First off we wanted to say thank you! Not only for joining this team but for the follow through in prayers. This morning while Allyson and I were in our morning devotional we were to look up James 5:16 which says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (NLT). The follow up question was, “How is having a team of prayer partners as beneficial as a team of financial partners?” As we talked over this question, we both came to realize, this team is more than a team. Its like a life line. As we work in Alaska, you are working right along with us. Prayer is such a powerful thing. Although our team is not full yet, we need prayers now. We will be laying out exactly what we need and where we are struggling. We also want to be praying for you. We want to build this connection both ways. Please let us know if there are certain things we can lift up for you. This team will always be on our hearts and mind.
Secondly, we have reached 35% in our monthly financial support. Praise the Lord that things are moving! We were advised to start asking for referral contacts when we are at 40% because that is usually when our personal contacts come to an end. We don’t want to have a plateau in our meetings. Which we currently feel like we have hit. We are looking for prayers that when we meet with people, they might have a name or two for us to follow up with. We humbly ask if you would prayerfully consider people we could meet with who would be interested in the work we will be doing with MARC. Prayer for diligently moving forward. The Lord will always provide, even when we don’t understand how. Prayers that we continue to look up to him every day. Have our trust and reliance in him grow deeper. To have courage to meet with anyone. To take away the negative thoughts that so easily settle into our minds and hearts. Telling us that we can’t do this. That we are not good enough. That there are a million and one reasons to not ask someone for prayer or financial support.
We know that this is where the Lord is calling us and we are so excited that the journey has finally started! We love meeting with people. Making new friends as well as growing deeper with friends we’ve had for years. We understand that this journey will be hard, trying and sometimes seem very long but as Allyson puts it, “The Lord is building our character”. So with our willing hearts we embrace this character building journey!
With much Love,
The Hard Family.