yes my friends, i came home from work last night and there in my basement, was water AGAIN! yes, i got mad, i think i actually punched the stairs a few times. all i could think was my new baseboards are going to be ruined!! thankfully the new carpet isn’t down yet… well, anyway, my patient and enduring roommate, who has been sleeping the living room for almost two months now, sent out this awesome prayer email for us both today. it would be a huge blessing to us if you could fight for us in prayer :)

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Hi Friends and Family =)

Man, I feel like as of late I am writing a lot of emails requesting prayers. Indicative of the times we’re in, huh? But praise our Lord that a) Because of the work of Christ on the cross we can approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need b) we do have the Body of Christ, so that we may call on eachother in our times of need. So thank you for taking the time to read this.

Friends, I’m requesting prayers for my roommate Lindsey and I. As many of you know, it has been a tumultuous year for us both: 2 home break-ins, 3 basement floodings, series of car vandalism and accidents and half a years worth of unemployment…the list can truly go on. And this is all what’s going on outwardly–God is still doing a work of “expunging” on the inside as well! Oi! What has been amazing though is to see how God has ordained our friendship for this season and we are truly growing and being refined as a result. It hasn’t been easy, but God is “proving” our faith, which is truly worth so much more than all the riches of this world.

Weird things have been happening as of late: In addition to me living in the living room for almost 2 months and Linds in her room (w/my entire room crammed in there), this Sunday when I woke up to get ready for church, a car in our parking lot caught on fire!! No, it wasn’t mine, believe it or not, but I called 911. Just the previous night, Linds and I had a really awesome time with the Lord and we prayed through a lot. Then last night, when we just both happened to be home (which is rare), our basement semi-flooded AGAIN. Praise God the new carpet wasn’t down, but we scrambled to save the new baseboards from the nasty water. As I’m sure you’ll agree, this isn’t just coincidene or a lesson to learn in relinquishing control of possessions–I can honestly say we’ve laid our gifts down. We’re just realizing that this is SO much more a spiritual battle because we see God moving in our lives, and frankly satan hates it. satan wants us so discouraged, distracted and full of doubt of the FAITHFULNESS, POWER AND PLANS of God.

Friends, we have sensed so much of a calling by God into ministry that it’s no wonder satan wants to hinder us from being a light, voice and the extending hands and love of Christ. A friend reminded us about Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the walls in Jerusalem. If I can put it this way, the workers were building for the Kingdom with a trousel in one hand and a sword in the other. As she put it, the battle came to them. That’s exactly how we feel. We humbly ask for your purposeful and powerful prayers. We need the Word of God to dwell in us richly and our minds to be sober and ready for the battles that keep coming to us.

As Linds said this morning, “satan is a punk!” We want to stand firm always in the Lord and we know we cannot do that in our own strength. We know something is on the horizon and we don’t want to grow weary in this battle.

Please pray (and definitely not limited to):
-Peace over our home and the things God has entrusted to us. They are His and so are our lives.
-Unity and the love of Christ in our friendship. That lies would be quickly seen and dealt with in truth and we’d only be strengthened. That no division would stand.
-For a sober mind and discernment of what is the enemy’s doing–he is sly/crafty, but God is greater in us!
-There’d be a deepening of God’s Word in our lives and a deeper knowing of Him
-For Linds as she leads the women’s bible study in God’s Word, disciples women and for whatever may be next
-Shelly as she disciples women, part of worship band/choir, and for confirmation of God’s calling regarding missions

Friends–THANK YOU!! We love the Body of Christ and we are making petitions on your behalf as well. We are committed to that. Any words of encouragement we will gladly take =). We love ya’ll.

God bless you all,

Shelly Torres and Lindsey Crystal

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