Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I don't know if this is more of an update or a prayer request, but here it is. As we move through August, we are getting prepared for a couple of things. We are heading back to the States at the end of the month. We will be away from Puerto for almost two months, spending time with family and friends, getting recharged and doing a little speaking at our supporting churches. There is quite a bit of work to do in preparing to leave the country for any length of time. Due to the unexpected departure of a team member, we are going to be closing the skatepark for the time we are gone. Hopefully, the house church will continue meeting and I am working with one of the guys to make it happen. There are legal issues to address along with a host of preparations both at our house and at the park. We could use prayer in this as we work to make sure everything is taken care of before our departure.
As many of you may know, we have been short-handed down here for quite a while. With the skatepark, youth program, church and all the associated administration, we are constantly bordering on being overwhelmed. We have been praying about new staff and have had some promising leads but nothing has worked out yet. This weekend, we will be hosting a couple from Texas that is considering joining us here in Puerto. This is a very important time for us as well as them, as they are looking to God for direction as well. I have to admit that I am pretty nervous about it all, in part because our need for help is so great and in part because I really hope they are able to see the vision and get an idea of the potential here. It seems like every time we have visitors, nothing goes normally. The weather doesn't cooperate, none of the regulars show up for skate times/church/etc... It is easy for me to focus on these externals, especially when our need for co-laborers is so great. It is easy for me to forget that God is ultimately in control and it is His calling that we need to be looking for... not the externals that we can't control. Please pray for us and for this upcoming week. This is an important time for us but no less important for the couple that is coming to visit. It is a huge decision for them and I remember being at the same point in our lives less than five years ago. I don't want to try and talk them into anything but at the same time I want to share my excitement about the potential that exists. As much as we want this to work out, we want God's will to be done even more. Please pray that God will provide direction and peace and also that he will provide the team members that we need. Thanks for the prayers.