february newsletter: I see you

February 8, 2008

I See You

There’s Cathy, the 50ish woman who offers samples at my Publix grocery store.

There’s that guy who has grease on his hands and “assistant manager” on his shirt at Shell.

There’s a 20-something in the Jazzercise class (where I sometimes sub) who is fighting for her marriage.

I want to know them. But I don’t…yet.

In Process

I really want others to know the abundant life available as a Christian. But it’s easy to let life and busyness get in the way of really seeing someone.

So I’m asking God to open my eyes to who He sees that I’m to see. (I was challenged about that, again, last night as I read Matthew 25:31-46.) My heart—more than ever—wants to see them, not because it’s the “right” thing to do, but because my love of God moves me to love those He loves.

The cool thing is that it’s not up to me to conjure up emotion and outreach. It’s Him and His power. Since He lives in me, He’ll give me the boldness or compassion or whatever I need to reach out. I think of it like, Jesus, will you love this person through me today?

There’s that blond high school grocery store check-out girl at Clemens.

What would it look like if I intentionally went to her lane every Saturday morning, asking her how she’s doing and really stopping to listen? Maybe she offers something about school or boys, and I ask her about that the next week. Maybe I find something at the dollar store that I would’ve thought was cute at her age, and buy it for her?

The 6 o’clock news doesn’t report news in process, just after-the-facts. But life’s a little more in-process.

At least mine is.

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More Big News!

 

Scott’s Applying to Join Me As a Missionary with Campus Crusade

My friends joke that I’m a natural recruiter, and say that I’ve recruited myself a husband to join me in ministry. I laugh but am so grateful. Who knew that would happen?

Before me, though, God had been working in Scott’s heart, causing him to consider full-time Christian work. Over the time we dated, he’s learned about Campus Crusade for Christ and how his gifts and skills with computers and technology are greatly needed at our World Headquarters.

(Think of your computer frustrations and multiply them by 1,000 and that’s part of the role of the Information Technology department.)

In November, he came to Orlando for my birthday and to talk with the people in the IT department. As we drove away from that meeting, he turned to me and said, “I want to join Campus Crusade.” I was floored. Woo hoo!

Next Steps

Scott is in the process of applying to Campus Crusade to become a missionary. If accepted, he will go through New Staff Training this summer, a month after we marry.

After that training, we’ll move to Iowa/Nebraska to raise financial support we’ll need as a couple in ministry.

After we’ve gathered additional supporters for Scott, too, we’ll move back to Orlando and both work at our headquarters.

WOW…It’s a sweet season of ministry and personal life, that’s for sure!

Please Pray:

  • For Scott as he fills out his application.
  • For Scott & I as we continue to get adjusted to him living in Orlando. (He moved in with friends a month ago so we could finally be in the same city.)
  • For both of us to continue to grow spiritually—together and separately.
  • For me as I continue to direct the Staff Web—wisdom in how to best serve our staff members through the Web site.

 

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november newsletter: the question I waited 32 years to hear

November 5, 2007

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I’m Engaged!

On Friday, October 26th, I got engaged to Scott Bentley. It’s more than a week later and I can’t stop grinning!

He proposed on the ground next to the bench as we sat next to Brush Creek in Kansas City.

How We Met

Last fall, after years of making fun of online dating, I signed up on Christian Café for three months. (I made fun of Jazzercise, too, and look where that got me! Note to self: don’t make fun of things.)

The fall was the best of times and the worst of times. My heart came alive. Jesus used The Café to coax out my timid heart that was afraid of rejection.

I was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of men I interacted with and how many really appeared to be followers of Jesus. But, in the end, my heart did get broken.

In the spring I got an e-mail from The Café giving me a free, 5-day trial. (Their way of wooing me back.) I said to God, “No way. I can’t do that again. The wound is still tender.” And I felt like He said to my heart, “Trust Me.”

There was nothing in me that wanted to get back on the horse. Truly, I don’t know if I’ve ever done anything quite by faith like clicking that button to say yes. By day 4 (of the 5) I’d met no one interesting. So I decided to do a search for men who lived in Nebraska (being the Husker woman I am), age 31-35.

Then I saw Scott’s profile.

I was initially attracted to his intelligence and ability to spell (sounds funny but you’d be amazed at other profiles!), the refreshing way he talked about the Lord, his picture, his sense of humor (he’d blocked out the faces of his sister, niece and nephew in one of the pictures “to protect the innocent,” he said) and that he’d done relief work on the Gulf coast after Katrina. So I shot him a brief e-mail telling I, too, had done Katrina clean up and what was an experience he had there that struck him?

He wrote back and the rest is history.

I am marrying my best friend and thank God for bringing this incredible man into my life during a 5-day trial — and how God provided the strength I didn’t have to trust Him with my bruised heart.

 

Please Pray

  • For God to be glorified in our relationship.
  • For Scott and I as we talk through questions in Preparing for Marriage. What a tremendous resource leading to rich conversation, understanding and important decision-making.

 


day in the city: prayer request

July 1, 2007

Big prayer request: tomorrow, Tom and I are meeting students at 9 a.m. (8 p.m. for you in EST). It’s a free day for students to sight-see. But here’s the cool thing — they’re meeting in the lobby of their living area and going out by groups of 10-12…and they’re encouraged to mix countries within those groups. So, it’ll be a mini-U.N. group.

Tom and I are excited to join a group for the photo ops and for the way the lives of the students will weave together over the course of the day.

