Home Port Ministry in Oahu!

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We hope this finds you well in our Lord Jesus Christ!  It’s been a while since we last updated you to what’s happening on the mission field!  So lets get to it!

Penny and I stay busy continuing our “Home away from Home” experience every Friday night for service members where we eat and then study God’s Word.  Its a pleasure to see great interaction during bible study and fellowship way into the night with some not leaving the House until 11pm!  Right now we are going through the book of John verse by verse.  The rest of our week look pastoral as we spend time helping service members and their families.  It’s a joy to spend time with them and to disciple those who desire to be discipled.   We are always saying goodbye and hello continually.  Imagine everyone in your church, even all your pastors moving on every 3 years, and what ministry would look like at your church.  This PCS season we had 2 families and one single move on.  We rejoice because we know that God can and will do great things through them wherever they are planted next!

Much has happened since our last blog post so let me tell you our story through pictures.  Here we go!

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Penny and some of the MK girls at the House!  (Military Kids!)

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We LOVE those who wear combat boots!  They are our favorite guests at Home Port!

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The Zumwalt-Class Destroyer made a visit to Pearl Harbor

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Home Port Sunday Hike with some of our people!

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The Marine Band having fun at the Ala Moana Mall!

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Thankful for Boutiki!  We wrote a grant for Lani furniture and we were awarded what we asked!  God is SO Good!

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Grant funded new furniture!

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Grant funded new furniture!

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Grant funded new furniture!

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The adults got new furniture.  The kids got a BOX TUNNEL!  Thanks to Kelsey for making it!

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Building the cross for Night at the Cross

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Easter Dinner with our Home Port Family!

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Easter Dinner with our Home Port Family!

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Enter a Easter Dinner with our Home Port Family!

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Easter Dinner with our Home Port Family!

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Easter Dinner with our Home Port Family!

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When your dad is deployed, you miss him.  Such an honor for Todd to fill in for a short time!

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She would set her shoes on top of Todd’s everytime she came over.   🙂

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Clebe McClary was a guest speaker one night!

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Not sure who he is?  Google it 🙂

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Monday Nights Todd leads Band of Brothers, a men’s Bible Study

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Home Port Sunday Hikes are lots of fun!

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Just a day at Pearl Harbor!

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Helping with the Pearl Harbor Chapel VBS!  Always a priveledge to help our Chaplains!

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Kelsey braved a flight to Alaska for the summer to work at Solid Rock Bible Camp!  Very thankful for the Nabingers taking her in on the weekends and loving on her!

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Guhn Kim cooking Korean Short Ribs and Huli Huli Chicken for Friday Night!

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This is a video of what a Friday Night at Home Port looks like

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Saying goodbye to the Roubicek family.  We miss you guys!

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Praying for Nathan & Alicia as weil as Cruz and Austin who were heading into the Army

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Unfortunatly, several weeks later Austin died in the Army of a brain injury.  Please keep his family in your prayers.  Matt to the right spent a lot of time with him.  Austin gave his life to the Lord this Summer, so we rejoice.

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Before Alicia PCS’ed with her family she got Baptized!

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It’s always a joy to be included to the party to celebrate rank promotion!  Job well done Shane!

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Char is a part of the Cadence family and ministers to women at the Marine Base.  We love Char!

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Penny making Play-Doh with the girls!

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Even though its a rental, Todd just cant help improving these guys “Home away from Home.”

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Goodbye Rudy.  We celebrate with you as you leave the Marines and head to Seminary.  May God richly bless your ministry in the near future!

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Isn’t she lovely!

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Another Home Port Sunday Hike with our people!  So much beauty in God’s Creaton!

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Kelsey made it back home from a summer serving the Lord in Alaska!

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Who sayz Hawaii Boyz don’t smoke Alaska Salmon!  Thankful for friends who bring me fish!

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Hiking the North Shore with the Home Port Crew!

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Memorial for the Marine Chopper that crashed off the North Shore

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Sometimes love happens right before our eyes at Hospitality Houses!  Todd was honored to be asked to officiate the BIG DAY back in Upstate NY!

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Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to Luke & Lindsey Grossmann!

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Love this girl!

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We stopped in Montana to see Emily.  She has since moved home and we are so thankful to get a litle more time with her as that happens less as they grow older!

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Saying goodbye to the Harvey family.  We miss you all very much!

Thanks as always for taking time to see what we are doing.  Dont stop praying.  There is so much more I’d love to share with you all, but confidentiality prevents me from doing so.  What you see is only the tip of the iceberg of ministry to the Military.  Blessings to each of you who support us, without you this blog wouldn’t exist.

With Love, 

– The Beaudin’s

 “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.”          Psalm 36:5

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So thankful to be in Oahu and serving the men and women of the military!  Come visit us!

Finding Our Battle Rhythm In Oahu

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The Beaudin’s are finally unpacked!  Not bad for our first 6 months on the field here in Oahu!  At Ft. Drum it took us 2.5 years to get settled in and we still had boxes to unpack!  Ministry at Home Port is speeding along and we are seeing growth as our service members invite people to the House!  The other night we had 40 for dinner and Bible Study!  Todd is finishing the Book of James on Friday nights and has been leading a study of Nehemiah on Monday Nights for the men.  Penny has been busy with a womens Bible Study on Base and spending time with spouses loving on the ladies God has put in her life!  She continues to cook fabulous meals every Friday night.  Home Port is also now serving a homeless kitchen once a month in Honolulu and we also take the House for a hike on this beautiful island monthly.

