Thursday, December 01, 2011

A great organization to work for....

This is a note we received from our org's president. I just had to share it - it shows the heart of what we are committed to as a body. I am blessed to be a part of this team:

Just a Thought:
“The call of Jesus is personal but not purely individual; Jesus summons his followers not only to an individual calling but also to a corporate calling...But we are not summoned to be a bunch of individual believers, rather to be a community of faith. In the New Testament, it is not so much that there are different churches in different places as that there is one church in many places.” Os Guiness (The Call, p. 98, 101)

It seems that when God has something to say to an agency or organization, He is very good at laying similar thoughts on the hearts of the leaders. God is doing this with the executive team at NICS/Oasis. We strongly feel that God is directing us to lead this “movement” into a much deeper commitment to relational investments, mentoring, and “iron-sharpening-iron” type relationships. God has called us together as a team—the Body of Christ… a community of faith! There’s nothing more important in community than relationship-building; this is how growth, accountability, depth, and spiritual depth have opportunity to develop.

This is no easy task, but it is something to which we are deeply committed; you’ll be hearing more and more about it over the next couple of years. In the meantime, ask God to guide you into deep, meaningful relationships that make you and the other person better! …Just a thought,

Joe Hale, President

Sunday, November 27, 2011


I have been reading a book called "War of Words" by Paul Tripp. It has been a great read and steeped in scripture. If you have a chance you will not regret the time you will spend discovering God's intentions for communication in our lives. It has challenged me and came to me at a good time in my life.
Last year was a difficult year communication wise for me - I was challenged and I failed, I picked myself up - tried to listen more and grow.
Here are some great tidbits from his book:
- In the Word we find hope when all seems hopeless, riches when we feel poor, power when we see our weakness, and rule when everything around us seems out of control
- Parents, you deny the gospel when you allow your communication with your child to be ruled by unrestrained emotions and desires. (I think this could be directed toward teachers or anyone else who works with youth)
- We have grave problems in our communication that are much more fundamental than skill, technique and vocabulary...we need more than a training course or a new set of skills. We need the rescue that only Jesus, the Living Word and our Redeemer, can provide.

And tidbits from the Word:
Ephesians 4, Paul calls us to be "completely humble and gentle", "be patient, bearing with one another in love", "make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace", to speak "the truth in love", and "be kind and compassionate to one another"

Let these tidbits encourage you and challenge you. Let us use our lips to edify and encourage - to proclaim our Lord!
Much Love!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Elementary Basketball

The cute guy with the ball in the middle just happens to be the cutest 8 year old little boy in the whole world! Elementary basketball was so much fun. I loved watching him play. He is a little more of a ham than an athlete at this point, but it makes it entertaining! He does have great shooting form though! Love the pic with the other team - they were so much fun. I love having the opportunity to play our neighbors - it is quite enjoyable to be the athletic director here!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Praise Him!!

I so wish I had more time to spend on this blog. My goal is to find a way to squeeze time out. I just love to be able to go back through it and see growth and family memories.
In addition I love to see the timeline of students lives on Facebook. Many I have had as a teacher or in my youth group are now ending up their undergrad degrees or moving on in other ways in life. Two have married and one of those just had his first child. Time flies!
I just wanted to encourage those of you "synced" in to use it as ministry. Facebook is so revealing - we can see our friends and kids in their happy moments and sad. There is no better way to spend time than to be ministering to and encouraging others - even if it is on Facebook. So today I praise God for Facebook - it cuts our the 11,000 miles and brings me into the heart of hurting young ladies who need to hear they are loved and need to be encouraged in the Word.
Paul may not have had Facebook, but I truly believe he would have used it to glorify God! :)
Acts 20:2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people

How neat that like Paul - we can "travel" and speak words of encouragement to others.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The bigger car always pays..

really that is what I was told. It doesn't matter that I was sitting completely still when the motor bike swerved out from behind a van and hit me. I still paid his medical bills.
No matter how I tried to understand this mentality I just could never wrap my head around it. Hope you enjoy the pic - my first ever car wreck parked! May God truly bless this family and provide them with opportunity after opportunity to hear His Word!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Idul Fitri

One of the many blessings of our time here is our helper and her family. This is Pak Juju, Ibu Sari and their son, Andre. God increased our family size by three once we hired her to work for us. Pray for them as we continue to talk about God. They are hearing the gospel - pray it penetrates their heart and they give their lives to Jesus!
We were able to spend the breaking of fast with them this year. Ibu Sari cooked some amazing food! Such a blessing to be invited into their home! Please add them to your prayer list!!

OH MY - By the way, Zach Green is our boarding student this year. He is in the picture also! His parents live on another island doing ministry work and he is here to go to BAIS for his last year! A great kid and such a fun experience. As you pray - please remember Zach... our family continues to grow!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer Time!

OK - posts will be sporadic. Summer has begun. Drew is home in Pennsylvania and we are hitting the road. Steve and I will be traveling to East Kalimantan - specifically the island of Tarakan for some work when we return from our anniversary trip to Bali. The time with the other kids and travels. Wish we could come home and say hi to everyone - know you are in our thoughts and prayers and we are sooo thankful for your prayers for us.

May you have the Peace that passes all understanding!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Chaos - not ever far from me....

Ok, it is May - been a while since my last post, sorry! It has just been crazy. Somehow I blinked and school is ending up. Normally this is a cause of celebration and closing of the books. This year, however, is a little - well a lot - different. It is getting close to time for me to put Andrew on a plane - alone - back to the states to get ready for college. How can this be? It was such a short time ago that I rocked him to sleep!
Time plays a bit of a trick on us. We never have enough it seems, but how are we spending it? There is an older country song that has a line "I'm in a hurry to get things done Oh, I rush and rush until life's no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, But I'm in a hurry and don't know why." Isn't that so true?
So I am asking God to help me slow down. The superficial stuff is just that. I find myself just watching Drew - laugh and goof off. Just to further etch this time in my memory. It wasn't that long ago that we were having a family, then raising a family, now we have to learn how to help them fly on their own. Our whole family dynamic is about to change. Who will be playing guitar at all hours of the day? Who will sneak chocolate chips from the freezer?
As time moves forward I am reminded again of the blessings in my life.
Dear God, help me to slow down and see what you have given me.
Blessings to you all!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Valentine!!

As I reflect on the past *almost* 17 years of my life there is one thing I can say for sure: I am so blessed to be loved by such a wonderful, godly man.
I just had to take a minute and express how blessed I truly am - every day by this man. He is a loving husband, devoted father and faithful child of God. As we have moved into a different season of our life and as we embark on this new adventure together we grow again. This move has strengthened our marriage, caused us to re-look at how we communicate and provided us with opportunity to lean on and support one another. Just when I think things could not get any better - God proves me wrong. Our marriage is not perfect, we are flawed people, but God provides us with strength when we are weak.
I spend a lot of time counseling young girls about boys...You could not pay me enough to be a teenage girl again! But if I could only impress upon them the importance of God being the center of all of our relationships they would have a very different perspective. It is when we try to be in control that it all goes haywire - and I am thankful to be in a relationship where we can both gently remind each other of that when we need it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Well, this year has been something! We learned where Indonesia was on the map, moved here and had a Christmas without snow. Ok, well a lot more than that, but it has been a crazy 12 months! Many tears and goodbyes, lots of laughter and hellos. Just wanted to take a minute and praise God for the blessings! Now if I can just make it through Andrew's last semester of his senior year without crying too much.
Thanks to all of those who are praying for us. Thank you to the people here who have decided to love us!!!!

By the way, I do miss snow, but Christmas at the beach? Not so bad.....