Monday, November 26, 2018

So.... Uh... November Happened :)

Soooo gratitude! I'm so grateful for what God is showing me about gratitude these years. What do you look at? What do you notice? There are things that overflow our lives with reasons for gratitude... God is helping me focus on those things so that I can live from gratitude instead of waiting for it to infrequently fall on me like I used to. And now a story to help show what I mean :)... I guess you could even call it a testimony :). 

I have an old car! The driver's window gave out on me and sunk, depressed, into the door and would not come back up. I grabbed it, trying to coax it back out, but it was too shy and shattered in my hands. That was frustrating for sure. The next day Eric came out to fix it for me and I got to pray for him and enjoy his company for a time. The day before God replaced my frustration with gratitude over an opportunity to meet and encourage someone new. The whole time I could have just been annoyed and complained about my window. Instead, I chose gratitude for an opportunity to engage someone who is eternal. That window had a clock from the moment it was forged. Eric will live forever! What we choose to see (based on who we know God is) makes such an impact on our gratitude! 

This has been my verse for the season of Thanksgiving... I want to live more from gratitude and I want to see all the amazing things that God is doing because He is so good! 

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Now for the onslaught of pictures! 

Asher and his Science Fair project! Vinegar and Gummy Bears :)
We enjoyed a marvelous hike with all the great family in town! It was a way to celebrate Kelsey and her Birthday and work off some of that turkey! It was so amazing to me that Daisy completed the walk. An old dog and she did great. Bella stood by my side the whole time and it was so great having that father-daughter time :).  


 


Putting up the Christmas decorations!
Thanksgiving weekend with the Gebauers! It is so great to have them here! Also keeps my house much cleaner having everything over there with them! 

  

Food Coma
 


All the food prep before the big day. Diane made her famous sweet potatoes! 
 I had a birthday and this amazing shirt was one of my gifts! It was so great to have a house/driveway full of friends and family! We had the fire outside again and enjoyed some amazing food and pie and a time to worship our amazing God! It was so cool to see everyone! Then we went to see Creed II! Yeah it just so happened to come out on my birthday :). Being 36 has been great!


I got to preach at church and so I dressed up! Yeah it's rare so I get pictures when I do! 

Asher joined Creed in the Elementary National Honor Society! I'm a proud father!  
 MK has been so busy with scavenger hunts and Thanksgiving prayer nights! Here are some pictures of us all having fun! What a great ministry and what a great group of leaders I get to work beside!

The scavenger hunt was my way of helping MKs get to a few of the hot spots around Duncanville. When you come to a new place, it takes awhile to figure out where things are and how to engage. I thought a great way to help them transition was to create a scavenger hunt that will take them to the places they should know about and have them get the delicacies there. Here you see them at the library and community center. They needed to come back with information on how to get a library card and join the community center!


Prayer mountain fire pit! 
 I've had lots more time at home during the holidays! It's great being with my amazing family! I love being a dad and I'm so grateful for my amazing kids and beautiful wife!



God provides! He uses you to provide for so many of my needs and I'm truly grateful! Believe me when I say that I notice :). I can't do this work alone and I'm so thankful that God has raised you up as an army of support around me and my family for the furthering of his kingdom! These MKs are truly blessed to have you as a part of their lives as you pray for and support the ministry so faithfully! Thank you! God's kingdom is advancing! 

Here are some verses that have been encouraging to me lately! I hope they encourage you too! I love you! 

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Please pray for me during this busy season to be able to continue to rest in God. And pray for my family as I travel to have the support they need!

Praise God with me for all the opportunities that he provides and how he is advancing his kingdom!

Here's my favorite Christmas Song!



What an amazing God who came as a baby!

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 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 2 years old.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

India 2018

What an incredible trip to the land of endless spices! My heart is so full of thanksgiving for all the amazing things that God did on this trip in me and through me! India is a place of real hurt and it was incredible to see the truth of God bring hope and set people free!

I forgot a towel...but one of the fellow facilitators bailed me out, without me even having to ask and then gave me a really cool Superman body spray! Yeah, my cup overflows :). I had a great room, a luxury suite with AC and my own personal bathroom. The beds were hard but that helped me to get up early and have some very sweet times with the Lord every day. The days were very long, we didn't even eat supper until 8 pm, but God gave me all the energy I needed throughout the day. I was able to get so much done because I was up by 4 am every morning.  The long days didn't mean long nights. I often was asleep before 9 pm.

