Sunday, December 25, 2011
Thank you very much for your prayers and support in the Kingdom Work in and around Hays, KS. It’s been a great semester—the small groups have been experiencing good community and time in the Word. We’ve had some really excellent discussions based on the Word that directly apply to students’ lives in the groups at the time. It’s also been a great semester for one on one discussions and walking with people through difficult times. We’ve had several opportunities open up to assist members in the community, international students, and college students. Each one has been a blessing to us and to the people we’ve helped—thank you for your prayers that enable these situations.
Game night continues to be an alternative for many, and we are excited to be adding more interaction opportunities to it and possibly some new activities. It’s also been EXCELLENT working with new leaders this year in the ministry and during game nights; we have some very Godly young leaders who are also very refreshing presences to be around.
We will be passing on quite a few updates to you soon. The Christmas Season newsletter will be coming out shortly, and it will contain several ministry updates. I will also pass out more information about myself as a support based missionary; to serve with more longevity I want to get that information out to see how God will provide. My current support is $670 per month, and I would like to have enough more that I could afford health insurance and some vision correction for my right eye. Finally, I will pass on information about a new school, Aikido of Northwest Kansas, which I will open up January 15th. It will have traditional self-defensive Aikido martial training, prayer meditation sessions, and Godly Warriors classes (you can find out some more information about this at http://aikidoofnorthwestkansas.com/vision.html). I already spend about 8-10 hours a week teaching Aikido and working with Aikido related things (it is one of my most important connections to the university students—many in our small groups and at game night come from the FHSU Aikido Club or I meet them when I am on campus to teach). This school will be a powerful augment to the ministry I already do as a missionary and through Unite. Though it will likely not earn much at first, it also may serve as an augment to missionary support and replace the small odd jobs that I currently do to make ends meet. I will still be devoting more than 40 hours a week to missionary projects and Unite without counting the time that will be spent at Aikido of Northwest Kansas. With all of these exciting happenings, I would ask you to PLEASE keep us in your prayers. Again, we want to thank you and wish you all a VERY…
Monday, December 12, 2011
Right NOW we can use prayers for the students in finals. Many of them are very stressed and are having difficulty finding time for God in any location. I will be excited to meet with those who show up at today's 3:30 p.m. small group in the Union, and we will be praying for everyone--especially those who can't make it. Still, even most of those who will make it have been requesting prayer for studies and stress and not spending enough time with God.
Thank you all again for your prayers--it is critical. If there is any way we can pray for you, feel free to post it on the Unite facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I want to take the time to thank you especially for your prayers and for your financial support. If it wasn't for the way you are blessing me, I couldn't be available at all hours for simple interactions like this one. While they may seem small, they are pivotal to what I do (to developing relationships and loving people). The Kingdom advances in so many small ways that we often cannot clearly see. Thank you so much for enabling me and whoever else you support through prayers and finances to do what we do. Your blessing is SINCERELY appreciated.
PS During this holiday season I am doing an extra large amount of small odd jobs that won't conflict with ministry times, so if you or someone you know needs such work done, please let me know!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
For me, please pray that God help me clearly hear and follow Him--especially right now.
Thank you for your prayers!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
We've had a LOT of conversations with new students this year--both in other parts of the body/ministries and those who are not currently believers. In particular it seems that I'm meeting a lot of freshman and international students, which is a very good thing. I've spent several nights up till almost 5 am chatting about some pretty cool life issues things with students. Please pray that we listen to the Spirit's voice during these conversations and speak when and how He wants us to speak.
The small groups are also off to a start--this semester we have one on Monday, one on Tuesday, one that has yet to have a start time, and a potential for a fourth if momentum continues as Monday's has grown to nine students when all show up at once... This is also the first semester we will be offering a women's only small group, and I believe it has a powerful chance to impact some women whom we don't get to interact with on serious levels as often. Please keep all of these groups in your prayers--especially that the Spirit move powerfully through them to all around.
Finally, please keep [alt] in your prayers--we are very busy with set up and preparation this year, as it will be a very large year for it. It is absolutely critical that we keep this event centered on God and what He wants, so please pray that we listen and follow His direction. Thanks again, and I'm sure I'll be on here soon with more updates!
Friday, September 9, 2011
A couple days ago I ran into a young man on leave from military service in Africa. I've gotten to know him a little over the past year through his involvement in another college ministry. We set up a meeting today so that we could catch up.
