We sing a song at church and in it we “throw” the Holy Spirit on people asking the Lord to burn them with the Holy Ghost. Really we are asking and dancing and praising God to be more in our lives and catch us on fire for him.
So we are here in the middle of a season of busyness. Busyness in our house (more to come later). Busyness with work as Spring time trips are in full swing (3 teams flying in tomorrow) and summer trips are being planned out (locations finalized, itineraries built, staffing complete). Busyness it seems and activity has been weighing me down a lot, and keeping me from the Lord.
As our staff was corresponding via email, Rob, a spiritual mentor and also my boss, wrote that our plans, training, itineraries, etc are the wood or building blocks of the fire. The Holy Spirit is the spark and the fuel that determines how intense this fire of activity gets is Prayer.
We need, we must, be in prayer for the Holy Spirit to burn up our lives in everything that we do. For work it means prayers for the locations, the logistics, the local pastors, the groups, the ministries.
In 2011 when Amy and I were presented the opportunity to move to Belize with Praying Pelican Missions, we talked about wanting this opportunity for our children. We talked about wanting our kids to grow up in an environment with a different culture, growing up without some things, growing up playing in sacks, with bottles, throwing rocks, and digging.
We talked about Madeline, Jojo, and (now) Elijah growing up and knowing that meeting with and encouraging local church leaders is part of what we do. That we invite people to church and that we love EVERYONE we meet.
We wanted them to grow up knowing that being a missionary isn’t something that you do but something that you are, that living on mission is a way of life.
We want Madeline, Jojo, and Elijah to grow up into men and women after God’s own heart, pursuing a greater understanding of Him, His Glory and His Love and sharing that with others.
We thought back in 2011 that moving to Belize with Praying Pelican Missions could be wood for that fire in their lives. And it is.
Madeline and Jojo are the most loving children around. Madeline is ALWAYS inviting people to our house and to church. Jojo is ALWAYS giving hugs and talking to anyone. In fact the other day at a VBS at Lake Independence in Belize City, we couldn’t find them ANYWHERE. 300 kids had just left and we were missing 2 of our 3. Mildly panicked I looked in all the rooms, asked some key adults and the pastor “Have you seen my little white kids??”
I go back outside I see Madeline and Jojo running down the street coming back to the church. I scolded them sharply asking where they were.
Their response “We walked our new friend home.”.
My heart melted.
Yes being here, their experiences, their life is the wood. Prayer is the fuel.
Each night we pray with them for things that they want to thank God for (always building a spirit of thankfulness to the Lord). Usually they thank God for poop, jellyfish, popcorn, friends, and recently “Frozen”. After that we sing worship songs and then Amy and I each prayer over all the kids.
Often we pray for them to rest well. We thank God for the day and the fun that we had. We often pray for healing from sickness (lice is the current trouble). We also pray God’s blessing and direction for their lives. We pray that we would be parents that would direct them to The Lord. We pray that they would be children who would pursue God relentlessly, wildly, and constantly. And we pray that we as parents would have the discipline to get out of the way.
Prayer is the fuel.
Amy and I realized that we haven’t asked you all to partner with us in prayer for the kids, at least not for their direction. Prayer is the fuel. Read below and please add fuel to Madeline’s, Jojo’s, and Elijah’s God fire in their lives.
Prayers for the kids:
- Purity – That the Lord would keep them pure. That the desires of their heart center upon Jesus would outweigh and overpower the desires of lust from the evil one. That they would be sexually pure until marriage. That their testimonies would be filled with sins that the Lord KEPT them from instead of sins He REDEEMED them from.
- Direction – That they would pursue God through reading His Word, wise counsel, prayer, etc to understand God’s direction for their lives. That they would seek His direction and not waver His plan, no matter the objections people (even their parents) may raise.
- Boldness – That all 3 kids would have great boldness in sharing the Gospel with ALL people they see. That they would KNOW HOW to present the Gospel and that they would see a tremendous response in their lives.
- Love – that they would be filled with love and compassion for all people and that love would drive all actions in their lives. That they see with God’s eyes all the poor and powerless, like seeing sheep without a shepherd.