August 3rd, 2012

12 Days. $1,340.

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Update: We are now at 73%! That’s means we’ve raised $300 in four days.

With God’s help we can be at 80% this coming Sunday, August 5th. We’ve had a good surge and are praying that God will continue to bring people to us who love missions and what God is doing in the lives of the kids at BFA. We have a mission to bring God’s love to the kids at BFA.

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What can you do to help us reach our goal?

Pray. We need to raise $1,340 more per-month. We would like to raise $340 more by this Sunday. You can also pray that our support comes in by August 15. God is faithful. Pray that we continue to seek him daily, and trust in him.

Practically, you can help us share what we are doing with people and churches. Share our videos and blog posts using social media like facebook and twitter. Friends, family, churches and small businesses are a great way for us to find new people and friends who would be interested in helping us with our mission. You can let us know about anyone, and we can contact them for you.

Summer Recap From Israel

So this summer has been very full. Let’s condense:

  • Our car was in a small accident in Germany (a new driver was borrowing while we were away)
  • We hosted a brunch for thanking and updating our current supporters (fun and exhausting)
  • We traveled to 5 different states in the span of a month (via plane, but still tiring)
  • We saw our family and friends while travelling (thank you all so much; we need you more than you know)
  • We are now at 73% of our monthly budget (hurrah!)
  • August brings with it many unknowns (eek! but excited to see what God has in store)


July 31st, 2012

16 Days. 16 People. $1,600.

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Well Folks, we’ve got 16 days left in America. We’re planning to head back to Germany on August 15th, but we still need to raise $1,600 a month.

We’re at 67% of our monthly support right now. To board that plane on August 15th, we must be at 90% of our support. This means that, in order for us to return to Germany at all, we must raise $1,100 more per month. In order to return fully funded, we need to raise $1,600.

We try not to make internet appeals, but with our time so short, we’re getting the word out through every avenue we have.

We’re looking for 16 people who will commit to giving $100 a month for the next three years.

If you’ve read our blog, received our updates, cared about our kids, or cared about us, would you consider joining our support team? If you’re reading this message, we would humbly request that you talk to Jesus about whether he would like you to be one of those 16 people. We are honored by every person who considers supporting us, even if the answer is ultimately no.

If you don’t know about our ministry to Third Culture Kids at Black Forest Academy, we’d love to share with you during these last few days.

How to Give

If you are considering giving, or have decided to give, would you let us know? israelanddani@talesfromtheblackforest.com

Please Join Us In Prayer

Please join us in praying for full support by August 15th.

We are so grateful for the people God has placed in our lives, and for his perfect, often surprising, provision.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for praying. Thank you for giving.


July 28th, 2012

We Have a Mission

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One of the things we like to do is share our ministry with groups. Sunday school classes, home groups, random people pulled off the street, we like them all. Actually, sharing with a small group is probably how we communicate most effectively, because there’s some structure to our time, but it’s also casual and personal. But that’s besides the point.

During one of these presentations, I realized that I’d verbalized our mission statement. I didn’t really know we had a mission statement. I mean, I probably could have pulled some words together to somehow express our love and care for TCKS, but now I know what our mission is. I’ve probably even said some variation of this in the past, perhaps even this exact phrase, but this time, it stuck. And the tiny lightbulb in my head went off.

Our mission is to help missionary kids know that Jesus loves them too.

From my conversations with MKs over the past two years, I would say that most MKs struggle with fear, loneliness, and feeling like God loves everyone else, but not them. These kids’ families have been called to far-away countries. Their parents have been called to share the love of Jesus with specific people groups. Their lives have been uprooted, possessions sold, friends left, familiar languages abandoned, all in the name of Jesus.

MKs spend their lives supporting their parents’ lives. They know how to perform well. They know how to act the part which they are required to play. They have to travel around America, visit countless churches, and talk to people they don’t know, in order to raise money to get back to the place where Jesus wants them.

Now, don’t get me wrong, for the most part, MKs love their lives. They grow to love the countries where they live. They learn to speak the language more fluently than their parents. They go to school, have friends, and enjoy the food of the countries where they serve. Most of them wouldn’t trade these experiences, but these aren’t things they chose; Jesus called, and their parents answered.

Many MKs feel like a burden to their parents. Often, these missionary families are under incredible stress. In addition to ministry concerns, support raising, and the difficulties of living in another country, missionaries are not always safe. Sometimes, they’re in danger of being kicked out of the country. Sometimes, their houses are bugged. Sometimes, their very lives are in danger. Missionary kids know this. They see the stress their parents feel. They feel their parents’ burdens. So they don’t add to the burden. MKs often keep their hurts, struggles and thoughts to themselves, because if they tell their parents, they think they’ll just make things worse. As a result, many things which should be spoken, which missionary parents wish would be spoken, stay in secret.

