Monday, May 31, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 31

I can't believe that I've come to the end of this prayer marathon for Team Haiti --- 31 days of prayer!  It has been an awesome privilege to be able to participate in this mission trip through prayer.  I feel that it has been the next best thing to actually being there in person!

As I close off this prayer marathon with one last prayer item... I am finding it difficult to summarize this past month into just one short blog post.  So, I will merely say this: God has been busy working in the hearts and minds of many people --- Team Haiti members, people working alongside them, people who donated financially, the Haitian people and even people who've come in contact with them one way or another like... airport personnel, store clerks and etc.  And I know that God isn't finished yet!  

This is just the beginning of a new journey for many of these people... so I pray that God will continue to pursue each one --- every single one that has been touched by this mission trip --- that His purpose will be accomplished in each life, for His glory!  That one day, each life will reflect this verse...
Whom have I in heaven but you?  And earth has nothing I desire besides you.  --- Psalm 73:25 (NIV)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 30

Team Haiti will be home later today because of a missed flight connection! I continue to pray for safety as they complete their last leg of flying and driving!

Today I pray for rest, renewal and refueling as they prepare to get back into "routine" tomorrow and face a new week here at home.  Although... somehow, I think that "routine" will never be the same again for Team Haiti!

As each team member debrief from this awesome experience... I pray that each one will be able to process what it is that God has taught them through this mission trip; that each team member will act on that life lesson; that lives will now be lived even more meaningfully and purposefully; that minds have been renewed and hearts have been changed --- into living sacrifices!  As the Apostle Paul writes...
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.  --- Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 29

Team Haiti is coming home today!  I pray for safety as they travel... that everything will go smoothly.

I can't believe that this mission trip is now over.  But, in soooo many ways, it is just beginning.  So I pray for new beginnings of partnership and friendship between our church and the Haitian people.  If you haven't read one of Team Haiti's updates, then you must!  Plans are already "in-the-making" for a return trip!!!  I'm excited just thinking about it!

I personally can not wait to hear the stories from my friends K and S --- stories that will certainly reach into the depths of my soul...
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. --- Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 28

Friday already!  It is almost the end of Team Haiti's mission trip.  They have made their way back to Port-au-Prince --- here's an update about their time in Baie d'Orange and their most recent update from today!

As they leave Haiti soon to head back home, I pray that Team Haiti have left a lasting impression on the Haitian people in the Village of Baie d'Orange; that the Haitian people saw Jesus in Team Haiti.  I also pray that the Haitian people have, in turn, left Team Haiti forever changed --- for the glory of our God!
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
       because the LORD has anointed me
       to preach good news to the poor.
       He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
       to proclaim freedom for the captives
       and release from darkness for the prisoners,
 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
       and the day of vengeance of our God,
       to comfort all who mourn,
 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
       to bestow on them a crown of beauty
       instead of ashes,
       the oil of gladness
       instead of mourning,
       and a garment of praise
       instead of a spirit of despair.
       They will be called oaks of righteousness,
       a planting of the LORD
       for the display of his splendor.
 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
       and restore the places long devastated;
       they will renew the ruined cities
       that have been devastated for generations.
--- Isaiah 61:1-4 (NIV)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 27

Team Haiti's updates have been very encouraging!  I can't wait to read the next one as it will most likely contain stories of their time in Baie d'Orange.

They are now midway through the mission trip.  Today, I am praying that the relationships they have established with the people in Port-au-Prince and Baie d'Orange will mark a beginning of a long-lasting relationship between our church and the Haitian people; that it will open doors to more opportunities for us to be a blessing to them... and more opportunities for them to teach us valuable life lessons!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. --- Hebrews 10:23-24 (NIV)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 26

Today, I pray for fruitfulness in Team Haiti's ministry --- whether they are building the cistern or planting the community garden; whether they are playing with the children or connecting with the people in the community by helping out in the dental clinic!

I also pray that each team member is enjoying his/her time in Baie d'Orange... that it is already becoming a memorable experience, one not easily forgotten!
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. --- John 15:5 (NLT)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 25

Having been back to visit the country where I was born, a third world country... I know that the North American body could have trouble agreeing with the food/water supply, the weather or even the bugs/insects.  So today, I pray HEALTH for Team Haiti.  

