“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he dispersed the crowds. And after he sent the crowds away, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already far from land, was taking a beating from the waves because the wind was against it. As the night was ending, Jesus came to them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the water they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” and cried out with fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them: “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” Peter said to him, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.” So he said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind he became afraid. And starting to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they went up into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.””
Matthew 14:22-33 NET
Greetings from sunny and stormy August! So far this summer we’ve had over 50 days of 90° plus weather, with plenty of thunderstorms mixed in! It feels a bit intense.
These past weeks of ministry have felt very intense as well. With Mary’s work in Child Safety Advocacy, waves of reported concerns make for days of intensive work on behalf of families, and children who may have been harmed.
The photo above, from Dave’s ministry trip to Ecuador, was taken before he got very sick with what was possibly food poisoning. We are thankful for God’s protection for him, and that he was able to successfully complete his trip and returned home safely.
There are several stories in the Bible of Jesus, his disciples, and storms. The storms are terrifying, the disciples are afraid for their lives, but find that when they call upon Jesus, He is able to calm the storm. The wind and the waves obey Him.
We are thankful for His presence in the midst of our storms, and pray that you will know and experience His peace and healing in your own lives.
- Pray for the families in the midst of storms. Several families are undergoing very difficult situations. Pray for healing for children who have been harmed. Pray for wisdom for those working with these families to establish safety for their children.
- Pray for effectiveness for both Dave and Mary in our roles. Sometimes we are challenged by difficult situations. Often we have opportunity to offer information, feedback and support to missionary families in many locations worldwide. We want to serve them in a way that honors God.
- Pray that our support account would reach 100%.
- Pray for Mary’s aunt Kate, and extended family as she faces a recurrence of cancer.