Would you join Tom and I in praying:

  • That God would drop into our lap the best group for our story purpose
  • That it’d be a group of the most diversity possible
  • That students would be in the group who have especially fascinating stories/testimonies
  • For great photo opportunities for Tom as he shoots the day
  • For me as I interview students on the move, literally
  • For us to enjoy our day together as we venture into Busan and for eyes open and sensitive hearts to those around us

writing-the-story prayer requests

June 30, 2007

As the students descend upon the BEXCO (see pictures below), Tom (the photographer traveling with me from Worldwide Challenge to do the feature story) and I are asking God for wisdom as we try to capture the story here.Please just me in praying:

  • For divine appointments regarding interviews and photographs. Up until this morning I was feeling pretty overwhelmed about finding “the right” 3-5 students to tell their story, and in doing so, tell the story of the conference. Thankfully, God reminded me that He’s God and I’m not. It’s not my job to worry or to try to work in my own strength; it’s my job to trust and step out in faith.
  • That God would incline the hearts of the students toward Him and His word. That they would experience God’s love for them in a fresh way and they would walk away from the days here different. The best program, the best logistic team and the best band can’t produce heart change in life — only God can.
  • A praise: I feel completely on the right time zone. I don’t take that for granted and realize that’s a gift from God to be alert when it’d be bedtime at home in Orlando.

korea, here I come!

June 7, 2007

I’m going to Korea!

On June 27, I will step aboard a Delta flight and experience the BIG PICTURE (above) in a way I haven’t yet: in Busan, South Korea (also called Pusan) at a conference with 15,000 students from around the globe, called CM2007.

I’m thrilled. My job directing the Staff Web (our internet connecting our U.S. staff members) is a great fit – but the wanderlust and need to write is kicking in pretty hard. I love that God knows me better than I know myself.

So He surprised me with a left-field opportunity to freelance a feature article for Worldwide Challenge again (like I used to!) and fly to Korea for this landmark conference and report it for our readers—encouraging them lift their eyes to a big God.

Prayer Requests:

  • For the 15,000 Campus Crusade students from 105 countries who will descend upon Busan, South Korea on June 30-July 6 for a landmark training event, similar to the student volunteer movement of the early 1900s (that propelled an incredible number of young people into the mission field).
  • Pray for finances for the students to go (especially those in 3rd world countries), for them to see a bigger picture of God and fall in love with Him more, for hearts and minds to receive a passion and plan for how God might use them to help change the world. (You can help scholarship someone to go!)
  • For me as I travel, listen to students, enjoy God, and write the feature. I leave Orlando on June 27 and return July 7.

virginia tech tragedy

April 17, 2007

It is unbelievable what took place at Virginia Tech yesterday.

Last night I called one of my staff friends, Sarah, who is on the Campus Crusade team there, working with college students. I was preparing myself for her voicemail–knowing a little about the volume of calls they’ve been receiving from the media and others–when she answered.

I told her how sorry I was to hear of the great loss of life on the campus. I asked her if someone on their team might be willing to write up a short paragraph or two about how the staff team and students are doing that I could publish on the Staff Web, knowing that the rest of our Campus Crusade family would be concerned; wondering if they are OK. She said she’d talk to the team and get back to me.

This hit my inbox at 11:30 p.m. last night:

“By now, if you have watched any sort of national or, for that matter, international news, you have heard of the devastation on our campus of Virginia Tech Monday.

All of our staff members are OK. We were together for our Monday morning staff meeting when the shootings happened.

The latest is that a shooter killed 33 with 27 being wounded and some not even out of surgery yet.

We had a prayer meeting Monday night for our students and the students of some other organizations. Most students are shocked and numb at this point, not sure what to think and feel. I feel the same way.

We know of at least 2 of our students who are not accounted for at this point, as well as 1 who was killed who had come to our meetings.

All of this information is coming through the network of students, as no names have been officially released yet (until after the families are notified–most likely Tuesday). I think that is the hardest part–the waiting–not really knowing who has been touched by this tragedy.

Our staff team is spending the day in the Cru office Tuesday–making ourselves available to pray with and/or counsel students.

We will take a break to attend the university-wide convocation at 2 p.m. where the Virginia governor is slated to speak.

We are gathering at noon on Wednesday to pray with other Christian groups on the drillfield–a very central place on campus.

Please pray that amidst it all that the Lord would be glorified, families would be comforted and students would grieve appropriately. I have a feeling no one is going to know how to move on from here.”

By Dave Broadwell, on behalf of the Virginia Tech staff team in Blacksburg

Since then I learned that we are unable to confirm the loss of 4 of the students involved with Campus Crusade but it does appear that they were among the casualties.

It’s just so sad.

Driving to work I was thinking about how those students and faculty got up yesterday morning with the underlying assumption that their life would stretch through seasons of marriage, kids, grandkids, retirement…

Yesterday’s events remind me of the brevity of life and the urgency to tell people about Jesus. Now.

Here’s a great article to forward to a friend who might not know Jesus yet, who might be asking questions about faith now: Where’s God in the Midst of Tragedy?


jr./sr. weekend

February 1, 2007

I had three college women crammed in my Escort tonight. It was glorious. Kind of like my first years with Campus Crusade, working at the U. of Colorado-Boulder. Same car, too. Surreal.

Tonight was the first of three days we have 40 college juniors and seniors in Orlando, schmoozing them (ok, the right answer is “encouraging them to seek the Lord’s direction”) to consider serving with us at headquarters.

They are studying in a variety of fields: journalism (woo hoo!), I.T., business, graphic design, event planning, and more. A highlight – two students I recruited at the Dallas conference are here! Mason and Valerie.

This is a pivotal time in their lives and I’m excited to be a part of it. Please join me in praying for them as they hear from leaders, meet staff members who serve in their area of interest and for our car rides back and forth from their hotel to the office.