I pray that each team member will stay healthy for the duration of the trip... that they will be safe from illness that might be caused by food or water, insect bites or their environment; so that they can concentrate on the work that is laid out before them!
The LORD watches over you — the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. --- Psalm 121:5-6 (NIV)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 24

Today would be Team Haiti's first day in Baie d'Orange.  I can imagine them being tired from the long land trip they took from Port-au-Prince.  So today I pray for strength and energy... that God will supply all of their needs physically, emotionally and spiritually!

I pray that they will settle in with ease and feel at home where they are... eager and ready to accomplish great things!
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.  You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.  Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! --- John 14:12-13 (NLT)
For an update of what their day was like yesterday, Sunday, please click here.  And, click here for the most recent update --- from early this morning.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 23

... love never fails, joy cometh, peace rules, patience waits, kindness tenders, goodness does, faith fights, gentleness bows, self-control stops.  These are the fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22-23.

Today, I pray SELF CONTROL for Team Haiti.  Self-control is allowing God to be in control of lives and seeking the Spirit to enable us.  As Team Haiti heads into Baie d'Orange today, I pray that they will be ever mindful of God's presence; allowing the Holy Spirit to control their wills and their hearts; being expectant of the Holy Spirit's enabling so that they can do the things that God has laid upon their hearts to accomplish in Baie d'Orange.

Today, Team Haiti will be attending church!  I pray that they will be blessed by seeing firsthand the faith of the Haitian people!

I also pray for safety as they travel by land from Port-au-Prince to Baie d'Orange tomorrow.
But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. --- 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NIV)
The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. --- Psalm 121:7-8 (NIV)
Update: Here's an update of what is in store for the first full day directly from Team Haiti.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 22

... love never fails, joy cometh, peace rules, patience waits, kindness tenders, goodness does, faith fights, gentleness bows, self-control stops.  These are the fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22-23.

Today, I pray GENTLENESS for Team Haiti --- that in every situation, they will "be still and know that God is in control!"  In Max Lucado's words...
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it only be of myself.
Today is the day Team Haiti leaves for Haiti!  This is an exciting day... a milestone day in so many ways.  It will also be the day where so many things need to come together so that Team Haiti can arrive safely and on schedule in Port-au-Prince.  So I pray for these many details... that everything will fall into place smoothly:
- safety on their drive to the airport(s).
- flight(s) departing on schedule.
- flight connections made.
- safety as they take off, fly and land.
- their luggage to arrive in Port-au-Prince at the same time.
- safely arriving at their destination in Port-au-Prince.
- and, finally, preparation of their hearts and minds to see what God has awaiting for them to do in Baie d'Orange.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. --- Psalm 118:24 (NIV)
Update: This just in... Team Haiti has made it safely to Haiti and so did all of their luggage!!!  God is good!  All the time!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 21

... love never fails, joy cometh, peace rules, patience waits, kindness tenders, goodness does, faith fights, gentleness bows, self-control stops.  These are the fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22-23.

Today, I pray FAITHFULNESS for Team Haiti.  Beth Moore defines faithfulness as...
...believing the reality of a sovereign God. We will never believe God until we allow ourselves to discover that He is believable! The faithfulness of God is His believability! Faithfulness is resting in His certainty, being persuaded by His honesty, trusting in His reality, being won over by His veracity...being sure that He's sure and believing He's worth believing.
I pray that Team Haiti will not hesitate to believe God so that they will be able to witness His power to the fullest.  May they claim the promise that nothing is impossible for our God!
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. ---Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 20

... love never fails, joy cometh, peace rules, patience waits, kindness tenders, goodness does, faith fights, gentleness bows, self-control stops.  These are the fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22-23.

Today, I pray GOODNESS for Team Haiti.  This is hands down my most favourite part of the fruit of the Spirit because it just resonates so much with me!  Goodness does --- it resonates with me because I am such a doer, a task-oriented person!

