Saturday, January 23, 2010

Nate the great


I've got so much to catch you up on, but I don't know quite where to begin. I've got some Jesus thoughts, some new temporary job thoughts, some of my recent birthday thoughts, and some pouting thoughts that I'm not in Houston this weekend for the Scripture Memory Celebration :)

I got a recent spirit reminder to 'be diligent' (it was a loving command, but a mighty strong one), so here I am, hoping to discuss each of the above mentioned topics throughout the next couple of weeks. But to start things off, I just wanted to invite you to join me in prayer for my husband as he leaves for Thailand tomorrow for two weeks. He and his business partner (Stephen Proctor) are going to lead visual worship at a conference as well as serve those who have labored for the Gospel in Asia, many in 'closed countries.' [Nate will also be doing some live art at the conference like he is able to do at the Deeper Still events...I'm his biggest fan when he does those things. Actually, a total dork about it. Grin].  It is usually a time of intense joy and spiritual battle for them as they take hold of this privilege. Below, is a short letter from Nate about the trip. And below his letter is a link that shows a short video from Stephen. I humbly beseech your prayers upon them and upon the thousands who will be gathered together for one purpose - His Name and His Reknown.

Hey friends,

I find it extraordinary that we continue to find ourselves in an international terminal headed to various nooks and crannies of the earth. It’s still hard to reconcile the fact that I couldn’t love more what we do and the continual clear leading of the Lord to do it! For however long we are allowed to keep engaging with people around the world we are going to do it, and I wish all of you could come along! 

It continues to be so clear that God is present and working all over the globe! It’s often tempting to think that when we go to foreign countries in any sort of missions capacity we are somehow bringing God to that place. The more we travel and see our lives woven together with men and women of other cultures, we discover crystal clear evidence that God is fluent in every language; He knows the nuances of every culture, He speaks to anyone who will listen. He is there when we get off the plane and He is there when we leave no matter how spiritual we feel we’ve been! 

Soon, we’ll be headed back to Thailand and Hong Kong. We’ve already got so many friends over there. People who are passionate about their pursuit of the Lord. Our desire is to take a few steps with them and perhaps encourage them a bit along the way. As much as it would be wonderful for all of you to be along with us, we know that isn’t possible, so we’ll do our best to give you a window into their world. Please pray for us. We need it all the time. 

Love you guys,

Love y'all,


Mary R Snyder said...

Shelley -- praying for Nate & Stephen and all those connected to this trip. May God use each of them in a mighty way. Also, I loved Nate's words -- I needed a reminder that God is not an American. Sad that I think that at times.

I am also praying for you while your husband is on the road, praying for your peace and comfort while he is away.

mandy said...

I'm so proud of your man! :) Love you and miss you... Can't wait for job updates.

Denise said...

Yes!!! I love it (and Jesus does, too!) that you and Nate have a heart and a passion for the world! I was able to meet with Heather Mercer this week, and she would love to meet you in Nashville. She will be there for the next couple of months. Check out her ministry -

Blessings and prayers for you both!

Emmy said...

Wow! Just read all about this and watched the video! What a beautiful incredible way to serve those who are over there giving their lives in order for Jesus to be known! I can't wait to hear about their trip! Know that it has been an amazing blessing!

I'm a little late catching up... so maybe they are almost home... or on their way !?! Praying for them now as I type!

I missed seeing you in Houston! I was with Lindsee when you texted her! We all missed you!

Know you will be excited when Nate gets back! Let us know about the trip!

Bless you sweet Shelly! Emmy : )