Saturday, July 29, 2006

Grandma MaryAnn



Here is a picture of my grandma celebrating her 80th birthday just one year ago with her two baby girls, my mom on the left and my aunt on the right. The date on the picture is wrong; it was early July.

I talked to my mom this morning for like the 10th time this week. She called again about Grandma. They pulled out her feeding tube yesterday and will take her off fluids on Sunday. She should be going to Jesus real soon. Her faith will be a reality in just a few more days. I am driving to see her tomorrow, probably for the last time. Sadness does not describe my heart enough. After several TIAs and one more serious stroke 2 weeks ago, her body is shutting down. Her physical body is passing . . . but soon she will see Jesus just as He is. I am glad Grandma's body and mind will be restored on that day of her passing, but her absence on this earth will be a void in my life.

I love Grandma MaryAnn. She's the toughest person in the world. She went through WW2 with my grandpa fighting overseas. She followed her new husband after the war to a new job and farming operation in Sumner, Iowa. She experienced riches in marriage and the power of loss in the 80s farming crisis. She watched my grandfather suffer and die in the mid 1980s. She gave her heart, time and possessions to her family and friends for many many years afterward. She retired Jan. 1, 1999 around the age of 75. She moved out of her home of 40+ years last year and moved into a nearby nursing home. She wanted to keep up her normal social schedule, but has slowly deteriorated over the last several months. I saw her two weeks ago, just a shell of the great woman I know her to be. I was glad I came to see her, but it definitely wasn't easy. I read her Psalm 84 reminding her of King David's desire to be in the presence of the Lord over the tents of the wicked. She's been longing for heaven for a long time. She's always been a pillar of faith for our whole family and prayed desperately for her grandchildren.

Pray for me, my family and my grandma. We appreciate your warm support in this time of need.

I love you all.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ode to My 5th Street Neighbors




So Carrie and I have had the privilege of getting to know our neighbors for about 6 months. We've ate a lot of food together, gone on some walks with their dogs, and chatted about much of life. It's been a good time. We appreciate them very much and look forward to many more meals and conversations.

They are having a big wedding celebration in September so throw up a few prayers for them. Those things are not fun to plan and then you have to deal with family on top of that.

And now my poem writing abilities:

"Ode to My 5th Street Neighbors"

Tino and Morgan are quite a pair
They are friends who always share
They have 2 pups of beauty bright
Time with them is such a delight

They come from the West and Newton
We like them a whole ton
This poem lacks much skill
But Tino and Morgan love us still


These two rock!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

We're back

In looking through the pictures I realize that Sarah G. is a bit of a camera hog :) Every time I went to take a picture of a group, she was always there. Social jitter-bug that she is.





Challenge was good. Check out the messages and other highlights at www.challengeconference.org

For our group we really got a lot out of Mark Cahill's message on Wednesday night. You can download that mp3 here: http://blogs.efca.org/challenge/media/2006.07.05.Cahill.mp3

Keep praying for our group members who attended, please.

God moved in our lives.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

challenge 2006 continues

It's Wednesday afternoon at 4:45PM.

We have now had 6 sessions of worship, teaching, skits, and prayer with 6000 other students and leaders from all across the country. We have been inspired to walk and live like Jesus in our everyday worlds and to be faithful to God's Great Commission. (matthew 28:19-20)

We spend Tuesday afternoon in training sessions on worship and a biblical worldview. We spent this afternoon doing a very interesting service project. We thought we were going to go visit with older people at a nursing home. Instead, we were put on bathroom crew. We were sent to a business area in Lafayette and went door to door asking permission to clean their bathrooms. We were able to clean the bathrooms at Target, a Rental store, Golden Corral, a CVS Pharmacy, and 5 bathrooms at a medical clinic. Only a few places turned down our free services. It was fun to be serving like Jesus. he washed the feet of his disciples, we washed the toilets of those we hope will come to a saving faith in Christ Jesus.

