Wednesday, February 25, 2009


mental checklist:
  • house guests arranged
  • keys delivered to neighbors
  • sheets washed
  • bags packed
  • asher in sling

it is hard to believe the day has come. and yet, this is what we have been waiting for for five years. i feel like it would take novels to write about how we got here, what it looks like while we are away, where our hearts are at. i think prayer will suffice:
  • please pray for our team: we are thrilled to travel with dan, and jim and annette. all of them have such hearts for who will be spending our days with, as well as deep hearts that desire to see God move and show up and amaze. please pray for unity, for health, for communication between a very unique, and different, group than has ever travelled before.
  • please pray for perspective: that we would faithfully seek God's perspective in EVERY situation - travel, health, sleep, days, time, opportunities with families we stay with, circumstances casey will be documenting, friendships we will make, expectations we need to die to.
  • flexibility: we have very unique needs on this trip. a small toddler. health. rare and sometimes instant opportunities to catch on film. pray that we will take things as they come. that we will have no expectation of how things can, should or would go. that we will allow God to direct our paths, our thoughts, and our attitudes.
  • sleep: this one is the most tangible, and felt, request. please pray specifically for asher that he would have peace and rest and calm. that he would supernaturally have the ability to sleep ANYWHERE and at anytime. and that, as his parents, casey and i will have creativity, huge amounts of patience and grace, and wisdom in how to help our little boy. what a gift that he gets to travel with us.
  • and what a blessing that we get to do this as a family. as we take that blessing, may God supernaturally surpass the extra details that involves.
our primary mode of communication will be the blog, so, check back often. we will update as often as we can, which, we have no idea what that looks like right now. we will also be blogging here. thank you for your prayers. thank you for your support and encouragement and care. thank you for carrying us on the wings of your prayers. until tanzania, friends :)


rissaroe said...

Eagerly awaiting news from Tanzania! And will be praying for all the details of travel in the meantime. Much love and many, many prayers for you all, dear friends.

And alas.... Asher will have literally traveled the world before we get to meet him. Upon your return, we hope to bring Maggie to Portland and let her and Asher have their own little missions conference. Asher can tell her all about his world travels and the people he met.


Anonymous said...

You are all in our prayers. What a blessing to know that our Heavenly Father has already gone before you and prepared the way! God Bless, Sue and Dan Ninneman

Kimberly said...

I'll be praying and can't wait for your updates!

Anonymous said...

YAY! I am so excited for you guys!!Eric and I will be praying often.
Love you.

Mama Kitty said...

It's pretty exciting to see how God is leading you guys!! Thanks for the call last night letting us know that ALL your luggage got checked & it's on it's way to Tanazania. Yeah God!!!! Definitely an answer to prayer!! Thanks for the "onward" to know how to pray, & the excitement of your hearts!! Ps. 37:4
Whisper in Asher's ear for Nannie!!
with all our love,

Anonymous said...

Casey, Abbe & Asher,
Praying that God will do more then you could ever hope for or imagine! God go with you. Praying especially for Asher's sleep and your creativity for dealing with it all! :-)
God Bless
Chris & Kris

Jennifer A. said...

God bless.