Don’t Worry, God Has it.

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It’s natural that in times of crisis, we turn to God. PLEASE HELP! (Me at the end of a homeschooling day). During this current pandemic of COVID-19, I find myself quarantined and growing more restless by the day. I understand the importance of the quarantine, but that doesn’t always make it easy. Patience has never been something that I feel “good at.” It’s just hard to sit still during trials and wait patiently for God to move. 

“THE FULLNESS OF TIME”

I tend to worry when God doesn’t come through when I want Him to, or the way I want Him to. In moments like this, I have to remind myself God is never late or never early. He is always on time! Galatians 4:4, tends to enter my mind when I begin to question His timing. It says, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

This phrase about the “fullness of time” is important because it signifies that God was at work behind the scenes as He prepared the exact timing of Jesus’ birth. His timing was perfect…and always is. God’s watch hasn’t gotten slower over the years. Our sovereign God is still calling His people to a deeper trust in Him as His timeline unfolds.

Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!

Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

As we experience storms and seasons of uncertainty in this world, God’s fruit is produced through those storming moments. The way we go through the storms gives us a platform from which to speak from to tell of the “immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7 ESV).

Through the ups and downs

The promise of Hebrews 13:5 gives us hope no matter what the circumstances. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (ESV). He is always with you and always provides what you need to do exactly what He has called you to do. God is faithful. Don’t worry! Don’t panic! Trust Him!

The command to “be still” before God comes from the Hebrew word (raphah) meaning, get your hands off it! Let it go and surrender it to Him! Let God have the problem! He is the one in control of your safety. Problems always show up when we fail to give God total and complete control. When I impatiently throw my hat in the ring, things always get worse. As a control freak, it’s hard to take my hands completely off. When I do, worry comes too easy.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

Whom should we fear?

You can run, but you can’t hide! BE STILL! Go to the “stronghold of your life” and release the reigns completely to Him. Don’t panic! 

  • We trust in the God of limitless power! (Zechariah 8:1)
  • The battle is not yours but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)
  • Wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

It’s difficult to watch the current pandemic unfold. It seems to worsen by the day and it’s hitting too close to home. In this unprecedented season, we see God calling out the church in “old” ways. We have been forced outside the walls! I pray that through it all, we rediscover first-century tactics that result in reaching our own generation just as they did. Peyton Jones says in Reaching the Unreached, “Before faith comes to others’ ears, movement must first come to our feet.” This is NOT a time for us to pause, hoard, or panic… it’s a time to be on mission. This is our moment to display Jesus and declare the good news to our neighbors and the world.

We believe that in the fullness of time (when He receives the most glory), God will remove this pandemic. The promise of God’s endless power and presence gives us the rock-solid foundation that so many are searching for right now. Let us “be still,” “wait for the Lord,” and share the hope of Jesus with our world.

A testimony of changed lives

When we planted Awakening Church, we had great plans to reach our city, but didn’t know fully what that meant. Joining God where He was working meant hitting the streets and following Jesus’ example to mingle with the people in front of us. We are a missions focused church and that mission begins the moment we step out of our homes. The Kingdom of God can’t advance if we are stuck in a holy huddle. So we deploy each week across our city to display Jesus and declare the hope of the gospel.

When we prayed for ministry opportunities to engage our city, God brought us people that had personally experienced the brokenness of being homeless and a passion to reach them for Christ. In the Seattle King County area, there are currently about 12,500 homeless people living on the streets or in shelters. This is an overwhelming number, but we’ve learned that  being overwhelmed is the first step in getting back to where we belong…dependent on Jesus. The door opened wide to bring Jesus where He wanted to be. We knew that if we wanted to reach the ones that nobody is reaching, we needed to go where nobody else is going. So we began to pray and God began to bring homeless people into our lives. Each week (before COVID-19) we pick them up and welcome them into our Awakening Church family with open arms. 

