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Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 10.50.45 PMLots of heavy, heavy talk in the Christian blogosphere this week. Rather than weighing in on all the drama, of which I have no business pretending I know the answers, I’ll use this little blog to put something light-hearted in your newsfeed. Come along with me down a little path we’ll call ‘For The Love.’ Stay with me, we’re skipping along the path at break-neck speed.

Several months ago, a thought just popped into my head. Like, out of nowhere!

Most of the time, I think it’s the Lord doing the popping, except for maybe that time I listened to the popping thought and ended up accidentally drunk at a Hibachi Steakhouse because the entertaining chef, whom I thought was shooting a ketchup-like bottle of water into my mouth was actually filling me with POISON (also known as Sake!) Holy Moses, Grammar Nazis, yes I KNOW that was a Guinness level run-on sentence! Heel. A couple ‘shots’ later and this never-had-a-sip-of-alcohol girl was blurting out ‘why does my fork feel so heavy???’ and crying because well, I’m an idiot.

Whoa there, Sloshed Sally. That was indeed a rabbit trail. Back on the “For The Love’ Path.

A few months back, a SMART thought popped into my head. I was reminded about a guy named Jabez. No, he’s NOT an old boyfriend, but a guy from the Bible (OT) who was born to fail. I mean, his mom decided to name him ‘Pain & Sorrow’. Let’s just say he didn’t have a lot of hope toward becoming a happy-go-lucky, successful, trusted guy. Imagine introducing yourself to the ladies, ‘Hey girl, my name is Pain N. Sorrow {get it?}. Wanna go out to pasture with me?’ I’m sure his dating life suffered. Thanks a LOT, Mom.

But you know what he had besides a super sad name? He had boldness. He had AUDACITY! So much audacity, he prayed to the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. With incredible faith, he prayed against his birth name,

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain {not cause pain}.’ And God granted his request.” 1 Chr. 4:10,NIV

I remember when the The Prayer of Jabez became really popular among the Christian community around the turn of the century. The premise was wonderful, but soon it was everywhere… on books, bracelets, flannel boards, and baby onesies… It became the Genie-in-a-bottle prayer. ‘If I stand on my head and simultaneously repeat this prayer 245 times a day, God will HAVE to hear me and BLESS ME INDEED with everything I ever wanted… I mean so I can turn around and give it back to God’s people, of course… and maybe even some to the helpless orphans in Africa.’

I’ve been a Christ-follower for a long time now. Oh about 40 years, give or take the 10 months I was in the womb… #sarcasm {I have to hashtag that because sometimes people take the things I say way too seriously. sometimes.} Anyhow, I get weary when the Body of Christ overuse a verse. It usually is taken out of context & used for self-gain. I had long put the Prayer of Jabez out of my memory.

When I re-read it this time, I saw Jabez with fresh eyes. You guys, he just wanted to please the Lord and BE A BLESSING. And you know what, it’s hard to be a blessing when everyone thinks you’re a doof, and you feel like you have no voice because you’ve been labeled a doof since before you were even born.

I found the balance between the Genie-in-a-bottle prayer & dismissing the guy completely. And as I studied about Jabez, I fell in love with him and his heart. I began seeing him as a man with audacity & strength of character & as a man who wanted to glorify God. There was NOTHING selfish about him! He wanted to know God & make Him known.

Guess what? Me too. I’ve found myself scared of success, scared of telling people my experiences with the Lord, as if I have any right to think I know God’s heart better than the next guy. I don’t ever want to give pride a foot in the door. I stopped worrying so much and decided it’s okay to pray, believing God can and will enlarge my territory of influence, to keep me from harm to myself and to others. I prayed He would expand my desire to bring Him glory and bless me to be a blessing, whatever form that would take.

I began praying this prayer on March 7th. I know because it’s in my prayer journal. 