This blog post will be a long-ish one, I can tell already.  My thoughts go back to the lesson on goodness from Beth Moore's Living Beyond Yourself that I did a few years ago.
Beth Moore writes: "God did not save us so that we could look attractive on Sundays. He saved us and left us here because He has work to do --- very specific work. He has a mission to accomplish for kingdom gain in every generation --- all planned in advance and perfectly timed. In His sovereignty, God has chosen to do His work through us. If we miss our ministry, we will miss our entire purpose in remaining here.  Goodness is character energized, expressing itself in benevolence, active good."
In the video that accompanied the lesson, Beth Moore taught about "spending ourselves" in doing good.  She led us in studying Isaiah 58:6-11, looking at what can happen when we "spend ourselves" for God.
If you spend yourself...
- your light will rise in the darkness,
- the Lord will guide you always;
- your needs will be satisfied
- your frame will be strengthened;
- you will be like well-watered gardens.
In verse 8, it says "the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard", the Hebrew word for "rear guard" is asaph which means "to gather in, collect... as in harvest."

My prayer for Team Haiti today is that they will not grow weary in doing good, knowing that they have a mission to accomplish for kingdom gain in this generation; and knowing that the Lord will gather in the harvest!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, ..." ---Galatians 6:9-10

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 19

... love never fails, joy cometh, peace rules, patience waits, kindness tenders, goodness does, faith fights, gentleness bows, self-control stops.  These are the fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22-23.

Today, I pray KINDNESS for Team Haiti.  As Beth Moore puts it, kindness tenders.  We are to be tenderhearted towards each other.  So, my prayer is as it is written in 1 Peter 3:8 (NLT), I pray that Team Haiti will...
... be of one mind; sympathize with each other; love each other as brothers and sisters; be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
I love what Max Lucado writes about kindness in his literary work entitled Each Day.  He says...
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. I will be kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 18

... love never fails, joy cometh, peace rules, patience waits, kindness tenders, goodness does, faith fights, gentleness bows, self-control stops.  These are the fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22-23.

Today, I pray PATIENCE for Team Haiti.  I know that there will tons of opportunity to practice patience during this mission trip.  I pray that Team Haiti will be patient when those circumstances confront them... that they will wait on God's timing!

As Max Lucado writes in Each Day...
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
Today, this is my prayer for Team Haiti.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 17

... love never fails, joy cometh, peace rules, patience waits, kindness tenders, goodness does, faith fights, gentleness bows, self-control stops.  These are the fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22-23.

Today, I pray PEACE for Team Haiti.  As written in Philippians 4:6-8 (NLT), I pray that Team Haiti...
... will not worry about anything; instead, they will pray about everything. Telling God what they need, and thanking Him for all He has done. That Team Haiti will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. That God's peace will guard Team Haiti's hearts and minds as they live in Christ Jesus, not only during this mission trip but upon their return as well.

I pray that Team Haiti will fix their thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. That they will think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Happy Monday, everyone!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tidbits from Here and There...

We're halfway through May already!  I must say that this month sure is flying by.  This also means that the prayer marathon for Team Haiti is halfway over.  Already?!?  At this halfway point, I'm pausing to blog about some tidbits... you know, stuff that's been happening with life in general.

So, a few weeks ago I blogged about "a new thing" --- a tug I've been feeling, a sense that God wanted me to reduce my hours at work so that I can free up more time to devote to missional things.  In my mind, this transition will be reality sometime in the Fall.  Well, little did I know, God is already two steps ahead of me.  Isn't He always?  :-)  Get this... as of this past week, I officially started job-sharing with another person essentially reducing my work week by at least 10 hours!!!  An added bonus is that my job-share partner is a great friend of mine!  Isn't God just something else?!?

So, this past week being the first week with reduced hours at work for me --- God had me busy with God-things right away!  Isn't that just awesome?!?  I spent a good chunk of my week shopping for supplies that Team Haiti would take down with them to Baie d'Orange this coming weekend.  Another mission God had me on this week was to purchase meals for a family in our neighbourhood that is going through a rough time right now.

It's indeed a privilege to be able to join God where He is at work --- sharing hope by providing help!

Finally, today was a sad day for Canada.  Yet another soldier, Private Kevin McKay, came home from Afganistan in a casket... the 144th soldier killed since the Afghan mission began in 2002.

