Friday, February 5, 2010



he word "story" has been on my mind lately. Mostly wondering if I am "writing" the story that is all God intends. Certainly God is the Author. And yet, amazingly, He allows us to participate in "penning our portion."

To have an exciting story line in a book or movie, there must be an obstacle to overcome, a challenge to be met. Is it scary? Most certainly.

As Tom and I have prayed and considered what challenge to tackle next, we both decided that the next chapter in our lives would involve planting a church. Not because we are disgruntled with our home church; we're not. Not because we think we can create something good or even better than church we have experienced.

We simply know that there are many, many people who are either not Christians in America or who aren't involved in a church. According to John Piper, 80% of all Christians accepted the Lord in a church that is two years old or younger. Simply put, new churches reach new people.

In addition, there are almost 200 million unchurched people in America, making it one of the four largest unchurched nations in the world. About 3,500 existing churches close their doors permanently each year. Of the 350,000 churches in America, four out of every five have either plateaued or are declining.

So, here we are; beginning a new chapter in our lives! Scary for sure. And exciting.

Our church web site is here. It has been exciting for our children to help with so many details of the preparation for this. 14 year old Gabriel built the web site (with some help from our friend Rick. Thanks Rick and Gabe!).

If you are in our area, our first "preview" service is this Sunday, February 7 at10:00am. Please pray for us, and if you don't have other commitments and would like to stop by, we'd love to have you!

::just had to throw in this picture from our snow today... I think we got more than 8" of very fluffy snow here~ so, so pretty. Three times I went out to walk back in our woods... I just couldn't get enough of it.



  1. How exciting! And may the Lord bless you as you by day with Him! I will add your request to our prayer basket.

    Your snow picture is very beautiful. It has been feeling a bit like spring here...funny how varied this season can be hey? :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. WOW - what an awsome undertaking. I am a member of a Newfrontiers church in the UK, and Church Planting is one of our big missions. It's not something I could see in our future (Ian is Jewish for a start) but I know lots of people who have done it.

    I wish you all the very best with your new calling - and will be praying for you, especially tomorrow. I'm sure it will go well, and will be filled with the Spirit.

    God bless
    Babs xx

  3. That is so exciting for your family. Sharing the gospel is what life is alllllll about!!!!! Know the Lord will give you a straight path.

    Absolutely love you picture. We have plenty of snow here. I put up a picture of my clothes line yesterday. Come and see.

    Blessings, Linda
    Prairie Flower

  4. Camille, Babs and Linda,

    Thanks *so* much for your prayers and encouraging comments! We all really appreciate your excitement for us!


  5. We have been praying for you guys!

  6. Ginger, thanks *so* much! We really appreciate both your prayers, and your friendship~ I miss getting to see you and your sweet family every Sunday!


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