No joke, three days later my territory got expanded big time. Jen Hatmaker is an author, speaker and crazy-funny person. She has a new book coming out on August 18th called ‘For The Love’. GO PRE-ORDER IT!!! Over 5,000 people applied to be a part of the Launch Team. Only 10% got in and to my utter shock, I’m one of them! You may have heard me shouting it from the rooftops. I received an early copy of the book and it’s such a refreshing mix of down-to-earth comedy & heavenly encouragement. I was greatly relieved when I actually liked it. It’d stink to promote a book if it was no good. #bless

11062554_10205996882788713_8839148486045733658_nThis Launch Team has its own Facebook Group, of which Jen actually gets involved in the conversations that range from religion & parenting to crotchless yoga pants. (oh Lord, don’t google it! CYP are simply maxi skirts. Seriously don’t google it. Trust me. I may have had one of those ‘thoughts-popped-into-my-head’ moments that ended in horror & the need for a shower.)

*Jen has casually invited all 500 of us to her Texas farmhouse for a Launch Party. Also she’s nuts. But this means we’re BFFs now. What else do BFFs do besides get together to giggle & wear matching clothes? So that’s what we’re gonna do. Our T-shirts, designed by my amazing SIL, Melissa will be arriving in the mail in a few weeks! {Insert giddy girl scream!}

*We’ve also been given the chance to enter an endorsement for the book. I have it on good authority that mine has been chosen and will be IN the book!!! I can’t tell you what I said and it’s CRUSHING ME!!!! AHHHHHGGGGG!!!!

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Okay, so I shared that story because God has indeed expanded my territory and given me a bit of a new sphere to experience His grace through, of which I’m learning so much! Though I’m not allowed to share content yet, the book, For The Love is all about fighting for grace in a world of impossible standards.

Right up my alley, because like Jabez, I’ve never quite measured up to what I thought I needed to. I’ve always been so hard on myself. Thank God, because of His grace, I don’t have to! I can keep right on being me – my accidentally-drunk, sometimes flighty, run-on-writing self. God is so good like that. He takes our labels, our mess & turns it into a beautiful grace-filled path, if we’ll trust Him enough to just keep walking.

Today I encourage you to pray audacious prayers, like Jabez – that seem beyond what you could fathom.  You just never know what path they may lead you on & who will be encouraged by your journey! #ForTheLove

Shine On!

Danielle

*Read these paragraphs using your best Valley-Girl voice! Seriously, it’s like TOTs better! Also GO BUY THE BOOK!!, it’s like TOTs better than this blog!

 

 

Doing It Scared.

July 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 4.26.01 PMIn just a few days we depart for Swaziland, Africa, with our team of 11 people.

In all realness & honesty, I feel ill-equipped, small & scared for many aspects of this journey. Will I lead this team well? Will I act justly for the sake of the Swazi people I’ve grown to love? Are we really helping them? What is justice anyway? And how do we DO justice as it pertains to this small nation of Swaziland? I fear I will screw it up. I fear I’ll lead in a first-world way. I fear I’ll take over or try to fix what they don’t want fixed. I fear I’ll accidentally trample on their dignity or respond in an arrogant way. I want to do this right. I want to humbly serve. I want to learn. So I’m doing this. I’m doing this scared.

Yet, here I am. The Team Leader. I’m supposed to know & have the answers, right??? I am not just a travel guide. I want to cultivate, nurture & guide this team so they may truly partake of what real missions is. This scares me. I want to get it right. But who am I to attempt to show anybody else what I’m still learning myself?  I know the Lord wants me to invest in the team, in the sponsors & online supporters as much as He wants us to invest in the children we are going to be with. I’m created to be a catalyst of change, a liaison to cultivate hope, and an advocate that spreads His love to the ends of the earth. I know this. It scares me. But I’m doing it anyway. I’m doing it scared. Doing it scared forces me to rely on the Lord for His leading & wisdom. I think it’s called faith.

“There is no perfect answer when it comes to doing justice. God does not require a bleeding heart or a passionate calling. We can go scared. We can start small. We can move reluctantly, because God will capture our hearts with or without our permission. We may certainly act imperfectly; faithfully serving the poor and prioritizing their dignity and intrinsic worth is a complicated road with many false starts. I have loved sincerely, but poorly, in my journey with the vulnerable.” Jessica Honegger, found of Noonday Collection, creating economic opportunity for the vulnerable around the world.

So yeah, I’m scared. It scares me in a good way, if I let it. It pushes me to You, Lord.

This is me crying out you Lord.

Not my way. Yours.

Not my plan. Yours.

Not my voice. Yours.

