Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Another Letter from my Husband

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ
Phil 1:3-6
In my last letter to you I spelled out the troubles and needs my family was facing. I let you know that financially I couldn’t provide for the diet Laurel needed to be on to keep her from having allergic reactions and relying on epinephrine shots to survive. I let you know that our support had dwindled to low that I believed that if I didn’t hear from you that I would have to walk away from volunteering at Skatechurch in order to take on a second job.
            I am very happy to report that many of you stepped up to help us. Through your giving, the giving of our home church (Door of Hope), and our friends and family, Laurel has been able to go on a very healthy diet that has allowed her to heal and not rely on Epi-pens. This diet has also helped Daisy heal from some of her allergies; and Milo’s asthma to improve enough that we are no longer afraid the Dr. will put him on steroid inhalers as well.
            Because of this outpouring of support and the Lord’s provision in our lives, I am currently praying for more opportunity to volunteer at Skatechurch. Only God knows if this will work out for my family and my employer, as I would be asking for time off from work to be more involved at Skatechurch.  So, pray for me as I pray and seek wisdom as to the Lord’s leading in this area.
            In other news, we have seen a handful of kids in the last month profess faith in Jesus. We are so excited to see this continued fruit grow out of this ministry. Please pray for these young men that they would hold fast to Jesus and that they would get hooked up with a close mentoring relationship with one of the skate staff so that they might persevere in the faith.
            It is so exciting to see these young men profess faith and then grow in grace to minister to others and bring more people to Christ Jesus. This last summer, we were able to be a part of an amazing circle of growth in the Lord as we watched our daughter be baptized by our pastor, Tim Mackie, who came to know Jesus at Skatechurch when he was in Jr. High. What an amazing thing it is to be able to see God using Skatechurch to raise up men of God that bring others to Him.

All donations to Skatechurch are tax deductible. You can give by check or money order by mailing to:
            11954 NE Glisan St. PMB #516
            Portland, OR. 97220

Or by visiting the Skatechurch website at and donating with your debit or credit card using Paypal. 

Love in Christ,

Joel, Laurel, Daisy, Ian, Asher, & Milo.

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