Wednesday, February 6, 2013

100

Here we are on the home stretch of initial support-raising. I'm at 97% and have just $100/month left to go before I can be released to begin working as a full-time campus missionary. 

Yes, only $100/month left.... 
2 people at $50/month...4 at $25/mo...5 at $20/mo...10 at $10/mo...100 at $1/mo...You get the idea.

You get the idea. We're close!! So I'm pulling out all the stops to make that final push. Making extra calls, texts, emails, posts, etc to get word out. I know those of you following my progress are eager to begin hearing of the work happening on the campus through the church and through me, and Lord knows I'm eager to begin telling you about it!!

If you've just recently come upon this blog (maybe after my relentless FB posts), would you consider being one of those last awesome people to finish up the goal? Every little bit helps, and it's even easier to see how true that is now that your little bit could be that little bit that gets me across the finish line of support-raising and up to the starting line of ministry!

Also I may or may not be able to sing you a personalized thank-you song if you're one of the next people to join my team...

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Pittsburgh PTL: 1st edition

Latest news:


1) I'm in Pittsburgh, it's awesome, and God is doing great things thru the church! More updates to come.

2) I need only 10 more people on my team at $20-25/month. I'm so close to the end (or more accurately, the beginning)!

<Click the pic, and check it out!


Friday, January 4, 2013

I'm here!!

Hey everyone! Most of you have heard the big news by now, but I have officially moved to Pittsburgh!! Hooray!!! PTL!!

Now you're probably assuming that I've finished support-raising and hit that 100% goal. Unfortunately this is not the case...not yet, anyway. For various reasons, it turned out to be the better option that I go ahead and move to Pittsburgh now to continue the last bit of my support-raising here. So while we sing praise to the Lord for his grace to make it possible for me to move now, please continue to pray for that last bit of my support goal so that I can devote my full-time to the church and ministry here! Pray also for me to continue to place my hope and trust in the Lord above all other things, knowing that He will work everything out to His ultimate glory.

For those of you on my team as financial and prayer supporters, I can't thank the Lord enough for your willingness to step out in faith and invest in the gospel work that I'll be doing. Thank you for choosing to partner with me in this! It's my joy to get to be in touch with you, so as always, feel free to call, email, text, write, etc. :)

If you're reading this and have perhaps been following from a distance or just stumble upon this, I'd urge you to pray and consider how the Lord could use you in this kingdom work as part of my support team. Whether you have a heart for building up the next generation of Christ-followers, reaching the city, supporting the Church, helping the needy and downcast, or simply seeing the gospel spread somewhere it's needed, you could be a critical part of this team! If that something you're interested in or even just curious about, feel free to contact me and I'd love to chat with you.
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I also wanted to include the last PRE-Pittsburgh prayer letter I sent out! Click the picture to see it:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Very Urgent Message (for Everyone!!)

My most important one thus far, so go ahead and read it!! It's a special edition prayer letter, and you'll see why. If enough folks read it, it could be my last PRE-Pittsburgh prayer letter.

<-- And this picture is deceiving; it's actually very short. There's a brief message for every person reading, wherever you are, and the second page is all pictures :) 

So take a second and take a look!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pittsburgh has an H

Pitt (and Cathedral of Learning)
It does in Pennsylvania anyway :)  But what I really want to tell you about, though it is a month past, is my trip to PittsburgH, among a few other key stops, and how the Lord used it to remind me of his grace and faithfulness.

Here's the play-by-play summary of my adventures across the country:
Stop #1: Kansas City area, to meet some folks. Stayed with parents of an old friend who encouraged me immensely. A wonderful start to a wonderful trip.

With my friend Mazvita,
a Rock staff member
Stop #2: Columbia, MO, for The Rock's official send-off service for the members of the church plant from Mizzou. Those already in Pittsburgh came back for the service to join those of us who haven't yet moved. We spent the weekend together and with the rest of the Rock staff, discussing the plant thus far, sharing our hopes and expectations, encouraging one another, and praying together. At the service on Sunday, the Rock leadership prayed over the Pittsburgh church plant team and afterward held a celebration reception for the entire church. It was a beautiful weekend of celebrating the sending of missionaries, the birth of a new church, and the multiplication of the work that God has already done so graciously at Mizzou.

Stop #3: Columbus, OH for a GCM support-raising follow-up conference. I hopped in the car with the folks who drove back to Missouri from Pittsburgh, and they dropped me off in Columbus on their way back. The next 2 days I spent in Columbus brushing up on my support-raising skills along with several other GCM missionaries, as well as sharing stories and encouragement with others in my position with similar goals. A very helpful couple of days.