I’m convinced I can not live this life you created me for without fully relying on you. So when fear tries to cripple me, I look to You. You have equipped me to walk this path, flaws and all, and I’m humbled by your mercy that allows me to do so. I go with a healthy fear, an awareness, that despite of myself, Jesus you are bringing freedom & justice to the world.

Each of us have this battle within. Wanting to get it right. Wanting to show true & lasting love. I encourage you whatever fear is staring you in the face today, this week, this month ~ let it propel you to Him. Run to God. While He won’t show you all the answers at once, He is with you just as He is with me. Isn’t that enough? The promise of His presence? So even if it seems impossible to get through… do it. Do it scared. You’ve got the King of Kings right there with you. He’s bigger than all the fear.

Shine On!

Danielle

ps. please be praying for our team! If you want to hear the stories, see the photos, get the updates, subscribe to this blog (top right column). Also, as we have wifi access, we’ll post on our Facebook Page Bheveni Carepoint Community/Children’s HopeChest. Go ‘like’ it and select ‘get notifications’ so you don’t miss a beat! #createhope2014

 

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We’ll make it, I swear!

Ohh! Ohh!

Livin’ on a prayer!

{Bon Jovi, chapter 1, verse 3, Hard Rock Version}

If you are a product of the late 1980s, early 90s, you know this song. Even if you were raised holy… you know the kind of home that did not allow Halloween costumes, rock music, Smurfs or especially the sounds of Scooby Doo to permeate the peace of your home. You may not have been allowed to trick-or-treat, but you knew the chorus of Livin’ on a Prayer, despite your parents best intentions to protect your virgin ears. Bon Jovi was everywhere. *swoon*

And for the record, your parents were probably listening to it when you weren’t in the car!  I know this because my radio station is set according to when the kids are or are not in the car. Can I help it that I like P!nk? Or Usher, usher, usher? Murderous love songs by Bruno Mars? Yes I’m sure I can, but sometimes you just need to cut loose and feel the beat… it doesn’t have to be your life’s anthem and it doesn’t mean you’re going to hell if you still know 98% of the words to Ice, Ice Baby. Alright Stop. Collaborate and listen…

Wait, what was the point of this post?

Oh yeah, prayer.

We need prayer. I need prayer. (if you didn’t already figure that for yourself, after reading the first two paragraphs!)

The Bible says God uses the foolish, ordinary things of this world to confound the wise. I think of this verse so often because I am foolish and ordinary. I really am. Only my closest family & friends know how true this is. Apart from Jesus, I have nothing to offer. And thank GOD for that! Jesus really is the only One worth living for anyway!

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Now that you are armed with the knowledge I just shared… I beg for your prayers as Mike & I follow Jesus where He’s called us (& our team) once again… to the other side of the earth for 12 days to Swaziland, Africa. I woke extra early this morning with the realization that all of this preparation, all the gathering of supplies, all the coordinating of sponsor letters & cards Here are a few!… it is all because of prayers answered by our Heavenly Father who has brought us all together. Glory to God!

It’s not the prayer alone. It’s the One-Who-Answers-The-Prayers that has made all the difference, who is orchestrating this particular mission & is seeing to it that children of Swaziland, who once thought themselves forgotten, can no longer wonder if they are loved with extravagant, reach-across-the-world kind of love. God goes to great lengths to show His love, doesn’t He? He asks no less of us. For some, it’s a great length to knock on the neighbor’s door and invite them over for a bonfire. For others, it’s a farther distance, but the same faith & boldness are needed for both, so that God’s love can shine through us; not as ones who come to rescue, but simply come to build relationship.

Our team leaves for Swaziland, Africa this week. We hail from Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, and even Minnesota! Will you pray for us & the children?

I’ve made this snazzy daily prayer bookmark. I know, be jealous. I’ve had no professional training in the graphic arts. Yet, this Word document bookmark exists somehow. Jesus.

Here it is…. please, if you haven’t already, start praying cuz

Ohhhhhh! We’re halfway there!!! Ohh-ohh! We’re Livin’ on a prayer!!!

Shine On!

Danielle

Create Hope Today!

July 23, 2013 — Leave a comment
Prayer is the difference between what we can do and what God can do!

