Tuesday, October 7, 2014


We've been in Thailand for almost a week, and I can't wait to share some of our pictures and stories with you all! But first - I wanted to share a couple of pictures from the weekend before we left.

We've been doing this type of work for 7 years, and done a lot of traveling, but I'm not sure that we've ever had a send off like this. First, some of our closest friends got together for a dessert, coffee, and prayer night. We got a chance to share some of our videos, talk about the specific work we'd be doing on this trip, and share some of our prayer requests. Then they all took turns praying for us (while I cried - because I'm emotional like that) and we ended by singing the Doxology. It was such a special time!

Thank you to Scotty and Stef (above) who hosted our prayer night!

Then, a couple of days later, our church shared one of our videos and took the time to pray over us at the end of both Sunday morning services. The elders led this time, and it was awesome to have our church family reach out their hands and pray a special covering over us. We also had the opportunity to set up a table and share more about our work with a lot of our church friends. We feel truly blessed to be a part of a "sending" church!

Of course, there are also the 2 churches in Arkansas (First United Methodist of Monticello) and Mississippi (Emmanuel Baptist Church) who sent us through prayer and by donating our travel funds, as well as dozens of other individuals who gave sacrificially so that we could go. We were so humbled to see the money we needed to travel come in so quickly. THANK YOU to all of our generous donors. You are "senders" too!

We have never felt so supported on a trip before. When we landed in Thailand, our travel day picture had more than 300 "likes" and 48 comments where people were encouraging us and praying for us. You may not think things like Facebook "likes" are important (and in the grand scheme of life - they aren't!) but to us it was a testament to the love and support we had covering us. We were blown away!

This work may seem exciting and fulfilling (and it is!) but at times it can also be really lonely and heavy. With this important trip ahead of us (and knowing we'd be traveling to some dangerous places) it really means the world to us to have this kind of covering. I believe there is a difference between going and being "sent". We have been praying for God to move in and through us in powerful ways this trip - and we believe that with this kind of prayer covering, we're going to see BIG things happen!

Thank you to all of you who helped "send" us, and to each of you who are covering us daily in prayer. You bless us more than you know!

"And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? 
As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
 - Romans 10:15

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! 
As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.”
- John 20:2

"Declare his glory among the nations, 
his marvelous deeds among all peoples."
- Psalm 96:3