Back last fall Josh (the other staff member at our church) began planning a mission trip to Seattle. I was game from the get go, but we didn't know that four of us would end up making the trip. After spending some time in prayer we decided we should take the two big boys. We set out for Seattle on Sunday. It was the boys first time to fly. You think Jack was excited?!?
Here we are at a park in town. We hosted recreation camps for the neighborhood. The first day we had about thirty kids participate. The second day the attendance was a little down, because, surprise, it was raining.
Downstairs at Pike's Place there is a gum wall. Gross. Thankfully the boys shared my opinion.
Just a quick side story so I never forget a specific answer to prayer. About a week before we left I began to feel very anxious about taking the boys. You know, I was taking 2 young boys across the country to stay in someone's house...someone I had never met. I was nervous about traveling. I was nervous about staying a week at someone's house. I was nervous about them acting wild and crazy. I was nervous about them being tired. I was just nervous. Really nervous. I began to pray for these specific fears instead of worry. Boy, did the Lord answer those fears and calm my nerves. I prayed that the host home that we stayed with would love children and understand boys specifically. We drove to their beautiful house Sunday night, exhausted after traveling most of the day. We walked upstairs and I will not lie, my heart was beating out of my chest. She took us upstairs and showed us where the boys would stay. And I quote, "We have two grandsons and I have this room set up for them. Will this be okay?" Will it be okay?!? Talk about an answer to a specific request. Believe it or not it just kept getting better from there. God answered every request I made, plus more. I still haven't stopped praising His name for all the great things He has done!
This is a picture of Diane. Her husband, Mark, had already gone to work. Precious people. Precious.