Because He First Loved Us

Camp FUSE, Renovation Community’s summer day camp and feeding program for low-income and marginalized families, is in full force!  We have seen roughly 65 different children coming from around 30 different families.  Our program costs between $1 and $7 a day for families to have an affordable solution to summer child care.

IMG_2492Camp FUSE draws families that cannot pay hundreds of dollars each week to send their child to a professional summer camp with all the bells and whistles.  Instead, their kids come to our church, a space not developed for child care and our main gym does not even have working A/C right now.  We are in constant battle of keeping the working air conditioners working to help keep the campers cool during the heat of the day when our gym can easily get to 90 degrees inside but this does not stop us.  The summer heat does not stop our 4 interns from working tirelessly, nor does it stop the mission groups from coming hundreds of miles away to be a part of a work in which we are unable to find anybody else doing.

Each child that comes through our doors hears the name of Jesus that day.  Through our chapel and animated Bible story time, we are striving share with these kids that Jesus loves them.  But for some, it’s not always easy to hear that and fully understand.  Let me give you an idea of some of our camper’s backgrounds. There are kids with restraining orders against a parent as they are at risk of being kidnapped and fleeing the country, some are adopted, some in foster care, one who’s adopted mother describes as a “drug baby.”  Two have autism, one who’s grandmother said she didn’t want the girl to be in her home, another speaks very little English and another has experienced a recent passing of a relative.

So why do we do it?  Why is this our 5th summer of opening our space to families?  Why do we ask for continuous prayers and for volunteers to be a part of making this camp function?  We do it out of love.  1 John 4: 19 “We love because God first loved us.”

This is just a small taste of the families we have an opportunity to love on.  To share the true and whole love of Christ too.  We hold this camp to love.  Enabling parents to use their finances to better empower their family.  (Ask yourself, what would you do with an extra $100-300+ a week, groceries? Clothes?)  To be honest, it’s not always easy.  In fact, Camp FUSE is more difficult than it is easy a lot of the time but what it comes down to is what we are commanded to do by Jesus.  To love Him and to love others.  And  “the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

I ask you to pray.  Pray for the strength of our staff to be able to continue developing relationships with these kids to be able to grow the Kingdom.  Pray the love of Christ sparks a flame in their hearts to pursue Him.  Pray that it is then taken back to the family and spreads like a wildfire.  The unstoppable love of Christ will win, it starts with just a small flame and will grow.

So, because God first loved us, we love.  We love our campers and their families and we choose to do everything in our power to love them. When it is difficult, we will love; when it is easy, we will love.  When a child is crying or talking back, we will love.  When our strength is low, we will love.  When a parent is upset, we will love.  We will use our resources to love our community for the sake of the Kingdom, because He first loved us.

What do you have at your disposal to be able to love on others?  Do you have a car and your coworker needs a ride home?  Do you have extra money and see a man in need of food?

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the create of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”  Matthew 25: 34-36

Rocky Road with a Street Car

I own a 2015 Nissan Versa, possibly the smallest class size sedan produced and I took it off-roading.

This car has treated me well over the past two years, from camping, road trips, Uber rides, vacation trips and more. It has seen thousands of miles of interstates, highways and beautiful Texas backroads.  As Shelby and I were on vacation in Colorado we got a chance to experience amazing sights and wonders as we traveled through the mountains.

After exploring the Royal Gorge on a white-water rafting adventure one morning, we asked Siri to route us to our next destination, the Molly Kathleen Gold mine where we would take a real mine elevator down 1000 feet into a real gold mine! Not knowing any better, we start the drive.  We start on the interstate and head north on a local road that takes us through winding turns of country land with big beautiful ranch houses.

Soon we approach a red sign, stating that the paved road ends and that a dirt road starts.  Having seen many scary movies, I should have known where this would lead but Shelby and I elect to push forward and see how it looks as we thought we can always turn around.  At this point, we have already driven this direction for 30 minutes and it would take us longer to head back and take another route.

We emerge from the trees to a beautiful view from the top of a canyon; soon, this would not be how we saw it.  With the canyon wall to our left and a cliff to our right, we Shelf Roadcreep around blind hair pin turns while praying hard that there wasn’t anyone coming from the other side.  This road was small, just wide enough for one car to pass at times.

 

We were past the point of no return.  There was no chance to turn around, no going back. We could only go forward or tumble off the cliff.

