March Update


Seven months in and we are really beginning to feel like we are home. The boys are making great friends, playing lots of baseball, and eagerly waiting for summer to get here. Brooklynn is finally potty trained!!! She will also talk your ear off. And if she wants something, you better just get it for her.  At least that’s what I’ve learned.  Amber and I have made some really neat and fun friends in our neighborhood, at church, with co-workers, and parents on the  boys’ baseball team. The Lord has definitely put us in a great spot. We are having to trust in Him more each day and He’s been gracious to allow us to witness so many blessings right before us.



As far as my internship goes, the last couple of months have been crazy. Austin Stone hosts a conference called Verge. Last month the Verge conference was held at Austin City Limits Moody Theatre where I got to help with so many things behind the scenes such as stage design, set-up, and leading a choir. I learned a lot and had a ton of fun. There was a live simulcast of the conference, which had a handful of countries around the world watching. Moody was a pretty sweet place, too!



This last week we were gearing up for Easter Sunday. The Stone hosted their service in The Erwin Center and it was awesome. All of our campuses in one room, singing very loudly, proclaim Jesus as our Risen King, seemed like a glimpse of heaven. Watch this video below. Roger led our opening prayer, which was quite moving.




Prayer Needs…

We are almost to a good spot in our house situation. We took our house in Amarillo off the market a few months ago to get some things worked on and give it a fresh look. It’s been a pretty taxing project to say the least, especially with our not being on site to  oversee the work ourselves.  However, God has truly provided throughout this entire process and has shown us His faithfulness. The house is almost complete and we will probably put it back up for sale in a few weeks.  Pray that the timing is right for a family needing to buy, that we sell it quickly, and that we are able to move forward with a house here in Austin.


My internship is on the back half of completion. Amber and I have been in discussion with the guys on staff at The Stone who oversee me, mentor me, and discipline me regarding our future and what is in store. Please pray that the Lord has His way with us. We want to be obedient to His calling on our lives and want to serve in the capacity and place that He wants us to serve.



As I have said so many times before, please know that we are grateful for all of you. Your partnership with us does not go unnoticed. One of the most challenging things for me is relaying in brief but with great description, everything God has taught us and the many ways he has blessed our family. It is because of you and your partnership that we are able to grow spiritually in the ways we are growing. This morning I read…


“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously…. For God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7


I pray that all of you are being blessed not only because of your giving, but more so because of your cheerful hearts in giving. Often I can not hold back the tears when I think about my conversations with most of you when Amber and I decided to make this move and how quickly you all were to believe in the transforming power of the Gospel, believe in the calling on our lives, and believe in the heart of giving.



I hope you and your families are doing well and pray that we can see you all very soon!



God bless,


Marcus Dawes 

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6 Month Update

Well, I’m 7 days late on making this post and a bit disappointed in myself for not getting this out on time. As I’m sure you all have been on the edge of your seats just waiting for your inbox to blow up with another post :). I must say, the last month has been quite busy and filled with a lot of activities. 


The boys have started basketball. It’s a different ball game around these parts, driving them to practices and games, and making sure Amber and I plan accordingly to get them where they need to be on time. What used to take us 4-5 minutes to get them where they needed to be in Amarillo, now takes a good 20 min. This just gives us more time to spend in the car together and have good talks. The boys are both doing really well on their teams. Baylor (first grade) plays with 1st and 2nd graders. He’s the smallest kid on the team, but acts as if he’s been playing basketball longer than he’s been alive. I’m sure having an older brother has benefited him in this. Braedyn has grown into such a good leader. He’s been scoring the most points on his team (if I could brag a bit) but cares more about his entire team getting better. He’ll literally leave the player he’s guarding just to run across the court and congratulate a teammate for making a good play. Our competitiveness makes this difficult for Amber and I to watch, but it’s fun to see his encouraging spirit expressed outwardly… even if it means leaving his man for a wide open lay-up, I guess. 

