Monday, September 16, 2019

Sky Ranch and other stories!

Faithfulness was the theme of Sky Ranch this year! It was great getting back to Sky even if it is only for this year! I'm not sure where God wants to take our group next year for camp but I'm confident it will be great! 

What a great group of seniors! Here is to living every moment to the fullest with them during their year of 'lasts' with this group! 

Faithfulness, remaining, persevering! What is our hope; what exactly is the faith that we are trying to remain faithful to? That was Lesson 1! Lesson 2 was the kids blowing my mind in sharing what God is doing in their lives. I think I cried the whole time; it touches me so deeply every time the youth share their hearts! Lesson 3 was me and the topic was "remaining faithful requires training and community!" We need to learn as Christians that there is relationship time with God and training time with him. Our relationship makes us righteous and our training helps us grow! You cannot grow if you will not train! We train regardless of our feelings and what our perception of what we are getting out of it are. We train on good and bad days...we beat our bodies and make them our slaves! 

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It's great to be on this side of camp... it is fun to embrace the rest of the fall that is relatively travel free. I just got back from Philly with my co-workers after attending a wonderful training in how to be better care givers. Learning about forgiveness and more about loving the LGBTQ+ community were highlights for me! The love of Christ and being a child of God reaches far beyond our sexual preferences or identity! Obedience flows from a heart that knows it is loved!  

I love traveling and getting time with this Bob guy! He looks cozy doesn't he :)? A highlight for me was rooming with him and the late night conversations! 

If we value excellence, we must value training! I value excellence! Let's get the training on!!!! 
Our year jumped out to a great start with 41 students attending last Monday!!! Our parents meeting ended with the parents praying over our team and several parents coming and expressing their thanks for the program! I'm so honored and grateful for this job and the impact that it is making! 

Rock climbing was a great event we went on recently! What a cool group of kids! 
Family is doing well! Almost a year since the panic journey started with Diane and she is crushing it! She is an amazing woman who has been trained by this hardship and looks so holy and pure as a result! Instead of bitterness she has embraced relationship and reminds me of this clip in Rocky 3! You ain't so bad! You ain't nothing! She has her birthday this Wednesday and I'm grateful for another awesome year with someone who is such a hero and inspiration to me! 



So grateful for stolen moments with my beauty!

My kids bring me joy and make me laugh... can't get enough of their crazy lives! So glad Creed made it into Village Tech! Loving having Football back and watching the Cowboys crush it! Yesterday I had a house full of kids and adults to enjoy the games with me and it just fills my little football heart with joy! 

Enjoying the season opener with Jeremy and Jennifer Humiston! Go Bears!!!! 

I'm blessed and you are a tremendous part of that blessings! I'm so grateful for you and thank God for you often. When I think of your faithfulness and generosity to me, I confess, my eyes tear up a little. I couldn't and wouldn't do this without you! We share the victories and thank you for sharing in my struggles!  

Please be praying for the MKs and the dreams for this year... 

That our group would live knowing that we have a Spirit of Power! 
We would be community builders....
That we would train our hearts out!
This month our challenge is uncovering verses about our identity. May our identity in Christ be made more and more evident to us as we live in Him! 

Praise God for his faithfulness and provision for my family and this ministry! 

For Diane, my lovely amazing wife, and for my incredible kids! 

Tonight at MK we are having Mark Lowenstein come and share with our group. He is an incredible speaker who just so happens to be deaf! I'm excited for our group to learn ASL and for us to live in harmony with our incredible deaf brothers and sisters! 

Aslan is always on the move... doing amazing things, inspiring, protecting, adventuring! May you find your life full as you go along for the magnificent journey! 

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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 the 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 12, Asher 10, Liam 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 5, and Serenity 3 years old.



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

August is the bomb!

Some things you may enjoy watching before you head into the rest of the Blog :).

Jamaica Sermon

Jamaica Slide Show

MK Summer Slide Show

It's official... Bella is in Kindergarten and is the happiest one I've seen yet. School is back and I'm excited to get used to the new schedule of life. Creed is in middle school now and (for the time being) is quite a drive away. We are hoping that God opens up an opportunity for him to get into a school much closer to where we live but for now he is happy and we are grateful!




