Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Update on Our Preparations!

    Hey Everyone! It has been quite a while since we have written (and with as much as I, Katelyn, can talk I know you're all surprised ;). God has been doing some excited things the last couple of weeks and opening some doors to help us be better prepared for St Kitts! Aaron got changed to 1st shift at his job (woohoo!!!!!!!). Now he works mornings and afternoons like a normal person, yay!!! Before, Aaron was working late into the evening so it really hampered us in trying to pursue some of the ministry opportunities that God was pushing us to.

    We are going to start a new small group (so if you go to FP and need a group, let us know)! God has had it on our hearts for a while. Mostly Aaron's heart, I was trying to block it out because we love our old small group so much, but God knows how to work out His plans instead of ours. We are very thankful for this new step that will allow us to grow in leadership skills and to expand the circle of our Christian church family.

  We are also going to begin serving with Celebrate Recovery at our church. Many of you know that when we get to St Kitts we will be working with people who have drug and alcohol abuse problems. Beyond our own experiences and the experiences of close loved ones, we have no "real world" experience helping people through their addictions. Even so, its where God has drawn our heart for St Kitts. We have known that we need more training to be prepared, but Aaron's odd schedule has kept us from getting involved in a ministry we can learn from. Thank God for this new shift and the opportunity to serve with addiction recovery here in Knoxville for a couple of years before we head down to the island! We can't wait to get started at Celebrate!

  The other new things for our family right are that Dean started part time preschool and Addalyn started kindergarten! Dean is attending a program at a local church, but we are HOMESCHOOLING our sweet girl! It is a crazy new adventure but I'm already having so much fun :) Homeschooling has meant a small cut back in hours for me at work as well, and I'm so grateful to be home with my children a few more hours a week!

  Things we would like you to be praying for:
1. Aaron's new hours and helping us adjust through all the changes.
2. Our new small group; that God is already drawing the right people to the group and that we can be good leaders who listen for and follow God's voice in the process.
3. Us working with Celebrate Recovery; that we will be able to learn quickly, serve effectively, love well, and to be used by God in this ministry.
4. For God's covering over our family as we enter this new season, for protection from the attacks of Satan on our marriage, our kids and our lives, and for unity, love, kindness and respect towards each other through these changes/
6. For this school year!

Thank you all for your prayers and support! We love you all!
God Bless.
Aaron, Katelyn, Addalyn and Dean Comer

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Festival of Life!

I can't believe this week has come and went. It was such a whirlwind and such a great week. God was in such control and blessed us with the perfect team, great help for our projects, and safety. We each grew so much in our relationships with each other and our relationships with God. If we were able to somehow bless the people of St Kitts with what we did, then even better! 

Part of our ministry this week was providing childcare for the kids on the mission trip/the missionary kids

We played at the pool, did art and played with the ipad as well :)

The other part of our ministry was picking up trash, installing new basketball nets, building backboards and installing them at a park in a poor community and at a school for kids with special needs. 

Our drivers/helpers Andy and Alicia, both VIP's to vet students on the island. Andy and his wife, Jillian, are the reason we became connected with St Kitts!

We hired two Kittitian men to haul our stuff to a court in Cayon and they help with the installations.

 This was the post before the installs.
 Broken wooden bleachers

 Aaron had to check out the new goal of course, lol
 The bench outside the court in Cayon, that was our goal this week, to help clean and beautify!

 Before the teams came to this school, all they had in their yard to play with were tires, but they loved them!
 Doing art in a special needs class
Sweet baby Asher

 Now the kids have swing sets, teeter-totters and a basketball goal!

In addition to our projects we had devotions every morning, group dinners at night, and the ladies got to go to a women's conference at Olivet Gospel Hall and we got to hear Sandy Macintosh speak to us and pray over us. It was a powerful evening!

A group of girls in the neighborhood who all come to church with one elderly women who has been trying to teach them the things she "wished she had known"at their ages. It made me miss my students at home!

Finally Saturday was the big event, the Festival of Life!
We had FREE food, inflatables, face painting, tiny car races, basketball games, and awesome music followed by Mike Macintosh sharing the gospel from the stage. I loved what I kept hearing Brandon Grayson say "Everything tonight is free because Jesus is free, and He freely died for us to save us."

I was running around, but I did see that when they gave the offer of free bibles a crowd rushed the stage! I'm so excited to hear about how God uses this last week to draw the Kittitians to Him and how they are able to get plugged in with the local churches who helped host the festival. 

We had a LONG trip home, and after 4 hours of delays we landed in Knoxville at 2:30am this morning (Monday). We are tired, but we are so full! We are very excited to say that God has finally revealed to us the "what"of our ministry when we get to St Kitts full time. We (mostly Aaron, as I will get to be mommy and teacher to the kids) will be starting a ministry to help people who have addictions to drugs or alcohol as well as an outreach to the gang members on the island. Our dream is to eventually have a residential facility on Nevis where we can remove the recovering individuals from the sources that are enabling them while helping them to heal and to learn to rely on God who has OVERCOME their addictions and who has set them free. The last part of the vision God has given us is that we will want to bring Kittitians alongside us and to train them so that if or when we were to leave then the ministry and center would still be sustainable. We are so excited, humbled and somewhat overwhelmed  by all that God is calling our family to. As always, we would really appreciate your prayers, specifically for the following things:

  1. That we make wise financial decisions that accelerate our ability to get out of debt and for provisions financially to do that.
  2. That we are able to make some major decisions about whether to move down through a group or independently, and how to find a group with the same type of vision that we have if that is the direction God wants us to go in.
  3. For opportunities for training in the area of our calling, and wisdom and confirmation to take those opportunities. Getting into more debt (school loans, ect) is not an option we are willing to take, plus practical experience is so much more valuable. 
  4. For our children as they know that we will be leaving home in a couple years, for peace and comfort, and for excitement about what God has called our family to.
Thank you for reading and keeping up with what we have going on!
In His Love,
The Comers