Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Thailand 2018



I wish that I could fill this post with pictures... but I can't... I can only put a few good ones of our team in it due to security issues. However if you are interested in getting a more complete picture (and you are able to), come over and I'll share some really cool video and pictures with you personally. A member of our team made the most incredible video ever and I'm sorry that I can't include it here :(.

This trip was so incredible and I have never seen such immediate fruit on a trip like this before. To get the ball rolling, I will share a poem with you that was inspired by events on this trip. This young person gave me permission to share it and it is beautiful. After spending some meaningful time together after lunch one afternoon they were truly inspired and wrote the following.

I'm sitting in this run down house listening to the lies 
And I'm wondering how I've lived so long being bound and tied  
The lies have saturated my mind and now I don't even know what's right 
 I feel like I am paralyzed, lost my focus and my sight 
 I sit here knowing I have come to the end of my old life 
 It is time for me to lay it down and give up all my strife 
 I cannot do this on my own, I am not strong enough 
 So I give it all over to you because I believe in your love 
 I believe that you know me best, know everything that I've been through 
 You know all the pain and sorrow I've caused by not following you 
 The good the bad the ugly are all here for you to see 
 Yet through this all I cling to the promise that you love me 
 This is why I choose to give up and give my life back to you 
 I've had enough of my own strength, and I'm sure that you have too 
 So this is my surrender, the promise that I make From this day forth 
 I live as one who is not afraid to say 
 That you are my hope You are my strength You are my joy and my delight 
 You take my dreams You take my fears And I will always and only rely on your might 
 Because I've understood at last that it's the right thing to do 
 I will no longer live a sinful life, I will start anew 
 I will live a righteous life because you have set me free 
 Free from sin and shame, giving me a new identity 
 So now I call you father, and you call me son I give my life to you, the glorious holy one. 

Spectacular! So much rejoicing going on here :). 

God gave us all we could have asked for and more. We had good traveling and mostly good health. The gospel was preached and lives were changed! Can't really ask for much more than that! It rained so much that I can confidently say that I have never been in such a long period of wet before in my life. What a contrast to what was happening back home in Dallas. 

Here are some acceptable pictures for you and then a brief summary and I'm signing off my jet lagged brain :). 

Layovers are great with these great people! 

What a cute couple! Love my cousin! 

This was such a highlight for me! Having this awesome Ben guy on our team was so great! 

Visiting the Temple with the Austin team! 

I only travel with fellow superheroes :)

The mythical chocolate fountain captured in this picture finally :)

What a great couple of guys! What an amazing team... what a bunch of lanyards :). 

The dart board finally died... good bye old friend! 



It was so good to be back at my youth group here in Dallas! Home sweet home!


I have hit the ground running... you kind of have to if you don't wan't to suffer from a 12 hour jet lag forever. I'm so thankful to be home again with my kids and wife and that nothing went wrong back home while I was gone! Yay God! 

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Pray

That God would make things grow that were planted and watered in Thailand! So much good was done and so much transformation was seen... God, please continue to help us grow up into you!

For a great transition back into life here in Dallas! 

Praise

For an amazing team that made this another amazing year in Thailand. 

For the kids as they go back to some hard times... just a general prayer of grace for these amazing missionaries as they further Gods kingdom! That they would thrive in the knowledge of who they are and would live from the Rest of God! 

I'm so grateful for you and your prayers for me! I'm overwhelmed at your support, both financial and spiritual! We share in the fruit because you have sowed so much into the ministry that God is doing in and through me and I'm so grateful. We belong to each other and share the joys! There is much to be thankful for! I love you all so much! 

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Blessings, 

Caleb 

 If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to my ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 11, Asher 9, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 2 years old.



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Is it really July already?

I'm sorry for taking so long to write this post... don't worry I won't make it too long :).

Asher had a birthday! 9 years young and looking better than ever! 

Our family enjoyed a great time celebrating Memorial day together. 

My beautiful sister has been over lots to play with my kids during their summer break. 

This was the last school lunch before summer! We had a pizza party! I like to eat with the kids on Tuesdays :)

Discovery week was amazing! I enjoyed working with these two big kids :). We had a great group of MKs!
 I was able to premiere my lessons on "Rest" at Discovery this year. Discovery is a week long conference that Pioneer Bible Translators puts on in early June. I get to hang out with MKs all day, which I love. This whole time of year gets really busy and really fun! These lessons will be what I teach again in Thailand and at our MK Camp "Hobbitville" to kick off the school year in September.

Diane's parents are back in town! This was the picture of their empty storage container! Glad you are back, Mom and Dad! 

Joel helped me cut down two trees the other day! 
 I was stupid enough to tie myself to one of the trees and found myself flying through the air as the tree was falling. The angels were definitely working overtime to save me that day. I rammed right into the tree and swung around a few times before finally grabbing the trunk. Joel brought the ladder over and I climbed down (15 feet in the air at this point). I looked at the slip knot and noticed it was barely still tied. I was a little banged up but I was grateful to be alive and with no long term injuries.

