Holsby “Teebees”

by Donna Schoon - Support Staff

Teebees are some of my favorite people on campus! This summer, we’ve added two of them to the Holsby family. (By the way, the name “Teebees” is what we call our staff kids, and it derives from Torchbearers).

Our most recent one was born to Jonathan & Trista Miller. The Millers have been here for three years and Jonathan is the director of Holsby’s camp program.


NAME:  Nox Emmanuel Miller

DATE:  6 August 2013

TIME:  12:22 a.m.

WEIGHT:  3260 grams; 7 lbs. 1 oz.

LENGTH:  50 cm.;  19 in.

SIBLINGS:  Hazel and Huxley (2-year-old twins)


After Nox’s birth, Trista was hospitalized for a full week due to complications after receiving an epidural. Lots of prayer went up on her behalf and various staff helped out with the twins at home. The Lord answered in some pretty amazing ways and HIS presence was very tangible! Trista shares: “Once again I am overwhelmed and grateful for the Holsby community. The load I felt was much easier to carry when the weight was distributed amongst other believers.”

Two weeks later, it was so good to see the whole family together at a birthday party for our oldest Teebee!!

Trista and Jonathan – God has blessed you and your young family and shown Himself strong on your behalf! All the ways have not been easy ones, but you’ve witnessed HIS grace and HIS love surrounding you and carrying you. As you guide little Nox through his growing-up years, may he come to learn that his Heavenly Father has placed valuable nuggets out of the treasures of HIS love all along the way – just waiting to be discovered. May Nox grow to be a man of God, one who shares HIS truths freely.

All the paths of the Lord are 

mercy and steadfast love, 

even truth and faithfulness are they for those who [obey Him].

Psalm 25:10

A couple of months ago, a little girl was welcomed into the home of our staff volunteers, Martin & Danielle Aspegren.


NAME:  Ottilia Faith Aspegren

DATE:  4 June 2013

TIME:  10:41 p.m.

WEIGHT:  4110 grams; 9 lbs. 1 oz.

LENGTH: 52 cm., 20-1/2 in.

BIG BROTHER:  Max, 3 years old 


Little Ottilia Faith is named after her grandmother, Faith – a special name with a lot of blessing when one reflects on its significance!

Danielle shared that a very meaningful part of her experience took place after the births of both their children. The simple song, which we call the “Doxology,” was a thoughtful expression of what flowed from her heart the very first time she was alone with these little ones. She offered her praise with these words:

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow

Praise HIM all creatures here below

Praise HIM above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen!

Danielle & Martin, you have been great examples in the home of serving the Lord in the ordinary junctures of life. May your little Ottilia learn early to follow in your footsteps – you who are following the Lord’s footsteps – and serve HIM with joy and gladness!! May she know HIM as Lord, and in turn allow her life to touch many lives with the simplicity of God’s love!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come before His presence with singing!

Know that the Lord is God!

Psalm 100:2-3

In this calendar year, we’ve actually added five Teebees to the Holsby family:  Ember Thomas (February), Tobin Strohm (February), Laura Schnizler (March), Ottilia Aspegren (June), and Nox Miller (August). Here you see all of them together with their moms!


At a recent gathering, we assembled all these young families together for a photo – which doesn’t have the chance to happen very often! Pray for our young families who are serving so faithfully here at Holsby. It is a “juggle” sometimes to put all the schedule together between work and home. But our families are committed to both! Pray for:

  • … wisdom and understanding in bringing up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord
  • … good contacts with families both inside and outside the Holsby context
  • … strength and health in the midst of schedules that are not always routine
  • … the moms and dads to be encouraged in the Lord in the midst of their daily contexts, and to grow in their walk with HIM


I’m sure all of our Holsby families, younger and older, would say:

“… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 

Joshua 24:15

Donna Schoon - Support Staff

About Donna Schoon - Support Staff

Being in ministry in and around Holsby for about half of my life has been a true joy and I’ve grown in the process. My role is smaller, but it is still an encouragement to be a part of the whole picture – doing a wee bit of teaching, participating with students in the Österliden outreach and hosting a family group during the school year. Correspondence with Holsby friends around the world, as well as other contacts, keeps my computer going many hours a week – as does keeping our home open to those who want to come. Our family includes 2 children, 5 grands, and 4 great-grands (with one on the way). Wally is my husband, and Psalm 70:4 is our verse.

20. August 2013 by Donna Schoon - Support Staff
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