Thursday, June 17, 2010

Harding Uplift & Their Applause for Jenny

I had the privilege of speaking at Harding Uplift on Monday night and Tuesday morning. I'll be making the trip for all 3 sessions this year. I had no clue what to expect, but I joined in the worship service on Monday night and found 1100-1200 kids who were really excited to be there.

I was talking about how God has chosen to join us in the crossroads and intersections of life and what this means for us. I began sharing the impact this has had on my life in 2010. I told them that on Feb.3rd my sister, Jenny, sent me a text that she was running a fever of 105. We exchanged a few text messages and the last one I received from her, it was actually the last coherent conversation I would have with her, was Jenny telling me that even in her sickness, she was praying for our home to sale and for us to find a great place to live in inner-city Memphis. I told the kids that on February 4th she went into the hospital and was immediately placed in ICU.

One thing I realized in this moment was that if you talk about a sick sister in ICU, you get every one's attention. :)

I talked about this for a few moments and then I said, "On February 22nd, she breathed her last breath."

I never expected what happened next.

Someone yelled out, "We love you Jenny!"
Then, the place started clapping and people began yelling:
"We love you."
"We were praying for you."
"You are loved."
"Our church was praying for you."

I was stunned. Shocked. Frozen.
It was moment in which the grace of God rushed over me.
I'll never forget it.


Malaya was baptized last night at Bammel Rd. As soon as I get pictures, I will post a few.


  1. A wonderful story. I certainly join them in expressing my love for Jenny and the whole Ross clan.

    My kids will be there for the late June session.

    It was exciting news to hear about Malaya's decision.

  2. Wow, I wish I could have in the HU auditorium to hear that! What a blessing for you and for the 1100 students in the audience.

  3. Our kids just got back from Uplift, literally while I was in my office reading this post. thanks for being a part of something that meant a lot to them as disciples!

  4. Wow. Wow. Chills.


  5. Is there a tape of that?


  6. Great question, Karise. I don't know but I'll check on it.

  7. Miss ya man. Check out my blog. I miss Memphis. I might come back to HUGSR in the fall. God bless. I love reading your thoughts.

  8. Come on back, Andrew. Would love to hang out with you in Memphis.

  9. Josh, Are you at HU tonight & tomorrow (21st & 22nd)? Please let me know---I'd like to drive from Little Rock to hear you.

  10. Josh, I'm assuming you spoke tonight, & again tomorrow (21st & 22nd)? What is your schedule for next week? I commented earlier, but I guess it didn't go through. I'd like to drive from Little Rock to hear you speak. Enjoyed your morning talk at Pepperdine in May so much.....

  11. I'm super excited about getting to hear you Monday night! You are in my prayers!