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Helping shape lives that will change the future.
December 10, 2012 7:53 pm
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A week ago we visited Silver Dollar City. Visiting the amusement park with grandma and grandpa is one of our family’s beloved traditions. On our last visit, Trevon’s older brothers tried in vain to get him to ride a roller coaster. Weeks before this most recent visit, Trevon had some BIG talk about how big he is now, and this time he WILL ride a roller coaster.

The first day of Powdermill Station HouseDecember ended up being one of the warmest ever in Branson, and with temperatures in the 70’s, the roller coaster’s were open for business. Trevon couldn’t wait to try “Powder Keg”! The coaster consumed his thoughts, and he couldn’t stop talking about it (if you know him, you totally understand).

We decided to make his first ride a daddy-son event. After waiting almost an hour I began to wonder if Trevon’s mouth would slow down—he was SOOO excited! Finally we sat down in our seats, the attendants secured us, and we were off! After the first two drops I realized I couldn’t hear him, so I reached down and grabbed for his leg. He was still there! Then I realized he was too terrified to scream! When I told him it was ok to yell, he began squealing like a little piggy! Wikipedia says the duration of the ride is 2:53, but after waiting nearly an hour to ride, the fun felt like less than half that long. As we walked away from the coaster, Trevon’s talking intensified exponentially—not sure how that is possible! He ABSOLUTELY LOVED his first real roller coaster!

I too have loved great roller coasters, even though I was older than Trevon before working up the courage to try them. Now as I get older, I feel motion sickness if I ride more than once. On a previous visit I rode a roller coaster three times back to back because there was no waiting line, and almost threw up.

Life can be like a roller coaster, with its ups and downs. Sometimes life even throws in a loop-d-loop. Our last few weeks of support raising have felt like a roller coaster, and just when we think we are about to get off, it starts to go around again.

WildfireThis morning we received distressing news that hit us like an unexpected loop-d-loop. Just after arriving in the U.S. for home assignment we received news from a church that they would be supporting us for $250/month. We have recently found out this notification was sent to us by mistake, and financially they are not able to help at all—if they could, they would.

This changes our status. We were a little over $100 away from our monthly support minimum. As close as we are, we expected to receive the “Cleared to go” from Africa Inland Mission anyway. This news puts us at nearly $400/month below our goal. Please pray!

With just over two weeks until we are schedule to fly back to Kenya (our tickets are purchased!), we are claiming this promise:

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)

One other verse Jennifer and I like is:

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3)