Pastor Bruce got violently ill last night, which pretty much put him out of commission for much of today. As many of these trips as he’s been involved in, he’s never had that happen to him. We could have allowed that to become a major obstacle in our training process, but various leaders stepped up and led the way. It became an opportunity for everyone to stretch a bit and remain flexible. Pastor Bruce is feeling a bit better this evening, but your prayers for his full recovery would be greatly appreciated!
Much of the day was spent in our various ministry groups, learning human videos and dance routines, puppetry, object lessons, and the fine art of making balloon animals. While a lot of high level progress was made today, there’s a lot of refinement to be done tomorrow.
This evening, we joined the youth of Christ’s Place in a prayer and praise service, wherein there was a student baptized in water, and four students accepted Christ for the very first time! The Rock Solid youth also took a moment to ay hands on and pray for our entire team as we draw closer and closer to departure.
Here’s a pic that sort of captures the craziness of the day…For additional photos from our first two days, click here!
Tomorrow’s another day. There’s sure to be some peaks and valleys, a loop, and maybe even a barrel roll or two! In the form of specific prayer requests, I add the following:
- URGENT: One of our girl's passport is currently being held by a foreign consulate in New York City. It will require a miracle for it to arrive before we leave. She's here, by faith, but must have it to travel with us on Friday.
- Pray for the health of the team. With Pastor Bruce’s illness today and the closeness we share with each other, pray that no one else gets sick and that we all remain healthy throughout the remainder of our trip.
- Pray for individuals that may be harboring some “fear of the future.” We don’t always know what’s going to happen next, or what’s right around the corner, and that drives a lot of people nuts. Pray that we fully rely on God to guide our every step.
- Pray for the families of each of our team members. Many of them leave “difficult situations” at home that become obstacles in their minds, stealing their focus from the task at hand. Pray for parents who are struggling with allowing their kids to temporally leave the nest. Pray also for our leaders who are leaving their spouse and/or children at home. Pray that families will experience a peace and comfort that only the Holy Spirit can provide during this time of separation.