministry there with Clubhouse Guatemala.  Right now, Clubhouse Guatemala is building a new youth camp from the ground up and serving the local people with a food and school ministry as well.  It is a small ministry, but very strong and very committed to reaching and serving the locals there.
Joey and CC have shared with us that, since they have switched gears from Papua New Guinea over to Guatemala, they have lost some of their promised support.  It has not come in as pledged and they have some great needs right now as they begin their ministry there.  Some of those needs include supplies for a new home, housing, money to pay monthly bills, etc.

Would you consider supporting our friends?  We have personally witnessed the last 5 years of their ministry.  We have seen Joey and CC serve others, even when it was very hard for them.  We have seen them serve even when they did not know where their next home would be in just a few weeks.  When they were not sure where food would come from when their food ran out.   They still served.  We have seen them share much of their resources when they were needed for themselves.  I always say that Joey and CC will serve others even when those others are kicking them.  They are that committed to doing the Lord's work wherever needed.

They could greatly use any support whether it be a one time gift or continuous monthly support.  No amount is too small or large.  We have family that have agreed to support at only $20 a month.  Any amount helps and you can know that you will be giving to a great ministry and helping to reach those in Guatemala.

To learn more, please visit Clubhouse Guatemala's website.
You may also commit to giving here.  Please choose "The Harris Family" from the drop down menu.

If you have any questions, you may ask us, or email us and we can give you direct contact information for Joey and CC.

"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Matthew 25:40

Book Report: Moses Goes to a Concert

I am teaching sign language in our local Co-op to a group of Middle and High school students. We have been using a free curriculum from Lifeprint and the kids and myself have really been enjoying it.
Yesterday in class I decided to read a book to the students. Even though they are older, they still enjoy having books read to them. I decided to read the book "Moses Goes to a Concert" by Isaac Millman. Millman has a whole series based on Moses, a little boy who is deaf. The series focuses on daily life experiences of Moses and his friends, but essentially on deaf culture.
In this book, Moses and his friends are taken to an orchestra concert. As a surprise, their teacher gives them balloons to hold to help them to feel the vibrations of the music. And another surprise: the percussionist is also deaf. She performs without shoes on in order to feel the vibrations of the orchestra with her sock feet.
After the concert, Moses and his friends are able to meet the percussionist. They are allowed to go on stage and play her instruments. She shares with them about becoming deaf as a child and working hard to achieve her goal as a musician.
In the end, Moses says how they had a lot of fun!
This book, as well as the entire Moses series, has many signs sprinkled throughout. They are great resources to help teach deaf culture. Especially deaf culture through the eyes of a child-which is often the best way to learn!

We believe teaching about other languages and other cultures is a great way to teach your children about "becoming all things to all men". About personally stepping out of their daily comfort zones, their life bubble, and reaching out to others in theirs. With the ultimate goal of sharing the Gospel with them. Learning sign language is only one tiny way of doing that. And it's also fun! Not to mention a great way to enable your children to be able to silently ask to use the restroom during a church service. :)

"For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you."
1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Eeeestriches?

A funny for today.  We were reviewing Phonics rules today in Grace's schoolwork when we came across the following picture.

I read the line to her.  I read "The long sound for e is E like in......" and before I could say or point at the picture, Grace says excitedly "Ostrich!!"  It was about 3 seconds before all of her siblings started laughing and then she realized there is not an EEeee in Ostrich!!

Aunt Corina, we believe it is supposed to be E like in "Emu"!

"Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?"
Job 39:13