They both miss their Amarillo friends very much. Over Christmas we asked Braedyn if he’s enjoyed living in Austin, he replied, “It’s OK.”  We asked what would make it better… “to move back to Amarillo.” It’s just been a big step for them both to make close friends like they had in Amarillo. However, they just had 2 brothers come over for a sleepover this past weekend.  It was very entertaining and good for them to connect in that way with some boys like that again. Pray for them to continue to make new friends and that Austin would become more like home to them. 


(Boys riding a camel at the circus. Random I know, but the line for that elephant ride was ridiculous. So I told them Jesus rode camels and they were cool with it)

Brooklynn gets whatever she wants! This is a huge flaw of mine. I can’t say “no” to this girl. We’ve been potty training her and giving her bubble gum as an incentive. What 2 year old wouldn’t ask for gum without having gone potty?  So of course, I get in trouble when Amber finds out I’ve given in and given her gum whenever she asks. She’s adorable, people.  Never thought that one of my favorite things to do in life would be putting my daughter’s hair in a ponytail. She loves her brothers very much as they do her. One of my greatest blessings is to witness the 3 of them love on each other. You can always join me in praying for this girl, that she grows into a woman that falls in love with Christ first then her daddy … and that’s it.  As of right now I can’t see her with anyone else J. You can also pray for me on the rest of what I’m really asking prayer for… She’s only 2, she’s got some time!


(Brooklynn at Baylor’s b-ball game. She was ready to leave)


 (She wanted so badly to move this right beside where her mom gets ready. She’s blowdrying her hair)

Amber has absolutely been killing it with her side business, Rodan and Fields (here comes the plug). So if any of you are interested in skin care, she’s your girl! It has truly been a blessing for our entire family to have her do so well with her business. She also seems to be settling in more and more each day at school. She works with some great teachers.


We recently went out to dinner with some of her teacher friends and their spouses. It was fun being able to connect with other people in our community that we are not connected with through the church. 


 (Amber and I at Chee Zee, great desserts!!)

My work at The Stone has been going well. Our team recently went on a songwriting retreat. I learned a ton and was pushed greatly. It was encouraging to see that I’m not the only who gets “writers block,” although I still feel like I seem to get it more than others.  In the end, I was able to scrounge up hints of creativity and some pretty decent songs were put on paper.  Right now we are gearing up for a leadership conference that The Stone puts on every year called Verge (, during Easter which will take place in the Frank Erwin Center, where they expect 15,000+ people this year, and another 7in7, a songwriting challenge to write 7 songs in 7 days. 



Thank you all for continuing to check in on us. Your prayers and encouragement have been a huge help in our transition. All in all, we are doing really well. We still need to sell our house in Amarillo, which would be a pretty big miracle, but nothing God can’t handle. We will continue to trust that His timing is perfect! 



Love you all and thanks for all you have done for my family and me. We pray the Lord blesses you and yours this New Year.



Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 ESV



In Christ, 


Marcus Dawes

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Merry Christmas



This Christmas will definitely be one that my family remembers. Of course it will be special because it will be Christmas in a new place and shared with new friends, but mainly because it will be my first Christmas without my dad. I’ve had a handful of friends tell me that the holidays are the toughest after losing a loved one. That doesn’t come by surprise to me. I have witnessed other dear friends go through the emotional pain of celebrating Christmas without their specific loved ones and can only expect it to be pretty difficult for myself and for my family. So, I’ve been trying to gear myself up for this season and prepare myself for what might come emotionally. I’ve been asking myself questions like, how might I respond emotionally to certain scenarios throughout these coming days? How can I lead my wife and kids and even my extended family through this time? And all that keeps coming to my mind is the gospel, God’s great redemptive story of Jesus. No matter what kind of emotions this holiday season brings my family and myself, I have to keep in mind the great HOPE we all have in Jesus.


The eternally existent Jesus left a place of perfect peace to come to a place of utter chaos. The Creator of all things good, who knew no sin, left a place of perfect holiness and looked in the face of darkness. The Highest name of all, the King of kings and Lord of lords, left a place of no tears, sorrow, or pain and entered into a place where he wept, carried our burdens, and died for us all.


