Back in the States

Hello everyone!

We have been in the States now for a little under a month and it has been really amazing to see God’s hand in leading us and opening up opportunities for us. However coinciding with the blessings of God’s leading we were very saddened to hear of the death of one of the teenagers there in Romania. Stefan was a joy to be around and he will be sorely missed by everyone. Ruth and I were however encouraged to hear from Steve and Alice about how the Lord took this tragedy and brought about something beautiful. They told us of two preteen aged kids that purposely sought out Steve wanting to receive Christ in light of the events that took place. They also told us of the amazing opportunities they had to talk with people that were very open during this tragic time. We ask that you continue to pray for Stefan’s family, the church, and the teenagers there in Romania. We miss them and love them very much.

In coming to the States I really wanted to be able to go to school and learn a trade but we didn’t know how it would all work with getting a job and having the funds to even go to school. It’s been really amazing to see God answer those questions or worries that we had. As of this week I’m enrolled at Apollo Career Center in Lima(which is 30 minutes away). Starting the 18th of September I’ll be taking part in their Multi-Craft Industrial Technologies course which is 15 months long. In the course I’ll be learning a variety of skills that will prepare me to be a Maintenance technician. All of my classes will be in the evening from 6-10pm Monday-Thursday which will enable me to work either part-time or full-time and there is the opportunity to be hired on by a company as a paid apprentice. For quite a few years I’ve looked into various courses like diesel mechanics or aviation maintenance and I’m looking forward to the skills that I will receive from this training.

It was amazing how quickly my schooling all fell into place. Applications, testing, and applying for financial aid all happened within the span of a week and a half. Because of our low but sufficient income in Romania we were able to receive a grant from the government which covers half of the tuition cost and the student loans that we applied for are quite minor and cover the rest of tuition cost. It is so amazing how quickly and smoothly the process has been and we thank the Lord for this opportunity.

We as a family are doing well. We see the Lord’s hand in various ways and it encourages us. We know that it is going to be a huge change with me working and going to school and I will miss getting to be with Ruth and Eliana so much. Pray for God’s grace in this transition for us. At the moment our time in America has felt like we are just visiting. It has been so great for us getting to be with my parents and they have been a huge help and blessing during this transition. We have one last trip before we settle down and I start applying for jobs in the area. Tomorrow we are starting our trip down to Florida to see Ruth’s sister and her family. It has been four years since we last saw Stephanie and her family and we are looking forward to it. On our way down we are stopping off in North Carolina for a few days to visit with our friends there before continuing our trip South. We ask for your prayers as we take this long road trip and that we would pace ourselves and enjoy our time together as a family.

As I mentioned in previous updates, supporters can still send support through SGWM until the end of September. For those who have monthly support set up you will have to email the head of finances at SGWM, Jack Fletcher, (Jack@ccsavinggrace.com) when you want to stop sending support.

We love you all and thank you for your love and support. It is amazing to see how the Lord provides and guides us all. I’m excited to see what the Lord chooses to do with us as a family here in Ohio. We ask for your continued prayers as we start this new season in our lives.

In Him,

Aden, Ruth and Eliana

July Update

We are in the middle of our move to the States and will be in Ohio on the 19th of July. We are currently in Cork, Ireland with my brother and sister-in-law til the 18th. Our last few weeks in Romania were quite busy for us and they were both emotionally and physically draining. We also wanted to send out an update before we left Romania but due to the kids outreaches and packing we ended up not being able to.

Our last few meetings with the teens in Valeni were really great. We are really going to miss that group. In one of our last meetings one of the guys thanked God that our group was like a family and we are so thankful for how God brought the group together.

During a different meeting two of the girls said they wanted to receive the Lord in their lives. They said they had never made that concious decision and they wanted to give their lives to the Lord. It is a blessing to see the Lord bring fruit through those girls lives.

Ruth and I are thankful to have been a part of those kids lives the last few years and we pray that they would all choose to live their lives for their God and Creator and that they wouldn’t waste their lives away.

