Dear Praying Team members,

I expect that Jim and the team had a very busy weekend in Prague and sketchy internet service. Why would I surmize that? I’ve not heard from Jim all weekend except to say that his luggage had arrived: “HI PETER, MY LUGGAGE FINALLY CAME TODAY. THANK THE LORD! BLESSINGS, JIM. Dave Anthold did get access to the internet and updated on the 8th and 8th.

Do you remember the old adage that “No news is good news”? I know that bad news travels faster and broader than good news, especially in our globally connected internet world where our technology supports the premise of the old adage. But, I have never liked this adage and it’s premise, especially in our electronically connected world. When you don’t get a call or text from someone who regularly communicates it makes you wonder what went wrong. When your chatty Facebook and Twitter friends stop posting their updates it makes you wonder what went wrong. Result = anxiety. So how do you and I handle our anxiety? Do we post messages asking for an update, send a request for response in email, call the absent person directly, ask others if they have heard from them or WORRY. Many of us do all this before remembering to PRAY. A wonderful passage from Philippians 4:4-6 gives us the best response to anxiety producing circumstances. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be know to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

With the lack of up-to-date news in mind, please take the passage in Phillipians to heart and PRAY NOW for the well being of the team and safe travels from Prague to Vienna (today) and Athens (tomorrow). I will keep you posted upon the receipt of new news as soon as I receive it and have opportunity to broadcast.

May you once again be blessed by your time(s) of communication directly with our gracious Lord.



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