The students are having lots of fun with each other. We are all enjoying the beautiful campus, dining facilities and conference hall of Purdue University. The weather has been heavenly so the boys are not suffering that much in their non-air conditioned rooms.

Please pray for us. We have 3 sessions remaining. thursday afternoon we will rest and do some site seeing. Friday morning we head home. Students are still holding back in a few areas of their lives . . . others are really recognizing the life-altering call of Jesus. Our very first speaker spoke on the fact that when Jesus comes into our lives, He messes us up. We are never the same and he keeps on doing a makeover of our lives until we die if only we let Him. God is good! All the time!

Here are those in need of your prayers: Charlie Babbitt, Caitlin Gustafson, TJ Gehman, Mark, Carol and Andy Doss, Mike Rand, Tasha Gustin, Ash Runge, Seth Hansen, Katie Terrell, Sarah Gehman, Jess Helphrey, and Matt and Carrie Proctor.

Our speaker tonight is Mark Cahill. Tomorrow morning Mark Matlock.
Thursday evening Francis Chan. Our worship leader is Chris Tomlin and the drama team is called Theatre for the Thirsty. Please pray God's special anointing on these servants of God.

Blessed be the Name above All Names!

In Jesus,
Pastor Matt

Challenge 2006 continues

It's Wednesday afternoon at 4:45PM.

We have now had 6 sessions of worship, teaching, skits, and prayer with
6000 other students and leaders from all across the country. We have been
inspired to walk and live like Jesus in our everyday worlds and to be
faithful to God's Great Commission. (matthew 28:19-20)

We spend Tuesday afternoon in training sessions on worship and a biblical
worldview. We spent this afternoon doing a very interesting service
project. We thought we were going to go visit with older people at a
nursing home. Instead, we were put on bathroom crew. We were sent to a
business area in Lafayette and went door to door asking permission to
clean their bathrooms. We were able to clean the bathrooms at Target, a
Rental store, Golden Corral, a CVS Pharmacy, and 5 bathrooms at a medical
clinic. Only a few places turned down our free services. It was fun to
be serving like Jesus. he washed the feet of his disciples, we washed the
toilets of those we hope will come to a saving faith in Christ Jesus.

The students are having lots of fun with each other. We are all enjoying
the beautiful campus, dining facilities and conference hall of Purdue
University. The weather has been heavenly so the boys are not suffering
that much in their non-air conditioned rooms.

Please pray for us. We have 3 sessions remaining. thursday afternoon we
will rest and do some site seeing. Friday morning we head home. Students
are still holding back in a few areas of their lives . . . others are
really recognizing the life-altering call of Jesus. Our very first
speaker spoke on the fact that when Jesus comes into our lives, He messes
us up. We are never the same and he keeps on doing a makeover of our
lives until we die if only we let Him. God is good! All the time!

Here are those in need of your prayers: Charlie Babbitt, Caitlin
Gustafson, TJ Gehman, Mark, Carol and Andy Doss, Mike Rand, Tasha Gustin,
Ash Runge, Seth Hansen, Katie Terrell, Sarah Gehman, Jess Helphrey, and
Matt and Carrie Proctor.

Our speaker tonight is Mark Cahill. Tomorrow morning Mark Matlock.
Thursday evening Francis Chan. Our worship leader is Chris Tomlin and the
drama team is called Theatre for the Thirsty. Please pray God's special
anointing on these servants of God.

Blessed be the Name above All Names!

In Jesus,

Monday, July 03, 2006

challenge is on

I am taking a quick break from our conference. The atmosphere on Purdue campus is great. Thousands of students focused on glorifying the risen savior Jesus Christ is amazing.

My church brought 15. We are jelling well and enjoying our time together. We had a service project in low income housing today in Lafayette. It was a blistering day, but our kids worked hard with great attitudes. God is good.

We have our 3rd main session tongiht. 6000 people jam into the Music Hall and we just sing our hearts out. The large crowd drowns out my off key abilities.

Please say a prayer for us. (BTW, the boys responded quite well to the fact girls got air conditioning and we got windows :))

In Him,
Matt