Our girls are doing well!  Kelsey is finishing up 10th grade and is excited for summer vacation.  We had Emily home for Christmas which was wonderful!  Emily has done well at college but has had some health issues which has made attending classes and working difficult.  She’s doing her best but a bit stressed out as the school is “pay as you go.”  I know we would all appreciate your prayers for her and for us all!

We were honored that our friend Derek Black came and made a video of our ministry!  You will find a link to it at the bottom of this blog post!  As always, pictures tell a better story than me rambling on. Enjoy!

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Saying goodbye never gets easy as it was Alex’s time to go.

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Praying for Alex that he would be missional to his peers at his next duty assignment.

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Christmas found us celebrating together and having a lot of fun!  Ginger bread house competitions!

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We have several single service members and each received a stocking full of gifts and goodies since they couldn’t get home for Christmas.

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Nori giving some Christmas love!

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Playing games and fellowshipping at Christmas time!

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It’s always a joy to have service members and their families join us for Christmas dinner!

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Christmas Cantata at Pearl Harbor Chapel!  Emily sang and Todd played drums!

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Mele Kalikimaka from the Beaudin’s!

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Helping Service members pick out a reliable car is all part of the ministry!

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As well as helping them service their car!

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New Years Eve we hosted a Lord of the Rings Movie Marathon!  It was a great alternative to other opportunities available in and around the island when you are a young adult!

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Alex is one of our sailors who made dinner for the entire house!  Carne Asada, Al Pastor, homemade salsas, and he even made Horchata!

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Picking up Jordan at the airport and dropping him at his home after a long deployment!

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Jordan enjoying the comfort of the Home Port house and love from Nori!  Service members miss their pets when they leave home and family.

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So it’s true that we rent this house but we still needed to build shelving in the garage, pantry, and for Todds books!

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Kelsey is such a huge help.  We’d be lost without her!  She helps get ready for Friday night and she spends a great deal of time loving on military kids!

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Dinner time!

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Chaplain Nick showing us how to properly eat waffles and sausage!

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Eating and fellowship!

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Penny continues to make service members favorite homemade dessert for their birthday.  It’s one of the ways she shows love.

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Singing worship songs before Bible Study

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Getting ready for Bible Study

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The lure of sin.  Using a rat trap to make a point.  James 1: 13-15

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Sunday Summit Hike!

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Hiking with our Home Port Ohana!

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Pearl Harbor Chapel is where we serve on Sunday Mornings.  Chap is getting his preach on!

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Those who wear combat boots are our favorite guests!

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Relaxing at Home Port. Their “home away from home.”

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Penny spending time and cooking with a soldiers wife!

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Talking about life and loving on a soldiers wife!

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Doing Pre-marital counseling long distance!  Todd has been asked to officiate the wedding of two of our soldiers back at Ft. Drum this June!

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When your daddy is on deployment for 6 months a little girl starts to miss her dad.  She follows Todd around saying “dad” and asking him to pick her up so she can be held.  Of course Todd thinks that’s great!

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We just had a video made of our ministry here at Oahu!  Click on the link below to see it! It’s best in full screen!

HOME PORT VIDEO! 

 

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Thanks for catching up with us!  We appreciate each of you who take the time to pray for us and who financially support what God is doing here.  Without you none of what is happening here would be happening!  It’s such an honor to partner with you in ministry, we don’t take you for granted.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”  Philippians 4:4

Life and Ministry to the Military on Oahu

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It’s been a crazy three months on the mission field at Pearl Harbor!  We want to thank you for your continued prayers and support and give you an update on ministry with our service members!

Our household goods and truck arrived in September and since then we’ve been unpacking and getting the Home Port Hospitality House situated for our needs and for ministry!  At Fort Drum we only worked with the Army, but here we have had all branches of the Military represented except for the Coast Guard!  Our time has been spent getting acquainted to our new ministry environment, obtaining passes to Pearl Harbor/Hickam and working to secure Schofield Barracks passes.  We’ve been graciously accepted and put to work by Navy chaplains at Pearl Harbor which we are so thankful.  It is our joy to provide a “home away from home” environment to those who sacrifice so much for our safety and freedom!  A home cooked meal made with Penny’s love, a place to decompress and be loved on, and a place to grow in expository teaching from the Word of God –  being encouraged to reach out to other service members evangelistically!

Please pray for us as the ministry at this Cadence Hospitality House has been in transition for two years, meaning there have been temporary directors keeping the doors open to ministry until Cadence selected us as their long term replacement directors for Home Port.  At Fort Drum we were renovating a Hospitality House, and now we find ourselves renovating a ministry.  Please pray that our service members attending the House would not be timid, but courageous in their faith and bold to ask other military personnel they work with to come to Home Port!  This is our primary way to grow, evangelize, and disciple.  As most know, it is extremely expensive to live and do ministry here, so we covet your prayers in this time of rebuilding!  If you would like to keep a very vital ministry thriving and are prayerfully considering an end of the year gift you can do so by clicking this link Here!

As always, pictures tell more of a story than words… so enjoy!

 

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The Naval Chapel at Pearl Harbor

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Palm trees giving us a warm welcome to the Island!

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As you may already know, goodbyes happen too often in this ministry as service members PCS to different duty stations all around the world.  It is always changing.

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Honolulu

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Military kids playing at Bellows Beach

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This is the Home Port Hospitality House!  We rent this home to do our ministry here on Oahu.

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We weren’t on Island two weeks and Todd was recruited to play on the Pearl Harbor Chapel worship team!

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SO VERY THANKFUL for service members helping us unload our container and get our stuff into the house!

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It’s hard to find a beach that isn’t beautiful here!

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Praying for Jordan as he deploys.  Will you keep him in your prayers as well?

