Some of you have asked how my family and I are doing during the quarantine. Well, we've been together for 6 weeks. My oldest had a tonsillectomy on March 6th so our Spring Break was spent @ home. Little did we know that would only be the beginning.
Jonathan continues to work everyday @ the hospital, supporting the staff and patients. He comes home tired everyday, yet still manages to help us all make it through the evening. This opportunity for ministry leaves Tamara at home everyday to school, mother, and do her ministry as much as possible.
Each Monday @ 6am, Jonathan (center) offers prayer OVER the hospital from the helipad.
Understandably, these days are long for everyone. However, add into the mix a child with Tourette Syndrome and our days become explosive. I often say that living with a child with TS is like riding a roller coaster blindfolded - not knowing when the dips, turns, rolls, and spins will happen - and they happen regularly. One minute you're fine the next minute you're in a downward spiral - spinning out of control. Everything stops and pivots towards that child (leaving everyone else waiting until things "level off"). That's normal life... but in quarantine, the dips are deeper, the turns are sharper, the rolls are faster, and the spins are out of control. Sometimes these "rides" lasting up to 5 hours... it's exhausting. It effects us all (even the dog hides). So, you can imagine that schooling, ministry, dinner, everything can be and will be difficult. Some days it takes all I have to get out of bed. Honestly, often I do so only to feed and walk the dog. Somehow, I manage to stay up the remainder of the day.
On a bike ride, we found DIRT! (every little boys dream!)
I AM GRATEFUL FOR:
On the day our devo was about Kindness...
...we found Kindness Rocks on our ride. How fitting it THAT!?
Many are asking how BSM ministry has been during the COVID19 quarantine.
When Lonestar College - Montgomery extended Spring Break by one week, BSM was able to restructure ministry using Zoom. Since March 24th, BSM has had a steady group of core students (4-10) who are obviously fine bringing their lunch to our Zoom meetings each Tuesday and Thursday.
Here is a portion our April 16th Zoom Convo: During our time together, the conversation turned toward a discussion about why it can be hard to share personal faith with others. Student “A” shared why she struggles with feeling rejected by others, to which student “B” responded;
“So I was thinking about what you said, ‘how some people don’t want to hear the gospel or God’s Word.’ Sometimes it’s not you or God, they’re just not ready for it. But if you mention it, they could start thinking about it and then they would look it up [in the Bible] on their own. That’s how I was. I realized it didn’t matter if I had strayed away from God or if you were angry with Him. But I learned that He’s always there and you can tell him how you feel. I was scared to, you know, tell him. And worried He’d be angry with me or something. But I was angry with Him and didn’t know how to start or get back to Him & then Tamara helped me [learn to tell God how I felt and talk to Him again]… I started coming to BSM just for the FREE LUNCHES on Tuesdays. Then I started liking what we talked about and I hung around just listening and I made some great friends. And it took me a whole semester to come to our Thursday Meeting God in Scripture group.”
Since the Fall ’19, Student “B” attends a local church on a regular basis. Student “B” also said, “One of the things I do is I take notes during church and @ all our BSM [Zoom] meetings about what we talk about. Then I go to my mom and my husband [who only speak Spanish] and then I talk to them about what we’ve talk. We read the Bible in Spanish together and talk more about it and learn more together.”
BSM Spring 2020 semester officially ends April 30th. However, the students are excited about our plans to continue together with a SUMMER BOOK CLUB. Summer activities are new for BSM Montgomery as students are usually overly busy… who knows, maybe it’ll catch on.
God is still on the move in the lives of local college students. Continue to pray that the lives of our students will be transformed.
Since the conception of BSM Montgomery, one of my PRAYERS has been for "wisdom to creatively engage students within the context of this campus culture."
Today, as I walked across campus, I looked up & saw a new banner that read, "This is our Culture." I noticed a BSM student pictured in the photo and THEN I noticed the BSM banner in the background of the pic. What an answer to prayer! I ❤ that BSM is part of the CULTURE of Lonestar!
is a Texas Baptist Missionary, raising 100% of her salary to serve on the college campuses in Montgomery County, Texas. She holds a Master of Divinity & has been in college ministry since 1996.