2019: A Year of Expansion
Since becoming Awana Missionaries in 2015 we have wrote a Christmas letter from a theme we experienced throughout the year. This year has been a year of expansion. In May, God expanded our family as we welcomed our littlest, London Ann. God has truly blessed us with three beautiful girls. Laney is now 2 years old and loves being a big sister. We call her our sour patch kid, as she can be the sweetest and sourest toddler in the matter of seconds. Lucy turned 4 and started Pre-K this year. She loves learning, coloring, and all things pink.
Katie has enjoyed being at home with our girls and helping in the ministry where she can. We were able to travel together to Awana Headquarters in Chicago in August and to our Missionary conference in California in November.
Along with our family expanding, God continues to expand our ministry reach. In April we expanded our role as Awana Missionaries and are also working as Global Innovative Directors for Awana. This expanded role will have us not only serving Awana Clubs and churches in Kansas, but also training and equipping churches across the country to reach kids with the gospel and engage them in lifelong discipleship. This is our heartbeat - so that more children will come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
In February 2020, we are launching a book that is a message of hope called: Resilient. We see the importance of building child disciples of Jesus who will stand Resilient in a world that is growing increasingly hostile towards Christians. So that in the year 2050, they will be the leaders that the church needs them to be. Resilient. This is also why Awana is releasing a new digital discipleship curriculum called brite* in fall 2020. It has been a blessing to be able to help shape this message and new curriculum. During the naming process, I was able to share a scripture that stuck out to me during my Bible study from Philippians 2:14-15 which I thought would apply to what we want our children in Awana to be.
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” My first suggestion I threw into the mix was Radiant or Shine, which led to the naming of brite* based on the verses from Philippians 2.
At Awana, we want children all across the world to know that the church is a place where they can Belong, Believe, and Become.
Pray with us as we take the ministry of Awana to churches and communities across Kansas, and the country, that we need to make Resilient Disciples.