Over the past month, we have seen several people radically changed by the gospel. Not only that, but this past week one of our new sisters led two others to Jesus! Our social distancing has kept us from our “normal routine,” but it hasn’t stopped God from working in the hearts of people. This past Friday we held a baptism service at one of the local shelters and baptized five people! God delights in transforming people. And when we are willing to embark with Him on the journey He set out for us, we help facilitate that transformation.

J. Hudson Taylor said, “Unless there is the element of extreme risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith.”

May our faith grow as we risk more for the sake of Jesus.

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Prayer is the Work

Prayer is the Work

“…my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Isaiah 56:7

God is at work in the hearts of His people! Over the past couple of months, our men’s groups have been reading through a powerful book on prayer called Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala. Through this book, God has been igniting our souls with a passion for prayer and a deeper dependence on Him. In our own way, we are beginning to understand what Pastor Cymbala did…that “no matter what I preach or what we claim to believe in our heads, the future will depend upon our times of prayer. This is the engine that will drive the church.”

This month we are increasing the ownership of what God is doing in our hearts. Each weekend, we will be prayer walking a 1 mile radius of where God has planted us. We believe that God has placed us in our community with the purpose of bringing hope through the good news of Jesus. On the fourth week of our prayer walking, we will be knocking on doors to introduce ourselves, church, and the gospel. We pray that over the course of this month, our intercessory cries to God will break up the hard soil of our city and prepare the way for the seeds of the gospel to be received. 

Please join us in praying for the increased impact of Awakening Church in the Lake Hills area of Bellevue. We are reminded in Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” The enemy has a stronghold that will be broken as the people of God cry out for souls to be awakened.

If we don’t do anything else, we have to pray. During the early days of planting Awakening Church, we knew that according to Matthew 16:18, that it was Jesus that was going to build His church, not us. Last year, as we began laying the groundwork for who we desired to be, we went through the book of Acts to discover the core values and principles of the early church. We found that the makeup of the early church was made up of Jesus followers that were dedicated to the gospel, community, mission and prayer.

For me personally, prayer has often taken a backseat to the “active” pursuit of people, systems, and the logistical organization of the church. I know first hand how easy it is to neglect praying for the city to which we were called. Here are a few reasons…

We like to “do” stuff

We may say that Jesus is building the church, but our actions can oftentimes appear the opposite. Our execution of “doing church” can look like we are trying to program our way into a healthy body of believers. We tend to focus on services, groups, classes, and events…and of course these things are important.

However, when it comes to prayer, as my friend Jeff Vanderstelt says, we look like “functional atheists.” We say we believe in the power of God that comes through prayer, but our actions prove we don’t.

We forget the importance

There are many reasons we have for praying, but the primary reason we pray is because prayer is important to God. In the book of Jeremiah, God instructs the prophet to…“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf…” (Jeremiah 29:7)

The command to cry out to God in intercessory prayer for our city is commanded in scripture and not something to be forsaken. As a child of God, wherever you live, work, and play, God has placed you there as His image bearer and ambassador.

Pride

1 Corinthians 3:5-9 is a constant reminder that the work, glory, or city does not belong to me. This is His work! By the grace of God, making prayer a priority for our city reminds us that God alone saves and God alone deserves the glory.

As disciples of Christ, our primary calling is to be with Him and on mission for Him. In humility, we must admit that we don’t have what it takes to fulfill His mission for us. We need His power! Only He can break up the hard soil of our cities. Building the church isn’t the work, prayer is the work. We were called and sent to plant Awakening Church in Bellevue, Washington. We are crying out to the God that can change hearts. Our city and neighborhoods desperately need the life-giving renewal and restoration that flow from Christ’s life, death and resurrection.

May our lives be marked not only by living on mission in everyday life, but as people who intercede daily on behalf of our cities. We are in the city, for the city.

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DO YOU TRUST ME?

do you trust me?.pngMinistry is so much more than the organizations we establish, the programs we execute, or knowledge we accumulate. The call and work of ministry is heart wrenching, tear shedding, and dependance testing! I often speak of the deploying and declaring the gospel is the easy part…but displaying the love of Jesus to the world can be the most challenging part.