We try our best to get signal on our phones to figure out exactly where we are but there was none to be found, we look through the map that was saved on the phone and follow our tracks to see that we were on something called Shelf Road. It got its name because we literally were driving on a the canyon wall that was cut out just wide enough to put a car on.  With no guard rail and a sheer drop-off, possibly  hundreds of feet to the canyon bed, scared for our lives was an understatement.

Along the 10-mile treacherous road, I would glance out the passenger window occasionally and realize how beautiful of a view it is.  Looking across the canyon, you can see amazing rock features and other natural beauty.  Eventually, I tired from my death grip on the steering wheel and naturally, Shelby didn’t like it when I would take my eyes off the road so I do my best pull over to step out.  Staring out…silence.

There is something within your being that is humbled when looking down off a shear edge, knowing with a wrong slip, you could tumble to your death.  (Having already been in this situation one time in the past year, I already knew what it was like to cheat death.)  After looking down, I realize how dangerous the shelf cliff was but I can’t get over the irony of the beautiful scenery.

I realized, we were one of a few who actually would travel this road; not many have seen these sights.  We were too busy focusing on the next ten feet in front of us, that we never realized there was beauty all around.  This can be so true in our everyday lives, we are traveling down our life road where it becomes narrow and rocky and we only focus on it, but don’t take the time to look around, to see the beauty everywhere else

 

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

The past bit of road in my life has been rough but I am moving on past it, making sure I enjoy the view along the way.  While on Shelf Road, we finally made our way to the bottom of the canyon.  Our thoughts were “Phew!  We couldn’t fall off anything right now!”  The road was flat and smooth as we looked up and saw another red sign.

“WARNING!  ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES ONLY”

Our hearts dropped to our stomachs as we stopped to contemplate our next move.  If the road behind us didn’t have a sign like this other than the paved road ending, then what is coming must be even more horrendous.  Trusting that the we had to be close and debating whether it could be worse then what we just went through, we push forward.  The road out was much smoother then the first part and it was not as much of a “shelf.”  We made it out not knowing the sign was actually facing backwards until we made paved road again.

Civilization never made us happier as we pulled up to our destination, we sat in silence in our car, on a scenic bluff.  For 10 minutes, we sat there, processing what just happened.

Here’s what I learned:

-Keep pushing forward, don’t turn back.  You are on the road now for a reason.  Learn from it, embrace the scenery along the way and trust that God will provide.

-Our God is a God who provides our every need.  Everything we have comes from Him, we need to steward it well.

-Keep your eyes focused on Him, on heavenly things and not earthly ones because the earthly will pass away but our heavenly possessions will last forever.

How will you choose to look and enjoy the scenery?

 

 

 

 

My Marriage Reflects Faith

Today, Shelby and I celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary!  Last September, I vowed to her that I would stick with her through the thick and thin.  That no matter the circumstance, we will work through our differences.  That we would love each other for the rest of our lives.  It has been a wonderful year and I am looking forward to many more!  Now don’t misunderstand me, we have had our fair share of difficulties but there is nobody I would rather go through those time with then with her.

Shelby and I met in a Technical Theatre class in high school where we learned the ins and outs of working behind the scenes of a live theatrical performance.  We spent several hours a day in class and on set together, building platforms, hanging walls, and setting lights.  There was a time, before we officially started dating, that in my awkward teenage way of flirting I even painted her into a corner of a 10’ platform where she was forced to take jumps across wet paint to get out of it.  It was not one of my proudest moments but the even funnier thing is that I think she let me do it.  Soon after this, we started dating and near six years later, after we both finished college, Shelby and I tied the knot on September 3, 2016 in Magnolia, Texas.  

Our marriage got me thinking.  A marriage is similar to believing the Bible to be true and believing in God.  Whether that’s the Christian God or any other world religion.  One has to gather the evidence for a particular viewpoint to see if it is true.  Most people, when asked “Do you believe the Bible is true?” would give an answer something similar to “Because I have faith.”  Let me ask, is this a good answer?  Does your faith change whether or not the book is true or that Jesus rose from the death?  Of course it doesn’t!  You don’t have to believe something to make it true nor does your faith in something make it true!

Do you have to believe in gravity for it to be true  Of course not, you don’t float away due to a lack a faith.  A lack of faith does not make something untrue. In the same way, a lack of belief in God or the Bible does not make it false.  

So then why does the Bible always talk about faith?  It’s because there are two different kinds of faith, Belief That and Belief In.  Belief That is gathering the evidence; belief that Jesus rose from the dead,belief that God exists, that the Bible is true.  It’s being intellectual and something called  apologetics, meaning reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something).  Belief In is once one has gathered the evidence, they take a step of faith to believe or trust in it.  

