Speaking with clarity and poise at my parents' home church, our daughter, Claire, shared the vision of Josiah Venture and her upcoming ministry with the JV Kids in Central and Eastern Europe.
It was not common for their church to allow someone "from the outside" to come in and share, yet it was so evident to see God at work, opening the doors to make this connection. This evening was only possible through the many prayers of those who were standing with us, and our faithful God!
Beautifully articulate and delightfully winsome, she shared her heart, passion and calling to follow God to care for, equip and help launch JV Kids.
It was moving, motivating, and inspiring to hear her talk so powerfully about this group of kids on mission with their parents, kids who are part of the next generation of young "Josiahs" that we want to see raised up for God's Kingdom.
She captured the hearts of many who heard her speak, and there are already some who want to partner with her and stand in faith for this strategic ministry with the JV Kids.
I think it's okay as a mom to say I was so proud, listening to her articulate her thoughts and vision!
The evening was also very special because of many dear family and friends who came to share in it.
My cousin, who I grew up with here in Oregon, was there with her husband and parents, my aunt and uncle. It meant the world that they came to support and encourage us!
Not only that, but some lifelong friends of my parents, who I haven't seen in nearly 50 years, were able to come down from the Salem area to be there as well. I would have recognized them anywhere!
We have my mom to thank for this very special evening! I'm sad we didn't get a picture with her tonight because it was her inspiration, planning, invitation and thoughtfulness that went into creating such a beautiful event!!
"THANK YOU MOM for your kindness, love and hard work that made this night possible!!!!"
And Claire wants to tell you dear blog readers, if you are following and praying for her in this journey towards coming alongside and ministering to the JV Kids, THANK YOU!
This is a body of Christ effort to launch another missionary into the calling of God on her life!