Monday, April 22, 2019

The calms before the storms :)

Greetings! 

It's been awhile since I've written and if I wait any longer, too much will have transpired to keep this to a respectable length... I never know how to put all the stuff together so I'm going to try and do something a little different this time. 

Family! 

I'm growing in my ability to enjoy shopping and cooking and doing anything that I can to ease the weight on Diane's shoulders... especially while I'm in the same country. Having my girls along is an added bonus! 


It was with great sorrow that I had to take down this amazing tree in our front yard. It had a disease that couldn't be cured and would eventually have brought it down in a dangerous way. I invited the MKs over and made it a party! We had good food and fellowship and created a great memory! 

This experience taught me that knowing God is more complex than "will you heal the tree? Yes or no?" There was a beautiful process that I got to participate in because I was able to see the what and the how of what God wanted to do next. I have far too often just settled for a "yes or no" God and not embraced the wonder of the how and the what that are part of a much deeper relationship. Unlike my tree, I'm still growing :).  



My beautiful Serenity just turned 3... right after my amazing Creed turned 12. Every child except Liam was born in April or May. It has been fun celebrating my children and we are all enjoying the nicer weather! 

I don't have a picture of Creed but I do have a link to us singing to him if you are interested! 



It has been hard to see my parents go and they miss the grand kids so much... and they are missed so much. It's been nice to have Diane's parents around and my sister has done a great job of celebrating my kids. Cara, it means a lot to me how you celebrate them! 



We had such a great Easter weekend! The Easter egg hunt at church was amazing and so was the service the next day. We had a great family time just before I head out on Tuesday. So many pictures... too many to put here! Here is a link to the album if you are interested.
Easter Weekend! 

After the egg hunt we went to the zoo... by the end of Saturday we were all jelly :). It was nice to have Easter with Diane's family on Sunday and extra special to have Kelsey and Patrick in for the weekend. We all had a nice dinner together Saturday night, and then the typical festivities Sunday afternoon. 





MK! 

I really enjoyed being able to go to Philly recently for some training. I made the most of the trip and ticked some things off my bucket list as you can see. While there, I received some training in the brand new Teen Trauma Healing curriculum and I'm excited to put it to good use. The room we got trained in was spectacular. It was great to meet some new people and to learn some things that will make me better at my job! 


We enjoyed an MK hike just before a torrential downpour! It was great having my boys join; in fact, it was one of the things Creed wanted to do on his birthday and the Lord held back the rain just long enough for him to do it! 


I really enjoy having lunches with the MKs three days out of the week. It was so special that Diane could join me for one of them. I find the lunches help me to get to know the kids on a much deeper level! 


Remember these crazy guys who just got married? It was great catching up with them after their honeymoon! 



One of my great joys as a youth pastor is getting to do baptisms. I had the joy of baptizing Ben this past Sunday and if you are interested in checking that out you can follow the link. 


I also enjoyed being able to speak at Chapel recently. I recorded it and you can listen to it here if you are interested. 


We had an amazing senior dinner and Easter egg hunt with the MKs... so many good pictures... I'll share a link to those as well. I love these kids so much and will miss them tremendously when they graduate out! Hopefully we will stay in touch. It was so nice to have so many of them show up to help with my Church's outreach Easter egg hunt!



Prayer! 

I'm heading to Thailand next week! Please keep my family in your prayers and myself as I hope to bring comfort and hope to people who have lost a lot recently. Pray for wisdom and energy for me and grace to abound for Diane and my children. 

I praise God for all my kids and I delight in celebrating them as they get older. I'm so thankful for Gods work in and through my ministry! He is setting people free and it is so great to get to see it. 

I have been working with an MK for some time now who has been struggling to understand God's love for them. It has really impacted self confidence and motivation. It has been so incredible to see them coming alive recently in their understanding of God's deep love for them and to see this revelation setting them free! 

Gratitude! 