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One way we show love to Service Members is by making them their favorite dessert for their birthdays!

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Kelsey helping with the Pearl Harbor Chapel Trunk-er-Treat bounce house!

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Our truck decorated up for the Trunk-er-Treat event!

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Lots of opportunity to talk with service member families as they went by!

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We had 1000+ families come through in two hours!

It was very evident we were not in the midsts of civilians.  Such respect!

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Penny and I were asked along with a Navigator’s couple to be the missionary speakers at the children’s Awana Program!

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Talking to the Middle and High School students

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Every Monday night Todd leads a servicemen’s Bible Study called Band of Brothers!  We are doing an expository study of Nehemiah!

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Kelsey on a Dad / Daughter Date!

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Thankful that one of our servicemen at Home Port does HVAC as his MOS with the Air Force!  James is showing Todd how to clean the AC units.

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Just in case you think our lives revolve around beaches and remoteness!

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Traffic on the H1. It’s wise to not travel certain directions at certain times of the day!

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Relaxing before dinner at the Home Port Hospitality House after a very long work week on base!

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Todd helping out with Communion at the Pearl Harbor Chapel

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From our house we can see Ford Island at Pearl Harbor.  It is a continual reminder of one of the worst attacks on America

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1177 sailors.  Still entombed below the water with their brothers in their ship.

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USS Missouri parked close to the sunk USS Arizona.  One of our Home Port guys gives tours of this ship where WWII came to an end.

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Rainbows everywhere!  Such a glorious way to remember God’s promises!

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As always, it’s our joy to provide service members and their families a place to celebrate during the Holidays.  So many cant go home so we become that family!

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Good food and great fellowship!  We had close to 30 for Thanksgiving Dinner!

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For a select few, turkey coma was managed well in the living room!  Also, this is where we do Bible Study on Friday nights.  We expect to fit over 40 people in this room!

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Our Daughter Kelsey is a Missionary as well (dark blue shirt).  She kept the children active during Thanksgiving Day!  So thankful for her!

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Island sunsets are beautiful

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Kelsey walking Nori on the Beach!  Nori doesn’t mind being a Hawaii dog!

 

Thank you again for believing in us, your prayers, your support, and partnership in this ministry!  Please don’t stop.  Even though it may seem like a dream to do ministry in Hawaii, there are equal hardships.  We thank God daily for his placement here and are leaning heavily into Him for continued support of us doing His work.  We see the need here as much as we did at Fort Drum!  Thank you for taking the time to catch up with the Beaudin’s, we love each of you!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  – Jeremiah 29: 11-13

Check out our Home Port ministry website!

Hawaii Bound!

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Our time on home assignment is drawing to an end and on September 1st we take over directorship of the Home Port Hospitality House on Oahu, HI.  It would be an understatement to say we can’t wait to begin loving on soldiers again, sharing our lives and the Gospel through hospitality!

So what exactly have we been doing?  A well intentioned person asked if we were enjoying our vacation, but it’s far from what I consider a vacation!  We’ve been living out of a suitcase for the last 5 months, 3 of of those months on the road in the 48 states visiting supporters, potential supporters, and family.  We were rarely in one place more than 24 hours.  We were treated with such wonderful hospitality from our friends, it was a pleasure to visit with each of you and reconnect!  The last two months were spent in Alaska visiting with our support base at our home church.  We saw some fabulous country on our travels, and all in all we drove over 20,000 miles and saw over 200 families.  If this was a vacation, it certainly wasn’t for the faint of heart!

So here’s our current schedule:

  • August 13th – I took our truck to port in Anchorage for it to barge to Hawaii.
  • August 14th – Penny and I flew back to Watertown, NY to pull our household goods out of storage, put them in a container, and get them shipped to Hawaii.
  • August 20th – Penny and I embark from Watertown, NY to Seattle, WA with Nori, our dog, by car.  No carrier will transport her to Hawaii except for Hawaiian Airlines, but it must be from the West Coast.
  • August 23rd – 26th – Along the way we get Emily situated at college.
  • August 29th – We fly from Seattle to Oahu with Nori.
  • September 6th – Kelsey will fly to Hawaii with a family friend.

Once in Hawaii we begin the process of familiarizing ourselves with the island and ministry.  The Beaudin family is doing well, considering all of the transitions and movement.

Glory to God we announce that we are at 100% monthly support!  Our start up funds are almost there too!  If you would like to help get us squared away, please click Here!

Enjoy a few pictures from the road!  Thanks to each of you who partner with us and are so diligent with your prayers!  We feel them and appreciate it greatly!

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Our Journey started in New York

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Washington D.C.

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Todd Preached in Mexico as well as our home church Soldotna Bible Chapel in Alaska

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Huntington Beach, CA

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San Francisco, CA

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Sequoia National Forest

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Critters along the Alaskan Canadian Highway

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We saw many of our Soldiers & Family who PCS’ed away from Ft. Drum while on our trip!  Danika Dauray

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Chaplain Vest & Family

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Calvert Family

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The Wysor’s

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Hodge, Brasswell, and Smith families

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The Smith Family

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The Jackson family

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The Albertson and Sexton Families

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Arbel Orshan

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Andrew Edwards & the Aliers

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The Rodriguez familiy

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Ocean Container for our stuff, and no, we don’t have that much stuff!  This was actually the cheapest option!

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Maybe this is why it was the cheapest option!  Ocean Container with a hole in the roof!

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Ocean container fixed!  Thank you God for skills!

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Some of our soldiers helping get us loaded!

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Filled half way high except for the last few feet!

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On the road with Nori!

