Thursday, April 11, 2013

42 & Unity

Last Thursday I went and saw a special screen on "42" the new Jackie Robinson movie. First of all, the movie was great. The script, acting, etc., was all good. The character development was great and very redemptive on the whole. You get to see the journey a number of characters take toward being stronger proponents of equality and unity among the races in Baseball. I am always up for a good baseball movie.

The movie really centers around two characters, however. Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball, and Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn dodgers who really made this a reality. Neither of these individuals could have made such a monumental shift in culture a reality on their own. Rather, it took them being united around a common purpose. Rickey needed Jackie, an African American ballplayer with amazing talent and a strong will, but enough self-control and thick skin to withstand the abuses he would take in order to evoke a response. Jackie also needed Rickey. He needed him for the opportunity, and he also needed him during his times of weakness for support and for the larger vision he had for the small battles they fought together on a daily basis. They leaned on each other and (surprisingly for a Hollywood movie to include) their faith in God and the intrinsic value of every human being to make a legendary change in our world.

I am so grateful for the partners that we have in our ministry. I'm grateful for those who pray for us on a regular basis. For those who give monthly so that we can spend our full efforts discipling students and reaching out to knew one's on the Stanford campus. For the staff I get to work with who have a similar heart to see Students, Stanford, and our world changed. I am so grateful for the students at Stanford who unite under our vision to make reaching their friends and their campus a reality through the lives that they live for Christ each and every day. There has been more talk among the students I meet with about unity to reach the campus for Christ. I am excited for the unifying work God is doing because it is through our love for one another that the world understands God. It will also take unity, common purpose and leaning on one another to see legendary change in the life of our campus. Your prayers only add to that unity and the power of the ministry going on at Stanford. Thank you.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Calling all prayer support!

As some of you know Brandon's mentally disabled Aunt has been living with us for the past 7 years. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and the money we have received from the state for taking care of her has allowed Kendra to be able to be a stay at home mom, not to mention the multiple opportunities it has allowed for us talk to our children about handicapped people and how God has called us to love and take care of them. Since our move to San Diego, the county ruled to cut the amount of money we receive for her in half. We have appealed this decision through the courts and Brandon has a court date tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Please pray that God would work and the judge would make a favorable decision to restore all of  our hours. Pray that Brandon would have just the right words to say to show Laurie's need for full-time care. This money we were expecting to receive is a huge part of our budget. The judge will have a couple of weeks to make a decision, so keep the prayers coming! Thank you.

The Kertsons