Monday, July 17, 2017

Season To Season God Is Ever Faithful

Hey friends!

It has been a few months since we updated!

Uriah is really enjoying the youth pastor position at our church and our Father is taking care of our every need! We finished the school year out according to plan, and this summer Uriah is participating in camps and organizing activities for the students. He has recently started studying the curriculum we will be using for the students on Wednesday nights! We are really happy to be working with the youth this year, and have been praying that we will be instrumental in leading the students into deeper relationship with Jesus! We would appreciate your prayers for us and for the students, and for a few more passionate, committed helpers!

Alright....we have some big news! LIKE...HUGE NEWS! You might know it if you keep up with us on Facebook. Literally days after we wrote the last post, we found out that I AM PREGNANT!  I am now 17 weeks and 2 days along, and feeling generally GREAT! We have our appointment to find out the baby's gender in a few weeks.


I am fattening up nicely and preparing for my approx. Dec 23 debut. I am the size of a chipmunk and I steal all of mom's energy and dad's love! My heart beat is steady and strong.


I also love to do cute things for ultrasounds...like wave hello. and last time I was sucking my thumb!

Some of my initial thoughts:
1) Gratitude and Joy! I am a MOM! This has been a dream for so long.
2) It is incredible how God has wired my body to grow a human. Uriah and I just did what  we do ☺ and my body took over. I was literally amazed stupid for two weeks by this!!! It is still pretty crazy to think about!
3) GOD IS FUNNY! Looking back at finances, we noticed that Uriah deposited his last full-time paycheck on March 17. The 18th is officially the first day of my pregnancy (although we didn't know until 5 weeks later). He could have given us a baby while we had that great income (we had been trying for a while), but he didn't. Hmm..does he want us to trust him?
4) I faced some fear that I would miscarry and it was a daily struggle in my mind to choose faith and (again) trust over fear. Also, it reminded me that the baby isn't "mine" but his on loan to us for a time..a great lesson that I will probably have to be reminded of a lot.




The whole family is thrilled, and we are busy, busy getting the nursery and everything in order and going to appointments and calling insurance.


Uriah and Dad with some others built a fence for our back yard so our fur child has room to run and play and go potty!! It is definitely an exciting time for us. We really do appreciate each and everyone of you who stand in prayer with us!! God is ever Faithful!! 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reach out to us! Would love to connect with you! 

Much love,
all the Stepps

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Youth Pastor Say WHAT!?

Hello lovely people!!

So many of you may know we have transitioned into the Youth Pastor position at CrossPoint Sterling!! This is such a joy to my heart to be able to walk in my calling, through helping students recognize their real identity in Christ!! I believe in today's society where the world is telling our kids who they need to be, it is crucial that we combat the lies with the Truth(The Person Jesus Christ)!! We are so excited to partner with what God is already doing here in Sterling.



"Our heart is to see God's kingdom invade the lives of these Youth, to see them walking in their true identity, and to simply just do life with these amazing students!" -Uriah Stepp

As far as the church budget is concerned there are not enough funds to pay me a salary, so in essence we are missionaries in our own community! Most of you already know that we have been in this position before where we have to "Get out of the boat" with Jesus! It takes a lot of faith and trust to get out of the boat of "life of comfort" and or the "life of certainty". But ultimately I believe we are safest in the hands of the Father and not the hands of ourselves!

All this being said we are asking all our supporters to pray about coming along side of us again in this season of life! We are asking for most importantly prayer! Prayer for our marriage, prayer for sensitivity to the Spirit of God, prayer for wisdom, and of course prayer for our finances. On the financial end of things we really need a monthly support system! Would you be willing to support us monthly? How much? Well the budget we have set is about $1200. We are just asking people to support us monthly with whatever they feel God is laying on their heart! By no means at all do we want to walk out our vision while putting someone else in a rough situation financially. We know that times are tough, but praise be to God because He is our provider!!



Understand our hearts when we say we are so utterly thankful  for all your support! The fact that our brothers and sisters believe in us and are walking this journey out with us is incredibly encouraging!


Please Email Us @ uriah.stepp@gmail.com with your questions or if God is moving on your heart to support us monthly!



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Things!

Hello, friends! I hope this finds you all well! We have made a change that we couldn't wait to tell you all about: Uriah and I have, after much thought and prayer, chosen to take on a youth pastor position at our church in Sterling.

Our desire to work with the youth in our church came quickly after our arrival back in the States, so we began working with the middle school sometime at the end of last year. Our campus pastor had taken on the youth pastor role because nobody else had stepped up and he has done a great job. But God continued to press on Uriah's heart, especially, that he should fill this gap. His time working with the RATS was invaluable, and Uriah is grateful for the knowledge and wisdom that he gained. He happily began his work at the church last week. I have also taken on some responsibility at the church, to organize community outreach opportunities.

