Monday, October 1, 2018

October... or as we know it in our circles, the month everyone was born :)

Well it's officially October... bring on the Birthday Cake :). 

I'm getting ever closer to India and I'm getting more and more excited. I'm grateful to be able to use my gifts in Trauma Healing to see a new part of the world and the hope is that after this trip I'll be a Master Facilitator and will also have had many delicious curries. Please be praying for Diane while I'm away! I'll be gone earlier than expected and that puts a little more strain on her. I was initially leaving after my parents got back, now I'm leaving just before they do. Thankfully her parents are still here and I'm sure will be a great blessing and help! Please continue to pray for her brother Mark who came home on medical leave from college. He is getting better! 

It's fun having my son Creed go through more and more stages of life. There was this long period of time where I felt like he was just a kid doing his thing...but I foolishly blinked and now he is a young man going through confirmation and as a result getting to acolyte at Church. So proud of my son and so grateful that he made it into my Sunday school class! 


The weather here has been rainy! We had a cookout and park clean-up scheduled to do with the MKs...it turned into a writing encouragement card and preparing care packages party. We are going to send the packages to many of the MKs that have moved back overseas but are still dear to our hearts! Nadia hosted this event and it turned into a great time of hanging out together! I love these people so much!


Okay so... here is the cute picture of the blog moment... I got back from Men's Group and found this in my bed... melted my heart! I love these girls... Serenity sleeps in style, look at those shoes :).


While Diane and I were in Jamaica the grandparents rocked taking care of our kids! Here is a picture of a fun zoo adventure!


The following are pictures of our marvelous trip to Jamaica. It had some hard moments. Diane struggled with anxiety and panic attacks (thank you for your support through prayer and encouragement) but God used that and continues to use it to reproduce his character in us both! The fellowship of suffering is a beautiful thing, and fire refines! Any way, we had a blast as the pictures will show you! My wife is amazing and strong and beautiful and I know I married up :)... waaaay up :). Grateful to serve a GOOD God and to have an amazing wife to share the journey with!

I learned how to fold towels! We left this for whoever cleaned our room after we checked out. 

She's radiant! I dressed up one time to just try and get close to how pretty she always is :). 

I've been wanting to do this for a long time, since I knew it was a thing! Diane didn't want to risk motion sickness. 

I got closer to the Jamaicans while I was there. 



I did the planning trip for our time there with the MKs in June. It was so great to see these dear friends again. Sorry I didn't get to see more of them. 

One of the proposed jobs is building a better bathroom for this family with 7 kids. I love being able to love with actions and not just words! 
 
 I really enjoy my job so much! Love having lunch with these amazing MKs! Sarah made a mini kiss... a smooch? Any way... it is always fun seeing her and the other amazing MKs at lunch at UME Prep.


It's amazing to have these cool kids finally able to come to MK... been asking them for years and now it finally works out! Yay!!!


I want to share a testimony from Thailand with you and then some comments one of our parents made. It really encourages me to see the way God uses this ministry to love on and bless his kids. It also reminds me how valuable this ministry is and that makes me so grateful to be able to be a part of it... and that makes me so grateful for all of you who support me and make my participation in this possible! I couldn't do this without you and you share in all the impact that this has as you pray and give generously to further the kingdom. You have not prayed or given in vain :).

Click on the word Testimony below to read it :)

Testimony 

Parent's words 

The Dallas MK youth group offers a great deal to our children, which a typical, local youth group does not. MK’s are third-culture kids. Because of this they often do not fit neatly into any of our culture's presupposed categories. This tends to make it challenging for our kids to find places where they feel they are accepted and belong, and not treated as some sort of oddity. The Dallas MK youth group is unique, in that it acknowledges these dynamics and provides our children with a place where they can be with others who are similarly displaced, in transition, or in some other way do not “fit” in the little boxes most churches want to group people in. Our children are involved in a local youth group, but the Dallas MK group is where they feel the most accepted and encouraged to make their faith their own.  

Now just for fun here is a link to the Hobbitville Video... finally ready for viewing :). 

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Thanks for praying for the Spiritual gifts thing to go well! It did! Our kids are learning and growing in their gifts as they are using them more and more! My group of 6 or so MKs is growing in their ability to boldly share Gods word with others. I have gotten to see 3 of them share devotionals already and I'm excited to continue to see them grow!

