Friday, September 24, 2010

Doing More Than We Can

A couple weeks ago someone asked us how ministry is going so far this semester. I really liked Greg's response. He explained "we were really prepared for ministry to a group of 40 students that were a part of ACF at the end of spring semester, but when 65 showed up this fall, we were scrambling!"

I had a great time with the Lord today, He put our crazy lives into perspective for me. (I love it when he does that!)

The essence of the lesson was this:

Life in the Spirit is doing MORE than you can. If you can possibly do things on your own, you will try.

Yep, I am pretty sure the Lord want us in a place where we know we cannot do anything without Him. Mission Accomplished!

Another thing that I am learning is that years of growth and harvest are not leisure years. When Joseph (Gen 41) was in charge of all of Egypt during the years of abundance he worked pretty darn hard coordinating the storage of food throughout the empire in order to prepare for the famine. Joseph was not just sitting back and enjoying the view...

So how is ministry going?

We are working hard trying to keep up with this season of growth and abundance. We are keeping our eyes on the One who is really in charge and looking for ways He wants to use us.

Thank you so much for praying for us friends.

Monday, September 20, 2010

3rd Annual ACF Fall Retreat

We just got back from an AMAZING weekend in the Poconos!

Friday afternoon 35 students packed up and left for what they thought was going to be a fun weekend with friends. While it was fun, it was also so much more!

Friday night our speaker, Gibson Largent started the weekend with this video:

Then he asked this question..."Our lives could be 99% over, we do not know when we are going to die. The question you have to ask yourself is: Will your life have mattered?"

And so began a weekend of asking big questions.

The Lord was in and around conversations that happened all weekend. Whether it was listening to Gibson, hiking up a mountain, sitting on the porch enjoying the view, or sitting around the fire at night, the Lord was so close.

Gibson's final talk was Saturday night. At the end he gave students the opportunity to make Christ first in their lives if they had never done so.
3 students prayed to accept Christ that night!


I wish you all could have been there. We welcomed our 3 new sisters with joyful tears and lots of hugs!

Here are a few pic from the weekend thanks to our very own Rose Huber! And yes, those are stilts that a few students tried out! Also check out the gorgeous views, we had the perfect weather all weekend!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Abigail's 6th Birthday!

Abigail's Birthday on Thursday was a lot of fun!

We had a family party at Chuck E Cheese, and then she had 50 college students sing her "Happy Birthday" at the Afterparty!

Here are a few pics.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Busy Week

I am writing this post in the calm before the craziness begins. In about an hour 50 hungry college students will come through our door and devour everything in sight! That's right, it is almost time for the AFTERPARTY!

Before all that happens I wanted to catch you all up on our crazy week of BIG events.

Monday, Labor day, we decided spur of the moment to go to one of our favorite fall spots, Linvilla Orchards. We had a lot of fun seeing the animals, going on a hayride and picking apples and peaches! Here are a few pics.

Tuesday was Caed's first day of 4th grade. Where does the time go? Here he is all ready to go (and really not wanting his picture taken).

Wednesday was Abigail's first day of Kindergarten! She did a great job, I think I was the only one who teared up when I had to leave! Here are a couple pics of my sweet little "Babby" (as Cole calls her!).

Thursday (today) is Abigail's 6th birthday! One of her birthday requests was to have all of the students at the Afterparty be there when she blows out the candles on her cake! Pics to come!

Whew, I am ready for a restful Friday!

Thanks for checking in on us! Greg just texted me from ACF large group up on campus and said there were 62 students there tonight! Praise the Lord!

Time for me to go get things ready for the stampede!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Oh My Goodness!

I guess a better title for this post would be Oh God's Goodness!

I am sitting here at my computer screen trying to collect my thoughts. I wish you all could have been at the first ACF large group meeting of the year last night. THERE WERE 65 STUDENTS THERE!

This is by far the largest group we have had for any event since we began working here at AU. Praise the Lord! And the best part: They all heard the gospel loud and clear!

Greg Baker, a co-worker from Intervarsity did a great job speaking! To end his talk he shared this video with the group.

WOW! What a story! Right?

Bottom Line: The Lord changes lives! And He is up to somethin' good here at AU!

Here is a pic taken last night with Greg's Phone so the quality is not that great, but isn't it 65 college students praising the Lord an awesome sight!?!