Merry Christmas from the Beaudin’s!

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As you prepare to celebrate the day our Savior was born this week, the Beaudin family would like to wish you a Merry Christmas!  We are ready with anticipation for Christmas Day as we celebrate along with our soldier friends & family who cannot get home for Christmas this year.  Would you all do us a huge favor?  Would you include us all in your Christmas dinner prayer?  I know it would mean a lot for the families and soldiers who are here at Ft. Drum and also all those who are deployed downrange.

We want to thank each of you who pray for us here at Ft. Drum, thank you as well for your financial gifts to God who sustains us daily!  We couldn’t do this ministry without each of you, your prayers are felt so please keep up the good work!

Here is what you can pray for:

  • Soldiers with PTSD & TBI’s that are battling it.
  • Those who can’t get home for Christmas.  This is a dark time of the year for many who do not know Jesus as their Savior as they sit in their barracks not willing to come out to the Hospitality House.  Pray that they might hear about us and be encouraged to join us for Christmas!
  • Pray for our families who are PCS’ing or have already done so.  That they would find solid churches and strong fellowship & discipleship with other believers wherever they may end up.  That they might be missionaries to lost soldiers they work with everyday.
  • Our Chaplains and their families, for their battle everyday as they laboriously work to share the Gospel with lost soldiers.  Pray for their wives and children as well, I believe their plate is twice as full as a civilian pastors family.
  • Pray for Todd as he prepares to teach the Scriptures, for Penny as she cooks, for both of them as they invest into soldiers and soldiers wives, for Emily as she seeks direction for the future, and for Kelsey as she makes new friends because those she now has are PCS’ing soon.
  • Pray that the Beaudin family might be used in mighty ways for our Lord in 2017.

We’ve certainly been busy this year investing into the lives of our soldiers and building them up through Bible Study, discipleship, mentorship, and counseling.  Here’s some recent pictures for you to see what we’ve been up to lately!

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Soldiers leave all the time.  It’s always bittersweet, excited for them to be the light of the Gospel in foreign lands when they deploy or PCS to a different Fort in the States.  Andrew is signing the Drum-stick on his last night here.

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Jordan helping me blow insulation into the attic of the Hospitality House.

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Todd blowing a foot of fiberglass insulation over the top of the urethane spray foam that was put down this spring.  The heating bills are much less praise the Lord!

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Penny battling her fear of heights and taking great pictures!

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Fall is spectacular in the North Country!  This is close to the Hospitality House.

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A thankfulness tree made by a wife of a soldier!

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We are very thankful that they are thankful for this ministry!

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Welcome to the Hospitality House!

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Fall is a serious time for leaves!  They are half a foot deep out there!

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Penny and I attended the East coast Cadence retreat in Asheville, NC which was very refreshing and rewarding!  This picture is of us with our boss Danny and his wife Kathryn.  They have been a blessing and an encouragement to us!

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We were blessed to have Todd’s Grandma with us for two weeks and his brother, sister and her husband and daughter with us for a weekend!

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Grandma and Penny in the kitchen making dinner for the solders and their family at the Hospitality House!

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Thanksgiving Day was a busy day feeding a packed house full of our Heroes!

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The staircase “before” picture

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Todd sanding everything before new paint

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Penny doing her magic!

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It’s all in the details!

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The staircase “after” picture

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Kelsey loving on our soldiers dogs that we dog-sit from time to time!

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The old table that would sit 10 people

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Bringing in the new table that was custom built by a local craftsman just for this room

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The new table!  Seating for up to 16 soldiers & family

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Thank you plaques for our local businesses that have donated over $20,000 in supplies for the renovation of the house this year!  Praise God!

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Emily continues to sing on the worship team from time to time.  She did an acapella solo of “Thank you Soldiers” on Veteran’s day Sunday.  She knocked it out of the park, we are proud of her! 

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Trying to make the front of the Hospitality House as warm and inviting for Christmas as we can!

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David being goofy helping Todd get the Christmas tree upright and in the stand!

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We had a houseful of soldiers to help us decorate the tree together!

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Soldiers competitive at games??  Naw!

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We prayed for Curtis while deployed almost every week as a group.  Imagine our surprise when he just waltzes through the door after 9 months in Kuwait and Iraq!  Glad to get Curtis, Josh, and Chris back home!

