This verse is debatable for many Christians! Going into our 17th year in roadside ministry, Karen and I have ministered to thousands of people. One thing that sticks out to me are the number of people who went through, or are in the midst of, a difficult situation and have the same question on their lips, “Where WAS God?” or “Where IS God?” The Lord had a long conversation with me about this not long ago! Friends from out-of-town came to our home for lunch one day. They were staying 40 miles away in a pretty rough area. That night, one block from their motel, a man was shot and killed by a stranger. When Karen and I saw this on the local news that night, we thanked God for His protection over our friends’ family. The Lord said, “This is everyday life to most Christians, but they don’t realize it!” I asked, “Lord, what do you mean?” He explained, “Your friends are enjoying a relaxing evening in their motel room and don’t even know that a life was taken one block away. They were completely unaware of the magnitude of the evil which took place just around the corner from them.” He continued, “This happens so often in the lives of Christians. I protect them tens of thousands of times throughout their lives, but they don’t know how I am watching out for them, keeping them from being at the wrong place at the wrong time, scaring away someone meaning to do them harm!” The Lord said, “I protect My people over and over more times than they could ever count. But then they experience a hard time and they get angry at Me and walk away, saying, ‘Lord, where were you? Why didn’t you stop this? I can’t trust you!’ Yes, trials will come in life. I never promised that once you become a Christian, nothing bad will ever happen again. But you have no idea the number of things that I take you through safely!” The Lord began to show me how many times He was there for me, for me and Karen, times when He told us to leave, times He told us not to go, times we had a check in our spirits that prevented us from being in the wrong place at the wrong time! The Lord is always there, whether we feel Him or not. If you’re going through a hard time, sit in silence in the loving presence of your Father and, as a child talking to your daddy, say, “Lord, help me understand how you were there through this time in my life!” Then let Him talk! Stop, talk, most of all listen. He will show you how He was always there, loving you through the events in your life, bringing about the plan and the purpose He’s always had for your life.
We have just completed a 90-day devotional, which we’ve been working on over the years. As a fundraiser for Roadside Free Prayer, we are selling them for $10 each plus $3 shipping. At this price, $5 will go directly to the ministry. For more information on how to order, check out our new Devotional Fundraiser tab!
We took a short break after the passing of Emil’s father November 6th. When we returned to the roadside the next week, people immediately stopped, saying they had been looking for us. We got to minister to several people and there hasn’t been a boring moment out there! Now we are experiencing a snowstorm, but anticipate being back out Sunday morning.
The roadside has been extremely busy since our last post in August! Hope you received our August e-newsletter. If not and you would like to, sign up on the Contact Us page. We attended a conference with Billy Burke last week and he called us out. He asked us what we did and when we told him about Roadside Free Prayer, he was amazed and gave us the following word: “God is going to send unlikely people to see unlikely miracles, roadside miracles. You’ll get a mailing list and you’ll have partners. This is one of those highways and byways unique ministries at the end times. You’ll find you’re going to have people stand with you and a team will develop. In the summer of 2020 there will be a team, just three, just four, but it will grow, and you’ll have places to go here and there and over there and down here. Get ready! Get ready! Get ready!” Then he touched us lightly and down we went, experiencing floor time with God for about 10 minutes! Thank You, Lord!
The roadside has exploded this month. Multiple people at a time have been stopping with issues ranging from grief from loss of loved ones to marriages on the brink of divorce, people in desperate need of guidance from the Lord to people who just want to stop and thank us for providing the service of Free Prayer! We come in every day tired but joyful! Thank You, Lord, for all You do–for the salvations, for the healing of broken hearts and marriages, for the encouragement and direction You provide!
We had a wonderful time with the 26 old friends and new friends who came to our get-together Friday night in Gilbert, AZ. We were able to do a little ministry and pray for people afterward. Next time we come to Arizona, we would like to have an opportunity to stay a few more days to make ministry/prophetic appointments with those who would like them.
We are putting out our July newsletter today through Constant Contact. If you would like to receive a copy via email or via snail mail, please email us through our “Contact Us” page. If you live in the Gilbert AZ area, we are having an interest/update coffee August 2nd at Evident Life Church, 415 N Gilbert Rd, from 6:30-8:30pm. We’d love to have you join us!
We are loving the new spot we are setting up on almost daily now. We have had up to 11 people stop for ministry and prayer. The state police, sheriff’s department and local police have all approved for us to be there, and a few have stopped by to say hi and to keep up the good work! Thank You, Lord!
We were on the road much of June, 2+ weeks ministering in Iowa, then to Wyoming after a few days at home. We just put out a newsletter Friday summarizing our trip and bringing readers up to date on what’s happening on the roadside here in Colorado! If you are would like to receive our newsletter, please sign up on the “Contact Us” page!
We just returned from a 2-week ministry to Iowa. Emil spoke the two Sundays, once in Storm Lake and once in Mason City. We ministered to over 50 people and saw 6 salvations! We also got to visit with a lot of friends in both places which was refreshing and such a blessing. We drove a total of 3,400 miles due to a good 3-day detour to Chicago to visit his dad and sister and family. We saw a lot of flooding through the midwest states and said a lot of prayers for the families and farmers there. We however experienced good and dry weather on the trip for the most part. We are in Wyoming this week but look forward to hitting the Colorado roadside full force the next Monday!