My laugh is distinct, and echoed through the four story concrete building we worked in. Many participants said it blessed and encouraged them to hear it and that they wanted to record it and make it their ring tone :). God gave me a picture earlier that morning of myself as a laughing giant bringing healing and joy and then he sent all these people to confirm this truth. Laughter is medicine :).

I heard so many tragic stories of really hurting people who have to deal with rape and abuse on a daily basis. It broke my heart to hear that women are so worthless in their culture; that beating your wife is the way you show her that you love her. It sounds crazy even typing this out. I was filled with love for these hurting people and prayed a lot for them as I heard about the very real and active caste system that dehumanizes people arbitrarily and a religion that tolerates temple prostitution. Even pastors struggle with valuing women! It was so incredible to hear the testimony of one participant who came to see his daughters as the priceless gifts that they are and repented of his disgust at having girls instead of boys. The material brought perspective and healing to his heart and he is eager to go back to his family and be a better father and husband. The truth really does set people free!

There were so many testimonies like this and after all of them I saw this picture of Jesus going up to all these devalued women and holding them in His arms and revealing to them their true worth! It brought tears to my eyes! I'm so grateful that God wins! That he is good! In the midst of all this, while my anger rages toward the stupidity and hate, his hope and love breaks through and even helps me to pray for the perpetrators who themselves are so lost and hurting.

New Dehli has a monkey issue. :). I saw packs of monkeys out the windows while I was teaching, not to mention a million pigeons and dogs. Also the forecast for most of the days I was there was smoke :).



Now the pictures :). I was so grateful to be able to tour this amazing city on my last day. New Dehli is truly full of life!

Traveling by Auto was really fun and exhilarating. Endless honking! So good! 

My wonderful desk...got so much great stuff done! 

What a view - the one second there were no pigeons out my window...miraculous. 





India gate war memorial! 

7 plus lanes on a 3 lane road... hard to capture in picture, really amazing and efficient! 


Monkey problem indeed :). 

Here at 1 stoplight we see a tractor, a horse-drawn wagon... 

Cows pulling a cart and of course cars, buses, autos, bikes and much more :)


Sunday night back with my amazing family! 

It was so fun being 10.5 hours ahead. Yeah .5 hours... weird :). I wasn't really impacted by daylight savings this year since I was flying home when the change took place - first time for everything.

While I was away, Diane was having a blast with the kids and enjoying dress up and candy receiving! I'm sad to have missed all the fun, but grateful I missed Diwali, which can be very loud during the evenings! Fire crackers were already making our facilitating difficult and Diwali hadn't even started yet. Here are some pictures of the fun I missed.






Thanks so much for your prayers while I was gone! My family did so well and that blessed me so much! Also while I was away my parents came back! It is so good to see them again. My kids are also thrilled to have the other set of grandparents back!


Now for some forgotten tales... my afternoon of Odds and Ends was really amazing. A lot of MKs showed up and God spoke to many of them! The group enjoyed some time at While Rhino (local coffee shop). I don't have this picture, but my amazing son Liam had a birthday! Go Liam! I love you my precious son and I'm so grateful for your sweet spirit and compassion! And other random pics... 

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Awesome truth! A quote in the Classroom in India. 

MKs ride the Rhino

Ethan was in Newsies! It was amazing! 

An awesome day at the zoo! 

Some great AMKs (adult missionary kids) came and helped me restore my deck! 
My life is so full! I enjoyed being back at MK last night. We did another Community Monday and Jeremy had us go around and pray for people on campus. It was a really special time! What a cool team I get to work with! Here is a picture of another one of the amazing MKs in my speaking group, sharing what God has been teaching him about perseverance. It is so cool seeing these MKs grow in their faith and ability to share it!


It reminds me of this verse in Philemon...

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May it be so with you! I also never stop thanking God for you and your concern for me and your prayers for me and my family and this incredible ministry! Thank you for your generosity and partnership in advancing the gospel all over the world. You are credited with all these good works as you have been so faithful in standing beside me! My heart is overwhelmed and full! Thank you!

Thank you God for a great trip! Please continue to set people free in India and work your healing through your faithful servants.

Well I'm here for a little less than a month and then I'm off to Colorado Springs for some more training. I'll be on the receiving end this time. I look forward to a nice period of time at home with my family and friends before I travel again!

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 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 2 years old.