Dear mom and dad,
By the time you are reading this, we are wheels-up and on our way to Santa Ana, California. As team leader, I wanted to thank you for allowing your son and daughter to walk through this experience. As you know, they are excited, nervous…and most important, open.
James 1:27 – Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
We pray for our kids to walk with eyes wide open, to see the evidence of Jesus working before them, and to see the needs of His people in the world He created. We have spent this entire year with our Kinderbuddies, down at the Mustard Seed, serving in whatever capacity God opens the doors for. And last week, one of our own, Brendan Carlson, asked me this, “What if I fail? What if I don’t come back changed?”
Here is my response. First, what is failure? We walk not in the Spirit of fear but in one of love, and of victory. Failure is not stumbling through your testimony. Failure is closing your heart to the people around you, and to what God might be saying to you. Your sons and daughters have been so encouraging. They have served in their communities, and have willingly jumped in with my millions of debrief questions. They have opened themselves up to walking with eyes wide open to the ministry of God. So keep praying! These next few days are the most difficult to adjust to.
Over the next few days, you can tune in to hear the latest blog posts, ministry reflections, and prayers of our team as they dive into this new world. So feel free to check obsessively! We’ll usually make posts in the evening after getting back from our ministries. In addition, at about 8:30am every morning, there is a great youtube series from Good Magazine that chronicles the area that we will at times be ministering in that will be posted here. It’s tough to watch, so pray through each episode. And continue to pray (especially Monday!) for our kids as we walk with eyes wide open to the movement of God.
Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” —Isaiah 6:8
Here we are Lord. Send us.
—–To encourage you, here are a few of the photos from your kids spending time speaking into the lives of the kindergartens across the street from us, packing diapers for the Edmonton homeless, sorting clothes down at the PAC center, or preparing the meal at Mustard Seed—–