Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Working for the mission organization that BJ spent the last two summers with has been such a blessing over the last 6 weeks. I am learning a great deal, and have had the opportunity to meet some pretty incredible people.

Deanna and Lauren have spent the last two days with me at the office helping to prepare for the summer mission trips we will be leaving on very shortly. What a joy it is to have them this close, and to be in a position where their help is valued, and the staff embrace them as assets. The staff at Awe Star have become part of our family.

That actually started back in August of last year. The unbelievable ways the Lord bound us together during BJ's journey have only strengthened since that time. Thank you Lord Jesus for your incredible provision. We are moved at how you have gone to work in our lives.

It began with a phone call to alert Awe Star that BJ was being hospitalized for an unknown illness. We were concerned, and wanted to find out whether or not any of his teammates had come down with anything similar. Fortunately, that was not the case, all of his team were healthy.

However, this began a cascade of contact. Not overwhelming, but out of concern. We began to hear from those in the office at Awe Star, and from his Peru team. Walker Moore began to contact me each morning prior to prayer meetings that were already scheduled to inform others how to pray. It was such a comfort to us in those weeks to hear from not only Walker, but David, BJ's leader for the past two years, and board members of this organization just to pray with us.

We soon became overwhelmed at our circumstances, yet the support we were receiving from friends and family in our city and across the US, and the world brought such comfort. Our Savior knew what we needed, and he knew what implements to use to accomplish His purposes. We began to hear from Awe Star missionaries and families on a regular basis. We looked forward to their contacts as BJ had asked me to be sure they knew what was happening so they could be praying.

They did pray, and they are praying. We have been so moved at the outpouring of God's love we have received through this family as well as the blog family. Often, they are one and the same. Just as Christ had been praying for the unity of believers in John 17 (the last passage BJ spent crucial time in) we began to see a Unity that we knew was coming from brothers and sisters in Him.

We were blessed with missionaries who traveled from Peru, Ecuador, many states in the US and other places, to be present at BJ's funeral celebration. This would not happen under normal circumstances. This was a time breathed by the Holy Spirit. His children were responding to His voice. They were moving in obedience to where He was leading. We found ourselves the beneficiaries of an unbelievable outpouring of His love. We Praise His Name for this.

Now, months later, His design was for us to unite with the very organization that Beej so loved, and learned from. Now it is our turn. We also love, and are learning a great deal. We are anxious to get to our destination, and confident of His calling to that place. Our time here is very short. We begin leadership training next week. It is intensive and long and we will not likely be updating much beyond this Friday, until after our trip to Africa is complete.

We have a team in Guadalajara, Mexico right now. When we leave for Africa, we also have teams departing for Chile, Peru, Panama, and Hungary. I know many of you will be in prayer, and we are very thankful for this. Just know that as you lift us up, we are asking the Father to give you opportunities in your area of influence, to share Jesus!

Be encouraged, and blessed today, for our King is on the Throne!!!



At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you and for missions He is sending you on. Thank you for your prayers for us as we try to let His light shine through our lives.
Mark, OH

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for all the teams this summer and I have already been praying for them as they prepare for their trips. My biggest prayer for each of the teams is unity and that each person will draw nearer to God during this time.

Laura O.

At 8:42 PM, Blogger natenamy said...

Brent, Deanna, Lauren, and Whit--

I know you know, but I just wanted to remind you that we are and will continue to be praying for all of you and the teams that have departed and will depart to the missions field this summer. I pray that He will FLING doors open for all of you and that you will feel fulfilled knowing that you are fulfilling His calling on your lives. We are so proud!

Oh, and just so that you don't forget, we love you and we miss you tons!

Hugs and kisses,

Amy (and Nate-dog too)

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will be praying for you and your family. You are in our thoughts and hearts. We look forward to the journey.

Pat Davila

At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Brent, Deanna & girls-

Just a quick note to let you know we are all still praying for all of you as you embark on a journey of a lifetime. I just hope someday I will be able to do the same. You all are such an inspiration and motivation to each one of us. We miss you so much, but we know you are where you are supposed to be, where God wants you to be and that is an awesome place! Good luck with your leadership training and we are praying for your safe travels. Miss and love you all.
Love, Nancy, Scott, Kris & Kim

At 12:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How amazing it is to see God's purposes coming to fruition, and how encouraging it is to see your obedience and love throughout the process. I haven't check the site in months; we've started a restaurant AND had a baby, but know that you and your family have not been far from my thoughts and prayers. I want to wear a "prayforbj" shirt at the restaurant now, just so I can get people interested in your story, and of course, in our Lord's story as well. It is such a blessing to have your family close; I will certainly be praying for all your missions endeavors. Thank you so much for keeping up this site; it truly facilitates the unity of the believers.

Brian, Hamilton, VA

At 12:10 AM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

As one of the many who joined you in your journey after Walker Moore's call to prayer amongst the Awe Star family, I am grateful to continue lifting you up now and in the weeks ahead. God has been reminding me to make a difference where I am, and I know He will be faithful to fulfill that calling even as He has been faithful to fulfill yours. After all--we have the same resume!

with tender love,

Marti for ALL the Piepers
including 2 Awe Star/Chile-bound very soon!

At 3:40 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Brent, Deanna and girls, What an exciting time in your walk with the Lord. So glad your family arrived safely and your enjoying their company once again.
Know that you all continue to stay in my prayers and thoughts.

In His Love

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be confident that you will remain in our prayers as we continue to come here out of the habit of checking in for updates! Simply a part of the day...

Amen to your summary of the amazing work the Spirit has done and continues to do by bringing the body together in prayer & revival. He has worked in MIGHTY ways...some that were so obvious and some that we will never know this side of heaven.

Praise the Lord for His grace that allows us all to be a part of His work. What an incredible privledge to be included in His work with BJ, your family, and the "blog family".

Remaining firmly on our knees...


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