Kevin’s Feet

If you know us personally, me and Kevin that is, you know I did NOT marry Kevin for his feet. They are always dry and cracking, and the toenail… if you can call it that. Ew!  But, to me, his feet are most beautiful.

His beautiful feet voraciously pound the pavement in Hancock County for Jesus – to share the gospel and to BE to gospel to this community.  His beautiful feet march boldly at the campus of Bowling Green State University giving life and hope to the next generation.  His beautiful feet canvas Ohio partnering with other church planters working together to grow God’s kingdom.  His feet have galloped with the youth and taken him overseas to reach any in his path.

Yeah.  I love Kevin’s feet.  His feet are a reflection of his heart, passion and obedience.  He has always been one to put ‘feet’ to his prayers.

And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15

Passion 2011 Recap – JESUS! – (and my one word)

Ay!  I ended 2010 tired exhausted – on all fronts; physically, emotionally, spiritually… It was like November and December came through, sucked me into a Hoover Wind Tunnel Vacuum Cleaner and spit me out.  Hello New Year’s Eve.  There were many reasons for feeling that way, some within my control, some not within my control… And to say Passion 2011 came a good time would be to minimize all our Sovereign, Loving, Wonderful God did in this time.

I wasn’t supposed to go.  Childcare wasn’t working out.  There weren’t enough tickets. Then it did.  Then there were.  I didn’t realize how sad I was about not going with Kev and CrossWalk to Passion until I found out that I got to go!  GLORY!

I could probably do a blog series on each message we heard and what God was/is doing in addition to what He did through Passion, but I’m going to give you a quick one-two liner from each message of how God spoke/is speaking to me.

Louie G.

When you say YES to God, you say NO to a whole bunch of other things.

Circumstances do not hinder God.

Beth M.

Renew your mind. Eliminate distractions. Be still.

David P.

Hello David Platt.  Nice to meet you… NOT! (JK – I’m going to read your book)

Pray for Jesus to be enough.

Francis C.

Phil 1: 27 Let your manner of life be worthy if the gospel of Christ.

Our lives should match what we believe (and mine doesn’t… on many fronts)
Andy S.
Control your appetites so they don’t control you.
Reframe/Refrain when something entices your appetite… doing so could change the future…
Francis C. (breakout)
Biggest change the church needs, each individual start making disciples.
Love one another.
Pray for and love each other and make disciples.
John P.
Do you feel more loved by God bc He makes much of you? Or when He frees you to enjoy making much of Him forever…
GOD DOES MAKE MUCH OF US…
-> FOR HIS GLORY… to love Him, serve Him, please Him
After we peel back the layers of our motives, like an onion, only then can we see what lies at the bottom, us or God?
Louie G.
Carry the name of Jesus wherever we go.  We’re going to carry a name; Taylor Swift, Apple, Aeropostale, Angry Birds, Francis Chan…  What name do you want to carry – Carry JESUS!!
All that to say, maybe you’ve heard of the OneWord thang… I wasn’t really planning on doing a OneWord… ’til I got One :).  I can see this word in each of the messages above.  I can see my dire need for this word in 2011.  So, here goes… my OneWord for 2011 is….

Simplify.

Lord, Help me.

Christmas Letter and New Year’s Rez…

Ok – so when we were new in ministry (Youth Pastor/Missionary years) we did NOT have the money for paper, let alone stamps for Christmas Cards. So I got out of the habit of sending them… I LOVE receiving Christmas Cards, Family Letters and Photo Cards etc, but haven’t sent any out for the last 5-6 years or so.  Today, that all changes :).  I’m going to do a cyber-letter today (a lil’ late ~ better late than never) but have decided this is my New Year’s Resolution: 1) Get family pictures taken in 2011 and 2) Send Christmas cards in 2011.

So here goes… a Grubinski Christmas Letter:

Hello family and friends,

Hope 2010 was a blessing in your journey!  The Grubbies, well at least Kevin and Kendra, are starting and ending 2010 the same way – attending the PASSION conference with our BGSU Crosswalk students.  It’s an amazing conference with some amazing students, some amazing speakers, some amazing worship and our Amazing God!  We are so blessed to be able to serve Jesus at BGSU with these students.  Kevin leads this ministry which meets weekly on Tuesdays on the campus of BGSU.  God is moving at BGSU and it’s awesome to get to join Him in this work.