Inside the Cathedral of Learning
Stop #4: PITTSBURGH! Yes, finally made it :) I got to spent several days getting a taste of what things will be like when I'm there on staff. I began bright an early Wednesday morning walking the 45 minutes to campus with my friend Peggy from our pastor's house in the Bloomfield neighborhood, where we stayed. I jumped right into a H2o church staff meeting. Afterward, Peggy and I spent a while on campus, meeting students using a picture-survey used by Cru called Soularium. Over the next few days, I got to do this again a few times with Peggy and another staff member, Zakk. This was really one of my favorite parts of the trip. It was a great way to get to chat with students, make connections, and get a feel for the spiritual atmosphere of the campus. Of course we get mixed reactions to this cold-turkey approach, but on the whole, students were usually willing to participate and speak with us very honestly and candidly. On a couple occasions we were able to dig a little deeper and have extended conversations, which resulted in getting to share the gospel! In fact this is how the staff team has met most of the students we know so far.

I also attended staff office hours and one of the weekly discipleship groups. They even let me lead worship for our Sunday service (which was my other favorite part!) A record number of students attended the service, and have even begun bringing friends! It was so exciting to see our brand new baby church begin to take form!!

Besides that, I spent the rest of my time there getting to know the staff team and the city of Pittsburgh. That weekend, I had the special opportunity to join our new church in attending our first annual fall retreat. Since we are still so small as a church, it was a joint retreat with our sister H2o church at Kent State, OH. What excited me most was to see this other church--one started just like ours only 4 years ago--growing, thriving, and loving people in the name of Jesus!

The city
After a Sandy-related cancelled flight Monday, I finally got back to STL then Jackson on Tuesday, relieved to settle back into something resembling a routine. My take-away from the trip is best summed up in two words: encouragement and motivation. As you can imagine, fellowshipping with my former and current church families reminded me just now much I am not alone in my excitement and efforts. They continue to spur me on in love and good deeds (which includes the church plant!) And, praise the Lord, I returned not so much sad to leave but much more excited to continue to work very hard to try and finish up this support-raising process. I pray that very soon, this short-term visit can become a long-term reality in which I can invest the next years of my life as part of this team set to influence the next generation of leaders in Pittsburgh for Christ.

Please continue to pray for me and for the church in Pittsburgh. I will share more updates on my next prayer letter. I believe that the Lord will allow me to go when He decides I am ready. My prayer is that He will prepare me when and how sees fit, and that I could have the peace, strength, and confidence to remain faithful to work and wait for the chance to get to serve in this way. Stay tuned for my next prayer letter...big things are about to Happen.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October Updates

Click for updates from the crazy month of October.
Highlights: A trip to Pittsburgh to visit AND the last 3 things I need before I can move and begin work on the campus!

For sure check this one out!

If you haven't yet, I encourage you to pray about joining my team through prayer and/or financial support. Or consider putting me in touch with others, which is always an enormous help. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

30 at 30!

Naturally, lots of folks have been asking me, "So, how soon do you move to Pittsburgh?"

And typically, my answer goes something like, "Good question!" Then perhaps I'll go on to explain how the situation is entirely contingent on when the Lord brings enough people on my GCM support team to complete the rest of my required ongoing support. (I might even ramble on about the numbers and percentages I've been crunching so much I'm literally calculating in my sleep!) But I have a new, simpler answer now:

30 at $30! Then...Pittsburgh!!

I need only 30 more people to join this team at $30/month, then I'll be released to begin work in Pittsburgh with the rest of the church-planting team!

Of course that could also mean 15 at $60/mo, 45 at $20/mo, or even 3 at $300/mo! Maybe that last one is less likely, but you see what I'm saying! The numbers are still rough though. If you saw my last prayer letter, you may remember that there is a significant gap between actual gifts and ones that have been promised but not yet fulfilled. Taking that into consideration, 30 at $30 is a fair estimate AND a very attainable goal!

To those of you who are already on my team, I hope you're as excited as I am to be able to see a finish line in sight! If you might be curious how you could still possibly help us reach the goal, two things come to mind: 1) Keep praying earnestly with me! Maybe even join me in my fast (feel free to ask about this); 2) Help introduce me to more people to share my story with. I'm looking simply for open hearts excited for the gospel. Many of you may not have originally intended jumping on board financially, but you remember now how the Lord tugged on your heart and called you to respond in generosity, which you've done! I need to find others willing to let the Lord use them. 
        I read this bit today from 3rd John and thought of you all: "Dear friends, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth." (v. 5-8) 

To anyone else reading: I'll encourage you to be open to how the Lord may want to use you in this. Maybe it's knocking that 30 down to 29 (or even more). Maybe it's introducing me to more folks who may be excited to hear of such a ministry to reach a broken campus. Maybe it's coming on board as a committed prayer partner (which I take seriously). Let's talk about it! 
        And finally, I remind myself as I remind you: this is not about me (or you!). I'm not simply asking for handouts. I'm one of many who intentionally go through this painstaking process so that disciples may be made among college students (Matt 28:19-20) through my full-time work as a campus missionary, and that ultimately God may be glorified above all. I'm convinced it's worth it. And yes, we do need to invest in things like building wells in Africa, fighting trafficking, and sponsoring children in 3rd world countries. But in this nation, where self-indulgence is on the rise and real church is becoming less popular, who will be the next generation of Christ-followers to continue this work of caring for the poor, the widows, and the orphans? Let's work now to raise up this next generation of leaders in one of the most strategic places possible: the college campus! 

Working together for the truth,
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