Serenity is getting used to her new schedule too... a few tears are being shed as she misses Bella and her brothers more than ever now that she is alone with Dad until her siblings get picked up.

What a summer! We took a grand family vacation to the Grand Canyon!!!!

Sedona!

The south rim of the Grand Canyon! 

That is just a taste :)... if you want to see more of our adventures click on the link!

Grand Canyon Craziness! 

Highlights were.... getting to see Great Gram in Albuquerque on the way to and from, particularly our last day with her was so special! Getting tons of time together in the car! There is no fire (our mantra to keep from rushing around). :) All the beauty was spectacular! Hearing Creed encourage Liam! Watching God transform our hearts as we dealt with chips in windshields and attacks from the enemy! Grateful to crush that old snake at every turn! A wonderful place to stay!

So thankful for the opportunity to get away and feel refreshed, having amazing devotions in the morning and feeling the Spirit bring peace throughout the day was incredible!

MK is going really well, I've been around for more than a couple weeks and it feels pretty good. We are done with our summer program now and are back to our school time hours. Leading up to Sky Ranch, I issued an Instagram challenge to post a picture of you doing your devotions every day #faithfulnessmkz. It's been so fun seeing kids jump on board and experience the fruit of meeting with God every day.

Here are some pics of some fun things we have been up to!

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An afternoon of Odds and Ends with my man Philip! He shared about Messianic Christianity and then we watched Rocky :)
 This is the time of year where the college kids head off and the seniors finally leave the group. It is really sad, but a great opportunity to let people know how much they mean to you! It was so touching last night when one of the seniors gave me a note of encouragement. They let me know how much the MK group had impacted them and how grateful they were for the ministry. They said so many touching things and it left me feeling so privileged to serve in this ministry that is changing lives!

Thank you for being involved in these stories of changed lives. This generation is going to advance the kingdom in some incredible ways and I'm so blessed to be a part of that... I couldn't be a part of that if it weren't for you! Thanks for your prayers and financial support, your encouragement and your relationship! I feel spurred on and sharpened and softened by your kindness and love! You rock!

We created a beautiful sitting area in our front yard that has inspired us to become cowboys? No... but is has helped us to get outside more and enjoy some really sweet times of fellowship!
The final vision of the tree that we had to cut down. Nadia did some great work burning this amazing truth into the stump! 



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I'm really enjoying thinking about faithfulness in preparation to teach at Sky Ranch. Faithfulness is about finishing, faithfulness gets back up! We are responsible to help each other remain faithful, what a privilege. But, this verse really inspires me as I consider the attitude of my great brother and hero and amazing Lord Jesus the Christ! What a thing to say... it makes me wonder what 'cups' won't be taken away unless Caleb Robbins drinks them. I want to joyfully walk out with faithfulness the road set out before me! Unless Jesus was willing there would be no salvation for us. What is waiting for your willingness in order to be accomplished? What an inspiration to think that God has given certain tasks to us. What an honor and what a responsibility and call to be faithful, to train hard, to finish well! Thank you for helping me to embrace the 'cup' that is set before me. May I have the courage to drink it and may I be one who helps you have the courage to drink yours! 

Please keep praying for Diane to be completely set free from panic and anxiety... please praise God with me for how much progress she has made. My wife is my hero in regards to faithfulness and perseverance through trial! 

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 the 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 12, Asher 10, Liam 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 5, and Serenity 3 years old.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

It's Time!

Thailand: Krabi or bust :)


Nadia and I left for Thailand and felt the kindness of God guiding us the whole way there and back again. She had left her bunny on the plane, only to receive it as we boarded the next flight. They found it, tracked the seat to her and returned it as she boarded. Wow! Then we had a nice lady guide us through the epic maze they call Bangkok Airport to a flight we should have missed. All our connections were tight going due to delays all along the way. We bobbed and weaved through crowds, running at least a mile to board our plane! I never look at signs people hold as you deboard, yet I just "happened" to look up and see my name and I'm so glad that God pointed it out. Then when we landed another lady with my name on a sign appeared to tell me our luggage wasn't going to make it, no waiting around, they just delivered it a little later. I always carry an extra set of clothes so it was no big deal. 

