Friday, July 12, 2019


Hi Friends,
We were inspired by these words: In her book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Dr. Ruby K. Payne states, " For students and adults from poverty, the primary motivation for their success will be their relationships." (Pg. 105.)  She also quotes J.P Shapiro from his book, Invincible Kids, where it is stated, "Locate a resilient kid, and you'll also find a caring adult - or several-who has guided him."

Want to change the world for a kiddo growing up in generational poverty ( or anyone, really)?  Introduce them to Jesus by being their friend.  "Do life" with them in healthy and safe ways.  Attend a school or sporting event.  Invite their family over for dinner, be there for them!  Scripture is FULL of support for this kind of ministry.  (Check out Galatians 6:2, Proverbs 27:17, and Hebrews 10:24-25 for example).

We have had the amazing privilege of working with some people who practiced relational ministry this month!  For example, we partnered with the Christian Life Church's women's group in Farmington to invite Akina kids to have a fun day at their playground with crafts, face painting, books, kites, and lunch.  It was a blast, and the fun was done all in the name of Jesus!

We also partnered with a fabulous middle school missions team from Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester for an art and sports day camp.  The kids played, crafted, and made new friends at the park right in the community!  These events truly did strengthen relationships with kids and families in the community, and thus allow us to share the Gospel and disciple on

a greater level.  June was a fun month!  Thanks for your continued prayers and support!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Planting Seeds

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  It's garden season.  We like our garden because there are so many amazing lessons we can teach about God's Word and life using it.  The garden is a fantastic object lesson.  Pray for "Akina Grows" this summer as we continue to mature in our walk with Jesus!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Glory of the Cross: He is Risen!

It's Easter and FINALLY the grass is turning a muted emerald.  (Sorry.  I had to wax a bit descriptive because I just taught a mini writing lesson at Akina Minogi.  I asked the kiddos how many different ways they could say "green" to describe the spring.  They came up with some fabulous ideas.  But anyway.  I digress).
     After an amazing/brainstorming session on writing with some talented authors, we discussed the Gospel, and the story of Easter.  Ms. J, our teacher for the evening, used the Resurrection Eggs to help share the message.  The kids were very interested, and at the end, one lovely 1st grader came up and hugged Ms.J.
     With a huge smile, she said, " I love Jesus.  I know he died just for me!" Her sweet, child's heart was captured by the message of a Savior who loved her enough to give His all for her.
     The story of Easter remains the hope of the ages!  What a blessing we have to share it with the next generation!