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And the word of the day is… Persevere

You might be surprised to hear “persevere” never showed up as the secret word in any of Pee-Wee’s shows.

It has certainly been the “word of the day” lately for us, though.  In fact, just this weekend, three unconnected people all shared that exact same message with me.

1.  On Saturday, I went to my friend Adi’s wedding.  There, Sorin sat down, and he said, “You know, I have a story for you.”  He then began to tell me about a work Brad Hayes (who founded and works with Outstretched Hands of Romania, a ministry in the nearby town of Călăraşi) was leading.  “They had a small children’s meeting,” Sorin continued.  “They did little things, like teaching the kids to brush their teeth, obey their parents, and about Jesus.  One kid was very naughty, but he kept coming to the meetings.  He was there for three years, but he never wanted to go to church or pray or become a Christian.  But he was there at every meeting for three years.  One day, a bad flood came to the village, though it was far from any rivers, and many houses were in danger.  The people started turning to God.”  Sorin went on to tell me how after the flood, the boy and his family all became Christians, and they’ve been steadily growing since then.  “But he was faithful for three years even though that boy never got any better.  And then God blessed him.”

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Pray for Alesia

I hate cancer. My friend and spiritual father Royce died from cancer; whenever I hear jazz, see a Cracker Barrel, or pass by a KOA, I think of Royce and miss him. Ron, too, died of cancer; I knew his grandkids better than I knew him, but any guy who pulls my car out of a ditch gets kudos from me. My uncle David died of cancer at 54. While I was a youth pastor in Spring Green, “Aunt” Lea and Mark Koller also passed away from cancer; Aunt Lea had lived a long and full life, but Mark was only 51.

And then there are all the survivors, the friends who have lived with and overcome cancer. These are, sadly, fewer on my list.

Today, a friend working with Campus Crusade called Jake and I.  His friend Remus was in the hospital watching his three-year-old daughter die from a tumor in her brain.  Would we visit them and pray for her healing?

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