What We’ve Been Up To the Past Two Weeks (July 23)

Our summer camp is over, and the summer is coming to an end. But we’ve still been up to some good stuff the past few weeks.

A couple of weeks ago, our kids each got to spend time at grandparents. They got to be spoiled for a few days and see friends and cousins. And Joanna and I had a few quiet days to ourselves. Eerily quiet.

We enjoyed our first date in almost 2 months, and even watched a couple of movies that we checked-out from the library — Secretariat and Moneyball. Good flicks.

Besides the break from our kids (and we were happy to get them back), the past couple of weeks have been a nice change of pace for us. Leading Elevate Summer Camp in June was a great experience, but it was consuming and exhausting. It’s been nice to volunteer and do things with children in Allendale, without having to organize a large program.

Movie & Park Day

Joanna had a great idea to get a bunch of kids and families together to the $1 movies in Aiken (about an hour away), and then have a picnic lunch. We had another mom join us (and another one had to back out last minute due to her ill baby), and a total of almost 20 adults, teens, and kids had a great time.

Library

The new library (Allendale County Learning Center) planned some programs during the summer. We went to a great program, with magician / storyteller / entertainer Todd Key. Good turnout — 25-30 kids and parents in attendance. Was it odd that we were there without kids? Creepers.

Another Week of Camp

Last week, we volunteered at an participated in Soccer and Arts & Crafts Camp, with the Allendale County Parks & Recreation Department. It was fun for our whole family, and interns, to be together again. We did lots of drills, and the improvement was obvious over the course of the week. And we met new kids and made new friends. (You can see some photos on the Elevate Facebook page.)

Savannah

As we did last year (and just about every year since we’ve been married), Joanna and I went away for a 2-night getaway. Besides just having time to enjoy each other, we also discuss what we think God is up to in our family. These get-aways have been a crucial element of our marriage.

A couple that has mentored us for years took us to dinner one night, and they helped us think through some big decisions that are on our horizon — some urgent, some long-term. And another couple from Community Bible Church treated us to lunch on Sunday, and we got to discuss future vision and opportunities for us and their church in Allendale. Thankful for mentors and friends — old and new — who are partnering with us in God’s  mission in Allendale.

On this last thought, I was encourage by the sermon message, as we worshiped at CBC yesterday. The pastor taught from 3 John 1-8, which closes with these verses:

Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

When you support us through donations and prayers, we become fellow workers with you in the gospel. Every prayer and gift enables us to minister each week — developing programs for kids, volunteering in the community, exposing children to fun experiences, and partnering with other churches and individuals.

We are honored and privileged to be on this adventure, all for the glory of the kingdom and the King.

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