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Leading TEAM's Creation Care Initiative in order to restore people and their environment into flourishing, sustainable, Christ-centered communities. 
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Sunrise in East TN--what beauty we see in the colors of God's creation!

So much to be thankful for!

This Thanksgiving was a wonderful time to reflect on all that God has done and the blessings He has given us. And now, Advent prepares our hearts to celebrate Christ's first coming and anticipate his second. It is a wonderful season as we look to God in celebration of what He has done and will yet do.

As some of you may know, I (Ben) was recognized with the Recent Alumni Recognition Award at CIU’s Homecoming (where I attended seminary).
The university recognizes recent graduates for their distinguished accomplishments and commitment to CIU's core values: "authority of Scripture, necessity of the Spirit filled life, world evangelization, prayer and faith, and evangelical unity". What an honor to be recognized for the work the Lord is doing through us. The award may be in my name, but it was only possible because of the part each of you play in supporting this ministry through giving and prayer. While in Columbia, SC for Homecoming, we were also able to visit a number of our supporters as well as Noah's grave.
Columbia, SC is very special to us and we are thankful for the friends we gained during our six years there.

One special friendship we have from that time is with a missionary family serving in Europe who was able to visit us in TN in early October. Though we cannot post pictures or name them here, our families built lasting memories together. We want our children to experience different cultures even while living in the US and to have a healthy, biblical worldview. When was the last time you had a missionary or a "foreigner" in your home? It's so important for us to not become ethnocentric but more and more Christo-centric in welcoming the cultures of the world into our homes.

In mid October I was invited to present on the topic of Creation Care at a Panel sponsored by TEAM in Denver, CO. There were pastors, lay people, and seminary students in attendance. Though it's hard to get a clear, streamlined message communicated in a panel format, the discussion was helpful and some new connections were made. One person later emailed me and in response to the work I do, said: "Ben, thanks again big time. Really appreciate your time and your thoughts. Love what you are doing. You bring hope to my weary soul."

My trip to Denver was supposed to be a quick four day trip until I missed my outgoing flight back home. As a result, I was able to make an unexpected visit to Douglas, Wyoming to visit some of our friends and supporters. If you know me at all, I always enjoy catching up with friends! Though I really wanted to be home, I was thankful to be with so many people who love Jesus and daily walk with Him to make an impact in their world. 

Agabus Team Trip

This Fall I have been preparing for a significantly meaningful trip to north-central Africa. Since we returned to the US for my role leading the Creation Care Initiative at TEAM, I have been trying to plan Agabus Team trips (named after the prophet Agabus in the NT--look it up!). These are environmental mission trips in which we seek to discover the environmental problems plaguing a community and develop gospel-centered solutions that the local or future missionaries can implement. Basically, we want to be a blessing to the community and a blessing to the ecosystem, so that they can both flourish abundantly as commanded by God in Genesis. The question we need to ask is: "How can we be good stewards of creation, and bring reconciliation to mankind and the created order?"

There will be 5 other people going with me: an engineer from Canada, a missionary currently working in Zambia with agriculture and sustainable issues, another missionary working in Bolivia with sustainable development in an indigenous community, a young man looking into long-term opportunities to serve in the country we are visiting, and a recent environmental biology college graduate who's joining TEAM as a two-year Creation Care missionary based out of the US. I am so thankful the Lord has brought this team together! We will spend three weeks in the country, flying there December 27th. Please pray for our team's research and work, as well as our family with me gone for three weeks!

On the Home Front

We have had many things to be thankful for this fall, modern medicine being one of them. Lilianna had Scarlet Fever in October and we are so thankful for antibiotics, Ibuprofen and Tylenol. She has completely recovered and even finished out her soccer season scoring a goal at her last game. Samuel broke his wrist at the end of October while riding over (crashing through, really) his homemade bike ramp and we are thankful for x-rays! He is now in a splint and will be able to play in his piano and flute recital this coming weekend. We are thankful for David and Caleb staying healthy this fall. Caleb has been swimming a mile several times a week in our home-school fitness swim class and is enjoying learning to play the ukelele along with piano. David played soccer this fall and has just started basketball. We are thankful Becky's parents were able to visit this fall and spend time with the kids. We are also excited for six of the extended Bacheller family (including my parents) to come visit in mid December. It will be a full house!
We pray that your Thanksgiving was special, remembering all that God has done in and through your own family this past year. We really have so much to be thankful for. We hope that you are able to enjoy this season of Advent and have thankful hearts as we celebrate Christ's first coming and anticipate his second. Thank you for your love and support.

For the Kingdom, 
Ben, Becky, Caleb, Samuel, David & Lilianna.
Prayer Points

Requests:
-Our monthly funding has been low since moving back the the US to head up this strategic ministry in 2014. End-of-year giving has always helped us through the slower months. Would you consider such a gift? Or maybe start monthly partnership with us this coming year? Thank you!
-Pray for Becky and the kids while I'm gone for three weeks in Africa. I will have minimal internet access most of the time, and single-parenting is not an easy task! Becky will need an extra dose of grace and patience!
-Pray for Ben's trip logistics, for the team to bond quickly, and for the Lord to go before them with contacts, research, and God-given insight.
-Pray for us in parenting, that we will be gracious to our kids and daily point them to the Gospel as we homeschool.


Praises:
-Lilianna recovering from Scarlet Fever and Samuel's wrist healing properly.
-Becky's flexible work schedule that allows me (Ben) to travel.
-Extended family visiting us this Fall and Winter.

-Partners like you who make the work possible.
Our Homeschool Coop Yearbook photo.
Both of us at Noah's grave.
The kids learning to whittle some this Fall.
The kids at CIU for Ben's award
David and Samuel at 4-H BB Gun practice.
David enjoying a downhill slope in a neighboring farm's hayfield.
Lily enjoying a windy day with a kite!
Enjoying our once a year snowfall in East TN!
A broken wrist didn't hold Samuel back from getting his daily piano practice in!
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Check out the website above (Blessed Earth) of some friends doing amazing work caring for creation.
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