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!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my latest adventures and I’ve barely written about the thing that has been keeping me the most busy. I’ve been contemplating for almost a year now traveling with my friend John Gross to Ethiopia to begin the ground work for some strategic missions work there. Our specific goal is to build relationships with believers in Ethiopia and lay the groundwork for an orphanage there. Up until about two months ago it didn’t even seem like I would be able to go on the trip, so talking about it seemed premature. When everything did come together it became obvious that we had to move quickly to get everything done.
So now, in less than three weeks, a team of four of us from our house church along with John, Gizaw, and three others from Kansas City will be venturing to Ethiopia to see what the Lord would do when we show up. We would very much appreciate any prayer support we could get. Also, if you’re heart is moved to give towards the cause, we would love that as well. You can check out more details here if you’d like more information.
Because the time is short, if you decide to pray or give, leave a message in the comment section so I can connect with you somehow. Prayer is especially needed and we are quickly working on an effective way to organize our prayer support. Thanks to all of you who have become an amazing form of support to Christy and I.
We love you.
Ever wonder why simple churches multiply like crazy in places like China, the Middle East, and South America, but not here in the United States and Europe? So do I. This is a questions we must answer in our day in order to truly reach this nation and some of the harder nations of the Earth.
That’s why I was thrilled when Floyd McClung, veteran missionary and current leader of a church planting movement in South Africa, took some time to post his thoughts on the subject. Floyd is responding to a frustrated simple church-planter and gives some great advice to help us focus our efforts here in the West. You can check out his thoughts here.
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)“
Things around this blog have pretty much been a ghost-town since the election ended. I feel like I have a lot of thoughts about things but not much clarity from the Lord on any of it. Rather than posting whatever I feel, I’m going to wait. Thankfully the Lord is beginning to save me from by big, fat, internet mouth.
There are lots of things going on that are good right now. I really feel like the house church is in a very positive place. We’re all beginning to catch a little bit of the vision that God has for us as a family and as part of a larger movement that will culminate with the return of Jesus. I’m testing the waters with Jesus about the possibility of going to Ethiopia in June with my friend John. God is stirring the water several different ways in my job as well.
I think this blog is up for a little remodeling as well. You may notice I have a new avatar. I’ve become increasingly concerned with the abilities Web 2.0 gives to anyone whose interested to monitor what I and those around me are doing. Because of that, I removed my face and replaced it with this snappy picture. However, on a happier note, this picture is said to be of a Canadian farmer rejoicing at sunset because of the greatness of the harvest in front of him. My hope is this picture is in reality prophesying where this thing is going. I’m also hoping to develop a resource page where I can host different teachings, books, and equipping files that will strengthen the apostolic church I believe the Lord is raising up in this hour. While there is absolutely nothing there, you can check out the beginnings of it here.
Finally, the Lord has been speaking to me about continuing to write and publish and develop relationships around the themes that I talk about frequently here. Part of that will be me trying to get significantly better at describing what exactly it is we’re called to as an end-time church planting movement. If that doesn’t excite you, that’s okay, I’ll publish other stuff as well. But if it does, feel free to drop in, say hi, or get involved in the discussion.
And finally, to those of you who I’ve been bad at staying in touch with, I’m working your way.