“All goes well for those who are generous, who lend freely and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil circumstances… They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.” Psalm 112: 5, 6a & 7
Gary & I returned from our trip to California encouraged and blessed by the generosity and warmth shown us by our supporting churches and friends. The specific requests we gave you to pray for in the last prayer guide regarding this trip were all answered in wonderful ways. Thank you for lifting us up! We really felt the Lord’s enabling in what was a very full but rich time. Special thanks to Wayne & Lois Peterson for hosting us in their home for the whole 17 days. For those interested in statistics, we had 40 meetings, visits or meals out with folk during that time, and we spoke 14 times. Our kids did just fine without us, and Josiah met us at the airport like a pro. I went to Esther’s college last Friday and brought her home again just for the weekend so we could see each other and get some college paperwork done together. It was lovely to be a family of 4 again for a couple of days.
We’d like to especially welcome to our team, those who signed up to receive this prayer guide for the first time this month (some 17 couples or individuals). We are so grateful to have your prayers added to those of the others on our mailing list. We have truly seen God answer prayers in wonderful ways as we have brought specific needs to our Father in heaven. I’ve added an explanation of abbreviations we use often at the bottom of this letter. We hope you’ll feel free to share your prayer needs with us also. This is a partnership!
Josiah has just about decided on The King’s College in New York City as his choice after High School. We’ve been busy completing forms and trying to stay on top of all the paperwork involved in this process. Please continue to pray for God’s confirmation and for Josiah to finish this important senior year of High School strong. Esther would appreciate that prayer for her third year of college, too. She is making good grades, but it’s a constant challenge to keep everything in her life balanced.
Praise God that the dreadful fires in Australia have all been extinguished. Cooler temperatures and some rain have removed the threat for the time being. Continue to pray for those who suffered losses from those fires.
We are looking forward to hosting the Dost family from Washington State for the first week of April as they vacation in this area.
Josiah has his Spring break April 4-12. Pray for refreshment and good use of his time. Pray that Gary & I can get a little break somewhere in there, too. We are both feeling tired from the busy schedule of late. Spring allergies are also still affecting both of us.
Gary’s April 09 Schedule
3rd *A-Z Program - Friends Academy after school group and *Mission Encounter program for a group from Illinois
9th M.E. - Riverbend Academy
10th Good Friday – office closed
12th Easter – May you know the joy and power of His resurrection in your life.
13th Host in visitors center and give the morning tour of Wycliffe
16th A-Z for Pinecastle Christian Academy & Corporate 5Km. Fun Run in downtown Orlando. Wycliffe and Campus Crusade staff will participate. We have special shirts made up to get our messages out – a great promo. I have run this 5-6 times, and this year, hope to run my best time ever. Last year 10,000 people took part!
17th A-Z program for Christian Education of Osceola Home School Group
21st Morning tour and later, a special tour for Asbury Seminary students
23rd ‘Bring your kids to work day’. We put on a special program for the Wycliffe kids to make them feel a part of the ministry.
24th A-Z for Sarasota Calvary Chapel School
28th A-Z for International Community School
30th Special Wycliffe Men’s luncheon. Gary will be MC.
* A-Z Adventure program is for Elementary School ages.
* Mission Encounter (M.E.) program is for Middle School – College age students.
These are 4-5 hours long with the goal of opening the students eyes to other cultures, Bible translation needs, and ways they can help, even as kids.
Ways you can pray for these:
-For the hearts of the participants (and their teachers/chaperones/parents) to be open to what God wants to show them.
-For the staff to connect well, communicate clearly, and work well as a team.
-For strength and fresh enthusiasm for the staff with each group. -For each participant to be impacted in a powerful way and challenged to get involved as a pray- er, give-er, or go-er.