I'm so continuously grateful for you incredible supporters! I am overwhelmed by your love and made steadfast by your prayers. You seem to have an intuition for my needs and somehow provide before I even know to ask. God uses you to show me His faithfulness and kindness and I'm deeply touched by your loyalty and love for me and my family. Thank you for the sacrifices you make to give to this ministry, whether it be financially or prayerfully or through simple acts of service! God is using you to advance his kingdom! 

Random! 

I've been learning a lot about the joy of simply being with God! It's like his presence is a fire that warms me without me having to do or say anything! There is such rest and fullness in him and I hope that you are able to take some time today and just simply enjoy being with Him. Just sit somewhere nice and let your awareness of Him bring you life! 

Here is a verse that I'm clinging to as I look ahead at the business of the next couple months! May it also encourage you my dear friends! 

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Easter was fantastic! He is Risen!!!! Here is my favorite Easter song! I hope you enjoy it too!


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 9, Liam 7, Echo already in heaven, Bella 4, and Serenity 3 years old.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Oh it's Spring Baby!

So many cool things have happened! I had the joy of officiating another wedding! It was a cold day in February, but it was sunny and the wedding was beautiful!



So proud of these amazing people and so honored to officiate their wedding. Jenny grew up in Africa and Luc in the Philippines. They met in Dallas and the rest will be their beautiful love story! One highlight was watching Jenny's father (who has brain cancer) walk her down the aisle. It was a very touching moment! 


God has been leading me to help more around my house in the cooking department. I have a good friend helping me learn how to cook meals for my family and my best friend helped me cook her specialty, apple pie! It's been a great adventure! 

School lunches are becoming one of my favorite times of the week! Look at those smiles! 
 I've added more school lunches to my docket. My ministry is with and for people and it's great getting out of the office! I'm now eating with the home school crowd at the I.L.C. dinning hall. It has been fascinating hearing about peoples schedules and just getting to know them better in general.

I got a wonderful visit from these amazing supporters! So good to see the Porters! 

We got an Oscar cat from my cousin after they left for Indonesia! It's been fun having a cat again! 

This is a picture from one of my favorite MK events "Odds and Ends". I have too many things I want to share with my youth group, so about once a semester I host an afternoon of odds and ends where I share a bunch of random tid bits with them. Here we have a guest speaker talking about reaching out to Muslims. Afterwards we watch Ragamuffin. It was a great time!

Below are some pictures from Spring Break. I took the week off and enjoyed some extra time with my extra special family! Since I'm traveling so much in the coming months I figured I could take some extra time to be with them! During our morning devotions I noticed that my kids are getting better and better at hearing God speak to them. We played and laughed and snuggled and really enjoyed being together!



God provided through some generous supporters and lots of saving and through the selling of our van the opportunity to get this amazing new vehicle. Today we have had it for a week and one day! We are road trip ready now! 

I took the kids to Diane's office for Pi Day 3/14... get it :)? Any way... we enjoyed this amazing and humongous pizza and lots of pie and it was nice to get out of the house. 

The MK's went camping! It was an incredible experience, thanks to the amazing leaders and youth. Nadia did an incredible job pulling it all together! We only spent one night, but it was a meaningful time and God really did some cool things! A couple highlights were the visiting of some other campers. Two gentlemen were led to be a part of our worship time Saturday night and expressed such joy and amazement at the loving and welcoming nature of our group. It was cool to see God working through us all to share his love with his children from another flock. I was really blessed by the worship time. We spent ten minutes of silence listening to the Lord and then 50 minutes sharing what he spoke to us! We prayed for freedom, we shared and marveled and praised and we all did it together as a body! From the conversations that night a guys group formed that is already bearing good fruit! God works in overflow and I love getting splashed :).

I woke up Sunday morning at 5 am half frozen and went to pee and then get the fire going... as soon as it was a cheerful conflagration of many cold girls emerged from a nearby tent as they were drawn to its warmth. I really enjoyed our time around the fire sharing stories and marveling at the beauty of the stars. Those are the bonding moments you get when you go camping... the fellowship of suffering and the joy that comes in the fire... I mean morning!




