Seeking & Scouting


Our son Hudson returned from Brazil on July 22.  His six months in Brazil were a wonderful season of learning to serve and learning to lead.  He was leading a team of trainees in the Iris Fortaleza School of Missions.  Now he’s home for a few weeks of seeking God in fasting and prayer before heading off to the Middle East with some of his Brazilian teammates who feel called to serve in that region. They will spend a month “scouting out the land” in several countries, hoping to discern where God is sending them. 

Please pray that God will do something for Hudson and his fellow workers like he did with Paul and Barnabas: “While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  (Acts 13:2)   Hudson and his team are still more than $1000 short of what they need for expenses during the trip.  If you’d like to help them with that, go to, scroll down to “Iris Missionary”, and type in “Lyons, Hudson” before entering an amount.  They leave August 23, and will be able to take with them whatever Iris receives by August 21. 

Answered Prayer:   I sensed God’s special blessing on the REI / GEN / D4D dialog for which I asked you to pray late last week.  The evening before I was struggling with feeling insecure about the whole thing.  But the Lord encouraged me Friday morning and by the end of the day the leaders involved were very encouraged and thankful, and this week I’m receiving ideas from them regarding where we go from here.