It was an excellent way to start the day. Finances have been really tight, but due to a check I received yesterday I had just enough to grab a coffee with him in the morning and chat at Semolino. For those of you who don't know, I really enjoy fair trade coffee, so being able to enjoy that as we chatted was quite a nice blessing.
What was more of a blessing was hearing how this young man has been seeking to serve by leading a Bible study in his military unit. The stories about how he tried in his own power and then had to stop, wait, and follow as God led (doing it under God's power) were exciting and reminded me of my own journey. We talked for a couple hours about how God has been moving in each of our lives and what he has been teaching us in scripture. It was a very good reminder for me about all that He has shown me over the past year, and I believe the time was very encouraging to both of us. After we shared, we prayed and I offered to pray for him and his study if he will send me the information electronically while he is deployed. I am excited to be praying for another small group on top of the ones we currently have meeting. :)
After that meeting I ran a few errands and by chance ran into another friend who is working with me to help internationals on campus this year. We were able to chat about some really cool things and also just catch up as friends, which was a very nice rarity since we are both so busy at this time of year. Though we only spent maybe twenty to forty minutes talking, it was a very refreshing part of my day.
I briefly returned home to send out a few electronic documents needed for some past and future ministry endeavors, and then biked out to meet a pastor from WaKeeney whom I have been meeting with off and on over the past year. He and his wife feel called to Hays but are currently supposed to be in WaKeeney. As we ate lunch, I got to hear about how things have been playing out for him and His family and was greatly encouraged by the Godly way he was leading his congregation. There is something there for me to ponder further, and I am excited to see what God may show me about it.
The rest of the day was pretty eventful, but it ultimately came together for me tonight after I had a chance to take a 20 minute cat nap in preparation for game night tonight (which will last from 9:00 p.m. until probably about 4:00 a.m.). As I was praying, I really felt how God is re-renewing parts of me that have gotten overburdened in the past week or two. These weeks have been insanely busy in the best of ways--I have made dozens of new relationship contacts, we have had several major ministry events and are preparing for a few more, and God has been helping me develop better relationships with a variety of individuals and ministry groups throughout the community, including a fair amount of new college students. However, during the time I have not had time to just sit back and process very much. The last few days, and tonight in particular provided me a refreshing burst of wind and momentum. I am very excited to head out to game night tonight and see who all shows up--there is strong potential for a great night, and I can feel it.
Thanks again for your prayers--they are VERY VERY important!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Our ministry was invited to help freshman at class crawl by leading them around the quad and showing them where their classes were. We also handed out freezer pops. It was a great opportunity to interact with freshman and let them get to know our faces.
At Picnic in the Quad we had a few sign up as interested in small groups and were able to serve water and freezer pops to quite a few individuals.
|Summit Coffee House serves students|
|Encounter engages a student|
|Challenge students play hacky sack with others|
Liberty had more interactions later in the day (they gave students a chance to beat the ministry leader on a video game for a free supper), and I saw a few students walking around with the free bags provided by Trinity Lutheran Church. First Presbyterian had a few internationals engage in conversation, and the UMSC also had a few people stop by.
|North Oak serves food and information|
More than just the interactions, though, what I really enjoyed seeing was the body of believers coming together to serve students as one. Students had a great chance to simply be served and cared for, and I heard many conversations start up along the lines of 'Why are you doing this? Really, well why do you care about us?' It led to some great conversations about love and Jesus. I also enjoyed watching groups leave their tables to go interact with other parts of the body that they didn't know well. It was great to see local college ministers and lead pastors having good discussions about what they were doing. I feel that God powerfully used the day, and I am very grateful for it.
Beyond the big events, it has been a busy week of interactions. I recently had a chat with a student until about five in the morning about faith and life. It was a very awesome time, and I am grateful for that interaction.
I've also started having more interactions with a few new people in different ministries that I have been getting to know. There is one young man who is working in the fraternities to start up Bible studies and love his fraternity brothers, there is a group living in a house in the party scene as a ministry house to reach out to their neighbors, and there are several ministries that have been around awhile who are just now getting their names out there. It has been fun engaging in all of these arenas and more over the last week.
Additionally, I have been interacting more with Chinese Students and Chinese Student Association (I just spoke there last night and we have invited them to lead one of our game nights and perform at [alt] if they so desire).