So the thought that God cares for the world, but not for them, grows, gains significance, and takes up residence in the hearts and minds of these teenagers. It seems that God doesn’t care about their lives. It seems that God sacrifices them for the sake of everyone else. It seems that God sends someone to the entire world, but has forgotten them.

But we have a mission.

We want to help missionary kids know that Jesus loves them too.

God has sent us. God has sent us to Black Forest Academy. God has sent us to Germany. God has sent us to missionary kids, to help them believe that, yes, Jesus loves you.

You are not forgotten. You are not alone. You are valuable and loved and cared for. Jesus delights in you, little soul that you are. He knows you. He works on your behalf. We have left our families, we have left our lives, we have left our possessions, so that you would know He cares.

And BFA students, if you’re reading this, I’m talking about you.

We have a mission, it’s to share the love of Jesus with missionary kids, who know of Jesus, but don’t always know that his great plan of salvation and love includes them. It does.


June 27th, 2012

One More Brunch Reminder

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Our German Brunch and Update is coming up in a few days. We’ve been busy scoping out salami, cheese, mineral water, and trying to find the perfect breads (which actually don’t exist in Northwest Arkansas). We’re looking forward to sharing what God has done over the past few years in us, through our jobs, and in our relationships with students. We’re excited to share how God has worked through your support and prayer to work in the lives of Third Culture Kids.

If you’re planning to come and haven’t let us know yet, could you take a few minutes to RSVP? We’d hate to run short on butter or something.

Hope to see you Saturday!


You can RSVP on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/events/397847740251782/


June 23rd, 2012

RSVP – German Brunch with Israel and Dani

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Come Hear About Germany

Don’t forget to RSVP to the German Brunch. We’d love to see you there.

You can now RSVP through Facebook if that’s to your liking – http://www.facebook.com/events/397847740251782/

Below is an excerpt about the event. You can read the full article here – German Brunch with Israel and Dani.

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Join us for a German Brunch and Update!

At The Grove Church at 385 E. Sunbridge in Fayetteville, AR
On Saturday, June 30th
At 10:00 AM

In addition to hearing about how God has worked in and through us at Black Forest Academy, you’ll get to enjoy a wonderful German brunch. Sliced meats and cheeses, rolls, veggies, yogurt, müsli (granola), boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice, and mineral water all await you.

It would be helpful to have an idea of how many people are coming, so that we can prepare. If you know that you’ll be joining us, could you let us know you’re coming by commenting below, texting, emailing—you know the drill. But if you forget to RSVP, come anyway!

Our Contact Information

In Case You Don’t Have It

Israel: (479) 966-9381
Dani: (479) 301-0150


June 18th, 2012

German Brunch with Israel and Dani

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So, we’d like to tell you about our past two years in Germany. We’d like to share some of the web and video work Israel’s done, tell you about the wonderful students we’ve grown to know and love, and share what God has done in our own lives. We’d like to thank you for your giving, prayers and friendship. We’re pretty sure that the only way to do this correctly is over a tasty Germany breakfast. Sound good to you?

Then join us for a German Brunch and Update!

At The Grove Church at 385 E. Sunbridge in Fayetteville, AR
On Saturday, June 30th
At 10:00 AM

In addition to hearing about how God has worked in and through us at Black Forest Academy, you’ll get to enjoy a wonderful German brunch. Sliced meats and cheeses, rolls, veggies, yogurt, müsli (granola), boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice, and mineral water all await you.

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June 15th, 2012

Social Media in a Christian School

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BFA's Facebook Presence

So I’ve been creating, producing, brainstorming all with a focus towards combining high school education, a boarding program and Christian missions into the social media world. There’s been a steep learning curve. Everything from, “I never went to a public high school” to, “I now have management type responsibilities, and a budget.” Both have been strange for me to look back upon, and to see how I’ve failed and succeeded. So, if you will let me, I feel the need to share some of my thoughts from the past year.

Failures, and the One the Got Away

So I’ve been put in charge of the Communications at Black Forest Academy (BFA), which most of you likely already know. 😉 My role involves protecting and pursuing the “brand” of the school. But what I didn’t know this would mean is overseeing people as part of that.

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June 11th, 2012

We’re in America!

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Yes we are! We arrived in Arkansas on Saturday evening after an uneventful day of traveling. We had a wonderful Sunday, full of some of our favorite places and people. Now we’re busy trying to make ourselves busy. We’re hoping to fit in as many visits with friends and family as we can.

We’ve changed some travel dates!

We had to change around our Oklahoma dates, so here’s our updated travel scheduled.

  • Arkansas – June 11 to 16
  • Oklahoma – June 17 to 25 (Tulsa on the 22nd and 23rd)
  • Arkansas – June 26 to July 2
  • Chicago – July 3 to 9
  • Texas – July 10 to 17
  • Colorado – July 18 to 24 (Based out of Larkspur, but planning to spend a couple days in the Ft. Collins area)
  • Arkansas – July 25 to August 7
  • Germany? – August 8

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