Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Pat and his family are on the road as I type this post heading back to Lubbock from their trip out to California. They came out for the Tahoe Family Encampment and for a stop over at the coast. We (the Harris') were blessed to tag along and spend time with them.
The Sheaffer's arrived in Shingle Springs on July 20, 2007. The next day, we loaded up the camping trailer and headed up the hill to Camp Richardson at Lake Tahoe. We camped there until July 25, 2007 then went back to the house in Shingle Springs for one night in comfort and bathing/showering bliss (quite a nice change from the campground toilets and showers.)
While in Tahoe on Tuesday Pat did an AIM flag presentation right after the keynote speaker. It was great! There were ex-AIMers, AIMers and future AIMers all lined up holding flags while Pat told the crowd about the work God is doing through AIM. After the flag presentation we stood out and gave away AIM tee shirts to anyone that would wear one.
On Tursday afternoon (after re-stocking the trailer with food, snacks and drinks) the Sheaffer's and Harris' headed for the coast. It was supposed to be hot in the central valley so we were excited to get to cooler climes. Imagine going to the beach to get away from the heat. That is Northern California beaches. At night it was windy and in the low 50s. During the day it was foggy/overcast and in the 60s.
Here are some pictures of our trip...
The Sheaffer boys straddling two states on their way to California.
Pit stop at "Chief Yellowhorse."
Watch Out For Snakes!!
The kids taking a break and watching a movie after a hard day at play in Tahoe...
Pat rode around Camp Richardson in Tahoe on Michelle's pink Trek. Pat got quite the reputation from riding a pink bike.
Malissa and Titus at the Tahoe Campsite.
Noah jumps off a friends boat on Lake Tahoe! Pretty cold water, but not bad once your body goes numb.
The Beach Campsite. Notice our clothing attire is very wintery.
These are the steps down (and back up) to the Point Reyes Light House. It was built in 1870 and stopped being used as a lighthouse in 1975.
Here are Luke and Noah on their way back from tide pooling with Pat.
I hope you've enjoyed this update. Maybe this will get Pat motivated to start blogging again. He'll find out that I've hijacked his blog when he gets the email that a new post has been published.
Love you Pat!!!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Camp Adventure is a time twice a year especially designed for high school juniors and seniors, as well as college-age men and women, who are even a little bit curious about AIM and want to find out more. It is a time to come and live with the current AIM students and find out what it is really like. You will be involved with them in great Bible study, community service projects and some good ole fun!
This year our theme is: Sink to the Top. Please give some prayerful consideration to joining us either in January or in March for this special time. AIM truly is an awesome and life-changing opportunity but it does require taking that first step of faith, so come and check it out! We anticipate at least 70 young men and women planning on attending Camp Adventures this year. See AIM link to the left for additional details.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
AIM TEAMS ANNOUNCED:
By June of this year, Lord willing, eleven AIM apprentice teams will be arriving on their respective mission fields. This year God has raised up nearly 60 young disciples who are willing to go and share Jesus with those in darkness. Fields are: Juneau, Alaska; Montezuma Creek, Arizona (Indian Reservation);Gosford, Australia; Recife, Brazil; Strasbourg, France; Prato, Italy; Leon, Mexico; Napier, New Zealand; Lima, Peru; West Mains, Scotland; Capetown, South Africa. PRAISE GOD! These tender warriors will join almost 50 other AIM student currently serving around the globe.
MISSION TERM BEGINS:
When the AIMers returned after their Christmas/New Year's break, we began what is known as Mission Term. For the first two terms (August-December), AIMers spend most of their time sitting at the feet of instructors being feed God's word. Additionally, we teach short courses in areas such as public speaking, one-on-one studies, teaching children, writing newsletters, etc. They also participate and eventually lead small group (same gender) Bible studies. However, in Mission Term, the greater focus is to prepare them as mission teams; thus classroom instruction is pulled back to only 25 hours per week and they begin "practicing" being a team and implementing the knowledge they've received from all the classes.
During the initial weeks of mission term, we "take away" several privileges with the purpose of helping students to learn how to cope with life on the mission field. For at least a month, AIMers are NOT allowed to 1) eat fast food and/or in restaurants, 2) view TV, movies or computer entertainment and 3) or drive (public transportation or walking only). These three areas truly challenge our students... This is a generation enamored with the computer (IM, MySpace, etc.) and it is very difficult to be disciplined to manage time and desire. They quickly learn how much time and space one has when the TV/game factor is removed from their lives. They even begin to appreciate the "silence" and opportunity to commune with God more frequently and purposefully.
Certainly, Mission Term is much more than a few "missed" privileges. The students grow in their ability to make wise decisions and function as a vibrant, legitimate team purposed to submit themselves to the leading of missionaries. They learn to deal with conflict, differences and set their sights on their respective mission fields. We travel to Mexico City (world's second largest city) for a cultural awareness trip and simply to open the eyes of their hearts to a vast, last world. This mission term will conclude late March.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thank you to South Yukon (Yukon, OK); Woodland Oaks (The Woodlands, TX); West 21st Street (Clovis, NM); Lamar Ave. (Paris, TX); Betenbough Foundation (Lubbock, TX); and a few (anonymous) families for your incredibly significant role in world missions. You are deeply loved and appreciated.
Becuase of Christ,
Pat, Malissa, Noah, Luke and Titus Sheaffer
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
During the first term, students will study four core courses; New Testament Message (James "Gibby" Gilbert), Old Testament Survey (Ray Young), Christian Evidences (Ed Wharton) and Life of Christ (Patrick Sheaffer). Each of these course are taught twice weekly for no less than two hours each class period. These Bible course are equivalent to taking approximately 18 hours of college work in a nine week period. Students will have various assignments, pop quizzes and exams all directed at the growth and practical use of their Biblical knowledge.As the 2nd of three terms begins, AIM students (teachers too) face new challenges and hurdles as a new round of classes are presented. During this second term, I will be teaching a class entitled "Spiritual Nurturing." This is practical presentation of the classical spiritual "disciplines" with an emphasis on implementing these into our daily, Christian walk. This will be the first time I have taught this course to the AIM students, consequently, I too will be challenged to present the material in a manageable and passionate context. In addition to my Spiritual Nurturing class, the students will have Acts, Romans, New Testament Church and Missionary Mindset.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Several months ago, Dad and Mom began planning a family reunion/vacation. All of their planning, phone calls and prayers resulted in nearly the entire Sheaffer family meeting up in Branson, MO for the first-ever Sheaffer Family Reunion. We had a super time as we explored Marvel Cave, drove go carts like raving lunatics, swam like fish and so much more! We were both delighted and surprised when Dad's brother and sister-in-law, Pat and Sherrol Sheaffer, arrived. Even though Mike and Dawn were not able to make it to the reunion, we all had a great time playing softball, PS2, and even our family worship together on Sunday was not only unique, but very special. A very warm and special thanks to Mom and Dad for such energy, planning and vision.
AIM is about helping to position young men and women for healthy transformation; transformation more into the likeness of Jesus. It is our prayerful belief that if our students leave Lubbock with a greater desire and heart to love and serve as Christ did, this program is a success and more importantly, a glory to God. Our prayer is that regarless of where AIM students go or what they do after the program, that they will continue with a lifestyle that glorifies and honors God.
I praise God for young people willing to serve, learn and simply love people as Jesus did. It challenges and humbles me. It is amazing to witness the transforming power of God's word in their lives. I humbly ask that you prayer for these young, tender warriors as they give themselves to becoming more like Christ and less like the world. They are not perfect - in fact, they struggle just as we all do - but please pray for their faith, perseverance and fruit.