Prayer is the difference between what we can do and what God can do!

Today a team of 17 embarks on a journey from America to Swaziland, Africa. Thousands of miles & dollars, hundreds of emails, lists & hours planning, dozens of calls & dozens of bags…

all come to this point.

July 23rd, 2013.

It’s GO time!

And still, without actually creating hope in the lives of the adults & children we are going to visit, ‘go time’ won’t matter much. In truth, the only way hope is created in or through us is in prayer followed by faith-filled action. It all starts with God, and if we wanna do anything of eternal significance we need HIS heart & His plan!

If we’re not interested in glorifying God or creating hope in the lives of other people, we might as well just snap a few pictures of cute kids and call it a third-world vacation. No thank you.

Thus, prayer must be our priority; because God is glorified when His plan is put to action.

Will you join us? We are all on this journey together – some go to Africa, some go to their prayer closets, but we are a team united in purpose, right? This online community has been incredible with unwavering faith, excited support & generous hearts for months now! {My goodness, almost 600 Create Hope shirts were purchased – and we see those Tees popping up all over place! It has been a wonderful example of unified support & faith!} 

Our team has asked for these specific prayer needs as we depart today:

-Safe travels, that everyone makes it to Dulles on time and no SAA airline strikes coming or going!

-The baggage (filled with sponsor gifts & ministry supplies) will all arrive!

-For sensitivity in relating to the children, bomake (grandmas who volunteer to cook at the carepoint daily) and each other. Pray that we open ourselves to be God’s vessels and to being used for His will.

-Pray that we stay relational-oriented, rather than task-oriented.

-That we are a blessings not just to the children but to the missionaries serving in Africa.

-To take time daily to be still and thank and communicate with God.

-That God will be glorified in everything we do!

-For all of our families back home, that things would run smoothly, for protection around them.

-Also for patience, endurance, physical wellness, no injuries, bug bites or illness. AND all of our Gal 5:22-23 fruits manifest…

-And finally, also pray for Mike & I to lead with humility, grace, wisdom & joy!

We will of course be posting other prayer needs, photos and stories along the way. Be sure to subscribe to this blog (right column) so you can know what’s going on!

Shine On!

Danielle

ps. Meet the incredible B13 Team here!

 

 

Draw Nearer

May 29, 2013 — Leave a comment
Draw near to Me and I'll draw near to you. James 4:8

Draw near to Me and I’ll draw near to you. James 4:8

God, we say we want you.

We ask for your help. We ask for your guidance.

We ask you to be near to us.

You say, “Child, I long to know you too! I sent Jesus to make that possible. Now draw near to Me and I’ll draw even closer to you.”

Oh. That sounds tricky & hard. What does it even mean to draw near?

I began asking this hard question of myself a few months ago in my journal because I was feeling lonely & like God wasn’t listening anymore. Ever feel that way? Looking back at what I journaled, I realize this needs to be a question we ask ourselves daily if we are to experience His love & presence the way He meant for us to.

Today, do I really want the closeness of God or a cheap substitute?

This hour, will I trust Him with my insecurities, my worries, my fears?

This minute, do I choose to lean on His strength as the stresses of life seem to pull me under?

Perhaps our perception of Who He is & What He desires needs to be tweaked…

Or maybe our circumstances, wounds and scars cloud our heart’s cry

to be known

to be loved

to be accepted.

Because when someone accepts you after seeing you at your worst, cruelest, ugliest moments, you just can’t help but want to be near that person more. God is that person. He sees it all, yet wants you still. There is no greater love, and there is no substitute.

Let me leave you with some reminders of what pursuing God looks like & doesn’t look like.

Drawing nearer does not guarantee:

1. …Life will be perfect, or even have less trials and struggles. In fact, being closer to Him will inevitably bring more earthly challenges (even persecution) because the enemy of your soul has one goal: to keep you & God apart.

2. …You’ll always know what to do, where to go, or look like you have it all figured out. This is where The Church has gotten off course. We’ve focused so much on looking like a child of God we’ve forgotten how to BE a child of God. A child is tender, hungry to learn, humble and full of faith (not requiring proof in order to believe).

