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Time here seems to be flying by. 2018-2019 school year finished out with all the normal traditions and good-byes. Summer found us staying close to home with Charlie working summer maintenance and Alyson teaching swimming lessons. Now the summer days are turning into fall days full of brilliant foliage and many fest. School trips have occured and fall break just finished. While school life is fairly cyclic, there are a few changes this year. Charlie is now teaching engineering graphics along with industrial arts. He is also volunteering as a TNT leader for Awanas. 

As life falls into a routine it is often easy to forget the reasons why we serve here at BFA. The things that once seemed extraordinary now seem to be consumed by ordinary tasks and familiar scenery. It is good to stop and remind ourselves what God is doing here. We see his hand of provision for us and for other missionaries daily. We hear of the amazing things He is doing all around the world and how BFA is part of that story. So for this update we want to share one of those stories with you.


Sitting at their dinner table, Trey and Randi wrestled with what to do. When God called them to leave their native Texas and serve Him in Serbia in 2009, it was an easy “Here am I, send me!” answer. But if God was leading them to send their eldest son to boarding school, because that was the best option academically, socially and spiritually, that was a much harder ask.

 

Who wants to send their child away to boarding school? Well, maybe many of us at various points, but usually the feeling doesn’t last! Who wants their child to potentially feel like they have been abandoned in a strange place, not knowing anyone? Who wants to hand over the day-to-day parenting of their children to someone else, someone whom they don’t know, and doesn’t necessarily share exactly their values? Who wants to have no relationship with their children’s friends, and no real ability to help their children with peer pressure? To be unable give them a hug when they need it? Who wants to do that to their own children, whom they love so much?

 

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 (ESV).

 

For Trey and Randi, it was the hardest “not our will, but yours Lord” decision that they’d ever dealt with. However, when they took the step of faith, and left their eldest son, Connor, at Black Forest Academy for the first time in the fall of 2012, God was faithful, like He always is. They watched that 14 year old boy grow into a godly young man, shaped by the servant hearted staff of Black Forest Academy. He had opportunities far beyond what would have been available in Serbia, with leadership roles on dorm council and the student body, plus involvement in the Model United Nations conference in Basel. Connor graduated in 2016, and is now studying International Relations at Texas A&M University. Trey and Randi’s daughter Brooke is now also studying at BFA, in Grade 11, thriving, and making the most of sporting opportunities in volleyball, hopefully providing exposure and athletic scholarship opportunities down the track. Kyle, their youngest, is looking forward to beginning at BFA in the next school year. 

 

Of the impact that BFA has had on their ministry at a language/cultural center in Serbia, Randi says, “When you support BFA faculty and staff members, you are literally impacting the world with the hope of the gospel. Parents are able to stay on the field and continue serving without sacrificing their children's needs. I cannot adequately express the blessing that BFA has been and will continue to be to our family. To all who support those who serve at BFA, we are forever thankful.”

“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the Saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” Epheisians 4:11-12. We answered God’s call to serve the saints by serving their children as teachers and mentors. All of you who support us in so many ways are also serving the saints. Together we are all building up the body of Christ. Thank you!

Family Updates:

  • Sealey is doing a special grade school prep class at the German Elementary School. Pray for his confidence in speaking German to make friends. German schools are half-days (7:50-12:00).

  • Tempey is in 2nd grade. Praying for her and her friends as they learn how to be true friends.

  • The little girls are at home with mama and enjoying life.

  • We will send out more details about our home mission assignment (HMA) starting in July 2020 at the beginning of the new year.


    Praises and Prayer request:

  • Pray for healing and decisions for Charlie’s co-worker who has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma. 

  • Pray for Charlie and Clarence for wisdom and making good connections with the boys in their TNT (AWANA) group. Grades 3-6.

  • Christmas break is fast approaching, which is a time of traveling. Pray for logistics, safety, and rest. 

  • Praise we had a restful Fall break at a Missionary House a few hours away. 

  • Praise that God continues to be faithful with providing extra help for the maintenance department. 



    School Events:

  • Middle School play is happening this week and weekend.
  • Christmas Banquet on November 23 is a popular tradition.

  • Basketball season starts next week.


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