Please pray!

We were all set to leave, when a seal leak was discovered on the bus. It has to be fixed before we can leave. Would you please join us in praying that the Lord would give John the wisdom to do this in a quick amount of time? We are so grateful for you standing with us in prayer!

Update: hubcap is off, but need a bigger wrench to get to the seal. Then, we need to see if we have a seal that will work or if we need to locate a part (which Dad has been trying to do). Please keep praying: we fully trust in the LORD!

Update 2:05 p.m.: Mechanic is hopefully on his way to pull the final parts. After that, we will try the seal we have, or have to go find one. Please keep praying!

Update 2:41 p.m.: Seal is off, part found in KC. Nathan is in KC and is driving to pick it up and get it back to us. Praise the Lord! Mechanic will come back to help put it on and finish it up. Will update when we get on the road.

Sarah for the rest

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Preparing to Hit the Road!

It’s a flurry around here tonight as we prepare to leave for our conference this weekend in Ft. Smith. We are thrilled to be able to get on the road again and to share with the group coming! This will be a short trip, but then we’ll be home for about eleven days, before leaving for 5+ weeks. We would be very grateful for your prayers as we prepare and for the conference this weekend. We’ll post when we’re off tomorrow!

Sarah

Bus work!

Anna made a matching outfit for Abby at Christmas with some extra fabric she had.

“And the Lord shall guide thee continually. . .” (Isaiah 58:11).

News!!

Regularly parents ask us how their children can acquire computer vocational skills similar to those our children have learned. These parents want a way for their children to gain this same knowledge from home. Because of the number of inquires we receive, several years ago we began praying about a way to get this information into the hands of other families. Praying turned to discussion, and discussion has turned into a starting plan.

Through this blog post and survey, we are investigating whether there is enough interest for our oldest son, Nathan, to begin a mentor-guided distance-learning course to help others develop vocational computer skills. We think you would find Nathan to be an encouraging facilitator and a good role model – one that you would be happy to have your children, or maybe you yourself,  learning from.
The course that Nathan will be leading would:

1. Be reasonably priced – without the negative influences often encountered through other higher education vocational options

2. Challenge but be achievable by anyone

3. Enable others to begin a small business that:

a. Has little, if any, overhead

b. Can find clients in businesses, churches, and homes because almost everyone has a computer, and those computers have problems that need to be fixed.

c. Allows schedule flexibility
Steve and Teri

ITOR Introduction Blog Post – by Nathan

This article will share with you a direction the Lord is potentially leading me. As many of you have walked with us through life’s highs and lows, we wanted to bring you into this as soon as we could and solicit your thoughts and feedback. We have a survey below and would appreciate anything you wanted to share/post as a response to this blog entry in addition to completing the survey.

For the past 15 years, I have worked in the IT industry (IT being an acronym in the computer industry – Information Technology). Through strictly word of mouth, the Lord has brought together a consulting business for me, which is my full-time vocation. I work with small businesses; most of these organizations are not large enough to have full time IT staff members. The Lord has wonderfully directed my work. Times where I needed less work (such as a wife on bedrest) have been slow, other times much busier.

Now for the exciting news . . . We are looking at launching an IT mentor-guided, distance-learning in-depth program that I would facilitate. We will call it ITonRamp.com. Our goal is to help individuals learn computer skills, foundational and beyond, to equip them for income generation, life skills, and service!

First, who would be interested in ITonRamp? Mainly, high-school age students. But, we see potential way beyond that. For example dads seeking to make a career change, graduates desiring to add skills to their portfolio, moms wanting to understand their computers, and even single moms developing a skillset to support their families.

We are looking at offering two tracks, with a third to come in the near future. The first two tracks will focus on foundational computer skills and knowledge – based around CompTia’s A+ (an industry-accepted certification of specific IT skills). These skills account for roughly 60-70% of what I use on a day-to day-basis as a self employed, small business IT service provider.

Let me address what this course isn’t. It’s not an easy, “here’s what happens when you double-click the Microsoft Word icon” – “Here’s how to copy and paste a file “. Rather, it will be challenging, in-depth, and frankly – hard! Someone with zero computer knowledge could expect to invest up to 200 hours in learning the material. Those with a greater familiarity will require less time. The big picture is that almost anyone would benefit from a knowledge of how computers work, the ability to remove spyware/viruses, and when repair doesn’t work, the ability to reload the computer. Because most homes have small networks, being able to work with residential routers, share printers, and make sure the wireless is setup in a secure manner are skills almost every home needs.

Anyone with even a slight interest in a computer-related field would highly benefit from this training. Joseph, a skilled programmer, received his A+ certification when he was fourteen by passing both tests. It meant hours of studying, week after week, but he has benefited greatly these last seven years from this information.

Whether you’re interested in system administration, project management, information security, web design, programming, electronic forensics . . . A+ is the place to start.

We are excited! This venture has been bathed in prayer, and we eagerly look forward to your thoughts. We’re wondering if there is a market/need, if it’s financially viable for me to reduce my client workload to begin ITonRamp, and if home educators are willing to invest the time and resources needed. So many questions! We are looking to hearing back from you as we begin this venture.

Would each of you please take a minute to complete the survey for us? Titus2.com/polls/IT/

Nathan

Nathan, Melanie and the girls

“Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” Proverbs 20:11

Precious

Aunt Mary had some leftover fabric, after making herself a skirt, so she made matching outfits for Abigail and Bethany. I took some pictures of them today. What a cute trio!

Bethany already looks up to her big sister!

I know y’all are waiting for Monday morning’s post, but here’s something for you in the meantime.

May your JOY be in Jesus this week!

Sarah

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” (Psalms 139:17)

Some recent pictures?

Okay, we’re working to get more family posts up, so here’s some informal photos.

Little Bethany enjoying games with her Grandpa and Grandma.
"Grandpa, you're so much fun!"
"Oh, and Aunt Sarah has the camera! Wonderful!" We've noticed Bethany is extremely aware of cameras.
Abby loves to play with her aunts.
Melanie and Bethany
Mom and Dad
The newlyweds
Little Bethany was a cutie tonight.
Jesse and Mary
Nathan, enjoying his little girls.
Joseph, Sarah, John

“The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage” (Psalms 16:4-6).