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Nori Love!

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Dogs need a travel break too!

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Our last picture together, for now!

Thanks for taking time to catch up with us and please pray for all that is on our plate right now.  We find it such a joy to serve our Savior and Soliders!  If you partner with us you are a vital part of what God is doing in the military!  Thank you!

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:8

Our Last Days Serving at Ft. Drum

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Our last days with our soldiers was bittersweet to say the least, we love them and you could tell it was reciprocal.

To our soldiers and families:

Our last Friday with you was filled with many tears, tears of sadness and tears of joy.  We will hold our memories of Ft. Drum  with you very close to our heart.  While we are excited for the next chapter of ministry in Oahu, Hi there won’t be a day we won’t think of our “kids” back at Ft. Drum.  I say “kids” because Penny was very adamant that while she wasn’t attached to  Watertown, NY or even the Hospitality House we poured so much time and effort into to make it a soldiers home, she and I are very attached to each of you who came to the house.  Penny joked about packing you all up and bringing you along with us to Hawaii…. and who couldn’t refuse such a deal?  We will miss your faces walking through the door on Friday as well as every other day of the week knowing you should never knock or ring the doorbell (that was code for rookie at the door) but just walk in because, well, it was your home…just don’t sell it.

As I write this, we are on our way across America to visit supporters, family, and raise up new partners in ministry so our support is at 100% anticipating ministry in Hawaii.  I’m typing on my MacBook, plugged into the truck power supply and my iPhone is my hotspot to the world.  This post was uploaded to the web on HWY 53 north of Duluth, MN while Penny drives along at 65 mph.  We truly live in a different world today don’t we?  And for that very reason I believe that we will continue to stay in touch, though if you decide to visit us in the middle of the Pacific Ocean we will be overjoyed!

As always, here are some pictures to tell our story from Christmas to present.  Our next post will be about our time on the road!

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Family pic at Christmas time!

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Penny being adorable…. as always

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What do you do when you cant get home for Christmas?  You sleepover at the Beaudin’s!  Lindsey helping make breakfast.

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Ugly Sweater/Gingerbread House/Christmas Party!

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We LOVE opening our home to soldiers who are singing, “I’ll be home for Christmas… if only in my dreams.”

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Next year will not be a white Christmas, unless you count white sand and white hibiscus flowers!

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Still working with teenagers!  Ft. Drum youth group Christmas party.

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A little love from my high schoolers in youth group as we leave!

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We were honored as special guests at the 1-10 Batalion Formal Ball

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The boots of soldiers are always our favorite guests at the House!

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Change of Command service for my friend Lt. Col. George A. Hodges of the 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment

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Staying “Frosty” in Upstate NY

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One of the special blessings of Hospitality House ministry with Cadence is being a little sister to solders!  Facial Mask Beauty treatments are downright scary!

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Penny’s solders and daughters hanging around on a Friday Night!

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Yes, real men love Jesus!

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Once in a while I recruit for Cadence and Michael was one of those students recruited!  He will be serving as an intern this Summer with Cadence.

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Todd playing drums with the worship team for Chapel Next

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Kelsey’s Christmas gift was horse riding lessons.  She’s a bit horse crazy!

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Adorable Nori!  She continues to be a huge ministry partner on the field!  Soldiers miss their dogs and love playing with her.

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We are so blessed to have CH LTC James Foster and his lovely wife Angela taking care of Nori while we are on the road.  We will reconnect with her in 6 months and she will be a Hawaii Dog!

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The Beauty of Sisters

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Penny teaching sewing to some of her ladies

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The last project we accomplished was to finish the custom made trim for the windows so it would match the existing custom trim in the house.

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Nehemiah helping Penny paint trim

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Nic was a huge help to Todd with many things at the house!

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Brian & Cathy Hutchins visiting and getting to know our soldiers.  They are the new Hospitality House Directors for Ft. Drum.

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The Haas family will be moving to Ft. Drum as well to help with youth ministry!

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Saying goodbye to Chaplain Raja and family

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Kelsey consoling a teenager who must, again, move.  This time within a year.  Being a military kid is very difficult, please pray for military families.

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Saying goodbye to the Jacksons and Rodriguez’

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Saying goodbye to Vanessa

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God is Good!    All the time!  All the time…. God is Good!

Our Time at Ft. Drum is Ending…

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It’s been a whirlwind two years at Ft. Drum but our time here is soon coming to a close.  We let Cadence Headquarters know a while ago that it would be helpful to move somewhere warmer in the future.  Sometime within our last two years in Alaska Penny began to struggle with an auto immune deficiency called Raynaud’s Syndrome and over time it has gotten worse, she really struggles with being cold.  If you would like to learn more about Raynaud’s Syndrome you can click Here.  So, Cadence kept that in mind and has been looking for a site that would be a good fit for both of us, the Hospitality House in Pearl Harbor is where they have chosen.  This will be a very bittersweet transition as we are humbly honored to direct the house in Hawaii but have fallen in love with our soldiers here at Ft. Drum.   While we are sad that our time in ministry is coming to a close here we are very excited about the couple who will be replacing us.  Brian and Cathy Hutchens have been with Cadence for 7 years, mostly at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina.   The Cadence ministry at Ft. Drum will be in good hands!

