Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Back from Branson...on the way to Zambia!

Since we walked in the door on Sunday evening from our weekend in Branson (A recap of our Branson trip is for another post!), we've been busy getting Josh ready for his 2 week trip to Zambia. It's been a crazy couple of days, but we got all of the errands run, laundry done, 4 suitcases packed and Josh on a flight bound for Africa! If you have some time, your prayers would be greatly appreciated while Josh is away. I know God is in the details, so here are a few specific requests that we need covered in prayer over the next 17 days...

1) For safe travels to and from Zambia. He arrives in Lusaka, Zambia on Thursday at 6:20am (11:20pm central time on Wednesday).

2) For good health and safety while he is there.

3) For protection over me (and our home) while Josh is away. I get a little nervous about sleeping by myself in our house....I need to get over that! :)

4) Josh is taking a lot of very important ministry tools with him, so please pray that they all arrive safely (that nothing would get stolen or lost in transit) and that he doesn't have any problems getting through customs when he arrives in Lusaka, Zambia.

5) Josh will be assisting in setting up the new Zambian Family Legacy office in Lusaka....the office has doubled in size over the past few weeks to accommodate the Zambian staff, so please pray that everything goes well with the office set-up, specifically with all of the computers he will be installing.

6) The most important task Josh has to accomplish is synchronizing the Irving and Zambian databases so that they can share basic child information and letters/photos between the Irving and Zambian offices more efficiently and effectively. I don't know everything that is involved in this process, but I do know that it involves a lot of details and all of them need to go smoothly in order for everything to happen the way it needs to. This synchronization will be one of the biggest and most imperative infrastructure changes within the ministry at this time....it is vital to the growth and improvement of the ministry. Please pray that everything falls into place and that all of the hard work that Josh has put into this project over the past year pays off. Pray that if issues arise that he is able to troubleshoot them quickly.

7) Josh will be training the Zambian staff how to use the database while he is there, so please pray that they are able to understand the information quickly so they can effectively use the tools after Josh leaves.

Thanks SO much for your prayers!

I've been meaning to share this slide show from Camp LIFE 2009 for awhile now...it's amazing! Enjoy!

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