Above are some pictures from our gift giveaways at the Ronald McDonald House of Danville and the Ronald McDonald House of Hershey in December. We want to say a special thank you to our current student-athletes and students who helped out, as well as to former PSU Diver Kimberlee Peiffer (and her mom, Connie - middle left talking to a guest at the RMH) and former Bloomsburg student Arian Fay (with our daughter, Grace - middle right). We also want to say a huge thank you to the Family Circle from West Shore Evangelical Free Church who sponsored December 9s meal in Hershey (they sponsored January 9s, too .
. . Thanks!).
Family Circle (bottom left and right), by far, had the biggest turnout of anyone that has ever helped us. It was almost overwhelming to see such a large group help out at the House. Thanks, again, Family Circle.
We need to also thank the Bloomsburg University and Penn State football programs who, once again, generously donated clothing items to be given to the families at both houses. Thank you, to all of you who prayed for and donated to our 3rd Annual Christmas Gift Giveaway. Please PRAY that everyone who received ... more. less.
a gift would come to know the God who is the giver of every perfect gift (see this month 9s verse).<br><br> JANUARY 2009 Verse of the Verse of the Month Month cEvery good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. d -James 1:17 Walking Together . . .<br><br> Walking Together . . .<br><br> - - Amos 3:3 Amos 3:3 Photo courtesy of Walk 9s Photography - Tyrone, PA Please PRAY for the upcoming semester as we have A LOT on the schedule. Here are some of the highlights. January 31st - Football Saturday with Faith Baptist Church in State College February 1st - Super Bowl Party with the Columbia Montour Youth Network February 27th - 30 Hour Famine at McVeytown UMC March 2nd-6th - Spring Break Mission Trip March 14th - Sportsman 9s Banquet & Seminar - Church of the Good Shepherd in Tyrone March 28th - Sportsman 9s Banquet & Seminar - FBC of Bellefonte April 12th - Easter Service and Dinner at the RMH of Hershey May 9th - Sportsman 9s Banquet & Seminar - FBC of Juniata County (please visit our website at playbyfaith.com and click on the Upcoming Events link for more specific information on these and other events) All of these ministry opportunities are in addition to our weekly schedule of Bible Study and discipleship.<br><br> We also have our monthly visits to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Danville and Hershey, and we will be scheduling monthly speakers to come and minister to our student-athletes and students; including former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, Jeff Niklaus, who piloted a helicopter in the real-life events that inspired the blockbuster movie, BlackHawk Down . Please PRAY that God would guide us and sustain us for the work He has called us to. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!<br><br> We 9ve wanted to include a family update for several months, but we could never find the space, so here it is . . .<br><br> finally. Jordyn will turn three on February 12th. Unbelievable!<br><br> She still has no lasting effects from her premature birth and is a completely healthy little girl . . .<br><br> PRAISE God! Grace turned five this past October and is currently learning how to read. She has also been growing in her relationship with the Lord over the past year.<br><br> It is exciting to see God work in her life, even at such a young age. Grace will begin Kindergarten next fall and is excited to officially start homeschooling at that time. Jordyn and Grace recently moved into the same room together and are now sharing bunk beds.<br><br> Grace really enjoys the top bunk, and Jordyn enjoys having someone to talk to (which she does a lot of). Ginger is busy learning the ins and outs of being a homeschool teacher as well as continuing to teach half-time at State College High School. She, also, has continued her role as coordinator of PbF 9s ministry to the Ronald McDon- ald House.<br><br> Joe made sure this past fall to spend some time in the woods hunting (Grace came along several times, also), in addition to the normal ministry stuff. Please PRAY that we would continue to grow closer to God and, in turn, closer to each other. Thank you!<br><br> JANUARY 2009 - PAGE 2 Walking Together . . .<br><br> Walking Together . . .<br><br> - - Amos 3:3 Amos 3:3 Our prayer part- ners and financial supporters are the backbone of our ministry. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to our ministry, please use the enclosed envelope, and please make all checks payable to Play by FAITH ministries. <br><br>