Posts from the “Prayer Letters” Category

Grace

Posted on October 21st, 2016

grace |ɡrās| noun 1. An unmerited gift. Well…this fall, a girl named Grace has been an unmerited gift to a so many, including me. I first heard of Grace from her older sister, Caitlyn, who was a student leader at Boston University. Grace quickly followed suit and found God leading her to Boston University to study advertising. Grace is tender, is warm, is vulnerable, and is a bold evangelist. Grace (in the green dress) with me this summer A few weeks ago, during our discipleship time, Grace shared this beautiful story with me. She had invited one of her fellow RA’s, Ryan, to come to a gathering we hold on Tuesday nights called LIVE. At LIVE, Ryan heard another student share about the purpose…

Prayer for the start of the semester

Posted on August 28th, 2016

August 28, 2016 Dear Friends, Would you pray for us and for the students of Boston as they head back to campus? Over the next few weeks, over 250,000 students will move into dorms across the city. We’re praying that thousands of them would have a chance to hear the gospel and that many would choose to follow Christ. Because of you, students like Craig, Nestor, Julie, and Jocette have heard the gospel and started following him. Would you pray for our student leaders at Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, Babson, Bentley, Wellesley, and schools across the city? That they would return to campus ready to connect with incoming freshmen. And would you pray for us and our family as Sydney and Eliza start Kindergarten…

Middle East Trip

Posted on June 29th, 2016

Hi sweet friends. We had this letter all ready to send yesterday morning, I just needed to make a few edits but in light of the events that happened in the Middle East yesterday we wanted to say that WE ARE SAFE (Brian and I returned a few weeks ago) and so are all of our teams that are located in Breakthrough.  Along with each of the friends that we know from that area. Thanks so much for praying for our time in the Middle East – it could not have gone better. Our little girls did amazing with my parents. There was the usual adjustment when we got back: they could no longer have ice cream whenever they wanted. When I asked my mom…

Pray for our Middle East Trip

Posted on May 24th, 2016

Malisa and I are headed to the Middle East from 5/26-6/6. We are excited to connect with our summer team, facilitate a debrief for our team that has spent a year there, and connect with leaders from the refuge ministry we’ve worked with for the last 6 years as well as other organizations who are looking to start similar ministries. Would you pray for us? For our Family – this is the first time we’re leaving our kids for this long (they’ll be in great hands with Malisa’s parents). For us as we debrief our team that has spent a year there. We love this team – 3 of them have spent previous summers with us in the Middle East. They’re headed back for…

A View from Above Boston

Posted on May 24th, 2016

Would you come with me as we take the elevator to the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower in Downtown Boston? I love getting up above the city because it gives me vision. Last week, I hosted a group of Cru directors from across the country to share some of what I’ve learned in the last 10 years directing our ministry here in Boston, particularly leading operationally. I took the directors to the top of the Prudential Center to do something I love to do – share the story of God at work in Boston. Can you imagine the view with me? From this vantage point, you can look North and see all the way up the Coast to Gloucester, my hometown. You can…

Family

Posted on April 16th, 2016

A Middle Eastern Family When I got together for tea with my friend “Sarah” at the beginning of March, I met her mom and sister-in-law visiting from the Middle East. We had a great time together talking about life and spiritual things. At the end of our time, Sarah’s mom invited me to visit their home in the Middle East. Because I am Sarah’s friend, I am her mom’s friend. What a powerful picture. I pray that one day Sarah and her mother will be part of God’s family. Please pray with us for that. Malisa with “Sarah”, her mom, and sister-in-law hanging out with me on campus. God’s Family Caring for Our Family Less than 24 hours later my mother-in-law passed away. Over the course…

Stories so good I wish I could bottle them up to enjoy them over and over again…

Posted on February 1st, 2016

There are a couple things I’d like to put in a bottle so that I can preserve them to enjoy forever. Like the laughter of my two daughters. They have distinctive delightful laughs that I can’t get enough of. I recorded a bit of it on my phone so I have it when they grow up. Eliza, Frosty the snowman, and Sydney a week ago I’d also like to bottle up the stories our students share during a dinner in January. We call it “the Insider dinner.” It’s a dinner where we challenge students to consider moving back into freshmen dorms. We want our students to be “insiders” and live in community close enough to non-Christians that their friends would notice the difference that…

Spiritually they are so open…

Posted on November 11th, 2015

The other day I took Jacqui, one of our younger student leaders, with me to meet two Middle Eastern girls. Jacqui is one of the girls in a Discipleship Group I lead at Boston University on Thursday afternoons. Jacqui is the 3rd from the left in the back row with red hair. “Amira” and “Adilah” are sisters and they were raised in a part of the world where they were part of an invisible population. Because their parents do not proclaim Mohamed as prophet, they are not allowed to work in most mainstream careers.  In order for Amira and Adilah to get any education beyond high school they had to leave the country.  In order to ever work in their field of study they…

A Wild Ride

Posted on October 7th, 2015

A Wild Ride In the video above, feel free to skip to the 1:30 mark for some intense whitewater 🙂   What a wild ride we had last weekend rafting on the Kennebec River with 25 students from Boston University, Northeastern University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. “When you hit these rapids, you need to make sure you breathe air, not water. You’re not going to go over the waves. You’re going to go right through them.” As I popped out of our raft, I didn’t realize I would need advice on how and when to breathe. But 20 seconds later, I was coughing up water and struggling for breath. What a wild ride! Every fall, we take a group of men – usually…

#Instagramish

Posted on August 25th, 2015

Here’s an #Instagramish way to pray with Brian and Malisa this month Malisa (right) and some of our staff team pose during a prayer walk. Would you pray with us for the next few weeks? We’ve put a prayer guide online at www.brianandmalisa.com/prayer Sydney has had many great family sails on Nana Kay and Grampy Tom’s schooner. Please continue to pray for healing for Brian’s mom. Here’s her caringbridge site It was so fun to be able to visit many of our friends and supporters in Utah. We loved seeing you all. #blessed Malisa has discipled Stacy from Northeastern for the last few years. Now she has joined our team as an intern. There are 250,000 students returning to Boston in the next week.…