Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Brent, Deanna, Lauren and their teams return to the U.S. this week after their missions to Peru and India...as do the rest of the AweStar teams that have been serving the Lord around the world. Please join us in praying for safe travel and good health for each member of each team.
It has been challenging not having had the opportunity to speak with Brent since they left. I understand he has tried to call me, we just haven't connected.

The Peru team performed the drama that they do more than 90 times and saw more than 1300 decisions for the Lord during their time there! They are unwinding a bit in Ecqaudor before starting for home. My understanding was that the Lauren's India team was leaving yesterday but I am not certain of this. Please pray that the lives touched and changed (participants and recipeints both) will be nurtured and continue to grow in the Father's love and service.

It is so hard for these young men and women to go abroad, focus 100% on serving the King, then return home and seperate from their teammates and try to assimilate back into life here in the States. Our prayer should be that what was normal for them when they left isn't the same as it will be now, that the fire they have caught will continue to burn and in whatever they are doing here, their primary purpose remains focused on serving Jesus Christ.

Pray that they will not become depressed, anxious, angry, etc. as they are forced to return to school, work and their "regular" lives. May the light of the King and the burning desire to win others to Him continue to be the catalyst in their everydays. You know who challenging it is to come off of "spiritual highs" and not let the levelling out affect us in negative ways. Satan loves nothing better than to see these young warriors return and grow frustrated and distracted in and from their faith.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support of the family and blog. We hope that it always brings glory to the King because that is what it is all about!

In His love,

Brad

2 Comments:

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Marti said...

Lauren's team (which just happens to contain a Pieper) leaves in about 6 hours and will reach Dallas about 2 PM tomorrow. I had a few words online with Katherine as they waited to leave for the airport. She said "yes and no" when I asked her if she was ready to go. I know that Lauren, Brent, Deanna, and students/leaders from all the teams feel the same. Their hearts long for home--but home is never the same after your life has been touched and changed through international ministry.

We join you in praying for the teams' safety, for the days of debriefing, and for their return to their homes and families as fully equipped missionaries, ready to face the many tasks He has in store!

with tender love
and prayers in pink,

Marti

 
At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Vicky said...

My daughter is preparing to leave to the mission field this Friday with AweStar to Panama. It is encouraging to see her so excited at the ripe age of 13 to go and proclaim Jesus' name! She was one of the students that went forward at BJ's Celebration of Life who proclaimed they would take his place on the mission field. BJ's mission to spread the word of Jesus Christ continues through those he inspired at such a young age. Glory be to God - just as BJ would want it!!!

 

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