Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This month in Haiti, the cholera outbreak struck with vengeance. What began with just a few cases here and there is now an epidemic. Over the past month, our missionaries reported going from seeing just a few patients with cholera to hundreds of patients in their clinics and schools. The number of affected is rising and the ability to control the disease is limited. Over the border in the Dominican Republic cases are popping up as well.
Here at Agape, we are doing our best to help load up the missionaries with supplies to help treat those affected and support their efforts to save lives. When we received the first call for help, the Agape staff jumped into action to gather all the supplies requested. Lance and the Agape staff gathered up 40 cases of IVs of ringers lactate to send on the next day’s flight. It was not easy to work our way through the medical channels to obtain the supplies but God made a way and the supplies were in the hangar by evening of that day.
Our efforts to help are not stopping there. After spending time researching a more affordable way to send IV’s, Lance found from several experts that we could make ORS (oral rehydration solution) kits to send over for much less money but with equal effectiveness to the IVs. The IVs weigh quite a bit and are cumbersome to send via plane, where as the ORS are packed in Ziploc snack size bags and are sent in cases of 100. Each ORS is added to safe water and replicates the ringers lactate IV. Our first batch of 1000 ORS were made last week and the plans to make more this week are in the works. The missionaries are very excited for this help and are requesting more ORS than we have available. We will continue to make and send the ORS as long as there is a request from the missionaries.
We are committed to helping the missionaries and the people of Haiti and DR through this crisis. We hope you will continue to pray for the people of Haiti and the DR, as well as pray for the missionaries. Fear and unrest is breaking out as fast at the cholera. We pray that God will use the missionaries we serve to bring the love of Christ and the peace that comes from Him alone to these fearful and hurting people. Please pray for an end of this outbreak and breakthroughs for Christ through the storm. Also pray for wisdom for us to know the best ways to help.
Here are our praises and prayer requests for the month...
*Praise the Father for a wonderful trip to Missouri and Iowa last month. We had a very refreshing time of fellowship with the Parkview church missions conference and Altar of Praise church. It was also a huge blessing to spend time with Grampa Dale. This time was exactly what we needed.
*Praise God for wonderful friends who hosted us at their homes during our trip. It was an incredible blessing to have a place to call “home” while we were on the road. Thank you, God, for the Drums, Espys and Damewoods.
*Praise the Lord for the availability of the supplies needed in Haiti for the cholera outbreak. Only through His provision were the supplies found and delivered in one day. Also praise Him for all the guidance of how to develop a better way to produce the necessary materials.
*Praise the Lord for the healing for Katelyn. She is doing remarkably well. She and her family will be returning to Haiti in December.
*Please pray Agape’s staff as the busy season of Christmas is here. We have a huge increase in cargo and demands. Pray for focus and strength to complete what God is calling us to do.
*Please pray the people of Haiti and Dominican Republic. Cholera is causing fear and unrest in several areas. Please pray that God will provide peace and healing to the people of these nations.
*Please pray for Agape’s search for a new Executive Director. We need guidance to find the person God has ordained for the position and not settle for anything but God’s divinely appointed person.
Thank you for lifting our prayers to the Most High. We hope you all have a great Christmas and enjoy celebrating the birth of the Mighty King.
Living victoriously in Christ,
The Anderson ministry team
Thursday, November 11, 2010
We are so sorry to be posting late this month but we have some really good excuses. :) We spent the last weekend of October and the first week/weekend of November on the road for deputation and support raising. Our trip started with a weekend in Springfield, MO speaking at the Altar of Praise church. It was a great blessing to be able to share what God has been doing in our lives and at Agape. Our time at the church and with the pastors, Gary and Liz Drum was very refreshing.
During the second week, we headed to Iowa City, Iowa. It was great to spend a few days with my dad and have some serious Grampa time. We were so blessed to have my dad drive out and play with us. The girls got their fill of hugs and game time with Gramps and we all enjoyed having time to hang out together.
The rest of the week was spend "meeting and greeting" for the Parkview Church Missions conference. We had a variety of meeting and small group presentations as well as a weekend full of activities. It was great to meet so many of the Kingdom workers from Parkview and hear all the stories of how God is working around the globe. The weekend was full but very exciting and rewarding. We were encouraged by so many good friends and supporters. The positive feedback and love we received was amazing.
After a long drive on Monday and Tuesday, we arrived safely home and began the process of getting back to normal. But we know that "normal" is never normal. On Wednesday morning, Agape received reports of the increase in the Cholera outbreak, so plans quickly developed to send a load of medical supplies on Thursday. Lance and the Agape team worked at high speed to gather and obtain 1200 pounds of medical supplies to send to the missionaries. The first flight went on Thursday but more flights will follow based on the information we receive from the missionaries. Please be praying for the people of Haiti. They have been hard pressed on all sides but God is still working in their midst and He is in control at all times.
As for our family prayer requests and praises, here they are....
Praise God for a successful trip to Les Cayes, Haiti, for Lance and the picnic team. The time spent in fellowship with the missionaries was a huge blessing.
Praise the Father for His direction in our lives. Every time our minds start to wonder what we are doing and if we are on the right path, God sends us confirmation and shows us His heart.
Praise the Lord for the provision of extra seats on the return flight from Les Cayes so Katelyn and her mom could be brought to the US for medical treatment.
Please pray for Katelyn and her family. Katelyn is doing much better but we are praying for a quick and complete healing for her. We are also praying for their safe return to Haiti.
Please pray safe travels for our family as we travel to Iowa this month for the Parkview Church missions conference and a speaking engagement at Altar of Praise church. Pray for ears to be open to God’s heart for missions. Also, pray for our efforts to raise the remaining funds needed to continue working for Agape.
Please pray for the staff at Agape to be focused on serving Christ in every word and deed. It is easy to become overwhelmed during this increased workload/holiday season approaching. Pray for all of us to stay focused on glorifying God in all we do.
Please pray for the search for the new executive director of Agape Flights. We need God's guidance to find the person He ordained for the position and not settle for anything but God's divinely appointed person.
Thank you for lifting us up before the King. We appreciate all of your support and prayers. We pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving season.
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn for the Anderson family
Here is a picture of Lance at the picnic in Les Cayes, Haiti. (More to follow)
Sunday, October 3, 2010
This month has been a month of planning picnics. Along with all his regular duties, this month, Lance was given the duty of coordinating picnics at our field locations. As part of our 30th year anniversary, Agape is planning picnics for Eleuthera, Bahamas; Ley Cayes, Haiti; Port au Prince, Haiti; Santiago and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The planning of these picnics is no easy feat. It requires great attention to detail and planning on how to best serve the missionaries.
