Monthly Archives: August 2018
Posted by johnandellen
Ministry Update – June/July 2018
Dear friends: As many of you know from our recent letters announcing our big transition in ministry, we have had alot of changes in our lives lately! We both were working with Cru and have transitioned to a new mission called Global Service Associates. We are Bringing hope and healing through Christ to Men and their families to find FREEDOM from addiction and to THRIVE in LIFE. Specifically, Ellen is continuing as part-time Affiliate Staff with Cru and she is coaching Cru missionaries as they bring the Gospel to the nations. She is coaching others outside of Cru as well. I (John) am leading support groups for men struggling with compulsive porn use and other addictions. I am also coaching support group leaders and connecting men to groups where they can begin to find healing with other men. Below is feedback from just a few of the men in a recent support group I led through “The Conquer Series” DVDs regarding their experience:
“Through this group I have learned to be more open, honest, and vulnerable first with the Lord and then with my brothers in the group.” – Joe
“Through this group I have learned that the issues I have go well beyond pornography. I have learned that I don’t trust God with my whole heart and I try to find peace and comfort in several different things other than God…” – PJ
“This program is real and there is nothing like it. The last 8-10 weeks have been very challenging for me but one thing is certain. I see the light of Christ shining upon everyone including me…Past behaviors are gradually falling apart in my life as long as I don’t pick them back up….What is so beautiful is seeing my family begin to love me for all the pain I inflicted in their lives due to this porn addiction. – Ed
John at Pure Desire Ministry Training
“It’s so different to really just listen and be with people.”
Ellen with a few of the missionaries she has been coaching at Cru
Discipleship is a noun that can be defined as “a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher.”
We really do desire to see others not only see and meet with Jesus as a result of our intersections; but really that they would BE Jesus to others too!
What you may not know is that Ellen is in a process to become certified (by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)) as a Life Coach. Part of that means she needs class hours, 100 coaching hours, and 3 months of a mentor coaching her! Well she’s been working on those. At least half of those hours of coaching thus far have been leaders! Just yesterday.. a woman Ellen is coaching named Anita commented
“I didn’t realize how often I was asking leading questions and directing the conversations with people, guiding them where I thought they should go. It’s so different to really just listen and be with people. The conversation really moves into a different place and it’s a beautiful thing!”
She went on to say this was a direct result of her being coached by me over the last 5 months and it was awesome to hear! This leader is loving on people the way Jesus modeled: Asking questions that get at the heart and allowing people to just be where they are.. and yet spurring them on to not stay put! After coaching a few leaders for a few months, we are seeing the discipleship happening and we are hopeful and encouraged that you will hear many more stories of others modeling this “coach approach” of valuing others and listening more deeply. (just like Jesus did!) We are privileged to walk alongside others and point people to Jesus!
As an update.. Ellen has completed over half of the hours needed for certification and completed all classroom hours! In the midst of sick kids and broken kid bones this feels like a miracle!
Thank you for your prayers and support so we can help bring hope and healing through the gospel to families struggling with addiction and help them thrive in all of life in Christ!
Family Picture Update:
We celebrated Easter together in Orlando with our annual egg hunt outreach at Cru and other shots
Lots of outdoor Fun
John’s birthday in April
Maddie Mae moved up from Daisy Scouts to join Brownie Scouts!
Evie starred in a school production
At the beach with sand on faces
Noah got a new light-up toothbrush!
All ready to swim
Daddy daughters date at Krispy Kreme
Ellen and John took a 24 hour retreat to the beach without kids to do planning and visioning for the future
All dressed up Attending a NY friend’s wedding in ORLANDO!
Ellen taught Noah to swim independently (with back floatie!)
Evie learned to ride a bike without training wheels!
we celebrated Noah’s 2nd bday in NY
Celebrating John on Father’s Day in NY
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In his Grace forever,