While our next endeavor may sound very utopian, there are some hurdles to clear.  Cadence will place us on a six month Home Assignment beginning March 1st in order to visit our current supporters and raise additional funds that will be needed for this ministry site.  While Hawaii is not cheap, it is a strategic and vital place of ministry to the military.  The island of Oahu has a huge military presence with around 40,000 soldiers and 14 different installations and all 5 branches represented within a close proximity:

Marine CorpsMarine Corps Base Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay), Camp H. M. Smith and Pu’uloa Range Training Facility

ArmyFort ShafterSchofield BarracksWheeler Army Airfield (formerly Wheeler Air Force Base) and Tripler Medical Center

NavyJoint Base Pearl Harbor-HickamNCTAMS PACNaval Magazine Lualualei

Air ForceJoint Base Pearl Harbor-HickamBellows Air Force Station

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After our home assignment, we will take over directorship of the Home Port Hospitality House.  If you would like to take a peek at this ministry you can learn more HERE.

Please be in fervent prayer with us during this transitional time as there will be many things on our plate to consider and accomplish before we are released Hawaii, Lord willing later in 2018.  We are so thankful for each of you who are our prayer and support team, we look forward to moving into future ministry with you in Hawaii.

 

– Mahalo!

Watching God at Work at Ft. Drum

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Sometimes you have to marvel at the handiwork of God, or as David said: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).  We saw Him working as he kept one of our soldiers safe after a horrible motorcycle accident right outside the Hospitality House.   Luke was stopping by to show off his new motorcycle when a vehicle behind him ran into the back of his bike at close to 50 mph.  His bike and the vehicle were severely damaged and Luke had to be taken to Syracuse Hospital about an hour away by helicopter.  Luke was sedated and intubated and spent the night in the ICU.  There is much more to the story but here is the ending, within 24 hours he walked out of the hospital and on the way back to Ft. Drum texted us to find out what was for dinner.  It was Friday night and Penny had made sweet and sour meatballs.  Luke walked into the house greeted everyone and ate dinner!  He has been recovering well and we are blown away that he didn’t have any significant damage.  Praise The Lord!

That was just one thing –  a tremendous thing, which we have seen lately.  We continue to see soldiers faith grow from their involvement at the house, they find community here and encouragement from the Word to grow and reach out to other soldiers on Garrison.  We recently said goodbye to five more soldiers and their family, as they PCS on to new Army posts.  We are looking forward to seeing how God will use them at their new duty stations.  Yet we continue to see new faces walk through the door weekly as our remaining soldiers invite new friends to the house!  It’s all bittersweet but we realize that this is the culture in which we live and work within the military.

The Beaudin family has remained busy:  Penny continues to mother soldiers, counsel, mentor, and teach life skills such as sewing and cooking.  She loves her interaction with the many ladies she pours her life into and continues doing Bible Studies with them.  Todd also continues to disciple and mentor soldiers,  has been busy working with the youth of Ft. Drum, the Chaplains, as well as renovation on the house.  He also has been doing some recruiting and teaching on missions for Cadence.  The House Bible study on Friday nights continues to go well and we will start into the book of Ephesians soon.  The girls continue to help out daily with chores to child care to being surrogate little sisters for the many who call this House their “home away from home.”

As always, here’s some pictures to fill in the gaps and show you our ministry to these awesome men and women!

Cookies

Penny making 160 cookies for soldiers of  the 1-87 deploying that evening.  Our guys deserve some homemade love on the way to secure our freedom.

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We told the girls we would do something special with each of them. Emily wanted to go shopping in Montreal, Canada

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Kelsey wanted to see her bestie, Cristiana Moyer who lives in Virginia.

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Kelsey recently celebrated her 15th birthday!

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Bible study in the backyard of the house

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It’s very common for soldiers to hang around for hours after Bible study to fellowship and play games!

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Todd and Jedidiah Schlung (one of his youth group kids from Alaska) who is now a doctor in Rochester, NY went on a motorcycle trip to visit some knife factories in Upstate NY

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Ontario Knife company as well as Olean Knife company (now owned by Cutco) made WWII Ka-Bar knives for our troops

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You can’t keep a hungry soldier away from food and great fellowship! Even after you suffered a traumatic accident on your motorcycle! Praise God for Luke’s safety!  Notice the hospital gown and scrub pants!

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God had your 6 brother!

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Nori being affectionate with Vanessa

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We still watch dogs! Dixie and Nori enjoying a truck ride!

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Nori helping Kelsey with school work

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Watching Gage (big dog compared to Nori)

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Lindsey and Gage

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We have said goodbye to 5 wonderful friends and soldiers this PCS season. It never gets any easier 😦 Saying goodbye and praying for Josh. May God continue to do tremendous things in your life!

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Saying goodbye and praying for Sean. May God continue to do tremendous things in your life!

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Saying goodbye and praying for Joseph. May God continue to do tremendous things in your life!

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Saying goodbye and praying for Mark. May God continue to do tremendous things in your life!

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Saying goodbye and praying for Trey & Jessica & girls. May God continue to do tremendous things in your life!

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So honored to be “coined” 1SG Trey Albertson! It was a blessing to serve you and your family!

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Penny has always wanted to see a hot air balloon. She definitely got to see one!

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Penny teaching Chaplain Eskind how to put a bobbin in a sewing machine.

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Penny and the girls cooking!

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Todd doing some recruiting and teaching on missions for Cadence at Grace College and Seminary.

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Nic and Todd making trim for the house

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This is the brains of the HVAC system that was installed into the house. There are now 3 zones and programable thermostats. Central air AC will be added soon!

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Installed vacuum dampers that control how much air and to what floor it goes.

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Pat Soluri from Security Plumbing has donated two Saturdays to install the heating components and will probably be here for another two Saturdays for the AC.  We are so thankful for Pat and his love of soldiers!

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Todd completed the master closet.

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Working on some recessed bookshelves in Emily’s room.

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After two years Todd finally got shelves built and unpacked his books!

