What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Time with family and a break from work? Eating too much turkey and pumpkin pie? Maybe it means Black Friday deals and starting Christmas shopping. I’m as guilty as anyone else with sometimes rushing the holiday and decorating for Christmas with holiday tunes blaring before Thanksgiving has even arrived! Even though I’ll always enjoy the hustle and bustle with Christmas being right around the corner, I want to make sure I pause long enough to really soak in the Thanksgiving season and truly thank the Lord for all he has done for us. As I sit here writing this newsletter, I think back over our past year and I’m blown away with thankfulness for every miracle God has done on our behalf. Our kids schooling being 100% paid off this year, when our air conditioner died, unexpected money given that paid the bill, God’s protection during Hurricane Irma and a friend offering to help put a new roof on our house this coming winter…. the list could go on and on. God continues to show himself faithful to us as we serve at YWAM Orlando, and we know he won’t fail us in the future.
YWAM Orlando reached a major milestone recently. We dedicated the last existing building on our campus. This remodeled shower house will provide much needed facilities for students staying in our A-frame cabins and Army bunk tents. Now we need to get our master plan finished and approved by the county and then we can start building new structures.
This past week our campus hosted the Eastern North American Gathering which brings together all the YWAM campuses along the eastern side of the United States up into Canada. We currently have our biggest number of students ever so adding a few hundred more people to that, our campus was popping at the seams with 600 total! All the housing was full and many stayed in tents or local motels. We had a good week with meeting other YWAMers, times of worship and different speakers sharing their stories. One man shared about his experience of being in prisoned in Iran and the journey God took him on. It was great to be reminded that when bad things happen and we don’t understand, God is behind the scenes bringing good from it that we couldn’t have imagined! Dale was able to use his area of expertise at the conference with recording the sessions and live-streaming the event. I also enjoyed being able to do what I love by decorating the stage and around the arena with flowers.
Recently, our oldest son, Conner, passed his permit and is now driving!!! It’s hard to believe we are at this stage in life already! He’s doing a great job and he loves to drive us around any chance he gets! We celebrated Meckenzie’s 14th birthday this week with one of her favorite meals- shrimp & chicken alfredo and eclair dessert. Crazy to think that next year at this time, she could also have her permit and be driving! Keirra and Cayden continue to do well in school and are making friends. Keirra is taking ukulele lessons and absolutely loves it! It’s becoming apparent that music is part of her gifting and it’s neat seeing her own unique personality coming out. Cayden is excited to be learning basic Algebra in his 3rd grade class and seems to catch on to Math very quickly. (He does NOT get this from me!!!)
We are so thankful for everyone who prays for us and supports us financially so we can be a part of YWAM Orlando! You are a huge blessing to us and we can’t do this without you! If you would like information on how to partner with us financially, go to www.missionconnect.me/give.
The Weaver Family