God is continuing to work in Tacoma and there are countless stories to tell. I don't ever meant to sugar-coat things and make it sound like all is rosy but we are just blessed right now to be seeing open door after open door and continual spiritual growth in our new church. We know the difficulties and trials will be coming... because that is what Satan does... but we are not going to live in fear! We are going to be thankful for the blessings and confident in the victory we have in Jesus.
Just a few exciting things God is doing. Burke Mullins attends our church in Snoqualmie and owns sever franchises of Remedy Staffing agency-- the main one happens to office and serve the people of Tacoma, WA! We sat down for lunch on Monday and I was blown away by his ideas and heart to BOLDLY use his businesses to reach people for the kingdom. Through that lunch we have decided to print up material about The Pathway and another church that is closer to their offices in Olympia and he is going to have me come down and share with his entire staff who we are and what we are about... amazing! After that time of sharing he is going to have one of his staff personally hand to everyone of the over 3000 people who come through their doors yearly information on The Pathway... not just information on a table of brochures... a personal introduction to what God has for them... AWESOME.
Tommy and me also just sat down with the "chaplain" of one of the most unreached and closed campuses in Tacoma, The University of Puget Sound. Founded by the Methodist Church and on the principles of the gospel, UPS has strayed far from it's Christian heritage and is "loosely" associated with the church now. UPS prides itself on being religiously diverse and according to the chaplain the students are incredibly open to all faiths except Christianity. He is an ordained Methodist minister himself, married to a Unitarian, and seemingly lacks an understanding that those who don't place their faith in Jesus for salvation will not be saved! Our conversation with him went much better than expected and he is putting us in touch with some of the known Christians on campus to see how we can support them. Pray for open doors!
Finally-- The Pathway is having our first service opportunity as a church Friday at noon. We will be helping one of the Tacoma Rescue Mission locations set-up for their Harvest Carnival before we head back to our location for our regular gathering. Pray that people show up, the gospel is shared, and God is glorified.
Can't wait to see what doors open this week!