During our last full week in Romania we as a church had our kids outreaches. We did a two day kids outreach in both Valeni and Ciorani and they both went really well. We taught about the parable of the tax collect and Pharisee and we also taught on the parable of the lost son.

We had good turn outs in both locations and the Gospel was shared with each of those kids. It was good to see familiar faces and some new ones. Ruth and I were busy heading up the game time but we were thankful to have some fun with the kids before we left. With the outreaches we also had some extra help from two girls who are from a church in Missouri; they will be in Romania till sometime in August so we are thankful that they will be a help to the churches and to Steve and Alice till then.

 

 

Packing everything is never an enjoyable experience we only had 4 bags to pack up and they couldn’t be over 20 kilos which is a little less that 45 pounds. We left a couple bags and our guitar behind that Ruth’s family are wanting to bring over when they come for a visit to the States this fall/winter. We definitely got rid of a lot of stuff but we know it’s just stuff that can be replaced if needed.

 

We are excited about this next stage in our lives but there is a lot that is unknown. I’ll be looking to get a job when we arrive and we know that life will be very different. It will be so strange to not be involved in ministry in the same way we have been for so many years. We want to continue to serve the Lord and to be used by Him wherever He takes us. We ask for your prayers as we take this step of faith. We will be staying at my parents for a few months until I get a job and we are able to move out.

As I mentioned in our last update, supporters can still send support through SGWM for 3 months after we get to the states. For those who have monthly support set up you will have to email the head of finances at SGWM, Jack Fletcher, (Jack@ccsavinggrace.com) when you want to stop sending support.

 

It has been a huge blessing to be here in Ireland. We have been able to get good rest in this cool and pleasant climate. It has been so great to see so many friends from our time in Ireland and it has been a joy to introduce Eliana to more family(Eliana loves her uncle Ian and her auntie Siona)! The Lord is good and we see His faithfulness throughout the years and we will continue to trust in Him and not in our own understanding.

 

In Christ

-Aden, Ruth and Eliana Knepper

Winter

Hello friends and family!

  Winter is always a slower time of year in Romania for everyone. The cold and snow really prohibit what can be done during these winter months. We were blessed however to have a beautiful few days this past week where it was warm enough to get out and have a BBQ in celebration of Ruth’s birthday. We are all looking forward to things warming up and being able to do more. We as a team have started putting together what this up coming Spring and Summer will look like. We’re excited for the various teams and people that are wanting to travel and be apart of kid’s outreaches, youth events and a possible conference. It’s always an encouragement for us to have people come and be a part of what God is doing here in Romania. We want God’s wisdom and leading in what we are going to be busy with during the warmer months.

While we wait for the warmer weather we have still been able to meet with teens on a weekly basis thanks to the new building we have in Valeni. It is a blessing to see how the relationships between the different “kids” have changed and grown closer. Pray the Lord would use us to reach these kids here. When the weather has been clear there have also been different work projects in Valeni. At the moment we are in the process of fixing up the cellar into a bedroom so there’s a place to stay when needed. Things have come along way with the building in Valeni but there is still a good bit of work to be done to make the building more useful for meeting in.

   The 18th of this month our little girl is going to be 3 months old! Eliana has been such a joy for us! We are wanting to make a trip over to the States this Spring so that family there can finally meet her. We have family in the North and South of both East and West coasts as well as friends and churches that support us and we would love to be able to see everyone. However, it’s been difficult trying to figure out how we could do that with the time and money we have. At the moment our tentative plan is to get to Ohio and spend time with my parents and family there unless the means come available to do more. If you would like to help us out financially with this trip it would help us to decide what we can do and when we can do it. Paypal is the fastest and most direct way to get funds to us but you can also give through our missions organization, Saving Grace World Missions. Both methods for how to give can be found on the “Support Info” page of our website, notbysight.org.

We thank you all for your love and support for us here in Romania! We love to hear from our friends around the world so please feel free to send us an email or message anytime! For those of you in the States we hope to have the chance to visit with you when we are able to!

In Him,

Aden, Ruth and Eliana