Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Time spans...

I have this countdown ticker app on my phone. It's counting down the days until we go to Africa for me. People would ask and I could never remember how long- so the app is my friend. :) As I type this we have 45 days 3 hours 11 minutes and 48 seconds until we leave for Africa on May 3rd. But who's counting anyway?

From the time we got the call until now (and probably until we board the plane) there has been a lot of ups and downs. We've known great joys during this period and experienced personal heart break. We know God is preparing us for Africa as well as for whatever lies ahead of us. If it brings Him glory it was well worth it!

Want to hear some crazy amazing stuff? Okay, WE ARE FULLY FUNDED. God is so good. Time is running short on this wonderful adventure that God has been preparing for us. We wanted to share with you all the wonderful news of the work that God has been doing. We have reached our needed goal that was set for us in the beginning of this trip!

So for now we're just preparing for the trip! Here's a few pictures of that! So fun! Okay, maybe not the shot for Kendall!
Speaking at our church about our trip!
Yellow fever shot!
Wedding bands for Africa.
Supplies for the trip!
Same supplies just a little more organized!

One of our awesome students made us this! Isn't it beautiful?
Running! Joe and I have both been running to train for the trip!
Our bags ready to be packed!
Kendall loves hers! Can you tell?

We praise God for His faithfulness in confirming our call and showing us that with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26. We are super excited and have been praying for this opportunity to serve the Lord. We know that God has worked and touched you and the lives that you are living in partnering with us in prayer/giving. Eternity is going to be affected by this generosity that has been shown by you all. We want you to know, there have been tears of joy throughout this process and that without God and you, we wouldn’t be where we need to be. A special thanks to you all in sincere gratitude from our family to yours.

We are going to have a commissioning service on April 13th at 6:00 pm at Westside Baptist Church. This is a time of prayer and vision about this trip. Please join us! We would love for you to come! 

In His Amazing Love, 
The Hennis Family

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year

We had a blast in 2013! It wasn't all fun but every step brought us closer to God. Every step forward brought us farther from the people we were last year. As a family we are so excited for what God has for us in 2014. The anticipation for Africa is at an all time high! As I family I pray we grow closer to God keeping our focus on Jesus. Praying God's best for all our family and friends in 2014. <3


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

We wish all our family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! The reason for the season is Jesus. Joe is preaching tonight at Westside Baptist Church at 5:30 p.m. We'd love for you to worship with us tonight!

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The 29th Year

So, Tuesday was my birthday! I love birthdays! Don't you? As I reflect on the past year I remember precious memories and events in my mind. Mostly what stands out is just how much God has worked on me and in my life this year.

This past year was a hard season. Not one that I would want to relive again, but I would in a heartbeat because it brought me so much heart knowledge.

I have always thought that I was pretty flexible when it came to change. This year brought more change than I could fathom. My identity was reshaped, relationships changed, priorities rearranged, precious friends moved away, Joe went to Africa (that certainly flipped our world upside down), and we changed ministries. Boiled down and printed neatly in that sentence- it doesn't seem like much. The process of those changes that took place were huge.

When I was saved I knew that Christ was a part of my identity. This year God reshaped all of that. People and places that I found part of my identity from were revealed in new light. In each of those situations I had to reevaluate who I was. Who was I without the things I thought made up- me? Every time I prayed I got one simple answer, "You are mine." You see, being a part of my identity wasn't enough. God needed to be my identity. If everything changed and nothing else remained- He would. I am His child and my mission to make Him known won't change. In a world where things change moment by moment God is always the same. My identity has to be built on Him or nothing makes any sense. I don't have to be afraid to trust my UNKNOWN future to a KNOWN God.

I've always known that God was to be number one in my life. This year some of the closest relationships I've ever had changed. It was more difficult then I could explain. It was through this experience that I realized that other people had been playing at the same level as my husband for the number two spot. Realizing that just rocked me. I knew that he should be number two, but I didn't always let him have that spot.

Friends moved away, need I say more? Okay, I will. The process is hard. We love and miss them. It's still weird not to see them in places we expect to. More than anything we were blessed by their obedience to follow God's leading in each of their lives. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.

Africa. You hear stories of people being called to faraway places and all the excitement that must ensue. I never imagined for a moment that God would be calling me to one of those places. He did this year. For the most part it still doesn't seem real. As God works and moves mountains we just sit in awe. I have always heard about being in the center of God's will. The peace that comes with that is all encompassing. Knowing, living, and receiving the blessings that come are emotional. As the days tick down and slip into each other we can't be more excited for what He has for us.

Joe and I love teaching people about Jesus. This year we left children's ministry after four years to do youth ministry. It wasn't that it was hard for us to do- it was just different. It was uncharted territory for us. We worried about how the transition would go all the way around. We worried with the days ticking down until Africa we wouldn't be able to do enough or give everything we wanted to. Obviously, we were a little us focused and not enough Him focused. He is sovereign and He knows what He is doing. He has a plan for our kids as well as us. We knew that if God was calling us to youth for this season He would bless it and He has. We're loving learning about our kids and sharing Jesus with them.

As I sit here and type this one word comes to mind, grateful. This year brought a lot of heartache, but the heartache was good. God reminded me who I am, who He is, where Joe should be, and is really preparing our family for what is ahead. I love how He has fortified our family unit. It's neat to see His hand moving in our lives. I'm excited for my twenty-ninth year. I hope that God changes me as much this year as He did last year. I want to be more like Him. I want there to be less of me and more of Him. Most importantly God is with me every step of the way.

For I , the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.' 
 Isaiah 41:13

From a grateful heart, 

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Today started like any other day. Coffee brewing, reviewing a new math lesson for Kendall, and scrounging for breakfast supplies. Joe left to go to work on a message and visit some people in the hospital. 

Before I sat down to do school I went to the computer to check my email. There sitting in my inbox was an email from some friends of ours.

"You know that we have been among your fans over the last several years as we watch your growth and your dedication as Christians. Now, seeing you choose to go to the mission field is just the capstone of that growth process - what an incredible journey! Yes, we will continue praying for all three of you. We know that is vital. However, we also know for the trip to even be possible, you will need the support of friends, of family, and of local churches. We have determined to be a part of providing that support. Rather than trying to keep up with sending monthly checks, we have decided to simply make a one-time donation. We trust the Lord will continue to guide, to bless, to strengthen and to protect you all as you step through the process of preparing for the trip and for all you will encounter while you are there."

I just sat there and cried into my coffee cup. Scary dinosaur face and all. God is so good. I'm not sure why I'm continually amazed at His goodness and provision, but I am. He is infinitely good- more than I can fathom. It's all for His glory and a testimony to His goodness.

It's with tears of joy that I am writing today to proclaim of God's goodness. My wife called to share this with me and I just balled, 6'1" and 275 pounds of a man's man. I just shed tears because of the willingness of this dear couple to partner and extend God's kingdom work. God has shown me once again that He is above all and through this adventure, more stories will come, faith will be strengthened, and hearts changed. Praise God for who He is. - Joe

This adventure has just begun. Right now we are a little over 10% of our goal. We'll arrive in Africa in 230 days! We are so excited for all that God has for us through this trip, and are blessed that you all are partnering with us for His work. Thank you will never fully suffice. 

Thank you for being a part of our journey!

In His Amazing Love,
Joe and Jenn Hennis

"And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19