Crazy as it's been, I want you to know that I greatly appreciate your prayers and support. Have a great week and rest assured that the Kingdom continues to forcefully advance in Hays :)
Monday, August 22, 2011
Right now I am trying to help an international student who has no place to stay; he is looking for a rental house with others or some other living arrangement that isn't too expensive. If you know anyone, please contact me. Also, please keep him and that situation in your prayers.
Quite a few ministries and churches came to the meeting last Sunday to discuss needs and issues pertaining to international students living here. We prayed and talked about many of the ideas at length. It appears that we may start up a few initiatives that have great potential to help out in the next year or two.
It's been a little hectic for the small groups as we figure out who will be in which small group and when that will occur. We now have one women's small group, one men's small group, and several mixed groups meeting in different locations. Since everyone's schedule switches at semester and we may have quite a few new students join this year, having it all come together takes quite a bit of listening and following. Please pray as these communities come together that they happen at the right place and time. Thank you again for your prayers and support!
Today is Picnic in the Quad--we will interact with many students (likely at a pretty surface level since the event is so large), but we would love prayers that it go right and that God help us be sensitive to any connections that we should make. Thursday we will be hosting our 'Get Plugged In' event in the quad which we have limited to churches and college ministries, so we would especially appreciate prayers that the right connections are facilitated at that event. Thank you for your prayers and support over these crazy few weeks!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Please pray that the body of believers help out international students--this year Fort Hays has almost 200 more than normal coming in and many will need help getting used to a strange culture, using a secondary language as a primary language, and studying at an entirely new university in a very different setting. It is a great chance for believers to step up in love and support for them (The Bible does speak to looking out for the foreigner among us).
Also keep those already here in your prayers. Small groups have been going well this summer, and we have some new faces around. I'm excited to see how God may be growing things over the year. There is so much more going on than I can begin to update you on, so for now I will just report about things we are planning for once they actually get here. In the meantime, please pray that God help us to step where we need and that we don't overlook anything that is in His plans... In the next few days I hope to meet with many churches and ministries about upcoming events, so please pray that the Spirit lead in that.
Thank you for your prayers--sincerely.
Monday, August 1, 2011
After we shared and prayed for each other--there are a few difficult things going on in several peoples' lives in all of the small groups, so I'd ask that you pray that God help us to let go of our control over difficult situations and that He help us turn it over to Him in prayer and action. We also ask that those whom we care about let go and trust in God in those situations. Thanks again all of you for your prayers for us and for God's work here!--Brandon
Monday, July 25, 2011
It was difficult to say goodbye to the few remaining kids this morning (most had already left for vacation--the home shuts down for a couple weeks to let its staff take a break and has the kids stay at other homes or with a relative if they have one). At first when we said we were leaving they thought we just meant back to the house, but when they understood we meant to the U.S. there was a visible change in some of their expressions. One boy, in particular, went from a relatively neutral expression to one of visible upset. I could tell he understood that we had to go but that it hurt him still to see us leaving. I am definitely planning to come back if only to see that one little boy.
Once we got across we had a very long day in the van. God did provide some beautiful weather to drive through including some distant thunderstorms, pretty rain-showers, and some gorgeous sunsets over New Mexico mesas. (I suspect Dawn will post some of those photos).
I would ask that you all pray that each of us can sleep deeply tonight, wake rested and recharged in the Spirit, and that we all be peacemakers and at peace in Christ all day tomorrow. Thank you for your continued prayers!--Brandon
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtCkdoAEH2s
Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oI-TOHSU0A
Video 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usogG5b_D18
This morning we played with the littlest boys--the most disruptive group of all--so that the dorm mother (hermana) could clean the bathrooms for them. I watched as one of the more disruptive little ones at the time got knocked down and started crying. When Dawn came near he raised his arms and she held him as he cried. However, long after he had finished crying he refused to let go and clung tighter and tighter to her. The precious nature of the moment and his deeper need were so evident that it hurt.
This evening we played in the cancha for the last time with the kids. They had found a pool of water under a bus from the storm the other night and were running around enjoying the change of pace. As they played a few got too cold and I had to help run them inside with some of our ladies so they could clean up. One of the most disruptive boys of all didn't want to change because he wanted to stay outside so he found a towel. Shivering, he came up next to me and huddled into my side to stay warm. As we sat there I helped him cover his head and put my arm around him. Long after he had warmed up he continued to sit there; this young kid who loved to be loud and make as much trouble as possible really just wanted to sit with someone quietly who would put their arm around him.
