The Loefflers 2017!

Happy New Year!  There is much to be thankful for this year.  Before moving into 2018 we wanted to share some highlights and remember what the Lord did in 2017! 

1.  Caleb was born July 25th!  He is a happy and healthy little guy and he brings so much joy to our family.  He is well loved and constantly being carried, held, or played with by one of his siblings.  

2.  Lyssa took a break from teaching this fall and has been on Maternity leave.  This has given her more time with our youngest three (Hope, Lily and Caleb), which she has really enjoyed.  It has also given her a good transitioning time into being a mom of 5!

3.  Adam went back to Africa in September for a 10 day Delegation Trip!  The team had a very productive trip and we were so happy to send him to spend time serving our friends (Read more here….)

4.  Hope started Pre-K in August!  Hope loves school and she is always eager to learn and spend time with friends.  Recently she brought baby brother Caleb for “Show and Tell”!  

5.  Soccer Saturday was a highlight in Spring and Fall.  This Fall Hope played her first season and she loved it!  Luke and Eden’s teams both ended the season in 1st place! The kids love playing on teams with their friends, learning new skills and they give it their all on the field. Lily enjoys watching them and eating a lot of snacks!

6.  Luke and Eden were part of the kid cast in Breathe, A New Musical.  They thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this meaningful production and they did such a good job!

7.  Lily is still ‘little’ and is not yet 3.  Her ‘high’ of each day is riding her balance bike.  She speeds up and down the sidewalks and streets of our neighborhood and loves taking her bike on walks with mommy and Caleb.  She also enjoys playing at just about any park!  

8.  Luke was named Exemplar of the Month for the month of November at the Academy for GOD.  This award is given to students who display exemplarily behavior as well as care and consideration for their classmates and teachers.  We are really proud of him. 

9.  Hope has taken on the role of BIG SISTER and does so well with Caleb.  At just 5 years old she cares for him with ease holding him, burping him, dressing him, and helping mom with just about everything that involves “baby bro”.  She has been a great blessing to Lyssa! 

10.  Eden’s favorite pass-time is spending time with friends and finding special moments with mommy and daddy.  On Sunday, Lyssa escapes to do errands and Eden insists on coming along.  They share a lot of sweet moments together when it is just the two of them :)

11.  Adam hasn’t missed a beat since Caleb was born and has been a constant source of support for our family and also those he works with.  He is a man of his word and his willingness to serve and support others is inspiring to witness.  It truly is the Lord who has made him and sustains him each day, and of course me, who supports his every move☺ 

12.  Each Sunday our family has been practicing taking a Sabbath together.  The Lord has been blessing these times with our kids as we take time to worship, pray, and read the word together.  The kids especially enjoy when it is their turn to act out what it is they have learned from the story.  

Back to Uganda!

In September Adam was given the opportunity to travel back to East Africa to serve our friends in Uganda! Although it was only 10 days, the team was able to work day and night to make the most out of our precious time there serving.

While there our team of six partnered with our cooperatives to facilitate another East Africa Summit.  This year there were over 40 people in attendance from both Kenya and Uganda.  Participants engaged in three full days of Bible teaching, worship, project planning sports, and empowerment seminars ranging from growing food to drama.

Participants also learned about the importance of ingenuity as a way of imaging God, the Creator.  This included an exercise where participants were told to identify a problem, think through how to solve it creatively, and do it! After receiving the teaching they realized they were responsible to solve the problems in their midst, and they had the capacity to do so: a mind that can use innovation! One participant, Peter Musaazi, testified the following after this exercise, “Money is a short-term solution to problems but it goes quickly. Coming up with an idea is a long term solution that can’t be taken away from you.” 

Our last day together was spent dreaming about the possibilities that exist as we continue to seek the Lord and work towards seeing his Kingdom come to earth. Things like student body growth for the Institute, sustainable businesses, lunch programs for primary school students, and a demonstration farm are just a few things that were hoped for. This time was energizing and left participants with increased enthusiasm for the work being done together.

Update From Adam's Trip

My trip to East Africa was definitely 10 power packed days in Kenya and Uganda!

We were able to facilitate a East African Youth Summit in Nairobi, Kenya with young people from both Kenya and Uganda in attendance.  It was three intentional days spent in God's Word and talking about the development of human beings.  After the conference we went to Uganda and spent the remaining duration of our trip at our hub there.  We were able to spend time there educating and encouraging our cooperatives and East Africa Institute students during this time. 

I was very blessed to be able to go and represent our team on this trip.