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Out shooting at the range with Nic and Ruben.

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Talking to Justin in Afganistan

Talking to Chaplain Justin Smith via FaceTime.  He is deployed in Afghanistan, it’s great to be able to encourage each other from so far away!

Thanksgiving 1-10

We were asked if we would help feed the single soldiers of the 1-10 Battalion a Thanksgiving Dinner and of course, we said YES!

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We had over 40 people at the house for Thanksgiving this year!

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A special visit from the VP of field ministries at Cadence Headquarters!  We loved having Todd & Karla Tillapaugh with us!

 

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Todd, Penny, & Kelsey helped out with VBS late August on Ft. Drum!

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Todd continues to play drums for the Ft. Drum chapel service.

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Teaching the Ft. Drum youth group about Meteor ball! They loved it as much as the Soldotna Bible Chapel youth group did for 20 years!

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Helping lead the Fall youth retreat

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… and teaching them about the garbage can game!

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Kelsey being brave on the high ropes course!

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As Christmas comes along we are reminded that many soldiers don’t get to go home for the holidays so being able to come to the Hospitality House and decorate our tree is a close second!

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Many soldiers don’t have family close when they come home from deployment. We were honored to pick up Keven and celebrate his home coming after 9 months abroad, even at 2am in the morning!

 

Thanks for your support in prayer and finances!  We couldn’t do this without you and it’s our honor to partner with you in this ministry!  To God all the Glory!!

Summertime in Upstate New York

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“So thankful for Todd & Penny!  Thank you for all the support and treating me like family, it means more than you’ll ever know.”  – from one of our soldiers

Summer finds us plenty busy with soldiers in and out of our home.  There is rarely a day we don’t have at least one if not a few at the house.  We are thankful they see this place as an oasis they can decompress from Ft. Drum and that they feel safe to just be ‘them.’

We have seen strong numbers throughout the summer attending our Friday night meal and Bible study with between 25 to 40+ in the house.  Our chaplains have also been active with us at the house as well which blesses us immensely.  Most soldiers come because they were invited by a soldier that already attends and we continue to encourage them to see this property as a tool to love on and build relationship with the ‘Joe’s and Jane’s’ they work with daily to share the Gospel.

We’ve been busy helping our chaplains where ever we can.  We lead a greeting/hospitality ministry at Sunday Chapel on Post, Emily and Todd are regular worship team leaders (Emily sings & Todd plays drums).  We also help with a single soldiers ministry and will be working with the Post VBS all next week.

At the house Penny has been working with around 6 ladies teaching sewing as a way to get to know them and build relationships as they talk about many things in life and Bible.  Both Todd & Penny continue to meet with soldiers for various studies and counseling weekly.  Todd has had the blessing of having one soldier come over regularly to help him get projects done on the house and property.  We just received a large financial gift that will allow AC to be added to existing forced air furnace so the house will soon have central air for the first time!  This may be lost on our Alaska friends but let me tell you, it gets really hot and humid here in the summer!  We still have two large projects we want to complete to see this full house renovation done.  You can learn about what they are HERE.

You should be seeing a letter in the mail soon from us including the picture above as a magnet for your fridge!  Please keep the prayers coming, we see hurt and PTSD symptoms regularly.  These precious people and families would appreciate it and so would we!

As always, we’ll leave you with some pictures of what we’ve been up to…

Anniversary

Penny & I escaped to Buffalo, NY to celebrate our anniversary, stay the night, and eat ridiculous size steaks.  26 years in love and counting!

Bible Study

When it’s not too hot, we meet outside for Bible study!  We’ve been making our way through the Gospel of John chapter by chapter!

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Bible Study in Basement

When it’s too hot outside we meet in the only place that is cool!  The basement!

Birthdays

Soldiers birthdays are celebrated every month with the homemade dessert of their choice!  Pray for Brad, this young man is a Chinook pilot and is deployed currently to Germany.

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Moving is an ongoing activity at Ft. Drum.  The Navigator and Cadence ministries Helping Kevin & Raissa get packed up!

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Bounce House

Kids love the bounce house on Friday nights!  Emily & Kelsey continue to work with the kids and we are so thankful for their work!

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Bye Athena

Praying for and saying goodbye to Athena.  Pray for her and husband Logan, and their infant son Aiden.  Athena and Logan are both Apache pilots and are PCS’ing to South Korea.

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Praying for and saying goodbye, for now, to Brad as he is deployed.

Bye Christina

Praying for and saying goodbye to Christina.  She and her husband Matt are retiring from the military and she transitioned early to their new digs as Matt waited for paperwork to clear.

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Matt’s last day as a solider and a proud holder of a DD214!  Matt and his dog Riley lived with us for a week as he tied up all the loose ends.

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The Cadence crew helping Matt & Christina clean the apartment for check out.

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Bye Matt!

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Todd was asked to put together a canoe trip for the Ft. Drum youth group and Josh helped him float the river on a recon trip.  The trip got put on the back burner for now because of scheduling conflicts.

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The Hospitality House has boats because we are on the Black River!  The property now has a boat tree to store them!  Thanks Nic for your help!

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The group had a fun time at Thompson Park a few miles away from the Hospitality House attending an outside concert (Syracuse Orchestra), Cannon fire, and fireworks over the city of Watertown!

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The 1812 Overture was being played and the smoke is from the cannons, complements of Ft. Drum.

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Flowers

Fresh cut flowers from the House yard!

Game Night

Some of the guys playing a game, unwinding, and fellowshipping!  Rank doesn’t matter much at the house!

