Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Yesterday, Anna's team boarded a bus, drove overnight to Bangkok, spent the day de-briefing, and then got up early on Thursday morning (while it was still Wednesday here) to begin the grueling journey across the ocean back to America. After landing in L.A., they will board another plane and fly to Atlanta where they'll spend Thursday night.

Friday morning, it will be time for them to all say their goodbyes to each other and head out to their respective homes. It will be a bittersweet time for them as they look forward to seeing those they've missed back home yet dreading the parting from those who have become their family over the last month.

Our family has morning devotions and prayer time together during almost every breakfast. Usually, we read from COMMON PRAYER: A LITURGY FOR ORDINARY RADICALS. Part of that prayer time includes a blessing we pray over each other. When my kids are gone from home, this prayer takes on special significance.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.

Would you please join with me in praying this for Anna and her team? And for David's team, too, as they travel along Peruvian rivers ministering in jungle villages. What wonders God is showing them. What rejoicing we will do!

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