Friday, January 30, 2015

Testing the Waters

I submitted our request to the administrative offices in our community to rent another “hall” in an adjacent neighborhood hoping to have our first Sunday morning worship service there.   

It’s a bit far to walk from one location to the other, but it’s exciting to find those who will help start this new service the last Sunday of February.  

 We’ll start off again with teaching music, have a short service and then have more music classes.  Pray for our strength and God’s guidance.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Team Meet

This is the first time this year that we’ve been able to meet as a missionary team.  Tracey, Maria, Jasmin and I went over the plans for the year to get a jump on the special activities of the month.  And even with that some new activities slipped in.  All of us are glad to be in this church plant and we hope to encourage each other to stretch a little more this year so that others too will be willing to try something new.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Confirming the Selection

We spent the week talking to some of our faithful members to see how they feel about taking a leadership position in the church.  It’s been a slow process of meeting with them and describing or in some cases encouraging them in their new tasks.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Reconnecting with the Old Congregation

 I spend one day a week visiting two men I’m discipling in the community where we had a congregation.  The visits allows me to see others who used to belong to the One in Christ congregation.  It’s been bitter-sweet seeing the old members and wondering what God will do with them.  Will he resurrect a new work or will they come to visit us?  We’re kind of far away, but some have made the journey.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Youth Preparing to Teach

While the group of young people enjoys playing games together and studying 1 John after that.  They’ve got a new task at hand.  I’ve asked them to put into visual form the 20 doctrines that we’re studying for our doctrinal exam in May.  So each group of 2-4 youth is preparing a unique presentation to help the congregation to learn each doctrine.  Wow, talk about a challenge.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Extra Help

Last week our helper from the founding church signed on for another year of service helping us especially in the area of discipling the children and teaching music classes.  Well at the beginning of this week, a young man from the founding church asked me for permission to attend our congregation to also help out.  We’ll enjoy finding a place for him to serve on Sunday afternoons.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Looking for a Worship Leader

We don’t draw much attention to our worship team practices, but they are times to try out old and new songs.  I just thought that I’d give you a glimpse into what that looks like.  The team is coming together into an amazing worship group.  I thought on Sunday, “Wow, what would this sound like if all of our musicians got up to play together.”  Mind you, we’re only a very tiny congregation, but we’ve got potential.