Duct tape sticks out. Especially when it's BRIGHT. It's also something that will get confiscated. Don't worry...we didn't "pack" any duct tape--we just used it to identify our precious cargo.
We packed supplies Sunday night. The chatter going on, the excitement felt in the room was palpable. I imagine those who have gone before had a face in mind...one that we met in 2011 and have watched change, grow and become familiar--and even miss. Some of the team have talked about about the kids or adults there--with such love and concern, as we do our friends and family here with us on a day-to-day basis.
Those who have not been, their excitement about this trip is something I truly enjoy watching. I remember my first trip...clothes packed weeks before, now, I confess, my suitcase is still in storage--I've been busy 🙂 But by Friday it will be packed and I will work on putting some order to my house.
If you are a regular reader, you have watched, listened, and hopefully been moved by the Holy Spirit as you have followed us on many mission trips. I haven't looked at the countdown today, but I know it's near. I want to ask you-- and I'll understand if it slips your mind--but as often as you can--as often as we come to your mind, would you pray? Especially as we are taking this team through customs. It's the largest team we've taken. I've been involved in larger teams--but this is the largest team we've taken. And I would really like to know you're praying for the passing through customs to be the smoothest we've ever experienced.
Our steps are purposed. We will likely stick out like duct taped suitcases. We have a mission to complete. It started when we said "yes". Every step toward this next week has been planned by our Father...even the DELAYS.
We packed over 400 Bibles. 53 Soccer Balls, hundreds of crayons, books, and a multitude of assorted miscellaneous items that were donated...and over 300 shirts that was donated--brand new--for the kids.
We packed these things--because YOU gave these things. This was an unprecedented giving. And I believe I just heard in my spirit, "You ain't seen nothing yet". I believe God pulls out all the stops for His kids.
I feel God stirring a New Passion in my heart as never before. Yesterday, that old feeling that creeps up every trip--tried again. But in the HOLY Name of Jesus-- I claim new territory for Christ...and believe God for MORE than ever before.
When I came out to my prayer closet this morning--praying was on my mind. Hearing from Him was on my mind....but I felt the need to pause after I prayed a while and let you know-- HE LOVES YOU. HE wants to use YOU. As you pray... I believe you will experience things in Christ that you never dreamed possible.
I heard this song (Overcome) when I came to pray and wanted to share it with you this morning:
Seated above, enthroned in the Father’s love
Destined to die, poured out for all mankind
God’s only son perfect and spotless one
He never sinned but suffered as if He did
All authority, every victory is Yours
All authority, every victory is Yours
Savior, worthy of honor and glory
Worthy of all our praise, You overcame
Jesus, awesome in power forever
Awesome and great is Your name, You overcame
Power in hand
Speaking the Father’s plan
You’re sending us out
Light in this broken land
We will overcome
By the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony
Written by: KOWALCZYK, EDWARD JOEL / TAYLOR, CHAD DAVID / DAHLHEIMER, PATRICK / GRACEY, CHAD ALAN
We will overcome. Speak out HIS Word when you pray. Pray the Scripture. He is sending us out...to be Light in this broken land. Look around you today...where is He sending you?
Perhaps it's just across the street--but that takes as much courage as it does to go across the water if you've never flown before. Walking up to someone to give them a Gospel Tract at the gas station, the mall, in the parking lot outside the grocery store....takes as much courage as it does for the team as they go downtown to the square in Santa Cruz. With the Church being persecuted all over the world...you never know what you will encounter.
As you pray for us on Saturday--(That's the travel day), please pray a special protection for all the bags of the team of 28. Most of them will have hot pink duct tape or lime green duct tape...and a special tag letting us identify it quickly as it comes off the conveyor belt.... Pray for the safety of the bags. I don't think I've ever asked that before...but we're taking more than we've ever taken. God is Good. All the time.
I leave you with a few faces. I hope they've thought about us as much as we have them... And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14
God bless those precious children.
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