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This table is a hit with everyone!

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Penny and I snuck off to Maui for two weeks to celebrate our 25th!  We couldn’t do it in May because we had a construction team here from Alaska for renovation on the house.

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Merry Christmas!

We wish you and your family a blessed Christmas!

-Todd, Penny, Emily, & Kelsey!

Celebrating One Year on the Field!

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Today a year ago Tim & Bobbi Bettger picked us up from the Syracuse airport and after a short drive we arrived on the mission field here at Ft. Drum!

 A lot has happened in one year and we want to rejoice with you all who partner with us in prayer and financial support to give glory to God!  We have entered into the lives of many soldiers and their families here, we’ve seen God do great and wonderful things in their spiritual lives.  We have laughed, cried, rejoiced, and mourned with our troops, and we have been a refuge and a home away from home for many.   One great take-a-way from this year has been how quickly people come into our lives and how unbelievably fast they leave.  That’s Army life, sigh!  So as we round the calendar track into our second year it has become apparent what our primary goal is, to preach the Gospel of Jesus by word and deed & and be about quick discipleship.  We have seen a great turnover of faces in just one year so whatever we do, it must be with purpose to prepare these men and women for wherever the military will send them next.  Sanctification, purpose of life, living out our Christianity among the lost and drawing the lost to a lifesaving relationship with Jesus.  These are the things that matter most when you don’t have much time.   We endeavor to disciple and mentor our soldiers in and out of our home.

On top of this, as you’ve seen this year has been very busy with the renovation of the house.  We have seen great things happen and seen God’s people rise up to provide along the way!  We can now see the end of the tunnel but we are not out of the tunnel just yet.  I would like to ask all of you who are cheerful givers to our Lord to consider helping us finish this project.  Todd’s personality drives him to complete what has been started and we are so close.  We will labor to finish our Lord’s house here at Ft. Drum as it is stewarded by us and Cadence International.  We will give you a list of things below that we still need to finish and ask that you prayerfully consider what you might be able to do.  Please know that a gift of $5.oo is just as grand as a gift of $5000.00 but more than anything, as the Apostle Paul addressed the Corinthian church:  “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”  2 Corinthians 9:6-8

  • Miscellaneous supplies to do finish work on the house, such as trimming out the windows, building book shelves in the office, master bedroom closet shelving and rods, paint, bathroom faucets, shades and curtains for windows, etc: $1800.00
  • Kitchen update, fix refrigerator, buy a gas stove range, a few cabinets, new hinges for existing doors, new formica counter top material & paint.  $2500.00
  • New flooring on the first floor of the house.  This is the busiest area of the home and the flooring is worn out.  We would like to install a hardwood product that can be refinished over decades and will fit this old craftsman style home.  Materials and install approx: $5500.00
  • Insulation for attic, rafter baffles, rental of insulation blower:  $600
  • HVAC work including the possibility of AC, duct work, removal of electric base board heat with more natural gas forced air so our utility bills will be significantly less.  We would like to replace the wood stove in the basement with a natural gas fireplace that is thermostat controlled.  We don’t have hard numbers on all this yet but might be around $10,000.00
  • New living room furniture and a custom farm style table & benches in the dining room to replace old and worn out furniture: $3000.00
  • Basement flood prevention and installation: $3000.00

This is what’s before us right now.  Each item is important but the ones in red are at the top of the priority list.  Because the house is under construction most of the week as we work on it with power tools everywhere, we have not unpacked the majority of our boxes to settle in and make this home our home yet.  We didn’t feel it was wise with the magnitude of renovation that needed to be done as things get in the way and have to be taken down off walls.  It’s hard to post about all of this but since you are in ministry partnership with us we also know that when a need is not known – it can’t be provided for.   If after prayer, you would like to cheerfully give you can click HERE.

All in all, the Beaudin’s give two thumbs up about life and ministry in Upstate New York. Yes, we miss all our friends in Alaska and elsewhere in the states but we feel your prayers and we appreciate the financial sacrifices you have made, your love, and encouragement for our family.  Here’s to the next year on the field at Ft. Drum!  May it be an awesome year of hearts changed and discipled for the Glory of God!  May our soldiers also be missionaries wherever the wind blows them!