It all looks great on paper, but once you hit the streets, it never plays out the way we have imagined that it would. This remains true for Awakening Church as we finish year one, and I’m confident that it will remain true until Jesus returns and brokenness is restored. One of our key leaders at Awakening Church is a young woman named Casey.

IMG_0186.JPGShe has a challenging past of living on the streets as a teenager and a struggle with addiction. She got mixed up in many difficulties, but God got a hold of her heart and in full surrender, gave Him everything.

Through her experience, God has given her great responsibility in using her story to help others overcome similar things. She’s now ministering at a women’s shelter that helps women get off the streets and out of addiction or abusive relationships. I want you to hear how God is working in her as she reflects on the past year…

God has put me through the wringer this year…highs and lows like I could never imagine. The lowest part of 2019 was watching our close friend, Amanda, dying of cancer and rejecting the gospel through it all.

God made it clear I had been appointed to stay by her side, to be a witness and testimony of His love and salvation.  He also promised He would be faithful and rescue her. But he wasn’t! And the longer she suffered, the harder her heart grew. And the harder her heart grew, the harder mine grew.

I became so angry with God I would spend sleepless nights driving around yelling and swearing at Him. “What are you doing God!? You’re making it worse! I thought you were going to save her! She is going to DIE without ever knowing you! What’s the point of me being here!? DO SOMETHING!!!”

I blamed God for my hard heart, and it was His fault I hated him so much because He was in control and He wasn’t doing anything. But I stayed and the Lord would whisper back, “Casey, do you trust me? Do you trust that I love Amanda just as much as you and I have a plan?” and the last and most difficult question, “If you never get to know if she comes to Me will you be okay with that?” And that was where I had to contemplate how much I truly believed His promises.

Well, turned out, God is faithful all the time. In those moments, it can be physically, mentally, and emotionally painful to sacrificially trust Him with it all – that is when He comes through and His glory shines 100-fold!

Not only did Amanda come to saving faith in Jesus as her Lord and Savior, but that urgency for the gospel and saving of lost souls has sparked a fire that can’t be contained. Since Amanda’s death, we have celebrated 16 souls coming into relationship with Jesus. So now I see, that the struggle with Amanda and with God wasn’t just about me or even her, but about so many others that will now spend eternity in Heaven because the Lord took me to such a dark place of desperation for Him.

I have learned that the most excruciating of lows bring the richest of treasures from the Lord. So, lead me to the valleys, Lord, because when I am there I know it’s exactly where You need me to be… Amen!”

God is clearly at work in and through the lives of Awakening Church. Thank you for your continued partnership with Awakening Church and your investment in the daily lives of Casey, Amanda, and all those we have opportunities to point people to Jesus!

Leadership Spotlight – Louise Rider

My husband & I arrived in Bellevue, Washington one year ago. God began to reveal his desire of dependence and obedience for where to begin. The knowledge and experience of God keeping His promises fueled a boldness and a daily strength. It was amazing to see the doors that God began to open. I had learned that much of the international population living in Bellevue had no knowledge of God or had even read a Bible. Many worship idols or are taught from childhood that God does not exist. Despite all this I have found that many are open to the Gospel. 

In October I began teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to a room full of mostly Chinese adults. I took the opportunity to make it known that I was a follower of Jesus.  I seized all opportunities to share the Gospel throughout the year. I was able to open many conversations because of the principles that America was founded on – a great American culture lesson. Last December, at the close of my lesson, I was approached by a Chinese woman who urgently asked if I would please teach her the Bible. This was spoken with such conviction that I will never forget that day. That conversation resulted in the start of our first ESL Bible Study class.  All students received or brought a Bible to class and were encouraged to read them each day. It was impactful to see their curiosity as they came seeking whether or not God truly exists and watching the Holy Spirit convict their hearts. Relationships are being built. Some have plugged into Awakening Church and bring their children to Sunday school. Recently we had our 1st ESL Picnic and we were introduced to whole families. God’s amazing grace! 