God is an amazing God, and His story and love are beyond words, and I pray that these truths would be clear to these little ones and to all of those who walk by the house we stay in here late at night. So many walk by to smoke marijuana, do harder drugs, find comfort in the opposite sex, and try to find something that fulfills them in this life. So often too I can go through my day living for my kingdom, worrying about foolish fears, and ignoring the true life God freely gives me and His providence. Though I don't embody Christ nearly enough I dearly wish that I could show those who have never seen what little bit He has shown me, and I hope that I can live more and more for Him. It is so hard, yet it is so simple... Dear God, help me let go of the reigns to you, to surrender, follow, and be transformed by your Spirit. I pray that I may let go of my foolish worries, fears, and selfish pride and walk hand in hand with each brother and sister across the world--that they may know we are Christians by our love and by our oneness in you even as you prayed for us before you died. Thank God for the humbling honor of being used by Him for His Kingdom. May we all be forever amazed as we are part of it as it advances... as we are part of Him. Thank God.
Thank you for all your prayers and support for us and the people we come into contact with. I have especically bonded with Karen. She is only 9 years old, but she seems at least 14 I had thought because she is so good with taking care of the other kids, like a little momma. She is trying to teach me Spanish. Thursday, I felt led to share a short testimony of my life as a single mom to one of the groups we had been teaching a lesson and craft. I wanted to share with them how even though things can be bad God can turn it around for good to give you and your family a new good life. I love you forever and always Teagan, my daughter. You are by far the greatest blessing from God to me. Chelsea, one of our group, inspires me so much with her sweet spirit, patience, servant's heart, Godly wisdom, and unselfish ways. She is an example of Jesus to me and a great blessing.
We all have sin in our lives, the question is will we choose to embrace it or God when He shows us a better way of living and if we will embrace God and let Him show us a better way. Will we embrace our own selfish will for a lesser life than God intended for us or will we obey Him for the greatest life of all beyond our imagination or dreams.
I am sad to leave, but I know the children here are in great hands with the loving staff and the Loving God.
Monday I got to catch Kimberly from the cement slide as she began to trust more as earlier in the day she would not even give me her name. My home is wherever God has me at the time. Rana is so unselfish and sweet. I was tying water balloons, for her I thought, but then she gave them all away. This is from the day of the water war. It was refreshing to see Patti get involved in enjoying the water war. At first, she seemed not to want to get wet at first as I squirted her a little and she screamed, and then Ben doused her with a bucket of water, and the fun began. I helped her lay in a stash of water balloons. I need to learn the string tricks from Chelsea as the kids really enjoy them. James is my tech man, when the internet went down he was the one to save my first post from being lost and saved it to the desktop. Brandon is our fearless leader with much Godly wisdom and insight and keeps us organized and on task although he wants us to have much input and is not a dictator at all. Dawn is my tech support as I use her labtop to post. Ben is the crafty man as his mom and him provided most of the craft ideas. God has put together a great team of believers. Chelsea has much Godly wisdom and when she speaks you definitely want to listen. She suggested for one of the lessons to read to the kids parts of Job 38. I read this passage myself after Brandon had read it to the kids in Spanish and it touched me so much that it made me cry.
Wednesday night, I had been wanting to sing worship songs, and had just asked James who was playing guitar if we could do this, and he said sometime when we have some time. Just then Becky and Adam came to the door and asked if we were worshiping, and I said I want to, and then we did. What a great time we had. I thought it would be great to do this for the kids, too, and guess what, Brandon was already thinking this too. I didn't even have to speak. God works so cool. It was great ministry for the kids hearts as a few of them broke down into tears as God touched them and we prayed for and comforted them.
Thursday, we had a fiesta including pinata and face painting. I wanted Patti and Karen to paint my face like a cat and then paint me wherever with whatever design that they wanted to. Most of us were painted up with God's glory and love by the children. We all love it and the designs were quite funny too as you will see as Dawn posts more pictures from her camera. Friday, we did a craft with the roots of the tree the bad things they had experienced and the leaves of the tree the good things they experience or like with the crosses they made earlier decorating the trunk of the tree. Kind of like how God gives us beauty for ashes. Here is looking forward to tomorrow and good night all.
Love in Christ,
That evening I had a chance to get to know some of the littlest girls better. One decided she was my teacher and had me do 'homework'. Most of the others wanted what every little kid here wants--to play 'bolantine' or 'avioncita'. Bolantine involves grabbing both arms of a little one and spinning them in a circle; avioncita is the same but with one arm and one leg so they can be like a 'little airplane'.
