Friday, June 26, 2009

We're in Tacoma today serving and praying for chances to tell people about Jesus! We appreciate your prayers and can't wait to tell you what God does!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Jesus. Tacoma. Amazing!

It has been a crazy week to say the very least. Jesus came through, as he always does, and provided me the perfect job to fit my schedule and provide for our needs. I'm the newest barista at our local Zoka Coffee shop. Never thought I would be doing this but I love it so far and it's a great way to meet people!

Well-- after a long week of training we headed to Tacoma for our first full day of ministry there. Kelli wasn't able to come because she is the most selfless and hard working woman I've ever met. Her full-time job kept her away but she was praying for us and we were all wishing she was with us! The crew this week included myself, Becca Hurst, another member of our team Becca Eisenberg, and our 4 interns, Jason, Shannon, Amanda and Zack.

God blew our minds once again. After an amazing morning of serving at the Tacoma Rescue Mission-- we hit the streets taking surveys of business managers and owners about how our church could be on their side. God opened so many doors! Not enough time to share all the stories here but 2 of our people were able to share Jesus with two homosexual girls who were open spiritually but have never felt comfortable attending a church. I had the opportunity to make a contact with a local bank who is interested in partnering with us to teach lower income individuals about financial management. I also had a 45 minute conversation with a homeless man that was a believer. It was an amazing time of learning and insight and he prayed over me and then allowed me to pray over him.

Next we headed to Wright Park, a place where we will be spending every Friday evening this summer and we are praying to be able to begin a Bible study there very soon. We cooked hamburgers and hot dogs and just invited people at the park to eat with us. We met so many people and one guy, Jesse, that one of our girls met during surveys even showed up to eat with us! We had at least 4 people express a serious interest in studying God's word and were able to plant seeds in many lives.

In a word, our day was AMAZING! Thank you for your prayers and please know that every Friday for the next 2 months we will be in Tacoma laying the foundation for The Pathway! This is God's church and we believe he wants to grow it for his glory. We're excited to continue to share with you all what God is doing!

Friday, June 12, 2009

We couldn't have asked for a better first day in Tacoma! People were served, the gospel was shared, prayers were voiced and Jesus was glorified! More to come...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Planting Begins...

Well-- The Pathway is taking a huge step tomorrow (Friday) as our work in Tacoma officially begins. We've already spent a great deal of time praying, researching and learning about our new city and the people we know God has called us to reach, but tomorrow we will be there, all day, serving, praying and looking for open doors that God has provided.

God has given us 4 wonderful interns to help us lay the foundation for The Pathway this summer. We will be in Tacoma every Friday serving, loving and sharing with people who God puts in our path. Please pray for all of us and specifically for the people of Tacoma. We'll see what God does!!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rough Life...

This past weekend me and Kelli were invited by her boss at Si View to go sailing on the Puget Sound. A chance to sail and hang out with 8 or 9 people who don't know Jesus... who would pass that opportunity up. Please pray for the people we got to spend the day with as it became apparent very quickly that they have no idea what this life is all about! It was a day of starting some new friendships though and we trust God will use it. The picture to the right is of me and Kelli on the front of the boat, enjoying a beautiful day, with gorgeous Mt. Rainer in the background (even thought the pic is too small to see it). We are truly blessed!

Also, God seems to be stirring in the hearts and lives of people regarding church planting and specifically The Pathway. Please continue to pray for the people who are considering moving to the Northwest and planting their lives in Tacoma. God seems to be connecting us with a lot of missional people who also have a passion for Africa... not sure why... but I trust God knows what he's doing. Thanks for caring and we'll post more later!