I’ve been busy for the last few days so I haven’t been able to write as much as I would like. However I did want to catch you all up on an event that we’re going to be attending in the Kansas City, Missouri area this weekend. House of Friends, the missions organization I run with, is hosting a night of ministry with Russ and Kim Kline. Russ and Kim are a prophetic couple that have heavily influenced my friend John Gross in the things of the Spirit, who is no slouch in that department himself. All of that to say it should be a good event in and of itself.
On top of that, I just found out that my wife will actually be leading worship for the event. I have to say I’m very excited about this. I’m not going to gush and say that Christy should have some national platform leading worship or anything, but I do believe that because we meet in a house church and she normally leads worship for 10 people, she doesn’t get the credit for being the really stellar worship leader that she is. In fact, there are many times I would prefer my wife leading worship over some of the people who lead worship for hundreds of others on a regular basis. (Ahhh…the secret place…isn’t it wonderful?)
Anyways, pray for her that this goes well. Pray that God would give House of Friends direction as we gather, report, and strategize. And if you’re in the Kansas City or Concordia area, check out this event. More information is on the flier below.
If you haven’t caught the twittering going on lately, I’ve been back from Ethiopia now for about one week. There’s been a lot of catching up and transitioning going on, so I’ve been pretty silent here.
Ethiopia was amazing. I will try and post some stories and photos soon, but I want to tell the stories in a way that’s fair for those who have been supporting me in prayer and through finances first. Fairly shortly I will be writing an article for the House of Friends July (or August) newsletter, so I may post that here as well. Thank you to everyone who encouraged, prayed, and gave to make this last trip possible. It was definitely not in vain.
In the Lord, I need to get back into the secret place in a major way. I’m realizing that I rely on the relationships around me as a primary conduit for revelation, insight, and motivation. And while I wholeheartedly believe that the Lord uses relationships for that very purpose I’m realizing I have grown lazy in actually hearing from Him on things that are important. I’ll probably have to confess that to my group of guys in the morning.
Lastly, I’m going to try and post here more in the future. I won’t say how often my goal is lest I fail to make it and look like a fool, but I will tell you I want to post here more than I am. It’s good to be back!
In an effort to try and keep everyone more up to date about what I’m up to, I’m posting House of Friends’ April Newsletter. It’s hot off the press with some great news about different things the Lord is beginning to do with the orphanages we’ve started in Uganda. You can read the newsletter by clicking here.
One of the areas of my life I’ve been a little bit silent about is my involvement with House of Friends. House of Friends is a group of people that was brought together by this guy in January of 2008 in an attempt to launch missions movements all over the earth in the context of orphanages, night and day prayer, and church planting.
Since I’m a huge fan of caring for the poor, touching the nations, night and day prayer and church planting, being involved was real no-brainer for me. I’ve been shocked at what Jesus has allowed us to be part of even though we aren’t very large. This summer I’ll be part of a team going to Ethiopia to scout out some possibilities for more involvement there. (You’ll probably here more about this later.)
Anyways, I’m going to make an effort to provide the cause a little more cover here on the blog, starting with publishing the most recent newsletter. There is actually a little more in-depth article about our time with Gizaw and John Gross which I talked about here and a lot of information about how you can get involved helping widows, orphans, and the lost of the nations. If you’re interest is piqued, you can check out our website here or join our cause on Facebook here.
Check out the newsletter here. I will post more as they become available.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)“
Quick update: Today John, Gizaw, and Kenton from Kansas City shared a day with us here in Iowa. We had been hoping for a few months to draw together some of the main players in our upcoming Ethiopia trip for a time of dialogue, team building, and interaction.
We started out the day with an off the hook word from Gizaw. I had asked Gizaw to speak to us about “what the church in America can learn from the church of Ethiopia” and the Lord and Gizaw did not dissapoint. Then it was off to the Starlite Room for some down home eating and Field of Dreams references, as well as a lot of intentional dialogue about what the trip to Ethiopia will look like both in the short and long term. Then back to our house, where John shared about the vision of House of Friends. He also shared a dream he had last night that was for our house church. Then ensued a time of worship, prophecy, pizza, card games and chick flicks. (Note: not everyone participated in every activity.) Oh, yeah, and Bryan danced a victory dance to Staying Alive by the Bee Gees.
Hopefully I’ll have a chance to give a more detailed report tomorrow.