A Little Crazy Goes a Long Way

A little (crazy) prayer goes a long way.

I asked several “Will God…?” questions in my last post.  Some won’t be answered for months or years, but for others I feel like we can start counting the promise of “immeasurably more” right now.

Can I really be an adequate interim parent for two teenagers abandoned by their mom until God provides more permanent foster parents?   It’ll take a lot longer than a week to tell that.  But in the meantime, God is blessing Jub and I and our volunteer house with two precious teenage girls that need a lot of love (and eat a lot of pancakes) and stretch our faith every day.  We continue to circle these girls in prayer and plead for God to provide foster parents in the next few months, but I’m wondering if God might have something else in store…  Immeasurably more.

Will God heal a faithful and faith-filled couple that just discovered they are HIV positive, and protect their unborn baby from the disease?   We’re still circling.  But in the meantime, she’s rising up in worship with a deep faith and divine strength that gives me goosebumps.  And she’s crying out to God not for herself or her own recovery, but for the lives of those around her as she continues to fight for and love on her neighbors that continue their work as women of the night.  Crazy awesome.  Immeasurably more.

Will my friend reach his goal of staying clean from meth for an entire year and grow as a committed husband and father?   Time will tell and we’ll keep circling.  But in the meantime, he’s challenging me back with this goal saying he doesn’t want to just stay clean for a year, but he wants to stay clean for good.  Silly me.  Immeasurably more. 

Will God build a movement to create real change in rural communities to stop this cycle of family and community brokenness that so often leads to participation in the sex industry?

Now we’re getting REALLY crazy.  But I’m beginning to realize a little crazy goes a long way when you’re talking Kingdom crazy.  Here’s a preview:

This photo was taken last week after our first ad hoc community meeting in a small, rural village in Khon Kaen province.  The heart of Isaan.  The heart of Thailand.

After being unsure whether or not we’d have any attendees and being even less sure what direction the discussion would take, we were overwhelmed with the result.

The community is awake.  Without prompting, they answered every question we had with flying colors.  They want change.  They want us to be a part, but they want to take responsibility for change.  In fact, they want to start before we even get there.

We laid out our best made plans and prayers and God is already doing…. Immeasurably more. 

More soon…

 

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  1. Awesome! Continuing to stand in agreement!

    • Andrea
    • January 22nd, 2012

    Wow. It sounds like God is rocking out in Thailand!! I am so excited to hear about all the exciting things He is doing…in and through you guys. I’m praying for you!

    • Amanda
    • January 23rd, 2012

    Goose. Bumps.

    • Rachel
    • January 24th, 2012

    Ammani, Laura and I prayed for you last night. My heart is with you, Jub and the work God is preparing in advance for you. He will finish what He has started, I believe that. Love you and miss you Cori girl! xoxo

    • Florine Swanson
    • January 30th, 2012

    Cori

    Your father shared your blog address with me as he realizes that your efforts are of interest to me. My husband, Ron, and your dad have been personal friends for many years through a number of farming organizations. Your father is so proud of you. He just wishes there were 2 of you – one to transition the farming operation to and one to keep on doing what you are doing.

    I am the current president of Women Graduates-USA an affiliate of the International Federation of University Women. Our current issues are on education of new immigrant women and girls, trafficking, and peace. We are a virtual organization. I have also served previously on the board of the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund in New York City that supports programs for women and children in developing countries. The end of this month I’ll be headed to New York for the annual Commission on the Status of Women’s Conference. The theme this year is rural women, so you can imagine how much I am looking forward to the sessions. I will be on the panel for one of the NGO presentations.

    I will add you and your efforts to my prayer list.

  2. Cori, your faith makes me cry. So excited for what he is doing for you and through you. And while I am floored by the level of need (in time and energy) here at the home, God is already doing immeasurably more than I have asked or imagined already. It´s pretty flippin fanstastic!

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