“Who being in very nature, God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!

 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:6-11


I know it will be difficult to begin a journey of making new memories that will not include my earthly father and my kids Poppy. I’m sure that our hearts will be filled with even more grief seeing the empty chair at dinner, or knowing that even in a room full of 12 extremely joyful, overly energized, grandkids all under the age of 13, that something will still be missing. That in the moments of laughter and joy there still may be moments of feeling as if we are in a vacant room. But the joy that fills my heart even as I write this is that no matter how much I miss my dad and wish he was still grandfathering my kids or playing cards with my mom, my wife, and I, I know he has received the greatest blessing of all… to stand in the presence of God for ever!


I know most of you will share some of these same sort of grief’s that myself and my family will, or even have more of a difficult holiday season than I could even bare to imagine. No matter what my Christmas, my families Christmas, and even your Christmas might look like this year, my prayer is that we all have HOPE that we cling to. That we all remember our great memories of past holiday seasons, but more importantly remember the one who created us, came down to be lower than us, saving us from our sin that leads to death, and made a way back to him that leads to eternal life. May our HOPE be found in Jesus Christ our Savior!


 I am praying for all of you. I am praying that your hearts be filled with joy as you spend time with your spouses, your kids, and your grandkids. I pray that you celebrate well! Celebrate time off, time with your family, and time alone. But most of all, celebrate HOPE that’s been given to you through a Savior.




Grateful for you all,



Marcus Dawes and Family



 A Day of Glory


A day, a day of promise, a hope to end our woe

A day that tells of triumph against our vanquished foe


In flesh His entrance humble, the swaddling clothes His robe

The meek displayed in power, the Prince of Peace now known


Let angels shout the triumph as mortals raise their voice

Behold the Son of heaven and earth, the King of Kings is born


A day, a day of glory, when Jesus calls us home

Our glorious King eternal returning for His own


Let angels shout the triumph as mortals raise their voice

Behold the Son of heaven and earth, the King of Kings is born




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3 Months In

The last two and a half months have flown by. So much has happened, in such a really short time. It seems like God keeps showing us His faithfulness and keeps giving us more and more opportunities to grow. Thank you all for your continued prayers, support, and partnership with us.



So in the middle of October I helped plan, organize, and then participated in a songwriting practice called 7in7. There was about 200+ songwriters from all over the country, even the world, who participated. The basic idea was to challenge songwriters to flesh out 7 songs in 7 days.  The main goal was not quality, but to just give your ideas and thoughts life. This was extremely difficult. I had probably one keeper out of seven.  My allergies were kicking my tail during this time, but I’m proud that I completed the challenge.


You can check out one of my songs here…


We then celebrated our 7in7 challenge with a listening party we called Day 8. This is where artists showcased one of their songs. It was a fun experience helping put this all together and was a great success.


The first of this month I went to the Doxology and Theology Conference in Dallas with our Worship Team from The Stone. One of our worship leaders, Aaron Ivey ( led worship and taught a session. The conference was very refreshing, uplifting, and a good time with the guys.


As soon as I got back from the Conference, I had my first written exam to take. We were given 3 hours, an unmarked bible, and 15 questions over 9 weeks worth of study. I felt like I did OK, although it’s been a while since I’ve taken an exam… and I’ll be honest with ya, believe it or not, I’ve never been one to master many exams J.


The following weekend, about 250 – 300 men from The Austin Stone and those participating in Men’s Development Program went to Camp Tejas and spent the weekend together. We all really seemed to enjoy getting away for a few days, however, watching Texas A&M beat #1 Alabama with about 200 Aggies was not necessarily my idea of a good time. I’ve never heard so much “whooping” in my life.



Also something I’ve had the privilege of having a very small part of is The Austin Stone Christmas Album, A Day of Glory. You can get it here on itunes


… or you can wait for the discs to come out. Who knows, you might just find one in your mailbox one of these days.



Amber took a trip to San Francisco that she won through her Rodan & Fields business. She’s still doing great with that side business, and definitely brings home the bacon J… (that’s my R&F plug!)


