Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Can I have a little November Please :)

I don't know why I named this post that.  Maybe because I love this month and it's kind of a play off of Thanksgiving. Please pass the November and the mashed potatoes and a little more to drink, if you don't mind? Anyway, on to the pictures :). 

What's something I really enjoy? Glad you asked :)... watching the Cowboys with my friends on Sunday afternoon. We have developed a great little fellowship there! Here is a picture of the exciting times we have... I love this guy! 


I'm a very proud father! This amazing girl is so adorable... look at that smile and just let the melting begin :). Diane has been doing a great job raising these girls and sharing her shoes with them... I think they love it. I never imagined having 5 kids... now I can't imagine anything better. So grateful for a heavenly Father that gives such amazing gifts and with such wisdom! 


Creed!!! The newest member of the National Elementary Honor Society! So impressed with this amazing kid. Just turned 10 and shining so bright! 



I'm also really proud of and grateful for an amazing group of people to do ministry with. Nadia is well on her way to being fully supported and then full time with me and Bob in the ministry! I can't wait to have such a natural decorator to share the office with :|.





Asher takes after me in so many ways and it is so cool having such a goofy kid! Here Diane has done his hair in this amazing new style and I love it! He's fierce... watch out :).


Our family had the joy of being a part of the new building dedication over with Pioneer Bible Translators. The 'Vision' building! It was such a unique and incredible experience. We all read a portion of scripture, including Creed and Asher, and got to be around a multitude of people reading the entire Bible in over 40 languages (Diane read in another language even!). It took 23 minutes to get it done. The whole Bible in one sitting. I don't know that it's ever been done before and I don't know when it will be done again. It was so cool! Here we are sitting missionary style in the dirt! Growing up in Africa prepared me for that moment :).


Look at this gem! Yeah, the house that I now live in back in the good old days when it was governed by my incredible Grandparents who have since left for a place that was well prepared for them by a master carpenter. They triumphed in hospitality, as you can see by this birthday celebration! I hope this blesses many of you!


One of the best weekends of the year for dentists just happened and it was a great time to celebrate with my MKs! They came and served at my church and we enjoyed another fantastic costume and candy time... Fall Festival and Chili cook off! The evening ended with a movie in my garage. We all kept each other warm while watching the classic "Fiddler on the Roof." These MK's live out the Word so powerfully.  They serve without complaining and they have incredible attitudes!










Diane is the most incredible person I know. It's pretty cool that I got to marry her and that she consented to being the mother of the amazing 6 (Echo is in our hearts always). The bride of my youth and the master seamstress to my youth. She made Asher and Creed's costumes this year and only sacrificed hours of time and sleep. She is amazing and one day my kids will truly understand the incredible gift God gave them in their mother!


My birthday is coming up and I'm very excited to be 35. Okay, maybe not that... but I am very grateful for the years the Lord has given me and I feel so richly blessed! I'm surrounded by an incredible community and I delight in the opportunity that I get to serve and love so many incredible people!  Thank you for making these last 5 years in full time ministry possible. I rejoice and give thanks for you! You show me what it means to thrive in the body of Christ, how working together we can accomplish so much for the Kingdom! I'm overwhelmed by your friendship, prayers, love, support, encouragement, and spurring on! 

Pray

For wisdom and humility as I continue to do this ministry! 
For a healthy season in the family as things get colder and sickness abounds! 
For Diane and I as we prepare for the Solomon Island trip coming up next year! 

Praise

For God the provider and the great gift! 
For His son who became God with us and for us! 
For the incredible things that God is doing in the MK ministry and the way He is providing for the way forward! 

and... 

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God is teaching me more and more about what it means to "be" and how to rest in what that truth provides. There is an entering into His rest and there is an end to striving! These following verses have been such an encouragement to me as I seek to shine brightly for my King. I recently had the privilege of hosting some Mormons in my home. We had a great time talking and sharing and I loved learning about their mission and what it looks like. I shared what I had with them and then they left. Sometimes I have felt that I ought to have done more or something else, or felt like I have to save people instead of just being a witness of the One who truly saves. These verses encouraged me and I hope they encourage you! 

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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 10, Asher 8, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 3, and Serenity 1 year old.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

The things that Fall

So much happens in life that the new normal is the abnormal... and just when you get used to that the old normal resurfaces... I call this the things that fall... in between the craziness of last post and this one... an assortment of God filled experiences that will be randomly given as an offering of thanks. 

