Summer is finally here! It's hard to believe that this is our 5th summer in Tacoma. God has done so much but I am confident that he is not even close to finished. So how can you be praying?
1) Please be praying for our summer interns Kevin & Paige. Kevin is living with a young man named Jason who actually interned with us during our first summer. Jason just moved to Tacoma a couple months ago and intentionally moved into the apartment complex where he is living so that he could work with the interns to saturate that apartment complex with the gospel. Paige is living with Brittany, another fairly new member of The Pathway who also responded to our request to move into that apartment complex with missional intentionality to help the interns bring the hope of the gospel. Well, God is already moving. The interns spent all last week doing small things to bless their neighbors. They knocked on doors passing out cookies and baked muffins to give away one morning. All this culminated in a bbq they had been inviting people to that took place Saturday evening. The bbq was a success and they got to meet a lot of new people. One young man even came to our worship gathering on Sunday. God is at work but Kevin and Paige will be serving diligently through August 10th so please lift them and their apartment complex up in prayer!
2) Please be praying for our first mission team. Trinity Baptist church in Ada, OK has been sending teams to work with us since our days in Snoqualmie. Their teams are usually full of young (youth, college, young adults), passionate and prepared people who are willing to be stretched. This year seems to be no different as the team arrived on Saturday and is already hard at work. They prayer walked the community where they will be working yesterday and they are actually walking the streets as I'm writing this blog praying, looking for people and giving out free coffee in the name of Jesus. They will be hosting intentional lunches every day at two different parks... People's Park in the Hilltop and Franklin Park in central Tacoma. The two prayers for this team is that they would have opportunities to share the gospel and that they would have opportunities to invite folks to the block party they are hosting at Franklin elementary Thursday evening. Please keep this team in your prayers and pray for salvation and an awesome block party Thursday where our church can connect with the people they've been meeting!
3) Please be praying for the family considering a move to Tacoma. God opened a door quite a while back for us to begin talking and praying with a young family who is considering coming to Tacoma to help fill a pretty specific need we have. They came for a visit a couple weeks ago and we could visibly see them wrestling with the magnitude of the possibility and the depth of the calling. Please pray for this couple. Pray that God would give them wisdom, discernment, clarity and passion for where God wants them to be.
4) Finally, please be praying for our Intentional Communities. I feel like a broken record at times, but we are still struggling to develop the leaders that we need as fast as we need them. We launched 4 Intentional Communities just after Easter and 2 of them are already busting at the seams, desperately needing to multiply! The other 2 are not far behind numerically and will need to multiply soon. The hard part is leadership and geography. We take a geographic approach to starting IC's and we are trying hard to target Hilltop and Central Tacoma right now. However, many of our prepared leaders live in other communities. Please pray for wisdom and discernment as we seek to multiply.
Thank you for your continued prayers. God is moving, the kingdom is growing and we are excited to see what the summer holds!