Thursday, April 19, 2007

Among other things, Deanna and I are busy preparing for a summer in Peru. We are taking a team to serve in many of the same areas BJ ministered in. We will be working with Pastor Tito (Peruvian Pastor), that many of you saw or met at BJ's funeral celebration. We are very excited to be able to go back and serve with Tito in the land where he resides, knowing we are walking some of the streets where Beej served.

The Lord has assembled a team that we are very excited about. The majority are made up of students who are the age BJ would be if he were returning. Somehow that blesses us in ways we cannot really articulate.

As we are getting to know the students on our team, we see the enemy begin to attack, and we see the Lord bringing protection. This is to be expected, but it is frustrating at times.

One of the younger students on our team is Nicole. She recently turned 16 and her parents purchased her a truck for her birthday.

Sunday night, she was driving home from church. It was a rainy night, and she is a new driver. I am told she had dropped a friend off on her way, and so was on a back road. As she was driving in unfamiliar territory, she hit a pothole. This disrupted her steering, and caused her to careen towards a tree stump.

Her truck hit the tree stump which catapulted her vehicle end over end down an embankment. When she came to rest, she was upside down. Her truck was destroyed.

She released her seat belt, and crawled out her window. She made her way back up to the road, and found that another car had seen her plight, and had already called an ambulance.

She was transported to the hospital, where for the next several hours, she was treated for the many bruises, she acquired.

The miracle in this is that she should not have walked away. The crumpled metal that housed her body serves as a testimony that she should have perished.

Not only did she not die, but she walked away with no open cuts, just bruises. After two or three hours at the ER, she was released.

Nicole is a living testimony to God's protection, provision, and plan for what He wants to accomplish through this team. She is aware that her life was spared. She is confident of the Lord's call on her life, and His desire to see her serve Him this summer.

We are privileged to be able to serve alongside the Nicole's of this world, whom the Lord loves, spares, and has a plan for. She will have the opportunity to share her faith 150 times or more this summer. She will impact the world for Jesus. Not because she is more valuable than others, but because she is willing, she is obedient to the call.

Praise God for sparing her life! I cannot wait to see what He will do through her and the rest of this team!



At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God He comes through like that so often...

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Praise God for ALL that He does for us, both seen and unseen.

In His Love

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for Nicole and her family! I feel so badly for these young kids whose parents feel compelled to give them a vehicle at such a young age, and then even allow them to have passengers with them, AND drive on a rainy night. It is like giving a child a death notice. We will be praying much that she does not have any long term problems. And are praising God that she walked away. What a terrible guilt her parents would have had to live with had she perished. May God be glorified for working a tremendous miracle in their family!! They are truly blessed!!

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