Most of the time the Bible is talking about faith, it’s the latter; Belief In.  One of the only times a Gospel writer in the Bible makes  a theological comment is in John 20 where John says “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Bring it back around, my marriage as well as everyone else’s is a good illustration of faith in Christ.   When I met Shelby and we dated over the years, I got evidence that she would be a good wife.  This doesn’t make her my wife but rather I have to take a step of trust in her to ask her to be my wife.   It was in this brief lack of judgment that she said yes!

I believed in her to make an amazing wife and daily I am shown that she is and will continue to be a good wife; she continually proves it to be true!  She has always been there in total support to what I am called to do.  She is the hardest worker I know with a strong character.  Shelby has a huge heart for humanity and is selfless.  She is completely trustworthy and has a strong ambition and a free flowing spirit with an adventurer’s attitude.  

I don’t blindly walk in faith that Christ is the savior.  I have evidence and believe in it.

You don’t have to believe in God to make Him real.  He is the creator and sustainer of the whole Universe and He loves each one of us enough to come down and save us through Christ.   His existance is not contingent on our belief in Him because He will continue to exist anyways.  He won’t force you into heaven against your will, He loves you too much for that.

So as you go about the rest of your day, ask yourself this “What more evidence do you need to see that the Bible is true?”  If you dig deep enough, I know you’ll find it.  If you are a Christian, don’t just give an answer of faith, because there is much more than just faith to prove the Bible is true.  If you are an agnostic or atheist reading this, the question still stands, What evidence do you need?  It’s out there, just be open to it.

 You don’t have to have a blind faith to be a Christian.  In fact, a blind faith would be more like atheism.  Which believes the universe was made out of nothing by nobody.  Christianity believes the universe was made out of nothing by somebody.  Now, which is more reasonable?

One great apologetic resource that I have learned much from is  I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Dr. Frank Turek.  I encourage you to check it out if you are wanting to see how to determine truth, how evil actually proves there is a God, how we can logically reason that the New Testament is true and much more.

 

To Shelby, I love you immensely and  am truly a blessed man to be married to you.  I’m looking forward to all of our years to come.  Let’s keep our marriage walking in the Light as we keep growing closer together!

 

My Fears Won’t Hold Me Back

I have a fear, a fear of falling.  It was something that never scared me until just over a year ago.  I was the youth pastor of a church and we were on the final day of a mission trip in Colorado.  Our group, of mostly white teens and sponsors, took a VBS to a sister church in Denver which was probably 95% Hispanic.  The week went better than we could have expected.  Our youth groups summer theme was The Mountaintop Experience and how God met His people as well as other extraordinary things on the top of mountains.  So what better way to end a great week then to hike a mountain in the Rockies!  We had hiked nearly three hours to the top of Twin Sisters Peak where the summit to the highest peak was made of very large boulder.

As we were scaling the final summit, I fell.  What I remember last before my accident was looking up for a split second to see the two teens in front of me.  What happened next would change my life forever.  My foot slipped from the rock and I started tumbling down the side of the summit where I would bounce off one large boulder and land almost upside down on another.  Roughly a 20-foot drop that would shatter bones in my hand and tear the labrum in my shoulder.  I had truly fell off the top of a mountain.

This fall would initiate a fear in me that runs very deep in my mind and body.  Not a day goes by that I don’t think about it because of the large scare across the back of my hand where my bones were repaired with 2 plates and 12 screws.  This scar as well as the ones on my shoulder remind me daily of how helpless I was tumbling down the side of the summit.  They remind me not only that I’m small but that I serve a God who is infinitely bigger than anything I can imagine.

We all have a scar.  What’s yours?  Maybe it is physical like mine but maybe it is emotional.  Perhaps its emotional detachment or the inability to form healthy relationships; maybe it’s drugs or disturbing memories.  Whatever it is, I know someone that can fix it.

Scars remind me that God has healed me and not only through the physical struggles I have had but also the emotional ones I have overcome and am working through.

Even though I have been healed, I still fear.  I was fearful of falling when I went skydiving the first time which was only a few months after surgery on my hand.  I was fearful when I hiked Enchanted Rock as it had plenty of areas to fall and tumbled down but I will always continue forward.  There is no time to stay down.  Being outdoors and pushing limits is something I love to do!

