It has been a while since I've posted on the ShackLOG (the KenandTanja Shackelford Facebook profile has replaced it I suppose. BUT, this news is worthy of a new blog post! (see video below)
NOTE FROM KEN:
Hi friends and family,
My time in the states is flying by and I have some BIG NEWS to share with all of you (news much better served face to face). For those of you in Northwest Arkansas, I would like to invite you to a gathering this coming Monday, June 29, 6:30 pm at the GO Center on College Ave. in Fayetteville (next to the Prayer Room, click here for directions). If you are able to attend, would you shoot me a message (click here) and let me know?
I know summer schedules are crazy so if that time doesn't work for you PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL, [nwa area code] 684.7475. For our supporters, if I don't hear from you, I will be calling as I have some important information to pass on.
Thanks and God bless you all!
"Missions exist because worship does not." This is one of my favorite quotes (this particular one is by John Piper). God created us with the capacity to follow Him in LOVE. We are uniquely made in His image because we have been given the ability to LOVE. We worship God when we LOVE God. We worship God when we LOVE each other the way God loves us. This is what we were created to do and when we open our hearts to love him, it just feels right! This is what worship is - it is simply loving God, offering all of us to He who is worthy. God created us to fill the earth with worship. When we see the evil that permeates every corner of our fallen world, we clearly see places where worship does not exist. That's why Jesus-followers are ALL on a mission, to help people connect with their true purpose for being - to LOVE God.
I encourage you to spend some time loving God today by speaking out loud (it's called praise) truths about who He is, what He has done and why He is worthy to be number one in our lives! If you want something to help get you going, click below to go to my 10k blog, which have 1,200 of what will eventually be 10,000 reasons to praise our Lord. God loves you, so LOVE God today!! (it's what you were made for)
We were blessed with a very busy first half of the summer as we helped lead the GTS Albania team. There was so much that happened in six weeks, I created a whole section of our web-site just to share the pictures and stories. CLICK HERE (OR THE PICTURE BELOW) TO GO CHECK IT OUT: http://theshackfamily.com/global-training-school/
We had a grand celebration for the beginning of Jillian's last single-digit year. She is a nine year old! Below is a quick video I whipped up on my iPhone and below that is a gallery of some great pictures that, mostly, Robbie took. He is becoming quite the photographer.
Just posted my latest 100 "reasons" in my quest to give 10,000 Reasons to sing God's praise. CLICK BELOW to go there:
We were blessed to have my "motra madhë" (big sis) and her husband with us this past weekend. Tony and Lucy live in Bergamo, Italy and had a vacation weekend so they took the quick hop to Tirana and stayed with us in Elbasan. Pictured: the Shacks, Tony and Lucy Console, Bani & Zamira Verçani and their daughter Eklesia, and some of Shelby's students. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FULL-SIZE GALLERY