Truth be told, I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. It definitely has its advantages, but many of us know the "dark side" to Facebook, as well. HOWEVER today, I am so thankful for Facebook and the Internet, in general, because it's a great way for me to get this information out to you. I am asking those of you who would be willing to please lift up my family and me
AND our small group we meet with every Sunday morning over the next week. I often refer to them as my Faith Family, because over the past year, we all have embarked on an adventure we never would have imagined. Which leads me to the purpose of this post.
Over the past year, our sweet Faith Family has committed to serving on our local mission field right here in Lincoln Parish every month. We've been able to see the Lord do some mighty work in us and through us as we've partnered with various local ministries such as DART, Life Choices, Grace Place, Fishers of Men and others. This month, we will be packing up a few of our belongings and heading to New Orleans to help with a mission that none of us could have ever imagined, dreamed up or even thought of. Simply put, God has called us to this place for such a time as this. God is the only explanation. Period.
Next weekend, June 28 & 29, we will be partnering with ONE Ministry in New Orleans. The folks involved in this ministry work diligently to help put an end to human trafficking right there where they are on the streets of New Orleans. One of the things they have done there is establish relationships with some of the owners and employees of several "gentlemen's clubs" in their neighborhood. They have actually gone into these clubs with the simple purpose of showing the love of Christ to the employees who perform there. As a result, God has done a miracle and made a way for ONE Ministry to actually provide breakfast next weekend to one of the club's performers/employees. This is where our group comes in. We will be helping prepare and serve breakfast to the ladies and men who work every night in this particular club. Our hope is that they will catch a glimpse of the love of Christ as we serve them, love them, and offer them gifts that will include a Bible.
This is where we need your help. My husband and I have been adamant about NOT wanting to give the enemy ANY kind of foothold in regards to this mission. Obviously, Satan won't be happy about this, and I expect him to be up to his old tricks in trying to distract us and even convince us that we shouldn't go. But I am approaching the throne of grace with confidence that comes from the Holy Spirit. I have come before the Father asking Him to help us overcome any obstacles that come our way over the course of the next week. Will you please join me in doing the same?
Please ask the Lord to protect us, our children, and our homes while we are away. Ask Him to give us His eyes and give us the ability to recognize tactics from the enemy while granting us the power to send him straight back to the pit of Hell where he belongs. Ask the Lord to equip us with whatever we are going to need to fulfill this mission, to be able to love these ladies (and men) in a way that goes beyond human comprehension, that those we serve will be overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit and will not be able to rest or relax until a decision has been made to surrender to AND follow Christ with their lives. Ask the Lord to give us the words we need, the mannerisms necessary, and the courage to stare the devil straight in the face as we enter an area of New Orleans that is plagued by darkness and evil.
If Christ is for us, then who can be against us? No weapon formed against us shall prosper. We are more than conquerors with the help of the Holy Spirit. Will you claim that for us, please? We need your prayers. Desperately.
Please let me know either through commenting on this blog post or through Facebook if we can count on your prayers. For those willing, will you pray us through that night? We will be working through Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning. We will be serving breakfast at 4 am on Saturday. Remember, this is NEXT week (June 28-29).
Thank you over and over. We are giving God praise for granting us this opportunity and we believe He has allowed us to be apart of, what we hope, will be a miracle in the heavenly realm. Preparing to see God show up and show out. Won't your join us in believing the same?! Glory to God and His Son Jesus!
"We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It's an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us..." -Hebrews 6:18-20 (MSG)
Believing and praying that these ladies (and men) will simply grab the Promised Hope Rope in Jesus' name!
Thank you for praying, friends.