Ministry Financial Needs:
- We need a new or low-mileage automobile. We all know how much that could cost! Our ministry requires us to be on the road alot. Our "new" car has been good to us, but at 160,000 miles it has begun to develop a few expensive repair problems!
- We are still short in our personal support fund about $1500 per month. We hope to set aside time this summer to be able to raise these necessary funds. We are looking for people who believe in us and what we bring, who are willing to help us towards reaching this goal this summer.
Precious and I love being in KC and know God is up to something we want to be a part of here. We are so grateful for support partners who believe in what we are doing. Please consider how you might be a part of sustaining the ongoing ministry of Emma House in KC.
How to give to Emmanuel House:
We would love to have you join our Emma House ministry team. We still take checks that can be sent to: Emmanuel House, PO Box 4559, Overland Park, KS 66204.
We are working on adding the ability to give through credit or debit card on this site. We hope to have it up and running sometime in mid-June. Please check back, or look for an announcement in your in-box.
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News from Liam and Precious
After a cold late spring, the summer months have finally arrived. Precious and I (Liam) have now been in Kansas City for one year, and as we look back on the previous months and forward to what lies ahead we realize just how far God has brought us.
We have completed one year in KC!
When we moved to Kansas City we became more aware of our own need to replenish our souls. As you know our home was pretty much open five (or more) days a week for Emmanuel House. Yes, we have to confess we overextended our human capacities at times (glad that God was not all that impressed). This has been a year of remembering once again what we firmly believe as we train others. God is first interested in who we are before what we do. To be honest with you, we see that is more easily said than done. We often became eager to do and let God work through us. This has been a season of God working in us. In some ways it has been a difficult year as we have had to look at our own impatience and fears of the future. I (Precious) have taken time to get the needed physical therapy and treatment from my accident injuries. I am feeling the best I have in years. I still am doing therapy everyday and it has helped me tremendously in all areas of my life.
Losses and Joys:
We have also had some losses this year that have greatly impacted our lives. Liams father, as you know, went to be with the Lord last August. Our son and his wife separated and in January became divorced. This has been a very significant grief and loss for us. We are grandparents and miss the relationship we had with Jovie. It is certainly different and now we have to adjust to the change and what it means for all of us. We are certainly reminded that in God's realm there will be no separation and the ache is deep as we have experienced what God never intended. On the other end of the spectrum, our daughter, Hope, is going to get married later this summer. It has been wonderful to see how God has brought her fiancee, Jake, into our lives and we are thrilled to have him join our family. We are in the wedding-planning phase with all of its attendant joys and stresses.
We knew the first year would be one in which we had to establish new contacts in the Kansas City area and so we have spent a great deal of time meeting with pastors and ministry leaders just to let them know we were here and want to be of help. We have begun to meet one-on-one for spiritual direction with new folks here in Kansas City. This summer we will also spend one day a month in Manhattan meeting folks for spiritual direction.
We have a renewed energy for individual spiritual mentoring and discipleship. We think it makes a difference. Much of our direction for people centers around the freedom provided by the Good News of what God has done for us in Christ, and how we do not have to earn an approval from God that is already ours. For example, one of the pastors I (Liam) regularly meet with told me that he had really gotten to the point where he was angry with God for requiring so much of him as a pastor. As a result tensions ran high in his church and relationships were frayed. When I talked to him about how the Gospel message meant that he could not make God love him any more or any less, he told me that, though he knew what I was saying was biblical, he admitted that he lived in Grace when he first came to Christ, but after that he lived as if one had to "work your tail off." God permitted me to share with this pastor that, because of what Christ did for us the pressure is off. I anticipate witnessing his renewed passion for who God wants him to be and the impact that brings relationally.
Recently, Liam led a pastoral staff retreat for a church, Precious traveled to Nebraska to speak at a women's function, and both of us were workshop speakers at the Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals (ACMI) North American conference. Both of us spoke on the importance of the Gospel message to emotional health. What a privilege we have to bring who we are in the context of various communities of faith. What a joy it is to see what God is up to in the lives of others.
It does not look like we will be having as large a group of folks in our home this fall like we have had in past years. We are committed to being part of training and guiding people who want to grow in their faith. Right now the context of this looks like retreats, seminars, speaking opportunities, individual spiritual direction and writing. We are no longer in a college community and we realized when we moved here that this element of Emmanuel House will be slower to develop. So, we feel we are on the cusp of something great and new that God is up to in our lives. At the same time, we want to assure our alumni that we are still committed to carry on the Emmanuel House model.
We are so grateful to those of you who believe in who we are and what we bring. Your faithful support to us is such a blessing. You enable us to offer what we believe is so important as a resource for churches and individuals who want to grow in their faith. Part of the missional aspect of Emmanuel House is my (Precious) ministry at the nursing home. This forgotten people group so need to be seen, loved and enjoyed. They remind me of what is important, simple acts of kindness. Thank you.
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