Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.*  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,* baptizing them in* the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,*  and teaching* them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you* always, to the very end of the age.”*
Matthew 28: 18-20
Imagine that you have a bird's eye view of the world that God sees. You can look down and view the earth and see all the people groups and nations. Which one of these children of God do you suppose He loves more? Do you think he loves anyone less? We are called to spread the word of Jesus...it's right there in the Bible (our family's standard of truth)! It is our prayer that it will someday be the standard of truth for the whole world, that those who choose to believe and hear will have the hope of eternity with our Lord and Savior. So, when opportunities arise for us to go out and share that is what we do. This year God has placed on our family's hearts the people of Honduras. A group from our local church is going to serve on a short term mission trip to Honduras (many are already there this week as I type this). Nolan felt God's ever so gentle touch and felt a calling to serve Him on this trip. His dad and I felt the same call. Although we would love to take the whole family, we felt that financially and for the health of the family as a whole that some should go and some should stay home. I elected to let Nolan (because he felt so strongly about it) and his dad take the trip, and I would stay behind to care for the other children. I am not claiming to be the martyr here, and in all reality, I look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for the "father/son duo". I am almost as excited to see what they will be doing as they are. I cannot wait to hear about the way God is using them to minister in that country. I cannot wait to hear about their shared experiences and to see the stronger bond that God will create between two of my favorite men in the whole world. I cannot wait to hear about the joy they will experience in serving others. God is doing and is going to do AMAZING things with our Honduras team during these two weeks.
Would you please join our family in prayer over the next 10 days?
*First, pray for the safe travels of our Church's Honduras team...Group 1 has been there this week and will be returning on Sat.7/17. Group 2, which includes Brad,Nolan and three others will be leaving early morning Sat 7/17 , flying to Honduras, and joining the remaining portion of Group 1.
*Pray that God will be glorified in all that they accomplish there in Honduras.
* Pray that hearts and minds will be touched and will hear the message of Jesus our savior.
* Pray for the missionaries in Honduras who serve the Lord faithfully year after year.
* Pray that that our team serving will experience all that God has in store for this trip, that they will be forever changed by their trip,and that they will carry with them always the time they shared with the people of other nations.
(Special thanks to Mr C.J. for the beautiful analogy of God's love for all nations and peoples)