Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Brackets For Good!

Shepherd is again entered in Brackets For Good.  Stop by and give them a vote!
The winner gets 10,000!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Snow Day!

 We probably got 9 inches of snow. So we decided to brave the elements and WALK to the big hill in the park.  It was tough going, but beautiful outside!
 Going to the hill, Ana had a lot more energy and was out in front--not so on the return trip!
 This is Ana's school, The Oaks Academy in the background.  We were the ONLY ones sledding!!
 The city looks beautiful under a blanket of snow.
Even Mitike had fun trying to catch snowflakes!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lower, but Headed UP!

Well, we've had another interesting week.  China has been having some pretty serious emotional problems.  As they have gotten worse, I decided on Thursday to take him to the crisis center.  He was admitted (after waiting 8 hours--but that's another story!!)  We have visited him twice.  He says he is sleeping better with the medication AND  that he wants to come home--which I see as very encouraging.

Continue to pray with us that these two kids will allow us (and others) in at a deeper level so that they can get the help they need.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Early Members Day at the Children's Museum

We are so lucky to live about ten minutes away from one of the best children's museums (I've been to plenty around the world and this one really is amazing!!)

 We actually got to the fourth floor in time to snag two of the rock climbing slots.  Ana did the beginner and intermediate walls.  Although she had climbed the 40 ft. wall in the summer, this was different because you have to find your own hand and foot holds.  She even coaxed a girl down that was stuck at the top.

 China did the intermediate wall and tried the advanced but could not make it to the top.

We did a science lab and extracted wheat DNA.  Very cool!
Next, we went to China and participated in the shadow puppet show.

 Ana was a villager.  She got to do a little dance.

 China was the evil lion.  
I was the noise maker!  Of course, this was a faction of the noise of a real Chinese show!

If you are ever in Indy check out The Children's Museum, it's well worth it.  


we hit the slopes!  (sorry the video is sideways!) Ana had a deep desire to use the sled that we bought two months ago on Black Friday.  We tried the small hill today--hopefully tomorrow we brave the "Big" one!
 (Ana's school is the building at the top of the hill.)

I rode with her a couple of times which she thought was great fun.  Once, when we were walking up the hill I stepped on the sled and fell down.  That was another highlight in her book.  If it wasn't so cold, we would have stayed longer--maybe tomorrow!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Today in Church...

we found out that our greater neighborhood (a mile around Shepherd) is the third most violent in the city! There are at least 15,000 people in this small area.

It's great when some of the bigger churches from the burbs come in and help out (Shepherd COUNTS on these AMAZING volunteers!)  BUT what helps most is when people move in, develop relationships with their neighbors, and face what they're facing.

If you want to see this lived out, come visit.  Thanks to fantastic, Christian neighbors that intentionally moved into a struggling neighborhood,  our block is a green square in the midst of orange and red on the crime map.  It works!  We don't need more police, we need more Christians willing to move in and get their hands dirty.

I've had lots of people ask, "Do you feel safe?"  I can honestly say that I have never felt like I was in any kind of danger.  I know God planted us here for a reason and HE will keep us safe.  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Hard Things

Sorry for being MIA so long!

We discovered tonight that Mitike has not been taking her medicine--she "does not like it and doesn't have to take it."  I'm sure this is pretty common (one of my students has to be watched very closely too!)  I just feel a lot of frustration--we've been back in the States for a year and a half and have seen no progress.  Matt and I are both at a loss of what to do.

Then I read this :

Equipped for Hard Things

by Joyce Meyer - posted December 27, 2014

For this commandment which I command you this day is not too difficult for you, nor is it far off. 
—Deuteronomy 30:11
"This is too hard" is one of the excuses we hear most frequently. But we are equipped by God's Spirit to handle hard things. We are anointed to press through and see victory. The next time you are tempted to say something is too hard, look at Deuteronomy 30:11, which says, "It is not too difficult!"
Anything God leads you to do, you can do. God never leads you to do something unless He gives you the power and the ability to do it. Prepare yourself for right action with power thoughts. Think, I don't know how I'm going to do it, I don't feel like I can do it, but God is leading me to do it. And I believe if He is leading me to do it, then I can. Because I believe I can do whatever I need to do through the power of God that resides in me.
Power Thought: Nothing God asks of me is too difficult.