Thank you so much for your grace friends with the past couple of link ups! Having a newborn, having to get a new phone (I get my new one tomorrow-hopefully), have my computer at the fixers for 12 days and being at our annual staff conference where there is not cell service or internet connection... well, you could say life has felt a bit chaotic.
But the conference was great! It is always one of my favorite things, getting to be around such great, godly people who have the same passion to know the Lord and make Him known. And getting to be in beautiful Durango, Colorado at the ranch... such a gift!
And then I realized I don't think I've bragged on God to you on how He gave us the ranch. Oh, it's just incredible so I have to share. But first, here's some pictures.
And here's all the staff with the amazing amount of under 7 year old kiddos.
Here's Austin and I giving a talk on leadership.
Here's a view of a couple of the buildings (the dining hall and bunk house). There is also a staff house, barn and hotel.
Ok. So about 5 or 6 years ago my husband Austin and his friend Nate (who is also on staff) took a vision trip to some middle eastern countries to see about starting a partnership. On the way over Nate told Austin how he really thought God wanted him to raise a million dollars. Of course Austin and his wise self told Nate you can't just raise a million dollars, you need something to raise a million dollars for. Well turns out not a few months later another ministry in town sat down with the President of Master Plan Ministries to tell him they wanted to donate their 5 building ranch to us. After getting the properties evaluated, it would take one million dollars to bring everything up to code. So now Nate had his something to raise a million dollars for. For three months Russ and Nate did all they knew to do to raise the money and just at the last minute, like the Lord likes to do, one incredible donor stepped in saying they wanted to finish it off. Over one million dollars was raised!!! And now 5 years later the ranch is almost complete and our ministry has an incredible place to train laborers in the Great Commission!
Pretty awesome huh!? I just love how the Lord likes to show off.
And just for fun, here's a picture of our family in front of the barn.
Faith Filled Friday Blog Link Up
We exist to glorify God, to display His heart and character. And I just love how we are all uniquely built to do that. So every Friday I want to give you, uniquely designed by God, an opportunity to link up your thoughts on God, art, baking, photography, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, writing or blogging and more if they tie into or display the Lord somehow.
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Laura, the creator and host of Missional Women is married and has five kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 12 years serving with Master Plan Ministries. Laura is the Women's Development Coordinator and has discipled over 150 girls, led over 30 Bible studies and speaks to college and women's groups. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, and A Devotional Journey through Judges, a devotional to accompany the free online Bible study at TheBookofJudges.com. You can find her on facebook,twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram and her author
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