In 43 days, my family (minus Annalise) will be boarding a plane for Africa.
I have struggled with my emotions, fear mostly for the last few months. But more than ever before, I am feeling an overwhelming sense of peace. The Lord has calmed my soul, and shown His presence to me during this time.
I have not done a good job dedicating time to prayer, especially for those things in which He has laid so heavily on my heart.
This last month or two now, I have spent some much needed time on me knees praying. Praying for peace during my times of fear and worry. Praying for our hearts to be molded and shaped. Praying for humble hearts and attitudes as we journey back. And praying for discernment as we seek His plan for our lives through ministry!
Most recently, I have felt a strong conviction to pray for the Nations. Everywhere you look, whether it be Facebook, the news or even through word of mouth – you hear of the destruction this world is facing. Its impossible to turn your ear the other way. Christian persecution through rape, beheadings, beatings and the list goes on. Missionaries being shamed, and even those walking away from their faith out of fear! Earthquakes taking thousands of lives, probably leaving several thousand orphaned! Starvation, aids, diseases… y’all its everywhere!
We, as believers, need to be on our knees, boldly praying for the world we live in! Its right outside our front doors and across the seas! There is no getting away from it! Since truly opening my heart to what the Lord has broken my heart for, and praying on their behalf – He has revealed much to me. He is teaching me daily and I have so far to go in this world – but I trust He has big plans for our family as we seek Him, serve Him and allow ALL glory to be given to Him!
With that being said, will you please pray with me?
Will you please commit to praying for our family? If you would like some specifics, here are some below.
1) Pray for our hearts…
that we will humble ourselves before the Lord and allow Him to lead our every step.
2) Pray for Katherine Grace…
as this will indeed be culture shock for her. Pray for her tiny heart, that in some way, the Lord can use even the children to make a difference in this world!
3) Pray for Richard…
as he leads our family not only across the planet – but leading us in prayer, humility and service! Pray that He will lean on Christ for direction and clarity.
4) Pray for those will be caring for our littlest bundle while we are away.
As a mother, leaving any of my children is truly the most difficult part. Please pray that mommy doesn’t flip a lid! (kidding, sort of) We know that we are entrusting her to Lord, but pray for a smooth transition as we leave and while we’re away.
5) Lastly, we ask that you pray for our family as a whole.
These past two years have been a growing experience in many ways – both personally and ministry. We trust the Lord burdened our hearts for the fatherless and called us to care for them, and share the gospel with the world. But we ask that you pray for us as we seek Him, and see where He may lead us next! Please pray for clarity, and that we can discern what is from the Lord!
Thank you ALL for your love, support and PRAYERS! We need them and we value each and every prayer!
Until then… Brantley