Where to begin?!
We are back in the states for a few weeks! For a family vacation, to visit friends and family, to speak at 4 different churches, to have some time to regroup and refresh…
All THAT is happening in the course of 35 days!
After a full, but uneventful, day of travel (Praise the Lord!) we made it to Florida. Right now we are staying in Florida, doing a little family vacation, and then heading up to NJ. (SO incredibly thankful to the Lakes for blessing us with a beautiful place to stay here in Florida!)
After going almost a year outside the U.S. we asked the kids where they wanted to go for their first meal back…. and do you know where they decided to go?!
Wendy's! Of ALL the places they could have chosen- they were SO thankful for chicken nuggets and cheese sauce! We are glad our kids are a cheap date :)
Please keep us in prayer as we travel and speak over the next month. We hope to see YOU at one of our speaking engagements! Dates, times and locations will be posted soon.
While we are enjoying some family time I wanted to share with you the story of Junior's recent trip to Baron. It is LONG but WELL worth every detail! We sat down over the course of 3 days and I wrote down his words as he shared. I am dividing up the story into a few posts so you can spend time taking in each part of this amazing experience. Enjoy!
Mission to Baron- Junior's Story- Part ONE:
It was in March 2014 that Stacey asked Junior to go to Baron with her on a Sunday- to visit Ezekiel and his church community... but he wasn’t so sure that he wanted to go. He had gone twice before but it was a very difficult hike... he told her he would think about it. He prayed about it and asked God to send others to go with them, if it was what God wanted.
Later on that day, they visited the place where the water had been taken from…
… and it was so sad to see what the people have been drinking.
It bothered Junior very much and he wanted to do something to help, but there was no way for well drilling equipment to get up to this remote area.
Since Junior had experienced living in a tent after the earthquake, he shared with them about the difficulties of staying in tents. There are very few trees for shade in Baron and the ground is hard to sleep on! But he also shared with the students Luke 9:23 and Luke 14:25-33 which talk about denying yourself to follow Christ. That night he wanted them to read and understand and be ready for Baron- to eat whatever is offered without question, to drink anything they were offered without complaining, to sleep on hard ground, to work in the heat, to minister to the needs of the people. He reminded them that there was no electricity, little to no cell phone service, and no internet either (which meant no World Cup too!).. they would be denying themselves- and doing it all for Christ!
The next day, Friday morning, there were 9 people packed and ready to go to Baron. It was incredible. God provided for all of them to attend and Junior was overwhelmed with excitement! When Ezekiel, the pastor of the church in Baron- and former graduate of EBS, arrived with the tap-tap to take the group to Baron, they loaded up at both the seminary and in town- 3 tents, portable water filter systems, supplies for making the hand pump, a box of clothes to be donated to the people, personal belongings, and 9 people ready and excited for all that God was going to do in Baron that month!
Stay tuned for Part TWO!