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    They're Back! A parent's guide to college students returning home for the summer!

    A Note from Nancy...

    They're back!

    Many parents around the country are experiencing the return of their children, only to find they aren't the same as they were when they dropped them off at college several months earlier. Students grow up in a hurry when they have to navigate life away from home on their own. They study, they sleep, they may party and hang out with friends whenever they want. Most learn through mistakes made and hopefully they have figured out how to balance their studies with their social lives. About the time they get in the groove of controlling their lives, it is time to go home for summer break! Re-entry can be difficult for both parents and their students.Families reuniting can be a time where there is wonderful happiness as they share stories of what college, the military or the mission field were like. Conversations about new friends, some of the classes they took and expectations from both sides as to what they want to do during the summer. The important idea here is that family, not self or power, take precedence over wants and desires. Yes there will be conflict. In our family, when conflicts arise with any of the family members, anyone can call for a family conversation. Everyone then has to come together at that moment and talk and resolve the issue. Sometimes these meetings lasted less than a minute and rarely over 10. This exercise is simple but greatly improved communication in our family. We also used family conversations to plan for trips, family obligations to others and working on a project together. You may want to try it out.The University of Pacific had some great suggestions for parents and students as they reunite. We added to them and hope these will help with creating a greater appreciation and love for one another.

    Students:

    • If you want to be seen as an adult, act like one. Pitching a fit, demanding your freedom, and acting like the house is your private room are not adult behaviors.
    • Understand that your parents and siblings are human too and they will be hurt if you choose your friends over them. Spend time with family and friends, and think ahead about how you can do both.
    • Adults pick up the slack. Don't be ashamed to do more while you are at home. Your parents have cooked and cleaned for you most of your life. Now is a good time to pay it back. Keep your room tidy, offer to fix a meal, or do some yard work, laundry, etc. Show off how much you have grown while away. 
    • Understand that from this point on your relationship with your parents can be based on mutual respect, not control. Your parents are most likely worried that they did not raise you well and they may have annoying ways of asking if they did a good job. Respect them and show them you turned out okay even though you will make plenty of mistakes.

    Parents:

    • Greeting your child at the door with love and acceptance is important. Be careful not to overwhelm them with a list of rules, demands, or criticisms. They are adults now and still have a lot of growing up to do!
    • Understand that while you are important, you have always been there for your children, so it is natural for them to want to see friends first. Don't get in the way of visits with friends, but let your child know you want to spend time with them too. You might even plan a meal or activity that includes friends.
    • Don't think the old rules need to stay in place, and try to avoid the temptation to pamper or baby your child. If you clean up after them they will come to expect it.  True, they may need a day or two to unwind and catch up on sleep, but they are more mature now so let them show off their maturity. There is nothing wrong with a curfew, but talk about it first. They will likely be able to handle bigger responsibilities. One suggestion is to skip the curfew time but ask that they let you know where they will be and have them call if they change their plans. Your child cannot grow up if you keep a tight leash.
    • Understand that from this point on your relationship with your children can be based on mutual respect, not control. Your children are most likely worried that you think they are not mature, and they may have annoying ways of showing you they can handle themselves. Learning from bad decisions is part of growing up. Respect them and show them they turned out okay. Continue to pray for them and yourselves! 

     Things you can do to build up your students faith during the summer and have a ball in the meantime

    1. Go to http://anchorsaway.org/unanswered and order an Unanswered bundle today. Type in "anchors" in the discount code at checkout. It is a small group adult Bible study that covers these topics and many more. It is easy to use and comes with amazing original videos that will help your understanding of the material. If you do this, your child will be prepared to defend his/her faith as well as encourage others along the way.

    2. Review the Framing Exerciseand frame your children continually during the summer. 

    3. Attend Anchorsaway Worldview Bootcamp Training June 23rd and 24th.  

    4. Take the family to Kentucky and visit the Creation Museum and Noah's Ark. It is fabulous and well worth the trip.

    5. Check out these 2017 Christian Music Festivals.

    6. Visit the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL.

    We at Anchorsaway work tirelessly to research, write, teach and train those who want to make a difference through learning the foundations of the Christian faith and living those truths out in all of life. We have reached thousands and believe that God is calling us to intensify our reach. Would you please consider giving generously to this ministry. For us to grow, we need hands and feet. Please partner with us to raise up culture-changers in our high schools, colleges, workplaces and our communities. Thank you! Click here to Donate!

