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.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jamaica 2018: The Lord Provides!

The tale told in reverse because the pictures came out that way. Haphazard indeed my friends... haphazard indeed :). 

It was a great time returning to the island and continuing to make progress on the house we were working on a year ago. We poured the roof of the bedroom and helped get the next room ready for the roof to go on as well as other odds and ends. We bless the England family, and in turn their family is a huge blessing to many in their community! We also got to return to Westhaven, a handicapped orphanage, and love on the kids and the staff. We were able to feed the kids and helped do laundry as well as sing and play and dance with the wonderful beauties that live there. 

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God is good and that is what you like to hear when someone tells you about a mission trip... I know. But seriously how God involved Himself in this trip was remarkable to me and flows directly from the verse above. We didn't have what we needed individually but God gave us all what we needed as a body! 

I got sick and didn't have the medicine that I needed but so many people on the trip had medicine to help and one individual actually had the exact pill that brought the cure! Someone on our trip had their bag get lost in transit. But, they received all the things they needed from the group to carry them through until it was recovered and delivered. God allowed the bag they did get through to have the swimsuit and church clothes they needed! I didn't feel the need to give one devotional this trip and I'm grateful because God gave so many members of the team wonderful devotionals to share. 

I really appreciate the system of honor that these trips have developed. We all truly believe that we all have something of great value to offer everyone else. There isn't this separation between leadership and the rest of the group, we all take our turn offering what God has provided and we all benefit so much as a result! It's like family, the body working together in harmony, and it is truly beautiful and promotes living from rest! 

Okay now the cacophony of photographic bliss that will appeal to the deep center of your heart through the cornea of your eye :). 



It is good to be home... and I'm tired :)

What a great looking group of missionaries! Christ in them brings hope! 

So silly! I love this group! 




Dancing during a power outage. Joy when you could complain! Great group, and talented! 

I love these guys! It was so great to see them again! I hadn't seen O'Neil in far too long (the one on the left). 


Our famous toothbrush parties continued this year :). 

Sometimes they turned into toothbrush/dance parties :). Clean teeth is exciting :). 


A wonderful evening devotional by our birthday girl. We had two people with birthdays during this trip! They were celebrated well! 


We decked and poured this roof over the bedroom! Hard and wonderful work! 





My cousin is a great carpenter and had some lovely help filling in some gaps in the back of the house. 

These shoes have finally died... very sad to say goodbye... they lasted 16 years and I guess that is pretty good. 

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The lovely birthday ladies! 


Tony drinking from my Superman water bottle! Makes me happy :). 

We had a traveling Ukulele band with us! 





Making our lunches everyday! PB and Jelly/ honey/stuff? 

The view from the roof where we stayed all week. 

Devotions! Yay! 







Church... I forgot my own shirt... but someone had one for me :). 

I enjoyed getting to fly with these great people! 
It was fantastic to get back to the island and to be able to love on the people there that mean so much to us! We built a lot more than a cement structure. Some sow and others water but God makes it grow and their was evidence of growth in us and them since we had last visited.

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The word here that leaves the greatest impression on me is the word 'can'. I submit that living in fullness and from rest lies somewhere in the idea that when we choose to live like this we can only live from rest. It's not I only do... it's I 'can' only do. I want to live like this, I want to live with the idea that I 'can' only do what I see my Father doing. "Not everyone who says to me Lord Lord will enter but only the one who does the will of my Father"... how better to know the will of the Father than to live this way. I 'can' only do... and so may it be with you!

Thank you for your support and your prayers! This trip was incredible and you are a part of the harmony and blessing and environment that was established here. You prayed for something great to happen and you put your resources behind that and I want to tell you that God came through in a big way, not only in our lives and the lives of the ones we went to love but in the lives of all who saw the 14 lights that walked around and showed Montego Bay what it looked like to live like Christ. The kids sang praises from the beach to the airport from the work site to the last few minutes before sleep. People noticed and were touched and heard truth because the amazing MKs didn't hide the light that God made them into when they decided to follow him! Our guard was particularly blessed by their singing and commented on it several times. We then had many worship sessions with and for him. It is a good thing to praise the Lord!

And I never stop praising Him for you - you who make this possible! Thank you for being a part of something so amazing and special! I love you and I couldn't do any of this without your support!

Pray

My trip to Thailand is coming fast, the tickets are purchased and we are excited. Please pray for God to bring in all the funds for the team! The cost is $2500 per person! We leave the last half of July.

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.