Lance has been working hard to coordinate air transport for Agape personnel, transportation of food and supplies, and to secure housing and ground transportation when traveling to each location. The first picnic was held at the end of September in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Lance and 3 others traveled to the Bahamas to host the party. They spent two days in Eleuthera setting up the picnic, hosting the party, entertaining the missionaries and then traveling to see the missionary’s projects. It was very exciting to see how they operate and the different ways they are touching lives for Christ. Each missionary told us of the great service Agape Flights is for them and how we impact them on a weekly basis as well. Our intention of the trip was to touch their lives and renew them for another year of serving the Lord, and as most trips go, we ended up being very touched and changed by meeting them.
We are looking forward to the next picnic in Ley Cayes, Haiti in the beginning of October. Please pray for the safety of the trip and the time to be glorifying to God by all who attend. The rest of the picnics are scheduled for early 2011, once the holiday season is past.
Praises and Prayer Requests
Praise the Lord for His hands which directs our ways and our plans. With the leading of the Lord, we made it to Green Bay in time to spend the last two days of Mom’s life by her side. God made the plans and we simply listened to Him. Thank you, Lord, for that precious time.
Praise God for a successful trip to Bahamas for Lance and the team. It was a great time of fellowship and worship. All who attended were blessed by the time spent together.
Please pray for Lynn’s family as we step forward without Mom. We miss her deeply but God is filling our hearts with memories of her and filling the voids with love from Him.
Praise the Father for new field representatives in Santiago, who wil be arriving in the country shortly to help with and navigate the customs issues. The Darnell's joined our staff at Agape and will be serving in Santiago.
Please continue to pray for the resolve of the customs issues in Santiago. We pray that with the Darnell’s leadership and God’s favor the mail/package service to Santiago will be greatly improved.
Please pray for the staff at Agape to tune their ears to God’s voice. We each need prayer to stay in tune with what God is asking each person to do and not to move without His direction. Sometimes, as humans, we all get caught up in wanting to find the “quick” answer. We pray that we will only listen to God’s answer.
We greatly appreciate all of your support and prayers. Please drop us a line and let us now how we can be praying for you.
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn for the Anderson ministry team
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Here is a pict of Lance...during the Bahamas trip.
Friday, September 10, 2010
We are extremely grateful for each person who has invested in our lives through financial gifts, thoughtful words and heartfelt prayers. Thank you for allowing us to do His work and be a part of the ministry of Agape Flights. You are part of His team and we are blessed to have you working with us. We are looking forward to year two.
Prayer Requests and Praises
Praise the Lord for His hand which is constantly upon us. Psalm 139:5 is very evident in our lives and we are thankful for His presence before us, behind us and upon us.
Praise God for a wonderful surprise trip to Green Bay last month. God’s favor got us great prices on the tickets, and through favor, we were able to stay for extra days even though we missed the deadline for ticket changes. The time with family was priceless. God knew exactly what we needed and He made it happen.
Praise the Father for a successful phase inspection of the Bandit and for the donor plane, which is staying with us for our use as needed through the end of the year.
Please pray for Lynn’s family as heal from Lynn's mom's passing.
Please continue to pray for the resolve of the customs issues in Santiago. We have been having difficulties with administration at the airport but we grateful for the many helping hands that are allowing us to still get the deliveries in.
Please pray for our family. Pray that our eyes will be fixed on Him in all things.
Please intercede with us missionaries we work with. They are in the trenches and we pray God’s hand is upon them and guiding their steps.
Please pray for the search for a new Executive Director. We have been searching for one year for a new director. We know God has the person already chosen, please pray for the person to hears God’s voice and respond to the call.
Thank you for all your support and prayers.
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn, Lance, Grace and Hope
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Obituary for Rita (Rottier) Vanerem
Rita Joan (Rottier) VanErem, 70, DePere peacefully went to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer. Rita was born on June 25, 1940, to the late Chris and Marie (Heezen) Rottier. On October 27, 1962, she married Dale VanErem at St Boniface Church,DePere. Rita attended St Boniface Grade School and St Joseph Academy in Green Bay. Rita worked many places in her career as an accountant. She retired from Leicht’s Transfer and Storage in 2002.Rita’s family was the most important thing in her life. She treasured her time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She and Dale loved to attend their children and grandchildren’s academic, music, and athletic events. She was a very dedicated parent and grandparent. She also enjoyed riding the couple’s tandem bicycle on the trails. She spent many hours volunteering as the treasurer of De Pere Christian Outreach. Rita loved family, reading, biking and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.Rita is survived by her loving husband, Dale; 4 children: Joe (Pam) VanErem, DePere, Marie (Paul) Sauvey,DePere,David (Jodi) VanErem, Green Bay, Lynn (Lance)Anderson,North Port, FL; 9 grandchildren: Liz,Brittany,and Dani VanErem, Katie and Colleen Sauvey, Vincent and Veda VanErem, Grace and Hope Anderson; brothers and sisters: Bernard (Geri) Rottier, Patricia Goffard, Gerald (Janice) Rottier, Dick (Mary) Rottier, Ray ( Janice) Rottier, Peck (Joyce) Rottier, Harv (Alice) Rottier, Bob (Jean) Rottier, Cathy Rottier, and Jean Rottier; mother-in-law: Caroline VanErem, brothers and sisters-in-law: Clete (Ann) VanErem, Howard (Lynette) VanErem, Tom (Linda) VanErem, Jerry (Debbie) VanErem; many nieces nephews and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, James Rottier ,and her father-in-law ,Arthur VanErem.Family and friends may call Friday, September 3, 2010 at Cotter Funeral Home ,860 N. Webster Ave, De Pere from 4 until 8p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church,220 S Michigan St, DePere from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Saturday at church with Rev Conrad Kratz O.Praem officiating. Interment at Mt Calvary Cemetery,De Pere. On-line condolences may be expressed to the VanErem and Rottier family at www.cotterfuneralhome.com.In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Agape Flights.
