Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day! We Celebrate Our Freedom!

Hello Prayer Partners:

It is with great appreciation we celebrate this July 4th with you! This year we renew our commitment to our country as the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”. Our brave son came home the end of March from Iraq and we were so thankful to our Lord for protecting him as he did his job for us and for our country. There are many sons and daughters overseas today. We pray for each one that they will know the peace of Jesus as they work to keep our country free from terrorism and pain. We experienced some of what the world experiences when September 11 happened. Now we look at terrorism much differently. We look at life much differently than in past years.

We do not see ourselves as totally protected by our oceans and our military but we see ourselves as vulnerable to the world around us many of which hate us. It is interesting to us that those we have helped over the years would hate America. Maybe it is because freedom has eluded them for so long. When we sing God Bless America our eyes mist because we truly do want this nation to be blessed by our Father.

These past weeks Father has been showing us His love, grace and mercy not only in our lives but in the lives of each person who lives in this great country. We know that we are right where our Father wants us. For the past 6 years we have been on the road in June yet this June finds us at home. We seek the Lord concerning our next trip and we know that He is in control of our lives. Every day He has plans for us. We had the joy of spending several days with a young couple and their children from Florida. We met them a couple of years ago when we visited their church and pastor. They became very special to us then and now they are some of our adopted children. This couple came to see us! Our Father and His wonderful work daily in our lives! Then this past week we had the joy of spending the week with our own daughter and her family. That included our 4 grandchildren. Needless to say Mimi and Grandaddy had a ball! We know that we are home by Father’s design and He has been sending folks to see us rather than us being on the road. We spend our life trusting the Lord for our daily bread and for our purpose and direction. Since this ministry began we have only moved when Father told us to move and that has not changed. We have spent time reflecting on the past 6 years and on the pastors where we have spent much time sharing our hearts and lives. We stay in touch daily with many pastors and leaders praying for each one. We have watched them go through heartache and we have seen the grace of God so cover them in their pain. None of us are immune from the pain in this world but we know that our Lord is sufficient for our every need. Several scriptures that come to mind are:

2 Corinthians 12:9
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly “I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Philippians 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-8
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

We are experiencing that peace that passes understanding as we walk each day in fellowship with the Father. We spend time in the Word of God, we meditate on that Word, we worship and praise our Lord for being our Father and our Lord, we seek His will and direction for our lives one day at a time, and we pray for those He has given us. We know that Father began this ministry almost 7 years ago for His purposes to be accomplished and we believe that we have seen that happen daily as we have walked in the Spirit. We look ahead to what the Lord has planned for Christ’s Kingdom Ministries. He has told us only a small portion of all that He has for the future but it is enough for us to be so excited and ready to go. Please continue to pray for us concerning our vehicle. Old Betsy continues to run but she can’t go on the long trips anymore. Also please pray that the resources needed to do all that the Father desires will come in His timing. He is Our Provider, Our Director, Our Guide, Our Healer, and Our Lord.

God bless and keep each one of you!
We love you,

Charley & Karen