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April 2010


This update is for you who, we have found, really care for us. Some of you we may have met once, others, we have known our entire lifetime. We understand that we could just as easily use facebook, twitter, or email to write you individually. However, we want to offer a more personal touch in updating you about how our lives together, by the will of God, are progressing.

At A Time Of Merging By Jiryis Shaheen

In an age where the social environment moves at the speed of light, and information is acquired within seconds, the reasons seem


self evident of why I have yet to find a job. Countless resumes and cover letter, hours of web searches and contact connections, and a depleting sense of security over the past 5 months have left me rekindling the age old practices of faith and trust. My wife and I are currently transitioning from one highway to another. The merging process of driving is one of the most dangerous and poetic occurrences found in the sea of cars traveling in determined unison. A thousand triggers go off in our brains, guiding us through each step of the process. Mirrors, acceleration, deceleration, timing, appropriate degree of turning,

etc. Then once the time is write, you break away. Now you are no longer part of the flow of the previous highway. Now you are reassessing everything, to ease into and adapt a new motion, and new speed, and a new destination. My God has provided my soul with a vessel. He commands me to go. I may not be on a culturally defined mission at this point, but I strive to live in the mindset of “Go�. God never fails to provide. He never fails to love. His blessings satisfy all aspects of life. Even when my selfishness feels larger than His Will, I think back through my ancestors only to fall in awe of how preciously crafted the process has been that has ended me up where I am today. The reasons seem self evident of why I have yet to find a job. It is not on my terms or time, but His. I choose to keep searching, until I am guided to the future my Lord would love for me to experience. As long as I focus on the white lines and strap in my seat belt of truth, I will be in good hands.

APRIL 2010

Family, Friends, and Fellowship

Our transition from Lincoln IL to St. Charles Mo has been evolving effectively. Amanda moved down about 2 months ago. She has been working at Starbucks and slowly helping my father and I repair our new home. Even though she has only been there about 2 months, she has already created new friendships, and rekindled some older ones. She displays her heart and character at her job, which in turn draws people around her and establishes times of fellowship.

HAITI: Update By Jiryis Shaheen



We have our dates approved, tickets bought, and hearts in place. Now all we ask is for your prayers. Amanda and I are leading a trip down to Haiti for a week. We have received a generous donation from a few kind souls which will help us buy supplies for the organization WASHINGTON Joy in Hope and their kids. SoMONROE far we will focus on buying them reusable water bottles, pairs of reliable shoes and flip flops, as well as a few other items the organization is in need of. Please keep us in your prayers May 21st.

At Harvester, our home church, she strives to help in anyway and represents the body in all life situations. We have been truly blessed to spend more and more time in St. Charles In the top right picture, the woman in the black is my mothers oldest sister. She came to spend time with our family for a few months as we experienced the death of my grandmother on March 17th 2010. She has been great boost of happiness and joy.

Y-Kid Personality Awards This past month at the YMCA my coworker and I came up with a creative theme. We decided to praise the children by celebrating their individual unique personality traits. Each week we focused on complimenting them on their personalities and helping them focus more on their self identities. At the end of the month we created awards and held a first annual Y-kid awards ceremony. Each award described the child and a unique personality trait as well as how it is incorporated into the group dynamic. This month we will work with the kids to make adventure books. These adventure books will serve as a source of identity. It will be a sort of journal and scrapbook. In the future they will look back and remember the great times they had as children and the things they found adventure in. This will also keep them passionate about life and better appreciate the world around them.

APRIL 2010

“These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7

Prayer Requests

Upcoming Events


MAY 15th-

- May Jiryis find a job. - My brother, as he finishes high school. - Our transition back to St. Peters. Safety and patience. - My parents, that they are able to handle things - The Trip to Haiti - Graduation goes well - My grandfather recovers well from surgery.

GRADUATION!!! 11 a.m. -Jiryis’ Undergraduate Graduation 1 p.m.- Amanda’s Graduate Graduation May 16th Finally we move out May 21st Haiti trip June We find out if Jiryis is accepted to UMSL for masters degree.


Shaheen Update: April 2010  

An update on our lives.