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Pray for Labstone…

I write tonight–and ask humbly for you to please join us in prayer for Wiphan’s headmaster Labstone Chanda. Labstone was in a wreck a couple of weeks ago–and he has been in the hospital. Richard and the team went to be with him today as they heard his condition had worsened. It had. You can read about it HERE on Kristen’s blog (Wiphan’s first US intern/missionary).

I got to talk to Richard tonight–but he was very tired…and he had lost his voice from no sleep and a long day. Labstone is in critical condition and needs our prayers. His precious wife and children need him–and we ask you to please join us in praying for a miracle to take place in the hospital in Lusaka.

This momma–is tired. Today I think it hit me. And then the news of Labstone..the tears came. While things like this happen so often in Africa-we are just so fortunate in the US to be surrounded by amazing medical care. This morning–I read Psalm 138 and Psalm 139 before beginning my day. Reflecting on the verses in those chapters now…brings rest to my heart…

138.1 “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart…”

138.3 “When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted…”

138.6 “Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.”

138.7 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life…”

138.8 “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever–do not abandon the works of your hands.”

Psalm 139

O Lord, You have searched me and You know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord.

You hem me in–behind and before; You have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side on the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to You;
the night will shine like the day, for the darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you before I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with you.

If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way of everlasting.

The Lord has this. It’s in His hands. We are trusting Him. And ask that you trust Him with us. For this…and for every little details in YOUR life as well. Much love to you all tonight. Praying that husband of mine is getting some sleep tonight…and so thankful He is there.



kim - October 6, 2011 - 10:47 am

I will definitely pray for his complete healing!!

Rory - October 6, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Prayed for him and his family this morning and will add him to my prayer list. What a sweet countenance he has! Please keep us updated! Praying for you too mama. My husband traveled a lot the last few years for work, and though the trade off of having him home when he wasn’t traveling was great, I know first hand how hard it is to be mom to four littles, homeschool, keep up with ministry, and just maintain your sanity.:) Hope today is filled with fresh energy and some surprise blessings. You are doing an amazing job!

Shelly - October 6, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Andrea — I’m praying with all my heart. Precious Labstone was on my mind all day today. Dan and I prayed with the kids for him and for Richard tonight. We love y’all dearly.

Kim - October 6, 2011 - 11:33 pm

Just prayed. Love & Blessings, Kim