As soon as we got back from camping, we got to go to a Gothic Skating party for one of my friends. My wife looks very nice in Gothic attire... I enjoyed smudging that dark red lipstick :). She skates and I do what I'm good at... talking with friends!


Now I've caught you up! God is good and I'm grateful! I've been meditating on this verse and learning how to live it out! 

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I want to keep myself in His love... and I'm convinced that the only way that I can love him and others is by doing so! When it matters to me that God loves me, it helps me to love the people around me with the same love that He gives... which is the only kind of love that there is and that they need. I love you all so much! Thanks for supporting and praying for me! Thanks for being a part of the ministry that is setting people free and expanding God's Kingdom! I'm overwhelmed by your friendship and kindness, you truly do show me the love of God. I was marveling today at the thought that God wants to be my friend. Wow! 

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Please Pray! 

I am very busy the next few months... 

Pray for my trip to Philly (Trauma Healing Teen Program Training)
to Thailand (serving missionaries who have gone through great difficulty) 
to Orlando (serving missionaries who have gone through great difficulty) 

For my family while I'm gone! Especially Diane who is conquering these panic attacks and dealing with a very busy time at work! 

We have to cut down some trees at my house. One in particular was planted to honor the death of my cousin. It is very sad to see it go! 

Praise! 

Diane is cured from her parasite! Her health is improving! 
The ministry is thriving! 
We have a new vehicle and cat! 

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, February 5, 2019

I love normal life!

What a great January! I am enjoying great routine, time with friends and family and MK is going so well. I was the Mission of the Month at my church for January and it was great thinking about all the cool things that God is doing in the ministry. We just finished our series on Unresolved Grief and it was so good to go through again. Here are some MK pictures from the month!

Playing Chess at our event MK's Ride the Rhino (hanging at a coffee shop)

Abby Carlton sharing what God is doing in her life (part of sharing our gifts - she is a fantastic speaker)
Playing games... last sock standing wins :)

My wife goes nuts for Ethiopian Food! So good! 

Claire (my sister-in-law) turned 12! 

Parks and Rec... it's real and not just a show... Diane went to a town hall meeting and saw all the cool stuff coming! 

Some last precious times with these folks (my cousin and her husband) before they leave for the mission field with MAF

Liam had some fun events at school... dress like a 100-yr man :). 

Serenity and her first bloody head... we all have those amazing scars, don't we? tell me your story :)
God is so good... and you know it :). Lately I feel like Jesus is winking at me and saying "Hey, come along on this amazing adventure with me" and it makes me wonder if that is how he called the disciples. This amazing man who came to give us full and abundant life and joy... what a wild and exciting and amazing God we serve!

I am so blessed by the MKs! I have such a vision for them to change the world! I see so much potential and talent in them and these last two Mondays have been so sweet. Elijah and James on the fly gave such stirring devotionals! Watching the Spirit move in this group is such a blessing! These kids are deep and I'm so grateful to get to work along side them!

Things have been stirring in Asia and I have some trips coming up as a result. I could really use prayer for wisdom and favor regarding these trips.

I also have a short training coming up to help me be an expert in Teen Trauma Healing! I'm excited to have so many chances to refine and grow my skills! May all these skills be used for God's Glory!

Please pray for my family while I'm gone on these trips! I'm so grateful for a wife who is so willing to support me on these adventures and so thankful for a community to support her and the kids while I'm gone.

Just thinking about you all makes me smile! I'm going to post a verse that we are learning in the MK group here as a prayer for you! Your love for me and my family makes my day every day! God is using you and releasing captives and bringing joy! I can't thank you enough! Your support prayerfully and financially makes all these impromptu trips possible!

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This month Diane and I are hoping to fulfill a dream we've had for awhile now in reaching out to our neighbors! Please pray for us as we look forward to inviting people into our house. May our house be a place where God's love is felt powerfully and His presence brings life, joy, and healing! 