Uriah is working part-time without salary at the moment. There are a couple of generous people in our congregation who have said that they would support a youth pastor financially and we are so grateful for that, but it is not enough to live on in and of itself. Uriah and I are able to pick up some hours at Gambino's and a couple of other odd jobs, and we are trusting God to provide the remaining $1,000 we need each month. Honestly, I was really, really enjoying the financial stability from paychecks he earned before, but God is pushing us back toward the edge, where we must rely on him as our provider. It is less certain where or when (or if), but it is always a beautiful thing that causes us to rely more on him!

Please be praying for us as we transition into these new roles and new schedules. And pray that we will be good examples and effective ministers of the Gospel for the kids that God has put in front of us. And also, please be praying if you might be part of an answer to our financial need. As always, keep in touch. We would love to hear from you..how you are doing, questions or concerns or ways we can pray for you.

-Uriah and Kaycee



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Our Time In Guatemala!

First off we would like to thank everyone who helped make this trip possible! We had an extremely productive and overflowing joyful trip! It is always such a privilege and opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus! We watched God work in so many different ways and facets! We give all glory to Jesus Christ and we can't wait for our next opportunity!

Again, thanks to all who stood with us through prayer and financial support you too were a part of this awesome work! 

-
Uriah and Kaycee 


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Where In The World Are The Stepps?! And What Are They Doing?!

Hello friends and Family!! 


So sorry for not updating sooner, we have been quite busy!! In July we finished up and graduated our School of Biblical Studies in South Africa with Youth With A Mission!



Then we made our journey back home! So where the heck is Home you might ask? Well Home is Sterling, Kansas! A little town NW of Wichita! 


There is one stoplight in this town! Itty Bitty! This is our little house here in Sterling!!


So this house was actually the same house we lived in right after we got married!! It was totally God that opened it up for us to move back in after we had been in South Africa for 9 months! 

We have also Added to our family!!!

This is Bear our Dog!! He is part Black Lab and Part German Shepard!! He is full of energy and really teaching us how to be responsible :) !!!

 

The transition back to the states has been very smooth we have had a place to land and call home and as well have had jobs laid out for us by our gracious Father!! We have and great opportunities to serve in our local church Crosspoint of Sterling! We are both helping out with the Youth on Wednesday nights! 

As far as work is concerned, Kaycee has been helping her parents with 6 amazing kids that they have adopted about 1 and 1/2 years ago! These kids are such a joy to have in our lives! Kaycee as well works a few shifts a week at the local pizza shop Gambinos!! (Some of the best pizza on earth!!) :)!!

(Starting from the left: Zackary and Allie, Eric and Nevaeh, J.J. and Alyna)

I have been working with our uncle and his business called Roberts All-Trade Services (RATS)!! We joke and say "We are the only Rats you want in your house!" haha! So I literally have been training in all trades, be it roofing, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, mold remediation, flooring, drywall, pretty much anything dealing with construction! It has been such a blessing because I see this as something I can take on the missions field with me!! 

Another awesome aspect of this company is it has a vision for missions and meeting the needs of people! We want to be able to take the knowledge of our trades as well as the love of Jesus and go and minister to people all over the world! Something that we were taught in the School of Biblical Studies is how can we apply the timeless truths of scripture to the spheres of society all around us? It is awesome to be working at a place that is doing just that! Meeting people right where they are loving on them, and meeting the physical need by fixing whatever it is that needs to be fixed! God has been Disciplining me so much through this Job! Such a blessing!  

             


This brings me to our next Endeavor!! 





February 7th to the 16th Kaycee and I will be traveling with RATS (the company I work for) and an organization called Global Infusion , and we will be traveling to Guatemala!!!! We will be working with a school there in Guatemala and helping redo some electrical and plumbing there! This school is a huge soft spot on the church we currently attend here in Sterling! They have sent multiple teams to Guatemala already!  As well we will be trekking up into the mountains and ministering the Love of Jesus to the Villagers!! We are so excited for this opportunity!! Our need to go is $3600. This covers our flights, lodging, and meals. 

Can you help us!?
  • Prayer is always a huge thing when it comes to missions, we need friends and family to stand with us in prayer while we prepare and while we are on the field! Pray that God would begin to give us his heart for this country and that we would be sensitive to the Holy Spirits leading!

  • Learning the Language we are going to try and learn Spanish before we go!