In March I began volunteering in the ‘After School Kid’s Program.’ There are up to 40 elementary aged children who attend this program. I met with the director and asked permission to start a Bible Club and permission was granted. Kids are being discipled and hearing that God so loves them. Many children ask questions, Bible Stories are shared, Bible Verses are practiced and all receive a Bible. 

Each week we host a small group in our home. With 5 nations currently represented, we are praying that China and Yemen will be represented soon. What is most lovely to me is the potential that these different cultures taking the gospel to their home lands. Amen! 

Romans 10:14-15, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.”

All prayers and financial support received for Awakening Church enable us to reach out to our communities. It enables us to spread God’s Word to all the nations of the world. To God be the glory!

Blessings,

Louise Rider

7 Prayers for Awakening

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This weekend at Awakening Church we are celebrating our one year anniversary. We rejoice at what God has done over the past year and look forward to what he will do through us in the future. Throughout the Old Testament, God consistently told His children to stop and reflect on what He had done for them. We want to do just that, not so that we can pat ourselves on the back, but to remind ourselves that God isn’t done working in Bellevue, WA or around the world.

Even though there are so many reasons for us to celebrate the past year—I never want us stop dreaming big for what He wants for our future. As I think about the next year, I have seven specific prayers for Awakening Church.

  1. I pray that we will continue to become more dependent on the Holy Spirit and on each other. It sounds like Christianity 101 but we spend most days in a tug-of-war with God. Our growing dependence means more naturally acknowledging God’s power, promises, and provision in everyday life.
  1. I pray that we will continue to grow in diversity. We’ve have had a focus of being a multi-ethnic body since day one. We live in the first minority-majority city in Wtshighton. Over ½ of our population was born outside the United States and we have over 100 major languages spoken in our neighborhoods. We want to be intentional about building bridges to reach the various cultures in our city.
  1. I pray that we will make disciples who make disciples. Churches can be known for many things…but I pray that we will be characterized by the way we make disciples. A lot of that will have to happen at the one-on-one level in city groups and in personal relationships. I pray that we will grow in becoming a people that multiply disciples that change this city.
  1. I pray for wisdom to make the strategic moves. There will be many critical decisions over the next year. Even as a young church, we have a lot of needs and it’s going to take our focus on the Spirit’s leading to guide us toward the right decisions.
  1. I pray that we will grow in our generosity. We want to see a culture shift, from inward living to selfless giving. Our attitude at Awakening Church is that we’re always making adjustments to our personal lives so we can give generously in order to reach more people.
  1. I pray that we will be a people of prayer. Without prayer, nothing we do will make a dent; If we become a people of prayer, there’s no limit to what God will accomplish.
  1. Lastly, I pray that we continue boldly declaring the Gospel to the world around us. What good is a group of fisherman who don’t catch fish? We live in a community that is 96% unreached…they are lost without the hope of the gospel. So I never want us to be so content with our “99” that we neglect not only the “1” but the millions in the Seattle area who don’t know Christ. 

This all starts with us as individuals…making this personal. In Scripture, when God blessed his people, it was never for them to store up that blessing and prop their feet up. God blessed them to be a blessing to others. And he is calling us to do the same. Pray with me that God would pour out his blessing for his glory!

Download your printable prayer guide here.

Happy Birthday!

Thank you for making Awakening Church a reality. Your prayers, generosity, and mission teams have shown how God is working all around us. May the labor of these foundational years give us the platform for many more years of ministry. To God be the Glory.

Pastor Jonah

SMALL CHURCH, BIG MISSION

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In this early season of Awakening Church, we may be small…but our mission isn’t. Our resources and leaders are limited and often stretched thin, but that doesn’t mean our mission is different than the mega-churches across the world. Since the launch of Awakening Church our focus has been in “making disciples of all nations.” Missions is engrained in our DNA and we have learned that being on Mission is not a program of the Church, it is the purpose of the Church. It is not my mission… it is God’s mission. And He has commanded us to join in.

