#1 – We have a new daughter. Praise God! Ally is her name. She is 21 years old. She’s coming to us from the Warren Jeffs compound of the FLDS. (http://www.hulu.com/watch/428223)
She is tender-hearted and kind. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be with us and we are equally as thankful that she is here. She is currently trying to get a job and her desire is to go to college. Our job will be to support her in whatever she decides to pursue and to show her what unconditional love looks like.
Through the generosity of some of you, we were able to furnish her room and buy her some clothes and shoes. We will also have the pleasure of bringing Ally to Florida with us when we come in December. To those of you who have made all of this possible, THANK YOU! We are able to love her and give her a home and a family but financially, we are not able to do what we wish we could. Praise God for those of you who have so graciously stepped in to fill in the holes that we could not.
(Pics of Ally’s Room)
While we are in Florida, we will be having Christmas with our family. It will be Ally’s first experience with Christmas. She doesn’t know what it’s all about, she’s never heard the songs, she’s never received Christmas gifts, she’s never had a stocking, etc. I am so thankful that we get to experience this holiday season with her. I am also excited that we will have this amazing opportunity to show her who Jesus is through his birthday!
Please be praying for this sweet girl. She is and will continue to be going through a major life change. Please pray that her heart will heal from the pain she is feeling and that she will see how much God loves her!
#2 – Our Transitions class is coming to a close and Barry and I will be picking up the teaching in a little over a week. We have been so blessed to be a part of this group of people as they leave Mormonism and search for the truth. We have watched as they are learning what the Bible says verses what they’ve been taught through the LDS church. Sometimes we see anger in their faces and sometimes we see heartbreak. It has been both moving and sad to watch. Praise God we know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel they are in! Praise God that His Word is infallible and unchanging. Praise God that we have His promise that if we seek Him, we will find Him!
Please pray that God would draw those in this class to Himself. Please also pray that He would give Barry & I the words to say in the difficult discussions ahead. We are so eager to see just how God moves in the lives of these sweet people. We are confident that He will!
#3 – Many of you have been praying for my friend, Heather. She lives here in Utah though I met her many years ago and we became good friends during high school in Florida. She is LDS and she is very, very sick. I’ve asked that you would pray that God could use this illness to bring her to Himself.
Well, she’s been kind of MIA for the past 6 weeks or so because of her illness. No FB posts. No Instagram. No response to emails. Until yesterday. She updated the blog she keeps yesterday with information about her health. The blog is a closed blog and you can only see it through invitation. She has added me to it multiple times, but it never seems to work. Yesterday was no different. I tried several ways and still could not access the blog. So, she copied the entire thing and sent it to me via FB Messenger. What a blessing that I can’t log in the traditional way! Because it was sent to me privately, I was able to type in a prayer for Heather to read. I was able to go before the true and living God for her and with her! Praise God for the inability to access her blog. I am praying now that each blog update goes just like this one =)
Heather is, in fact, still very ill. Her condition is strange and scary. Will you please be praying for her healing? For her physically body, of course, but more importantly for her spiritually healing.
We are so very thankful for your continued interest, prayer and support. We can not imagine doing this without you.
For those of you that are interested in giving to help Ally or just to help us, here are a few ways you can do that.
- You can send gift cards for Walmart, Target, etc. to us at 12448 S. Iron Sight Way, Herriman, UT 84096
- You can write a check to First Baptist Church of Windermere and write “Utah Mission” in the memo line.
The check can be dropped in the offering plate or mailed to:
First Baptist Church Windermere
300 Main Street
Windermere, Florida 34786
- You can also give through the church’s website www.fbcwindermere.com.
o Click on “GIVE”
o Click “Click here to Give”
o Log In
o Choose the amount and if you want a one time or recurring gift set up
o Put the amount you specified in “General Fund” and when the option box comes up type in “Utah Mission”
o Finish the online instructions