Sunday, April 19, 2009

Walking in Memphis

We are in Memphis Tennessee this week, speaking together Monday night and Tuesday for a luncheon and a dinner.

As we're arrived safe and sound, we wanted to send you a few prayer requests
  1. We hope to recuperate our rest tonight so we are geared up to speak together Monday evening for a Q and A with the church's leadership team.
  2. Jonalyn speaks twice on Tuesday. She asks for you to pray that the Spirit give her words of truth with love. She will be presenting on the freedom for women to discover their calling (i.e. their personalized body and souls' calling in the kingdom). There will be non-believers attending, so she asks for wisdom to both introduce Jesus to those who do not follow him as well as refresh the believers ideas of what Jesus means to their womanhood.
  3. We fly home Wednesday, please pray for our safety.
Our house was seen, but no word, yet. We await God's work in our lives in any way he sees fit. This week, we want to be fully present in Memphis.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

One Request

We have received the beginning of an answer to our prayers to sell our house.

Tomorrow we have a house showing from 10:30-11:30. That in and of itself is an answer.

But it's hard to remain faithful to pray when God has said,"No" so many times to it selling. We ask you to pray with us that his family would want our home.

Thank you!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Radio and Dallas Answers

Radio update- the interview went great. We love being on radio! As of now we don't have access to the recording, but we're trying to get it so we can post on our website and you can hear it. Our interviewer was excited about us and Soulation. She was young and asked us perfectly accessible questions that we took and ran with. We didn't interrupt each other (YAY!) and felt clear (I, Jonalyn, only had one brainfreeze that I don't think anyone noticed).

I'd say we weren't quite as whimsical as we could have been, but it's hard to pack it all into 15 minutes. After the interview, the host said she'd love to connect again. That is very good for us and for Soulation. Thank you for praying!

Dallas update:
Sometimes it can be hard to know if and how you've made an impact, but this last weekend in Dallas was not one of those times. Two ways we gauge how effectively we've communicated Jesus:
1- How many want to know more and come sign up or talk more with us afterward
2- How many write to us after the event is done and over with.

Both happened in Dallas and are happening now. We're still answering emails from eager teens and young adults. Our hosts wrote us afterward and told us "You really met a need in the discipleship of our young adults that has been hit or miss for some time. Thanks for your willingness to listen and be present for the teens and young adults."

And our time with the potential director of development was amazing. He has volunteered his time to help us brainstorm new ways to ask for funding. We are encouraged to know he wants to join our team, even though we do not have the funds to pay him right now.

Our prayer for these next two weeks is that God would bring us a buyer for our home in Steamboat so we can begin our retreat center plans in earnest. Would you focus your prayer with us on this request?

Radio Today

We want to share the good news of our trip (we just got home last night from Dallas), but first, can we ask for your prayer today?

We'll be interviewed by Moody Bible Radio at 11am (Mountain Time) on the subject of the resurrection. It will be a 15 minute interview.

We're very excited, but need your prayers for
  1. clear thinking as we have limited time
  2. respect for each other as we're being interviewed at the same time
  3. whimsy and humor so that this broadcast will be picked up by other stations around the country
We'll update you on how everything went tomorrow!
Dale and Jonalyn

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Five Days of Rest

We are so thankful to be home.

HUGE THANKS to God for finding us a web programmer. His name is Joaquin (you may have remembered him as he helped us before) and he has agreed to shoulder many new responsibilities for us. Would you pray for him to stay on task as he wades through a long to-do list for the website?

Highlights of our 10 day speaking trip include hearing students remind us of things we taught them last year (nice to know some things stuck with them), walking the emerald green hills during a break, Jonalyn feeling cold symptoms vanish after one good night's rest, soon enough to keep up our energy (thank you for praying for endurance!) and some very unique questions and answer sessions in classrooms. We can tell you prayed for us to have creativity as we got some new questions we had to navigate.

One of the best things about Steamboat is that our friends know when we have been gone and they welcome us back when we return. We love that.

Would you pray for us this week and weekend? We are flying to Dallas, TX Friday and will be gone through Tuesday. Jonalyn is sick with the cold that returned with a vengeance (must have been that 17 hour drive home on Saturday) and has kept her in bed trying to recover. We ask for her body to be completely recovered before we board our flight Friday morning.

We'll be speaking to youth (teens to 29 year olds) this weekend. We both need sensitivity to the wide range of ages and boldness as we'll be doing some gender break-out sessions with guys and girls as well as a main session and a Q and A time. Would you pray that this weekend many young people would find new tools and boldness to share their faith?

Monday we'll be meeting with a possible director of development for Soulation. Please pray for our time with him, that we would know if this is a lead we need to follow-up on.

From a land where the snow has fallen in feet in the last few days!
Dale and Jonalyn
p.s. our home is still on the market, no bites. Please pray for us to continue to feel peaceful as we wait.