As always, here’s some pictures to share with you!

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Celebrating with Sean as he earned his Expert Infantrymen Badge!

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New dishwasher to replace the worn out one.  Best Buy was willing to sell it to us for $211!  Praise the Lord!  It’s installed and cleaning 30+ guest dishes on Friday nights!

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Dad and the girls out for a ride.  Someone should tell Dad not to take photos when driving 🙂

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Thanks to Adam, one of our Soldiers, for professionally cleaning the carpets.  This is the Dining room Before pic.

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This is the Living Room After pic, and you can see where the furniture has been

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This is the Dining Room After pic!  There is still quite a bit of discoloration though.

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The ladies didn’t waste any time getting back to painting trim, the fireplace, & bookshelves!

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Our hospitality house living room

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Penny taking an afternoon to sew on the dining room table

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The Beaudin family and some of our soldier friends on a mountain climb!

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Always warms a parent’s heart to see sisterly love

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Backyard of the Hospitality House

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We have been studying Philippians verse by verse on Friday nights with our servicemen and families

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Dog-sitting has become a wonderful ministry to our servicemen!  Meet Riley!

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Lists, Lists, Lists of things waiting to get done!

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Cleaned up and leveled ground around these trees by the parking lot!  Thanks Jordan & Lori for helping!

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Sending our deployed guys some love!

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Thank you for taking the time to catch up with what we’ve been up to!  We appreciate your thoughts and prayers!

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Jesus.                                     – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Remembering…

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I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:3-6

Working, Serving, & Loving!

Version 4There’s been good commotion happening at the Cadence International Hospitality House at Ft. Drum!  In May, Jason Bucho, Shawn Holly, Ben, Kari, & Rosie Nabinger arrived from Alaska to help install new windows in the house and all 12 were installed!  They were not the correct size for the openings so plenty of sheetrock work happened afterwards.

Not long after that, the back porch door and front door arrived.  We had a few of our servicemen help us carry them into place and help with the installation and they look good!  But more than looking good, the exterior wall insulation, attic insulation and these doors and windows should bring our heating bill down quite a bit this next winter!  Praise the Lord for these accomplishments and thanks to all of you who sent gifts to see this part of the job through!  A total surprise in this whole process came when I asked for a quote for new vinyl siding for the house, just to know what the cost would be.  ABC Supply here in Watertown, Ny contacted their supplier and they donated all the siding for free!  Then the busiest siding company in town worked us into their schedule and installed the siding!  We  had half the money and within a week God provided the rest!  The exterior of the house is now complete and ready for winter!

We continue to enjoy loving on our servicemen & women!  Our numbers have increased and run from the mid twenties to mid thirties on a Friday night and there are always folks who drop in on us to visit or seek counsel during the week.  We are seeing a lot of young couples and lots of little kids!  Emily & Kelsey are doing an amazing job running a children’s ministry while Penny & I work with the adults!  Penny has had lots of help from our soldiers wives cooking in the kitchen and they also help bring food and desserts on Fridays.  We have both been busy mentoring and disciplining servicemen which has been richly rewarding!  We finished our Friday night study of the book of James and are now in Philippians and frequently meet outside around the fire in the evenings for Bible Study.  Todd continues to meet with and work alongside our chaplains, attend change of command ceremonies, counsel Biblically P.T.S.D. issues, and He baptized one of our guys down in the river at our property!  The Lord is at work in our servicemen at Ft. Drum!

We will have been on the field one year in mid September and our personal support continues to stay at 100% which we are so thankful of each of you who make a sacrifice each month to sustain us in this vitally important ministry.  An area we are still trying to shore up a deficit is with the cost of house ministry.  We desire to see the house budget at 100% so we can count on the money being there every month for the mortgage, insurance, cost of food on Friday nights, and to meet with soldiers.  We are gaining momentum with  monthly support but still have a ways to go.  Pray with us on this and if God so inclines you to help even in the littlest bit please click HERE.  Much like a church has a budget for the building and program, this is what we are trying to shore up.

