Thank you for allowing me to pray for you this past week.
Today I am offering up a special prayer for a group of individuals. On Friday, July 16th - 28 youth and 7 adults (I think that is the count) will be leaving from our church to travel to New Orleans for the National Youth Gathering. I am a little nervious - my son is going and I am a mom who doesn't like her children too far away. The youth go every three years and I thought he could wait until next time around. Well, my daughter, who went last time, thought differently and I was told to "quit smothering my children" to "let go" a that "my son needs to do this". There is nothing like being put in my place by my basically adult child - lol. Andrea had an awesome experience when she went and she wants the same for her brother. And, maybe this is the best foundation I could give him before he enters high school.
In preparation, the youth have been learning about New Orleans before, during and after Katrina, so they can better understand what this city has endured. My prayer for each and every one or our youth, adults and the 20,000+ who attend this gathering is that they have a safe trip, to, during and from, and that each of them develope a closer relationship to Jesus and God. I know that was my daughter's experience.
To learn more about the gathering, you can visit http://www.lcmsgathering.com. Please join me in praying for them this week and next.
How can I pray for you? The list can never be too long. God is waiting to hear from us.