Monday, June 04, 2007

School's finally out! Woo hoo. Teachers and students everywhere rejoice and feel the relief. It always seems wrong to be in school when June arrives. And here it is, the 4th already. wow. How time flies when you're having so much fun.

Well, my schedule this week will be my own, I'm thankful for that. I get time to take a deep breath and rest and get refreshed and rejuvenated and not have to wake up at the crack of dawn. I am a morning person so I really prefer an early schedule anyway. Sleeping in is difficult for me any day... but, it's still nice to have a break from your routine, for sure! The question is, can I forget about school? Will my mind give it a rest? I'll do my best...

Next week, our leadership training for all the different summer teams begins. We drive to Dallas together on Friday the 15th for more training with all the students. We're sending teams to India, Panama, Ecuador and Peru. We all fly out to our respective countries on Wednesday, the 20th. The Peru team flies to Equador, then we'll take a bus ride to Peru after that... sounds like the beginning of an amazing adventure!

Yesterday, our church prayed for us. In all three services. It moved me, it helped focus me, it was very affirming and it spurned me to pray for others as well. We need to be reminded that we're all missionaries wherever we go, next door, across town or across the ocean.

I'm so very grateful that we get the opportunity to go. It's an honor and a privilege and a responsibility that we do not take lightly. We pray intensely for God's protection and provision. We trust in His guidance. We know He is preparing the way for us so that His work can be done. We're so excited that we get to be part of what God is already doing!

Teach us how to reach those we are going to share with. The drama Awe Star Ministry uses is such a powerful tool. Thank you for it Father and we pray it continues to be effective. May each character play their part with enthusiasm. As so often in ministry or a teaching post, we learn more ourselves than we end up teaching or sharing. May it be so with us. We have so much to learn ourselves. Open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to them and give us wisdom, put Your words in our mouths. Help us listen and help us care with deep affection.

May we proclaim Your truth clearly and help them to understand and recognize it. Minimize the petty conflicts. May we deal with the frustrations that are sure to come with grace and submission to You Father. You are in control even when we are not (which is, what... most of the time?) and for that we are truly thankful. I pray for all of those who go to experience God in a different, fresh, real way that will make a difference in their lives when they come home.

Did you know that Americans make up 5% of the world's population? And we consume 40% of its resources? Going on mission trips or any trips out of the U.S. opens up our minds to how the rest of the world lives. It's incredible, it's humbling, it's just plain astounding that we are so wealthy. Thank you to those of you who share your wealth, especially if you contributed to a mission trip or missionary.

Have a great day!


At 11:14 AM, Blogger natenamy said...

Congrats on school being out! Hope that you are able to rest a little bit before your busy summer.
Just wanted to let you know that we will be praying for you and for all of the teams that Awe Star will be sending out this summer.
We love and miss you!

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

I pray for safety in travel, God's ever abundant grace and mercy to all involved, the saved and the unsaved . . .

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