X-Wing Worlds pre-trip

Posted on November 05, 2014

My wife is the best!  this year for Christmas, etc she is letting me go to an amazing tournament for my favorite game Star Wars X-Wing.

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This tournament is called Worlds and it is Fantasy Flight’s World Championship for many of it’s games.

It’s open to anyone who wants to make the trip up to their headquarters in Minnesota.  Since I have many friends up there and know an amazing couple just north of FFG (thanks Scot & Kristina Eaton!!), I begged and pleaded to my wife to let me go.  and so this afternoon (after Midland’s monthly staff meeting) I am making the trek up to Minnesota! I am super stoked!  I don’t expect to win but I plan on getting pretty far in it.  I will be posting here on my blog hopefully everyday with pictures of my opponents, my squad I’m “flying” (the ships and pilots I will be using) and everything else Star Wars and gaming related.  keep an eye on my instagram feed (in the left column of this page) and check out my blog from time to time for all the updates.  Fantasy Flight is also streaming the event live online! I will get a link for everyone later, but chances are I will never be on it.

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Thanks again Cassie! love you!

September Newsletter: the one where I talk about my daughter

Posted on October 08, 2014

I’m a dad!!

Well, again anyways.  If you haven’t already heard, Cassie gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Callista Serenity Lumpkin on August 27th. She weighed 8lb, 1oz.  Mom and baby are both doing great, and big brother James is having a lot of fun being a brother.  He checks up on her constantly and talks to her all the time. It’s a fun relationship to watch grow.  Callista is a very sweet baby, we are very blessed.  She is sleeping well and is not usually a very fussy baby.Callista 1

I’ll be honest with you, I was very nervous about being a dad again.  I love my son deeply but it was hard to imagine splitting my love between two children.  Silly me, I should have trusted God.  My “heart grew 3 sizes that day,” (Grinch reference) and I haven’t stopped smiling and loving on both her and James (and Cassie) ever since. Now it’s hard to imagine our lives without her.

James and Callista 1The first couple of nights after we brought her home were quite exhausting.  I had forgotten how grueling the schedule of a baby is, let alone that of a newborn!  But I do what I can to help take care of Callista at night.  One of those nights I remember sitting there rocking her back to sleep, talking to her, and praying to God about being a parent.  Even though I was extremely tired and my arms were sore and my back hurt I was still happy and in love with my daughter.  I didn’t carry her in my belly like Cassie did but I still have this strong connection and love for her.  I know of so many teenagers that I work with that don’t have fathers in their lives.  I and my co-workers become the father figure for so many because their dads just give up on them and leave for one reason or another.  Mike Mosiman called them 40 year old boy, never growing up and taking responsibility.  Honestly, it’s something I cannot understand.  How can someone walk away from something as wonderful as being a parent? How cold and hard hearted do you have to be to do that? And yet our world is filled with children who grow up fatherless.  That is one of the biggest things that drives me, one of the biggest reasons I am in ministry.  God has given me a burden for those who the world has walked away from, those who don’t know what it’s like to live in a complete family with a father and a mother.  Take a second to think about that.  The “typical family” with a father and mother isn’t typical anymore! Satan has destroyed that.  I hope and pray that I can help stop that cycle in the lives of the teenagers God brings across my path.  And I pray that my heart continues to grow with His love for them everyday.  In the next couple of months I will be showcasing a few teenagers that I am pouring into and some of the things God is doing in their lives.  But for now, pray for me that I may find balance between being a spiritual father to those teenagers who need it, and being a father to James and Callista.

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July 2014 Newsletter

Posted on July 28, 2014

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Family trip to Omaha

Posted on May 21, 2014

Spring is very busy for me every year.  In March every weekend is full with work events (Bible Quizzing, Rallies, etc). and April is worse because of Bible Quiz Nationals (where I am gone for an entire week).  I get back from Nationals and I have 2 weeks to finalize everything and get ready for Bible Quiz Fellowship’s annual meeting (where I am gone for another 3 days). So when I finally get back from “absent dad”I am in need for some quality family time 😉 .  This year Cassie and I (and James) were talking about getting away for awhile and spending some time together before the baby gets here and we get too busy.  James wanted to go camping really bad and we’ve been wanting to see the Omaha Zoo for a long time now so we looked into doing both.  With camping we saved a lot of money over a hotel and it just added to the “adventure” that was out vacation.  I looked around for a good, cheap camp ground and found Lake Manawa State Park in Iowa, just across the river from Omaha.

We had a blast!! James loved camping! we setup our site with a “living room” (the camp chairs around the fire pit), the “kitchen” (a small portable table with a camp stove we borrowed from a friend next to our red cooler), the “dining room” (a screen canopy around the picnic table), and of course the bedrooms (our tent with divider in the middle).  it was a really nice campground and we’d stay there again.

The highlight of the trip though was of course the zoo!  I’ve been to several zoos and I was really impressed with the Omaha Zoo. They had a rain forest building full of animals from all over the globe that live in that kind of hot humid climate, and a giant desert dome filled with a maze of caves and swamps full of nocturnal creatures and even more animals who call those climates home.  I will be posting several pictures of our trip on facebook later but if you haven’t gone there and you should take a day and bring the family.  James’ favorite part was the aquarium full of sharks, stingrays and penguins.

All in all it was a great time together as a family.  and we made some good memories that will stick with James the rest of his life.

May newsletter: Big News!