Through our 4(D) vision (A multi-ethnic church Depending on Jesus, Displaying His love, Declaring the gospel, and Deploying for His Glory) we are living as a family on mission. We have a “culture of discipleship,” where every person is living out our vision every day. Awakening Church takes discipleship seriously, not just so we can grow, but so we can live out our mission as we deploy in our community and around the world.

On the surface, we may look like any other small church plant, but we have a big mission and serve a big God! We are seeing and celebrating this movement of the Holy Spirit. Personally, I celebrate the humility and boldness of these people called Awakening Church to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Is this journey easy? Nope! Is the budget tight? Yes! Has God been faithful and has the journey been fruitful? 100% YES!

As we discover our church’s spiritual gifts, passions, and personalities, we have identified where those intersect with what God is doing in the world. This missional discernment has been critical for finding our missional niche. Here in Bellevue, WA, opportunities for displaying the love of Jesus and declaring the gospel are often more evident, but we actively participate in global mission as well.

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This July 31-Aug 10 our mission team will be headed to SE Asia to host our annual Awakening Conference. The focus of this conference will be to build up and pour into persecuted underground house church leaders. This 5-day conference will center on the theme “Walking with Jesus in Hard Places.” Our brothers and sisters are risking their lives everyday to carry the message of the gospel to the people of their country. We will also have over 20 ministry and missionary children that our team will lead in a Backyard Bible Club. We feel so honored that God allows us a continued partnership in a part of the world where it’s very difficult to follow Jesus. 

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God Reigns.’” Isaiah 52:7

I have found that short-term mission trips not only bless the missionaries we serve, but they also ignite a missional bonfire in the hearts of the people who go. Our focus on global missions doesn’t take away the difficulties of our young church, but it does give us a better Kingdom perspective and reason to exist beyond keeping our lights on.

Thank you for your partnership that affords us the opportunity to live out our 4(D) mission in Bellevue, WA and around the world. Please join us in praying for our local and global work to make disciples.


SE Asia Mission Prayer Guide

  • God would be glorified by EVERY aspect of our trip 
  • Each of us, as well as the nationals with whom we work and share
    with would have a personal and powerful encounter with God 
  • The unconditional love of God would radiate in and through each of our lives 
  • God would put a hedge of protection around the entire trip 
  • Satan would be bound from anything that distracts anyone from hearing the voice of God in the area where we’ll be sharing 
  • All participating on this trip would be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit 
  • God’s Word would be proclaimed with power and produce life change
  • God would give us strength and good health through the trip 
  • God would protect and provide for family members back home 
  • God would give wisdom to those speaking and teaching and listening ears to the people we come in contact with during the trip 
  • Divine appointments, both with those we share with as well as other
    we might encounter while traveling 
  • All team members and translators would be bold and creative in
    sharing our faith 
  • We would make quick adjustments to time and cultural changes 
  • That revival would break out with people to whom we minister

The Main Thing

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Awakening Church will turn 1 year old on September 30th. We often reflect on all God has done within the past several months. In His faithfulness and our pursuit of Him we are learning much during this first year of ministry in Bellevue, WA. This past month has been a whirlwind as summer has officially begun. We had our first funeral, first baby dedication, and a mission team from Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, TN came to serve with us at our first Backyard Bible Club. The team helped us accomplish much more than we could have on our own. Through the city of Bellevue, we connected with 5 different families that were unable to do various projects at their homes. Them mission team joined in as we met the needs of these families in our community. The new relationships and no-strings-attached love we shared through these acts of service were such a blessing to us all. We are so thankful for all of our partners that join us in different ways to enable us to lay the foundation of Awakening Church.

Throughout this difficult first season, we have needed to be intentional about our daily prioritieskeeping the main thing the main thing. Our to-do lists fill up so quickly and we can feel like we are drowning. In the onslaught of things coming our way, it’s easy to lose focus on what’s most important. We have great intentions and then…life happens. We get busy. Our children need to get somewhere. Something unexpected happens. Our good intentions quickly fall away. We fall back into the life of a firefighter…putting out fires of the urgent needs all around us.

