Monday, September 11, 2006

What an encouragement this weekend was!!! We were humbled at the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit at FBC Snellville. Our God is amazing, and provides just what we need in such a timely fashion.

Deanna's singing was incredible! I was so blessed listening to her. When she sings I am transported to another place. I don't know how to describe it. Just amazing! Her countenance, her beauty, her testimony, her faith, her love for Jesus are so inspiring to so many. What an awesome work the Lord is doing through her! How blessed I am to be a part of her life.

The people of that body are precious. They received us with a humbling amount of honor and respect. It can be a little embarrassing. Not that they intentionally overdo things, they just love on their guests that much. That is no small thing in this day of church life.

Obedience. It all comes down to obedience. Had BJ been disobedient and gone where he wanted to go... Thailand, he would still be with us. Because he was obedient, the Lord Jesus is drawing life after life to His presence, and raising up those who will take Beej's place both on our soil and abroad.

Please pray for the many who surrendered to follow Christ in obedience... to GO!!!

I was very moved by the presence of one young family, weeping at the altar. Dad, mom, and two young children. God was doing a work. I wanted to hear from them, but we had to leave far too quickly.

I heard from a man whose wife lies gravely ill in the hospital with a lung disease from serving as a missionary in Africa.

Please pray for these. God has a plan for both, and they are seeking Him for direction.

We got to hear from many students from this body. I was struck by the number of them present on a Sunday night. I was reminded of BJ when one small young man whose voice has yet to change stepped forward to shake my hand and tell me he was going with me to Peru next summer. We heard from several who said the same. Each one of them is a blessing. This particular young man just stirred my heart a little bit extra.

Thank you Jesus for the provision of this weekend and FBC Snellville. You are an Awesome God!!!

Their pastor is suffering from a spontaneous detached retina. He just had his second surgery trying to correct this issue. Please lift Pastor Russ up in your prayer time as well.

Pastor Terry, Betty and Lucy... you are amazing! Thank you for everything. Terry, you are my brother and I love you.

dad (brent)

7 Comments:

At 1:54 PM, Anonymous kristin dutt said...

parents--

goodness i love you guys.

i was gonna call this weekend..but things got crazy and out of control.. so i didn't get around to it. i'm glad your time in GA was good tho.

the girl that i mentioned awhile back.whose dad was so so sick..he passed away on Saturday. it was expected. the funeral is thursday at 7 and i am very seriously comtemplating going home for it. please keep the whole family in your prayers!

i love you guys. prayin always.

~kristin

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Michael Elmore said...

I'm so glad this weekend went well for you all! It's good to hear stories of people being moved by God to go, especially the younger people. God's going to keep using you guys in big ways.

Mike
Peru 05

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger illusion_of_me said...

I just signed up for this site after hearing BJ's story at my friends church in Snellville. Im 15 turning 16 and a recovering drug addict. I grew up in over 15 foster homes in 3 years, i finally found one i call home. My life has never been easy and i have always been bitter and angry with God. When I heard BJ's story my eyes filled with tears and my numb heart was touched by Jesus that night. im shaking typing this. My boilogical mother is dying from Hep C, from drug use and i would not talk to her, i went home the night i heard BJ's story and called her told her God loves her and told her about this song i heard in church " i would die for you" i see everything so clear now. Thank you. BJ's story touched and changed my life forever. You all are in my prayers and in my heart. Lauren-Snellville.

 
At 10:39 PM, Anonymous DJ Conley said...

Hey mom hey dad

I just wanted to say that I love you guys and I miss you a lot. Know that you are in my prayers as we walk through the next few weeks. I love you guys tremendously and I hope to see you soon.

-Deej

 
At 11:03 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

"Illusion of Me"/Lauren,

We are praying for you and for others like you (like us) who need to hear BJ's story. As Brent says when he shares it--BJ was an ordinary young man who served an extraordinary God. He's the same God who loves and cares for you and for your Mom. He's the same God who sent Jesus--the One who loved you so much that He would (and did) die for you!

Please know that many others who read this site are also praying for you. We know that the people of FBC Snellville will be glad to help you in any way they can. We're so glad that God brought you to the service last night! Thank you for your obedience in listening to and following Him. Did you know that when you did that, you were taking BJ's place? You are a special young woman and we are proud of you because you took such a bold, brave step.

praying for that same courage, dying daily,

Marti

 
At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Katie Kyle said...

Mom & Dad,

I'm so glad to hear of the amazing things God did this weekend. Your family has been especially heavy on my heart this week and I'm sure will continue to be in the coming weeks. It's so incredible to continue to see the impact BJ's story is having all over. The testimony on this page is evidence of this fact. I was sportin my prayforbj t-shirt today and had the opportunity to share the story several times. Many of those conversations led to an interest in summer missions! What an incredible God we serve!

I miss you guys! I hope to come up to T-town sometime soon and see you all.

Love ya,

~Katie

 
At 1:59 AM, Anonymous Mary Leestma said...

I'm praying for all those people you impacted in GA! I pray that their decisions to go were honest and sincere and that when the time gets closer, they get more excited and ready.
I love you guys both (ALL - Whitney and Lauren!) so much!! A friend of mine was reading an old blog of mine about BJ and the book Don't Waste Your Life, and she went to this site and was moved tremendously by the posts. Even still today you are affecting people around the country and world.
Praying always for you!!
All my love,
Mary

 

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