This morning went very well. We had a much more difficult lesson (in terms of its emotional impact). We had the kids each draw what they saw as the worst darkness in their lives (pain, sins, difficult things they have experienced, failures). We also reminded them of all that God gives--from the stars in the sky and cool evening breezes to magnificent thunderstorms to family, love, and friendship. We then asked them to draw that. After reading a few verses about surrender and transformation (Luke 9:23 until end of thought and Romans 12:1-2) we drew a very large tree on a few large sheets of paper we'd taped together. Earlier in the week each kid had made and decorated two crosses--one to keep and one for us to use. We put the pictures they drew of their darkness in with the roots of the tree, we put the crosses along the trunk of the tree, and we put what they saw as the best things of God in the branches as fruit. The final project was a perfect visual for transformation--their dark paid for by Christ on the cross (each had their own cross on the tree as Christ had died for each individual) and grown and transformed into God's best by the Spirit. (We discussed that this transformation happens as we surrender our lives and follow--embodying faith/trust in Christ; an earlier lesson was on trust in Christ within relationship with Him). The staff had us hang up the final project on the wall.
I could see in the eyes of some of the children that it was difficult for them to draw the dark in their lives--many drew weapons and pictures of violence, and a few had some teary eyes. To my surprise, the youngest boys (who can be some of the biggest troublemakers) actually wanted me to re-read the verses on transformation and read more to them! I could feel God's Spirit move at times in the lesson and see in some of the children's eyes that they understood it--at least in part. Thank God for such a morning.
Afterward we took a group photo and prayed over the children. On our way out of the building, one of the staff told me that she really wanted prayer for her and the other workers... so we offered to pray for them and she assembled the staff. During this time I REALLY felt the Spirit move; one of the staff even broke down and cried--praying in Spanish. I couldn't fully understand her words through the sobs, but I could feel in my Spirit that she was dealing with some intense pain. We prayed for them for quite awhile, and I prayed internally that God give me the words as I prayed for them in the Spirit in Spanish. I must simply trust that He answered even though I only felt that I had partway gotten the meaning across that needed prayed. Thank God for that opportunity as we felt Him move.
The rest of the day went well--we organized our things and gave most of our items to the office (the extra craft pieces that they could use and crayons, glue, paper, and other supplies along with a large box of maybe 100 bags of spicy Cheetos we had received from Joe's Addiction Coffee House).
While I was cleaning up this afternoon, I was VERY excited to hear the sounds of a full-out Juarez thunderstorm. When a real one rolls of the mountains, they are VERY fierce and drop more rain than I have ever seen. The wind blows like mad, and the rain rolls down in torrents. It was beautiful.
To finish out the night we played with the children in the cancha. I had quite a bit of fun chatting with several of them and was very pleased when a couple of the younger girls whom I get along with really well came over and sat in my lap. One of them pulled my arms around her and promptly pretended to be a baby while the other pretended to be a concerned adult who was trying to care for her. The whole thing was very fun and very sweet. They are such beautiful little girls--I don't understand on any level how anyone could not treasure them. I realize that they may be treasured and merely have family who can't financially care for them, but that is not the case for all of the children here, and each one is definitely a treasure. Thank God for the time with them all and for this evening. Thank you and please pray for us as we finish our time serving here and prepare to cross back to the U.S. and travel home in a van with a leaky fuel neck. Buenas Noches!
Friday, July 22, 2011
We have had lessons and crafts with the kiddos every morning this week and in the evenings we spend time playing with them in las canchas. It is often very exhausting, but God always renews our energy! We have also had some enjoyable afternoon activities with the children at the home...such as a WATER WAR! Which was a perfect thing to do on such a HOT Mexico day! I think several of us agreed the phrase "hace mucho calor!" was SUPER appropriate for that particular day....however being pelted with water balloons and having buckets of water dumped over your head....definitely gave the afternoon a bit of a refreshing touch.
