Pray for Lörrach

There was a terrible shooting in Lörrach, just 15 minutes from our house, and much closer to our church.

A woman armed with an automatic weapon has shot dead one person at a hospital in Germany before being killed by police.

A police officer was also injured in the incident in the town of Loerrach near the French and Swiss borders.

Police believe the shooting is linked to an explosion at a nearby building where they found the bodies of a man and a child.

Authorities have sealed off the area and say the situation is under control.

The shooting happened shortly after 1800 local time (1600GMT) on Sunday.

It sounds as though the woman killed her son and life partner just before rushing into the hospital to kill a male nurse.  Please be in prayer for the community in Lörrach.  There is always a chance in these tragic moments for people to turn to Jesus.  Pray that God will use this tragedy for his glory.

Setting the World on Fire…

I wanna set the world on fire
Until it’s burning bright for You
I’ve been singing this song ‘Set the World on Fire,” by Britt Nicole for months now, letting the words settle over my mind and heart, hoping to one day look back and realize I’ve accomplished a small part of that huge task.
It`s everything that I desire
Can I be the one You use?
I think I have found the perfect opportunity to start on my way towards that goal. During every spring break Black Forest Academy sends out missions teams to aid different needs in different places, Russia, Africa, Jordan…
I wanna feed the hungry children
And reach across the farthest land
And tell the broken there is healing
And mercy in the Father`s hands
There is a need in Suceava, Romania which harbors Filadelphia Christian School. A small boarding school, a tiny bit like Black Forest Academy (BFA), their ministry is to educate the financially challenged children in the surrounding villages. As the school is rather small and in a very rural area of Romania, it’s very difficult for people to come and go, so when mission teams do come in it’s a pretty big deal. A mission team from BFA will be working directly with that school, this Spring, and continuing a relationship the BFA Student Council built up last year. The Filadelphia school isn’t sure what they want that team to help out with that week. They could be helping out in English classes or maintenance or hanging out in the dorms and doing things for the dorm students, perhaps all of the above!
My hands my feet
My everything
My life, my love
Lord, use me
I have been invited to be one of thirteen students heading out to help out there in Romania. When I first heard about all the different missions trip I knew I wanted to go on one.
I wanna set the world on fire
I applied for three different trips praying for God to put me in the right one. I honestly feel this is where God wants me during this week. Just like any other Mission trip, this one has needs of it’s own: prayerful support and financial aid. This trip is going to cost 650 Euros, about $1100.  Any money raised beyond my expenses will be used to help diminish the over all costs of the Black Forest Academy missions trips as a whole.  I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider committing to pray for this team up until and during the week of March 28- April 4, 2009 and offering to be one of the financial supporters I need.  I need to be fully funded by March 5.  Will you be one of fifteen $75 givers?
I’m gonna set the world on fire.
Christ’s enduring love and light to you all!


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Immediate Prayer Needed

UPDATE BY TED: As of about 5:30am MST, I’m stone free!  Thanks for your prayers.

I just wanted to send this out to all our pray-ers out there. Ted is suffering from a kidney stone his last night in CO. Please be in prayer that it will pass early this evening. He went to the Dr. and they gave him some pretty heavy duty pain-killers, anti-biotics, and anti-nausea medication. He is supposed to be flying home at 8:30 am tomorrow morning, catching a connecting flight in TX and then arriving home at 5:00 pm. This is a long day of traveling for someone in excellent health. Please join us in prayer that he will pass this stone this evening and be rested for this flight. If he needs to stay in CO longer, please give him peace, and pray that God will allow him to pass it quickly and we will be able to find him another flight home cheaply. Thank you in advance for your prayers. Many blessings, Brandy

April Prayer Requests

April’s prayer letter is out.  If you didn’t get it via email, you can get it here.  It contains some updates on what happened in March.  More info to come in our April newsletter…

A house for us?

Many of you will remember several months ago, we thought we’d found a house in Germany. However, as we looked at the house (via a video skype call) and began to get all the details, it seemed less and less like the right place. We called on the Lord in prayer, and within a few days, the offer was retracted.

Many of you will also remember our mentioning Durand Robinson, the visionary behind Creative Works, our original ministry. Durand and his wife, Ruth, have taken Creative Works to Ireland, where they are focusing on local music ministries for Irish churches (you can read all about their ministry by clicking the Creative Works link in our blog roll). Their home in the Kandern area remains unoccupied. Since they first moved, we’ve thought their house is perfect for us. It has enough space for all of us, is close to everything, and is right next door to the Meyer’s house – our new supervisors with GemStone Media. Unfortunately, we can’t afford to buy their house.durand-and-ruths-house-web.jpg

However, we’ve just received word they are taking it off the market, and would like to rent it to us at — wouldn’t you know — almost exactly what we’ve budgeted to pay for rent. Isn’t God amazing?

Their realtor has a few weeks yet to sell before the contract expires. We hope you’ll be praying with us, that if this isn’t God’s will, the house will sell for a good price and bless the Robinsons that way. We did want to share with you, though, how God continues to look out for us, as we move forward in faith.