Fall 2006

Junior Highers

Today they are called Middle Schoolers. When I was young, we were called Jr. Highers. Whatever you want to call them, I have four of them. Do I write anything to you now in this newsletter or do I just ask you to pray for Carol and me? A youth pastor recently told me that it is very rare that a family would have four kids in Jr. High at the same time. We think it’s going to be a blast!

I just returned from our last camp of the summer. One hundred and twenty Jr. Highers. Four of them were mine. I thought I would let you hear my kid’s thoughts about what God taught them at camp.

“I don’t want to be a good teenager that people just think, ‘Something’s different about Josh.’ I want my peers to know why I’m different, because Jesus Christ is the most important person in my life.”
Joshua Ray (8th grade)

“I am now praying for the kids at my school. I want to see them know Jesus.”
Stephen Ray (7th grade)

“There were so many times last year at school that I had the opportunity to share Christ with my friends and I didn’t always choose to do that. I want this year to be different. I want to be bold with loving those around me.”
Andrew Ray (7th grade)

“I’ve been a Christian for a while now, but this summer I really got it. Jesus gave it all for me on the cross.”
Kelly Ray (6th grade)

At the beginning of the summer I prayed that God would speak to my kids in a special way. I am grateful that He did. Summer Tour was a great adventure. Thank you so much for praying for us!

Camps in all: 7
Stitches in Joshua’s head: 6
Kids in the van for over 92 hours: 5
Brand new tires: 4
Times the brakes went out: 3
Number of Campers: 2,585
Broken wrists for Andrew: 1
Amazing memories: Countless

Thanks for all your love and support!