Hubby and I decided this is the day we would take the kids to an overpass overlooking the Highway of Heroes to pay our respects to a fallen soldier as the entourage carrying his body drives by below.  We've said for a while now that we would do this... but never once did we actually go.  Well, today we did.

It was very emotional to see the procession in reality!  It was quite an unforgettable experience.  Here we are at one of the local overpasses in our city...  waiting...  we stood there and waited for over an hour...  LEST WE FORGET!   

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 16

... love never fails, joy cometh, peace rules, patience waits, kindness tenders, goodness does, faith fights, gentleness bows, self-control stops.  These are the fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22-23.

Today I pray JOY for Team Haiti!  At church today we sang...
♫ ♪ We stand and lift up our hands, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.  We bow down and worship Him now, how great how awesome is He! ♪ ♫
May the joy of the Lord be Team Haiti's strength as they face situations where clearly their own strength isn't going to be enough... may Team Haiti rely on the power and strength that only the Spirit of God can give!

Today, as a church, we prayed for Team Haiti --- laying hands on my dear friend K --- it was a special moment!
The joy of God is your strength! --- Nehemiah 8:10 (The Message)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 15

... love never fails, joy cometh, peace rules, patience waits, kindness tenders, goodness does, faith fights, gentleness bows, self-control stops.  These are the fruit of the Spirit as written in Galatians 5:22-23.

Exactly one week from today, Team Haiti will embark on this mission trip.  In nine days, they will be on the ground in Baie d'Orange.  I am taking these next nine days to specifically pray that Team Haiti will live beyond themselves... and live by the Spirit of God as I'm sure there will be many opportunities that will challenge them to do just that!

Today... LOVE!  I pray that Team Haiti will choose love above all, especially when faced with situations where it is difficult to love and show love.  As Max Lucado writes in Each Day...
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  --- 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 14

I received one of those forwarded emails yesterday.  It is a prayer for people who have touched my life... here it is:
May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in God and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. 
This is my prayer for Team Haiti today.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 13

Last night at band practice for this coming Sunday's church service, one of the songs we worked on was Here I Am by Downhere.  I just really love this song... the words speak deeply into my soul without fail each time I hear them!  

As we worked on the song... it occurred to me that the lyrics can definitely be Team Haiti's prayer!  So... here is my prayer today for Team Haiti: (If you would like to listen to this song, it is on my Playlist on the side bar.)
Sometimes Your calling comes in dream
Sometimes it comes in the Spirit's breeze
You reach for the deepest hope in me
And call out for the things of eternity

But I'm a man of dust and stains
You move in me so I can say

Here I am, Lord send me
All of my life I make an offering
Here I am, Lord send me
Somehow my story is a part of Your plan
Here I am

When setbacks and failures and upset plans
Test my faith and leave me with empty hands
Are You not the closest when it's hardest to stand
I know that You will finish what You began

And these broken parts You redeem
Become the song that I can sing

Overwhelmed by the thought of my weakness
And the fear that I'll fail You in the end
In this mess I'm just one of the pieces
I can't put this together but You can
Here I Am
All my life an offering to You, to You
Somehow my story is a part of Your plan
Here I am

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 12

Last night, our family went shopping for Team Haiti supplies!  We wiped out a whole display of necklace kits from Michael's... we cleaned out two different Wal-mart locations of stickers and beach balls... and, did I mention we had lots of fun?!?

Side note: It was great to be able to take the children with us as we did this task for Team Haiti.  It enabled them to see tangibly where the money they donated was going to and what it was for.  This was just one more of those teachable moments on the road of our family's journey to live on mission each day --- what a blessing!     

At one of the checkout counters, the cashier asked us why we were purchasing so much stuff... we told her that the supplies will be going down to Haiti.  She said: "They're going to love you down there!"

That comment got me thinking... while I sure do hope that Team Haiti will be received with open arms, I sure do hope that the Haitian people will not stop at just loving Team Haiti... but that they will come to love God, the One who brought Team Haiti to them.

So... this is my prayer today: I pray that the Haitian people will come to know the great love that the Heavenly Father has for them through Team Haiti!
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! --- 1 John 3:1 (NLT)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 11

As most of you already know, Team Haiti is a joint effort by some of the churches that belong to The Sanctuary Network of churches --- we are a growing group of churches giving ourselves away for the Kingdom of God.

