Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Why We're At War

I just recieved this email today and thought it was a great explination of why we are at war in Iraq. I hope this encourages you to continue to support Bush and life him up in prayer daily.

The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we wereat war...My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. Myhusband and I were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would behonored to serve and defend our country again today. I knew that myhusband would give him a good explanation.

My husband thought for afew minutes and then told my son to gostand in our front living room window.He said "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

"I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses." he replied.

"OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard isthe United States of America and you are President Bush."

"Our son giggled and said "OK."

"Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husbandsaid.

"OK Dad, I'm pretending."

"Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and pretend you see Saddam coming out of his house with his wife, he hasher by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are screaming and crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and they areafraid of their father. You see all of this, son....what do you do?"


"What do you do son?"

"I'd call the police, Dad."

"OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations. They takeyour call. They listen to what you know and saw but they refuse tohelp. What do you do then son?"

"Dad.......... but the police are supposed to help!" My son starts to whine.

"They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says.

"But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims.

"I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the samething to his children."

"Daddy...he kills them?"

"Yes son, he does. What do you do?"

"Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says.

"Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says.

"But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!"

"WHAT DO YOU DO SON?" Our son starts to cry. "OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?"

"What Daddy?""He walks across the street to that old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in the window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"



Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I'd close the blinds, Daddy."

My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him. "Why?"

"Because Daddy.....the police are supposed to help people who need them... and they won't help.... You always say that neighbors aresupposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either... they won't help me stop him... I'm afraid.... I can't do it by myself Daddy.... I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and... and..... do nothing... so... I'm just going to close the blinds.... so I can't see what he's doing........ and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."

I start to cry, my husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husband's questions and he says..."Son"

"Yes, Daddy."

"Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your frontdoor... "WHAT DO YOU DO?"

My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says: "I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"

I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs our son to his chest and hugs him tight, and says... "It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door son.....you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife, and his children and the old lady across the way. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before its too late." my husband whispers."


I thought this was a great reminder to us to continue to pray and support our troops. Let's not forget those who are defending our country. Let us lift them up in prayer daily. Feel free to copy this and pass it on to anyone that you think needs to be reminded of the price that must be paid for freedom and justice.

Our family is doing great. I am trying to get some pictures of some stuff we are doing so check back soon and I might have them up.


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Church Ministries Going Well

Things are going well at the church. Rachael and I are currently serving in CBI, Character First!, Patch Club, and working in finances and video production.

CBI is going great! We are so happy to be a part of this program. The Lord has allowed me to play the role as director under Mike Jestes. It seems to get better each week. Rachael and I are teaching a group of nine children during the small group time. They are doing wonderful at being faithful in their Bible memorization assignments, scripture reading, and daily devotions. We have put many programs into play and things seem to be going very well. I believe the parents are in-tune to what God is doing through this program. May it raise up mighty warriors in His name!

Character First!
Character First! is going pretty well. There are still some things we are trying to work out but for the most part things are fine. I guess my biggest prayer request for that ministry is that the young people would find God in such a way that they would place their focus on Him more then self. Many of them already do this but we have to be able to do this as a team if we are going to make a hudge impact for the kingdom. Many children are being ministered to through this program on a weekly basis and our young people do a good job of setting a good example for them. May God use those who are right before Him in a powerful way!

Patch Club
Patch Club is going pretty well. We are looking forward to our first opportunity to preform in church for our parents. The kids love the weekly story and the games we play and they seem to enjoy singing the songs too. I think it is a great program for the children during the choir time at the church. I guess the only thing we need are a few more young people that are willing to serve with us during this time. We only have Rachael and I now and we really need a few more.

Rachael is working as the finacial secritary at the church. She enjoys the job but is looking forward to being a full time mom in April.

Video Production
Chris Haywood and I are pretty much on top of things during the video room at the church. I really enjoy working with each volunteer that helps us on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. We are currently filling DVD orders for about 5-10 members each week. DVD's are available each week for $5 (pretty good if you ask me). I hope that we will soon begin advertising our DVD's more and doing more with the equiptment we have. I can see the Lord doing great things through the technology developement (although He doesn't need it to do great things). I think He want to use the video team at the church to minister to hundereds and thousands of people on a weekly basis. Please pray for direction.

Things are going well at home. Rachael and baby are still fine. Please pray for our car to be done soon so we will have more then one vehicle.

I have Luke and Justin this week. We are going to just hang out and have some fun. I got a new toy (XBOX 360) and we will be using it this week. I got the XBOX because I got a great deal on it. DOn't think I would ever pay $400 for a game system!

Rachael is going to stay with her granny tonight. Pray for granny that God would continue to be merciful to her and give her good health until her passing day.

Jon is working at Jersey Mike's now. He likes it a lot.

We are going to buy a shed soon. Pray that God will help us get a good one at a good price.

More updates to come!

In Christ,

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Our Baby! A Gift from God...

Baby Werner's First Picture
The Lord has blessed us with a new member of the family! We went to our first doctor's appointment on Monday, October 16, 2006. We so excited about the many ways God is blessing us with this new child... and I can't wait to be a daddy! We are very happy with Ann (a midwife who will be helping us deliver our child). We learned a lot during this visit and even got some pictures of our new baby (posted)!

Profile Shot of the Baby
We do not know the gender of the child yet but feel much closer already through the technology used to help us see and hear our precious baby. It causes one to question how ANYONE could say that this little child of the Lord's is not a life?! We both are very excited about this new life God has brought into the world through us.

The Beat of Life
Please pray for Rachael and the baby's health. Also pray that God would be glorified through this bearing and delivering of a new life. Finally, I ask you to pray that God would make me to be a living example of His glory so that when our child looks at His daddy, he will see Jesus in me. We value and appriciate all your prayers and look forward to giving more updates.

In Christ,
Brandon Werner

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Lots Of News!

To begin, we are going to have a baby! This little blessing will be joining our family at the end of April 2007. Rachael is doing well and has had minimal morning sickness. She is VERY grateful. Our first doctors appointment is scheduled for Monday.
Rachael finished school and is now an official LPN. However the Lord didn't lead in the direction of a nursing job but rather opened the doors for a financial secretary position at the church.
In July, Brandon resigned from Hobby Lobby and excepted a part time position at the church doing video work. We are both working on Character Focus Ministries and preparing for some potential upcoming children's workshops. We are both enjoying what we are doing and feel we are in the center of God's will.
We'll keep you posted!