There is still more renovation to be done to the house!  Todd needs to trim out the inside of the new windows, there’s still painting to do, we are still praying for an HVAC person to come help us plan a way to get us completely off electric baseboard heat upstairs and once that is done we will move into our final phase of the renovation which is much needed new flooring on the first floor, a small kitchen update, and new furniture in the living room and dining room.  Todd just recently replaced all the old receptacles and switches in the house which were 1950’s vintage and many had shorts or just plain didn’t work.  It felt a little weird throwing antiques away haha!  As I write this, there isn’t anything left in the project fund to continue work.  But as I told someone the other day, if the Lord wants us to keep working on His house He will provide!  Until then, we shall wait to go back to work!   If you want to keep us working so this huge project comes to completion please click HERE.

As always, we believe pictures tell better stories than our words so we will leave you with visual stories!  Please Enjoy and please know that we love each of you for your prayers and support!  Thanks for loving us and especially our servicemen who sacrifice so much!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4

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Urethane insulation done, just need to blow cellulose over the top this fall.

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Jason and Shawn hard at it!

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The scissor lift was necessary to install the Anderson windows.

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So thankful for these guys!

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Installing a new header where there wasn’t much of one before.

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Thanks Nabinger’s for bring Rosie… oh, and of course for all your hard work!

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Taking out the water and wood rotted door.

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Celebrating new life with Logan and Athena!

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Friday nights are our favorite day of the week!

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Bible Study in the backyard!

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Welcoming home our deployed soldiers happens all the time.

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We continue to watch our servicemen’s dogs when they need to be out of town.

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New vinyl siding going on!

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New front door installed.

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New back patio door installed.

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We hope to renovate this next spring.  We would like to run the children’s ministry out of the bunkhouse.

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BBQ with the Wysor’s!

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Thanks Matt for being brave enough to face the demons of war!

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Artwork of a PTSD sufferer.  The battle doesn’t stay in foreign lands.

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Food brings everyone together!  Another Friday night!

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Rob celebrating new spiritual life and obedience in baptism!

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Baptized in the river in our backyard!

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Change of Command ceremony.  Congrats Lewis!  He’s now in charge of 10 Blackhawk’s, gear, and all the servicemen it takes to fly and operate them.

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‘Merica!  Hooah!

Finding our Battle Rhythm

 

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It is hard to believe we have been on the field almost 9 months!  A lot has happened in those months, a lot to us, a lot to the house, and a lot with our servicemen.

I think we are finally finding our battle rhythm.  The definition of battle rhythm is: “a deliberate daily cycle of command, staff, and unit activities intended to synchronize current and future operations.”  It’s getting into the daily rhythm of life and all that happens with your job.  Penny has had wonderful opportunities to connect with many ladies through PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel) and has found friendship with Chaplain wives as well as mentorship opportunities with younger ladies.  Penny has been cooking up a storm ever since we got here.

I continue to work with the Chaplains, mentor guys, and counsel them.  It’s rewarding to see growth in their spiritual lives!  We have been studying the book of James verse by verse on Friday nights and see anywhere from 20 to 25 servicemen and their families out to the house.  We are also making progress getting the house known in the community with pastors, businessmen, and the such.  Many businesses have donated product or their time to the house.

Emily has found employment at Olive Garden as a hostess and seems to be enjoying it, she also is involved with PWOC and has made some good friendships with servicemen wives.  She also continues to help us out on Friday nights when all the guys come over for a home cooked meal and Bible Study.

Kelsey is making friends and feels more connected now.  She is almost done with homeschool for the year, which she is very excited about!  Kelsey has been a great help along with her sister watching little kids on Friday nights, cleaning the house and helping make food.

The renovation on the house continues to go well.  We are almost done painting the interior of the house, currently we are painting in the Kitchen area, there is still a lot of trim to paint white but we are making progress!  We’ve had many helpers over to paint, thank you to each of you!  The attic has been cleared of all the old insulation and the exterior walls and attic are being insulated this week.  In two weeks our work crew from Alaska arrives!  They will install all new Anderson windows into the house!  Anderson windows and White’s lumber really stepped up to the plate with a 40% discount!  That’s huge!  The guys at R-Factor Spray Foam gave a deeply discounted price on the insulation work and Bernel Kempney with Kempney Electric donated a full day of labor to help with recess lighting wiring in the attic as well as various other electrical issues in the house!  The funding for the renovation has steadily come in, it has been wonderful to see God provide for His ministry here at Ft. Drum though you!  Thank you for your prayers and gifts!  We still need new doors and the furnace duct work needs to be addressed before winter and then we will enter the final stage of renovation.  If you would like to learn more please click HERE.

