Archive for July 2010

In the world

Many of our fellow Vista family members headed for Cambodia this summer. The Eisel family was honored to be able to financially support some and prayerfully support all. Vista will be spending the whole service on Sunday July 18th talking about the Cambodia experiences. You may want to have your children experience this service of thanksgiving and celebration.

Participating in church volunteering, mission trips and community service opportunities as a family is central to who we are. Tim and I grew up in families that valued these things and have decided to make them central in our own family. Our family verse is Micah 6:8:

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Several families at Vista applied this verse to the Somali Batu community in Columbus. Working with community leaders and Heritage Christian Church, we provided Bible stories and activities for many Somalian children living in our city. It was heartwarming to see these children have a safe place to do crafts, games, sing and share a meal. We look forward to the next club July 19th – 22nd.

Aaron Eisel and Mahamud

Aaron Eisel and Mohamud

Vista provides links to many opportunities in order that families can live this verse out in the community and world. It is not just a good idea, but a command from God. Do we heed that command in our daily interactions with others? Do we intentionally look for ways to live this out in neighborhood, city, state and country. Do we talk about it with our kids so they are raised looking for areas to enact this command? Where is God leading your family to live out Micah 6:8?

Books We like: Growing Compassionate Kids by Jan Johnson: Helping Kids see beyond their Backyard

Parenting Tip: Make a prayer walk a monthly part of your family schedule. Walk or ride bikes through a section of your neighborhood, school district or city. Stop a certain points and talk about how to pray for the groups, leaders or residents in that area. Write them down and pray at home or pray quietly together on site.