Kelsey's Surgery

A few weeks ago we had a big scare as Kelsey needed Emergency Surgery to remove an ovary as she had an ovarian torsion.  One week later she was back to her regular teenager life!  Praise God!

Kid Birthday

Being a military kid can be hard and sometimes we get the honor to be family!  Who doesn’t love a birthday party?!

Miitary Ball

We were invited to attend a Battalion military ball!

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Kelsey is growing up to be a beautiful lady like her mom and sister!

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Dad is so honored to dance with his girl!

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So thankful for my bride!  Just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!

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Emily was blessed to have her bestie stay for two weeks here in New York, then Emily went to Alaska for two weeks!

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Nori & Dixie

Nori continues to be a huge asset to our ministry and she is a loved part of our family.  Her anxiety with other dogs has lessened and she now has playmates (and cuddle buddies) as we continue to watch soldiers dogs from time to time.

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So patient with kids!

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She is loved and a part of the Beaudin Family!

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Always looking for a little attention!

Perez Visit

Our regional directors Danny & Kathryn Perez came for their annual visit.  We always enjoy their company, love, encouragement, and wisdom!

Single Solder

Penny showing some love by making banana bread for the single soldier ministry on Ft. Drum.  Who doesn’t like homemade when all you get is MRE’s, Defac food, and the barracks?

Soldiers eating on Deck

Thankful for a big deck and lots of soldiers and family!

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One of the favorite summertime meals!

Titco Visit

Our friends and ministry partners, the Titco family.  They serve CRU Military at Ft. Eustis, VA.  So awesome to have them come hang out with us for a weekend!

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Renovation work on the yard and house continue every week.  We finished cleaning out the back end of the property so you can see the Black River really well!

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Nothing is free in New York except yard debris removal!  The city came by with a truck and wood chipper and it was all gone in 20 minutes!

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Panoramic of the backyard.  It’s shaping up nicely!

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…and we might as well take a picture in the backyard!   (This is what your fridge magnet should look like.  Be watching for something from us in the mail this next month!)

Thanks again for taking the time to catch up with what’s happening on the mission field.  The Gospel is being shared by word and deed!  Please continue to pray that these men and women will be as bold with the Gospel as they are in protecting our freedoms!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those He redeemed from the hand of the foe, those He gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.”  Psalm 107: 1-3

Spring and Soldiers at Ft. Drum!

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“I’m so glad this ministry and you guys are here.  I would be lost without it and not living for the Lord nor being a testimony to my fellow soldiers here at Ft. Drum.”   –  from one of our soldiers

It’s been a little while since I’ve updated you on the happenings around the Hospitality House.  Trust me, it’s not because we’ve been sitting on our hands!  We appreciate your ongoing prayers and support even when things get a little silent!

We’ve been waiting for the weather to warm up so we can continue working on the renovation of the Hospitality House.  The garage is still full of some of our boxes and it’s not heated so running equipment is hard outside in the snow.  Our plan is to complete the finish carpentry inside the house this summer.  We are waiting on a quote from a local business and we are praying they will deeply discount the supplies for our HVAC fix.  We are hoping to install central AC into the house as the summers get up to 100 degrees with 100% humidity and the house gets unbearable.  Cooking for a Friday night gets intense and I have to be on my “A” game to hold their attention sitting in the heat and humidity for Bible Study!  The main flooring of the house still needs replaced as well.  We can see the end of this epic renovation coming to a close soon pending on the cash to complete it.  Pray with us about that would you?

Penny and I have continued to be busy on Fridays preparing dinner and teaching through the Gospel of John.  We continue to do personal bible studies, counseling, and serve our soldiers, wives and children however we can.  We count it such a privilege to be here with them, to walk alongside them in their often very difficult situations.  We can both say that our work is truly a labor of love!  Penny has been very involved with PWOC the on-post weekly women’s Bible Study with over a 100 ladies and spending relational time with ladies sewing.  Emily and Kelsey continue to work with the children on Friday nights and help get the house ready.  We are so blessed to have their help and they have been doing a great job with upwards of 10 children.  Emily also sings with the Chapel Next worship team on Post occasionally, and we have been attending two services at Ft. Drum every Sunday.  The Traditional Service which attracts quite a few single soldiers and Chapel Next, which is more contemporary.  Both have been great avenues to build relationships with soldiers and their families and many attend the House on Friday nights.

Penny and I recently attended our annual east coast conference with Cadence in Asheville, NC.  We were refreshed and challenged by our leadership!   Once we got back we shared with our military family here at the H.House our vision together for ministry.  We reminded them that the verse (see below) they walk past as they come into the house is a reminder for us all.  It is our pleasure to pour into their lives but it also reminds them of their need to pour into the lives of the “Joe’s” they work with everyday.  Utilizing the H.House as a tool to minister to them as a safe place they can hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Living and sharing the Gospel in a military environment is tremendously challenging but we have full confidence they can do it.  These men and women are the 1% of our population that answer the call to serve and stand in harms way to protect us and our freedom.  They are the ideal people to task with the Great Commission sharing the gospel wherever the Lord, through our military, sends them around the world!  Pray for them, will you!

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Trey and Jessica

We were invited to attend Trey’s promotion to First Sergeant

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Jessica, pinning on his rank as their girls watch

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St. Patricks Day at the House!

St. Patricks Day Party at the House!  Green Eggs & Ham!

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Russ, being prayed over as he leaves the military and the House

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Penny, using her talents and interests to minister to soldiers wives

Penny & Christina Crafting

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Playing paintball with our House soldiers!

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MWS Concert

We were blessed with donated VIP tickets to a Michael W Smith concert!

