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September 23rd, 2009

How to Pray

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We greatly appreciate your prayers. They make a huge difference. Here are some things you can pray for over the next week.

Support – That God will bring 100% of our support in by October.
We’re at about 14% of our monthly support or $765. Now, not everyone has told us what they will be giving and not everyone has sent in their paperwork yet. So this is not an official number. We need 80% of our support in order to book tickets, but we would prefer to have 100%. We just found out that we will be living in an apartment one town over from Kandern, where the school is. This means we’ll need a car. At 80% of our budget, all of our living expenses are covered. At 100%, a car is covered. We are still praying that God will provide our support by the beginning of October, but it will definitely take a miracle!

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September 22nd, 2009

Why BFA Is Awesome for Families

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We’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks sharing with people in Northwest Arkansas about BFA and why we’re so excited about going. On Sunday we shared with our church. As I was preparing, I realized how wonderful BFA is for missionary families. I think the idea of boarding school can be kind of difficult for some people. I know the first things that pop into my head when I think of boarding school are some rich parents who don’t want to deal with their children, so they send them away to boarding school. But that’s so not Black Forest Academy.

As I’ve read through parent testimonies about BFA, I’ve realized that there are so many reasons that missionary families might decide BFA is the best place for their kids. Here are a few.

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September 16th, 2009

Felin, the Wonder Cat


I think one of the hardest things about moving to Germany will be leaving behind our cat, Felin (pronounced Fa-LEAN). We got Felin from a shelter in April. Israel thought she was the coolest cat he’d ever seen. I thought he was weird. But he wasn’t, he was right. She is the coolest cat. Ever.

In the past six months, she’s become my little companion. What will I do without her? Sniff.

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September 13th, 2009

Weekend Happenings


The past two months have been busy, and this week was no exception. Israel’s brother, Judah, stayed with us for three days, which was wonderful. We’ve been sharing with a lot of Community Groups from our church about our adventure to Germany. And we spent the weekend hanging out with friends. But, before I tell you all the details, I want to give you an update on our support raising.

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September 10th, 2009

Eight Siblings, Spades and Fried Chicken


We spent Labor Day weekend with Israel’s family in Muskogee. We were hoping to do a lot of support raising while there, but nothing really worked out. Instead, we had a wonderfully relaxing weekend with the fam. Israel’s brother Judah just returned from 10 months in Australia. It was wonderful to see him (he’s actually visiting our house right now). Eight of the nine Jernigan kids were together at once. Pretty amazing. In a few weeks, the ninth, Hannah, will be visiting from Australia with her fiancé Ash. Madness will ensue.

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September 3rd, 2009

Through Their Own Eyes


I love this video. It’s Black Forest Academy students expressing what the school has meant to them. It really gives you an idea of what missionary kids deal with and how BFA affects their lives. I hope this helps you understand why we want to invest in these students. This video was created by Michele Phoneix. She has been teaching at Black Forest Academy for 16 years and first came to BFA as a student.


September 1st, 2009

Happy Day!

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Yesterday, I got an email from Kristi, the Personnel Supervisor at BFA. She said, “The Chaplain’s Assistant role is being officially offered to you. Are you willing to accept that role?” I promptly did a little dance. Well, a mental dance.

I found out about the Chaplain’s Assistant position when we interviewed with Kristi at 6:00 AM one Thursday morning. For me, it was the best part of the interview. The job sounded perfect for me, a wonderful blend of planning, event execution and relationship building. But, someone else had originally planned to fill the position and they didn’t know whether she was coming. Yesterday I found out that the position was mine! So now, I will split my time between video and working with the Chaplain. I’m am so glad that this will be part of my work at BFA.

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August 28th, 2009

Help Us Do the Impossible


At BFA, school started on August 25th. Since we’re already running late, we’d like to be there as soon as possible. But there’s no way we can do that without your help. Seriously. Not lying about that.

Because 90% of BFA’s students come from missionary families, the school tries to keep their costs as low as possible. This means that all of the faculty and staff at the Black Forest Academy are missionaries and must raise their own support.

Our Needs

We need to raise $5,418 a month.

Wow! That’s a lot right? Where does all that money go?

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