I serve a God who is bigger than me.  He is bigger than my fears.

 

Currently I work in a church that can’t afford to pay me financially.  Right now, it takes over a typical amount of work hours in the week for me and that’s okay because God has called me to do it.  At times, I have Earthly fears because of my choices to work in a place that can’t pay.  I, at times, fear that I would not have enough to pay my loans but He continually to provide.  Shelby has recently gotten a promotion and raise at work which could not come at a better time as my personal bank account comes down to the last $100 from my paychecks working at the school this past semester! I serve a God who is bigger than my fears.

I fear not being able to provide for my family but God shows me that I don’t provide for us, He does!

When we simply do what God asks us to do, He will provide.  If He ordains it, He will sustain it!

 

I fell off the mountain and it shattered my hand but it strengthened my faith.  Honestly, given the size and orientation of the boulders on top of that mountain, I would not have survived this fall had I slipped anywhere else because I simply would have kept tumbling hundreds of more feet.  I say it again, I serve a God who is much bigger than me!

I fear falling but I will continue to hike mountains that take me to new and beautiful places, I will continue to jump out of airplanes, I will continue to push closer to Him because following Christ is not the safe road.  Following Jesus does not lead to the comfortable, predictable and safe life.  He leads to the life that takes work, and you must make changes in your life and you must leave some things behind but ultimately, He is good.  He works for the good of those who love Him.

Your fears real and they may form scars but are you going to play it safe, or follow Christ?

What areas of life do you have a fear?  How can you see God working in you through it?

 

 

A ‘Hit and Run’ Kind of Forgiveness

You’ve heard of a chick magnet before right?  Well my car is a car magnet.   Ol’ Clarabelle (my 2015 Nissan) and I have been together for 14 months and in that time we have been hit three times.  Only 18 days later after driving her off the lot I was rear-ended in a minor fender bender.  Nine months later, I was bumped from behind again also being very minor damage.  This past weekend, and for the third time I was hit, clipped by someone turning from the wrong lane and not seeing me.  This time it was different as the prior times both of us stopped and exchanged information, like responsible drivers.

We pulled over for a brief second as the driver of the white pickup jumped out of the vehicle explicatively exclaiming I hit him.  After seeing he was in the wrong, the man not much older than myself, raced for the driver’s seat, threw the truck in reverse, squealing the tires as he hit the fence behind him to be able to pull out and flee down the street.  I followed him with part of my bumper hanging off for about half a mile.  Unfortunately, I lost him on backstreets unable to obtain a license plate for the police.

I was frustrated.  I don’t think I was ever mad rather I simply said to myself sarcastically that this would happen remember the past collisions.  After sorting out everything that happened in my head I remembered one key mark as Colossians 3:13 states “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” I must forgive because I am forgiven and now I am praying for the chance to minister to this man and his friends who could not have been much older than myself.

As we continue planning the launch of Renovation Community for October 1, I pray this man will come and recognize that we are all in need of a savior and that nobody is perfect.  In fact, it’s what Renovation is all about being a fixer upper; needing God to renovate our lives.

I’m not sure what has been going on in the man’s life or what has been happening back at home but if I had a chance to talk to him again, I would show him that mine is not perfect and I am no saint as I have plenty of baggage and have wronged many in the past but I forgive you just as I have been forgiven by the One who spoke the stars into existence.  I forgive you because I’m forgiven by the One who allows me to have a car and be hit three times and counting.  I forgive you because I’m forgiven by the One who loves everyone enough to die for something He didn’t do.  That person is Jesus and through Him, everything is possible.  I would tell him I’m not mad or upset about it anymore because, quite honestly, there are far more important matters to tend to.  I would tell him that there is a place for him in our Church as there are no perfect people allowed!

Please pray with me for this man, and pray for myself that if we do cross paths that I would have the words to say to help show him what Christ has done for me and why He is worth it!

My Math Doesn’t Add Up


The following might seem a tad rough and a bit all over the place because it’s exactly where I am. I don’t have everything figured out and am still working to understand…you’ll see what a I mean.


I consider myself a determined person – when I want something done, I find a way to get it done.  It’s something that’s always been a part of me.  You might be saying, “Well Jordan that’s a great thing!” and that’s the case at times though it does have its downsides. I get anxious when there is no productivity, when there is no plan, when it seems like I don’t have control. You can ask Shelby, if we don’t have at least a plan on our days off then I start to get jittery.  If I’m sitting doing nothing, there is always that little voice in the back of the head calling out, “You have to write a paper!” or “There are emails to respond to!” or what has gotten a hold of me most recently “There are things at the church that need to get done!”

