Weekly Prayer Request

Hello Friends! This week, please pray that God will guide me as I study about the historical evidence for Jesus Christ and that He will give me a spirit of boldness to proclaim the truth in love. My goal is to begin reading The Case For Christ and Evidence That Demands a Verdict which I hear are right along the lines of what I am looking for. Lately, I have been reading Lee Stroble’s book, The Case For Faith, which is very thought-provoking and deals with several barriers that keep us from putting our trust in Him. I imagine that The Case For Christ will be likewise as convincing. Do any of you have recommendations for other books that discuss the historical evidence for Jesus? If you do, feel free to leave a comment below.

Thank you for lifting this request up to our Heavenly Father! Also, thank you to those of you who have provided financial support for this mission over the past week! It means a lot to me and to our heavenly Father!

 

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WESS Weekend #2

It has been another amazing weekend at the Wing Emergency Services School! Everyone stayed safe, had fun, and I even got to fly!

After preparing our flight plans Saturday morning, we headed out to the airport. This was my first time observing a flight plan being created…so that was pretty neat! Each crew had three people on board: a pilot, an observer, and a scanner. The observer and I practiced fueling the aircraft (first time for me) and running a preflight. I’m not going to lie…fueling an aircraft for the first time can be stressful. 🙂 But by the time I finished fueling the second wing I had gained a measure of confidence that I previously lacked. After refueling, we were ready for takeoff. Or so we thought. Sadly, just as we prepared to crank the engine, another pilot came out and informed us that the man at the weather station had just advised us to wait another hour. What a bummer! Thankfully though, 60 minutes later the clouds had lifted and we took off. We flew for about an hour and a half. During the flight I practiced scanning techniques, keeping a log, and also operated the radio for reporting to WESS Mission Base. I also tested out the new aviation headset that my parents bought for my birthday. They turned out to be the most comfortable headset I have ever worn and they worked wonderfully! This flight included many “firsts” in my aviation journey. It was my first experience with fueling an aircraft, working air to ground communications in an airplane, and being a part of the flight planning and weather briefings. I learned a great deal!

I have a prayer request for you all as well. I had the opportunity to speak with an atheist who is a fellow aircrew member about Christianity. As a result, I am studying historical evidence for Jesus Christ (something he says does not exist) so that I will be prepared to give proof for His existence next time this topic comes up. Please pray for me as I study this topic and also for this person, that he will seek to find the truth and that the truth will set him free. Thank you!

Over the course of the weekend, I heard rumor that there might be some night flying opportunities in the next few months! Can’t wait! Stay tuned to hear more.

 

Stop Praying Easy Prayers

The past few days I have been reading in Acts. What a better way to learn about missions than studying the lives of the very first missionaries themselves? In preparation for a short bible lesson I will be giving this weekend, I decided to take one of the key verses that stood out to me in Acts and turn it into a challenge. The challenge is this: Stop praying easy prayers. Let me explain.
I was reading Acts chapter 4 the other day, and as I reached verse 31, I just had to stop. The previous verses had narrarated a prayer by the apostles after they had been thrown into jail and then threatened to stop proclaiming the words of Jesus Christ. The prayer goes like this:
“O Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples devise futile things? ‘The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ.’ For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.  And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.”
Well, when I made it to the end, I just had to stop because I had been expecting a very important line in the prayer…that wasn’t there! After re-reading it, I paused in awe. After being put in jail and threatened, not once did they pray for safety or protection! Their only request was for confidence in speaking His word, His healing, and for signs and wonders. It hit me that that their chief motive was to win hearts for Jesus and if they had to suffer or die to achieve that goal, it was fine by them. One of the last words Jesus spoke to them before He ascended into heaven was that He would be with them to the end of the earth. They knew that whatever happened, whether suffering or comfort, it was His will, so whether it was His plan for them to go to prison or escape, live or die, they knew they could trust Him. Their example really inspired me to examine my prayers. Is my desire for comfort hindering my opportunity to reach lost people with the Good News of Jesus Christ? So the challenge I have is this: Instead of praying the easy prayer of comfort and safety when sharing the news of Jesus, may I be willing to give up everything for the goal which is more important…the salvation of those who are lost. And when those trials come, may I have the same boldness Peter and John had to say, “We cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Weekly Prayer Request

It is my hope to start a weekly prayer request post where my spiritual support partners can begin lifting up this mission and myself to our Heavenly Father. Will you join this mission in becoming a spiritual support partner? I long to know that you will! Above all else, I desire to lift up this goal to God because I know that He “inhabits the praises of His people”, and I earnestly want Him to be a part of every piece of this dream. So here is my prayer request for this week:

Please pray that our Creator will spread the news of this mission to many people, and that they will be encouraged and inspired to fulfill the great commission as well.

Thank you SO very much for your prayers! It means a lot to me to know that fellow believers and approaching God to intercede on behalf of this mission!

P.S. If you are committing to be a weekly prayer partner, feel free to drop a comment below letting me know!

WESS Weekend #1 in Review

Two weeks ago I attended the Mission Aircrew course as part of my Emergency Services work in the Civil Air Patrol. Sadly, it consisted of all on-the-ground work…so no flying…but I learned a great deal. Despite the snow, sleet, slicing wind, and freezing temperatures, I had a wonderful time! To my great joy, I finally mastered how to plot latitude and longitude on a sectional chart! (It has been a struggle for me ever since I tried to learn it last summer.) Besides learning how to use the sectional charts, we practiced running pre-flight inspections for the airplanes, filling out logs and forms for various items, basic radio communications, and best practices in searching for missing persons or aircraft “off field landings” (aka “crashes”). My battle buddy at WESS is a super sweet homeschooled girl from Georgia. We shared several laughs and encouraged each other throughout the weekend. I also met several friends from previous CAP activities and made a few new friends as well.

I also would like to share a little praise report that happened on Sunday morning of the training weekend. In spite of much sleep deprivation, my sisters and a friend of ours planned to wake up early Sunday morning before classes to hold a quick prayer meeting. My courageous 12 year old brother heard about it and took it a step farther by announcing the prayer meeting to his entire barracks and encouraging them to attend. Around 4:30 that morning, 5 sleepy boys walked into the prayer meeting…and the planned prayer group doubled in size from 5 to 10 cadets. The cadets spent about 10 minutes in prayer, each pouring out their heart to God for safety over the day’s activities and strength for each of their own fears. It was a moving time and I am so blessed to have such a godly brother who is not ashamed of our Lord!

Well, a great weekend of outstanding training has gone by…and a new one is soon to come! Please continue to pray for my family who is attending WESS this year; that God will give us strength, wisdom, and courage to complete the missions assigned to us and even more importantly, to not be afraid to let our lights shine and share the gospel of salvation to a dark world. Thank you!

Quote of the weekend:

WESS Director: “Hopefully  it will warm up next weekend so we can go out and hit the woods for some more training.” 

Aircrew Lead: “Uh…you mean the ground teams. Not hitting the woods is Aircrew’s goal!”