My girls are on summer break while child care is closed and we are having fun dress up adventures! 



I guess my big girl and amazingly beautiful wife is also having dress up adventures :). She just got back from her annual girls trip and as you can see had lots of fun. I love her new hair and it's really nice having her back. We survived the week with basic nutrition (it's good to have vegetables again). I'm grateful for my friends who helped and kept me company while she was away... it's really great having her home again!



Last night we had a pizza party and watched the World Cup together at MK. It was so fun seeing the game on the big screen and hanging out together.


One very sad thing that happened last night at MK was the injury that this amazing young lady sustained. I found out today that her arm is broken. She was cheerful and brave through out! She has incredible parents. This is the first major injury that I can remember at MK since I've been there. I'm so sorry that it happened but I'm grateful that God has protected us so well! Thank you for your prayers for our group! Please continue to pray and pray for her to heal quickly!

Summer is the time of transition for many families trying to get back overseas in time for school to start. One family wrote me before they left to have me remove them from the e-mail list (they won't need to get updates while they are away). They also shared this...

"Thanks for all you do with/for the MKs. It's great to see them growing, challenged, and maturing."


I wanted to share this because you are a part of the incredible work going on in this ministry! God is doing incredible things and you are part of making all of them possible! Some plant, others water, but God makes it grow! Praise be to God, for His incredible love and work and for raising you up to be a part of the ministry He is doing here. I'm so thankful for you!

We have been very busy at MK and God is continuing to bless the ministry. Another ministry that is dear to my heart is Trauma Healing. I just finished leading my first Initial Equipping. It was a great experience and I'm hoping to become a Master Facilitator before the end of the year. It is even possible that I could go to India and get my final requirement met doing an Advanced Training there. I really enjoy helping others heal and learn how to help others with their healing. God of course is the great healer and all our healing flows from Him!

Pray

I'm leaving for Thailand in just over a week! Pray for my family while I'm gone and for God to expand His kingdom through my team and the ministry we get to be a part of in Thailand.

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My family is enjoying a wonderful summer so far. It is great to have Grandparents around! God is giving us rest in the chaos and is keeping us healthy. My boys are going through the Bible in 90 days with me and that has been a real joy!

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My prayer for you today is that you are able to enjoy the Rest of God. That through trusting and hoping in Him to be all that you need you are able to find a peace that passes understanding and that you are able to live from that place!

I love you and look forward to sharing about Thailand with you in my next post! Thanks for your prayers and financial support!

Blessings,

Caleb


 If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to my ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 11, Asher 9, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 2 years old.



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May the... well you know :)... 4th be with you :)

The school year is winding down and with it the anticipation of summer and beach weather are nigh upon us!








Perhaps this will seem a little strange to include in a blog... but... this pigeon adopted our house for a couple of weeks. I haven't seen the pigeon lately (a phrase I never thought I'd type) and in a way miss this silly bird. A lone pigeon, holing its way into our hearts. We looked up some fun stuff about pigeons as this milk producing bird looked down on us many an evening from our roof. It even joined me in the garage during one of my workouts and was less than 3 feet away from me. Needless to say a domesticated pigeon lives almost 5 times longer than a wild one. This made me think about God asking us to subdue the earth and the harmony that we are supposed to have with nature and with him. A domesticated human (one that enjoys a loving relationship pursuing the knowledge of God) lives forever :). Any way... those are some pigeon musings for you :). 


 What a month for Liam! First he gets selected as the Kindergartner of the last 9 weeks ( a very high honor!) and then he gets to graduate kindergarten!





We recently had the joy of sharing a zoo day with a family recently moved to the area. The Humistons! They have kids close to our kids ages and Jeremy works with me in the MK youth group. It was great to get out there with 4 adults and 9 kids and look at all kinds of animals... a zoo within a zoo... some kind of weird inception thing :).



I had the nostalgic privillage of graduating my MK seniors this past Monday. It is always hard to see them go.  The group will surely miss them! I enjoyed giving the charge. I am so grateful that Nadia is working with me now and can help me put events like this together. I have such a great team working with me and it was a wonderful evening!  

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I recorded my charge and the link to it is below.

Graduation Charge 

It's hard to find me because I'm disguised in nice clothing. I'm the one with the red beard :).

Here is a picture from our latest MK service project. We went to Walmart and allowed the Holy Spirit to guide us in what I call normal Christianity. We just simply purposed to love those around us with the love we ourselves have received. We put carts away, picked up trash, loaded and unloaded groceries for people, prayed for people and practiced noticing how we can share the gospel by serving and loving in a normal situation that we all find ourselves in regularly. I talked to people I usually pass by because I'm so focused on getting what I came to the store for and forget that loving people in front of me is part of why I'm on the planet. It was such a rewarding and fun experience.



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Pray

For the many meetings and speakings and trauma healings that will make up my summer in the near future!

For my trip to Thailand in mid-July.

For a smooth transition from SIL to Pioneer Bible Translators as the group that sponsors the Dallas MK program.

Praise 

The school year is wrapping up nicely!

