An appreciation for notes and prayers – It really meant a lot to us as people read about our accident when they responded with a short note of encouragement or a reminder that they were praying for us. I have not been very good at this, but seeing how much it meant to me I hope to do a beter job in the future. For those of you who took the time to comment or let us know that you were praying – thank you very much for lifting us up when we were in such a time of need.
The desperate need for prayer for those serving overseas – We are in a spiritual battle. I know that. But it has been more of a mental assent than something I have experienced first hand. No longer the case. I felt the unseen hand of the forces of darkness attempt to drag us toward death and destruction. And we were only there for a day. One of the last things that the prophet Samuel said to the people of Israel was “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.” A different context to be sure, but the sentiment is the same. It behooves me and it behooves us as a church to pray hard and to pray with passionate desperation for those who are serving in the dark places around the globe. For Christy and Chad and Amy and their team, for Jason and Charity and the Holloways, for Tyler and Erin Boone, for Craig and Charity Phelps, for Roger and Vicki Grossman, for Andrea and Jim Zvara, and for other friends who are seeking to advance the gospel where the gospel has no root – please pray! They need it more than I have ever understood. And let them know that you are holding the ropes for them.