The time has come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Drum roll please…………….

With great joy we announce that our new family ministry website is now open!!!!  33:11 Ministries has been a vision of our family for quite some time, but many details had to line up to make it just what God had planned.

 

We toiled behind the scenes to learn more about websites from our great friend Robert Staddon with Abundant Designs.  We are so grateful for all of his help, patience (we are not too tech savy) and education.  Thank you also to Keri Perry, who helped deign each of our covers. She taught us more about photos, jpegs, and images than we could imagine.  Thank you Keri for your creativity!!! We spent countless hours writing and editing and editing more.  THANK THANK THANK YOU to all of our friends and family who ate our food for the sake of “editing” recipes 🙂

Just yesterday the delivery truck pulled up and began to unload box after box after box of our newly printed Menu Planning Cook Books.  Hot off the press from Antioch Printing and the Iverson family.

Sean’s book is “in the works” and due out this summer- we are still editing it.  This has been a desire of Sean’s for a long time, to equip Dads with practical tools to help them disciple their children.  Now, it is just around the corner. So continue to keep your eyes peeled this summer for “Table Talk” by Sean. 🙂

Please feel free to pass along this post and our blog/site to anyone who would find it a blessing.

And to all of you faithful “editors” of the menu planning cookbook~~ your free updated copy is in the mail!!! 🙂 Thank you again for serving our family this way!

Click to check it out   33:11 Ministries

With Joy,

Jill (on behalf of all the Martin family)

Mission Minded Kids- part III

While we have many missionaries back home from around the world, we know the importance of teaching our children to stand firm in their faith right here in America.  Important lessons in life don’t always come from a text book, and they can be a lot of fun too.  With a little CREATIVITY and FUN you can teach your children vital truths for their future.

Recently we have had different families over for dinner on a few different nights.  Sean taught the kids a lesson on standing firm in your faith and what the shield of faith is all about.  He passed out shields to each kid, made of foam board and rope handles, and passed out soft foam balls to all the kids. It’s a simple game that ALL KIDS can play, no teams, no big rules or strategies, no big concepts to understand– just guard yourself with your shield and throw the ball at others when able. 🙂

 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN and LET YOUR SHIELD PROTECT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The pictures below are from different nights and different families, but the lesson was the same.  (Note: in one picture Sean is under “attack” from ALL the kids!!! THAT was hilarious!!! Thank you little Joshua for helping protect him with your shield!!)

Mission Minded Kids- Part II

What a great season we are in here in northern CT.  So many of our church missionaries are home for a long visits.  This is not typical, so we are trying to glean as much as possible from their life, stories, faith, wisdom and more.

We recently had Robert & Becky Cooley (their link is to the right on our blog).  They are missionaries with AIM in Lima, Peru.  Not too long ago the Cooley family was living here in CT just like everyone else.  When Robert, as an elder and father, went as a chaperone on a church mission trip.  After a few year had passed, they sold all they had and moved to Peru to build the church there.  Close to their arrival God used a huge natural disaster to open doors for their ministry.  A massive earthquake left many without homes.  The Cooley have used this trial in many lives as a wonderful opportunity for service, generosity, and showing the love of Christ to all people.

We had them over for dinner to share their story with our children.  They have come before and shared WHY they went to Peru, so this time they shared about the some of the hard trials they face in their ministry.  The struggles of helping to heal generational patterns that keep people from freedom in Christ.  They also shared about using everyday things (like STRING) to build connections with children and families.  They taught our kids about STRING FIGURES and how they use it in their ministry.  (there are many free downloads online for free tutorials on string figures to share the gospel)

Becky teaching the kids string figures.

Josiah worked hard to figure out the “Apache Door” which can be used to teach about Straight is the gate and narrow is the path principle with the importance of Decisiveness in life.

Sophie learned the “Broom” or “Crows foot” which can be inverted to a Palm Tree to teach  about Flexibility in trials

Robert showed the kids many photos of their ministry in Peru.  What the people are like and their needs. Some pictures of people who are part of THE WORLD RACE with AIM.

What a blessing to learn and grow some more, as well as build lasting friendships with friends around the world!!!