I know that Team Haiti would be no different... their mission in going to Haiti would also be to give themselves away for the Kingdom of God.  This is my prayer for them today... that they will indeed give themselves away!

In reality, because the devastation, poverty and need in Haiti is so great, I think Team Haiti will realize, once there, that what they have to give away --- effort, time, money, resources, energy --- will only be enough for the "tip of the iceberg".

This reminds me of the story in the Bible when Jesus fed five thousand people.  Jesus only required the boy to share his lunch --- five loaves and two fish.  Jesus did the multiplication!  The same is true for Team Haiti (and for all of us!)... when we do our part in giving our best, Jesus will do His part in multiplying our mere offering making it overflow with leftovers!
Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.  Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves!  --- Mark 6:39-44 (NLT)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 10

It's Monday again.  There is something about Monday mornings that make me look ahead to what's in store for the week... sometimes, I look forward to the week with anticipation and sometimes, quite honestly with a feeling of dread!

Well, on my to-do list this week is shopping for Team Haiti and I'm looking forward to it.  It will be lots of fun!  On my list... ball pumps and extra needles, beach balls, craft items for 300 children, stickers and maybe soccer balls!

Very much related to all of the above items is today's prayer topic: the safe arrival of Team Haiti's luggage!

It would seem silly to pray for such a mundane thing... but I've heard of luggage not arriving with flights quite often.  And with the amount of traveling Team Haiti will have to do before they get to Baie d'Orange, there are lots of points where luggage can get separated from them.

My prayer is that all their luggage --- which would include their food, clothing and supplies --- will arrive safe and sound in Baie d'Orange the same time as Team Haiti does; so that Team Haiti can get down to business the minute they step foot in Baie d'Orange!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 9

Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow mommies.  This was my Facebook status today:
To the two bundles of joy in my life, A&J: Before you were conceived, I wanted you. Before you were born, I loved you. Before I saw your faces, I knew I was in love. As soon as I saw you, I knew I would die for you. To this day, I will.
On this Mother's Day, I can't help but think of the many Haitian mothers who have lost their children and the many children who have lost their mothers during the earthquake.  It is heartbreaking!

I am sure that Team Haiti will meet some, if not many, of these mothers and children.  My prayer today is that Team Haiti will be an encouragement to these people... that they will have ears to listen, words to say, hearts that give, arms that embrace!
Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
--- Psalm 10:17 (NLT)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 8

Readiness --- that is today's prayer item for Team Haiti.

Last week, I met a lady who was in Haiti for two years as a missionary before the earthquake struck.  Her father went to Haiti to volunteer as a mechanic after the earthquake struck.  She told me that even before the earthquake, Haiti was already a place that made her heart weep.  She had a tough time adjusting back to North American luxuries upon returning to Canada.  Listening to stories that her father brought back with him made her realize that what she experienced while there was nothing compared to today's Haiti.

So... I pray for readiness for Team Haiti.

Readiness to see and absorb what is awaiting them in Haiti.
Readiness in heart and mind to be Jesus to the Haitian people.
Readiness to plunge into the work that is waiting to be done.
Readiness to come back home after seeing life in Haiti.

Readiness to be changed forever!
♫ ♪ Change my heart, O God.  Make it ever true.  Change my heart, O God.  May I be like You.  You are the potter; I am the clay.  Mold me and make me... this is what I pray. ♪ ♫  --- Song Lyrics by Eddie Espinosa

Friday, May 7, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 7

Today's prayer item for Team Haiti is... health!  My prayer is that each team member will be in good health as they prepare to travel to Haiti; and that each one will remain in good health while there.  Also, as they get their vaccinations... that each person's body will not have any negative reactions to the vaccines.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
--- 3 John 1:2 (NIV)
On a side note, my daughter had a huge growth spurt this past year and A LOT of her clothes suddenly didn't fit her anymore!  At the start of this year, we cleaned out her closet and ended up with a mountain of clothes that are still in VERY good condition --- some of which she has not even worn for more than just a few times!  

Then the earthquake struck in Haiti...

