What a praise that we are expecting our baby boy! I’m in the third trimester and both baby and I are doing well and healthy! Thank you for all the prayers that have been and continue to be lifted up for our precious blessing! Margo is very excited to be a big sister and is practicing a lot on our pets and her baby dolls! I am due April 11th and am trying to get as many preparations done before he arrives so that we will have plenty of time to spend just enjoying our baby boy and bonding with him when he arrives!
Since Jim returned from deployment, his roles with garrison (duties and responsibilities for Fort Campbell) have increased but have been a blessing to connect with fellow chaplains and we are involved with the children’s ministry of our chapel community and have a wonderful children’s ministry director to serve with.
Jim’s connection with soldiers in his unit grows as he tries to do “boots on the ground ministry,” meeting soldiers where they are located and also providing opportunities for growth and restoration of families through marriage retreats and counseling services.
Pray for Jim as he juggles a job position that has many staff responsibilities of paperwork and trainings but also many ministerial responsibilities of counseling and shepherding soldiers. Pray for wisdom in the daily tasks as he seeks to pursue those things that will best reach soldiers who have rigorous training schedules and who are in need of effective and efficient chaplain tools that Jim can provide. Pray also for God to provide open doors for Jim to speak God’s truth into these young soldiers’ lives.
We are forever thankful for your involvement in our ministry and for the faithful prayers you provide over us!
Ashley (for Jim and Margo)
Dear Prayer Warriors, Family, and Friends,
Again, we cannot thank you enough for your prayers and continued support and thoughts of us in our ministry! We appreciate all of you staying involved with us as Jim has adjusted back from deployment and appreciate your understanding as our family has gone through a “hibernation mode” just enjoying being home together!
In May, Jim led a marriage retreat using The Five Love Languages with 22 couples. We were also able to welcome home all of the 101 Combat Aviation Brigade where Jim led reintegration training and participated in welcome home ceremonies. In June he was able to do multiple changes of command within our squadron’s leadership team and preparing families for some well needed time off.
Jim has been transferred to a new unit here at Ft. Campbell. He will join 3-187 Battalion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” on August 1st. This is a big praise and a big prayer request! They have a rich history and are notorious for being hardcore and intense! The number of soldiers Jim will be ministering to is more than double the amount of soldiers from his current squadron and it is a physically challenging battalion. As an example, they do 20 mile ruck marches every quarter. Pray that God would grant Jim favor and blessing in this new role.
I am going to begin homeschooling Margo in 4K, co-teach the preschool children’s church at our chapel, and continue involvement with Protestant Women Of the Chapel so I need wisdom to know what to focus most of my energy and time on. Pray also that I would give special attention to Jim and Margo as Jim transfers to 3rd Brigade.
We will be able to attend Vision 2020 South, the Grace Brethren Leadership Conference, at the end of July and are always refreshed and rejuvenated by the encouragement we receive from missionaries, fellow chaplains, and supporters!
Thank you for your faithful prayers and encouragement to us as we continue on in the calling God has on our lives. We remember James 1:17– “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” As we transition to a new unit, we are so thankful for God’s blessing on Jim’s first year and a half of active duty Army and we are excited about what will come in the future with the Lord’s leading!
Ashley (for Jim and Margo)
James is our newest active-duty Grace Brethren Chaplain and is awaiting orders for his first station of duty. James and his wife Ashley served with the Grace Brethren Church in Aiken, SC while also serving in the Reserves. As a chaplain candidate, James received airborne training with the US Army and graduated from that training first in his class. Please pray for James and Ashley as they transition from civilian to military ministry and as they move to their first assignment.