As a testimony of how much my Mom loved us, she chose to set up a memorial to Agape Flights in lieu of flowers. I am speechless, and awestruck that even after she is gone, she is still taking care of her sheep. Thank you, Mom and Dad! There are just no words to express how much that means to Lance and I. We love you!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Life at Agape this month was very “normal”. It is hard to really define normal anymore because it has been a long time since we had a normal month. This month we flew our 103th Agape flight to Haiti and the DR for the year. During the earthquake we had numerous other aircraft and those increased our numbers but our actual Agape plane has flown 103 flights this year. (Note-we flew 50 last year.) There is still much need for relief cargo, but, for now, the regular cargo outnumbers the relief supplies. Most of the missionaries we support are back in business so we are trying to keep up with their regular shopping requests and shipping needs. Customs and red tape are affecting how we operate at some airports but with prayer and connections we know God can take care of these issues.
I’m sure many of you are wondering how life in Haiti is six month post-quake. Well, life in Haiti is still very devastating. The living conditions are hot, rainy and uncomfortable. People are still living in tent cities. Many buildings are exactly where they fell on January 12th and progress to rebuild is very slow. Our pilots report that a ride around Port au Prince is heartbreaking but reports from other areas tell of slow and steady progress to rebuild. Many teams have converged on Haiti this summer to help the process. It is one building at a time and one team at a time that makes a difference. The people of Haiti are strong. They have lost so much but they have not given up. They continue to move forward and do all they can based on their limited resources and materials. Please keep the Haitian people and the missionaries in your prayers. There is still much to be done.
Here are our Prayer request and Praises for this month....
- Praise the Lord for the release of all the remaining sea containers. He worked His ways in customs again and all the supplies are already distributed in Haiti.
- Praise God for the many hours of volunteer work that goes on at Agape each week. From lawn mowing to plane loading to accounting, volunteers allow us to get it all done. God is faithful every week to provide the man power we need and we are so grateful for Him and the way He leads people.
- Praise the Father for our supporters who encourage us and allow us to serve at Agape.
- Please pray for customs issues that we face on a regular basis. Pray for God’s provision through the red tape in both Haiti and the D.R. He will find a way.
- Please pray for our family. We are constantly being stretched in new directions and we want to honor God in every way.
- Please intercede with us for the people of Haiti. There is still hopelessness and despair in many areas. Pray for God’s touch in their lives and that they will see where true hope comes from.
- Please pray for the search for a new Executive Director.
- Please also keep in your prayers Lynn's mom. After having a very good month, she is currently back in the hospital with unexplained neurological issues. Please pray for healing, peace and rest.
Thank you all for your faithful support and prayers. We are grateful for each of you. Please let us know how we can be praying for you.
Have a great month!
Living victoriously in Christ,
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Hope is such a fire ball. She is extreme in all she does. She gives everything she does her all and then she gives napping her all. She says and does things that are not normal for a four year old. For example, the other day she started reading road signs while I was driving and told me "Mom, you can not do a u turn here and there is no parking over there. Now, you better obey." When she was at the doctor for swimmer's ear, the doctor asked her when her ears hurt and she told her, "Well, (long pause) they only hurt when I speak English...if I speak Spanish, they don't hurt." (and I said "what???") Like I said, she is one of a kind.
Hope has a huge heart for hurting people. She asked questions about Haiti all the time (Like, "Mom, has the earth stopped shaking there yet?"). She wants Build a Bear to make a donation bear for Haiti, so US kids can buy Haitian kids bears to send over. When we started talking about her birthday a few weeks ago, she asked if she could make a donation for Haiti for her birthday. That's our girl.
Our prayer is that she will set the world on fire for the Lord with her extreme spirit and love for life. She is one incredible girl and we are very proud of her. We know that God has big plans for her and we can't wait to see what He is going to do through her.
Here are a few of Hope's favorites
- Food---Chicken strips with ranch
- Ride at Busch Garden---Tidal Wave (also known as the Frog Hopper in Wis. Dells)
- Playmates---Grace and Bailey
- Color---PINK pink Pink
- Movie---Barbie and the 3 Muskateers And all princess movies
- Toy---Leapster 2 (Backyardigans and Nemo)
- Animal---Butterflies, especially Monarchs
- Summer activity---Riding scooter
- Song----John 3:16
- Dance---ballerina dancing
Here are a few picts. of her past year.....
Happy Birthday Hope!! We love you!
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn, Lance, Grace and Hope
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Is anyone else having a hard time believing it is July already??? My internal calander is not computing this at all. Where has this year gone so far??
What a year and what a month we have had, though!? We are still busy at Agape but just not the same tempo and urgency of busy as post earthquake. Our flight schedule has returned to once a week. We are still sending supplies and relief materials to Haiti but we have also resumed on all other deliveries as well. The two day flights leave on Thursday and return on Friday each week.
The amount of donated items we still have is enormous but we are not rushing to send them in until the missionaries are ready for them. Over 300 boxes of clothing and medical supplies are ready to go for when the missionaries are able to distribute them. The girls and I(Lynn) worked for days this month on sorting and organizing the clothing as well as packing backpacks for the homeless. We have condensed 2 warehouses into a maze of shelves at the hangar.
This month Agape started a year long celebration of 30 years of ministry. On June 26, we had a big picnic at the hangar to celebrate God's goodness and faithfulness over the past 30 years. The Soarin Celebration was an event to dedicated our new airplane and celebrate all God has done for us. It was a wonderful (and HOT) picnic which included entertainment, prayers, food, fun and words from our founders, Clara and Keith Starkey. The Agape kids even performed for the crowds. (Video link is below so you can see the performance for yourselves.)
As a family, we have been very blessed this month. God completed what He started in April with the sale of our house. The house closed on June 21 and we are so grateful. God is the ultimate realtor and I highly recommend Him to any one wishing to sell a property. If you need His number give me a call. :)
Lance has been extremely busy at work as well. He has so many jobs to do now that I can't keep track of which one he is working on. It is easy to say that no two days are alike and he is never bored. God is using all of his talents and skills every day. Praise the Lord, that's why we are here. It is all for HIM.
Well, that should have you updated for now.
Here are the monthly praises and prayer requests:
Praise the Lord for the all the workers for the Soarin Celebration. The event was wonderful because of all the help we received and the hundreds of people who came out in the heat to see what God is doing.
Praise God for the closing of our home in Iowa. God provided the buyer and the timing just like He always does.
Praise the King for His protection and provision. He is our all in all and He is watching over us at every turn.
Praise the Father for our volunteer chaplains that lead our staff in weekly chapel services. We are blessed to have many faithful pastors who give their time to help us stay on track and follow God’s word in our ministry.
