So, when this news of what God is doing right now in Thailand came across my screen yesterday (6/25), I read with gratitude and excitement that you and I have played a part in the building of God's kingdom in Thailand. I had to share this with you.Read More
This is the first part of a multi post report on this quarter's activity with one of four priorities God has lead us to focus on in helping to fulfill the Great Commission. This
Those that know me know that I work with Cru and that a part of that assignment includes that I have to raise the funds necessary to participate with this mission. That includes my salary, benefits and ministry expenses. Our president does the same as well as looks for funds for our global expenses and operations and a friend shared this video with me of him talking about some of this experience. I was encouraged by it and many of you ask me what raising support is like, so I thought this video would give you a peak at what it can be like. Is is just 3:08 minutes long. Enjoy.
Yesterday was our bi-annual Worldwide Day of Prayer. I have separate thoughts about that day, but we heard a report from our director for that area of the world who shared that our staff and volunteers are accounted for and are okay. Yea. However, they are sleeping in the open air like so many other Nepalese not trusting the buildings that still stand will survive the aftershocks. Jose, our director (and my roommate at our last Global Leadership Conference) invited us to ask God how we might each participate in helping our staff and volunteers survive today and rebuild for tomorrows. We have an account setup for staff to transfer money to and our Cru leadership said they will take operational money and match whatever the staff give. Cool.
I know you may be asking God what you might do. If giving is part of his response to your prayer consider giving through our Good Deeds ministry called Gain (A ministry of Cru). They work at mixing good deeds with the Good News. They are inviting others to join them in responding at the following link.
Thank you for supporting us and staff like us so that we can take the time to think about leveraging the tools of our day to introduce people to Jesus Christ. Enjoy one story from our partnership together.
I want to share how it feels when you extend your ministry through, at least, me. Most everyone reading this post knows that, for us to work full-time with Cru, we need friends and funds to support our lives and mission. Our friends--we also call them partners because they are extending their ministry through ours--encourage us emotionally through their friendship. Spiritually, their prayers embrace us, moving God in concert with His plans to expand His kingdom in our lives and through our lives. They financially give to provide our salary, benefits, and ministry expenses. When that all comes together, what I feel is focus and energy. I want to give my best and feel free to focus on helping to fulfill the Great Commission. I was reminded of that as new friends joined us this week, and all week I have felt focused and energized.
We enjoyed an amazing Easter Sunday celebrating our risen Lord. Our church (First Presbyterian Church of Orlando) sought to connect with as many who would be curious to join us in the celebration of the resurrected Jesus. So, We took a monster leap of faith and rented our newest building in downtown Orlando, the Dr. Philips Performing Arts Center, to host our services that day. The Walt Disney company also had a hand in making this place possible and it is a stunning work of art and architecture. We held two services and packed the 2700 person capacity theatre. Early in the service, Lisa and two others were recorded sharing a slice of their journeys of knowing and walking with the Saviour. I was able to snap a picture while Lisa was on the screen. If you'd like to see the service or just the part with Lisa and the others sharing, click on this LINK. Her story and the others were so
In America, March is full of "March Madness." Many people follow brackets of college teams hoping their pick will make it to the final four". Cru hosts