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…and we were blessed with the special honor of a “meet and greet” with Michael W Smith and Jim Daneker!  Both these guys have a special place in their heart for our Military.

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Nori continues to be a blessing to the ministry!  She loves little children and is very patient!

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Welcome to the Hospitality House!  It’s finally Spring!

Kelsey Vacuuming

Kelsey vacuuming and getting the house ready for Friday night!  She is a blessing!

Emily and the Kids

Emily working with some of the children we have with us on Friday nights at the House!

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Emily helping with the worship service at Chapel Next

Keven Deploying

Praying for Keven as he deploys for 9 months and for time to go by quickly for his wife Raissa!  Pray that Keven will be a missionary on his deployment and share Christ through his actions and words!

The Cross Wall

The Cross Wall and our celebration of Easter with our soldiers!

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Easter dinner with around 30 hungry brothers and sisters!

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David, working on his Class A’s at the House

Group Study

Bible Study down in the basement

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Chris being promoted to Captain

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Cadence Conference

All the East Coast Cadence Missionaries!

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Mark Wilson and I mountain biking in the Blue Ridge Mountains while at Conference

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I found this pond so refreshing!  Spent some quality time with the Lord reading the Word and praying.

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Chris invited us to Family Day at the range!

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Thanks for taking the time to catch up with what is going on here at Ft. Drum!  We ask that you specifically pray for the Gospel to be advanced through our soldiers!  Pray that God will use the Beaudin family daily in their lives to love them and instruct them as we work together to reach the lost for Christ!

Wintertime at the Hospitality House!

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There is much happening at Ft. Drum with our soldiers!  Block Leave (Holiday Leave), JRTC (Month long training at Ft. Polk), TDY’s (Temporary duty assignment/training) and preparation for Deployment.  The pace is crazy busy and these families feel it.  Sometimes Penny and I long for the days of church ministry when people pretty much stick around for large blocks of time, not so with military life, but we wouldn’t trade it!  Of course this pace makes life hard for our soldiers and wives but it’s especially hard on the children, they sacrifice much.

Penny and I continue to pour into anyone who will allow us to do so through friendship, mentorship, and discipleship and our calendar is full.  Todd is currently teaching through the book of John on Friday nights which has been rich.  Depending on what is going on with our soldiers schedules we’ve been averaging anywhere from 20 to 40 people at the H. House for a “home cooked meal,” Bible Study, and Fellowship.  Sometimes guys don’t leave until way after midnight, sitting around the table drinking coffee and talking about important issues in life and faith.  Sometimes guys crash in the basement instead of heading back to the barracks.

As you look through the pictures below would you look for prayer opportunities and keep us all in prayer?  There is so much more I wish I could share with you but won’t because of confidentiality, but please know that there is a lot of deep hurt in the lives of many military families and singles.  We all covet your prayers and remember our Chaplains.

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Our mission statement to the military

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Todd was invited to a military Navigators conference which was helpful to learn what the Navigators do with the military!  In this picture is Lt. Jim Downing, the second oldest Pearl Harbor survivor who was the keynote speaker at 103 years old speaking to a soldier.  We are so thankful for the Navigators at Ft. Drum and what they do, it’s an honor to do ministry alongside them!

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Jessica, a soldiers wife and friend of Penny’s, is busy in the kitchen making jalapeño jelly.

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Our annual Ugly Sweater Christmas party!

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Gingerbread competitions!

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All the renovations and added insulation for the Hospitality House have made a huge difference in the utility bills, we are paying 50% less every month!  Praise the Lord!

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Expository teaching through the book of John, we are tackling key passages in each chapter.  What a blessing to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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Praying and saying goodbye to John and Amanda Sexton and kids as they head to Ft. Bliss

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It never gets any easier to say goodbye and it’s the thing we most dislike about this ministry.

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New Year’s Eve Party playing board games!

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Ski/Board trip to Snow Ridge (40 minutes away)!  We didn’t get everyone in the picture but most!

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Nori is the newest addition to the Beaudin family.  She is a rescue dog and a sweetheart!  Good with people and kids but we believe she needs some work adapting to other dogs.  Please pray for Nori and for us as we go through obedience training and acclimation with other dogs.

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Shooting at the Ft. Drum rifle range with Ruben Rodriguez

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100 yards out

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Kelsey doing home school

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Please pray for this dear family.  Kim and kids recently started coming to the H. House.  This family will be geologically separated for possibly two years while he is in Germany.  This is on the back of him being deployed just a year ago.

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Keven deploys very soon, please pray for him and his wife as she waits at home for Keven to return.  Pray for safety and for time to fly.

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Watching soldiers cut up credit cards!  Todd has been attending a Dave Ramsey Military Financial Peace class with Emily for her future financial goals and to possibly help teach this class in the future on Post or at the H. House.

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Welcome to the H. House!

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Kelsey asked her Dad to attend a Dad/Daughter banquet at Ft. Drum, and of course her dad said YES!

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She looks all grown up!

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Kelsey sitting in-between two of her friends, Katie and Maria, who are both Chaplain’s daughters.

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Todd was “Coined” by Lt. Col. George A. Hodges, 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment Commander as a token of appreciation for what the Cadence Ministry does in sharing the Gospel and our lives with their soldiers here at Ft. Drum.

We thank each of you for your continued support!  As the weather starts to warm up we will continue with renovations on the Hospitality House.  If you would like to know where we stand with the renovation please click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page where it talks about the house renovation!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your prayers and support!  We LOVE being in partnership with each of you who pray and financially support this awesome ministry.  May God continue to do awesome things through all of us!

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!  Psalm 126:3