Please pray for our flights over the next few months. The rainy season and storm season is upon us. Flying into these storms can be difficult to navigate. Please pray for clear skies and safe flights.
Please pray for Agape members, John and Joyce Hansen. They were home from Haiti for their mission convention and their daughter, Cynthia passed away unexpectantly. Please pray for a covering of peace in their lives and healing for their hearts.
Please continue to pray for Lynn’s mom as she continues to battle cancer. She had a very difficult month but now is back on the mend.
Please intercede with us again for the new sea containers waiting in customs in Haiti. Pray that God would prevail again and we will see them released this month.
Please pray for the search for a new Executive Director.
Thank you for all your encouragement and prayers. We are praying this month brings you blessings upon blessings.
Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your freedom celebrations and remember real freedom comes from only one source, Jesus Christ.
Living victoriously in Christ,
Lynn, Lance, Grace and Hope
PS. To watch the Agape kids video, go to http://theprayernotes.blogspot.com . Barbara posted her video and picts of the kids. Thanks Barbara.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
With all the needs still present, we have slowly been returning to some type of normal but it is certainly a new “normal”. We are now flying two flights a week instead of one. One flight goes to Port au Prince to bring relief supplies and one flight goes to the Dominican Republic and other Haitian airports with core supplies. Core supplies refers to “normal deliveries”, like mail and packages. We are hoping this new schedule be sufficient to meet all of their needs.
The last sea containers arrived in Haiti the first weeks of May and are waiting in customs. Lance worked this month with another sea container organized by a local church. It was for a missionary associated with Agape so they tapped into Lance’s container knowledge to help get their container loaded and shipped. We are prayerful that all the containers will be processed and distributed quickly.
Agape certainly has learned a lot over the past 4 months. We have been pushed in every way; more flights, more cargo, more volunteers, more hours worked, more fatigue. But God has been God through and through. We have seen miracle after miracle as He made things happen for us and He worked out the problems that we would face. He proved Himself as sovereign every day and for that we are extremely grateful. The biggest lesson we have learned over and over again is “to lean not our own understanding but to trust in Him.”
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Here are this month's praises and prayer requests....
Praises and Prayer requests
Praise the Lord for the staff and volunteers at Agape. The “family” at Agape works together like none we have ever seen. Each person at Agape has a gift and a purpose in the ministry. God has orchestrated a wonderful group of people into His service.
Praise God for provision of a new plane. It is so cool to see His provision in tangible ways. This plane is more evidence of God’s hands working for this ministry.
Praise the King for His protection and strength. We have felt weary and tired but God always has picked us up. There have been times when we know we could not have continued without His intervention. Praise God that He is so powerful and so faithful.
Praise the Father for our partners. He has given us a wonderful support team. Without the encouragement and prayers of our team, we would not be here today. We are grateful for you and that is a reason to praise God.
Please pray for us as work on deputation and support raising. We are now looking forward to year 2 at Agape and need to refill the support base from one time gifts last year. Please pray for God to open hearts and minds to hear our story and link arms with us at Agape.
Please pray for an Agape members, Cody and Maria Whittaker and their daughters. After surviving the earthquake in Haiti, they discovered that their 5 year old daughter, Susana, has a very aggressive form of cancer. They have relocated to the US for treatment but they need prayers for strength and peace through this journey.
Please continue to pray for Lynn’s mom as she continues to battle cancer.
Please intercede with us again for the new sea containers waiting in customs in Haiti. Pray that God would prevail again and we will see them released this month.
As always, thanks for all of your faithful prayers. We are so grateful and humbled to have people who lift us and our needs to the King. We appreciate you. Don't forget, we would like to pray for you and your needs as well. Please email us if you have specific requests so we can petition God on your behalf.
Have a great month and thank you for linking arms with us.
Never give in!
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn for the Anderson ministry team
Saturday, May 1, 2010
· Made over 160+ flights into Haiti
· Delivered almost 600,000 pounds of donated emergency supplies
· Delivered over 300 backpacks to homeless people of Haiti
As you can see, the stats just keep jumping. The work level at Agape is still running at a fast pace. The needs have changed but the amount of needs has not. There is still so much to do. We have utilized 2 extra warehouses (besides the hangar) since the earthquake. One is now empty but the other is still full of boxes and supplies that need to be delivered. Every day, plans are being made and carried out to move these supplies into the hands of the missionaries. Two more sea containers are on the way to Haiti. Hopefully, they will be released in a timely manner and the 50,000 pounds of supplies in each will be through customs quickly.
We are extremely joyful to report that all of the sea containers in Haiti which were previously sent have been released. All 5 containers were released in one week, which meant over 250,000 pounds of supplies became available to be distributed. The items in these containers varied from food to medical supplies to homemade bunkbeds. The bottom line is that God worked in big ways to get these containers released. Thank you for all your prayers for these containers. God heard them all and He did what only God can do.
Along with planes and containers, backpacks are also a part of the Haiti relief efforts. Over 300 backpacks have been filled with critical living supplies at the Agape hangar. A missionary from Haiti, who was in the US during the quake, suggested that we start a project of filling the backpacks for the homeless. So with many donations, Agape volunteers and church groups have lovingly packed these backpacks. We are receiving great reports from the missionaries that the backpacks are a hit.
We at Agape are committed to the rebuilding and reconstruction efforts of Haiti so although a lot has already been accomplished. We will not stop until every missionary has what they need and are back on their feet. We want to serve them in every way as they minister to the Haitian people.
Thank you to all our prayer warriors who storm the throne for us. We can not thank you enough. Here are this month's praises and prayer requests.
Praise the Lord for the release of the sea containers. Many missionaries are fully stocked now that they have had over 250,000 pounds released in one week. Praise the Lord for overcoming the government obstacles and red tape.
Praise God for the sale of our home in Iowa. He found a better buyer than the first and is releasing us from that burden. He is quite a realtor.
Praise the King for His protection and provisions at Agape Flights. Missionary aviation presents a load of risk but God is constantly providing His protection and blessings on Agape aircraft and personnel.
Praise the Father for strength to keep pressing on. The work load since the earthquake has never really lightened up but our strength has come from the Lord. He gives us the power and energy to complete His mission.
Please pray for us as we face persecution for standing up for the Word. We expected to have trials and we are experiencing a large load of them. Pray for us to have strength to withstand the fire. We also need you to stand in agreement for peace for our oppressors.
