As we are getting ready to have some international students over for dinner, Father, please allow us to be "a light" for you. As I continue to be exposed to the environment here in Indiana, the needs are great! Father, Your presence is needed everywhere! Please use me and my family here. I know that I am going to fail and have "missed" opportunities but I pray that You will use us as You see fit.
We are praying for opportunities to be a friend to the international students here at Purdue! We are excited about the opportunity that we have tonight to have some students come over. It broke our heart when one said several times in one conversation, "We are lonely." We know that we can't help everyone. Not everyone will want to be helped. We will take hold of every opportunity we get. If you are reading this, please pray for us in this regard. I pray that you will also be burdened by those around you in your town/city. God has placed us respectively where we are to be in order to be salt and light in that place. He has also given us a burden that we need to be aware of and act on it. I have challenged one of my daughters with that thought. BE SALT AND LIGHT!
Until next time.....
Father, after an "intense" URL (University Religious Leaders) meeting here at Purdue, this campus needs you! This world needs you! Satan and sin has blinded people that they would follow other gods, including worshiping themselves. There is such a pursuit of fulfillment and self-righteousness, that a veil has been placed over their eyes that only You can remove. Please Father, bring a revival to this campus of Your salvation. I thank You for placing my family and I here, but only You can save! Give us Your continuous boldness to speak truth in love to those who You bring across our path.
Father, please grant us wisdom as Julie and I parent our children and disciple them to know You so much more intimately. We are "in the world" but "not of it!" We need Your discernment as we teach our children discernment.
May Your glory be ever present and always going before us in all that we do!
Life in Indiana is going well, but still trying to get use to the temperature of early winter. We have already experienced the tornado sirens going off, to blustering winds, to a day of snow already! And we are only in the first full week of December!
I know, I know.....it will only get worse (weather wise!)
Other than the weather, our greatest challenges have been learning our way around and getting to know people. We have had some great opportunities to meet people representing different areas of our ministry. We have met with folks from the State convention, other ministry leaders, pastors, and of course international students. Arriving here in the area at the end of the semester appears to be to our advantage (thanks to the Lord!) because it is giving us a chance to get to learn our "environment" first before offering our "services." The other awesome thing is how God has sounded the trumpet of our arrival based on His reputation of providing us a house. We have people coming up to us, when they find out our name, and say, "I heard about how God got you here!" We are constantly reminding our family and those who we meet that this is ALL God's doing! He gets the credit!
Now we are getting settled in, trying to get adjusted, but also, earnestly seeking the Lord to see where He is working and to join Him. We know without a shadow of a doubt that we are to be here! It is now praying for discernment and wisdom in daily decision making for our home and ministry. Please continue to pray for us!
Dennis Runner- a witness, a follower, a student, and a lump of clay in the hands of my God and Savior.