Praying at all times

I have been convicted lately about praying more. In Ephesians 6 after talking about putting on the full armor of God, Paul sums it up with this exhortation in verses 18-19,  “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.” This has convicted me that I need to be praying more for all the saints. I need to be praying for everyone I know that they will be able to boldly proclaim the gospel wherever we are. I mean it says praying at all times so I have a lot of increasing to do. 🙂

I have also been convicted of praying faithfully and daily for our support raising. Our goal is to be at 85% before we leave for California, and we really don’t want to buy tickets until we  are around 95-100%. It would be great to have tickets bought at least 2 weeks before we plan on leaving. We are 100% believing that we will be leaving for the Dominican by August 1st. We believe that the Lord is going to keep bringing in our support so we can leave before this time and I have committed daily to pray for these things every day at 7:00am. I have set my alarm to remind me to pray every day at this time.  Will you join us in praying for these things?

I was reminded this morning and last evening about the power of prayer. I have been praying for the last few months about a specific amount that I hoped a certain church was going to give towards our support. I didn’t know if this was going to happen because I knew they didn’t have a lot of wiggle room in their mission’s budget but I have been praying (maybe not always as faithfully as I should have) for a certain amount that they would give us. Today we are praising the Lord because we found out last night that they are going to give us the exact amount that I was praying for! Praise the Lord. 

We are now at 76.4%, we need $580 more dollars of monthly support.  We are so so close!  I am so excited that the Lord has brought us this far and I know that he is going to get us to the Dominican. I am so thankful we serve a God who his able to do abundantly more than anything we ask or think. 

June Update

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It has been another crazy month of support raising for the Poor Family. The Lord has been faithful and has been showing us His power and how we can rest in His provision. We are praying and trusting that the Lord will  bring in the support that we need so we can leave by August 1st. We are confident that the Lord will do this and we are actively preparing to leave on August 1st even though we are still waiting for the Lord to provide the remaining 28%. If you have been waiting for a good time to start giving, now would be a great time to start!

The month of June looks to be another crazy month. We have several desserts planned throughout the month where we will be sharing our vision and heart for the Dominican. Please pray that during these desserts the Lord will convict people’s hearts to support us and our ministry in the Dominican. If you would like to host a dessert and invite some friends over to hear about what we are doing, that would be a huge blessing for us.

We plan on going to California the last part of June and early part of July for two weeks with Emilie’s family and visiting her sister, our brother-in-law, and nephews. All of us are extremely excited for this time to spend with our family before we leave. Randy is going to be preaching at a church down there and we have other support raising opportunities, so please keep us in your prayers as we travel and talk with more people.

Thank you everyone for your continued love, support, and prayer. We have been so encouraged and blessed by all of you throughout the last months of raising support.

What to be praying for:

  • We would reach 100% support and be able to leave by August 1st
  • Praise for the provision of almost all our sending costs
  • New supports and good times sharing with people
  • Strength as we say goodbye to family and friends
  • Continued provision of clothing for a move to a warmer climate

Things we could use:

  • We still need a couple more big suitcases and 6 more carry ons for the big move
  • Kids clothes boys size 8-10, girls size 6-8, and any old summer clothes for Randy and Emilie you all could spare
  • Laptop or Netbook to be used in connection with our digital home phone