It is so wonderful to have my parents back! My kids love their Grandparents so much and it blesses me to know that my parents make such an effort to be involved in the lives of my children. They go to school to eat lunch with them and come over in the afternoons to play with them.  They gave my older boys bikes and even joined us on a zoo adventure. Liam was especially heart broken when he heard that my parents are going on an extended P.D. trip. It has also been especially nice to have my sister around to play with my kids and to have all four of us together is truly wonderful. Thank you God for family and for all the joy that brings and how full it makes my heart and my house :). 




My Liam just had a birthday! He is a big 6 year old now!!! We celebrated with pumpkin pie and lots of family. He is such a sweetheart! Liam I love your tender heart and your sweet attitude. I like how goofy you are and how thoughtful you are becoming! Thanks for all your sweet prayers for me and mommy! 



I'm so proud of Creed. He was celebrated along with 6 other students (one for each grade) for being outstanding in the first 9 weeks. That is 7 out of 600 students. We were invited to a special breakfast for him and got to hear his teacher talk about what a great kid he is. It warms my father's heart to see my son walking in the way he should go! I'm so proud of you Creed! That was a very special thing to be invited to! 


My children are goofy and fun and I really love being a father of 5! Here Asher is feeding Serenity something delicious. It's so good to have the older boys help around the house! 


My girls are enjoying the rain... one of them understands umbrellas and the other one is just cute :). 


Sunday football time with my boys! Tackled and then somehow fell asleep on the couch. Go figure :). 


The ministry is going so well! I have an incredible group of MKs to love and an amazing group of people to work with. Here is a picture of us all going to see one of the MKs in her staring role in Cats the Musical. I enjoyed taking my boys along for the ride. We have such a great community!


I started this event called MKs Ride the Rhino! We all go to a local coffee shop and enjoy playing games and hanging out! We also learn how to navigate the cultural staple known as the coffee menu! Now with confidence we can order drinks such as "Little Sebastian" or "Hug in a Cup". We no longer fear the ordering process or look on in envy as those around us drink things that we could never imagine names for :). 





We have has so many great events during the last month or so! There is never a good time to write about them because just when I sit down to write, I think of 3 more coming up soon that would be fun to tell you about. The picture below was taken after one of our epic night game events! We played Sardines and Grey Wolf and Assassin and then joyfully collapsed on the ground for this picture... some of us got up quicker than others.


I've enjoyed starting up a guys small group with Josh Carlton, one of my amazing MK leaders! Here is the end of our first guys event! These amazing kids Risked it all playing Risk and shut down the party! You know you have something good going when the kids leave almost an hour after the party is supposed to end :). 


I added some pictures from my zoo adventure here... just to show you that I'm also very good with animals. I found a bird that makes a face I like to make... I also got the chance to kiss a hippo. Yes I'm versatile!



God is so good and as I said, the ministry is thriving. I just finished teaching a Trauma healing Advanced workshop and have two more healing groups that will take me to the end of the year. We bought our tickets for the Solomon Islands and are preparing for that adventure. There are lots of impending Fall Festivals and suches looming in the near future, but beyond the activity how do you measure what a thriving ministry is? Let me share a few short testimonies from a couple of the parents.

"Because of Caleb’s care for the youth, and his intentional teaching, and focus on the Word of God, our son was encouraged to begin immersing himself in the Word every day like he’d never done before."  

"He is thriving in his MK identity and his own calling to missions. He has been given a solid foundation emotionally and spiritually through the MK group. We are excited to see what God will do in his life in the future."

Hearing that blesses me so much! What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and yet forfeit his soul. Real prosperity is in knowing God and growing in that knowledge daily! You are a huge part of the testimonies because without your support, both prayerfully and financially, I wouldn't be able to be a part of this incredible adventure! God is using you to truly impact lives! Thank you! 

Pray! 

I need wisdom and humility to lead this group! There are some significant changes coming in the next year! 

I'm finding myself increasingly busy! Yay God! Please pray that I follow my good Shepherd by still waters and into green pastures! 

Praise! 

God has provided faithfully for us to get our tickets to the Solomon Islands. Please continue to pray for provision for the other trips coming up next year! 

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Thank you for standing with me in this calling! I'm encouraged and motivated by those verses and I'm inspired and blessed by your partnership! 

