Thursday, June 12, 2008

Prayer Requests

For those of you who have been following this blog and our journey to Bear Paw Camp for a while, you know that this has been a long and drawn out emotional journey. There have been many obstacles and frustrating situations. I'd like to ask for your prayers of protection over our family as I feel Satan beginning to send in fiery arrows in an effort to derail our focus and intentions. Please pray for our health: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Pray for our marriage as there is nothing that would hinder our ministry more than a broken marriage relationship. And for our parenting, that we would be a blessing to our children as we guide them towards adulthood. Pray with us in advance for our financial situation. We are walking into a deficit situation and will need wisdom as to how to use our savings most effectively in order to build up the camp and increase revenue while at the same balancing our efforts towards other income sources in order to make ends meet. Along those lines, we really should begin raising support soon, so pray for us as we begin seeking out who would like to be apart of the camp through financial support. Also, pray for the direction of the camp. One of our biggest jobs this first year will be to determine what ministry is going on already, what needs there are in the area, and how God wants to use Bear Paw in the future. Pray for discernment and that we would obey God's leading. Finally, pray for us to be controlled by the Holy Spirit not fear. Satan is picking and picking at my heart in the fear department. On one hand it makes me feel more confident that he doesn't want this ministry to get going. On the other hand it's hard to deal with those battles on top of everything else.

We're still praying for the close on our sale of the business. Everyday we're just 1 or 2 details short of being completed and everyday there are 1 or 2 more details added to the list. I have given up my time line expectations and am trusting that God is working out these important details so that we can confidently leave Salem without any unfinished business. Praise the Lord that the house hasn't sold or I'd have the pressure of that deadline weighing on me, too. Thank you so much for keeping us in your prayers.

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Lord, lift me above my own narrow horizons, that I might fulfill your true vision for me. - B.J. Hoff