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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Prayer Appreciated

This is Bethany (the one on the right). She is an 18-year-old professional dancer with an amazing heart for Our Lord.
I have known Bethany since she was 18-months-old. I can't she is a young woman following the dreams the Lord put in her heart on the path He has set her feet on. I have had the privilege of praying many of these awesome accomplishments into being.

I have also had the pleasure of watching her become a woman after God's own heart. She is full of purity, humility and passion for Jesus. She would love to be a Broadway dancer and performer but if God can get more glory through her another way, that is the way she'll walk. Every step she takes and every breath she breathes is an act of worship for her not to mention the turns, leaps and extensions she does in worship to the Lord.
She is a member of a professional christian ballet company called Dance Ad Deum.

She has danced in many, many places. Some as secular as New York City and Broadway others as reverent as church sanctuaries.

Right now she is dancing in Holland with YWAM (Youth With a Mission). She is teaching dances to many teams who will take these dances to minister to people all over the world. They will dance the dances she choreographed in such places as Indonesia, China, Australia, France and South Africa among others.

She has stumbled (while being led by God) into another amazing opportunity. She has been invited to go from Holland to South Africa with the South African team to minister through dance.
One of the many things about Bethany that is so beautiful is her heart for the Lord. She dances with an expressed passion for Him that few people can express in the flesh. She could be many places dancing. She has had many offers and many opportunities but the humility with which she offers each request to the Lord is truly inspirational to watch.
She really thought she would be performing in a different way this summer but when it got right down to it, God had a better plan. She is doing something she loves and giving glory to God in a special way this summer.
The finances have been raised and she will head to South Africa at the end of her ministry in Holland. Please join us in praying that she will be Light in the darkness, she will have physical, emotional and spiritual protection and receive rest and encouragement in this busy time.
Remember there are time differences, language barriers, dancers with varying experience and extreme spiritual darkness where she is.

Pray for her family and the families of the other dancers during this time as many of them are experiencing attack as well.

Pray for the lost. Pray for soft hearts, ears to hear and eyes to see. Also remember to praise God for all He has done and will continue to do through these willing dancers.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

This is the Seay family. I was in youth group with Amy. She was always pretty, sweet, gentle and compassionate. Anyone who reads this and has lost touch with her will be interested in their current story and how to pray for them. You'll also want to admire their beautiful family!

Brian's sister, Jenn, is a friend of mine here in College Station. So until a few weeks ago, I really had very little idea what they were up to. Then Jenn announces that Brian has a blog and asks her readers to pray for them because they are in the process of adopting two foster children.

This is really an amazing story and you should read about it on Brian's blog.

Basically God has moved the heartstrings of a family in another state, who already have four children, to defy the American odds and adopt two more children. These children are preschool aged and desperately need a forever family.

The Seays have been told "no" because they have four children already. The world and CPS say that is enough. They have all the usual issues that a family of six could have...financial stretching, space stretching and time stretching...But they believe God has told them these children will fill a space in their family only God knew needed filling.

They will wait with raised hands and outstretched arms saying, "Pick us, we're willing, we're ready, we love them already," until God shuts the final door. Pray that doesn't happen. Pray things happen smoothly and quickly for the children's sake. Pray for favor with the system and caseworkers.

Just pray.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

1 comment:

Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

God is so much bigger than the world and its ways.

I will be praying for this awesome opportunity God has given Bethany, an opportunity He has been putting into place for years.

I will also be praying for the Seays and remembering that Gods ways are not our ways and Gods thoughts are not our thoughts.