With that in mind, we’ve created a priority list to help keep the main thing the main thing. No matter what your calling or place of ministry, these priorities can be applied to help keep the main thing the main thing.

  1. Don’t skip a day in the ministry of the Word

Acts 6:4, “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 

Have you ever been so thirsty that you could think of nothing else but getting your hands on a drink of water? This is what I often pray and encourage…that we would experience for the Word and presence of God. When we become passionate about something it naturally becomes a priority, but when we are indifferent, it becomes more like a chore. When I am thirsty, no one needs to convince me to go get a drink. My thirst drives me to go and get one. Prioritizing God’s presence really has little to do with how busy we are, it has to do with how dependent we are. When we start to dry up spiritually, it’s usually so subtle, we don’t even notice. Be reminded of how incredible His grace truly is and how dependent we are on Him.

  1. Pray for Wisdom

James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

Church planting, pastoring, and shepherding requires wisdom that is not naturally within me. But I need it! While trying to navigate this life, I need the knowledge, discernment and resolve that only God can give. Time and time again, God reminds me that He never fails in achieving his intended goals. When I steer off course, it doesn’t take long for me to realize it. Praying for wisdom as a husband, father, and pastor really is essential for me to lead in my calling. In Proverbs 16, we are reminded that “wisdom is better than gold.” I need a reminder of the value of wisdom.

  1. Expect the Unexpected

1 Corinthians 1:25, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 

God doesn’t do things the way we think he should. He often works in unexpected ways but always exceeds our expectations. I never dreamed that my life would have been to and through so many tough situations. I find myself in those moments questioning God, His love, and His grace. In pride, our questioning God’s desires and ways is saying we know better than Him. As I reflect on this season of life…the struggles, disappointments, victories, faith, and hope, I must remember that God is God and I am not. 

He doesn’t always do things the way we expect, but when it comes to God, we know to expect the unexpected. Faith in God doesn’t always make us safe, but it does make us secure. Because of His faithfulness and goodness, we can trust and obey without complete understanding.

  1. See the Green Grass Around Me

Proverbs 27:23, “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds.”

Early on in our ministry, it seemed as though we didn’t have what we needed to be effective. But one day God reminded me that the gifts were in the house. We just have to know our people well enough and intentionally help them discover their giftedness. We already had what we needed.

I began to look at my church differently. I began to see how God had in fact given us everything we needed. There have been discouraging days where I couldn’t see what God was doing. But He reminded me that everything I need, I already have. It’s going to take lots of developing. It’s going to take bucket loads of grace. It’s gonna take a lot of shepherding… But this is what we are called to do.

  1. Keep an Outward Focus

Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The goal of missions is that all nations would worship Jesus. The commission that’s been given to us calls us to “go” and “make disciples.” It’s been said that we don’t need a passport if we have a dining room table. We are called by God to be deployed in our normal everyday lives among the people in our own cities. Our outward focus is and intentional investing, real-life, day-by-day, on-purpose time with unbelievers and younger believers to help them grow into maturity. This includes modeling how to disciple others in the same way.

  1. Take care of my family

1 Timothy 3:5, “for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”

Every pastor says their wife and kids are more important than their job. We say things like, “My church can get another pastor, but my kids only have one dad, my wife has one husband…” Yet this balance demands constant attention with hard lines. Our family has uniquenesses that create many challenges but also great opportunities as we use those challenges for pathways of ministry.

I’m not going to sugar-coat it…church planting is really hard, but also really worth it. Our biggest struggles have helped us to create this list of daily priorities as we fight various internal and external battles. For all the burdens we carry, we experience far more blessings. 

On a more personal level, the experience of church planting is increasingly strengthening my faith. I have to trust God in unprecedented ways and take my hands off of situations that, in my flesh, I want to manipulate. God meets me—and all of us—in the midst of our confusions and challenges. He truly gives us peace that surpasses all understanding.

Please pray for us—that we’d be bold, willing, joyful, and expectant of what God will do in and through us. Thank you for committing to this journey with us for the glory of God in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.