God used us as a conduit of healing to this group. I had never done Trauma Healing on this scale before (I believe we had around 70 people) but it worked and I got such incredible feedback from the director to the kids. You could feel the Spirit loving on His children and bringing comfort. So much fruit in the conversations and time together. I did the youth program and the Trauma Healing for the group in the mornings and then Nadia led us on epic game adventures in the afternoons. 

God showed more kindness again when our boating adventure was delayed a day due to weather. This enabled a youth who was sick the day before to be able to attend. It was a full trip where I grew to appreciate the teamwork with my co-laborer even more. 

One huge highlight was getting to meet some new youth who are finally old enough to join the group and hearing how the TH impacted them. One in particular was already using the questions you learn in the listening exercise often. I'm excited to see how God uses her to bring healing!  


A beach with a view only a short walk away :)

All my rice needs to come in the form of some animal... please :)

Instagram... it had to be shared... what a great pair of toes :)

What a great team mate! Boating adventure... here we come! 

This picture could be a sermon all by itself! What a beautiful TH illustration! 

We bring our pain our losses and everything else to the amazing cross where it was all finished! 

I had my first facial... that is vanilla yogurt folks... yeah delicious :)

Home for a minute!

During this crazy season of travel I have come to appreciate what I call moment theory! All of our joy and life exist in the present moment, as well as all of our ability to live in obedience. So why not enjoy all the moments as they come and not worry about the next ones. Sounds a little biblical :). 

I loved getting to eat Hibachi with Asher. I was a little jet lagged at the time, but the company and meal were tremendous. What a great time connecting with my amazing kids. They finished the school year so strong getting all kinds of awards and made me such a proud father! Yay for summer! 

We had Pete Isenberg speak to the graduates at MK and he did a great job. The whole graduation night reminded me how blessed I am to have the incredible team around me that I have here in this ministry! We worked so well together to pull off an amazing Graduation! I used to fear nights like this because of the decorating and food stuffs that were a part of it, but now I have a team that knocks every aspect out of the park and I barely have to do anything. Go Connie, Josh, Jeremy and Nadia! The dream team for sure! 

Asher, jet lag and Hibachi!!! What a great day! 

Pete delivering and incredible charge to our seniors!

MK 2019 Graduates! What a good looking group! 

We also enjoyed another wonderful Pool Opening fund raiser. God provided generous donations and another amazing gift to our budget from Pioneer Bible Translators. They increased the amount they are willing to double this year in donations by $1000. God really is pouring His favor out on this ministry. 

I recently had a conversation with a parent whose child graduated last year. He talked about the profound impact the group had on his daughter and how, as they are in between churches, they feel like the best place to tithe their money is to the group. His kind words made me marvel at how God is using me and what He is doing here. I wept for joy and was in awe of the $1800 that he then freely donated. God does nothing in half measures... He is an immeasurably more kind of God. 

Pool Opening! 


Orlando!

This trip was so amazing! In Orlando I did TH for the other half of the group from Thailand. Here I met some of the families that were told they were not going back into East Asia. In fact one family got the news during the conference. I was humbled and honored and was able to see healing come to some really hurting people. My last day there one of the parents gave me a long hug, and with tears thanked me for coming and being there for her son. It meant so much to me. It meant so much to the group the way that I immediately said yes to both trips and I had the joy of telling them how it was Diane who had inspired those yes's. She said immediately "You have to go to both!" I have such an incredible wife and I'm so thankful!

I really enjoyed getting to work with the team there and to learn from them. Different was good in this situation and God gave us a spirit of unity and love for one another. I have a set way of doing things and it is good to get out of that mentality every so often! Teach this old dog new tricks :).

Some flavored ice while I wait to drive home... a slice of heaven! 


Marshmallow wars!!!! So fun!!! We won :)

Home for a minute!

Creed graduated! Wow... I have a middle schooler! It was a great ceremony. One of the sad things about me traveling so much during May was that I missed so many of the MK graduation stuffs... but I didn't miss Creed's :).

I have some things that I really enjoy doing... one of them is my movie Sunday time! I have those nuggets that keep me connected and sane and rested, what with all the comings and goings. What a silly group of people... why do they dress like that :)...

Sunday movie day pajama party!!! 

