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an update on our lives

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  • 1This update is for you who, we have found, really care for us. Some of you we may have met once, others, we have known our entire lifetime. We understand that we could just as easily use facebook, twitter, or email to write you individually. However, we want to offer a more personal touch in updating you about how our lives together, by the will of God, are progressing.

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    CHANGING OF SEASONS

    can hardly believe how quickly the last two months have gone by

    since we spoke with you all last. Before my eyes, the trees here in Lincoln have begun to change, and the crisp cool air has settled in as a permanent guest to our nights and

    mornings.

    " While Jiryis introduced you to our newsletter, back in September, I sat busy writing my final thesis for my graduate program at Lincoln Christian

    University. The thought of writing the November issue of our newsletter seemed like a distant thought. I said to myself Ill deal with it when it gets here. Well! here we are I forgot how

    quickly time goes. As an update, for all who may be wondering, my thesis is complete! In the next weeks, I will sit before my 1st and 2nd readers, as they

    critique my work, and discern the extent of what I have learned over

    these last five months on the topic of intercultural communication.

    " I can hardly believe that my time in graduate school is now done, something that I thought would never

    come. The last 4.5 years have been intense. A bachelors, a TESOL certificate, and a masters of arts degree. Phew! I have blessed and have enjoyed every second of my learning.

    " Whats next you ask...rest...well much as I am capable of resting. I plan on getting caught up on books Ive been wanting to read, and enjoying some needed free time.

    The next journey awaits us....

    " " " ! Amanda

    Nov. 19-22

    The

    National

    Missionary

    Conventionis happening

    in Peoria,

    Illinois this

    year! This

    will be Amandas 5th year attending the

    convention, and Jiryis 3rd year. The

    three days at the convention provide

    amazing connections for global ministry,

    as well as provide a great gathering

    place for many of our friends from

    around the world! Please pray that our

    time there is used wisely and is a

    blessing and encouragement to us!

    Nov. 26

    Shaheen

    Community

    ThanksgivingThis year Jiryis

    and I are

    opening are

    home to any

    and all looking

    to celebrate

    thanksgiving with family...they can join

    ours. All are invited to join us for our

    Thanksgiving meal at 4p.m. on

    Thanksgiving day! RSVP to Jiryis or

    Amanda if you would like to come, and

    bring friends and family.

    [email protected] or

    [email protected]

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    Please pray for our

    upcom ing events .

    Upcoming Eve

    nts

    CHANGING OF SEASONS

    can hardly believe how quickly the last two months have gone by

    since we spoke with you all last. Before my eyes, the trees here in Lincoln have begun to change, and the crisp cool air has settled in as a permanent guest to our nights and

    mornings.

    " While Jiryis introduced you to our newsletter, back in September, I sat busy writing my final thesis for my graduate program at Lincoln Christian

    University. The thought of writing the November issue of our newsletter seemed like a distant thought. I said to myself Ill deal with it when it gets here. Well! here we are I forgot how

    quickly time goes. As an update, for all who may be wondering, my thesis is complete! In the next weeks, I will sit before my 1st and 2nd readers, as they

    critique my work, and discern the extent of what I have learned over

    these last five months on the topic of intercultural communication.

    " I can hardly believe that my time in graduate school is now done, something that I thought would never

    come. The last 4.5 years have been intense. A bachelors, a TESOL certificate, and a masters of arts degree. Phew! I have blessed and have enjoyed every second of my learning.

    " Whats next you ask...rest...well much as I am capable of resting. I plan on getting caught up on books Ive been wanting to read, and enjoying some needed free time.

    The next journey awaits us....

    " " " ! Amanda

    Nov. 19-22

    The

    National

    Missionary

    Conventionis happening

    in Peoria,

    Illinois this

    year! This

    will be Amandas 5th year attending the

    convention, and Jiryis 3rd year. The

    three days at the convention provide

    amazing connections for global ministry,

    as well as provide a great gathering

    place for many of our friends from

    around the world! Please pray that our

    time there is used wisely and is a

    blessing and encouragement to us!

    Nov. 26

    Shaheen

    Community

    ThanksgivingThis year Jiryis

    and I are

    opening are

    home to any

    and all looking

    to celebrate

    thanksgiving with family...they can join

    ours. All are invited to join us for our

    Thanksgiving meal at 4p.m. on

    Thanksgiving day! RSVP to Jiryis or

    Amanda if you would like to come, and

    bring friends and family.

    [email protected] or

    [email protected]

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    The Seasons are Changing.... Picture Above:Jiryis and I withMeredith Andrews andMatt Maher.

    Jiryis and I had the wonderful opportunity to run the merchandise table for the Michael W. Smith/Meredith Andrews/Matt Maher/Phil Stacey concert in October.

    We were able to meet some great folks, and even loose track of time sitting in the merchandise trailer with Eric Brown, merchandise leader for the tour, discussing Christianity in the modern world, and his desire to be a missionary in India. It was awesome to hear about his passion and vision to do full-time missions in India with

  • 2The Lord has a funny way of teaching us things. I dont know how many times I have heard this cliche saying and just shrugged it off. However, now, I am learning that the Lord most often teaches us in the way that we prefer NOT to be taught. Does he make it hard on purpose....absolutely.

    You see, there have been many days in the four months, that I have found myself in a place I dont want to be in; that is, working full-time at Starbucks. I am learning that in the routine activities of flinging coffee there are actually opportunities of ministry unfolding before my very eyes. Its sometimes hard to see it, and most days that is no ones fault but my own. My lenses of compassion, sensitivity, and joy get blurred by bitterness, frustration, and fatigue Then I have to take a minute, clean those lenses off, and focus on seeing clearly.

    I get to see clearly a woman by the name of Maggie. In her fifties, she is always fashionably dressed, even in a sweatsuit, and never fails to order a Grande Black Iced Coffee. I met Maggie one of my first weeks at Starbucks. My lenses were clear that day. All I did was ask her how she was. She chuckled. Ha. Do you really want to know...or are you just saying that? I smiled. I really want to know. She paused and looked up at me...a bit befuddled at my seriousness, after all I was just a Starbucks barista. Maggie got a bit choked up, and began to tell me of her ailing mother, and the stresses of dealing with family during this time. At the end, she chuckled. Bet you wish you never asked, huh? Again, I smiled. I wouldnt have asked if I didnt really want to know. She looked at me intently and said, Somehow, I truly believe that. Maggie now knows me by name, and I always have her drink ready before she even makes it to the counter. She lets me know how her day is going, whats bugging her, and whats on her mind...all in the three minutes while Im ringing her up. Take those three minutes a day and multiply that by four months, and I am slowly beginning to piece together a portrait of Maggies life. Just like yours and mine...it is a broken life...but with one thing missing, Jesus. I have found what puts broken lives back together, but Maggie hasnt.

    I never knew that in the three minutes it takes me to make and ring- up a Grande Iced Black Coffee, that I could get to know someone in such need of Jesus.

    Please pray that I use my three minutes wisely, and make every three minutes count...after all...thats all Jesus might need.

    Starbucks wants to be that third place!a gathering place!away from home and work.

    re you kidding me, Lord. These are the words that I

    often find myself shouting to God as I drive to and from my current full!time work as a Starbucks Barista in Bloomington, IL. With the current state of our economy, the full!time