3. …Riches will fall into your lap. God is not a get-rich-quick scheme. And God is not a get-rich-slowly-scheme. Being a wealthy Christian does not necessarily equal closeness with God. And vice versa. God does not give wealth to make your life more comfortable. However when you’re living your life to serve HIS purposes, the windows of heavenly provision open & pour through you!

Wow.

Is it even worth it?

Is He worth it?

Drawing nearer to Him does guarantee:

1. Anything you face, you will go through it with the Creator of the universe! When everything else falls apart, He promises to never leave or give up on you.

2. An adventurous life! Never a dull moment here! 🙂

3. A Legacy of Love. Your children & family will see your love for Him is paramount – that nothing else compares. I want nothing more for my kids to fall in love with Jesus. There is no greater measure of success.

4. The assurance of spending eternity with Him. This greater expectation beyond this life is all that will keep you hanging on when nothing on earth makes sense. This world is not our home.

5. You will be a conduit of blessing to those around you. Drawing near to Him naturally leads to active compassion for His people who are broken & hurting. Its the nature of the Gospel.

It helps to know He’s on the other side, pursuing us even harder, doesn’t it?

This is my list which helps me realize HE IS WORTH IT! Today, let Him woo & draw you into His peace that passes understanding, into His unending love and acceptance.

I’d love to hear what you believe it means to draw close to God. How does He woo you? 

Shine on!

Danielle

Abide in Him

January 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today I’m supposed to share this with you. The Word. Straight up. May it cause you trust Him in the darkest, most turbulent times of your life.

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler

And from the perilous pestilence.

He shall cover you with His feathers,

and under His wings you shall take refuge.

His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,

Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand;

But it shall not come near you.

Only with your eyes shall you look,

And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord who is your refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place,

No evil shall befall you,

Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

For He shall give His angels charge over you,

To keep you in all your ways.

In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.’

Set your love upon Me.

Set your love upon Me.

WOW! Psalm 91 is FULL of promise, isn’t? Does the Lord promise us that life will be smooth sailing? No! In fact, it pretty much states we WILL go through trials, there will be turmoil all around us, but the promise is that IF we abide in Him and IF we trust Him, He will be with us through it all and will deliver us!

As a young adult I can remember reading this chapter over & over & over. My mom encouraged me to put my own name in & pray this chapter out loud, over myself and now my own family. So today I encourage you to do the same.

Abide in and fully trust the Most High God, who promises to deliver those who set their love upon Him.

Shine On!

Danielle

Bheveni Love.

October 2, 2010 — 5 Comments

Our Bheveni Carepoint Children!

Upon returning from a missions trip such as this, you expect to hear and read about how our lives have forever been altered by what we have seen and heard. Right?

I want to give you that joy.

I’m just not sure how.

My life has forever been altered by Swaziland, and more specifically by the women & children at our Bheveni Carepoint. Yet, somehow words don’t seem to be enough to describe exactly how this happened. I fell in love. And love usually can’t be explained easily.

But I will try.

Notice the GORGEOUS mountains behind the Swaziland Market

I love Swaziland, Africa.

I love the terrain of expansive mountains & flowing valleys.

I love the hot sun.

A leopard casually crossed the road in front of us

I even love the African animals.

My special friend Siphiwe

But mostly, I love the people.


Swaziland’s currency is not money. It is relationships. Think about that for a minute. They don’t want my money. They want my heart. And they freely give theirs.

this young lady wanted me to see her pretty ring too!

Not once did I get the sense that the Swazi children or adults were looking for a hand out. No, they were looking for my hand and my heart. My hand and heart – to come alongside them, to serve with them, to work with them, to sing and dance with them.

I need Swaziland more than Swaziland needs me, if I’m really honest with myself.

I come away from Africa with a sense that I’ve been blessed more than I’ve been a blessing.

In a place that we know there is desperate need, a greater joy resides. We know there is starvation, poverty, lack, death all around, yet the African’s joy remains in their hearts and across their faces. Their heartfelt gratitude for small things was extremely humbling.

My focus has changed. It’s not so much now what I can give them or how I can show them to rightly live. They have taught me how to live above my circumstances in JOY, not with sermons preached, but with their actions.

The children at Bheveni have never flushed a toilet,  never taken a hot shower, most only have one outfit they call their own, and chances are they’ve seen more death in their childhood than you or I will see in our lifetime – yet their joy is FULL. Circumstance does not define them.