The kids had a great time this Halloween. We went around our neighborhood with our neighbors and their kids. The boys start basketball in a couple of weeks and Brooklynn might just be the most spoiled little girl I know.  I can’t say no to this girl!



We have been teaching our kids memory verses every day for the last couple of weeks. One of the verses we taught our kids was…


Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4


This verse has just been good for me that last few weeks. I’m trying to learn or figure out what it truly means to delight in the Lord. I’ve learned recently that the greatest blessing to us, even beyond God saving us through Jesus, is the fact the He adopted us as His sons and daughters. The fact that God loves me more than I love my own children is really hard to fathom… even when I don’t delight myself in Him. My prayer of late has been reminding myself to delight in my Father. He knows what is best for me.



Prayer needs…


You guys can still pray for our house situation. It’s been a very difficult process for us. Our house has been settling pretty badly and we just found out that there was a sewage leak. We are in the process of filing a claim with our insurance, so pray that everything gets figured out, fixed, and most of all… that the house will sell quickly. We are without a doubt in good hands with our realtor and many other people we know helping us walk through this entire process.


And… Thank you for your prayers regarding our neighbors and Ashley’s brother. Ashley’s brother was in a bad motorcycle accident and was in and out of ICU in Midland. They ended up flying him to a head trauma facility in Dallas where he was put in ICU and not given long to live. Five days after being in Dallas, he just randomly woke up. He’s now talking, eating well, and even walking around. Ashley and Steve were blown away! Amber and I were blown away! It’s been pretty cool being able to hear them tell their story and watch their faith grow in the Lord through all of this.




There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t start my day by thanking God for each and every one of you. I pray for you all that God reveal more of himself to you each day. I also pray that you, too, choose to delight in the Lord, knowing His attribute of faithfulness, that He will give you the desires of your heart.




Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



The Dawes


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Making Memories

Much has happened since we arrived in Austin, especially within the last month. As I sit and think, and look through my journal of all that has taken place over just even the last 3 weeks, I can’t help but be grateful to be found in the Lord and to have such great friends and family supporting us.


So many of you have continued to keep in touch with us through texts and phone calls– just to catch up and make sure we are doing OK.  Thank you! We deeply miss those of you that we used to spend our lives with on a regular basis and will always hold on tight to our memories and especially those memories that bring us laughter. I can assure you all that we are making some of those kinds of memories already.


October 5th was a great day to record some future memories. On this day, Amber and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. Yup!  I promise you it’s been 10 years… and yes, we are still “very young,” and yes, most of you all are still “very old” J. Quite a bit took place that day such as picking Amber up from work in a limo, a stay at the Driskill, some top Austin spots, and good times with friends. However, that will probably be the least of our memory. This picture below is proof of what I had prepared for Amber before picking her up “late” in a limo. Of course, if you know me well enough, something is bound to go wrong.  Long story short … limo driver shows up late; Marcus gets upset with limo driver; dog eats sushi tray while Marcus is occupied with limo driver/company. Other than this, we seriously had a great day and I don’t deserve to be married to a woman that is filled with such beauty and desire to glorify her heavenly Father.





Another quick memory… Our family has begun a new tradition–happy hour at Chuy’s. Now for those of you that are partners with us and give financially, please don’t gasp and jump to the thought of Amber with an extra large margarita.  Rather, picture our family declining to order from the menu and heading to the chips and salsa bar.  During their happy hour they serve queso, beans, and beef, so of course a family of 5 will only order tortillas and make burritos.  Not a bad deal.


So, the closest Chuy’s is about 10 miles away from our house and requires us to jump on a major highway.  Our last trip we managed to make it all the way to the restaurant from our house with Amber’s set of keys on our back bumper.



Most of my days consist of my face planted in this book.  I haven’t read this much… ever.  Our Men’s Development Program has primarily consisted of reading Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem (an introduction to Biblical Doctrine) thus far, which is great with me, cause it’s plenty of reading.  I’m being challenged, encouraged to apply some new things within my walk as a believer as well as a husband and father, and constantly being reminded of the gospel – Christ’s love for us!



