It dawned on me the other day that we haven't done a very good job at keeping you all up-to-date on what's going on. So, in an attempt to catch you up, here's a look at the last five weeks of our life.
We have been in Longmont, Colorado since October 11. We spent the first few days in Colorado at the 24-7 Prayer Mountain States Gathering. This was an incredible time of prayer, worship, teaching, and conversation. One of the most important moments of this time for us was being able to say “Thank You” to a man who has discipled us from afar since we began our journey a couple of years ago.
The following week, we spent a couple of days with Stephanie's brother and sister-in-law and their baby. It was a great time of visiting with family.
On Thursday of that week, we came back to Longmont where we have been since. While here, we have:
- We have spent time praying with our dear friends, Joshua and Bethany Crigger. Joshua and Bethany are working to connect various prayer initiatives in the Longmont area as well as establish a central room within the downtown area that can be used to cover the city in prayer 24/7.
- I have had the opportunity to sit down with a number of businessmen's prayer and Bible-study groups. These times have been spent sharing what God is doing around the world through prayer and Business-As-Mission initiatives. Additionally, I had the honor of sitting with the men's group at a local church and sharing.
- I was able to connect with an elder team at a local church and share how prayer is transforming communities around the globe.
- We have been engaged with a number of other missionaries in the area in times of learning, conversation, and prayer. It is such an honor to be able to walk through life with such a wide group of support.
- We have had a lot of meals and conversations with friends both old and new.
It has been a very busy few weeks and we still have a couple to go. A few more meals scheduled, a few more prayer meetings, a chapel service at Stephanie's high school, and a couple more businessperson's meetings.
So, what have we learned through all this?
- Prayer matters. It changes things. It adjusts the atmosphere to be a place where God can freely move.
- People matter. Conversations are important. You learn. You grow. You develop into better people by sharpening one another.
- Persistence matters. Stay at it. Keep going. Even if it looks fruitless, keep at it. God is doing something. It may be immediately evident or it may be a 20-year process. Keep on.
- Legacy matters. This is the biggest lesson. Our relationships here have almost all involved a conversation about my Father-In-Law. He pastored in this community many years ago. And, through his consistency and his faithfulness, many lives have been impacted. I don't know how many people have said positive things about him during these past few weeks. Be honorable. Be honoring. Be consistent in your character. It's what separates the real leaders from everyone else.
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” — Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)