Monday, April 29, 2013

Our Thermometers Need Your Help!!!

Have you ever wanted to be apart of something really big? Not sure how you can use your talents or possessions for the Lord? Maybe, your pocketbook is empty but you desire to share with what you have for God!! Why not offer a service that you can provide that will be sure to bless you and others in the process.

Do you sing or play an about giving lessons. Are you great with kids and love to interact with about a childcare service. Does your cottage or a boat need to be utilized a bit more these days? Provide an relaxing afternoon at your cottage with boat ride or fishing opportunities. These are just an example of simple ways to not only share that blessing with others, but an awesome way to be a part of what God is doing in Kenya Africa.

Its a win/win situation for all. You will be blessed for sharing , they will be blessed by contributing and God's work will be furthered in His Kingdom and for His glory.

Please email Mike Waldrop: with your ideas of service or items you wish to donate to the Living Hope Church Missions Banquet and Auction.

Any monetary donations can be made out to:
Living Hope Church (with a note attached:  For Missions Banquet/Auction).
and mailed directly to the church @ 1840 W Mason Street Green Bay WI 54303

A Donation receipt will be sent to you for your gift.


"All Grace Floor Cleaning and Restoration" - owned and operated by Mike and Shawnna Pyrchalla, has graciously and generously pledged to donate a portion of their revenue towards our missions fundraising for the month of May. Anyone who calls them and sets up a cleaning in the month of MAY will not only get awesome service, clean floors, but will also be contributing to our ministry set-up in Kenya Africa! So, call them today - 920 544 9187


Wednesday, April 24, 2013


1840 W Mason St
Green Bay WI 54303
6:00 pm

Join us for a Fun filled night, served up with great Food and Fellowship!!!
Hear about what God is doing in Kenya from a guest missionary speaker. All proceeds from the evening go to in support of our Family as we head to Kenya, Africa this August 2013.

Tickets need to be purchased in advance 
and can be bought through Living Hope Church (920 497 8022)
Cost of tickets are:  
$25 per person or $40 per couple or $150 for a table of 8

Evening's Menu
Coffee, Tea
Homemade Bread
Rib Eye Seasoned Steak
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Light Dessert

PS - The Missions Committee is still in need of quality auction donation items and/or monetary gifts to offset the cost of the evening.  

If you wish to donate monetary gifts - contact Living Hope Church @ 920 497 8022.  
If you wish to donate an auction item - contact Mike Waldrop @ 920 660 1163

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

More Later!

....its been a crazy busy, two weeks here in the Kelly household.   My brain is congested with details, information and mental lists upon lists on the brainwaves, the piles in the head are just as big as the piles of laundry that keeps accumulating or the piles of rummage sale items gathered and collected for this weekend's family rummage sale.  

Oh, and not to mention, life still takes place in the midst of it all and trying to keep that as normal as possible for our families sake.  There's track practice, meets (hopefully soon), play practice, dr appointments, eye appointments, physicals, dentist and orthodontist appointments, haircuts, prom shopping, drivers ed (yikes...we now have two teenagers on the road), spring band concerts, birthday parties and sleepovers, graduation for our first born (when did that happen????), fundraising events (the concert was great - by the way.  Thank you for all who came out in support and for all who put all the work into making it a success   -  BTW CHECK out the thermometer...its starting to move   :)

Oh, and in amongst all that stuff.....still sorting, packing, throwing out...sorting, packing, throwing out.....ok...I think you got the picture.

We don't have much to post this week.   However, we do appreciate all of you who are praying for us daily, for the words/notes of encouragement, the hugs.  Just knowing that in the midst of the crazy busyness, His grace is sufficient for all our needs.

A few prayer requests we ask you to keep before you:

**Continued clarity as we make up to the last minute decisions and finalize other important details.

**Continued peace, joy and rest in Him as we get closer and closer to our departure date

**For all the details to be covered, nothing missed or forgotten

**Continued flow and increase of monthly support and set up funds to come in

**the sale of items we must get rid of before we go.   (Van, furniture, miscellaneous household items, etc..)

**We have found a home for our dog, Patch.  Please pray for our family as we say goodbye to our beloved pet.

**Transitions, saying goodbyes to loved ones....hard to imagine...we would ever have to say goodbye to all we hold dear and familiar to us!

