Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Thank you for all your sweet, sweet comments on my previous post. I don't deserve such comments but you're always so faithful to leave them. I truly appreciate it. You make my days brighter.

I hope you all had a fabulous Cinco de Mayo. Mine was spent with my Mama eating a delicious dinner she prepared and watching American Idol as we religiously do every Tuesday and Wednesday night. My predicition tells me that tonight will be Kris' last. =/ Sad to say because I really like him.

Do you rememeber when I wrote about how some things were starting to unfold with my family that I couldn't really go too much into detail about here? Well, I will elaborate for you just a little as I'm sure more details will come in the near future as things pan out. My dad has been burdened for some time now to plant a church, whether or not it be something that looks completely different from churches we are used to or similar. Regardless, his heart is to pastor. He has always been in some sort of ministry but has a heart to really impact this generation and in this area in particular. This is not something that we have not prayed about before. However, we all know that timing is a huge matter when it comes to God starting something. We cannot force His hand nor can we manipulate His perfect timing.

My dad began a fast and prayed for a while to really be in tune and hear what God was speaking. During that time we received confirmation after confirmation. God sent people to encourage, pray and even support us.

We have some really good friends over in Wales, UK who my parents met years and years ago. My dad went with a team of Bible college students back in 1999 and he spoke in their church and they immediately felt a connection with him and our family. We never lost contact with them and over the years they have come and visited us and my parents have made a few trips there. They are absolutely amazing and inspiring and they have such a genuine and pure heart for God and people. I love them.

So, Mr. Wales (not his last name but we'll just call him that) called my dad a couple of weeks ago and stated that he felt as though he and his wife were supposed to move here and help us! That was huge!!! They are from Wales, they have children and grandchildren there. However, they would only come for a couple of years, if that to help us get it off the ground.

So, tomorrow night begins a series of prayers meetings and gatherings. Praying for direction, praying for one another and just being surrounded by people who we love.

I'm not really sure how everything is going to pan out and I'm not really setting my expectations too high. I know that God has His perfect plan and timing and I'm completely content in waiting.

Pray for us if you think about it. Thank you so much.

I hope that all of you lovely people have a fabulous day!


yours truly... said...

What a blessing and what an exciting time for your family!! Definitely sending prayers your way sweet girl!!

Heather said...

That is soooo exciting!! How awesome! Sending prayers your way lovey!

Shanny said...

Wow, that's fantastic! How proud you must feel to know your father can have such huge impact with God's helping hand. I'm sending your family a lot of prayers!

Shannon said...

wow..this seriously gave me chills! My father is a pastor..I'm not quite sure if I've shared that with you yet. However, this is seriously God's doings and I'm sooooo excited for what is to come for your family! I've just added you and your family to my prayer list. Know that I will pray alongside of you for this and for direction as to the next step to make! God is USING you in such a mighty way sweet are such a blessing and it's awesome to know that He isn't finished yet! ;)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

That' so exciting for your family!!!

I too believe Kris will be going tonight...if not it'll be Danny!

Elizabeth B. said...

Wow that is big!! I will definitely be praing for you all about everything.. that's too awesome! :)
I think the fasting & prayer is something we should have done, but didn't do before we moved down here to Florida in '06 to help start a church w/a local ministry. We prayed 'some', but we jumped way too soon I think. But, on we go! :) Who knows what the future holds..

Btw, where did ur Dad graduate Bible school from??

Elizabeth Banta said...

Amber~ Thank u for ur comment :) Valuable lessons is exactly what we learned by moving down here. Stuff that will def help us in any future ministry. So I don't regret moving to Florida entirely, it's helped us mature in a lot of ways.. so I'm thankful for that. :)

BRSM, yeah! That's really great about your Dad having been a teacher and then director there! Nathanael considered going there yrs ago after attending several youth/adult meetings @ Brownsville. (God really changed his life @ those meetings too). He's praying about CFNI now, we both are actually.

I will def check out that post on your Mom's blog.. :)