Last week, I asked for your prayers—and you responded with encouraging emails, Facebook messages, and texts. We were beginning to film the Wonderstruck Bible Study with the crew from Lifeway in Banff, Canada, and on the night before the shooting my throat was sore, my sinuses runny, my glands swollen. The feverish feeling of uggh! settling in.
I didn’t know what to do. So I turned to you. And asked you to pray.
I stand in awe of the power of prayer.
When I awoke the next morning, my throat was smooth, my glands returned to normal, the fever abated. This continued for the days we filmed. The entire crew put in long days outside in extreme temperatures—with more than 40 degree temperature shifts from early morning to mid-afternoon. Yet my health held, because of your prayers.
At the end of the final day, the scratchy throat and feverishness returned. I’m still in the process of healing—but God heard your prayers and I am wildly grateful!
One of my personal prayers for our time here was that we wouldn’t just capture the teaching for the Wonderstruck Bible study, but that we’d be wonderstruck ourselves by our God who is full of wonder. Can I share a few highlights?
-On the first day I was teaching about Job near Lake Louise. People paused on the path nearby to watch us, take pictures, and create background ruckus. One woman approached Leif. She had just lost her husband. Mourning the loss, she came down to the lake to pray in the early hours. After overhearing the teaching, she asked Leif for the Scriptures so that she could return to her hotel room, grab her Bible, and study them—they were the words she needed to hear.
-On another day, we found ourselves overwhelmed with technical difficulties. We struggled to gain momentum in filming. A camera shut down. A memory card filled. A battery needed replacing. Another battery died. The light fought against us. I jumbled words. Unexpected noises forced us to do re-takes. We grew weary. We were down to the last few minutes of daylight and only had one chance to record the main teaching portion of a lesson on forgiveness.
One of the Lifeway crew, Rick, said, “Let’s stop and let’s pray!” We did. And the next take was flawless. Minutes later the sun disappeared below the horizon and we were reminded again of the wonder of prayer.
-Throughout our time, we had people asking us what we were filming. We had the privilege of meeting believers from all across the world and many more overhead the Biblical teaching and invitation to awaken to the wonder of God. We were granted great, nearly cloudless weather, safety, and favor at every turn.
Thank you for your prayers. They made a huge difference and mean more to me than you could possibly know.
- Recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine
- Discover peace in knowing you’re wildly loved
- Identify what’s holding you back in prayer
- Develop a renewed passion for God
- Celebrate the extraordinary moments in everyday life