My dear friend and Bible Study leader, Leigh Ann is going to Haiti. In fact, she is literally on her way right now. When I found out a few weeks ago that she was going, I had, what I would call, a very strong reaction to the news. I wish I could define "strong" for you, but all I can say is that I definitely had some feelings about it. And while I count Leigh Ann as one of my dearest friends, the feelings I was having certainly didn't match up with our relationship.
Finally, out of desperation, I confessed to the Lord and felt like He was asking me to pray for Leigh Ann about this trip. I eventually told her how I was feeling because I knew she probably sensed my hesitation. After some praying and soul searching, I felt that God was most definitely telling me to pray and pray often.
So, that's what I committed to Leigh Ann that I would do. This past Tuesday night after Bible Study, we surrounded her and prayed for her and her family that's still here. Going to Haiti is very scary right now. So many unknowns.
The group left for Haiti at the crack of dawn yesterday morning. They arrived at the DR late yesterday where they slept over. This morning, they were taking a bus (Thailand memories) to PAP. I got a text from her this morning saying they were completely stopped at the border and didn't know how long they'd be there. She asked me to pray.
Let me stop here and tell you just how honored I was to receive that text. I was honored to be asked to pray for my friend. I sent out the call that the team needed prayer and less than an hour later, this text arrived:
"I can't explain to you what happened, but God has literally parted the sea and we're being escorted through. Amazing!!!"
I'm pretty sure I know What happened. :) "...The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results" (James 5:16b).Though I shouldn't be, I never cease to be amazed at how God directly answers our prayers when we call on Him.
Can I please ask for your prayers for this team of folks going to Haiti? They are all a part of Sweet Sleep which is who Steve went to Moldova with back in 2007. You can follow the team as they travel by visiting the Sweet Sleep blog or Leigh Ann's blog.