And then there were two

Well, we have been slowly asking people to join the journey.  It has been a slow process because it has not been officially announced at our local congregation.  But this Sunday, August 15th, it will become public knowledge.  And we are excited to announce that we now have two families who have decided to join us in this great adventure.

Some of you are still praying.  And some of you are unable to join us.  We love you and we pray God will bless you and use you for His glory right where you are now!

Today we also met with Darrel Harvey.  Darrel is a great preacher and a godly man.  He is also a church planter.  Rob and I were fortunate enough to spend a few hours listening to his journey, asking questions, and learning from someone else’s experience.  But most importantly, he was an encouragement to us…and we needed it.  Satan will do his best to discourage all of us from obeying God.  Today we were reminded that God desires to partner with us to do amazing things for His Kingdom.  We are excited about the next leg of the journey, and we are glad you are along for the ride in whatever way you can join us.

Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

The church planting journey is feeling more like a roller coaster this week than a pilgrimage.  We met with the New Start Committee and it was a good experience.  They were very helpful and a wealth of knowledge.  After two hours of constructive criticism, I was ready for a break.  But there were many words of encouragement and positive affirmation.  In the end, they gave us a firm “thumbs up” and commissioned us by laying hands on us.  I felt like Paul and Barnabas!

We have a couple of “big rocks” we need to get in place by August 17th.  The committee’s recommendation is to push back our official launch date if we are not able to solidify these “big rocks”.  So we are asking for prayer regarding these things.  And for God’s clear direction concerning our official launch date.

In the meantime, Pastor Blake will officially announce our calling on Sunday, August 15th.  Please pray for him as well.  Pastor Blake is very supportive of this endeavor and he is making it part of his vision for Detroit First.

We love all of you and thank you for your support!

Expanding the Kingdom of God

It was an exciting week for us and the Plumb Line Community.  I met with our District Superintendent and the chair of the New Start committee.  It was a great experience as I shared the vision for the church.  And it was a blessing to receive encouragement and direction from the committee chair.  Next week I will make a formal presentation regarding our new start church.  We covet your prayers!

Even as exciting as that meeting was for me, it was even more exciting to be able to share the Gospel with someone this week.  Marcella has been struggling with cancer for some time.  We spent time together this week looking into the scriptures to see what God had to say.  I believe she was comforted by the Word of God.  And when I asked her if she felt confident in her salvation, she wanted me to tell her more.  We closed our time together praying for her salvation and asking for God’s healing power to come into her life.  I could almost hear the angels in heaven rejoicing over this new babe in Christ.

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