Jesus loves the little children

Preschoolers happily wash hands before porridge in the morning

Giggles resound all morning, as 25-35 preschoolers happily play in the dirt under the hot sun, with broken sticks and pipe they’ve found laying around. Soon the Bomakes (pronounced Bo-ma-gay, meaning mothers) and Go-Go’s (as grandmothers are often called) call them to wash their hands & eat their porridge and each child gladly washes their own plate when they’ve eaten all their food. They look for no one to entertain them. They know the go-gos are busy all morning cooking up pap & beans so more than 100 school children can have a meal when they come to the Carepoint after school.

The children heading home before the sun goes down...

The school children love learning and seem to know how meaningful a solid education can be in Swaziland. They come walking down the dirt road towards the Carepoint with big smiles, looking forward to their only meal of the evening and some free, safe play time before their walk home. Some live only a few minutes from the Carepoint, others live an hour’s walk away.

Inside the Beveni Carepoint Gathering Room

During our afternoons at Bheveni, children from ages 3 and up stood for 30-40 minutes shoulder to shoulder, intently listening to Jim, our storyteller. On Friday afternoon, some of the older children put on a drama for us that they had learned at the Carepoint. The drama was the story of Joseph being left for dead by his brothers and how God saved a dying nation through one man’s obedience. The drama was both meaningful & very entertaining. A couple of the boys seemed to enjoy reenacting the ‘fight scene’ where Joseph got beat up!

The young man who played Joseph in the drama

While we took many gifts & provisions for the children, I would venture to guess all my B-Team members would whole-heartedly agree that the Bheveni children blessed us far more than we could have blessed them.

Yes, I definitely fell in love while in Swaziland. I pray that over the course of the next weeks & months I will be able to share more stories with you about the children who come to the Bheveni Carepoint.

May all of us gain a greater insight as to how to pray for them and love them. May you know that every prayer & every letter you’ve sent to your sponsored child has been received with so much appreciation and love. You are making a difference in the lives of these children.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the B-Team through prayers, gifts of time and resources. Before our trip, we said many times that we go not only representing God, but representing more than 500 Carepoint supporters. Now, we return also hoping to rightly represent the children of Bheveni and those who minister to them daily. May our resolve to love and partner with them be even stronger in the coming days!

Keep lovin’

Danielle, Mike & the B-Team

Prayer Request Day #13

September 28, 2010 — 4 Comments

Mike & I have a bit of additional adventure as we’ll be going straight from Atlanta to Colorado rather than home in Minnesota. We are participating in a HopeChest event for the Swaziland/Uganda Carepoint Sponsorship Coordinators on Sept 29 & 30.

  • Please pray for our continued strength and health in these final days of  our travels.

  • Please pray for Children’s HopeChest’s efforts.

  • Please pray for AIM’s efforts and missionaries.

  • Please pray for the other Sponsorship Coordinators.

  • Please pray for divine connections.

  • Please pray for vision and wisdom.

  • Please pray that God’s will would be done in and through each one of us, including yourself.

October 1st

A STRONG FINISH.

This will be our final travel day in returning to Minnesota. Pray that all would go well, that we would be safely reunited with our sons, and that we would be already energized for the next leg in God’s adventure.

Prayer Request Day #12

September 28, 2010 — Leave a comment

Day #12

September 29th

TRAVEL SAFETY

We will be returning to the USA after a long travel route once again. Pray that all would go well. That we would be properly rested and ready to reconnect with family and friends. Pray for us to be able to effectively communicate the stories and realities of life in Swaziland. Pray that we would remember those people that touched our hearts, and that they would remember Jesus in us.

Thank you Prayer Team!

Prayer Request Day #11

September 27, 2010 — 1 Comment

Day #11

September 28th

GOD-IDEAS

We are believing that God will “show up” in each day and encounter throughout this trip. As we’ll be nearing the end of the mission, we are hoping for God inspired ideas for how to continue ministry through the carepoint and care-givers, AIM’s efforts, capital projects, and increased awareness. Pray that what begins in these brief days would continue long after we’re gone, and build stronger with each day.

Thank you Prayer Team!