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.






Wednesday, January 9, 2019

I'm proud to welcome 2019!

I love traveling... which is good because God allowed me to do a whole lot of it lately. What a full December! I got trained and filled up and then had a chance to pour out...and even spent a little time with family in between.

My first trip in December was to Colorado for training in debriefing. I really enjoyed getting to see some snow and make some new friends and receive further training in how to debrief families transitioning to and from the mission field. I also bought a book on learning styles and I'm excited to get better at communicating Gods truths to my amazing MKs! 

My biggest take-away was the desire to encourage families who have had to come off the field unexpectedly. I got to play the role of a Dad on the mission field during my training. It was eye opening! After our 'family' had been on the field for a short time, we were told we had to return home because we just weren't cutting it. I actually started to tear up a little bit and felt like I had let my family, the mission, and the people we were going to serve down. I was overwhelmed with sadness for all of you fathers out there who have felt or are feeling the same way. My message for all you Dads out there is that you are not a failure! Obedience to God is the measure of our success, not other people's opinions or circumstances.



Our MK Christmas party was a huge hit! So much fun! 

Creed and Liam were in the school Christmas program! 
We survived the annual Hobbit and Lord of the Rings marathon! It was well attended and so much fun! 
The college retreat was so much fun again this year! 24 of us went and it was powerful praying for one another and hearing what God is doing in peoples lives. It was a great time of community and refreshment! 
  
Duncanville High School (Diane graduated from there) made it to the Football State Championship! They lost in a heartbreaking last second Hail Mary by the other team... but it was a great game and a fun night at AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys play. 

My dad reading Holly and Ivy (a Christmas tradition) to the kids. We had a marvelous Christmas with both sets of parents! 

This year we started the tradition of sleeping under the tree as a family on Christmas Eve! 

One of the gifts from Diane's sister Kelsey and brother-in-law Patrick was geodes. It was so fun watching people break open theirs to discover what was inside. 

While I was at Urbana, Diane went to see the Zoo lights with the family! 

It was so special to be at Urbana with Lydia. She graduated last year and it was great spending this extra time with her! 

The weather has been amazing of late. I was crashed on the couch recovering from the Passion conference while Diane and the kids enjoyed a trip to the aquarium at Fair Park with some of her family.
Urbana was so much fun and humbling to speak at. If you are interested in seeing more about what this year was all about... or seeing my goofy speaker picture, then click the link! 


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Passion was also spectacular and you can also check it out! 


My favorite message! 


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God has been speaking to me about this passage recently! This question gripped me after Christine Kane spoke during the following worship session. Am I sold out for Christ? Willing to obey regardless the cost? Will I drink the cup? Answering YES helped me answer many other lingering questions as well, like what it means to fellowship in the suffering of Christ. When you live in obedience, you have fellowship with the others who are doing the same. Christ was 100% obedient and if I would fellowship with him 100% in his suffering, I must purpose to live the same. To lay down my life for the ones I love, to become the slave of all! God used this time to reawaken my belief that He can do anything! A God of Wonders! I am so pumped for this year and so eager to continue to grow and see the reality of all the dreams He has put in my heart realized. My prayers grow weak when my conception of God grows weak, when I become impatient and don't see Him doing all the things I want Him to! My God can do anything! I have fellowship with Him and my prayers are strong because I know my God is MIGHTY!

Thank you for your loving partnership throughout 2018 and thank you for your faithfulness so far in 2019! This will be the best year yet! Higher up and deeper in! I praise God for you and I love you!

I have also been deeply challenged by this verse and I ask you to pray this reality into my life!

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I want to have that great patience! To never give up, to never grow weary, to have a faith that will wait upon the Lord!

I'm grateful for some time at home! Please pray for my wife to be completely set free from panic attacks and for her health to be completely restored!

I praise God for the health and strength He has provided during this season and for all the precious times with family! I never stop praising Him for 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.