Austin Stone Worship is putting out a Christmas album this year. A handful of us were asked to sing some gang vocals on a few of the songs. Below is a picture of us in the studio.




So far I’ve been given the honor to be part of 2 Fellowship of Christian Atheletes events. One was the weekly FCA gathering for the University of Texas, which I might be helping with more this semester and next.



The other was a Fields of Faith in Lubbock, TX.  There were hundreds of Fields of Faith happening all over the country last Wednesday night. Lubbock’s turnout was pretty incredible and it was very evident that God is doing a great work in that area with FCA and the youth ministries. There were over 3,000 kids of which just under 400 gave their life to Christ last Wednesday night (Oct. 10th) at Frenship Stadium in Lubbock, TX. Pretty cool to be connected with that event that night. Lubbock was a very quick trip for me, but it sure was good to take Brooklynn to see her Mimi. We also celebrated my dad’s birthday that day, so it was really good to hug my mom’s neck.




And of course we had to attend some UT football games. 2 games of which didn’t have the best outcomes… Enough said about that.





Prayer Needs


Please continue to pray for our house to sell. There have been a few lookers, but no offers. We are going to continue to trust that God has a plan and His plan is better than anything we can come up with.  His timing will be perfect.


Also pray for our neighbors next door to us. Steve and Ashley Gluck and their three boys, Ethan, Evan, and Chase. Literally the week we moved in, Ashley’s brother (who lives in Midland) was in a very severe motorcycle accident. He’s been in and out of ICU and just recently made a turn for the worse and not expected to live much longer. The Gluck’s are great people. Our kids play together every single day, so we spend quite a bit of time with them.  Pray for healing. Pray for a miracle to take place. Pray for the Gluck’s family that no matter what happens that they put their hope and trust in the creator of the universe, God Almighty.  Pray for Amber and I, that we have the words to say, the patience to just listen, and a heart to serve our neighbors.


Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for your friendships. Thank you for taking a minute to catch up with us.


“Fullness of joy is found in knowing God and delighting in the excellence of his character” Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology



“How lovely is your dwelling place,

O Lord of hosts!

My soul longs, yea, faints

For the courts of the Lord;

My heart and flesh sing for joy

To the living God…


For a day in your courts is better

Than a thousand elsewhere.” Psalm 84:1-2, 10






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Well, I would’ve never thought that I would actually be living, working, and raising a family in Austin, Texas. I’ll go ahead and apologize to my Panhandle friends, but this truly might just be God’s country. Amber and I are just blown away that we can go outside on the back porch, look at all the hills and trees, enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation and literally not get blown away. In all seriousness, we truly are thankful for the beauty of this part of the world, but more so, thankful for all of you. We are thankful for your prayers and support, and thankful for how the Lord made a way for us to get down here.

I wanted to write this first blog to give you a full update on how The Dawes family is doing, but also to fill you in on some of the cool stories that have taken place the last few weeks in order for us to even make this transition. Just so you are aware, I will be updating this blog once a month, so please check in periodically for those updates.


Prayer Needs Answered…

This week I looked through my journal and found the prayer list that Amber and I wrote out back on July 28th… 12 prayer needs… 11 answered prayers. Here’s just a few…

In Order to Move to Austin:

Job in Austin lines out for Marcus – I met with Chris Collins from the Austin Stone on August 6th and was asked to pray about doing an internship with the Worship Christ team. In order to participate I need to raise financial support, and had to raise 80% of that by August 31st.

That we would be able to raise full financial support and 80% of it by 8-31st  – Within 48 hours of the time we started asking people (most of you) to partner with us, we were $6,000 away from our 80%…. By August 21st we reached our 100% goal!

That Amber get an interview with an Austin school – She got 3 interviews, which is a big deal due to the number of teachers trying to find jobs in the Austin area.

That Amber get teaching job in Austin area before school starts – She got a call from Reagan Elementary on Friday, 3 days before school started, interviewed on Skype and a phone call, and got the job!!

