Mission Possible–God Answers Prayer

James 5:16b “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

This week our family had a reminder of how tenderly and specifically God answers prayer.  The director of the camp we help with (Maranatha Family Ministries) is a man of faith and prayer.  He stops throughout the day to pray about everything, and being near him and dear Mrs. Edmunds is part of why people love to go to Maranatha.

Our family helps with the local food pantry as distributors of various donations to clients.  Last week there was more milk donated to our area than we could give away before it expired, so my sister brought the leftovers to camp that day and put the gallon jugs in the refrigerator for the ministry.


Well, we didn’t know that the retreat that was there had completely used up all the milk, and Mr. Edmunds had been praying for God to provide milk for the camp.  He prays specifically like that very often, and many times someone will drive in with a check that day, or a check might arrive in the mail perhaps.  God answers again and again.

Our whole family has been praising God for this specific answer though because this was Mr. Edmunds’ response to his great providing God.  He walked into the kitchen to prepare the next meal, opened the refrigerator for something, and exclaimed, “Oh, my!  God didn’t just answer!  He even put the answer RIGHT INTO THE REFRIGERATOR FOR US!”

So dear students, as you follow God today, be listening for what He would have you to do, even if it seems like a small thing.  Talk to Him about everything.  “God is on the move, on the move, hallelujah!  God is on the move in many mighty ways!” (7eventh Time Down)

Encourage Thomas, Our TA!

Our wonderful TA, Thomas Weiler, is off to Fort Benning, Georgia, for basic training this summer. We promised to be praying for him, and perhaps your family could write to him as well.  It would truly encourage him to hear from the children, even if they just tuck a drawing into an envelope.


His address is:

PV2, Weiler, Thomas, #337

C Company, 2-54 Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade

9240 Treadwell Dr., Building 3405

Fort Benning, GA 31905

(You also need to mark a green border around the envelope and label it with a large green 3.)

Here is his letter to us that arrived today:

“I am glad to hear that all has been going well for your summer so far.  I got your letter yesterday and was very encouraged.

I have had a huge struggle with transitioning from civilian life to the military lifestyle.  There are a lot of things such as music, showers, civilian clothing, contact with others, etc., that are taken for granted, until put into a position where you don’t get any of those.

All in all though, this summer has been a blast, and I haven’t had any regrets on coming down this summer.  The weather has been very intense.  The average temperature has been between 105 degrees and 110 degrees, with a 70% or higher humidity.  It is almost the exact opposite of the weather in Vermont.  Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated is the key to success down here.

I cannot wait to get back and share many stories and memories with all the kids and teachers.  I am sure they will all be interested in hearing about everything that has gone on:  confidence/obstacle courses, climbing and rappelling a 50 foot tower, the gas chambers, and shooting and qualifying with the M-4 carbine.

I hope all continues togo well with you and your summer training.”