We are finding rest in the process of all of this.  Penny has gotten better at saying “I’m not doing anything on the house tomorrow, I’m going to quilt.”  I’m finding time to snooze on the couch when needed.  Life is still pretty hectic and we look forward with anticipation to the day when we can simply “live and do ministry” in the house and not have to “work on the house.”  Penny and I did get a chance to slip away for a week in April to go to the T4G conference.  We met up with some of our church family from Soldotna Bible Chapel and had a blast hearing excellent preaching, singing great hymns of the faith, and enjoying the fellowship of friends!

We want to leave you with some more pictures of what we’ve been up to!

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Solders coming home from deployment

 

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Night at the Cross Good Friday Service!

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Easter Dinner, we had 45+ at the House!  30lbs of ham!

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We watch our servicemen’s dogs when needed

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Helping one of our guys move from Ft. Drum to Connecticut

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Christina painting up a storm!

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Penny & Amanda

 

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Someone has to do the yucky jobs!

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Antique insulation

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This is what was in the walls of this house and in the attic as well, any guess on R-Value? 🙂

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Old insulation bagged up and ready for the dump

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These guys are installing dense pack cellulose in the walls and spray foam in the attic

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Making swiss cheese of the house

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Making swiss cheese of the house

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Bernel Kempney with Kempney Electric donating his time to our servicemen

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Together 4 the Gospel Conference in Louisville, KY

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T4G Conference with Church family from Alaska!

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Kelsey helping and resting!

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Getting a hug!

Thanks for taking the time to catch up with what we are doing!  Blessings to you all!

“Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.”    -Psalm 40:5

…it’s the little things

I posted this on Facebook a little while back but some of you do not use Facebook so I thought I’d share this with you too.

Let me tell you a story that is probably all too common about Military families. We have some friends here at the Cadence Hospitality House who are both active in the Army named Logan and Athena. Logan is currently deployed down range and Athena is working here at Ft. Drum. Athena asked us the other day if we would watch her two darling dogs Tilly & Runt while she worked away for a couple weeks, which we are very glad to do.  She is around five months pregnant with their firstborn, and she is an Apache helicopter pilot.

Trying to be romantic from thousands of miles away can be difficult when you are deployed, but her husband faithfully sent flowers for Valentine’s Day.   Unfortunately, because of her work in the Army she didn’t get them and didn’t get to enjoy her husbands thoughtfulness.  Instead, we enjoyed her flowers, their dogs, and the sacrifice they give for this Nation.  Just a day in the life of an Army family.  I’m thankful to be able to serve such honorable people, and if you are our prayer and support warriors you too are a part of this story, thank you.

When Athena returned to Ft. Drum we made sure she got fresh flowers.  The picture at the bottom is after tears of joy.

(Shared with their permission)

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“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”  Ephesians 5:25

Hi Ho, Hi Ho! It’s off to work we go!

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Sorry it’s been a while since you’ve heard from the Beaudin family, I assure you we have not been hibernating!   We’ve been boots on the ground for 5 months now, though it feels like a lifetime in some ways.  Relationships with our servicemen and women have continued to grow deeper, both Penny and I meet with our vets regularly for discipleship/mentorship, counseling, and prayer.  We have been so blessed by our Father in Heaven, He has provided in fabulous ways that are overwhelming, we hope to share some of that with you!

The girls have been doing good.  Kelsey continues to get to know girls her age and seems to be making some good relationships.  Continue to pray that those relationships grow and blossom.  Emily continues to be a great hand around the house, she keeps busy with us renovating and painting.  She babysits kids weekly, is involved with PWOC (protestant women of chapel) on Post along with Penny, and participates in leading PWOC and Sunday morning Chapel worship.  Emily has made friends with many of our vets and she has connected with one vet’s wife who is close to her age.  For all of this we are thankful.  Pray that she gets called soon for a job interview at one of our local restaurants!

