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!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

We Will Remain Confident: We Will See the Goodness of the Lord!

The kids who come to Akina every week are such a blessing!  These past weeks we talked about how we can trust God, to heal us and take care of us.  Looking forward to another great week!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Building Each Other Up

How many students can you fit on a tiny board?  Surprisingly, quite a few.  Team building and learning about talking to Jesus at Kid's Club tonight!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Practicing Joy!

"Shout a loud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One if Israel among you!" Isaiah 12:6

Practicing fun together at Akina Kid's Club!  Heaven knows we all need it!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Super Sunday!

We had a Super Fun time bringing some kids and volunteers from Akina to Super Sunday at Emmanuel!  What a fun event, and good, inspiring messages about following Jesus and never giving up!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

God Can Heal Broken Hearts

These last few weeks at Akina Kid's Club we've been teaching from the theme "God Heals Broken Hearts."  This last week, Ms. Ginny taught about how sin causes our hearts to break.  She used an great illustration that centered around a heart shaped sponge.  One by one, students in the room were chosen to share something that would cause their heart to break, then place a dropper full of dark liquid on to the heart, which would automatically absorb the liquid.  As student shared heartbreaking words like "abuse," and "drugs" the pink heart slowly turned dark.  The message was clear: sin causes our hearts to break-whether it is our own sin, or another person's.

Then Ms. Ginny shared how Jesus came to heal our broken hearts, and save us from the painful effects of sin. Washing the sponge, she reminded the students of Psalm 147:3 which says so clearly:  'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds."  It is awesome to know that no matter how broken we are, Jesus can heal us, and turn our ugly into something beautiful when we come to him!  "You have turned my mourning into dancing.  You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy."  Psalm 30:11

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Unto us a Child is Born

Christmas always seems in my mind "the glimmer."  Maybe it is because I've been a part of several Christmas eve candle light services, or the fact that I light zillions of pine scented candles in my home during the season.  I don't know.  What I do know is that when I think of Christmas, the first thing that comes to mind is that glimmer.  That small lick of flame that the darkness threatens to eat up, but can't.  It can't because wherever the light shines, the darkness immediately dissolves.

Then, slowly, the glimmer starts to grow.  Like the dawn, you don't notice it at first, but the light is expanding.  It takes over the darkness almost secretively until it can no longer be held back.  Then the light bursts forth in all its glory!

The hope Jesus brought, started out small, in infant form. It was only a glimmer of hope, really.  But the reality of his birth would destroy the darkness for ever.  In his birth was the awesomeness that now, God was with us.  He was one of us.  And ultimately, the Creator who became like his creation, would die as the sacrifice for them.  Because he loved them.  It is very cool.

We got to share this hope with the Akina Kid's Club kids this season, and it was a blast!  We enjoyed an amazing time of candlelit Christmas caroling, and several kids were even in a drama that told the Christmas story to their peers.  The students were also blessed with cookies and amazing gifts that were given by the generous people at Grace Church in Eden Prairie.  It was amazing because the students really caught on to the goodness of God, and the fact that He was with them this Christmas season.  Their wide eyes and thankful smiles spoke volumes.

We also were able to take several of the Minogi students to the Christmas service at Emmanuel, which they really enjoyed.  How fun to see these beautiful children grow in Christ!  We are so grateful to everyone who helps out and sacrifices time and money to share the Good News of Jesus with the Native families in the Twin Cities.  Their hard work is planting seeds that God can grow!  To God be the Glory!