March 2: Mike & Carolyn Preston, Graeagle, CA
Graeagle is a town of about 750 (mostly retired) located in the Mohawk Valley of the Sierras, about an hour north of Lake Tahoe. With an elevation of 4500 ft., we are a resort town with plenty of golfing, hiking, and fishing in the immediate area. We have two general prayer requests. First, we live in a small area impacted by the economic downturn. Our county, our community, and our church have shrunk. God has brought several new families to our church over the past two years, but our numbers are still down. Pray that our ministries can remain vital and that our church can be a blessing to those who attend and to our community. Secondly, we have an unusually high number of people who are seriously, even terminally, ill this year. We have lost several from our church and community. Although these are times when the gospel shines most brightly, they are heavy with sadness. Though our conversations turn often to loss, pray that they will be filled with life, hope, and glory. Pray that those who are in Christ will always be prepared to give clear and powerful explanations of the hope that is Jesus.