  • Giving Financially  again we need to raise $3600 to go on this trip. The best way for us to receive funds are through our paypal account! Our paypal email is: uriah.stepp@gmail.com  or there is a Paypal donate button at the top on the right. But if technology isn't the way you roll you can make checks out to: 
Crosspoint Sterling 

Memo line on check:
Guatemala February Names

Addressed to: 
Crosspoint 
109 W Garfield Ave 
Sterling, KS 67579



**Checks made out to Crosspoint qualify for a tax deductible receipt**





Thank You so much for keeping up with us on our journeys and praying for us it is much appreciated!! If you ever have any questions or prayer requests yourself don't hesitate to email us at uriah.stepp@gmail.com





-Uriah & Kaycee Stepp


Sunday, June 19, 2016

"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"

Dear Friends and Family,

We just wanted to shout out and say THANK YOU for all the support that we have received from all of you, both in prayer and financially, over this last year and even our whole lives. Throughout our time here we have been able to see God's grace and faithfulness to his people, to see his sovereignty over kings and principalities of the world, his redemption purposes which stretch from the Garden of Eden to now and into the future, and most of all his love for us. We have grown up spiritually, and learned a lot of practical ministry things.Thursday we graduate and celebrate all that God has done for us through this school and begin saying our goodbyes to all of our friends and this beautiful country!

We have had a blast during these 9 Months!! We have built relationships that will last a lifetime and shared memories that will never be forgotten! God's Faithfulness is so extreme! We have learned so much in the Old Testament how He held to his covenant even though His people broke it. This has played out even in our lives as well! 

I want to remind you guys of a vision that God gave us one week at church, before we left for our DTS (almost two years ago): I was standing on the edge of the ocean ready to walk out on the water. My hands were empty but as I stepped out, God came and he gave me the money I needed to walk ahead. 9 months ago we came to South Africa with about $2,000 dollars (which we guessed would keep us afloat for the first 3 months), in faith that we were supposed to be here and God would indeed provide. In the times when we didn't know where it would come from, we sometimes worried, but then we thanked God and rested on the promise he made to us--that he would provide, and we learned to be content with that. From school fees to rent to health insurance and extra things, God has provided, and we were never once late paying a bill! This is one example of God's faithfulness in our lives. This has been the theme of our entire life in missions! HE IS FAITHFUL!

Thank you for loving us and believing with us. It has not been easy, and it hasn't always been fun, but it has been good, and we are 100% thankful for this opportunity.

In two short weeks we head back to the states and hit the ground running. We graduate on the 23rd!! And we will spend one more week here, and we will GO ON SAFARI!!! Then its off to the States!!
CAN'T WAIT!




Here is a compilation of some photos of our time here!!





                   "The Boats in Kalk Bay"







                         "Our SBS Class"

                                                                                                 











                        "Our Esther Play"
 






                   



                     "One of Our Movie Nights"






"Raising Awareness For A Safe House, Spinathon!!"





                  "Mumford And Sons Concert"





                "Uncle Larry Came For A Visit"




              
                     "Walks On The Beach"





                "SBS milkshake breaks"





                 "Our Housemate Gurtrude!"





     "Muizenberg our Home for the last 9 months!"





               
                "Our life in the Class Room!"

Sunday, April 17, 2016

What's Next For The Stepps?!

What's Next For The Stepps?!


Hey friends and family!! Hope you are doing splendid!! The question that humanity as a whole is always asking is, "What's Next?" This letter is a tribute to that question!

We are well into our last quarter of our School of Biblical Studies with University of the Nations! We are currently studying my favorite books, the Prophets! It has been such a great experience being able to study the bible together! We see the value of studying the bible, because this will be the foundation for our lives from here on out! Be it in our family, workplace, or community, what we are learning is able to apply to all those avenues!

Now for the meat on the sandwich! (Sorry, vegetarians!) “What's next!?” When we arrive back in the U-S of A we will be watching all your beautiful fireworks from above! We arrive back in Kansas on the 4th of July!!! Why Kansas you might ask?  Kaycee's Uncle Steve has his master's licenses in electrical, plumbing, and heat and air. He has started a business and I am going to work alongside him and learn a trade!  (Been a dream of mine for awhile!) But that's not even the best part! The main reason he is starting this business is to use it as a tool for discipleship! My heart has always been for people and transformation! I love watching people come in to their real identity in Christ so this totally lines up with my heart! Kaycee will be helping her parents part-time, and work on some other projects on the side. Another surprise, our first house we lived in right after we got married has come available again! Looking forward to calling that lovely nook Home again!

Before we leave there is something we must do... During our breaks we haven't had much cash to go out and see this beautiful country. So before we leave we have a week to really get out and go explore God's beautiful creation here in South Africa! We are planning to go on safari in Kruger National Park! Our housing has already been booked, we just need our flights and car rental now! We see this as one of those once and in a lifetime opportunities! Will you help us go out with a BOOMSHAKALAKA!?

We appreciate all your interest in our journey! It will be awesome to return home and reconnect with you. Thank you also for your financial and prayer support. Every time we have come up short God has supplied through your gifts, or some other way we never would have been able to conjure up! 
Uriah & Kaycee Stepp




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