Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Moving at the speed of sound

It seems like there are so many things going on at once that it’s impossible to keep up. A couple of years ago Kent started calling me “rocket man” like the Elton John song because I said that it always felt like we’re riding a rocket around here. It seems impossible to keep up but it’s definitely an adventure. Just tighten up the belt and hold on. Here’s a few things that are happening that you can be praying for.

Love is in the air

The pictures below are two couples that recently got engaged and will be marrying before the end of the year. It’s been our privilege to be involved in the lives of all of these people since they are all on staff. Kristy and I have had the pleasure of walking through some of the pre-engagement counseling with these couples and will be continuing to do some pre-marital counseling over the next few days and weeks leading up to their weddings in Novemeber and December. It’s been quite a journey for us to watch both Ze Flavio and Anselmo come to Christ and now to see them starting their own families. It’s incredibly exciting to think about the long-term influence of new families in Brazil centered on Christ and the gospel. I have to say also that I predicted that Ze Flavio and Claudia would get married 5 years ago long before they ever started dating. I’m not sure what he’s been waiting on but finally my prophecy comes true.

Demps, Anselmo, Michelle, Kristy

Demps, Ze Flavio, Claudia, Kristy

Staff Stimulus

We leave today for our annual Staff Stimulus conference with our whole staff team. This is always an important moment of interaction, reflection and direction. This year we will be talking specifically about our vision and about our personal growth. Kent will be leading us in our discussion about our vision and I will be leading 3 sessions about our personal growth and development. Pray for my preparation for these sessions and that we will be encouraged to keep fighting the fight of faith. I’ll be using the theme of “Clay in the Potter’s hands” to talk about our personal growth. Pray that this verse would be true of all of us.

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.

We are the clay, you are the potter;

we are all the work of your hand. - Isaiah 64:8

Moving day

We still don’t know for sure what day this will be but it looks like we will be moving sometime next week. The contract was finalized on our sell and we have found another apartment and will be packing up and moving soon. As you all know from experience, moving is a hectic process and is a very real threat to any marriage. (Especially when you live with someone like me, “Demps”) Pray for everything to go smoothly as we say goodbye to our home for the last 4 years and settle in to new living arrangements.

Demps Dempsey

Campus Outreach Brazil

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