Almost time. Today, I decided it was smart to take a day to just hang out with my wife and daughter.

We watched Thor: Ragnarok again. It’s a fun movie. Although, I think a lot of the humor is based on unexpected behaviors and I wonder how that will hold up to repeated viewings.

It’s also super corny. Between the music and all the colors, it reminds me of Flash Gordon. Most folks consider that to be a complete waste of time, but I still think it’s funny. It’s just campy and silly and doesn’t even try to take itself seriously.

Regardless, Chris Hemsworth has an unexpected gift for comedy, particularly in the awkward behaviors genre.

Here’s something that keeps troubling me about this film (I know, I’m being nitpicky here). How can it be true that Thor grew up hearing legends of the Valkerie’s but doesn’t know they’ve all been wiped out, or really anything about the era in which they fought?

In project news, please be in prayer. I don’t want to post details publicly, but we are experiencing a lot of last minute issues. They’re significant and could really mess things up. God can handle all of it, though.

Giving Opportunity: Ted and Brandy

Over the next several days, as we head toward the Christmas holiday, I thought I would share with you some key ways that you could impact our work through giving.

Brandy and I don’t have any sort of conventional salary. All of our funds come from the generous donations of people just like you. So, I hope you’ll consider us if you’re making year end in contributions.

We greatly appreciate your prayers and gifts as we continue our work: Brandy, caring for the medical and health needs of missionary kids at Black Forest Academy, and me, making challenging, culturally appropriate films which point people toward Jesus.

Of course, we understand not everyone can pledge money. We also covet your prayer commitments, and with the growing importance of social media — your willingness to share.

Click here to make a year-end gift, or a new monthly support pledge. If you’d like to commit to praying for us, or to share our posts and materials, let us know in the comments.

God bless!

Ted and Brandy

Other posts in this series:

Travel Costs

New Editor

Be a part of our work

This year, a colleage challenged me to try a new approach, and so instead of a usual year end appeal letter, I put together a small catalog of giving opportunities.

I’m really excited about it, and would love to share it far and wide. But one of the opportunities is to give toward the work of someone who would be at risk if I gave much public information on the internet.

So, if you already subscribe to our newsletter list, you’ll get the details. If you don’t, and want the catalog, send me a message and I’ll pass it along. Also, if you’d like, now would be a great time to subscribe to our newsletter. 🙂 (There’s a subscription form to the right on our website).

Pray for Lörrach

There was a terrible shooting in Lörrach, just 15 minutes from our house, and much closer to our church.

A woman armed with an automatic weapon has shot dead one person at a hospital in Germany before being killed by police.

A police officer was also injured in the incident in the town of Loerrach near the French and Swiss borders.

Police believe the shooting is linked to an explosion at a nearby building where they found the bodies of a man and a child.

Authorities have sealed off the area and say the situation is under control.

The shooting happened shortly after 1800 local time (1600GMT) on Sunday.

It sounds as though the woman killed her son and life partner just before rushing into the hospital to kill a male nurse.  Please be in prayer for the community in Lörrach.  There is always a chance in these tragic moments for people to turn to Jesus.  Pray that God will use this tragedy for his glory.

Setting the World on Fire…

I wanna set the world on fire
Until it’s burning bright for You
I’ve been singing this song ‘Set the World on Fire,” by Britt Nicole for months now, letting the words settle over my mind and heart, hoping to one day look back and realize I’ve accomplished a small part of that huge task.
It`s everything that I desire
Can I be the one You use?
I think I have found the perfect opportunity to start on my way towards that goal. During every spring break Black Forest Academy sends out missions teams to aid different needs in different places, Russia, Africa, Jordan…
I wanna feed the hungry children
And reach across the farthest land
And tell the broken there is healing
And mercy in the Father`s hands
There is a need in Suceava, Romania which harbors Filadelphia Christian School. A small boarding school, a tiny bit like Black Forest Academy (BFA), their ministry is to educate the financially challenged children in the surrounding villages. As the school is rather small and in a very rural area of Romania, it’s very difficult for people to come and go, so when mission teams do come in it’s a pretty big deal. A mission team from BFA will be working directly with that school, this Spring, and continuing a relationship the BFA Student Council built up last year. The Filadelphia school isn’t sure what they want that team to help out with that week. They could be helping out in English classes or maintenance or hanging out in the dorms and doing things for the dorm students, perhaps all of the above!
My hands my feet
My everything
My life, my love
Lord, use me
I have been invited to be one of thirteen students heading out to help out there in Romania. When I first heard about all the different missions trip I knew I wanted to go on one.
I wanna set the world on fire
I applied for three different trips praying for God to put me in the right one. I honestly feel this is where God wants me during this week. Just like any other Mission trip, this one has needs of it’s own: prayerful support and financial aid. This trip is going to cost 650 Euros, about $1100.  Any money raised beyond my expenses will be used to help diminish the over all costs of the Black Forest Academy missions trips as a whole.  I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider committing to pray for this team up until and during the week of March 28- April 4, 2009 and offering to be one of the financial supporters I need.  I need to be fully funded by March 5.  Will you be one of fifteen $75 givers?
I’m gonna set the world on fire.
Christ’s enduring love and light to you all!


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