Friday, August 30, 2013

Newsletters and Prayer Needs

Hi everyone,
This is gonna be quick! Our newsletters went/are going out this week, both by email and snail mail. You should have already received the e-newsletter, but the mailed newsletter may be a few days behind. If you didn't receive one or the other and would like to please contact us by email. We want you to know all the big picture stuff going on in our lives and the ministry God has called us too and these updates are the best way for that to happen.

As for the rest of life? Well, we are busy, but hoping to squeak in a break over the long Labor Day weekend before Equip fall courses begin.

Prayer Needs:
  • Pray for us as we seek God's will for our housing situation. We are blessed to be housesitting for this year, but we are trying to be proactive in seeking out a place for our family to grow and thrive in more long term. Pray that we would be patient and full of faith through the process. 
  • Pray for this coming week at Equip. Pray that God would make clear the direction for the ministry and how He wants to grow and sustain it's work. 
  • Pray that Kyle and I would be intentional with our time and resources so that every area of our life would be a reflection of Christ. 
All righty. Have a great holiday weekend and enjoy the last lingering days of summer with someone you love.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How the Hoovers Do Vacation

Hi framily, (not a typo)

We're back in our hills and recovering somewhat slowly from our week of family vacation. It was bliss and a reminder that no matter what you are doing in life it is always good, even necessary, to take a break.

It was also just a plain ole' fun time with our extended Hoover family.

By that I mean we ate too much.

Millie got an overdose of her big Hoover cousins- one that she is still recovering from with an almost constant stream of asking for "KayKay and Bubba". We splashed in the pool, played in the sand, took afternoon naps and yes, Kyle and I even snuck a date night or two in.

Here are a few pics to document the week!

Millie with her beloved KayKay

For anyone who knows her it should come as no surprise that Millie's favorite activity was the house, by the pool, on the beach...wherever. Good thing we brought Chef Poppi along.

Like we said we are in vacation recovery mode. We are putting together our latest newsletter and should have it in the mail within the week. It feels like we have jumped back into life here with both feet and we have a very full fall ahead.

Here are a few things that you can pray for us:
  • Pray for us as we plan the next few months. They will be busy with Equip classes, a trip to Kenya for Kyle, a few conferences and the holidays. 
  • Pray for Equip as the ministry grows and changes to meet the needs of our missionaries and students.
  • Pray for Kyle and myself to be of one mind as we minister, parent and love one another.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Soggy Summer

Folks, we are soggy. Our house already sits on a spring and there is a part of the yard that is so saturated that it is impossible to mow and is slowly turning into a pond. That means that Kyle has had a heck of a time catching up on mowing the lawn after our whirlwind two week trip. It was Millie high by the time we got home and the rain just won't let up long enough to get it mowed...but I digress.

Things are good here in the hills and we are enjoying a couple weeks of normal day to day. We don't have any other big support trips on our horizon. We leave in a week or so to go on our annual Hoover beach week! And all the Hoovers said, "AMEN!"

We're working on prep for fall Equip training courses, marketing and social media (which is my new job, imagine that!), planning for some conferences we will be attending and supporting our folks already serving on the field.

Last Sunday we had the privilege of sharing in Asheville with our church there. Trinity PCA was our church when we lived in Asheville and they have been generous and supportive during our time on the field and now our time here in the U.S. They truly bless us so we were excited to share what we are now doing and encourage the body at Trinity in how they can be a part of God's global work. Thanks Trinity for always welcoming and loving our family! We are incredibly glad to be near Asheville again!

I'm also going to be hopping on board with a new online community for women. Velvet Ashes, is a heart dream in it's early stages. The idea is to create an online community for women serving overseas.

It will be a community that connects these women who face very real challenges and have very real needs with one another for encouragement. Give Velvet Ashes a "Like" on facebook to show your support if you don't mind!

That is the long and short of what is up with us this week. I think Kyle and I just feel like there is so much to be done. There are so many needs and the greatest need is that we get the Gospel to where it is going, I think it was F.H Henry who is known for saying "The Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time." Yeah, we are trying to get it there in time. Pray for us as we do this work God has called us to.

Prayer Needs:
  • Pray that we would be focused in our work.
  • Pray that the enemy would not find a stronghold to discourage us in support raising and this walk of faith.
  • Pray that we would take time to rest in this season of craziness.
  • Pray that we would be full of love, patience and compassion as we work alongside others for the same purposes.

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