Have you made plans for 2014, yet? Perhaps some of you are making “resolutions.” (You know who you are!) Maybe some of you are making “growth plans.” (I made one of my own this year.) Some of you are probably just hoping things turn out a little bit better than last year. Like many of you, Cheryl and I are making plans for 2014.
This year is going to be life-changing for us. We have already arrived in the Yakima Valley and have settled into an amazing home in Moxee. We’ve celebrated the holidays with our friends and families. The girls are getting ready to start new schools. Cheryl and I are learning to get around our new community and finding the cheapest place to get gas (loving Costco!).
We’re also excited to begin training disciples to share their faith and their lives with their families and neighbors. We’re excited to start and multiply community groups throughout the Yakima Valley, beginning in Moxee. We’re excited to begin gathering for worship. We’re excited to discover ways we can bless the community in which we live. We’re excited to plan events and activities that will bring the people of our community together. In short, we’re excited to see God transform lives, families and communities with the Good News of Jesus.
God has certainly called us to this work, but we know we can’t do it on our own. It takes partners like you who will pray for us, go with us, give to support us, and advocate for us. We have been so encouraged by the many, many people who have already showed their support as partners. Now we want to hear from you.
As we make our plans for 2014, we need to hear from you. So much of what we are able to do in 2014 will depend on the support we receive from partners like you. Will you take a moment to respond to us and let us know in what way you intend to partner with us?
We covet your prayers and are so very grateful for the opportunity to work with you for the sake of the Good News of Jesus. May God richly bless you as you serve Him.
Wow. So much has happened since our last update.
Here are a few of the highlights.
We had a very busy trip to the Northwest in mid-November and were able to share our vision for The River Church with dozens of pastors and churches at the Northwest Baptist Convention annual meeting in Yakima. We also meet with our friends and partners at Terrace Heights Baptist Church and Chestnut Street Baptist Church. The entire trip was an encouragement, and we anticipate great things as we partner directly with churches throughout the Northwest. God is at work among the churches there!
We returned to Alabama with my parents who came to attend my ordination at Hillcrest Baptist Church. My dad preached the ordination sermon and the church offered their prayers and encouragement. I and my entire family were very blessed by the whole experience. We wish we could have shared it with all of our prayer partners! (Perhaps the video will be posted, soon.)
Since Thanksgiving we’ve been busy making the transition from Alabama to Washington. Yes! The time has come to make the move! The Lord has provided us a home in the Moxee community and Cheryl and the girls have made the safe trip across the country. They’re getting things set up while I finish one more week with the Army.
It is a bittersweet time for us. We are thrilled to be returning to our home state and to begin this new season of service to God and his church. Yet, we are saddened to leave our church family in Alabama. We have been so blessed these past few years with great pastoral leadership and great friends. We trust that our partnership will continue for many years to come.
1. Pray for the churches in the Northwest, that they will experience a revival of the Spirit of God and see a great harvest among the lost.
2. Pray for Cheryl as she works to set up our home while I am finishing my last week with the Army.
3. Pray for me as I travel across the country in time for Christmas. My brother-in-law is flying down to make the trip with me. Pray for his safe travel, as well.
4. Pray for our financial support for 2014. We need partners to give generously. Click theriverchurch.co/give.