A couple weeks ago, we had the funeral for Kristin’s grandma Bev Kraft. She was a geat woman and so much fun to joke with. I don’t think I ever thought I would come to know and love one of my grandmother-in-laws as much as I did her.
When I started dating Kristin she was so accepting and loving from day one. I like to think it is because she is good judge of character (arrogant joke) but the truth is that I was just a high school tool and she loves people.
As with any funeral it was a bittersweet day. It was a great service to look back and remember and great to be with family and hear stories. There was lots of laughing and crying.
I went and visited her in the hospital when she first went in. she had some tubes in but she was coherent and could mouth words. I prayed with her spent some time with her. I thanked God for her decision to follow Christ and begin that legacy to her family.
If she hadn’t decided to follow Christ her daughter wouldn’t have, and her daughter wouldn’t have. And if that daughter hadn’t I would have the wonderful wife I do. I hope I can leave a family legacy behind of a family that loves and serves Christ. I hope that I can look at my kids and my kids’ kids and see that they know God and are seeking his will.
I am living in Bev Kraft’s legacy.
I have been doing a lot of posts lately mentioning Operation Barnabas. Yesterday we had all three teams at Grace Church to run the morning services. To say that it went well or was an encouragement to our people would be an understatement. It was a great morning that I know will serve as a springboard to our church taking ownership as we host OB orientation next year and students going on OB for years to come.
All this OB talk got me thinking about my OB experience in high school. I went on OB 9 years ago as a 17 year old. At the time I thought my team was the best ever and still do. I remember the leaders telling us that we would know what kind of OB team we were in 10 years. I know it is only 9 but I decided to cheat a little and stack up some things.
I know that being in full time ministry doesn’t make you any more special or spiritual than others, but I am just really proud of my team and many I still call friends as they serve God and try to live out there faith and calling.
Check out this list from my OB team and if anyone has updates just let me know
- Jeremy Byng-Worship Pastor-Grace Community Church-Goshen, IN
- Bethany (Liston) Solyntjes-Worship Director-Western Reserve Grace Brethren Church-Macedonia, OH
- Bob Steiger-GBIM Missionary-Africa
- Travis Turk-Director of Byer Home-Lifeline Youth and Family Services
- Caroline (Gorham) Edelen-Indonesian Missionary
- Tony Livigni-Pastor of College and Young Adults-Grace Church-Akron, OH
- Connie (Friddle) Pumphrey-Just finished leading the 412 Commission and heading to Virginia Beach to plant a church with her husband Mike.
- Rebecca Holbrook-serving as a missionary/christian school teacher in the Dominican Republic.
And last but not least…
- Mark Artrip-High School Pastor-Grace Church Powell, OH
- Kristin (Black) Artrip-serving alongside Mark at Grace Church in Powell, OH
Because Josh Atkins asked for a hip hop update. I thought I would share with the world that I am really digging the song Get Like Me (Stuntin’ is a habit) featuring Chris Brown by David Banner. I will post pics and a momentum update tomorrow after I sleep.
Here is that Operation Barnabas update I promised.
1. There is a 40% chance that an OB team visiting your church will have to go to the emergency room. We hit the lottery with Jacob’s ankle.
2. McDonalds is still an option
3. They really do love everything just like their motto says.
4. White Grace Brethren kids still can’t and never will be able to dance
5. When students and leaders sacrificially give up their summers to encourage others and share Christ they catch fire and it is great to be around.
I think everyone has heard of the site Stuff Christians Like by now. I saw this post on their the other day and I loved it. I pretty much went into guitar playing/worship leading hibernation in college because of guys like the one mentioned in the post. Not that I am so awesome but it is good to be able to play and lead worship once in a while without fear of being “that guy”.