Friends, I would like to ask you simply to keep me in your prayers the next couple of weeks. I’m going on a great adventure and even though I’m not fearful, I am nervous.
Some of you may know where I am going. However, because of the sensitive nature of the adventure, I would appreciate you not publicly spilling the beans as I try to remain under the radar. It doesn’t help matters that Putin has started his nonsense and put the world on alert.
Despite what is happening in the geopolitical world, there is a fundamental truth that will never change: People need Jesus! Beyond that, churches still need pastors and pastors need encouragement, along with all the help they can get to combat against doctrinal and theological error.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.1 Timothy 4:16
Therefore, I am going alone – physically – to a place I’ve never been to before. I’m going alone, quite frankly, because nobody else dares go with me. That’s OK, and I don’t blame them, especially those who feel confident that God is not leading them to accompany me. Yet, I know I won’t be totally alone, and I am not even referring to the armed security that will be accompanying me the whole time.
The Holy Spirit will be with me!
And I know many, many brothers and sisters will be praying for me, too.
And speaking of prayer, may I ask that you pray for the following?
- That all the COVID-19 rapid tests will come back negative for COVID.
- That I will be able to bring all that I need in the luggage I am taking.
- For safety to and from the airport Monday morning, and that includes the safety of my dear wife who will be taking me.
- For my family to rest in the peace of Christ while I’m gone.
- That my dog George will not be depressed and stop eating while I am gone – seriously.
- For safe travels to and from the destination. I hate flying these days.
- For safe commuting while abroad, for where I am going traffic rules barely exist.
- For a clear understanding of what God wants me to preach and teach while there.
- For me not to get sick from any contaminated water or food.
- For the safety of the pastors who will be attending meetings.
- That funding will be more than adequate for the needs.
- That lasting relationships will be fostered.
- That the sermons and lectures (i.e., during the pastors’ conferences) will be seamlessly translated and understood.
- That all involved will experience spiritual revival (including YOU).
- That God will bless all those who have generously contributed to the needs of this Great Adventure.
Now, to sum this up for today, back in the 1990’s Steven Curtis Chapman released a great song along with a great music video. It was called “The Great Adventure.” This will be my theme.
This is the Great Adventure!