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An Update… January 22, 2010

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Here is a little ministry update (as I’m told I was doing from the last post), it has taken six months to kind of figure out where students are at spiritually.  I believe it is always an ongoing process, figuring out group dynamics, building relationships, having some kids there one week and not the next.  But we’ve decided that our focus is on seeing our desperation – our essential need for Jesus.  Early in this semester, we are working on s-l-o-w-i-n-g  d-o-w-n, being intentional about recognizing that we are empty without Jesus.  It doesn’t matter how many activities we do, how many Facebook friends we have, if we don’t have Jesus then we will not, we cannot be fulfilled.  Any thoughts?

We are doing a couple of things that, thus far have gone very well.  On Tuesday mornings (before school), I am leading a Bible study with the high school guys – we are transitioning from Acts to James.  This will help the guys see that the Bible is written in different literary styles and how that will effect how they read it.  Because school isn’t requiring as much of my wife this semester, she has begun getting together with some of the high school girls – they are calling it “fellowship time”.  Another thing we are doing is taking advantage of juniors and seniors option to have open lunch.  So, every Friday we are preparing lunch for them.  We’ve had anywhere from one to ten students show up.  We hope that these continue to go well, so our relationships with the students continue forming/growing.

Prayer Requests:  that Jesus will be the continue being the central focus of this ministry – that He will draw people to Him.  Currently we have five leaders (Kari and I, and Aaron and Terri (dear, dear people), and Kirsten but we are finding that we may be in need of a couple/few more adult volunteers – please pray that we would be led to ask people who God would have be a part of the ministry.  Baby White – continued healthy growth (we felt a foot last night!!!!!!).  Lastly, financial support – to be raised somehow, so neither of us has to pick up a part-time thing that would take away from time devoted to the ministry.

Thank you!  Love you all!

Be Christ’s.

 

I Blinked, and Two Months WERE GONE January 11, 2010

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Seriously.  I CANNOT believe it’s been two WHOLE months since I have written ANYTHING on this blog.  I apologize.  And then again, don’t feel so bad – as I wrote more pages in November and December for a mere two classes than I have written in my entire life.  I’m not kidding – the n, s, c, e, m, and space bar keys on this computer are FADED from overuse (look at your Scrabble board – these would be the most commonly used letters and thus those worth the least amount of points).  My last two classes for my psychology major are officially DONE.  Including my senior thesis – Thank You Jesus, from the bottom of my heart.  I honestly thought I wouldn’t finish – and that if I did, I would end up with – GASP – a “C”.  I didn’t – I did  quite well, and it’s done.  Four gen eds to go and then a degree.  So. Close.  I just have to give birth some time in there : )

Technically, it’s Caleb’s turn to blog, so I’ll let him catch you up on how ministry is going.  Let me just say, quite well. We’ve had a very busy November and December (and January, even though I’m still not convinced it’s actually January), including some experiences that they can’t really teach you in a classroom how to deal with.  These moments, however, are why we do what we do – learning to love people and love well as we all walk through difficult moments in life that shape who we are and how closely we walk with Jesus.

On the baby front, we’ve got a little less than 12 weeks to go!  Third trimester came SO QUICKLY.  My energy level is back down again after a needed boost right around the time life got so crazy busy.  I’m getting rather large, though I don’t mind it really.  I’ve absolutely loved being pregnant, including the changes that my body has gone through.  It’s been such a beautiful experience that has helped me connect with the idea of being a mother.  Which, by the way scares me to death.  I had one of those moments  a few weeks ago where I fully encountered Jesus in the words of another person.  We were at church in Des Moines over Christmas and were seated at round tables listening to the sermon.  The speaker encouraged us to talk with our tables about a few different questions, and, at the end of the sermon, a man sitting at our table looked at me with tears in his eyes (I’d never met the guy) and said “I just have this feeling that you’re going to be a wonderful mother.”  It was one of those moments where Jesus just pierced right through to my heart -it was such a tender, unconditionally loving statement that I knew He was using this man to speak love into an are of my life that I’ve been so unsure of.  Moral of the story, don’t be afraid to let Jesus use you in the life of anyone – even people you don’t know.

Ministry update from Caleb coming this week, as well as some pictures!!

Sunrise over Lake Superior ("The Pond" as Caleb calls it) yesterday morning - so beautiful.

29 weeks!

We hosted our first Thanksgiving in Grand Marais this year! It was all gluten free and pretty delicious if we do say so : )