Please pray for our Iowa house to close perfectly without any glitches. It will close in the end of June and we are praying for a smooth transition.
Please continue to pray for the staff at Agape. Each team member has dedicated their lives to in serving this ministry. It has been a long year so far and we all need pray for refreshing and renewal. Pray for God’s strength to keep flowing in us.
Please intercede with us to the Father for the people of Haiti. New challenges are being presented to them every day. This month, millions were moved from their “tent cities” to safer ground for the rainy/flooding season. These people are still in desperate need. Pray for their protection, their health and their safety.
We hope you are all enjoying the spring weather. We love you and appreciate you. We could not be here without your support, prayers and encouragement.
Have a great month.
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn for the Anderson ministry team
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Loretta's campaign was called Sew On Fire and they made 96 bags for Haiti. Today, I had the pleasure helping this project first hand as the girls and I went to Loretta's house to help fill the bags. Donated supplies (tarps, blankets, towels, silverware, food, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.) were used to fill the bags. and then the bags were delivered to Agape. The bags will be loaded on next week's sea container and will arrive in Haiti by the following week. Praise God for these hard working people who sewed all the bags, packed them with love and worked as His hands and feet to send God's love over the ocean.
We are so blessed to be part of a family of believers who link arms with us and join us in our efforts to help Haiti. Thank you, New Life family. We love you and appreciate you.
To Haiti with love....
Safely delivered to Agape, ready to be tagged and processed
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn for the Anderson ministry team
PS. Big praises to God for all the sea containers. Every one of them has been released and the 50,000 pounds of supplies in each container are now flowing through the hands of the missionaries into the hands of the Haitian people. God is amazing!!!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Sledding in Green Bay
Slip n slide time
Loving the animals on the farm
Swingin' with sister in their cool hats and glasses
Heading to the Wild West party with her favorite Dude
Happy Birthday, Grace! We love you and we thank God for you.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—Ephesians 2:8
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn and the crew
Monday, April 5, 2010
The Prayer Notes: AGAPE FLIGHTS...from a Volunteer...Thanks
We are blessed with so many great people of faith standing beside us and working with us. We love to see the many facets of God's provisions and volunteers are the heros He sends to help us complete our jobs.
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn
Thursday, April 1, 2010
· Made over 150 flights into Haiti
· Delivered almost 500,000 pounds of donated emergency supplies
· Transported medical personnel to Haiti
· Evacuated 37 adopted children
This month was again very busy and eventful at Agape. We are continuing in the relief efforts of Haiti as well as delivering regular supplies to the missionaries. Our current statistics show the vast amount of supplies that have been shipped via Agape. We are continuing to fly the Embraer aircraft, which we have leased for the next few months, along with donated airplanes. The majority of supplies are donated either to Agape or directly to a missionary. The outpouring of love and generosity is amazing.
One shipment of love hit very close to home for me as DePere High School, the school where my nieces attend, sent over 1400 pairs of shoes. During my trip to Green Bay I met with one teacher, Isaac Oslund, who inspired his students to get involved. The result was four pallets of shoes and a large bag of toothbrushes. Not only did the students get involved but a local trucking company joined in as well. WEL Companies of DePere drove the shoes to FL and directly to our front door at Agape. What a blessing! The shoes were loaded into a sea container on the day they arrived and they are on their way to the people of Haiti. Many thanks to the students of DePere High School.
Lance has been working on more sea containers this month. A total of 6 have been sent. They each contain close to 50,000 pounds of supplies. The logistics of obtaining a container, ground transportation, and shipping arrangements keep Lance busy. Among other duties, this is one thing that takes up a majority of his time. Several men from our church has taken on these containers as a volunteering opportunity. They come each time we load one and they are a huge blessing to us. We love to work with our church family.
The Volunteer appreciation lunch was also this month. That was a great chance for us to show our volunteers how much we appreciate all they do. Agape would not be able to exist without our faithful volunteers. We sent out 250 invitations but we know we missed a majority of folks who have "flown" back north for the summer. The event was very successful and we really loved watching God work as an event planner. I have no experience in event planning so I know it was only through His help and guidance that this event was pulled off. He is the best event planner of all. (Picts of the event can be found on the Agape website under Shutterfly. Take a look, the hangar was turned into a banquet hall.)
One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong,
and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.
Praises and prayer requests
Praise the Lord for a successful Volunteer Appreciation Lunch this month. Under short time constraints for planning the event honored our most valuable players and thanked God for them.
Praise God for a very generous deal with AirNow which will allow us to purchase our new airplane,”Paid in full”. He provides for every dollar and every need. See the Agape web for details.
Praise the King for His Son who died for us and triumphed over the grave to give us the gift of eternal life. The Resurrection is such a great time of rejoicing and we praise Him for His promises and His plans.
Praise the Father for His hand working for our finances. We are scheduled to begin raising support for year two, but God is already at work for us. He has brought new supporters on board and gifts we were not expecting. We love to watch Him multiply the seeds that are sown.
Please pray for our Iowa house. It was scheduled to close at the end of March. The couple staying in the house is still working on selling another home. Our prayers is that they will find the resources to close on our house by the end of April. Please stand in agreement with us that the house is sold and closed in Jesus’ name.
Please pray for the release of the sea containers in Haiti. As with all things in Haiti, it is a slow process. Pray for God to open those doors and the containers to be released quickly.
Please continue to pray for our staff and volunteers. Just when we think things are slowing down, a new challenge, new shipment, or new need arises. We are committed to the cause of Christ and need His strength and energy to continue on. Pray for strength and endurance.
Please intercede with us to the Father for the people of Haiti. As the months of the rainy season are upon them, they need prayers for protection from the storms and shelter for their families. The levels of violence are also on the rise. Please pray for peace in the nation during this time of desperate need.
Thank you for all your faithful prayers. We are so blessed to have a supportive team of friends/family who lift us up to the King. We could not do it without you.
We pray you have a rejoicing Easter and celebrate the Resurrection with those you love. We are so grateful for the cross and we are so thankful for the blood shed for us. Without the cross, there would be no HOPE. You are in our prayers.
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn for the Anderson team
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Since the earthquake, Agape Flights has been one busy place to work. The statistics are staggering. We have send over 130 flights to Haiti, delivered over 350,000 pounds of supplies, reunited 37 orphans to their "forever" families, and transported over 25 medical personnel. The details of how all these things were made possible is easy to tell.... God did it!!! Every single flight and detail was in God's hands. We have learned over and over since the earthquake that God will supply every need and fill every void. He is leading us and directing our every step. We are doing our best to listen and follow.
