This past week has been so incredibly intense for our team! Much has happened within our community. I cannot write specifics because of the people involved, but we do cherish your prayers. There has been a high schooler despairing of life; several members of the community involved in various unfortunate activities that have dire consequences, challenges on our team. These situations have meant tons of meeting and consultation; and pretty deep weariness. We have been carrying a lot of burdens over the last few months, and feeling pressure from many sides.
A friend shared this passage, which I have always loved:
2 Corinthians 1:8-11New International Version (NIV)
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Please pray with us that we might rely on God and not ourselves! In two days we will commemorate the fourth anniversary of the triple disaster. It is a very somber time for the community. Pray that we can listen well; that we can walk with people well through this time. Pray for decisions that me and others need to make this week based on challenges in the community. We will be praying for 24 hours through the fourth anniversary and your prayers are appreciate as well!
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Thanks for standing with us!