    Blessings and much love!

    Nancy

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    No Debate Here! Spring Newsletter

    A Note From Nancy...

    Spring is bursting on the scene in Indiana. Flowers are poking their heads out of the dirt, and the trees are getting ready to bloom making walkers, bikers, and golfers very happy people. I have often thought that Spring is a time when God shows his nature through his creative beauty and promise of new life.

    God opened the curtains in His book to us with a giant crescendo proclaiming, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." He spoke, and life came to be. Profoundly simple profoundly beautiful. Knowing that our God is the creator, all-knowing, all-powerful, sovereign over all things, faithful and yet personal fills us with awe.

    Yet, for many of us, the Creation/Evolution issue causes much confusion among believing Christians. Many of us were taught in schools that if you are intelligent, then you will believe in evolution. Questions to the contrary were not allowed. Evolution is not only disruptive to the minds and hearts of adults, but also to young men and women who believe in the truth of the Bible. Many are chastised by teachers and professors, some of whom are Christians, for not believing in evolution. Most Christian colleges and almost all of secular colleges teach, at best, that life began with God who then, through a series of random evolutionary events, became living creatures. This is the theory of theistic evolution. Is there scientific proof that the Bible is true when it supports God's claim that He is the creator of all things? Yes there is.

    Every year when we teach the Anchorsaway lesson on creation, our students are amazed that there is a plethora of scientific proof for creation. Pure science, without bias/presuppositions, proves beyond a reasonable doubt, that God did, in fact, create the universe and all who dwell in it.

    Where do you get your information, you ask? The following are some sources and video links that you can watch yourself and hopefully with your families. These are some of the videos that we use to teach our students that scientifically speaking, all life comes from an intelligent designer, and His name is God!

    We are not telling you what you have to believe. We are giving you information that we believe you would like to see because many of you have not been given the information needed to make an educated decision.
    • Biblical references to creation. The claim that God created goes way beyond Genesis. Click here.
    • Our students loved this video of interviews with professors and students on a college campus setting. Evolution vs. God www.evolutionvsgod.com
    • This is an 2 1/2 minute animated evolution video that is clever, entertaining and to the point. https://vimeo.com/137035529

    I am thankful for all of you who are faithful to our ministry. Because of your prayers, offers to help out in our office and your financial support, we can continue reaching hundreds of students every year. Please keep praying and giving to us in any way you can. You are making a huge difference in our ministry. Every dollar we raise makes a difference. Please join us in this effort.  Click here to donate.

    Please continue to pray for us. We have much to do in continuing to build partnerships with those ministries and churches that God is bringing to us. It is an exciting time for us. I believe that when Christian ministries and churches come together and share with one another, God will bless the Church and those who will grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus.

    "...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:14-16)"

    Thank you so much.

    Blessings and much love!
    Nancy
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    February 2017 "Snowflakes"

    A Note from Nancy...

    When our son Scott was 2, he was always busy with a variety of activities. This particular summer day, he took time out to run upstairs and tell me that it was raining downstairs! Indeed it was. Scott had pulled the sprinkler inside and then turned it on. Everything was soaked. Thankfully my mother was visiting, and before I could say or do anything, she reminded me that he was merely acting his age.

    I have thought about that a great deal over the past few weeks with sometimes violent demonstrations because the "wrong person" was elected president. These were not two-year-olds because two-year-olds would not behave as they did, but rather they were mostly teens and grown adults. Just for the record, the worldview that they were living out exemplified the description of a Postmodern person, also known as a Millennial or Postmodern. Sadly, they were living out a worldview that has no moral standards, no rules for violence or what anyone says or does. This group is also known as "Snowflakes" because their feelings get badly hurt when things don't go their way. Many of these adults were, as children, given whatever they wanted, awarded participation trophies and could participate in several after school activities that would disrupt everyone else. Rarely were they grateful and soon became a "me" centered group of entitled adults that is the most depressed and lost generation on this planet.

    As parents, it is critical that we can not only lead our children by the example of how we love God and love others even though they won something and we lost! Kim Kurtz, www.livingtolovehim.com, a friend of mine who is a writer and a mom, wrote about some things a parent can talk about with their children. One of the questions was "Who will I live for? Myself, for everyone around me, the person I love or will I live for God? Most kids and Postmoderns would answer "me" but as Kim said, "Nowhere in scripture does it say to love yourself. The greatest love of all is NOT inside of you. The greatest love of all is the love of God." We must model a life lived loving God and others if we expect our children to see a different way of living.

    Upcoming events for you and family.

    If you are in the greater Indianapolis area we invite you to come to our office as we welcome Fouad Masri and Crescent Project for "Who is the god of Islam?" Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 7:00 pm at 13232 Old Meridian St. Carmel, IN 46032.

    Alycia Wood from the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (www.rzim.org) will be speaking twice in Indianapolis on Feb. 15th & 16th.  Her first engagement is at East 91st Street Christian Church focusing on equipping Christ-followers within their faith journey.  Her second engagement is at IUPUI sponsored by the Christian campus ministries as an outreach to seekers of all ages & worldviews.

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:30 pm at East 91st Street Christian Church
    Alycia Wood will equip Christ-followers in The Hall at East 91st Street Christian Church, 6049 East 91st Street, Indianapolis, IN.
    Topic: "Why I Believe in God."

    Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:30 pm at the IUPUI Student Campus Ballroom
    Alycia Wood will speak and lead an open Q & A discussion about Christian faith with seekers of all ages & worldviews at the IUPUI's Student Union on West Michigan St.
    Topic: "God, Justice, and Love."

    "...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:14-16)"

    Thank you so much.

    Blessings and much love!
    Nancy

    Nancy S. Fitzgerald
    Founder & Executive Director
    Anchorsaway Ministries

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    Nancy's November Newsletter

     Hello,   

    A Note from Nancy...

    Yes, Aslan is on the move...God is up to something!  God, in the midst of the worst of times, will always have the last word. Be encouraged!
     
    How could a country with millions of well qualified people that could lead America to be a nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all choose Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?   
     
    When I look at our churches and our teens, I can see the erosion of faith and foundational moral principles. Christians lack the basic understanding of their God and faith, and courage to take a stand, the culture will win every time. We are at war for the hearts and minds of teens and their parents. If you need convincing, take a look at these stats from Barna, McDowell and Summit.
     
    The Church is in trouble: Only 2% of self identified Christians know how to defend their faith. Less than half believe that Jesus was sinless, the Bible is true and choosing what is right depends on the situation. The average church size of 75 people, lead 1 person to Jesus per year. 
     
    Not surprising, teens are no better off than the parents. Only 2-6% of Christian teens live out their faith, the majority do not believe that Jesus is God. They believe that all faiths are the same, that Jesus did not raise from the dead and that the Holy Spirit does not exist. Fall out for this: up to 80-90% will walk away from their faith by the time they graduate from college with FEW returning.
     
    THERE IS HOPE. To turn the tide, Christians have got to learn what and how to defend your faith in Jesus. We are here to help you become a champion culture changer. Please go on our site and order an "Unanswered: Smoke, Mirrors and God"bundle that you can receive in a few days. It is for family study or any small group that wants to learn about their faith and have their questions answered. When you receive it, you will be ready to use it. Play the 5 minute video and get going. People with no biblical training are diving in and loving it! Click here and order today. 
     
    There are some awesome things going on:
     
    How about showing The Chronicles of Narnia and watch it together with your family and maybe invite friends to join you? We suggest that after you watch the movie, you could discuss the areas in your lives where God is moving, where God needs to be more active and how to better live out your relationship with God.  To watch, click here!
     
    Sign up for tickets or to stream "America's Best Hope"..... http://americasbesthope.org/ 
     
    Join Mike Woods and the Dream Center Crossroads of America here in Indianapolis and serve http://www.indydreamcenter.com/outreaches.html 
     
    We will always be willing and ready to pray for and with you. We would love to help you with your situation and suggest ways to speak into your group that you would love to reach. Please let us know what we can do to help. Office: 317-844-0381
     
    Remember, the parents are the most powerful influence in the life of their children. They probably won't let you know but they are listening! Don't forget to Frame them often! Click here to learn framing!
    "...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:14-16)"

    Be encouraged!

    Blessings and much love! 
    Nancy 
     
     
     
    Nancy S. Fitzgerald
    Founder & Executive Director
    Anchorsaway Ministries
     
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