Lance had an opportunity to visit Haiti this month. Early in the month, he was called on by Agape to do a logisitics study in Haiti. We needed to know how we were doing in meeting the needs of the missionaries and how we could improve. With the vast amount of supplies we were dropping on the missionaries, we needed to be sure we were helping them and not hindering them with the large shipments and numerous flights. It was a great trip and Lance got to spend time with several missionaries out in the field. What an experience to see our work from their perspective?! It was a very productive trip.
This month, all three girls headed up north to Green Bay for a week. It was really hard to leave Agape but I found that my cell phone did not stay quiet long. Through the dispatch center and my cell phone, I ended up scheduling flights and passengers from the road. I was happy to stay busy with work while enjoying a very nice visit with my family. The girls loved being in snow again and spent as much time as possible outside. They loved seeing Gramma and Grampa as well as their cousins and aunts and uncles. It was a wonderful trip.
We also experience a very scary situation this month in our work at Agape. Twenty-four hours after we send 2 orphan escorts to Haiti to pick up 6 children and head home, we found them in serious danger. The adults were falsely accused of trying to steal the children and were detained by the Haitian police for 9 hours. The children were taken away from them later that night and sent to a tent camp for older orphans. They had no bottles, no wipes, diapers of only one size and no adult to watch over them. The adults were able to visit them during the day but could not stay with them through the night. Three days later, after several meetings between Haitian and US officials, the adults were able to regain custody of the children. The biggest fear hit when they returned to the tent where the children were last seen and they were gone. The officials of the tent orphanage moved the children to a new orphanage 2 hours away. Some reports state that the Haitian officials planned to move the children, separate them and lose them in the Social services system but the Lord intervened and destroyed that plan. Praise the Lord that the next day a plane became available to pick up the group and bring them to the US. All 6 children are now safe at home with their new families. It was very difficult to feel helpless when the situation was in the works, but what an absolute honor to watch the Lord take this desperate situation and turn it around?! Once again, He thwarted Satan's attempt to destroy families and cause chaos. God is good all the time.....all the time, God is good.
So there is a brief update on what has been happening here. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. We appreciate all of you more than we can ever express.
Prayer requests and Praises
- Please pray for the hurting people of Haiti. In this time of desperate need, we pray the Lord will meet their needs and touch their hearts.
- Please pray for the release of 2 sea containers in Haiti. They each contain 45,000 pounds of supplies. They are currently being held in customs. Please pray that they are released quickly and into the hands of the missionaries.
- Pray for Lynn's familyl. Cancer is a rough road but we are navigating it the best we can. Please pray for God's peace and healing.
- Please pray for the staff members, volunteers, donors and pilots who are involved in the relief efforts. We need God-given strength and understanding to complete all that needs to be done.
- Praise the Lord we have reached a settlement with the insurance company on the King Air. Now we can begin the process of acquiring a new permanent plane.
- God has been working in big ways at Agape. Praise Him for every staff member, volunteer, donor and pilot who has been involved. He created each of us for "such a time as this". And He deserves all the honor for orchestrating each person and each life into His perfect position and timing.
- Praise the Father for the safe return of the 6 orphans and their escorts who were falsely accused in Haiti. God was in control of their release and their travels to the USA. Satan tried again but God overcame. Yeah, God!!!
This following verse has really touched us this month. He is our help and our shield and we pray you will allow Him to be your help as well.
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
Have a great March!
Living victoriously in Christ, Lance, Lynn, Grace and Hope
Sunday, January 31, 2010
It has been a very busy month for us, but God is faithful and He has taken good care of us. When we are weak, He gives us strength. When we are tired, He gives us energy. When we are frustrated, He gives us clarity and when we are weary, He gives us hope. He has been our Rock and we are completely in awe of what He has been doing for us.
Lance is leaving for Haiti tomorrow. He needs to do an assessment on the ground of how we are doing and what is happening on the ground in Haiti. He has the task of meeting with some missionaries to find out what is working and what we need to do better. He will make a quick turn around and be back here to re-organize/re-define the system so we can make it work in the most effective way. We have increased our deliveries past what we normally do in one year so we know there are areas we need to re-assess. Please pray for him as he travels. We are uncertain as to where he will be staying and what conditions he will encounter, but we know he goes with God's covering and protection.
Here is a detailed account from our newsletter of what we have been doing in the Haiti relief efforts. Also, our prayer requests and praises are included. We cherish the many faithful saints who pray for us and thank God for you daily. Thanks for all of your encouragement and support. We love you.
Earthquake in Haiti
On January 12, life in Haiti changed dramatically as the earth shook and building collapsed from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Life for most Haitians will never be the same. Well, it is safe to say that life at Agape changed dramatically that day too. Although we didn’t feel the earth shake, we did feel our hearts break as the people we love and serve were encountering a disaster of unbelievable destruction. The missionaries we serve and have linked arms with were in trouble and we devoted ourselves to doing everything we could to help them.
The day after the quake, our King Air 90 was scheduled to fly out with regular cargo and mail, but that trip was cancelled and relief efforts began immediately. The plane was off loaded and relief supplies were packed in. On Thursday, just over 36 hours after the quake, our plane left Venice to land in Port au Prince with relief supplies. Since then the relief flights and efforts have been in high gear. We have flown 54 flights into Haiti, delivered 120,000 pounds of supplies, transported 24 medical personnel, and returned 8 orphans to their US parents. It has been a buzz of activity at the hangar as everyone has played a vital part in making these flights possible.
Supplies are being donated everyday in truckloads, food has been donated by the cases, medical supplies are coming in by the packs and volunteers are working tirelessly to sort, organize and pack boxes to be loaded and delivered. The Agape staff is working endless hours to dispatch planes, fill out customs forms, answer emails and phone messages and make the flights happen. We are swamped but we are determined to make a difference in the lives of the people of Haiti. We are working hard to be His hands and feet and bring comfort and support to the people in need.
