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Helping shape lives that will change the future.
March 29, 2010 10:21 pm
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The way God has been bringing our support team together is truly amazing.  We need to keep working to reach our goal.  To do this we need 200-20’s.

200-20’s is very simple.  We need two hundred commitments of $20 per month.  That is it.  That will complete our goal for monthly finances and enable us to minister in Africa.

Most people can afford $20 per month, some $40 or even $60 or more.  A friend who commits $20 per month will help us with 1-20, and another friend who commits $100 per month helps us with 5-20’s.

Have you made your commitment?

March 23, 2010 2:03 pm
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We woke up at 5:00 am to three inches of snow on the ground.  The day before and the day after were both sunny and beautiful.  But this day was special, it was the day of “Laura’s Run”, and we ended up with eight inches of snow when the storm finally ended.

The weather was one thing that we could not control, and it was the one thing that did not go as planned.  In spite of our own plans, God brought forth a beautiful day that was absolutely wonderful.  The Reynolds family learned that their friends are not the “fair weather” type!  This is what Jessica Reynolds wrote on the Laura’s Run Facebook page:

“The Reynolds Family would like to thank everyone for their love and support. Thanks to all the runners and walkers who fought the horrendous weather to come to Laura’s Run. The day wasn’t what we had envisioned , but we improvised and brought the event indoors. It worked out and still hundreds of wonderful people show…ed up. We had over 600 people register! And we raised over $15,000 for the Hildebrand Family’s mission to Kenya, Africa summer 2010. Our beautiful Laura would be so happy. She touched so many lives and continues to touch people in many ways. We continue to miss her and we will always love her. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

The Kansas City Star reported on the run and has some great photos you can see by clicking on this link: Kansas City Star article on “Laura’s Run”. And if you are a Facebook user, you may find Laura’s Run at this link: Laura’s Run.

March 13, 2010 4:27 am
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It is 3:00am and I can’t sleep.  Anxiety.  So much going on, so many decisions to make, so much more support to raise, Laura’s Run only a week away, and so much more floods through my mind.

My brain is reminded of Philippians 4:6-7,

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

My brain knows this, but my heart is lagging behind!

God brings a song to my heart, “Hosanna”, by Brooke Fraser of Hillsong United.  The first verse draws my attention to the throne of our Lord:

I see the king of glory
Coming on the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes
The whole earth shakes
I see his love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
The people sing
The people sing

[Chorus]
Hosanna
Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest

As the second verse begins, God reminds me of my call to youth ministy, and more specifically, the students I have poured my life into at Woods Chapel and the ones at Rift Valley Academy that I will soon meet:

I see a generation
Rising up to take their place
With selfless faith
With selfless faith
I see a new revival
Stirring as we pray and seek
We’re on our knees
We’re on our knees

My heart is beginning to experience comfort during this time of personal worship.  The song goes into a bridge:

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I walk from earth into eternity

Jesus, you are deserving of our praise.  Thank you for soothing my heart this early morning.  It is now after 4:00am and I think I am ready for bed again.

I love you Lord!

March 1, 2010 11:49 pm
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Laura holding nephew Max in the middle, her mom on left, sister-in-law Laurel on right, Jennifer on far right

This morning I was in a courtroom awaiting the next step of justice for the family of Laura Reynolds .  I began talking with a young man who was waiting to go before the judge.  Six months earlier he had been driving while intoxicated, went  off the road and totaled his car.  Fortunately no other people were involved.  I told him he received a rare warning.  Many drunk drivers aren’t given that type of frightening wake up call from which they are able to walk away without hurting anyone.  As we continued to talk, I shared the gospel with him and prayed that God would continue to draw him to salvation.

Looking around the room, I saw many men and women who were waiting to talk with the judge.  The choices they had made were dangerous to society and these people needed to change.  Our justice system attempts to change behavior from the outside.  Sometimes it works, but I overheard the judge remind one man that he had been guilty of eight previous DUI’s.  True change, lasting change comes from the inside when Jesus Christ transforms a heart resulting in a change in behavior.  There is no greater joy that Jennifer and I have than to see Jesus take hold of a young person and change his life from the inside out!

Just before I left the courthouse, Laura’s sister Jessica said there are only 19 days until “Laura’s Run”!  She also told me that over 200 people have registered already.  If you haven’t registered, go to www.lbrun.com

Please continue to pray for the Reynolds family.