Crosswalk also takes a yearly Spring Mission Trip!  Emma was pumped that she got to join Kevin on this trip this year.  They went to Greenville, South Carolina where they did light construction, worked in a kids’ ministry and ministered at a facility for the elderly.  Emma turned 10 while on this trip and was spoiled by 30 college students.  She ate it up!

Julia also got to go on a mission trip this year. She joined Kendra and led a group (again from Crosswalk) to the Dominican Republic in May.  It was great taking her back there, to see where she spent most of 2004 and 2005.  She jumped right in, playing with the kids, chatting with the SCORE staff and of course hitting the beach!  The team did orphanage ministry, village ministry and evangelism.  God worked in and through each of us on this trip!!

Back on the homefront, LifePoint celebrated its 2nd birthday in 2010.  This was a year of growth for our church, not just in numbers, but young Christians growing spiritually (old Christians growing spiritually :)) and new leaders being developed.  It’s amazing to see how God has weaved His people together with their gifts, abilities and passions to bring God glory and further His kingdom.  We now have three full time employees, two of which are raising support for their ministries.  Stop by and meet them here.  Peep Drop 2010 overwhelmed us with over 5000 people showing up!  Yes, we are already better prepared for 2011. LifePoint also got to help with a roof project on the south side of Toledo, had another successful year of GiftMart, painting/construction projects in Findlay.  It’s such a blessing to partner with different peeps in the community to build… community!

As a family, we enjoyed a fun camping trip in August to the Indiana Dunes and Jellystone Park!  Even though we practically slept under the turnpike – ha ha – we had fun hiking, swimming, relaxing and even shopping!   We also enjoyed a Cedar Point day (thanks to the RightThing where Kendra went back to work part-time in April), Kings Island (thanks to Julia/Emma’s girl scout troup), and other fun, family stuff!

The kiddos all played basketball this year.  Julia and Emma played Grey-Y and Joey played Upwards.  Then, Julia and Emma played FastPitch softball – which they both LOVED and Kevin coached Joey’s little league baseball team.  We all love spending our summer afternoons in the sun playing ball!!  This fall, Julia became the team manager for Liberty Benton’s 7th grade basketball team and is having a blast traveling with the team, keeping the scorebook and running the clock.  Joey and Emma played fall Grey-Y Basketball (Kevin ended up coaching BOTH of those teams this fall).  Now, Joey’s gearing up for another Upwards season and Emma’s gearing up for the Winter Session of Grey-Y.

Speaking of Liberty Benton – the kiddos went back to public school this fall.  Julia is in middle school, 7th grade, and Emma and Joey are in the elementary school (5th and 3rd respectively).  They are doing GREAT.  The transition couldn’t have gone better and they all LOVE school!  We’re so proud of their hard work!

This year wrapped up with a wonderful Christmas!  What fun to ring in Christmas with a little rum-pa-pum-pum, lights and an awesome Christmas message at LifePoint!!  If you missed it, check it all out here. Then we spent time with friends, family and even got to enjoy a couple of days of downtime (what’s that??).

Looking forward to all that 2011 will bring.  Each years brings joys and trials but through it all, God is faithful!  Pray you are blessed this year and that God meets you exactly where you are.

~Happy New Year from The Grubinskis~

BGSU Crosswalk ON Mission

 Collegiate Ministry on the campus of Bowling Green State University is alive and growing! God is up to something big on campus, and Crosswalk is right in the middle of it. Here are a few highlights from the past six months.

Thirty- five students went on a mission trip to Greenville, South Carolina. They ministered in two nursing homes, saw two people come to know Christ, built a wheelchair ramp, and painted a house.

Ten students went on an international mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where they worked at an orphanage, took physical and spiritual food to people in remote villages, and shared the hope of the Gospel. They had the privilege of seeing over forty people pray and receive Christ.

Over the summer we had five students serving in ministry. Three served with the invigorate team, a collegiate summer missions ministry that ministered across College/University campuses all across the state, and two that served as interns in a local church.

This summer, we also held regular leadership meetings where we took time together in the word and prayer.  We also brainstormed for the upcoming school year, developed their leadership skills and, of course, had some amazing fellowship. I believe that as a team, we are stronger than ever.

This fall has been hopping from Day 1!  We are seeing new faces each week at our Tuesday Night Worship.  Many students are making/renewing their commitment to Christ and four have become New Believers since the beginning of the school year.  We’ve also started a weekly discipleship study to teach the ‘basics’ of the Christian faith.  In addition, there are weekly men and women’s bible studies taking place across campus.

