We received the note below during a time when I really felt overcome by discouragement and like, “what’s the point?!?!?!” and like the last 3 years have been a total failure. Really relating to Nehemiah — maybe this is pointless? But then knowing deep down it’s not and that God said what He said and He hasn’t changed. So getting this email RIGHT when we got it was such an encouragement to me. Here’s what a leader in our church wrote:

Niki and Kelly: I hope you’re having a great time at Convention, and that God is filling you up to overflowing. As I mentioned, I often am deeply moved by music. In this case, it’s a song by Andrew Peterson (one of my favorite Christian artists) that made me think of you two, and the mission to which God has called you through MVFF. It’s all about planting trees. I’ll have to actually play the music for you some time. Thanks for all you do for God’s kingdom.

PLANTING TREES
Words and Music by Andrew Peterson
Proverbs 22:6, Matthew 6:20

We chose the spot, we dug the hole
We laid the maples in the ground
To have and hold
As autumn falls to winter sleep
We pray that somehow in the spring
The roots grow deep

And many years from now
Long after we are gone
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless the dawn

He took a plane to Africa
He gathered up into his arms
An orphan son

So many years from now
Long after we are gone
This tree will spread its branches out
And bless the dawn

So sit down and write that letter
Sign up and join the fight
Sink in to all that matters
Step out into the light
Let go of all that’s passing
Lift up the least of these
Lean into something lasting:
Planting trees

She rises up as morning breaks
She moves among these rooms alone
Before we wake
And her heart is so full; it overflows
She waters us with love and the children grow
So many years from now

Long after we are gone
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless the dawn
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless someone