On A Mission

The Boy just left on a mission trip to Detroit. With his recently scooped off the floor, freshly laundered clothes, his pillows, his purchased last night after 11 p.m. deodorant, and his Bible. And a bunch of squirrelly pre-teens.

If you would have told me 3 years ago that he’d be capable of doing all these things on his own, without my input or help, I might not have believed you. Seriously, all I did for him was cut his hair last night, make him eggs and toast for breakfast, and pray for him before he got into his truck.

I believe I may have mentioned that this summer he is working with the middle school students as a youth intern at our church. He has been busy.

He works many hours in the office planning things, studying, hanging out with students, and preparing his teaching lessons, so he can effectively communicate God’s truth to fidgety, short attention spanned, jr. high-ers.

He has been operating on not much sleep, and even less money, but for the first time in his life, he feels passionate about what he is doing. Well passionate about something other than Lego’s, skateboarding, music or The Office.

High school was not his bag, he graduated having no idea what his life plan was. I wrote here about his struggles. After his first year of college, he was no closer. But somewhere along the line, God started calling him to something. Drawing him forward, surrounding him with strong Christian young men to talk with. God was giving him insight into what He had planned for him. It has been awesome to watch.

We have always loved our Boy, always been proud of him, even when he was struggling. And we have always believed that God had a plan for his life, even when we weren’t sure how He would gather up all of The Boy’s fine, God given qualities and use them for His good in a productive way. But watching The Boy actively pursue it? Well now, that has been something special to see.

Praying for the leadership team and the whole group to be protected from all harm and evil, that their VBS would run well and the children would learn that Jesus loves them and sees them right there in Detroit, their demolition project would be accomplished safely, that The Boy’s lesson would be heard and understood by quiet and open ears and hearts, and that those squirrelly pre-teens would find joy in their service and understand that God has plans for their lives too.

Won’t you join me?



  1. Cindy Stratton said,

    July 23, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    Praying for “The Boy” and his new adventure and the example he will be for those junior-high teens!

  2. Marlene said,

    July 23, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    I will be praying with you for your Boy. What a fine Boy he has turned out to be. God works in wonderful and mysterious ways; His wonders to perform. How wonderful He is using your Boy to accomplish His work for the Kingdom.

  3. caprilis said,

    July 23, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Joinin you from Virginia… love that boy!

  4. Carol said,

    July 23, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    It has been fun to watch him mature! I keep him in prayer because God clearly has his hand on him.

  5. Nan C said,

    July 23, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Good to read about this going on in The Boy’s life. Short of some sort of “visitation in the night”, I am praying that God will soon have my boys’ hearts, too.

  6. Robin said,

    July 23, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Praying for “the Boy”…..and for Detroit. Just tell them the story….

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