Blessings, 

Caleb 

Caleb 


 If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or a recurring basis, 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 10, Asher 8, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 3, and Serenity 1 year old.







Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September the Fall that was and then wasn't!

Sometimes you feel like a month goes by and nothing happens and other times you feel like a month goes by and it had 6 months worth of stuff in it. Well September feels like that right now. I love this time of year! Football is back, the weather is cooling off (unless you live in Texas), school is back, and MK is in full swing!

First things first... we had a great Hobbitville (our camp to kick off the year at the Dallas MK). We became family over the weekend. The worship was amazing! I enjoyed teaching and thought that the games and all the rest of the weekend went amazing! I have an incredible team and God uses us to do great work... thank you for your support of this ministry! You are being used to touch many lives.

Here is a video that a wonderful MK (Ben Huteson) put together!



Here are his Photos 



What a good looking group! We are growing! 39 kids came to camp this year and we have had to start meeting in a new location to accommodate all the new faces. God is so good!

Asher, my boy, did the entire upper ropes course!!!! Creed was awesome too and took some very brave steps out onto the course. So proud of my boys! 

I'm back into the era of concerts. I really enjoyed seeing NEEDTOBREATHE again and it was so great that my friends could share it with me. Love you Diane, Collin, Nadia, and Shannon! 


I also had the joy of taking Micah and Joanna to their first concert. We saw One Republic and it was tremendous! I'm glad my wife gets me out to do these kinds of things!


Part of my job is teaching kids about American culture... what better way for me to do that than by inviting them over to my house to watch Sunday Night Football! The Cowboys crushed the Giants and we had a great turnout for the game. We project the goodness on my garage door and I enjoy sharing the time with the kids very much! Sometimes I even get to know my neighbors as they notice the game and stop by.  


One of my favorite parts of this job is doing baptisms! It fills me with joy to be able to baptize these amazing kids and I feel so honored that they want me to. Alethea got baptized and it was beautiful! I'm so proud of you Alethea!


I have started having lunches with the kids again! It is another thing I look forward to every week. I have lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Thursday lunch I have to take my girls with me, which has been a lot of fun! The MKs love my kids and we have a great time eating together! I love this job!


My wife just had a birthday... she is older now. I love sharing life with my best friend and I'm so grateful that God has given her so many years to share with me. I look forward to many more. Diane you are a joy and I'm so grateful for you in my life. And you are just stunningly gorgeous! 

My parents are back for the next couple of months. It is so great to have them so close! I really enjoy getting to stop by and visit them from time to time! My kids are head-over-heals for them! I love having more baby sitters too :). 

My role at church has changed slightly, I'm now teaching the high school group and have had to say good bye to the middle school group for now. I enjoy getting to know the other group better and have really enjoyed our times together so far, although I do miss my old Sunday school class. 

I have to share this silly picture of my girls... they fell asleep under the table one afternoon. I came in after mowing and found them asleep under the table. I love being a dad! 


Pray! 

For wisdom and humility as I seek to lead the Dallas MK group this year. I have a great vision for discipleship among the students and am eager to see this be the best year we have ever had! I know that this group is dangerous to the enemy and I am eager to be a part of 1 John 3:8! 


For all the trips coming up next year and for provision for those trips. Diane and I are going to the Solomon Islands to do the youth ministry portion of a branch conference and need to buy tickets soon. The cost will be close to $4,000. I am also excited to be going to Jamaica and Thailand again! God is good and I'm grateful to be used by him to bless his faithful servants overseas. 

For me as I lead an Advanced Trauma Healing workshop next month. I really enjoy doing those! I'm getting ever closer to being a Master Facilitator! 


I praise God for you! You make all the things I do possible. Your prayers, your love, your friendship, and your financial support mean so much to me and my family and enable the ministry to go on and on. I love the way God uses you and partners you with all that is going on in my life. I never forget you in the middle of all the great stuff that God allows me to do. Camp, mission trips, baptisms, and much much more are all credited to you because this ministry belongs to all of us. Thanks for standing behind me! You bring me great joy and I love you very much! 

God is teaching me more and more about Himself. I just want to know Him! He is my one thing, my prize and my portion and I belong to Him! I pray that knowing God is also the most important thing in your life and that you know him better and better every single day! 



Blessings, 

Caleb 


 If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or a recurring basis, 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 10, Asher 8, Liam 5, Echo already in heaven, Bella 3, and Serenity 1 year old.