Prayer Requests: February 21st 2017

Please pray for:

  • The house to be fixed, the work to be completed and settling in to our home.  (It is hard to feel settled when there is a constant stream of workers coming in and out or we are waiting all day for workers to show up.)
  • The transition as Dana leaves on Thursday night and I will be in charge of the house and kids by myself during the day.
  • Praise that Matt is enjoying his job!
  • Wisdom as we interact with the Ghanaians we have employed to help us care for the house and garden.  This is a new space for us to have full time help and at time it is confusing and uncomfortable.
  • Rest and encouragement and friends

Prayer Requests: January 31st, 2017

Please pray for:

  • A house to rent long term! We had a long, hot, challenging day looking at houses and were surprised that they were even more expensive than we had planned.
  • Sleep! Adjusting to the time change is difficult with 5 of us!  Everyone is awake and asleep at different times during the night.

Prayer Requests: January 8th, 2017

Visas!  We’ve applied.  It was by far the most work I’ve ever had to do for a visa.  Please pray all goes well!

IJM orientation in D.C. all this week.  Please pray that it goes well, that we learn a lot, that we receive the inspiration and wisdom we need for the road ahead.

Our kids- home with Grandma and Grandpa.  Maybe I should have made this prayer request for Grandma and Grandpa!


Prayer Requests: December 12th, 2016

We are planning to move out of our house in Davis in 5 days and our whole family has the flu (except Abby)!

Please pray for:

  • HEALTH!!
  • Sleep amidst sickness and stress
  • that we would experience God’s amazing provision and goodness in the midst of all the craziness of flu and packing and saying goodbyes
  • moments to stop and enjoy one another and revel in Jesus this Christmas
  • wisdom as we choose travel dates and buy plane tickets
  • Praise God for a wonderful marriage retreat for Matt & Joy last week in Arizona!!


Prayer Requests: December 2nd, 2016

We’re two weeks away from moving out of Davis.

Please pray for:

  • peace and resilience in the packing process
  • moments of rest within the storm of packing
  • the timing of buying plane tickets, applying for visas and finalizing travel dates
  • Praise God fundraising is still a joy and we love connecting with so many individuals and small groups!
  • sweet moments with friends as we say goodbye
  • time with family now that will sustain through the next year apart

Prayer Requests: November 4th, 2016

We’re six weeks from moving out of Davis!  Immunization shots to get! Downsizing our possessions, packing, storing, selling, giving away! Fundraising! Saying goodbye!  Augh!!! Please pray for us!

Please pray for:

  • Peace in the flurry of so many things to do
  • Praise God for the incredible generosity of so many of God’s people!  We are currently at about 70% or so for the first year!
  • To be fully funded before we go to Ghana, ideally by December 7th or so.
  • Three events this weekend: A home-gathering with a UCC small group, guest preaching at Pole-Line Baptist Church, and an open-invite gathering Sunday night.  Pray that we might be able to really connect with people and that some might find a growing passion for this work.
  • Emotional resilience when we encounter difficult surprises
  • Good deals on Plane tickets!
  • That we can bring our dog Toby with us!
  • Sweet time with friends in our closing weeks here in Davis

Why Pray?

From C.S. Lewis’ essay “The Efficacy of Prayer”…

Petitionary prayer is, nonetheless, both allowed and commanded to us: “Give us our daily bread.”  And no doubt it raises a theoretical problem.  Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions of men?  For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite goodness needs no urging to do it.  But neither does God need any of those things that are done by finite agents, whether living or inanimate.  He could, if He chose, repair our bodies miraculously without food; or give us food without the aid of farmers, bakers, and butchers; or convert the heathen without missionaries.  Instead, He allows soils and weather and animals and the muscles, minds, and wills of men to co-operate in the execution of His will.  “God,” said Pascal, “instituted prayer in order to lend His creatures the dignity of causality.”  But not only prayer; whenever we act at all He lends us that dignity.  It is not really stranger, nor less strange, that my prayers should affect the course of events than that my other actions should do so.  They have not advised or changed God’s mind—that is, His over-all purpose.  But that purpose will be realized in different ways according to the actions, including the prayers, of His creatures.

C.S. Lewis reminds us that, Yes, of course God could do all these wonderful things without our prayers, but just as he allows us to contribute to the flourishing of his creation and his people through our actions, God also chooses to allow us to make similar  contributions to the welfare of the world through our asking!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”    Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV)