Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I have written several times about a young lady named Laura, on the west coast, who ministers to satanists. She is a grad student at a seminary in Oregon. The obedient way she consistently walks out her life is an inspiration. She continues to grow in wisdom, and faithfulness. She was on both of BJ's Peru teams, she was with Deanna and me this past summer, and she is one of my leaders on the return trip to Peru this summer.

She had a rather morbid dreams a few nights ago. One she did not remember when she awoke. In the dream she had knife in her hands and blood covered her arms and upper body.

Yesterday, she and a young man she led to Christ (a former satanist) and his best friend, a current satanist (she has been witnessing to) took a drive to an athletic field where the men wanted to play soccer.

They stopped along the route to use the facilities. Laura used those moments to call me to ask me a couple of questions that had come up from this unsaved young man. I encouraged her and told her I'd be praying for her, and we hung up.

Later, last evening, my daughter Lauren received a call from Laura. She had had quite an evening!

After arriving at the soccer field, the young men engaged in playing. I am unclear as to whether or not Laura joined in. Her primary goal is relationship building and sharing Christ to those in need of Salvation.

The young man she has been sharing with, that many of us have been praying for, has unsuccessfully attempted suicide on three occasions. He is asking many deep probing questions about a relationship with Christ. He is struggling to believe all the Bible teaches. He has told Laura that he knows her God has got to be the real way in life, but he is not ready to surrender.

Near the end of the soccer play, this young man had the onset of an asthma attack. In his backpack, he had an two epi-pens and his inhaler. The problem was, the backpack was minutes away in the car.

Laura sent someone after the backpack. Meanwhile, she called 911 and was on the phone with a paramedic. When the backpack arrived, Laura pulled out the epi-pens...they were both empty...they had already been used. It was too late for the inhaler, he was no longer breathing.

This young man she has invested so much time in, hoping to see him come to Christ, now lay dying on the field. The paramedics were 20 minutes away. What could she do? No air could enter his airway, as the asthma attack had sealed off his trachea.

In his backpack she found a visual aid of the throat, and the steps to complete a tracheotomy. The paramedic on the phone told her she had to do it, it was his only hope. He also had the necessary items, a knife, and a pen (that could be emptied and the tube used as his temporary airway) stowed in the bag. Clearly, this young man knew this type of situation was a possibility.

Laura took the knife and the pen. Following the guidelines from the visual aid and the instructions from the paramedic, she apprehensively began to cut. Suddenly, amid the blade parting flesh, her dream raced back into her conscious mind. The dream and reality merged. She held a knife, and she was covered with crimson stains.

In those moments, adrenalin kicks in. What she had to do overtook her fears of doing it, and she completed the procedure! She breathed life into the lungs of this young man she has battled for on behalf of her Savior. This lost soul who needs Salvation, was physically saved...stolen from deaths grasp, once again.

The paramedics arrived and they all headed off to the hospital.

Later, still shaking, she called Lauren to recount her story.

Do you think she walks in the power of a Holy God? Do you think it was an accident that she was where she was? Do you believe that Jesus wants to see this young man come to a saving knowledge of Him? Do you know that He wants to use each of our lives in similar ways, if we will learn to walk in simple obedience?

Please join me in lifting this lost soul before the Lord. He needs Jesus. Praise God for Laura's willingness to do what most of us would never want to. Her acts of obedience are saving lives!



At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


We will pray every hour...this is a call to the oven timer without a doubt.

Praise the Lord for His calling to each of us just exactly where we are...Praise the Lord for the glory that He receives for an obedient heart.

Amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord for doing exactly what it takes to grab us.

Please assure Laura that her arms are being lifted by many prayers today!

On our knees...

At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for this and so many lost young men in our nation. May the Lord continue to strengthen and empower you, Laura. \O/

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a powerful story! It is another reminder of how God still works miracles in lives today. I know many people will be praying for Laura, the young man and the work she is doing for the Lord.

Thank you, Jesus, for your AWESOME POWER!

Laura, thank you for your dedication and willingness to serve the Lord as you do. My prayers are with you.

As a personal note, I want to thank you Brent for that particular story today. God speaks to us in many different ways. Sometimes in dreams. I myself have had the Lord speak to me through dreams and the last couple of days have had some doubt creep into my mind. I know He wanted me to hear Laura's story and be assured of His faithfulness to me/us, if we maintain our faith in Him. I can be assured of what He tells me and that it will be fulfilled in His way and His time.

Lisa Potter
Santa Cruz, CA

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I realize that nothing is fair but I'm still trying. I just want to do my best and what is possible


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