Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Half-way CA!

On the road, we count the times we hit the pillow to see how long before we head home... last night was the halfway point.

Jonalyn's first two talks to two different women's groups were very well received. Jonalyn is more convinced than ever of the topic of her new book regarding female friendships is needed. This is just what she needs to get motivated to re-work her proposal when we get home. Her evangelistic message was really appreciated by the leadership and many women thanked her specifically for being clear, gentle, firm, honest, giving truth, offering rest through Jesus and affirming the freedom Jesus offers women.

This second talk in Anaheim went so well, it further confirmed Jonalyn as a moving, eloquent speaker in her own right. She needs to hear that, so we were both grateful!

The days were very packed, but we're still feeling healthy and energetic.

Sunday, Dale lead the church through Nehemiah 2... he enjoys speaking through a text of Scripture, mining out the larger context of how it fits into our stories. Nehemiah is no different. Several old friends and new came forward to thank him.

We hope to have the above three talks online in the near future.

Our journey north after the church service was loooong. Seemed everyone up north was returning home from spring break (or people in the south were leaving for spring break)! Living in the mountains makes you forget just how many automobiles we have and the long lines we can make with them. We arrived at our hotel after 11PM and jumped out of bed for a morning chapel at a small ACSI school in Medicino County. The students were eager to have us... we shared with them how they are souls and how we love God with our souls.

Now we're writing from Fremont where we spoke this morning on the realness of God. Already we note a respectfulness and eagerness from the students. This is our third year in a row to share for spiritual emphasis week. One girl, the chaplain from 3 years ago, already graduated, came back to sit in the back and hear us speak. It's little significant moment like this that keep us going.

The next two days we'll be in classrooms with the students as well as do chapel each day the rest of the week. We need endurance and creativity to answer their questions.

We drive home early morning Saturday.

Pray for these kids, that they will release the guards on their hearts and let God's love meet them. Many are anxious over graduation and college applications and fears for the future. Many are ripe to rest into God while others are still asking questions whether God is good enough to rest into... It's a spiritual battle, even in the Christian school. Many of the students do not follow Jesus at all, so it is a balancing act on how to engage everyone at multiple levels.

Thanks for praying! You're making a difference in this kingdom work.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

California, Here We Come

We leave tomorrow at 4am for a long drive to Carlsbad, California. So begins our longest speaking trip of this Spring. We are very excited!!

For this prayer update, we decided to list each event. It would help us so much to know that you will be praying for each of these events. We invite you to choose one or two to commit to praying for. Here's how we often pray for ourselves:

God give us the clarity to show your truth, help us to explain how beautiful, good and free you are. Make us attentive to show love to those here by being present with everyone we speak to.

Friday evening- Jonalyn gives an inaugural talk on Women and Friendship for a women's ministry group in Carlsbad

Saturday morning- Jonalyn speaks at her first Outreach event. She will be presenting the way Jesus allows women to rest and offering women a chance to receive Jesus in Anaheim.

Sunday morning- Dale preaches at our old home church in Laguna Beach. He'll be speaking on Nehemiah

Sunday afternoon we drive to San Francisco

Monday morning- We speak together on Loving God with all Your Soul to Deep Valley Christian. Pray for good conversation afterward as we'll be sharing lunch with the high schoolers.

Tuesday-Friday- We speak together at Fremont Christian School each day for their Spiritual Emphasis Week. We'll also, energy permitting, be visiting individual classrooms for some Q & A time.

Saturday- we drive home.

We want to give California the best we have to offer, but we also need God's helps to take this trip one opportunity at a time. We cannot wait to see how God will use us to help others become more appropriately human.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Off to Kansas City

Thank you for praying for our talks for this week in Kansas City. We both feel excited about what we'll be sharing. Dale will be kicking off the Conference Friday evening and Jonalyn will start the day Saturday morning. Would you pray for us? It makes an amazing difference when people pray for us while we speak.

We ask for strength tomorrow as we get up early, drive to Denver, catch a flight and then meet and greet and rest a bit and then BAM! Dale goes on stage. Please pray for energy for us both.

Our house has gotten very few offers, not really even nibbles. As our cabin gets closer to being done, we ask that God would time a buyer for us so that we can move smoothly into the cabin and not let our house sit empty. We are really eager to use the funds to begin building toward the retreat center. It is hard to wait, isn't it?! We're learning about faithfulness, God's faithfulness and our need to continue with the work before us.

We've been reading lots. Thank you for praying for the time!

The webmaster lead didn't work out, but we have another one that we're pursuing. Please pray for us to find a web programmer to help us with the Soulation website.

We're off to pack for our trip! Thank you for helping us with your prayers,
Jonalyn and Dale

Friday, March 6, 2009

Back in the Swing

Dale and I returned from Seattle last week to meet a host of hard things, deaths in our community, personal struggles of friends, many emails with needs of people looking to Soulation for help. It's amazing to us at how many people are hurting.

Jonalyn and Sally's class ended very well. The last meeting was amazing, a true climax to our time. We look forward to doing it again!

We want to thank you for praying for our time in Seattle. We found so many amazing new friends, meeting up with radio personalities, homeless shelter directors, gender justice advocates and enjoying the quirky people we found at Pike Street. To see some pictures of our trip visit here. We came home rested in mind, but tired in body (since we drove both ways). This last Monday we both took a much needed Sabbath where we did not look at our emails. It was exactly what we needed.

This week we ask your prayer for
  1. Dale and I will be doing a large apologetic conference in Overland Park, Kansas the 13-14. Please pray for us as we organize our talks this week, we want to be very clear in our presentations.
  2. We have a possible lead for a webmaster. We are so excited that this might work out because it means our website will be regularly updated, more information available to others. Would you pray for her as she looks over the job description and tasks we need help with that she would know if this would be a good fit? Please pray for clarity and a good working relationship
  3. As we await the edits on our Faith and Friendship book, we've both been dedicating more time to reading. Would you pray that we would both find the desire and carve out the time to read?