The next day (yesterday) SO MANY things happened! I must say, quite like last year, that a day here often feels like 2 or 3 days chocked into one! So many things happen and it just feels as though the days blend together...sometimes it is difficult for me to determine what happened on which day and if it weren't for my journal I would probably not have a clue! hahaha, it is so easy to lose track of time here...but, in a sense, that is part of what I enjoy about being in Juarez. A week can feel like a month... :)
After lessons yesterday morning and an afternoon spent with the kids in las canchas we, as a mission team, had a good bonding experience. Our friend Adam, who we met last year, and our new amiga Becky came over to the casita where we were relaxing for a little bit after dinner and before heading back to the canchas again. We had a really fun little worship session in the living room! Adam even used one of the empty water jugs to play "drums" on. It was pretty cool, so cool in fact that we decided to relocate to the canchas and sing with the children! This was ALSO a very good time...and very moving. At the end of the singing time some of the little girls wanted to pray for their families and different situations...and there were some tears. I don't know why it always surprises me when things like this happen, but one of the little girls who is the most rambunctious and needy when it comes to attention from the "Americanos" was one that broke down sobbing. God is truly at work here. There is no doubt in my mind, and he finds little ways to encourage me of this SO MANY times throughout the day.
After that, since we hadn't had much of a chance to hang out with Adam much yet and have been looking forward to doing so again since last year, Adam invited us and Becky over to his apartment (on the compound right there by the home) for a game night! IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! What a wonderful time to just take part of the night and relax and fellowship with our brothers and sisters! It was definitely a much needed change of pace, and a blessing to spend time with friends that we only get to see this one time a year...
We played games and pretty much danced the night away (quite literally) and at the end of the festivities we had the opportunity to visit with both Adam and Becky about what we could be praying for them about individually. It was a touching moment and one that I will never forget. What a tremendous BLESSING it is to know hermanos in Christ in a place far away from our everyday norm, who are still working for God's kingdom...still striving to make lives better for these kids....and to know we are all connected. The thought sincerely blows my mind and I PRAISE GOD for the opportunity to get to be here and witness light in this place, a place where I never thought I would ever find myself....and now I've been here twice! I am blessed beyond all reason to have this opportunity to connect with our familia here in Juarez, Mexico. I wouldn't trade these experiences for anything.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
While Tuesday was a good chance to chill with the water war we had with the kids (photo above), Wednesday was truly refreshing. The week had been excellent but very long, and it felt as though everyone was tired. The Wednesday morning lessons went well, and we had a break from the usual when we went to paint one of the rooms in the school for the early afternoon.
The change of pace was just what we needed. Afterward, we played with the kids in the cancha (playground) and had a wonderful supper.
That evening we were surprised by Adam and Becky who came over to visit us at the casita (little house) we stay in. Adam lives here at the home and helps with the kids and administration work. He has taken on a bigger role in the local congregation, as well. Becky is an El Paso student who has been visiting the home for the past three weeks. She may end up helping out here for a longer period of time in the near future.
Becky and Adam spent some time with us in worship; we had two guitars and a water jug that we used as a drum. It was a VERY relaxing time. (You can check out a video of part of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8JlY9pg44Y). We enjoyed it so much that we decided to take the worship to the cancha for the evening with the kids instead of randomly playing whatever they want to in the evening (which is what we usually do).
This was one of the better moments in the trip for me, personally. I sat down and two of the little girls who I get along with especially well climbed into my lap to sing with me. One of them was on my left leg and one was on my right. Both of them pulled my arms around them, and the little one on my right put her tiny little hand in mine. It was a very sweet moment; I felt so very large and old compared to these tiny little precious girls in my lap. They were so happy to be there and so sincere in the easy way that they trusted me. I felt a burden to protect them because of how precious they are, and it made me realize that I definitely want to be a father one day.
After singing and having a very good time together, we hugged most of them good night and headed down to Adam's house. Adam had invited us to play games late into the night. We usually go to bed somewhat early to prepare for the next day, but everyone wanted to go, and I wanted to relax and have some fun, too (even if it cost a bit of energy early the next day).
We ended up having a great time chatting and playing on his Wii gaming console. For much of the evening we played a crazy dancing game that senses your movements and gives you a score. I think that many of you will find the videos of it quite funny, so I posted one here for your enjoyment: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAton0Bmy40&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL).
After we finished dancing, we gave Adam a small gift and prayed over both him and Becky. I feel that this was also one of the more important moments in the trip. The work that both do here is absolutely critical, and I felt very much led to encourage and support them. Thank God for that opportunity. :) I went to bed pleasantly tired and slept VERY deeply. It was an excellent respite and a day that restored much needed energy. That brings us up to today, which I will likely post about later.
Thank you all for your prayers; please pray that as we begin our last interactions with the kids that God be very evident and that they would desire relationship with Him. I think that the lesson tomorrow has very strong potential--pray that God help us help them see Him through it and through our lives.... Thanks again for coming with us in spirit!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Love in Christ,