China Update 3

After arriving in Joe City, we met up with a couple that several in our team had met before. This young American couple has lived here for six years and has a great work going. To be in the presence of someone who has a sold out passion for the Kingdom is so refreshing.
  
At lunch and dinner we shared in fellowship, listening to them talk about their field and the mission Father has called them to. It was fitting, then, for all of us to join them in a rented apartment for a prayer and praise meeting with a few members of their home club.  
Together, we sang songs, some songs only in English, some only in Chinese and others we sang in the two languages at the same time. Worshiping in unison, lifting our hearts to heaven and bowing before the throne of grace, broken, burdened for the lost and rejoicing in the spirit.
Our souls long to be in the Father’s presence. There is a gap, a hole in our hearts, a chasm between us and Father. Only He can stretch out to meet us where we are. And, in and of ourselves we have no desire nor ability to reach for Him yet His love for our souls is beyond our finite human comprehension. As our relationship with Him is deepened, we get a glimpse of our eternal home. With each passing day, as our days on this earth draw to a close, our longing for Him will only be satisfied when we see our Savior face to face. What a glorious day that will be.
Please continue to pray for this couple as they continue to work in the field and that the members of their club would grow in their faith. Pray especially now for a young lady who’s been attending their group for some time yet who has not confessed her need for the Father’s love expressed through His Son. She has questions, big questions; but only Father can satisfy.

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I serve as a church planter in Bellevue, WA. We are working to build our core team with plans to launch in the fall of 2018. It's been a blessing to have been surrounded by such great leaders and men of God who have invested in my life from such an early age. Being raised a pastor kid, I have been saturated with the word of God since day one. At the age of 7, God showed me that it was through a relationship with Jesus Christ alone that my life could be made righteous. From the mountain tops to the valleys, God continues to give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to lead and guide those around me. Understanding that I am following the leadership of Christ. My wife and I have a passion and love for people and are privileged to be able to serve people for His Glory. Kathy and I were married on August 2, 2003 in Atlanta, GA. God has blessed us with three amazing children, Evan, Adele, and Elijah.

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