As for Lance and I, we have been working 10-12 hours days since the earthquake. Lance has had many shifts in responsibilities. He has gone from IT work to logisitics to fundraising and everything in between. One of his projects was to arrange the transport of 25,000 pounds of supplies via a savage ship that was going to PAP to rebuild the port. The shipping company offered to take a sea container for us if we could get it loaded and to Miami by the next day. Lance worked in quick fashion to locate and purchase a container, get it transported to Venice, fill it with supplies and head it off on a truck to the dock in Miami. The project was completed in 24 hours. The container was offloaded in PAP one week later. God worked quite a few miracles in that story but it is sufficient to say His hands were all over that project as Agape has never sent anything by sea to Haiti. Next, Lance started working on renting a DC6 aircraft so another 25,000 pounds of supplies could be delivered quickly. That plane and cargo arrived in PAP on Saturday and he is now working on the second DC6 to do the same time of mission. God is showing favor to every project that Agape is undertaking and we have been very blessed to watch Him work for us and for Agape.
My responsibilies at Agape have also changed daily. I was working on the transport of medical teams for a few days. We are not in the business of transporting passengers but some of the donated aircraft we received were better suited for passengers than cargo we in those cases, we used to planes to transport medical teams to PAP. It was all very unfamiliar territory for me but God gave me wisdom and understanding of the system to help make it happen. We transported 24 medical personnel and were able to use those same planes to bring back children to their adoptive parents in the US. My duties have been very fluid. I’ve done webpage updating, clearing messages from the voice mail systems, working on moving 50 special needs orphans to a new orphanage in DR, Lance’s personal assistant and various other jobs. It has been challenging but God has been faithful to fill us with the energy and the understanding we need. The girls have come to work with us every day. They play in the office and stay busy on the floor while Lance and I run in and out. They have been wonderful. A few days they even got to play with Grandma Sharon in the flight lounge for a change of pace. We are very blessed to have flexible children who respond to the need with open hearts.
God has been our rock in all of this. We have been trusting Him every step of the way and we know we are only able to do what He empowers us to do. He is leading us and guiding us in every way. We are grateful that we serve such a big God.
Please pray for the hurting people of Haiti. Pray that they will turn to Jesus in their crisis and trust Him with their lives.
Pray for the staff at Agape. Pray for God’s supernatural strength to fill us up and keep us moving.
Pray for the replacement of the King Air aircraft. Pray that God will replace that plane with an aircraft seven times bigger and better for His service.
Pray for the girls. Pray for patience as mom and dad continue to work lots of hours and spend lots of time at work.
Pray for my mom and dad. Mom’s struggle with cancer is very difficult. We are praying for God’s healing touch and peace to fill their lives.
God has been working in big ways at Agape. Praise Him for every staff member, volunteer, donor and pilot who has been involved in the relief efforts. He created each of us for "such a time as this."
Praise God for the safety of the pilots in the landing incident of the King Air. Satan tried to bring Agape down but God was in control. Praise the Lord.
Praise God for the donations of pilots and planes. God has continued to bring in the planes we need and can use.
Praise God for the hearts of all those who are serving in the relief efforts. The missonaries in Haiti are the reason we do what we do. They are the real heroes.
How great is God-beyond our understanding! Job 36:26
Living Victoriously in Christ,Lance and Lynn Anderson
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Here's the Agape news from yesterday:
January 23, 2010
Since the Haiti earthquake disaster on Tuesday, January 12
Agape Flights has:
Made 54 flights
Delivered 120,000 pounds of emergency supplies
Transported 24 medical personnel to Haiti
Evacuated 1 orphan and arranged to evacuate 30 more.
Agape Flights’ King Air 90 experienced a landing incident in Jacmel , Haiti while delivering emergency supplies in response to the Haiti earthquake disaster.
The two pilots are safe and in route to the U.S.
Information is limited at this time; the damage to the plane is being assessed, but it is clear Agape Flights’ King Air 90 will not be in service for a significant time.
Since the earthquake disaster, Agape Flights has been making multiple flights each day with the use of donated and leased planes. Agape Flights continues to make Haiti relief flights to the 130 missionary families we serve in Port au Prince and regular deliveries to the other 200 missionary families we serve in Haiti , the Bahamas , and the Dominican Republic .
Friday Update, January 22
The aircraft has had some mechanical problems so the flight has been delayed 12 hours. It is intended to load and depart before midnight on Friday.
Donated funds have allowed Agape Flights to charter this aircraft for a one time trip from Miami into Port au Prince. It will carry emergency supplies – medical, food, water.
This plane has been donated for our use for a week. It is ferrying supplies from the Dominican Republic to Port au Prince. It is scheduled to make two flights on Friday with relief supplies.
King Air 90
This airplane is ferrying donated relief supplies from the Dominican Republic to Port au Prince. It is owned by Agape Flights.
The plane did multiple runs between the Dominican Republic and Port au Prince with relief supplies. This plane has been donated for our use for a number of days.
This aircraft will be used to ferry orphans back to Florida
This donated plane will be returning from Haiti to Sarasota with a load of orphans.
Arrangements have been made to fly in two medical teams of 4 and 5 persons on Saturday and one 5 person team on Sunday from Venice to Haiti . These medical personnel will replace teams currently there who are coming out after serving for the last week. The plane has been donated for use.
Significant Incoming Goods
Downs Food Group has donated 50,000 pounds of canned chicken. These recipient are coming in on skids in very large cans and will arrive in 2 to 3 days
Thanks to Our Agape Missionary Network
Dominican Republic Missionaries served by Agape are gathering food and medical supplies for the missionaries in Haiti .
On the ground in Port au Prince Agape missionaries are meeting the planes, and unloading and dispersing the incoming supplies.
Thank you for all your prayers. One day I will sit down and write down all the projects Lance and I have been working on and the specifics of what we are doing each day, but for now it is sufficient to say that everyone has a part to play in each project. It is God that is doing all the work. He is our ALL IN ALL! (this is the song I sing when it gets rough)
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn for the Anderson crew
Thursday, January 21, 2010
This is in response to the local newspaper asking for information.
My wife Marie mentioned you wanted to talk to me about the conditions in Haiti.I am flying a King Air 90 for Agape Flight which is based in Venice FL
Arrived on Monday we are basing operation out of Santiago Dominican Republic
we make 3-4 flights a day to various airports in Haiti there are 3 airplanes and 6 pilots in our group right now
An amazing couple , Jim and Theresa White, have opened there home here in Santiago and feed us over night
US air force is controlling Port Prince airport doing great job
Haitians are leaving the city of Port Prince because of no food or water and returning to small cities in the country.These cities don't have the supplies to handle them so we are shifting our flights to small cities and letting the big aircraft go into Port Prince
Flew a team of doctors to Jacmel today, traveled into the city with the docs, parts of hospital collapsed patients on cots in the grass in the compound18 day old girl was found alive after 8 days buried. Mother was there also. soccer field with thousands of refugees waiting for more help.
they have basic food (rice and beans) and water but desperately need shelter because they can't go into their homes. plain tarps are needed!!!!!
food and water we buy here in Dominican repub and fly in medical supplies also needed.
