Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Trust - iFast

I recently started a Bible study with a few of the young girls here in Colorado Springs. Tonight was SUCH a sweet time with them. We went through Psalm 16, especially verses 5-6
"5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;

you have made my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance."

We talked about this in light of news we had learned today. A man from our church here in COS passed away in the Haitian earthquake. I asked the girls how hard it would be for them to trust that the portion the Lord has given is good and that the boundary lines He has drawn are pleasant if they were facing the loss of their family member. It was such a sweet time with these girls as my precious Abby piped up, "that reminds me of when I was reading Job." and continued to share how God is the one who said to Satan....Job trusts me not just because his life has been great. We used the conversation to pray together that we might be children of God just like Job and prayed that even if our worst fear took place, we still chose to trust that HE is good.

It reminds me so much of those I have met living in extreme poverty. Often, while faced with situations that I would imagine to be truly unbearable they lift their voices in praise. I see the trust of Job. I see a people that believe that what God's word says is true, even when their life situations don't seem pleasant.

Today, I'm praying that while I intercede for those in extreme poverty that I also seek to learn what so many of them already know. I pray that He would use their faith to teach me. That I might say to the Lord, "I choose you. No matter what."


Remember the Poor: (from last week)
Praying to the Lord of the harvest to raise up and send out laborers into his harvest. Praying that the church would rise up and be known to the world by her fruit, that we would live out pure religion in every way, caring well for every widow and every orphan, that not one would be left unloved, unfed, unmedicated, or uneducated.

Lemonade International
1. Pray for a team of 11 people from Lifepointe Church in Raleigh, NC who are in Guatemala this week to serve in La Limonada. They will be conducting a dental clinic, sports programs for the kids as well as helping with some small construction projects.
2. Pray for our team member, Donnie Long, who is spending the month of February in the US before returning to Guatemala to serve as our Full-Time Missions House Director and Group Leader for short-term teams serving in La Limonada. He is in the US to rest, connect with family and friends and to raise support after being in four different countries over the past five months.
3. Pray for our team member, Leah Craver, who is returning to the US in about a week weeks after serving in La Limonada for the past year. She will also be raising support to continue working Part-Time helping to coordinate our child sponsorship program.
4. Pray for Erwin "Shorty" Luna as he fully steps into the role of pastor to the La Limonada community and serves as the point person of our new church "Communidad de Fe".
5. Pray for important steps that need to be followed to move our carpentry workshop forward at Escuelita Mandarina.
6. Pray for "Michael" - a 12 year old boy in La Limonada who tends to be the "class clown", but is currently depressed because his family and home life is falling apart. We visited his home last week and the environment is horrible.

1. Pray for favor w/ Stateside fundraising.
2. We're bringing on our first full time staff member. Pray for a great transition!
3. Pray for energy and strength.
4. For for our fundraising. We hope to sell 1000 shirts.

1. Pray for the upcoming Swazi trip. The team leaves on the 15th and Greg leaves a few days early to go to S. Africa. Pray for all of their hearts that God would prepare them for what He has laid out for them.

2. Pray for our upcoming opening of S. Africa

3. Pray for upcoming fundraisers and launches that are in the planning stages for the next few months. Crucial decisions are being made every day

4. Pray for Bukedea, Adecar and Kabermaido as they continue to seek sponsors

Pray for other organizations that are participating in iFast but didn't get their requests in

Orphan Relief and Rescue
Caroline's Promise
Abba Fund
Global Orphan Outreach
Liberia Education Project
Amazima Ministries

Join us tomorrow morning first thing for a time of corporate prayer. I promise, you'll be blessed! Wednesdays 9:30 AM (eastern) at CALL IN # : 760- 569- 9000 ID: 968101


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Brittani said...
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Brittani said...

I need God to get my heart to the truth, "I Choose You, God, no matter what"... No matter if my finances fall apart or my life gets turned upside down... no matter if my kids are crazy or my role in ministry is a big fat unknown... no matter if I have no clue what God has for me next and it scares me to death... NO MATTER WHAT, I CHOOSE YOU, GOD! Wow... i feel nowhere close to that, yet. Good thing He promises to answer the requests of our hearts to become more like Him. I need it, Thanks for the reminder, Brand