Monday, May 05, 2008


Leslie and I had an event filled weekend and since we have been somewhat negligent in updating the blog lately I thought I would tell you about it.
First, my friend Letha who is an M.A. student in Womens Studies here at SEBTS was visited by part of her family. Mark and Hannah Bustrum are meant to be at the IMB's training facilities in VA. But due to a scary food virus which made numerous people sick the facilities have been shut down for two weeks thus delaying the Bustrum's training and resulting in their two week homelessness. But like any good MK's would the Bustrum's decided to use their free time to travel. Mark, Hannah and Tirza (their two year old daughter) stayed with us Friday night while their other daughters Sahara and Bria camped at Letha's. It has been quite sometime since I last hung out with the Bustrums' so it was really good to see them again and catch up on what they are doing. Letha made Middle Eastern food for all of us, Fazulia, it was quite good although I'm not sure the kids liked it as much as Letha had hoped (Mac&Cheese to save the day). After Fazulia we all went to the playground for a bit and then to Goodberry's for some ice cream.
After training the Bustrums' are on their way to Portugal. Please keep them and their 3 girls in your prayers as they finish up training, travel to Lisbon, move into a new apartment, start language study and begin forming new relationships. Pray that the Lord of the harvest would bless their efforts as they seek to make Him known.
After the Bustrum's left on Saturday our friend Natalie came to visit. She went with Elizabeth and Leslie to Raleigh's handmade market. The report made it sound like they all had a good time. I stayed at the apartment to put a dent in a book for my baptist history class. (The book is called Uneasy in Babylon by Barry Hankins it is a history of the SBC controversy from the perspective of a moderate.) Later that night Letha came back over to the apartment, we made shrimp and chicken kabobs and watched Natalie's favorite new movie Juno. Sunday morning we attended the Summit Church in Durham. Leslie and I have spent the entire semester visiting churches in the area. After a lot of thought we have decided to throw our lot in at the Summit. The pastor here is J.D. Greear and if you would like to get to know more about him you can check out his blog, J.D. is an excellent communicator and many in the SBC have high hopes for him, the Summit Church and the work being accomplished through them amongst the major Universities in the area. We were told yesterday that the RDU area has been ranked the #1 educational center in America for the second year running by Forbes. The fact that this church is so burdened to reach these universities and the world for Christ is the main reason we decided to join. We are excited about all that God has in store for us and the Summit over the next 3 years.

Below are some ways that you can being praying for us during the month of May.
-I'm finishing up my first semester on the 22nd. There are exams to be taken and a few papers to still be written before then. Please pray for me as I seek to get it all done.
-On the 29th Leslie and I will close on a house here in Wake Forest. Please pray that all that will go smoothly.
-When the semester is over and the house move is complete I will begin looking for a part-time job. Please pray that God would lead me to a place where I can use and develop my gifts in and for His kingdom.
-Leslie has been enjoying her job at the State Convention. Continue to pray for her as she has a long drive there and back everyday.
-Please pray for the Bustrum family as they move to Portugal. You will be blessed to read their blogs and follow the work that God is doing in and through them in Western Europe. (If you click on their names a link will take you to their blogs. Mark and Hannah)

P.S. Mark, I bet you can't write a blog with more hyperlinks than this one.


Sarah said...

okay .. you are cracking me up with all the hyperlinks!

Mark said...

Holy Moley...the challenge is issued: Hyperlinks here I come!

But really, isn't a whole bunch of fun to be able to click to your hearts content???

Doug and Heike said...

That is an impressive number of hyperlinks. =)
Glad you updated, it was good to see how ya'll are doing.
We'll pray.