This has been a busy month for us as Julie completes her senior soccer season with Circle Christian School. It has been a bittersweet time as five years on the varsity team winds down. She is currently the leading scorer on the team and was recently named 1st team All-District. In addition to soccer keeping us busy, Jamie’s competition season has begun. She is competing as a level seven gymnast this year. Please pray that the girls would honor the Lord through their sports.
Here is a video clip of one of many Julie’s great shots this year. (It might take a minute to load.)
We are so grateful to the Lord for the opportunity He has given us to serve Him in vocational ministry for so many years. Over the past year, the Lord has given us a renewed vision to see every middle, high school, and college student in our nation and around the world have the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel. Students are so needy. Here is just one example:
“I started carrying drugs and dropping them off at the age of nine,” Stephan said. “My dad wasn’t around, my mom was busy doing crack, and I had to step up to be the man of the house,” Stephan continued. “How long did this last?” I asked. “Until I was fourteen,” Stephan replied. I sat opposite Stephan, not so much in shock, just deeply saddened by the generational cycles still plaguing our inner-city neighborhoods and young people. I met Stephan last year when he was cutting class. I immediately knew that there was something different about him. People were drawn to him like a magnet. A natural-born leader without question, but with so much wasted potential. He was without direction and without Jesus.
Unfortunately for Stephen and other students like him, church and parachurch ministries are, for the most part, focused on the suburban areas of our nation. This means that thousands of students in both rural and urban areas are much, much less likely to have the opportunity to hear the gospel and grow in their relationship with Christ. Please pray for us as we seek effective ways to bring the gospel to these needy areas.
Thanks again for enabling us to be a part of helping reach students for Christ.