Haitian people very friendly, thankful for the help
cash donations to Agape Flight will also help, check their credentials online,
A 13 year old girl at the soccer field in Jacmal who saw my pilot uniform asked me if I could giver her a job because her parents and siblings are all dead.had to tell her no but I would try to bring supplies tomorrow,
hard to get the supplies from the airport to the people.almost no Haitian authorities in control.
I will post more as we receive more information. The front page of the Agape site tells the story of all that we are doing at work. Please stop by the Agape site to see what God is doing.
As Lance left the house this morning, he was on his cell phone arranging for a donated semi to help transport the supplies we have to the DC6 in Miami which we have leased. That load of supplies should arrive on Friday in PAP.
Please keep praying for our strength and for the safety of our pilots and for the people of Haiti.
Living victoriously in Christ, Lynn
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The plane is ready to go and we are getting ready to send them off. Check out all the donated supplies filling the hangar. Volunteers have been sorting, organizing and boxing all of these for delivery.
Thank you for all your prayers and support.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here are some picts of the plane being loaded (with Grace and Hope's help) on Sunday night and leaving this morning. The pilot on the left is my brother-in-law, Paul Sauvey. He has come from Green Bay, WI to fly the King Air for the week in Haiti. I am so honored to have him flying for us. It was a match only God could provide. Praise the Lord that His plans are so much greater than ours.
Please continue to pray for strength for us, patience for our girls, help and peace for the families in Haiti and God's hands to hold us up when we feel like falling over. No one could ever have prepared us for this but God is preparing us every moment to respond where we are needed. He is our rock.
Sorry I can not get the picts to post so please look at the photos through the Shutterfly link on our the Agape website. That was my morning project.
Thank you for the prayers.
Please consider a donation through Agape Flights if you would like to help the relief efforts.
Living victoriously through Christ, Lynn and Lance and Grace and Hope
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Lance is currently taking the reports from the missionaries and posting them on the Agape site. If you would like to read more about the missionaries and how they are doing, please visit the Agape website.
That is all the info we have for now. We will post more as we receive further details.
Living victoriously in Christ,
Lynn for the Anderson crew.
PS. One of our pilots, Micheal Labady is in Haiti with his parents and has posted some picts of the earthquake on Facebook. You can view the picts through my FB page. Praise God, Mike and his family are safe. Please pray for Mike and his family as they are ministering to the people of Haiti.
Friday, January 1, 2010
This month has again been filled with lots of exciting action and happenings for us and I again have to apologize for not updating the blog more often. We have been so busy and time has been very limited on my computer. So, I apologize and I will try this month to do better.
So what have we been up to???
1. All 3 of the girls (Lynn, Grace and Hope) sang in the Christmas cantata at our church. It took a lot of practice time, plus time to memorize the 6 songs but we all really enjoyed it. We got to meet more of the people from church on a personal basis and that alone was very rewarding. We also had the opportunity to sing with all our hearts for the Lord. The girls did a great job and I am amazed that they knew all the words to all the songs and often corrected me when we would practice. It was a really neat cantata, directed and written by a member of our church. The story aimed straight to the heart of Christmas (Jesus' birth) and very beautifully displayed the birth of the Savior. We were blessed by being part of it. For the next few days, the girls reenacted the story at home, taking turns being Joseph and Mary. Very cute to watch.
2. We experienced a huge busy season at Agape, with cargo exceeding the amount our plane could carry. Every day at work was very busy and full of things to do. The excess cargo was estimated at 15,000 pounds beyond our normal deliveries. The back up plan had to be used for 15 pallets of cargo at 1,000 pounds per pallet. In this case, we had Air Haiti deliver the pallets and then our plane helped distribute the loads once they were over to the island. It made for extra long work days and extra tired workers but it was all good and we know the missionaries were blessed with lots of Christmas love. They deserve every bit of that love and care.
3. We have also been making progress at the house on our tile job. Of the 1200 square foot we are going to tile we think we are about 1/2 way. That is amazing considering we only have the time after Lance gets home from work until bedtime to work on it. We are very excited about how it is turning out.
4. Lance had a great opportunity to speak at the monthly men's breakfast at church. We love these opportunities to share what God has done. We know it is all about Him and we love to tell of His faithfulness and provisions.
5. We spent time celebrating Jesus' birth with our church family, Lance's parents and work family this month. Each were times of great fellowship, fun and laughter.
So, you can see it was a busy month. We thank God for all He has done for us this month and we look forward to seeing what next month brings. He is good, always!!
Here are this month's prayer requests and praises. Thank you for your faithful prayers.
Please pray for Lynn’s mom(Rita). She is fighting another round against cancer and is starting chemotherapy this month. Pray for strength for Rita and Dale through this battle.
Please pray for the closing of our house is Iowa. We are trusting God’s timing on this deal and know He is in control.
Please pray for the weekly flights to Haiti and Dominican Republic. Pray for God’s protection over the plane and the pilots. Also pray for the missionaries we serve.
Please pray for our search for a new Executive Director. We know God already had this person picked out.
Please pray with us for the Liborio family. They are missionaries we serve in D.R. with SCORE ministries. Hugo, the father of the family, died unexpectedly when they were in the US for the birth of their baby girl. Sarah, his wife, would like prayer that God uses this example to energize His servants to serve more fervently with the life they have been given.
Praise God for strength and energy He gave all the workers during this very busy holiday season at Agape.
Praise God that He is our provider of all things. He has blessed us in amazing ways this year and we are so grateful.
Praise the Lord for our financial partners. We could not be here without you and we are blessed to have you walking alongside us. You are the fuel that allows us to keep working.
Praise the Father for the birth of His Son, which we still celebrate 2000+ years later. He IS the reason for the season and the reason we have hope.
Thank you all for your faithful prayers. Please let us know if you have prayer requests so we can be praying for you as well.
Our most precious Bible verse for this month has been Psalm 150. It tells us how praise Him with all we have. We hope you are living your life to praise Him.
Praise the LORD.
Praise him for his acts of power;
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.