We have a lot of momentum already this school year.  Here is what is on the radar for the next few months:

  • Fall Retreat in October
  • Passion Conference in January
  • Mission trip in March

As you can see, God has His fingerprints ALL OVER BGSU Crosswalk. We appreciate your prayers as we join Him in His work!

Tornado Relief Volunteer Opportunity

Andrea S., one of our Crosswalk Students, has made us aware of how we can help with the Tornado Relief in NW Ohio.  Please see her email below.

Hello, Everyone–
I am sure by now everyone is aware of the devestation left behind by the violent tornados that hit NW Ohio over the weekend. Several people were affected by this storm and many lost their homes or a large majority of them. The aftermath of the storms left behind mountains of debris and demolished homes. My church, Mainstreet (located off of 795 in Millbury) was damaged by the storm as well as the neighborhoods and outerlying areas around it. Our other church campus, in Walbridge, has become a relief and shelter station for the victims and those volunteering in the clean-up efforts.

Several of you have asked me about helping and volunteering–if you can and are willing to help you are needed! A large majority of the volunteers are scattered around the area and working at different home sites that were damaged. Others are at the church and helping with the organization of food distribution for the victims and volunteers. Meals are being delivered to each work site for the volunteers throughout the day.

In order to help, you must sign up and fill out some information that will identify you as a volunteer…bring your drivers license. You will be given a wrist band that will help the families and law officials identify your purpose and intentions.

If anyone would like to help or organize a group, let me know! Check out our church’s Facebook page and website for more information about what is needed and the location. I can get you more details if you have specific questions.

The most important thing that we can do is pray! Please pray for the victims, their families, and the loss of life that has been brought upon the community. Pray for all of the volunteers and that God will provide them with strength as they work and comfort the victims.

–Wear work clothes, you’re going to get dirty!
–Sunscreen
–Work Gloves
–Bring your Driver’s license

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Walbridge-OH/Mainstreet-Church/170351584277?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=6

Website:
http://www.mainstreetlife.org/

In Christ,
Andrea

All Things New

One of the highlights of this trip was seeing foreign missions from the eyes of first-timers.  With the exception of Julia and me, this was everyone’s 1st foreign mission trip – and to a third world country no less.

Some things 1st timers see when they go on a mission trip:

  • How good we have it back home
  • How much God is working all around the world
  • How the Holy Spirit just takes over when we are ‘out of our element’
  • How much joy there is in serving Him – and feeling like you’re making a difference for the cause of Christ
  • How to work together as a team
  • How we are all created with a unique personality and given different spiritual gifts all for a specially designed purpose

These are some things commonly heard on 1st mission trips, kind of like back to the basics. There’s something about experience this trip with 1st timers that brought me back to the basics, and madeall things new. I delighted in how the Lord worked throughout this trip, and for me, it was a joy to simply delight in Him and watch Him work. These 10 college students, my 11-year-old daughter and I have been forever impacted by the God who specializes in making all things new.

Sometimes we just need that.  A fresh touch.  Eyes pulled wide open.  Heart turned towards Him.

Maybe there’s something in your life that you’d like to see new or with a refreshed spirit.  Ministry, parenting, marriage, job, relationships…  Ask God to make that new to you again.  I believe He will.

Sunday morning, we started the day at the beach to watch the sunrise.  What a beautiful picture of all things new. Blessings :).

To The Lord (Pt. 1 – I Am Second)

Spent some time in Romans 14 this week after hearing verse 8, “If we live, we live to the Lord.  If we die, we die to the Lord.”Sarah Liborio, a SCORE Missionary, shared this verse as part of her testimony last Thursday night. Her husband passed away just 5 months ago.  He was 29, leaving her widowed with a 3 year old and a 2 month old.  Her point was, whether in life, or in death, do everything unto the LORD.  Her husband, Hugo, lived his life to bring God glory, as a living sacrifice, and even brought God glory in his death.  The night Hugo was dying, she felt in her spirit Hugo saying, “If God wants to take my life to bring Him glory, it’s ok, because I AM SECOND.”

She’s back in the DR serving the Lord.  Why?  Because, she too holds on to the fact that “I Am Second” and desires to live her life to the Lord.

Some other verses she shared that challenge us to live Second;

1 Cor. 6:19-20 – “Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body.”

Matt. 20:26-28 – “It must not be like that among you.  On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life – a ransom for many.

Rom. 12:1 – “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.”

We still have life… how are we going to live it?