I know many of you have wanted us to keep you updated as much as possible during this trip, and we desire to do just that. We have found a McDonalds with wi-fi that we can come and update so whenever we can find time to stop in, we will let you know what God is doing. After we get home and have some time, we will give you a full update about all that God has done on this trip, but for now what I want to do is give you answers to the very prayers that you have prayed for us over the previous week!
The health of our family. Satan loves to mess with us on trips with someone getting very ill right around the time for us to leave...He has provided. Once again, Satan tried to keep us down, but we know the plans God has for us and he did not detur. I didn't feel good Friday night and all of Saturday but I knew that it was Satan. Also, Thursday, we had a major plumbing problem at home on the day we were trying to pack and get ready. Then when Briana left to get some cleaning supplies, she might have broken her toe. I say all this because Satan was trying HARD to keep us from staying focused on Jesus, but it didn't work! Praise God!
- The couple who have opened their home for us to stay at for the week.
- That God would grant us many open doors to share the ministry with more and more people throughout the week. As we speak Sunday morning, we are praying that people will desire to want to know more and that we would be able to connect with them that week... I'm combining these two prayer requests because they go hand in hand. God has given us the most loving couple to stay with while we are in Clarion, and their heart for the Gospel is evident. Dick and Marge have gone over and beyond with their hospitality and love towards us. Well, one of the things that they have felt called to do is invite many couples and families to their house to hear about our ministry! And here is the crazy thing. He realized that some couples could only do certain nights of the week, so he is hosting a dinner for these people both Tuesday AND Thursday nights. He has been on the phone every evening calling and leaving messages with different people of different communities of faith, trying to spread the message of what God is doing! Praise God!
- Pray that we would speak with the authority of the Holy Spirit as we meet new ministry partners on this trip...Sunday morning, I had the opportunity to speak at the adult Sunday School class at First Baptist of Clarion (about 50 people). Well, I have shared our ministry many times, so it should seem very easy to do by know, and it usually is. But two big things were different this time. First, I was actually speaking to people of Clarion, and not just speaking about Clarion. I did not want to say something that would misrepresent who they are. Second, my Regional Director was there to connect with us and this was the first time he had ever heard our whole story from beginning to end, and to hear our passion in detail. So my nerves were overtaking me, and I felt very unprepared after our long day of travel. But the Holy Spirit took over and I really don't have a clue what I said! All I know was that God spoke and He moved the people, and we were able to connect with two separate families that afternoon, one for lunch and one for dinner. If there is anything I have learned from this period of preparation and waiting on the Lord, it is that I have to surrender EVERYTHING, and let the Holy Spirit do what He wants to do. Praise God!
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17
Thank God! Praise Him!