I also praise God for you! Thank you for making all this great stuff possible! I was nearly brought to tears on Monday as one of the parents was sharing with me the impact that I and the group have had on their daughter! I was overwhelmed how God used me and this group and then so grateful that I'm not in this alone; that you are a part of all these stories. The joys are ours and I am so thankful for people who stand behind me in word and deed :). Thank you for the prayers and the financial support. Thank you for the love and relationship! Thank you for believing that what we do here is important!

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This was the prayer I prayed for the seniors and it's my prayer for you as well!

I love you!

Blessings,

Caleb


 If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to my ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 11, Asher 8, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 3, and Serenity 2 year old.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April Stuffs... or if you prefer... the Stuffs of April!

I love this time of year.  The weather keeps you on your toes and that makes doing life so much more interesting! It also has killed two of my car batteries... (different cars). But, even in those frustrations God has taught me a lot about trusting in Him and resting in Him through that trust! God is good and I have the pictures to prove it :). 

Easter weekend was so wonderful! My van died on the Friday (it was still a good Friday :) before Easter and that made it a stay-at-home weekend for us. We had a great time getting up on Easter Sunday and eating a great feast that Diane prepared for us and then doing a fun family devotional where we enjoyed some old and new music that really speaks to us! It was great engaging my kids in the story and seeing their sense of wonder! The whole weekend was full of egg hunts and relaxing with friends and family.  My van has since been repaired and God used that whole experience to reinforce that He is enough and He is protecting and providing for our family. Turns out that the van had some serious issues that needed to be dealt with and the battery going out created a great opportunity to get the van in and checked out before anything disastrous happened. 

Easter Breakfast! 
The Pioneer Bible Translators Easter Spectacular! 
I have enjoyed a lot of great family time this month! Two birthdays!!! Creed turned 11 and Serenity turned 2. Amazing and wonderful children and I'm so grateful for both of them! Can't believe how the time is flying! 


I got to go dancing with Diane this month! It was so fun! We went swing dancing after a double date with some of our great friends. Sean was back for Spring break and it was great catching up with him and it's always nice seeing Jordan! I have never taken Diane dancing before but since this fabulous date she has gotten herself a pair of dance shoes... I think there is more dancing in my future! 

Sean and Jordan loving on my girls! 
                  
April is the month for field trips! I have gone on 3 this year so far and 2 have been in April. I really enjoy getting to know my kids in their school environment and getting to meet their friends. We went to an Aquarium with Asher's class and this amazing place called Pin Stack with the Choir that Asher and Creed are in. They competed and got 1s! Then we got to play and it was so fun watching Creed conquer his fears and do the ropes course! We also got to bowl together for the first time and play Lazer Tag and air hockey and bumper cars! Great memories! 

                                  


It's really fun for me when my MK family embraces my own family! Here my kids are enjoying being at an MK event called MK's Ride the Rhino. We all go to a local coffee house and play games together. It has been great for building community in the group! I love watching my kids all playing together! 
Here is an MK hike we went on and Asher joined us! It was great! 
I love this picture. Warms my heart to see the love in this group! 

We also had some service projects this month! I get so amped for working outside, and when you get to do it with the MKs, it is amazing!


The one sad part for me about this time of year is having to start farewelling the Senior class. They are graduating soon and below you can see them at the Senior Dinner. It will be hard to say good bye! But what else is more MK than transition... sniff sniff. 


We had a great time hosting the Senior dinner at our house this year. We ate ribs and enjoyed being able to talk and relax! 
Here is a video that can cheer you up. It's a fun game we played recently at MK!

MK Game! 


God is so good and so faithful! The ministry is doing great and I can only credit God with that! We are transitioning in so many things right now and it is incredible how gentle God is during this process! One huge praise is our new budget! We had a very generous donation come in and our new budget will price match all that we can fund raise and all donations up to $4000. Many fun things are in the works and I look forward to sharing them with you as praises once they are settled!

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I praise God for you! Thank you for faithfully praying for me and this ministry! Thank you for supporting me as I do the work that God has called me to do. I feel the incredible joy of doing this ministry in harmony with you and I am so grateful! 

Pray! 

Thailand is coming up soon and that means details need to get sorted. I need lots of grace to deal with details :). 

Lots of exciting things are coming up this summer, youth care programs, trauma healing workshops and much more... pray for God to reveal his will clearly in all these areas and that I would do them from a place of rest and not striving. 

Praise!  

I praise God for my amazing Family! Their health and our fun times together!

For the Gebauers return this summer!

For amazing opportunities and his faithful provision!

One thing that God is teaching me a lot about recently is living in harmony with the body! How unity and empathy are connected to living from rest as we trust one another to bring the piece (peace) that God has given us. We live united so that we don't each have to bring everything that is required. Those who gather much don't have too much and those who gather little don't have too little. Thanks for bringing the peace into my life that God has given you to bring... may we all live in and from that peace. I love you!

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Those verses have really encouraged me lately!

Blessings,

Caleb


 If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to my ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 11, Asher 8, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 3, and Serenity 2 year old.