CRAVE 2015

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Thank you all for your faithful prayers for CRAVE. We definitely felt them that night. It was an amazing how God worked through just a short time of planning to unify the student body and come together in worship. The night consisted of 3 speakers, 2 adults and one senior, 4 bands and discussion groups about various topics, an art room, a fire pit/acoustic worship, and a prayer/encouragement room. We was really cool to walk around and look at the different rooms that were going on between each set. We had about 70-80 kids that showed up as well as 20 adult sponsors. Many adults came that would never otherwise have worked with the youth before, so that was really cool! We led an acoustic set and a live set with various teens within our band that don’t normally play on Sunday nights. The last set that we led was amazing. It was 10:30 at night, and we had been going since 4pm that afternoon. The kids were tired, we were tired but we got up there and rocked out and the kids were so amazing! Looking down and seeing them crying, praising, and jumping/crazy/dancing was a memory that Evan and I will NEVER forget. It was such a sweet time of worship. Also Leah Rigsby playing the drums while singing, pretty memorable!

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Discussion groups about things like Homosexuality, Secular Entertainment, Spiritual Gifts and more…

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IMG_0597Great speakers and an acoustic worship time by the fire….as well as a prayer room where the students were able to go around the campus and do a prayer walk as well as pray together with teachers.

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Crave [Ways to Pray]

Crave Still-2Please be in prayer for an upcoming event called “Crave” planned by the High School kids at UISSC. This event will be a worship night on March 1st from 4pm-10:30pm where we will have 4 bands playing (2 soul purpose bands and then an acoustic set from yours truly and a full band that we will put together for another set) 3 speakers, and lots of discussion and encouragement time. Pray for the youth (7-12th grade) to get ON FIRE for Christ at this event and worship without abandon. Pray for adult sponsors to help out. Pray for the kids that are organizing this event and that God would give them the time and that things would come together smoothly. Pray for the speakers to speak truth into these kids lives, and pray for our bands as we lead.

 

CHALLENGE:

So if you guys are up for it we would love for you to be praying DURING this time or the night before. During this time would be 1am-8am (your time) March 1st. If you can do it, that would be AWESOME! Thank you!

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Our Soul Purpose Youth Band leading last week…

 

Turmoil & Tragedy

Recently Evan and I have been asking ourselves, why are we so tired and stressed? Well multiple reasons have caused this and I want to let you in on some things to pray for. First of all, some families that are good friends of ours have left in just a very short time for tragic reasons, without getting to say goodbye. Please pray for these families as they deal with the things that happened in their lives and that God would protect them. And then also pray for us and our community as we also figure out how to process these tragedies. To check out one of the families most recent prayer requests click here-> Leedahls.

Secondly, in response to recent, escalating criminal activity directed at the SIL community in Ukarumpa, the Branch Administration has decided to proactively implement a series of self-imposed restrictive measures aimed at reducing crime. Since Friday, the 10th of October, the Market on centre has been closed.  This action is designed to bring peer pressure on those responsible for recent crimes through the villages in which they reside.  It is hoped that these same communities will benefit in equal measure from the cessation of criminal activity to which they too are exposed. Please pray for all members of the Aiyura valley who are affected. Also pray for the victims and the perpetrators of these crimes.  Pray for the community’s resolve to follow through with this course of action. (official statement)

Another thing that I would ask that you pray for would be that we are not meeting our budget goals. We need another $400 in monthly giving to get back on track. Please be praying for partners to come along side of us and fill in those gaps. Thank you!!

K92 Bridge Collapse

10452379_10101561084671158_2179499284613072170_n[Official Report] About 7am this morning (6 Aug 2014) a commercial fuel tanker attempted to cross the Kingston Bridge traveling from Kainantu towards the Aiyura Valley. While the truck was on the bridge the bridge collapsed under the load. Both the bridge and the truck fell into the river below. Reports are that the driver is okay, but we have no further information on his condition. The bridge is not passable by vehicle.

635429194778706726P1100556_cropped_resizedPlease pray for the situation with the Kainantu bridge. It is our only link to the world outside our valley. Any supplies we need have to come over it and we use it to get to other places in the country. Pray that a new bridge is installed soon, and for the people effected (it is a huge water source for many, and now it is contaminated by the fuel truck that went in when it collapsed). Also pray for short term ways we can problem solve by getting things to and from Ukarumpa by road..

Learning to pray

Growing up an MK I was taught all my life about prayer. But I guess after living in the States for a while, I forgot the simplest things that you need to pray for. Like sun and rain. These seemingly insignificant things are huge over here as most of the population gets their food from gardening. We have been experiencing a rather cold season here in the tropics…and by cold I mean COLD. We will put sweatshirts, jeans, socks and blankets on at night and are still freezing. The weather during the days and nights here currently resembles Seattle if you have ever been there, you know what I’m talking about. So naturally dark, cloudy, misty days = no sun. Which means a number of uncomfortable things for us, like wet laundry all the time (because we dry it in the sun) and cold showers (because our water heater gets hot from our solar panels, which need SUN). Now I’m fine with the wet laundry…I can make due. But cold showers, when its cold outside, is just plain HARD. So as I was taking my daily cold shower I was brought to mind that I needed to pray about this. The Bible says a lot about prayer…

Psalm 107:28-30 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Check out this picture our friend Matthew recently posted that completely describes what I’ve been talking about:

Clear-er day vs. Cloudy/Misty day

10535635_713660931694_6732283476337346216_oWould you pray with us for some sun? We desperately need some right now to lighten our moods and dry our laundry. It may sound simple, but life here a much more simple.

 

Going to Saidor May 12-16 [Gwahatike Project]

Next week Evan and I head for Saidor with some of our good friends the Jagts. They Jagts are working as liasons for a group of 6 translation teams down on the coastal town of Saidor (near where we had POC training, Madang). These 6 translation teams are unique because they are all Papua New Guineans working towards the goal of seeing their languages have a Bible. It is a cool story and I am so happy to be filming it (and that Evan gets to come along too!). Stay tuned for the final product! Please be praying for our trip, as we have to take an SIL Flight (tiny airplane) and then either hike or take a 4 wheeler up to the village we will be staying at, Umbaldi. Pray for no technical difficulties with my equipment and that we will get all of the footage that the Lord wants us to get. Also be praying for the Saidor area as we heard that they are in a food shortage because they are having trouble with their only food sources, their gardens. I am excited to see what God has in store for this trip, and what he is doing in the Gwahatike (Gwa-ha-tee-ka) area.

We are in the Kainantu area, and we will be flying to Saidor, the red dot on the map.

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Heres another story about the Saidor area.

http://thepngexperience.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/spare-that-chicken/

Rain, Rain Come This Way!

Hey Blog Followers-we need major prayer right now for rain. Evan installed our new water tank last weekend and after the week before of nonstop rain, we were sure that we would get it filled up quickly. But no such luck-with hardly any rain this week, Evan and I are struggling just to get enough drinking water. Please pray that it will rain buckets and fill up our 1000 gallon tank!

Also be praying for the funds to pay for the water tank. As it is our only form of drinking water we desperately needed one after moving into this house and so we were forced to purchase one that we do not have the money for. Click HERE to give towards our water tank.

Thank you for praying for us and following this blog!

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