You are receiving this because you are one of 77 of our partners who have committed to walking this journey with us by interceding on our behalf. I cannot thank each of you enough for coming alongside us to call out to God with our family, our newly forming church, and for Denver and the nations. Our goal is to have at least 250 prayer partners committed before we get on the ground in Denver. We would love for you to help advocate for us by sharing our website with people you know who has a heart for disciple-making and church planting to lock arms with us for gospel advancement.
This journey we are on is moving forward quickly. Our Father has continually pressed Psalm 23 on our hearts as have we have taken one step of obedience at a time.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
God is teaching Cayla and me about obedience and trust. We are learning that often God only gives enough clarity for us to obey and take ‘the next step.’ I often get overwhelmed at this daunting journey ahead of us- all of the details that are not yet clear, the fears and worries around the uncertainty around so many things, and the deep feelings of inadequacy and inexperience that sometimes cripples us with inactivity.
We are learning doubt is not the opposite of faith; sight is.
The life that follows Jesus is a journey that must be “walked by faith, not by sight.” Faith says, “I will obey, even when I cannot see, because I trust the goodness and faithfulness and worthiness of my God.”
Faith is refusing to project our limitations on a limitless God.
We are learning that obedience even when we cannot see is the root of deep, genuine worship.
“Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Faith without works is dead, because if my belief in God and His promises is not enough to step out in obedience no matter the cost, we prove that we are worshipping whatever we are holding on to in disobedience more than the God who is worth our all.
We are learning obedience is just one step at a time.
We do not have to have the energy for all the steps right now. It’s okay that we do not know every twist and turn of these ‘right paths’ He is leading us on because we know the destination is more of Jesus- and that is better than anything we could ever hope to manufacture or plan on our own. “His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.” Just enough clarity for the next step, causing us to remain desperately close to Him.
Please pray for us to keep surrendering our will to His. Pray we will be captivated by His beauty and the urgency of His Kingdom over our comfort, our plans, and our desires. We want to believe He is better than anything this world has to offer and we want that belief to fuel every aspect of our lives. Pray for us that we would keep abiding in Him- listening to His voice, learning His heart, trusting His ways.
Many have asked for specific things to be praying for right now.
Here are 3 of the big ones:
- Our house is under contract to close April 28th. God has opened up an apartment in East Louisville and we will move our things up there April 21st. Please pray all the necessary details around this goes as planned. I will be preaching my last sermon on staff at Tri-Cities Baptist on Sunday, April 30th in all 3 services at both campuses and we’ll be back for our Family Meeting the next week on May 7th to be sent out from our Faith Family here. These next few weeks will be busy and emotional ones for our family. Pray for our joy in all this transition.
- May and June will be months of transition for us. Our residency at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville does not officially begin until July, so May and June will be a sabbatical of sorts for us, mixed in with getting acclimated in our new city, interviewing for part-time work, and spending time with our families before we hit the ground running with our training and partnership development in July. Pray God would deeply shape us and renew our souls during this time and into our 9 months of focused prayer and equipping for our stent in Kentucky.
- Pray for all of the partnerships that are beginning to develop with The Oaks Community Church. We are beginning to reach out to churches to strategically partner with us holistically for a 3-5 year commitment including prayer, financial resources, and eventually people for short, mid, and long term engagement in the city of Denver. This summer and fall we will begin to really reach out to individual partners to commit to pray and support us financially. There are many people who are in our process and are currently praying about relocating to Denver in 2018-19 to be the first members of The Oaks and missionaries to Denver. Please pray for these families and individuals as they seek God’s will in their lives. We are trusting God to form the team He wills for this vision He has given us.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. –Philippians 1:3-5