Monday, June 20, 2011

On the Other Side of the World

That is where my son is now.  Literally on the other side.  He is on a missions trip with a group from our church. This is his first international missions trip and I'm so excited for him!  He was pretty excited about it too.  :-)  Even though it was hard to tell from his calm demeanor.

Last week, we were at the beach with my family, my parents and my sister's family.  This has become a wonderful family tradition for us to spend a week together in the summer.  We all love it!  We had amazing weather and a delightful time.  More on that in another post.

On Wed afternoon, Christopher and I left for home.  We ran some errands picking up a few last minute things and then home to wash clothes and pack.  It took a good part of the night.

On Thursday morning, we went to Chick-fil-a for breakfast (his choice).  Then headed to the airport.  We met the rest of his team there.  I was surprised to see how much smaller his suitcase was than everyone else's!

Our youth pastor was there and he prayed for the group before they left.

 Time for hugs and good-byes!

What a sweet privilege to see this team off!

Would you join me in praying for them?  Here are some things I've been praying for and feel free to add your own!

*Health and safety for the team.
*For God to work in the hearts of all involved - the team and those with whom they will be meeting
*For God's love and grace to be visible to each of them
*For the church they are working with to grow as they seek to share the gospel.
*For seeds to be planted and people to come to know Jesus
*That the team would grow in their love for and knowledge of God and that they would have His love for others!
*For their return- that the transition home would not be difficult and that they would be able to share all that God has done.

That's just a bit of what I'm praying.  Thanks for lifting up this group.  We are missing Christopher - and yet also really excited for him and praying for him lots and lots!  In some ways, this is a bit of prep time for what is to come I expect - though I do expect to be able to talk with him more easily!