04 2013 Newsletter



Issue #1

Family News

April 2013

Catch that Winning Smile
Hunter Abrams DOB 11/19/1996

Hunter is our first born, old soul of a child. Since he was a little boy, he’s always fought for the underdog. I’ll never forget his first week of third grade, he was getting ready for school and was stuffing Lego men in his pockets. I immediately told him to stop, that he would most likely get in trouble for taking toys to school. (We were new to town and I wasn’t sure what was acceptable.) “But, Mommy, Trenton can’t play tether ball with everyone else so we need Legos for recess time.” Trenton was in Hunter’s class and he had muscular dystrophy. Hunter wasn’t content to run all over with Trenton reading under a tree; he was going to take the action to Trenton, and that’s just what he did. Hunter will turn 17 in November and not much has changed in the past 10 years. Hunter went on his first mission trip in March 2012 during spring break. Mitch wanted Hunter to experience what had set his own heart ablaze and was hopeful Hunter would have the same reaction. You could say that... By weeks end, Hunter was ready to move to Haiti and never return. When given the choice between “Bible and Beach” with his

youth group or another trip to Haiti in July (when it’s only 110 in the shade), he didn’t even have to think about it. In fact, when Hunter took that second trip in July 2012, he ended up sharing the purpose of his trip with the gentleman sitting beside him on the first flight. By the time the plane landed, the gentleman had given Hunter $100 for the orphanage where the team would stay. We jokingly say that full time missions was Hunter’s passion before it was ever ours, but it’s really no laughing matter. From the first time he was on the island, he was completely at home. As we prepare to leave for the Dominican Republic in June, Hunter has been engaging in some preparations of his own. He’s been reading Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot and recently decided he needed to take some of Jim’s advice by switching to a vegetarian diet. He says he needs to be physically ready for Kingdom service. We are proud to serve alongside this fine young man who has already made quite an impact for the Kingdom. To God Alone be the Glory!

Raffles were held throughout the afternoon. Prizes included free sandwich coupons from Chik-fil-A, a quilt from Campus Quilts, and a ladies watch (just in time for Mother’s Day!). There was also a sign-up sheet for families who would be interested in a 2014 summer mission trip with G.O. By the time our session ended, we had some sweaty kiddos smiling ear to ear. Our school family is second to none!! Thank you to all who participated. Courtney and Lillie took charge of all the logistics, Hunter organized some teacher and student races, and Holly made chocolate chip cookie bars to be raffled off. CAN’T YOU JUST HEAR TOBYMAC?
This photo was taken by a parent during the afternoon. We estimate over 100 parents and students came out and skated like crazy!!


Skate Away
Spring Send-off @ Champs
Courtney and her daughter Lillie Dobbs had the great idea of a school wide skating party not only as a send-off for our family, but also to promote our Kroger Card Partnership program. Kroger shoppers can donate 4% of their groceries, gas, and medicine simply by using a pre-paid gift card loaded with funds at the customer service counter. It’s so very easy but we needed to get the word out…enter Courtney and Lillie. Wow, what an afternoon!! The turnout was fantastic, we were very blessed by so many parents who took time out of their Monday to allow their kids to burn off some energy and a great time was had by all.

Save the Date! May 18, 2013
What: Housewares Swap Where: TBD, Louisville, KY When: 2-5pm How much: $20 tax deductible donation made payable to G.O. Ministries Housewares Swap: Bring 3-4 gently used housewares items that you no longer want or need (lamps, throws, candles, wreaths, flower arrangements, etc) Personal Accessories Swap: Bring 3-4 gently used personal accessories you no longer want or need (jewelry, scarves, purses, etc) Silent Auction: Bid on a variety of donated items

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