Saturday, April 7, 2018

Sickness, Spring and Schools

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Sickness, Spring and Schools

I want to start with an apology for not sending an update sooner.
Honestly, it has been a very hard season for us.  We have all been sick off and on. It seems to jump from one of us to the other.  Some days just not feeling well and others running a fever and feeling "really" sick. Every time we think we are all well one of us gets sick and we have all struggled to have much energy.  Just last night, Jesse had a very sore throat and took cold medicine before bed. We would appreciate prayers for health.

Here is a little recap of the past few months: 

January was a busy month with hosting two Member Care seminar students in our home for the month of January.  The seminar was hosted here at YWAM VA and had students and staff from over 6 nations. Many of the YWAM VA staff were on outreach or attending the seminar so January we were very short on people running the kitchen and offices and other daily areas of the base. There were lots of extra opportunities to serve for us. 

February is Black History month and living in a predominately black neighborhood shows that this is an important month to our neighbors. Many of the youth may never make it to adulthood due to crime and drugs. They never dream of living outside of this poverty stricken area because of finances and skin color. Gun shots and sirens often rob the future generation of hope.  But weekly we have the opportunity to give them some hope.  This hope looks like coloring and playing and sharing a Bible based "character" story with them at the local community center. We don't often see the fruit of our weekly hour of hope giving but sometimes we do. Like when one of the young ladies, Zykera wrote these words: 

Because to me we're all equal no matter the color

 And to God we're all sister and brother

We know that we are making a difference.  She told us that it is because of us just loving all the kids the same that it has helped her to realize that we are all the same to God. 

March was full of warm days and snow battling for the daily weather.  And it also brought new schools starting.  We currently have 5 students in the Discipleship Training School, 11 in the Discipleship Bible School and 7 in the English Language and Culture School. Schools and more students mean more admin work for Ned and Debbie is helping with cultural activities for the ELC and intercession times for the DTS.  

Spring has also brought a lot of baseball to our lives. Jesse is enjoying playing baseball on the junior varsity Central Virginia Homeschool Patriots team.  He is also finishing up his junior year of high school and serving at the base when he can.  

April showers may bring May flowers but we are most looking forward to Sammi and Hannah visiting in May. 

Thank you for your support.  We could not do this without you.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

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Happy New Year 2018

Let's Follow The Star Together

During the Christmas Eve service, the Children's Pastor Megan called the children to the stage and asked them what their family put on top of the Christmas tree.  There were multiple answers but the common one was a star.  Why a star?  It was the star that led the Wise Men to Jesus. The star is a reminder of what to follow that will lead us to Jesus. She challenged the children and the rest of us to follow the star to Jesus all year long. 
When we follow the star, we find Jesus and when we find Jesus, we fall in love with Him and we want to serve Him and we want to share Him with others.
The message really made me think, what is the star that we are following? Where is our star that will lead us to Jesus? We aren't privileged to have a star shining brightly in the sky for us to follow all the time.  We don't have a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night like the Israelites.  But what we have is even better! We have the ability to always look for and follow Jesus. We have the Bible that guides us and fellow believers to help challenge us, We even have the hard times and hard people in life that we can use to lead us to Jesus. But sometimes we need to see something to remind us to look for Jesus. At the response time at service, Megan invited us each to take a star and to hang it somewhere that we will see it each day to be reminded to look for Jesus daily.
Together in 2018, let's resolve to follow the star to Jesus every day.  To look for Jesus in all things and all the people that we come across.
Please join us in 2018 reaching the people of Richmond, Virginia and those around the world that come and train with us at YWAM VA and those that our family and our teams reach through trips overseas.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Walker 5 News

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Give the gift of a prayer and a thank you!
 
There he sat in his patrol car in the church parking lot.  He was busy doing computer work and just being a safe presence in a not so safe neighborhood.
He paid me little mind as I approached his car with a Christmas decorated cupcake and looked up with tired eyes from what he was working on.  Johnny was the police officer's name and I handed him the cupcake and said, "Merry Christmas!  Thank you for your service to our community." He told me that it wasn't always the easiest job and very rarely was he thanked for serving. We chatted for a minute and then I asked if I could pray for him.  He immediately said yes and I prayed for him. For safety and blessing this Christmas season for him and his family and I just thanked God that he was serving through law enforcement. As I said amen and looked up, Johnny smiled and said thank you!
It was the only gift that I could give him really.  We sure don't have much but it was also the greatest gift that I could give him.  A prayer and a thank you.
We can all give that gift to someone this Christmas season.

This is the "light of God" that we are working hard at sharing. Not just for Christmas time but as an intentional life's work. It may not seem like much but we all know that "little" things matter. Thank you for helping us to continually share the Light of God to others.

2017 has been a year of transition for us as we serve with Youth With A Mission in the states. Transition is hard but we know God is really giving us a heart for the inner city youth and kids and families that we are able to interact with here in Richmond. Weekly we interact with those in the area that don't know the gospel story and we get the privilege of sharing this amazing story of grace and redemption with those around us.

We need your help!
Would you please pray about giving an end of the year donation to our ministry?
As full-time missionaries with YWAM we must raise support through partnerships with friends like you.  We can not continue to serve full time in missions without your financial and prayer support.
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Samantha, Ned, Jesse, Debbie & Hannah

What are the Walkers doing right now?

We are moving!!

The last week of August, our family will be moving long-term to Santiago, Dominican Republic. We will be working with YWAM Santiago and the Martin Family! We are super excited about this transition. But also praying for wisdom as we figure out visa's, residency, what to do with our things, etc...


As always, we are praying that the Lord will use us wherever we are!



Lord, help us not to miss the things you have prepared for us to do!