As the team embarks on preparation for our trip to New Orleans, this is a crucial time for us. A few of us are graduating, most of us are facing finals and all have other obligations. With everything ahead of us, it's easy to become detracted from our main goal: to serve God. Please pray for us. We're still in the midst of raising money. Yet, more than funds, we need your prayers, because we want to be sure we're walking in God's Will, following His lead.
James 5:16b-17 (NLT) says--"...The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!"
Some crazy things can happen through prayer (which is simply two-way communication with God). Prayer is a powerful tool we often underestimate. Sometimes, we even see it as an afterthought. After the planning is when we pray, although that's backward. We're supposed to commit everything we do to God. Prayer is our communication tool with Christ. We can find comfort and peace in knowing God hears our cries and will respond to them.
I'm not 100% sure of what to expect or what God will allow us to see while we're down in NOLA, but I do know now is the time to pray, specifically for: spiritual growth through this experience, the unity of the team, the people we will meet, trip logistics, and ultimately that His will be done and His Word goes forth.
Thank you to any and everyone who has already lifted us up in your prayer time. Please continue to do so! (Even during the trip.) If you haven't, please start...like now.