City Highlight: Houston
There is something to be said about the way God orchestrates our trips here at CSM. We can spend months and months planning a trip, but our work and plans don't make the trip; it's God. He never ceases to amaze me with the way He can pull a week together and make it so much more than I could have ever imagined. As we entered into our first season together as a staff, we were eager to see how God would put the details of our Spring trips together, and He did not disappoint. One month before our Spring season started, I found myself in a very nervous pace around the office, thinking "we have a full spring of groups ready to serve in our city, but I don't have a host to accommodate their trips". At that time, I did what I should always to when I become overwhelmed and I went to His word. God quickly showed me this: "do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God" (Philippians 4:6). In that moment, a peace came over me. It was as if God was saying "do you really think I can't handle this?" I realized this Spring is His, our Summer is His, and every time between, before, and after is His. So why am I worried? Needles to say God, provided us with the host we needed through the tireless work of our support staff and the directors in other cities who so graciously sent us the help we needed.
As we begin to transition out of the Spring season and begin prepping for our Summer, I ask that we would be remembered in your prayers. We are very excited for the ways the Lord is going to work in both the lives of our staff and the groups that come to Houston to serve with us during this season. Please join me in praying for the city. I love this city and I pray for it daily. I pray for the staff we will be hiring for the summer, that their hearts and minds will be prepared for what God has planned for them this summer. I pray for the groups that are coming to serve with us, that they would be ready and willing to be the hands and feet. And I pray for my fellow Directors and Associate Directors all around the country who put their heart and soul into what they do in their cities each season. I ask you to please consider praying with us so we can help make a positive Christ centered impact in our cities each year.