We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed…

…perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. – 2 Cor 4:8-11

If you’ve been following us on facebook over the course of the last month, you have witnessed a small demonstration of the above verse. Since Mother’s Day we have had a house flood, our car has been vandalized, and our children, filled to the brim with cabin fever from living in a hotel suite, have incurred various injuries from rough play in confined spaces – the latest of which required emergency oral surgery and the removal of our oldest son’s two front teeth. Kristin and I have done our best to keep everyone in good spirits, but we are feeling afflicted in every way and perplexed, and struck down.

We are so grateful that we have insurance, and if nothing else, this has shown us how important insurance is. While insurance will pay for most of the repairs (to building and body), the ancillary costs are mounting beyond what our budget can sustain. With the increased living expense of not being in our home, and the uncertainty if all or any of it will be reimbursed and when, we have reached the point where we cannot afford to pay for all that must be done.

I am the kind of guy that does not like to ask for help until there are no other options. Generally I have to be destitute before I ask. And so, it is difficult for me to bring this to your attention now, because even though we are afflicted in every way, we are not crushed. Even though we’re perplexed, we are not yet driven to despair. Even though we feel struck down, we are not destroyed. God has been very good to us, and we, at most, feel very tired and uncertain.

But, even so, we do need help. I cannot pull us out of the hole we find ourselves in, and so I send this request out to the Christian community. I humbly implore your help. I ask that, first and foremost, you would pray for us. In those prayers, I ask that you would listen to see if God would have you send a small financial amount to help us make it through this season of testing. If You don’t feel that God is asking you to give, please don’t. We know and are convinced that God is our provider, and he knows our needs. We also know that God uses the Body of Christ (the Church) to fulfill his desires.

If you do feel that God wants to use you to help meet our needs, you can use the donate button below.

As you pray for us, please lift up the following needs:

  • Physical Protection
  • Spiritual Refreshment
  • Financial Provision

Thank you for your friendship, and your prayers.

Pax et Bonum

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