February 2021
 Serving missionary students needing academic support at the
Black Forest Academy.
 
Thank you so much for faithfully praying and financially partnering with me.  You are making a difference with God’s love!
Evening and morning snow around the Black Forest Academy
Worship 
Come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our God our Maker. Psalm 95:6For about the past twelve years I have written out my goals for the next year around December 31st.  What began with a simple list grew into a word for each area of my life, then a verse, and now a prayer.  Over the last three years, it has become more of a time to realign myself every month and see it as a devotional where God is the center of it all.

In my last newsletter, I focused on perspective and wrote about the year 2020: The bigger perspective when I looked with 20/20 vision was witnessing God’s blessings during difficult circumstances.

Using this perspective, my desire is to minimize (amount of stuff, tasks, etc.) since I am in the process of dealing with many things in preparation to leave for Germany and to start new.  I considered the word minimize.

That would have been the perfect word, but I wanted to go deeper.  God did too.  Right before finalizing all my goal sheets for each area, He whispered “worship”.  Instantly, I felt excited and could not wait to see what and how that would come to fruition.  I never would have thought of that word, but He knew what I needed.  Instead, I am using my 20/20 vision towards what really matters to prepare me for my next journey- the Black Forest Academy and beyond.  Therefore, all I want is to be closer to Jesus and worship Him in everything I do with all my heart, soul, and mind.  That is my simple goal.
“Now to Him who is able to do abundantly beyond all that we ask or think…” Ephesians 3:20
NewnessWith the start of the new year is newness.  With freshly fallen snow ignites the feeling of warmth and happiness in a wonderland.  This overwhelming reverence, awe, and wonder was also experienced at Christ’s birth and one we remember each December.  When we worship God we can do so in the same manner- awe, reverence, and wonder.  As we encounter the newness He brings to us, also comes warmth and happiness that only He can provide. 
Around Kandern- snow and Christmas
To enjoy some time in the snow, dorm students had snowman competitions, snow relays, and snowball dodgeball. 
Christmas
Black Forest Academy (BFA) is now back in session.  Once back to school, students began their ten-day quarantine and online learning Monday, January 18.  Amazingly there are over 40 countries represented and their parents serve with 68 different organizations in places such as Europe, Africa, and Asia. 

112 boarding students went to be their families over Christmas break.  Prior to going to pick students up at train stations and airports, BFA prayed and God protected our students.  God answered many specific prayers and gave peace to students and parents for the journey back.  All the students made it back to Kandern safely and with no challenges.  

You are making a difference not only at BFA but for missionaries all over the world as you help equip their child for a great education. 

Protection
Germany has ordered that schools will be virtual until February 15th.  The BFA community prayed for the dorm students to be allowed on campus for their online classes.  Their prayers were answered and recently dorm students started their new routine.  Each dorm is separated and in a certain section of the school, such as the library.  This is in compliance with the German health regulations.

BFA is praying for COVID case numbers to be low enough to allow them to transition from virtual learning to in-person classes.  The BFA community is continuing to pray for our school administrators as they finalize plans and work hard to keep within the German government’s compliance.
Grateful for God’s creation and protection over the campus and town of Kandern
Praises
I am 50% monthly funded and so grateful for each of you!
-Faithful prayer warriors that continue to intercede for me and the ministry
-Students made it safely back to Kandern after Christmas break
-Being able to virtually connect with family, friends, colleagues, and a Bible study group that encourages me
 
Prayers
-God would continue to lead me to people who want to join my team to see students’ lives changed
-My health has been good and praying it remains that way 
-BFA students needing academic support will be able to process, concentrate, and feel successful during this time of virtual learning and in-person classes.
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Fun Facts- February 15 is Shrove Monday, a Christian observance that happens the Monday before Ash Wednesday where people dress-up in costumes and have parades and parties.
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