Summer Update 2017
Summer is here and our YWAM Orlando campus is bustling with activity! We recently had teams return from Northern Africa, Haiti, Asia, and Europe. Then this past week, we commissioned and sent out new groups of students to the nations. Last week we also had over 140 high school students coming to serve on our campus as well as our community. They were a great group of teens! They worked hard and were a huge blessing with everything they got done. Yesterday kicked off a new quarter which means we have a new group of students here for our Discipleship Training School. This quarter we are also running our school specifically targeted for training leaders, called Leadership Training Intensive. Besides these schools, we have many youth groups scheduled to come to our campus throughout the summer to be involved in our Mission Adventures program. Summer is always a fun time with many people coming in and out and we enjoy seeing a lot of new faces.
June 1 marked 3 years since we’ve moved here and started serving at YWAM Orlando! Time flies and it’s crazy to think it’s been that long already. When we look back on pictures, we realize just how much has changed and how the kids have grown! In many ways, it still feels like we’re just getting started. We see ourselves here for the foreseeable future unless God would show us something different. This feels like home and overall our family is adjusted to being here. It’s taken longer for some of our children than others, but we feel like there has been a lot of progress made. We will always miss our families, but we’ve seen God’s faithfulness over and over again and we have no doubt we’re exactly where we are supposed to be.
Last month we spent 2 weeks in Pennsylvania. Our church, Worship Center, celebrated 40 years and also officially passed the lead pastor position to our new pastor, Matt Mylin. Worship Center brought all the missionaries home for this event and also as a time to refresh the missionaries. To say they spoiled us rotten is an understatement! We had a great time and were blown away by their generosity. It was so encouraging talking with other missionaries from all over the world and great catching up with family and friends. We were also glad to be able to attend our nephew’s wedding and our nieces high school graduation while we were there!
Our children are enjoying summer vacation so far and are already complaining that it’s going too fast!:) Conner is staying very busy mowing yards for a job and also volunteering in the lawns department at the YWAM campus. Kenzie loves reading and is really getting back into drawing, which she’s amazing at! Cayden & Keirra are enjoying playing games and are doing a lot of reading…. before you think our kids are unusually amazing, let me tell you that most days I’m dragging them off electronics and making them read…:)
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