Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New people, fractured appendages, packing and more...life as a Levengood!

Matthew sporting his dinosaurs. He was amazing at the hospital!
I'm running a little behind my usual once a week post! Since we last spent time together via the blog, we've had a baby (which you saw pictures of) and went to see Jodi's family and our 2 year old fractured his leg. We now have 2 immobile children with lots of needs! In the midst of all of that, we're packing up the house and getting ready for the first of our 2 moves. We're grateful for our friends who have and who are planning to help with packing and getting out of the house. We're a little over a week away from closing and there's still plenty to do! Packing with two immobile children is a challenge to say the least. I've got to tell you though, that Jodi is a trooper! She's been incredible taking care of the boys during the day and working on the house. We're making progress, but we're grateful for your prayers!
In the midst of all of this we're also still raising support for the new work in Oxford! We'd be grateful if you'd consider partnering with us financially. Perhaps you could give a one-time gift or you'd be willing to partner with us on a monthly basis. We'd also love to partner with Churches and Sunday School/Small Groups. God has been faithful to provide about half of the support we're aiming to raise and we believe he'll provide everything we need. We'd love to have your support as you invest in the Kingdom of God, through our efforts to carry the gospel to the Northeast.
We're grateful for you friendship and partnership in the gospel. In all of this two verses keep coming to mind when I feel tired or frustrated in the midst of all that's going on.
[14] Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. [15] For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. [16] Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV)
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[14] For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, [15] from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, [16] that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, [17] so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, [18] may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, [19] and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. [20] Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, [21] to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV) 

We know God has called us, is with us and is going before us! He'll make provision. His church will endure forever and we're grateful for the church! We're thankful for Encounter Life and the many other churches and individual members of churches that are walking with us on this journey!

This week, pray for our kids, the packing that needs to be done, support that needs to be raised and that we find a place to live in Oxford soon!