Praying for JOY

We have friends who are leaving tomorrow to go overseas and be missionaries.
They are our age, and we share memories and friends from med school and residency.
They have five small children-the oldest is 8, the youngest is barely 3 months.
They have been planning this for months, years.
And tomorrow?
Tomorrow they will fly with 2 adults,
5 kids,
18 checked bags,
7 carry-on bags,
7 backpacks
and two strollers.

And you know what my thoughts are?
There’s no way I’d be able to handle that.

Their thoughts though?
Directly from an email I got today:

“We want our children to remember tomorrow fondly forever,
another milestone of God’s faithfulness to our family.
So please pray for JOY, pray for us to rest well,
pray for a smooth journey through customs with baggage and children.”

So if you could spare a few moments, could you please send out a prayer or two for this wonderful family.

And if prayers aren’t your thing…they also accept good vibes and positive energy.

3 Responses to Praying for JOY
  1. domestic extraordinaire
    August 18, 2010 | 3:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, I think I would be overwhelmed, but thankfully there are those like your friends who know exactly where God wants them and are acting upon that. I will pray for them and for you as I know it is always hard when friends are so far away.

  2. designHer Momma
    August 18, 2010 | 3:45 pm

    this is beautiful. And I will pray for them. I’m so glad we have amazing people in the word like this.

  3. Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith
    August 18, 2010 | 8:06 pm

    I will pray for your friends, and thank God for them. Talk about living your faith.