Thank you, We love and appreciate you!  Blessings

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

This weekend - A family friendly night of entertainment

Saturday, April 13th

A Concert for the WHOLE family
(You’ll not want to miss this! )  

Singer/songwriter Peder Eide is coming to
Living Hope Church, 1840 W Mason Street, Green Bay WI
A Missions Benefit Concert

Saturday, APRIL 13th
Doors open at 6:30, Concert starts at 7:00
Tickets cost:  $5.00 at the door

Our good friend Peder, has graciously offered to give a concert on our behalf to help us in our efforts to raise support and start up funds for what God has called our family to do, to go to Kenya, Africa.

"For nearly 1/3 of his life he has led Christ-centered praise and worship for youth conferences, festivals, camps, churches and any other venues students and their families have gathered. His passion filled and creative approach to helping his audience "draw closer to God and closer together" through worship and experience been called "refreshing" and "heartfelt". It's more than just being a great musician or speaker. For Peder it's about being an effective communicator"

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Bag!!

Do you remember the story about Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath? Elijah was directed, by God, to this widow who would provide food for him. When he arrived and asked her for something to eat, the Widow said" I don't have so much as a biscuit. Only a handful of flour and a little oil in a bottle; you found me scratching together just enough firewood to make a last meal for my son and me. After we eat it, we'll die."  

Then, Elijah gave her some very peculiar advice. He told her not to "worry about a thing. But to go ahead make him a small biscuit and then to make a meal for her and her son." She must have thought him crazy to suggest such a thing, especially that she was sure they would die, because it was all she had.  Whatever she must have thought of him, and whether she doubted or believed in his reasoning, she knew one thing He was a man of God. She chose to obey his instructions and put her faith and trust in God’s provision.

I think the great part about this story is seeing how God worked it out.  God is so unique.  So many times we try to figure out how God is going to provide. We may even “tell” God how he should provide for our needs or to inform Him of our circumstances.  Forgetting that He is already knows what our circumstance is and is not intimidated by them. He does not want us to have this set formula, that we think we know how He is going to work out miracles in our lives.

I can think of one example that we have seen of God’s miracle producing ways.  It's an ordinary, brown, leather messenger bag. This particular bag has been with us for the past 17 years.  We bought it for the very first missions trip back in 1996. Tim used this bag to carry the important and valuable things for each trip.  Mainly passports, airline tickets and the funds for the team.  His bag has been known as “The Bag” which has carried more money than any of us really cared to know.  And those who did know about it or were given the dreaded instructions: "Guard this bag with your life", left many of us trembling in our shoes at the huge weight of responsibility with watching “The Bag “!!  It was the bag to avoid by most of us...right, Nancy!!??!!   :)

Bob Wigman guarding "The Bag" (2007 Kenya Team)

What’s amazing about that bag, is that in many ways, it was just like the jug of olive oil that the Widow of Zarephath had.  Every missions trip, “The Bag” carried just enough funds for the trip.  Sometimes, we weren't sure if we even had enough. The miracle is that at the end of each and every trip, God proved over and over to us how great He is, because that bag never seemed to run out of funds. In fact, when we thought we would barely have enough, the funds just seemed to multiply over and over again. We almost always ended up with several thousand dollars left over!  How is that possible??   GOD!!   
The point to this story, is that we, as a family, are faced with the decision if we will choose to believe and trust God with a miracle in regards to the funds we have to raise.  In our mind, it seems much like the widow impossible, insurmountable obstacle.  Yet, we have heard God’s voice calling us to GO and to trust in His great power. Yet, we are also human and question whether He will come through for us.  How can he possibly provide these huge amounts.  Doesn’t He realize how much money we have to raise?

Have we been tempted to put our existing funds and trust in that “miracle bag”?  Yes, we have toyed with the idea.  However, “The Bag” does not contain miraculous powers, nor should we expect it to. "Some trust in chariots and some in horses (or brown bags :), but we trust in the LORD our God." Psalm 20:7

We will continue to put our trust in Him, the one who is the great “I AM”. We will put our trust in God who will SUPPLY ALL OUR NEEDS!! Thank you, “The Bag” for reminding us, time and time again, of the faithfulness of our God!!!