Posted on May 20, 2014

It’s springtime! I love Spring. Being from Alabama I really don’t like winter. But Spring, Spring I love. The colors, the smells, the warm temperatures and all the ministry opportunities that come with it.1972506_731107096923714_1775083387_n

Our weekly youth group,sqblack , has been growing by leaps and bounds this year. At the beginning of the year I challenged the teens to try to get 100 different people to attend throughout the year.  If they did I would let them wax my legs.  Well, a few weeks ago they reached their goal, and me being a man of my word (after all, the Bible says: let your yes be yes and your no be no) we commenced the waxing! It wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be, but I know the teens wanted a good show, so I had a little fun with it with my reactions.  You can see the actual video on YouTube and on my Blog (link is on the left of this letter).  Needless to say, I was actually very proud of them, but I won’t be able to wear shorts for awhile now.  That’s the price you pay for being in Youth Ministry.

1902763_622963144452023_3512385093998822268_nWith Spring also brings the wrap-up of the local Bible Quiz season and the start of Nationals! This year Nationals was held in Bloomington, MN, right next to the Mall of America.  My role in Bible Quizzing is very unique:  I’m always telling the teens that God has created them to be unique and different, with different skills and talents and passions, and for them to use those “tools” to help spread the Gospel.  Since I try to, ‘live what I preach,’ at Nationals my job is very technology driven.  We had 12 sites with 2 laptops in each site.  My job was to keep all 24 computers going, have them networked together, and then compile the scores from them.  Since we had teams from all over the nation, I wanted to help parents and friends back home that want to know what is going on, so I also worked on ways to get live scores online & even live video of the top, most competitive quizzes.  All of it was online for the parents to watch.  It took a lot of hard work and many long days, but I am using the skills, talents, and passions God gave me to do my part in the ministry that is Bible Quizzing.

 

Special Announcement!

Profile 1-croppedIn case you haven’t heard already, our family is expecting another child! Not only that, but we are having a girl this time! After 6 years of just having our James around, this will be a big change, but we are so excited for this blessing!  With this new addition to our family comes extra expenses and strains on our time, but God has proven that he is faithful to provide for our needs. We would ask that you join us in prayer for the health of Cassie and our new daughter, as well as for a smooth transition for our family. If you would be interested in giving a special gift for the baby, we do have a registry on Amazon.com, which you can access by clicking “Baby Registry” and searching for “Cassie Lumpkin.” Here’s the link: Baby Registry

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read about what God is doing in our ministry & for taking the time to pray for us.  If it weren’t for your prayers and financial support, we would not be able to reach the teenagers with the Gospel.  100% of our total income comes from support and 100% of your giving goes to our family and its ministry.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in reading this, please pass the link along.

Thanks, and God Bless,
Jim and Cassie

 

 

October Newsletter 2013

Posted on November 13, 2013

hello,

here is my latest newsletter. Please take some time to read it and pray for my ministry.

Thanks
Jim L

 

October-2013

June Newsletter

Posted on June 10, 2013

hello,

Sorry I have been behind in posting my newsletters here.

Here is my latest newsletter though.

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January Newsletter

Posted on January 17, 2013

Here is my January Newsletter. Enjoy! :)
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1 Minute Bible Study

Posted on December 04, 2012

I’ll try to keep this brief. I have been praying a lot about what teenagers need spiritually & what I can do to help that. And after talking to other youth workers I have found that teenagers just don’t know the Bible. they don’t understand it, study it, or read it. And after praying over this issue God showed me a devotional book that I think will help solve the problem. It’s called the 1 Minute Bible for Students. The idea is that everyday you spend 1 minute reading a couple verses, and a quick devo that goes along with it as well as a prayer or something else. The concept is that can you spare just one minute with God? And it’s ok if you miss a couple of days that means it’ll take you 3 minutes to catch up.

So I am starting this with anyone who is interested in starting a habit of spending time with God on a daily basis.  All you need to do is get the book by clicking here.  you can get the paperback or the Kindle version and read it on your Kindle or iPhone, or Android, or iPod touch, or tablet.  If you want to save on shipping talk to me (via email, facebook, twitter, or in person) and I can do a mass order for you.  I am going to start this January 1st but if your late it won’t take you long to get caught up.  I will also be hosting weekly meetings too. both in person at the Midland Center & online via Google+ Hangout.  It’ll be a way to keep us accountable & dig a little deeper into what we are reading and studying.

If your interested please contact me by email: tfclumpy@gmail.com and any of the links on the left.  this is not only for Midland people but anyone who wants to have a better relationship with God.

God bless,
Lumpy

Newsletter & an anncoument of the nex couple of weeks.

Posted on November 06, 2012

hello all,

wow I am really bad at blogging… oh well things have been crazy and busy as usual.  the past 2 or 3 weeks I have been transferring websites from one online server to another, for most of you that’s boring and you don’t get it. For some of you, you’ll know why I have a splitting headache right now and look like I haven’t slept in a couple of days (and have a few bald spots where I pulled my hair out in frustration).  Honestly it hasn’t been that bad, just tedious. but it’s done! so moving on

Here is my latest newsletter.  I haven’t been putting them online recently & I have been behind in them in general this summer… Can I just say I have no idea where summer went! I remember April and Bible Quiz Nationals, but camp is a blur & now it’s NOVEMBER?!?!?!?!?!? WOW! though here in Missouri, the weather can’t make up it’s mind what time of year it is. it has ltertally been in the upper 20′s to the mid 80′s & everywhere in between the past couple of weeks.  But thankfully, no snow.

Anyways, Thursday Cassie, James and I are heading up north to the in-laws house where Cassie & I will leave James and go on a much needed vacation!  We are going on a 7 day cruise to Mexico.  I am very VERY excited!!  there are a few stops on the cruise where we will have wifi, & I plan on blogging & posting pics then so stay tuned.  The plan is also to get into the habit of blogging again so I can keep this site updated.

well that’s it for now,
TTFN
-Lumpy

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