It is our last day out at the work sites. It’s hard to believe that we leave Santiago tomorrow morning. This morning we are out at all 4 work sites. Thanks for your prayers yesterday. Things went really well on every site. A lot of work was completed, and students were positive and encouraging. Please continue praying today. By the way, both Sam and Colin’s luggage arrived yesterday. Praise God!
Late yesterday afternoon some of our students played a soccer game against some guys from Alfa y Omega. After a defeat last year, we bounced back and won this year 3-1! Everyone had a really good time. We had our group meeting (Sunni taught on Biblical community). And then folks stayed around and played games, which is usually what we do at night.
My email today needs to be a little brief. I am getting ready to go with Wayne to survey some sites and be thinking about future trips. I do want to thank Richard Yantis; he coordinates our email list every year and makes life very easy for me. Thanks Richard!
In our daily devotional books we create we include some prayers at the end of each day, usually from The Valley of Vision (a book of Puritan prayers). The one from yesterday made me think of all of you who have prayed for us. I hope this has been your experience this week as you’ve prayed for us…
O Lord, in prayer I feel close to your eternal world.
When I pray my soul gains victories over all the evils I find in the temporary world.
In prayer I see myself as nothing; I find my heart running towards You with intensity and I am filled with a passionate desire to live for You. I am blessed by the strong winds of Your Spirit that fills my sails and moves me towards Heaven.
In prayer all the things in this world disappear and nothing seems important but the holiness of my heart and the salvation of others.
In prayer all the cares, fears, and worries I find in this world fade away like a puff of smoke.
In prayer my mind rejoices with thoughts about what You are doing for Your people.
I long for sinners to say Your name is great.
In prayer I am lifted above the sad and insincere praises of this world and I taste heavenly joys from You; longing to enter into eternity with You so I can give myself to You with all my heart and belong to You forever.
In prayer I can place all my burdens in Your hands for You to do with them as You desire.
In prayer I can plead for my friends, for those who don’t know You, for your church, and for Christ’s return.
I pray with great freedom and an even greater hope because of Your character.
Help me to continually pray to You for and about all things.
Soli Deo Gloria,
High School Director at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas