Some of you will receive this for the first time because I’ve done some e-mail
address upkeep for the first time in a long time. Sorry if you have
no idea what I’m talking about from previous e-mails.
It’s Sunday night after youth group and usually I just crash after I get
home and put the kids down. I’m really tired, but I was struck tonight
by some things and wanted to share them with you. I realized that since
it’s usually me that writes (Jen), you almost always hear about my little
bubble of life, how the kids are doing, etc. Tonight I thought to myself…these
people really care about WHY you’re here in Okinawa…loving military Junior
High School students. I rarely write you about that!
Tonight was the first night of Quest since our Memorial Day retreat, and
the energy was pulsating everywhere…a youth workers dream and nightmare happening
at the same time! The energy is so FUN, but the kids can’t stay quiet
for you to get a word in edge-wise…On our retreat, four students accepted
Christ for the first time, and many of them really grasped the theme of “living
wisely/living like a fool”, and made decisions to stop living the life of
a fool. It was a night where Buddy said, “God showed up”…we know He’s
with us always, but even students felt a special outpouring of God’s love
At the beginning of Buddy’s talk tonight, he spoke about how hard he and
so many of his friends from college worked and trained so hard to win the
National Championship for Soccer their senior year. Their work paid
off and they won, with “jaw-wired-shut-Buddy” even getting a goal in the
last couple minutes. He spoke of how they sat around on Daytona Beach
just talking about how great it felt to win, how their hard work had paid
I thought of you all, people who care, give, pray, love us…how fun it will
be to sit around with you in heaven and have you hear firsthand from Agatha
and Matt how last weekend they “opened their hearts” and let Jesus come in.
Your work, though you are not here to physically do it, has been our privilege
to do with you. Your hard work straightening people’s teeth, pastoring
churches, running businesses, paying insurance claims, doing whatever…you
are part of the large celebration as sinners come home. Our words of
gratitude fall really short, but we must say them. Thank you!
On the homefront:
We are WELL! Oh my goodness…what a great feeling! Since Thanksgiving,
Jack has had some sort of ailment, and he seems to be doing so much better.
The doc has him on Benadryl every 6 hours to give his immune system time
to fight off other things other than his allergies. It has really made
a world of difference, and he doesn’t react in a drowsy or hyperactive way
to it. He’s sleeping better, breathing better, and just a happier kid.
Summer is kicking in this week as we start off our “returning graduates”
Bible Study at our house on Monday nights. Tuesday, the team that won
team competition at Rampage comes over for their victory dinner. Wednesday,
I finish my year long study on Acts, wrapping up the last two chapters.
It has been so fun to teach through the early church’s history. If
these kids don’t get anything out of the Bible before they leave, they KNOW
Acts! We’ve studied, reviewed, and studied so much, they could run
some circles around some theology professors! J (NOT “DR”. Collier,
Ok, I’m getting loopy…it’s 9:30, which is L-A-T-E for me. Adrianne
is up playing with the cribbage pegs (we’re teaching her at an early age)
and even she thinks we should go to bed.
May God bless you and keep you until we all sit together on heavens beach,
Jen for all of us.