Normally, we would have donated these used clothing to a local Thrift Store.  But because of the earthquake, my daughter felt strongly that we should wait for an opportunity to send her clothes to Haiti.  It's been a few months now and we still have the clothes... mainly because we couldn't find anybody to take the clothes directly to Haitian children for us.  

Yesterday, hubby got an email.  A group of people is going down to Haiti on May 11 to volunteer at an orphanage for children with HIV and they need donations of used clothing!!!  My daughter is beyond thrilled... her wish had become a reality!  We are going to deliver the mountain of clothes this afternoon and they will be on their way to Haitian children next week.  By the way, the mountain of clothes became two mountains as we quickly sorted through my son's closet as well yesterday afternoon.

So cool... God's attention to details is just plain awesome!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 6

Today's prayer item for Team Haiti is... that they will go to Haiti as a group of people who are obsessed and wholly surrendered to God.

This week, I am re-reading chapter 8 of the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan for my Bible Study lesson.  It is entitled Profile Of The Obsessed.  That is where this prayer item comes from...
People who are obsessed with Jesus give freely and openly, without censure.
People who are obsessed with Jesus aren't consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else.
People who are obsessed with Jesus live lives that connect them with the poor in some way or another.
Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected or fulfilling the status quo.
People who are obsessed with Jesus do not consider service a burden.  They take joy in loving God by loving His people.
People who are obsessed with God are known as givers, not takers.
Frederick Buechner writes in The Magnificent Defeat:
The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing - the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely.  This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world.  This is God's love.  It conquers the world.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 5

Today's prayer item for Team Haiti is: children, again.

... because I just learned of more details regarding what Team Haiti will be doing with the children in the community of Baie d'Orange.  They will have the opportunity to minister to between 100-300 children each day while there through a "day camp"!

I pray that Team Haiti will leave a lasting impression on these children; that each child will know that Jesus loves them, that God made them special and that He cares for their needs; that Team Haiti will be Jesus' hands and feet as they serve these children!

I pray that Team Haiti will be able to get all the supplies needed for this "day camp" ready in time to bring with them; that this community will be tangibly blessed!
... let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
--- Matthew 5:15 (NLT)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 4

This is what I read this morning during my devotion time
God our Builder wants to erect, furnish, and prepare us to be ready to reflect His image. His desire is to adorn and equip us, His 'living temples', with all things necessary to fulfill the purpose for which we were born. So many times we deny God access to our lives, giving Him logical reasons why we could not possibly be built into His image. He stands ready to give you reasons why you can be built into the image of God.

Are you ready to say yes to God's master plan for your life? He is the Builder of everything. He wrote the blueprint of your life before you were born. Will you let Him craft your life into the masterpiece it is meant to be?
My prayer for Team Haiti today is for each member to sense God's presence and see His power in and through this trip; that each person will come home with an even clearer understanding of what it means to allow God to craft one's life into the masterpiece it is meant to be; that God will capture each team member's heart and each team member's mind for the display of His splendor!
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!  I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!
--- Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 3

Today's prayer item for Team Haiti: children!

First of all, for the children who will stay behind here at home as their parents serve with Team Haiti; that they will embrace the purpose of this trip and know without a shadow of a doubt that God will take care of their parents!

Then, for the children who live in the community of Baie d'Orange; that they will see Jesus in Team Haiti!
Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, "Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children."
--- Luke 18:16 (NLT)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 2

As Team Haiti meets together as a complete team for the first time today and as they hammer out the many details concerning the trip, my prayer is that they will be of one mind and one spirit; that they will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as He leads them; that there will be unity!
Jesus prayed: "I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one — as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me."
--- John 17:20-23 (NLT)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Praying for Team Haiti: Day 1

May 1st already --- it is Day 1 of my month-long prayer marathon for Team Haiti.  

Today, my prayer is that Team Haiti will accomplish God's job in Haiti; that each team member will have the heart and mind that seeks to accomplish His plan and His mission.

Coincidentally, it was the birthday party of a very special little girl today --- the daughter of a good friend of mine!  In lieu of birthday presents, her family asked party guests to donate money in support of Team Haiti.  Well... the initial count came in at $790.00!  How cool is that!!!
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"  And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
--- Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)