We had our MK end of year party... hosted by the amazing Connie. It was great and the debrief of the year was mostly positive. The kids crave more community time and that is exactly what I am eager to deliver this year with a slightly revised schedule for our Sky Ranch weekend and beyond. I believe that one of the surest ways to remain faithful to God is through the blessing of the community He provides. Those people who encourage us and keep our hearts soft are invaluable. So I'm only speaking twice this year instead of four times and I'm emphasizing the connections in the groups.

Connie's incredible back yard! 

Discovery happened in the midst of all the other stuffs! It's like a conference I don't have to go anywhere to enjoy. It's Pioneer Bible Translators' missions week where you learn about what the mission is all about and also a time for everyone to get together and receive care and training and community. I taught on the Holy Spirit and for the first time I'm getting to enjoy having Creed in the group! He's now in MK and all the other stuff that comes with. It was a great week connecting with old friends who are only in town for this week. A highlight was having a deaf kid in the group, which was a first for me. It was so cool the way God used the lessons to impact his interpreter as well. Aslan is always on the move!

The Discovery outing to the Dallas World Aquarium! Orange is such a beautiful color :)

While all this was happening we also moved offices. I now have a window and lots more space. My sister Cara came and helped me decorate. I was really skeptical about moving, but it was another way that God showed me His immeasurable love! This new place rocks!

A view with an office :)

MK has been really fun, with a lot of old friends back again (at least for the summer) and many new faces passing through, some to stay! Here we were meeting in the Event Center while our normal meeting place was being used for something else. We had no AV stuff working so we all gathered around my small computer screen and enjoyed worshiping in spirit and truth.

What a great night of worship! 

Newbies... eat those cupcakes! But no hands! 

Jamaica mon!

After being home for a few short weeks... during which I reached one of my goals for the summer... BENCH 300 LBS!!!! I was off again to Jamaica. I feel like I have traveled so much recently that I'm not even impacted by these trips anymore. It didn't feel like I was even leaving until I had to get up at 4 am to get ready to go Wednesday morning. Moment theory!!!!

The trip was fantastic. I enjoyed seeing old friends and bonding with my group. We served at some girls' homes and painted a lot! We went to the infirmary and Westhaven and shared God's love! The girls were all victims of severe sexual abuse and we hope to return next year and offer some much needed TH.

I loved getting to know our guards better and praying for them and listening to them was a highlight. God gave me several words for them while I was there. They are police officers and have had to deal with some really brutal things recently. I tried to encourage them and help them see God and His love for them through all the violence. It touched me when the main guard drove up the day we left to say goodbye to me. I had missed him the previous night because he was getting food when I went to say farewell. It meant so much that he made that trip, after having been up all night guarding us, just to say goodbye.

Another honor was being able to preach in the church on Sunday. God winked at me and said, "I'll give you the words to say... but not until just before you need them." It touched me the way what He gave me was received by the church and our group. I had one of my friends record it.

My Sermon :)

It was hard and beautiful getting to be there for one of my dear friends during the trip while her father passed away from his long fight with cancer. We prayed and sang, shared memories and let God hold all of us. She is so strong and I'm so honored to share in this journey with her.

A final highlight from the trip was getting to watch France loose to the US with a bunch of kids during our last day at the beach.







A kind gift from a lady whose room we painted. Reminds me of a favorite drink from my Africa days "Malta Guinness"


Someone whose story I will hold in my heart for a while. His life was nearly ruined by a bullet from a 45 crushing his leg. He lives on and so does hope!  


Home for a minute!

Ha! I'm back again and I know this post is longer than it should be and far too long in coming. I'm delighted to have a moment before I leave again. I'm watching the Women's World Cup and loving it, I'm enjoying the view outside my office window and praising God for that too! All the joys of being here... until Saturday when I take my family on vacation to go see the Grand Canyon and beyond. At least this time I get to take my family with me as I travel. The moments come one at a time and I'm so glad that in each one we have a choice to obey and an opportunity to experience the incredible love and life that God offers. 

Thanks for being such a big part of all these many stories! The victories are shared! I'm so grateful for you and your relentless prayers and financial support. God shows me His love and kindness and through you He extends His favor and gives me joy and peace. May you be richly blessed in this moment... and all the ones to come! 

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This verse has tickled me recently! Let us comprehend the light and endeavor to help others do the same! Praise be to God! 

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 12, Asher 10, Liam 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 5, and Serenity 3 years old.