We’ve had some great opportunities to come alongside our Chaplains and do ministry with them on Post sharing the gospel with our men and women.  Here at the HHouse we completed a series on Evangelism and are now studying the book of James.  It’s so refreshing to see our vets excited to learn, talking during the week about the studies, participating in discussion, and applying the truth of the Word!

When we are not meeting with our Heroes during the week you can find us at the HHouse painting up a storm!  There is much painting still to be done but we have had many friends from Post over to help, we are so thankful for each of you!  The house needs insulation in the walls and attic and our doors and windows need replaced.  The utility bill last year for February was $950 dollars.  Most people I’ve talked to here in Watertown figure our bill should be less than half that for this size house.  Many walls have little to nothing for insulation and the attic needs extensive work.  There is a work crew coming from Alaska this May so we want to let you know about that in case you would like to come help out. We also want you to know where we are at financially and what is still needed to address these issues on our Lord’s house here at Ft. Drum.

We’ve asked the leadership at Cadence International if they have the means to help and they have pulled together an amazing $20,000 gift!  We still have bids coming in for supplies, doors & windows, and services like spray foaming the inside of the exterior walls but I estimate our needs to be around $40,000.  We are sitting at $25,000 today.  If you can’t come help but would love to make a contribution to keep us and our servicemen toasty warm during the winter months we would be thankful!  As I write this, Watertown was the coldest place in the contiguous 48 states today at -38 degrees.

Donate to the North Country Hospitality House Renovation by Clicking Here!

Pray for our “Joe’s” some of them are coming home from deployment but others are heading down range soon.  Pray for safety and pray for their loved ones back here on Post.  These families sacrifice so much for this country, we see it all time.

“Do not worry then saying, What will we eat? or What will we drink? or What will we wear for clothing?  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.…  Matthew 6:31-33

We want to leave you with some pictures so you can also see what we’ve been up to!  Enjoy!

 

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Covering walls to texture the upstairs ceilings

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Covering walls to texture the upstairs ceilings

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Walls prepared for primer

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Walls prepared for primer

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Walls prepared for primer

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Penny & Matt

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Painting Supplies

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Rolling Primer

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Heat loss and ice sickles

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Heat loss and ice sickles

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Gaps in windows

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Old and worn windows

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Thermal Image showing heat loss

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Thermal Image showing heat loss

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Christina working hard!

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Athena cleaning up ceiling texture

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Emily and Craig working hard!

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Emily painting away

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Penny and Kelsey taking a break

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Carpet going in!

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Still more detail work to be done, go Emily go!

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Replacement of top stair tread

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New top stair tread. Stairs will get sanded down and painted later

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Progress!

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Progress!

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Progress!

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Progress!

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Progress!

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Progress!

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We were camping in the basement for a little while

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Happy campers to finally get to move their beds and furniture into their rooms!

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Happy campers to finally get to move their beds and furniture into their rooms!

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Emily cleaning blinds

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Attending Michaels basketball game. He’s the son of one of our deployed Chaplains

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…Every Friday Night we serve 20+ servicemen and have Bible Study

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Studying for our Bible Study in James

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One of our soldiers leaving us. This happens way too often 😦

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New life and Baptisms happen all time at Ft. Drum!

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Lake effect snow!

Thank you for taking the time to catch up with us, we hope this helps you pray for us and them!

With love,

– The Beaudin’s

Operation Paint the Walls & Cover Floors!

Support the renovation project at the Ft. Drum Hospitality House.

Hello everyone! We are in the process of fixing and sprucing up our heroes, the 10th Mountain Division’s hospitality house. The hospitality house has good bones but needs some renovation (more insulation, thermal windows & doors, new flooring, wall paper removal, texture and paint, and new furnishings). These will be one time donations that will keep a vitally needed ministry home at Ft. Drum open and in good order for our servicemen. We are the only hospitality ministry, I’m aware of, to this very large Army post and we are busy everyday of the week.

Our first campaign will address wall paper removal (the house is 90% wallpapered) and apply a fresh coat of new paint throughout the whole house and new carpet upstairs. We hope to complete this project within two months. Our bedrooms are upstairs and we are still living out of our suitcases. We would like to renovate now so I don’t have to tell the girls they need to move entirely out of their rooms so the walls and carpet can be done.