I'm no longer doing Youth Ministry for SIL. My assignment with them has finally ended and I'm now working as the TCK Coordinator for Pioneer Bible Translators. I still have a small assignment with SIL specializing in Trauma Healing with a focus on teens. It fits perfectly with my heart and what I am already doing. I'm grateful to be able to serve in all the ways I can!

God is so good and this amazing meme shows my heart... I just want more and more of God!


It also makes me laugh and fills my heart with joy... both things that God also does! What an amazing creative God we serve!

I want to leave you with this prayer...




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 9, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 2 years old.




Monday, September 10, 2018

Hobbitville 2018 and other tales :)...

The summer is sort of over. I'm not sure when the seasons technically change but when football starts, I consider it to be the Fall. :)

We just got back from the weekend camp that we kick off our year at MK with and it was incredible. We call it Hobbitville! I spoke on Rest this year. It was so awesome getting to share what God is doing in my life with this amazing group. We have had guest speakers all summer and it had been awhile since I was able to share with the group and I didn't realize how much I had missed it. This MK group is my favorite group to speak to! I've heard from many that they think this was the best Hobbitville yet! That is such incredible encouragement and a testament to the leaders that God has brought to this group - kids included!

The only sad part of this year is saying goodbye to the seniors and watching them go off to college. We held onto them as long as we could and now we are well-wishing them off into a bright future!

Here are some pictures from our last night with the seniors and Hobbitville :).

Praying for the seniors before they are Freshman :)













Praying for the new group of seniors! What a great year! 

The highlights from camp... 

My boys had such a great time connecting with the group. I never saw them :). Creed did the ropes course (something he has been looking forward to all year!) and Liam did one section of it. Asher, of course, just flies up and down all portions of it no problem. 

I had some very sweet moments with my girls.

Our sharing time at the end and hearing what the seniors had to share was particularly good this year. 

We kicked off the year right! God, please make it grow! We feel like a family and I think every one is excited to see what God will do in the coming year. 

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Some cool things that are happening this year in MK... man I'm excited!!!! 

We are focusing on training! With the foundation of right-standing with God laid out, we are going to try and understand better what training is all about and what it looks like! Reading, memorizing, and praying! 

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We are focusing on special mentoring in the gifts. I want to see our amazing MKs sharing their gifts often in our group and I want to be intentional about creating opportunity for that. So far I have some MKs ready to give devotionals and thereby grow in their speaking gifts! 

I'm also introducing a Pop Culture segment to help the "kids"... er um ME, understand how to relate to what is going on in their world a bit better. At least I'll learn a new language :). 

Finally, we are putting an emphasis on community and dedicating a whole Monday out of the month to simply building our community up together. No lesson that night, just a time to come together and bond! 

Yes I'm very excited about what I get to do thanks to God and his calling and you and your faithful partnership with me! Your prayers and support make all this possible and I'm so incredibly grateful for you! Your relationship with this ministry keeps it thriving! 

Now onto some other stuffs.... like family pictures :). 

Diane is the goat Yoga whisperer! 

What a handsome bunch! First day of School!!! 

Spring cleaning in the Fall!!! The never ending joy!!! 

Diane is such a fun mom! Look at that amazing hair! 

I love the fact that Youversion has an app that turns ANY picture into a Bible verse :)!


We got to celebrate Dad's birthday with him yesterday! It was a great time of fellowship in the midst of some hard times for the family. We are grateful to God for how faithful and great He is. Mark (Diane's brother) has had to take a medical leave of absence from college, and Mom and Erich are helping him make his way home. Please pray for all of us in this situation! 

The Fall is exciting and fun and very full of adventure! Next week Diane and I get to get away and I'm very happy to be able to take some vacation with her and celebrate her birthday! Pictures to follow in my next Blog :)

The race goes on and I'm grateful to be able to train so as to run it well! I have a trip to India for Trauma Healing coming up soon and then off to Colorado for some training in debriefing and then an MK college retreat! Please pray for all these trips that take me far from home! Pray for my family to grow more and more in the knowledge of God, to be rooted in His love! 

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 9, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 2 years old.



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.