Friday, June 23, 2006

Brent and I spoke as their last train rumbled over the tracks about an hour from their destination. They are in country, tired but excited to begin. The students have been awesome and had to contend with a lot of hurry up and wait. The trip has, as is often the case with trips like this, been a series of challenges and God moments.

It is comforting to know that even when arrangements that are made from halfway around the world fall through, the Lord is working in the details. Buses that didn't show up and train timetables are but small details in the complexity of the "big picture". When vans weren't where they were expected a train is late to accomodate a rushing group of foreign visitors set on serving their Saviour. Customs argued a bit over some x-ray images of luggage but it ultimately went through. God IS in the details and has provided some helpful and accomodating people.

Lord, thank you for your constant provision and wisdom and thank you for watching over our loved ones. Continue to be with them and strengthen and guide them through the details of each day. We praise you for the hedge of protection you place around them and ask that you prepare their hearts for another day.

As a young man's ashes are thrown to the wind may there be sweet release of lingering pain and praise for who you are. Fortify the hearts of your servants and open the hearts of the listeners. Let the celebration, and the spiritual revolution begin.

Thank you Jesus,



At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jesus! Do a mighty work through these servants! It is You they represent and through You they will be successful. In Jesus' precious name I pray. Amen!

Noblesville, Indiana

At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray that as Brent and Deanna spread ashes of their beloved son over the place where he longed to go and spread the word of our Lord, they find such a beautiful peace as BJ is exactly where he needs to be . . .

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm praying too. these trips are so life altering.

thank you for the update!


At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God ease the pain and heartache more and more, and may all of you be safe, steady, and strong, blessing everyone you come in contact with. How awesome to listen to all that God is doing through all of you in a wonderfully needy part of the world. Stay safe, God bless, and know that the pink prayers are flying to the heavens.

Linda Anderson

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you for the update Brad. How wonderfully the Lord moves when we are open to His Spirit.

Thank you Lord that You are with them as they begin their work for You and Your kingdom. Thank You that You worked and are working through every situation. Lord may Brent and Deanna experience Your peace as they scatter BJ's ashes. Continue to comfort them Lord and to strengthen each and every member on this trip.
We give You all the praise all the glory and all the honor Lord. In Jesus precious name..Amen

In His Name

At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In country? This ain't 'Nam. Have some respect for someone who's been "in country" and done more than you ever will. Jolly Old England isn't exactly the hot zone SE Asia was. You wouldn't know however, you probably avoided the draft.

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous, god loves you.

the reason the term "in country" is being used is that they are unable to list the name of the country they are traveling to for security reasons. its not england, but a country in africa. thank you for fighting for our freedom in viet nam. i pray you find peace

At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh excuse me, I read London and inferred England. I'm sure this is such a high profile mission that terrorists will be waiting with heat seeking missiles, ready to shoot down the puddle jumper flight. Didn't know JC required a security clearance to go pass out soap to poor people.

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray that Deanna, Brent, Lauren, and Whitney find peace within their hearts.

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let the soap of His Grace cleanse your heart anonymous!! You have suffered much in your life - He can bring a peace that you have never before experienced! That's the peace they have gone to spread in Africa! It is a free gift to all of us!! And if they are blessed to distribute commodities, then may God stretch it and bless it!! God loves you and so do we!!!!!


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