The first floor will get all new paint. There is a combination of hardwood, laminate, linoleum, and carpet on this floor. It is a very high traffic area, people come and go through both the front and back doors, the kitchen, dining area, and living room are on this floor. We would like to replace the flooring with a solid hardwood that can be refinished for years to come. The first floor flooring and new furniture will be our second campaign, so please pray about it’s completion as well! Our third campaign will consist of fixing drafty windows, doors, and install adequate insulation where needed, which should be done during warmer weather, so prayerfully we are hoping this summer.

We’ve been told we are crazy to take on such big tasks immediately after the completion of our personal support raising to get to the mission field. I like to think of it as faith.

If you love our military and would like to say thank you to them for protecting our freedoms, here’s an opportunity.  Ft. Drum deploys more than any other military installation, so these are your servicemen who are on the front lines the most. This ministry is vital. I keep hearing soldiers tell me that the house ministry has literally saved their lives. We are honored to provide a solace for them as we share our lives and the Gospel with the military.

If donations exceed our needs for the first campaign they will be rolled over to the second and third campaign. Thank you for those of you who have pledged and given to this worthy cause.

Click Here to see where we are today!

 

The first campaign will cost $12,000 dollars. If you would like to help us please click here: Donate!

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Running Hard!

Wow!  looking back over the last month and a half has proven a whirlwind of activity for the Beaudins!  Since taking over the directorship of the Ft. Drum Hospitality House we have been non-stop moving!  Our weekly schedule is filled with meals, Bible study, mentorship, counseling, meetings with Chaplains, and lots of drop in visits from our heroes – sometimes they stay overnight on a couch.  Penny and I are meeting with ladies and guys on a regular basis and I am currently teaching on Evangelism and just started a men’s study on Biblical manhood.  We’ve been seeing on average 20+ soldiers and on Friday nights and it’s beginning to grow with a diversity of singles, young marrieds, older marrieds as well as children.

Penny has unpacked her kitchen but that’s about as far as we’ve gotten!  When we are not ministering to servicemen we are working on the Hospitality House as there’s lots of maintenance and projects to accomplish!  Fall has found us outside raking an immense amount of leaves and preparing the property for winter.  Also, this old house is due for some renovation.  It has good bones but needs some fresh paint, flooring, and furniture.  The walls are 90% wallpapered and much of it has been up for two decades which must be professionally removed, textured, and prepared for paint.  We plan to paint the whole interior of the house to give it a fresh feel once the walls are ready.  New carpet in the bedrooms needs to happen as well.  You can learn more by clicking this link: Support our Work and donate to this worthy project.

The way we see it, these guys deserve the very best we can give them.  The sacrifice they and their families make for our freedoms is bigger than you will ever know.  Almost everyone here is detached from their family in some way.  We have married men who are here without their families, married women and children without their deployed husbands/dads.  Young singles, for some it’s their first time away from home, who don’t have much going on after work and desire to be somewhere – anywhere but the barracks.  The hospitality house provides a vital need to so many and we desire to give them the very best we possibly can.

I’ll leave you with pictures to give you insight into our life and work with the 10th Mountain Division – “Climb to Glory!”

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Bible Study after dinner on Friday Night. Todd is teaching on Evangelism.

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Emily & Kelsey out on a bike ride!

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Pray for our deployed from the house!

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Pray for our deployed from the house!

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Pray for our deployed from the house!

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Pray for our deployed from the house!

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Pray for our deployed from the house!

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Pray for our deployed from the house!

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Pray for our deployed from the house!

Emily cooking

Emily cooking breakfast for dinner on Friday Night!

Emily singing

Emily helping in Chapel Service!

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Painting the Basement

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Painting the Basement

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Painting the Basement

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Painting the Basement

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Painting the Basement

Kelsey Canoeing

Kelsey and Dad enjoying the Black River in our backyard!

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Mountain Biking with Keven!

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Leaves everywhere!

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B.Y.O.M. (bring your own meat) Guys Night and start of Biblical Manhood series!

Penny & Kelsey

More leaves!

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Fall colors out rock climbing with our soldiers!

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Fall colors out rock climbing with our soldiers!

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Fall colors out rock climbing with our soliders!

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Fall colors out rock climbing with our soldiers!

Keep praying for us, we so need it.  It’s a privilege to do this ministry with you!  Thank you for your support!