To be able to find a house in same school district as Amber’s school so boys could attend that school – This is actually an unbelievably cool story that would take up most of this blog… Needless to say, we found a house right down the street from Reagan Elementary on the Sunday before the Monday in which school started.

That the transition be good for the kids – The boys, Braedyn and Baylor, got to start school the day school started, which was a huge plus for our family. They both have made friends rather quickly. This weekend they’ll have ice hockey tryouts… we are hoping all goes well with that. Within one week we were able to find the perfect situation with childcare for Brooklynn. She, along with 7 other kids stay with a lady in a neighborhood right next to ours. We seriously could not ask for a better scenario for all 3 of our kids in this season.

Our biggest prayer need right now is to sell our house! We feel confident that the Lord will provide the right people at the right time to buy our home. It is just something we would love to not have to worry or think about. So, something you all could be praying for us for is selling our house.


As you can see, the Lord is faithful! I still have a hard time realizing that all this has happened in such a short amount of time, and we literally did nothing but commit to trust in God. Only God could make this all work out in the way it did.



First 2 Weeks:

The first week was a bit crazy. Amber and the boys stayed with some friends in Lakeway, which was such a huge help. They had about a 40min commute each morning, which wasn’t too bad, but just made for longer days. Brooklynn and I stayed in Amarillo and packed up the house and a moving truck. How we got the moving truck was another cool story.


Amber was given a flight back to Amarillo (another blessing!) to help move everything back down to Austin. She was exhausted, but a huge help with finishing up loading the truck.


We arrived in Cedar Park on Sunday, September 2nd and had plenty of help moving into our home. Special thanks to Randy, Valorie, Randyn, Kiki, Brendan, and the Rhodes.


Of course we had to break in Austin by attending our first UT game of the year as a family!


Amber is finally settling in and getting caught up with things at school. She has some really great teachers she works with, which has made her transition to Reagan pretty easy. We live right down the street from the school, so coming straight home after school has made things easier. As soon as Amber and the kids get home they are immediately outside playing with the neighbors. Our favorite thing to do so far is to sit outside in lawn chairs with our neighbors and watch our kids play together. If our kids are not outside, then we will for sure hear the doorbell ring from a neighbor kid wanting our kids to come outside and play. Another huge blessing!


My work has been pretty humbling so far. Going from a full time ministry position to an internship is exactly what it sounds like . Although I will say, The Austin Stone is all about discipleship and equipping leaders. They’ve made it very clear that we (interns) are not here to stuff envelopes, but here to advance the gospel in Austin, Texas and even around the globe. I attended the first night of the Worship Leader Development class this past Tuesday night. It was probably the most emotional filled day yet for me. I had moments where I was filled with joy and just overwhelmed of how God has truly guided and protected my family. I had moments where I was a bit burdened, thinking about my past sins, my guilt and shame that creeps up on all of us at times. Then I had moments where my heart was just saddened. I was missing my dad, missing my close friends, and almost just sort of freaking out that this is reality. That Tuesday night was a crazy night for me. I was reminded that my identity is not found in the things I do or don’t do well, but it is found in Christ Jesus. I was challenged on where my aim was. Was my aim on glorifying the one who gives me life? Or was my aim on myself? We were all created to worship, to worship something, whether that be God or not… our aim (attention) is always on something. Where is it? Then I was beautifully reminded that this is not our home. That one day we will stand in Glory with our Savior and that ALL of our aim will respond to ALL of who God is!


The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

His mercies never come to an end;

They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

“Therefore, I will hope and trust in Him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24



I ask that you continue to pray for us. Pray that we find community here, that we are challenged to reach the lost and hurting in Austin, and that we continue to walk behind the Lord Almighty, trusting His path for us. Pray for our house in Amarillo to sell. Like, seriously, pray hard for this one .


And we will pray for you. We will pray extra blessings for you and your family. May you see miracles happen this year that you can’t explain other than, God.



Thank you for taking the time to read this. You all mean very much to my family. Thank you for your support and partnership in advancing the gospel in Austin, Tx.











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