The most important one of course is the reason for the trip. The Heidi Search Center located in San Antonio invited me to speak at their first H.O.P.E. Campaign Banquet. This is the very same search center who loaned us their director at the time, a search and rescue expert, to join the Oswego County Sheriff's Department to help bring our Heidi, Heidi M. Allen home.
Although we didn't find Heidi and she remains missing today, our thanks to the Heidi Search Center in San Antonio remain in our prayers -- more than nineteen years later.
This summer a relationship began with Crystal, one the Texas Heidi Search Center's staff. Neither of us saw where God was taking this until the summer came to a close and the sound of school bells and returning to school were in the background. Little did Crystal know the first time we spoke that I already knew of her center and the special connection we have. Once I shared this with her, the bond only grew.
Almost twenty years ago Texas traveled to New York, this December -- New York is traveling to Texas. To say it has come "full-circle" doesn't seem correct since our Heidi is still missing yet on the spiritual and emotional level...there is some truth to this.
This is on a couple levels - of course the literal level due to my mode of transport but it is so much more.
“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Am I a little anxious about this? Yes. Is this something I've never done before? Yes.
So why am I doing it? Easy...God's called me to it and opened the door. I continue to prepare, pray, and pray more for the upcoming trip, the speaking, and the people I will meet. This is a speaking engagement across the country, yes, but it is so much more. It is an opportunity to thank the very people who were instrumental in providing the guidance we needed, just when we needed it. God connected us then through Auntie M's Google search and then again this summer, through Crystal's Google search. Who knew God is on Google, even in 1994 when it was still "new"?
If God opens the door and provides the means to be there, then in obedience...I fly in His strength, provision, and protection.
We weren't sure if this would be possible but one of God's angels blessed the Heidi Search Center in Texas to make this trip possible. The only reason I mention this here is so you can join me in lifting a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing on this sponsor. May he or she be blessed in return for their generosity. God is good and still works through others in today's society, we might just have to look a little closer to notice. Spread the word, God is alive and active, blessing you and me still today. Have you thanked Him?