GBS Update: Friday 13th August 2010

We just wanted to send a brief update today, specifically to ask for prayer as we embark on another new venture with Luke this weekend. One of his major goals has been to visit Newday, a large youth event that Luke has worked at each year since he was at University in Sheffield. He has a great affection for the Newday, which draws thousands of young people from across the country, raising up a generation who love God, and it has been a big part of his life. So he has been very keen to visit, even just for a day and so we will be travelling up to Norfolk today. His doctors and therapists have agreed to the visit on the understanding that we travel up today, then Luke can rest, visit Newday tomorrow and then stay a further night before travelling home on Sunday. It will be a full on weekend, and we would so much value your prayers for

1 Safe travel and protection over Luke as he makes further steps into real life. The journey will be very tiring, please pray that he will recover well and be able to enjoy his time there

2 This will be the first time Luke has stayed anywhere other than hospital or home. Please pray that God will have His hand on us as we stay at the hotel, and that Luke will rest well and be comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. Also that we will remember his drugs at the right time and not get distracted by being out and about!

3 That this time would prove to be a blessing and not a frustration, as he sees others doing the jobs he used to do

4 Luke has a peace about being where God has him for the time being. Please pray with us that that will continue and that Luke will keep looking in faith to the God who made him and loves him and has the very best in store for him

Thank you again for continuing to be with us and for us. We do not take lightly the fact that we keep coming to you for prayer, as each of your lives is so busy and full already. We know it is a mystery how God chooses to work through the prayers of the Church, but our journey so far is a testament to your faithful prayers and to the gracious faithfulness of our Father God, who longs for relationship with the people He created.

‘As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me Your shield of victory, and Your right hand sustains me; You stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.’ Psalm 18: 30-36

With much love and many thanks

Gary and Debbie

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