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April 2009 Vol 4, Issue 5
Kit and Richard Hendricks



In This Issue
Memorial Day Camping Trip
Special Bookstore Offer
H.I.M. Pool Party
Fall Marriage Conference
From the Friesen Kitchen
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
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Memorial Day Camping Trip coming May 22-25
Family Camping Trip - Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 25, 2009
Myles Standish State Park
Plymouth/Carver, MA

Join other H.I.M. families for a great time of fellowship and camping at beautiful Myles Standish State Park. As usual, the program will be relaxed. Families are on their own for both breakfast and lunch. A common evening meal is served with each family helping in preparation or clean-up once during the weekend. Arrival is Friday afternoon, with a Monday departure.

The cost for the weekend is $50 for the camp site, plus $20.00 per adult and each child ages 12 years old and older, and $10 per child ages 2 - 11. There is no per person charge for children under 2 years old. Fees include campsite, dinner each evening, and snacks at the campfire each evening.

Jim and Sue Martis coordinate this camping trip each year, so for more information, read Sue's detailed letter here, then contact her via email.  Campsites are limited, and many reservations have already come in, so don't delay.  It's a wonderful gathering!
Books for Mother's Day and Graduation
We will almost give them to you, if you will give them to others.  Celebrate graduation and Mother's Day by giving these life-changing books:

Letters to My Daughters

A dad's thoughts on a most important decision: marriage

Raising a Trailblazer

Rite-of-Passage Trail Markers for Your Set-Apart Teens

So You Want to Marry My Daughter?

The Top 10 Questions every dad should ask and every young man should be prepared to answer before engagement (way before!)

Through the generosity of donors, we are able to make each of these three titles available for $3.00 apiece; this price includes shipping by media mail. Minimum order per title: 10 books. This offer is only for books to be given away--such as by churches, schools, or individuals.

Order the books here and be sure to type in the special code: gift
H.I.M. Pool Party - Saturday, June 6
Pool PartyAnnual H.I.M. Pool Party - Save the Date!

Saturday, June 6, 2009
Weston, MA

You, your family, and your friends are invited to the fifth annual H.I.M. Picnic and Pool Party on Saturday, June 6, 2009, from 11 am to 4 pm in Weston, MA.  We'll open reservations next month and will give more details in the next Family Flyer, so for now, be sure to save the date!
Fall H.I.M. Marriage Conference Announced
Gary Thomas
Fall 2009 H.I.M. Marriage Conference

with  Gary Thomas

author of Sacred Marriage

Saturday, November 14, 2009
9 am to 4 pm

Calvary Christian Church, Lynnfield, MA

Gary Thomas is an award-winning author whose books on marriage, parenting, and the Christian life have become worldwide bestsellers.  Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? has now sold over 300,000 copies and is changing the way the church thinks about marriage. 

Paul and Virginia Friesen have heard Gary speak and are delighted to bring him in as a guest speaker this fall.  The conference will be presented as a one-day seminar, with multiple sessions, workshops, and lunch provided for all.  Registration will open next month.  Plan now to attend, and tell your friends!

                 About Gary Thomas                                     About Sacred Marriage
From the Friesen Kitchen

1 3/4 cups of flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 beaten egg yolks
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup salad oil, or melted shortening
2 stiffly beaten egg whites

Preheat the waffle iron. Separate the eggs, putting the egg whites in smaller bowl. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff.  Put the egg yolks, oil, and milk into the mixing bowl and mix. Add the dry ingredients and stir.  Fold the egg whites into the batter using a spatula or other flat utensil.  Scoop batter into waffle iron.  Bake to desired crispness, then top with butter, syrup, fruit, or whipped cream, for example.  Serve with love!
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
Paul and Virginia Friesen
Paul and Virginia have spent the last month in New England ministering to students, couples, and families.  They've been in:
  • Portland, Maine, where they spoke to a wonderful group of Rwandans at an all-day marriage seminar hosted by Jesus First Ministries
  • Greenland, New Hampshire, to present a workshop at Willie Batson's "Family Builders" Relationship Day that was anchored by Dr. Gary Chapman
  • Beverly, Massachusetts, to speak at North Shore Community Baptist Church on marriage and parenting
  • Belmont, Massachusetts, to speak at Sunday services at the First Armenian Church
  • Lexington, Massachusetts, to host a very exciting purity conference ("Worth It") for 200 teens and parents from all over New England
  • Brunswick, Maine, to speak to Bowdoin College students on "The Top Ten Lies the Culture Tells Us About Sex"
  • Jackson, New Hampshire, to host and speak at one of the most powerful H.I.M. Marriage Conferences in recent memory

All of this is made possible by your support and prayers. Read and be encouraged by these comments from "Worth It" attendees:


I could hear and feel God speaking through everyone all day.  Thank you so much for this ministry.  You are changing the world.

I loved how we saw real examples of people that are committed to purity, are living it, and seeing the blessings of those choices.

Just a humble and sincere 'thank you' to everyone who had a hand in the "Worth It" seminar last Saturday. Your servanthood will bear fruit and will change the lives of our youth. I know it made a very strong impression on some of our kids and gave them courage and conviction.

And comments from marriage conference attendees:


Thank you both so much for recommending that we attend the HIM weekend.  We really went just to get away somewhere pretty for some R&R, but God is so faithful that He didn't let it stay that neutral for long!  We both learned so much in every single session, things that have the potential to change our lives as Christians and as a couple.  Of course, the fabulous food and location didn't hurt a bit!  :)

I hope to hear more from the Friesens soon; I enjoyed their presentation immensely, with their humor, sound Biblical teaching, and loving sensitivity to the problems that their audience might be facing or have faced in the past.

We attended your marriage retreat in Jackson this weekend. This is the first time we've come home from a short get-away knowing "reality" is back around the corner, but have also carried home with us a wonderful, enlightening and extremely spiritual experience. We are excited to begin praying together, and to incorporate the wonderful things we've learned and experienced

Great reports continue to come in from Mbale, Uganda, where Julie Friesen has completed eleven weeks so far serving with Cure International.  We are so thankful for all God is doing in her and through her.  Paul and Virginia are very excitedly now counting the days until they join her there next month; they will be serving in Kampala, Uganda, speaking at several marriage events there, and then will travel to Mbale to be with Julie.  Pray that God will use their words and lives to change many minds and hearts.  Your support is making a difference in many lives!

Barbara Steele
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