Currently there is a long laundry list of items that need to get done: things to buy, renovate, and create at church before certain dates like our interns arriving this summer, Camp FUSE, church launch, and more.  Things to do seem to be added faster than items are getting checked off and honestly, this frustrates me.  Remember I’m the type of guy who wants to get it done and keep moving, to have a plan to execute to and see productivity.  I was never frustrated with God about this but rather I was frustrated with people, with myself, and that my expectations were not being met.  While I sat and tried to figure out a way to complete the list, it finally came to me that these things were not going to fit in my schedule.  My calendar was not God’s calendar and you and I both know which one trumps the other.   Never once had His timing fallen short of what was needed.  Never once was He forgetful in our situation and here I was, trying to force things to happen.  You can’t force something God is holding closed.

One of my favorite subjects in school was math, not necessarily because I was the best but rather because it had formulas and rules to follow in order to get to the solution.  God does not have a formula nor does restarting/planting a church. There is no step-by-step plan we can follow in order to get our solution, rather we need to live our lives around His solution. This math analogy goes deeper; I recently had this realization and was finally able to have peace about that laundry list.

In first grade, kids learn simple arithmetic problems and the following year they build on these basic skills to do with two-digit numbers.  These initial and fundamental math skills will be built and refined them be able to do much larger calculations but one can’t jump immediately from doing two-digit addition and subtraction to understanding and performing calculus.  This is exactly where I had my “ah-ha!” moment, when I realized I am a mere human being who has many faults and can only do simple second grade math while God can do much more complex calculations.  This is why He doesn’t rearrange His calendar to fit mine and why I need to flip mine around to fit his; He has a plan.  What He has called us to will not be forgotten or fizzle out because He has already started the work, God will pull through even when it might seem He has forgotten all about us.

I get frustrated with my laundry list because I can only do second grade math and God is doing calculus.  I can do basic problems with my limited understanding but it’s just not possible to understand all of calculus; it’s a completely different and a more complex thought process.  My frustrations come out of me trying to do calculus while only knowing elementary math.  

The moral here is do not worry – God is in control.

Isaiah 55: 8-9 “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.  ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”

I don’t have little faith, what I do have is minimal knowledge compared to God.

So when there is no plan on a day off, I still get restless as I don’t like the stillness, In the stillness I get anxious, as other people i know do, but we must remember that God was not in the winds, earthquake, or fire but in the gentle whisper.  I learned I had been to concerned with what was going on around me that I couldn’t hear His gentle voice right next to me the whole time.

I am putting my faith in the one who made the universe to cover my little laundry list.  I am excited to continue on this journey with our church plant and am still learning how to strengthen my faith and rely fully on God to cover our expenses and the details as He promises to do. I will keep using my math skills where I can but trust that God can do His infinitely more. He is the ultimate mathematician; He knows what He is doing.

It wasn’t until I had quieted all of those noises that I could hear from the Lord, I’m only doing second grade math and that’s okay, He doesn’t expect us to do calculus.  If we could, then we would be just as powerful and knowledgeable as Him and the grace He shared would mean nothing.  Instead, I choose to commit myself in a rational faith that I serve a God who is much bigger and whose ways are loftier than mine.  


A New Beginning

As you may already know, I have joined a church that would be coming to a close in only a few months. I know that might seem counterintuitive and even crazy to join and commit time and passion into something you know will soon pass away but to make it seem more crazy, I knew I would be on a team to help do it!

Let me jump back, as Shelby and I were planning our wedding, we knew one of us would have to move as I lived in Bryan, Texas and she in Fort Worth.  She had moved there after graduating from Texas A&M where she was hired on as an engineer with a global manufacturing company.  One Sunday, I was visiting and was encouraged by my father to check out a church on the Southwest side of Fort Worth.  Long story short, he directed me to the wrong church but God has a purpose for everything.  This church happened to be Grace Tabernacle.  We arrived just seconds after the service started but the seats most near to the door had already been filled, so Shelby and I , almost shamefully, had to walk in front of this new church as visitors to the opposite corner and front of the room to take our seats.  Needless to say, this memory stuck with us for a while.  About nine months later, I contacted Pastor Chris saying that I was looking for a job in Fort Worth as we were going to be married and I would move up there soon.  He said, “I’d love to have you with us. I just can’t pay you right now. I’m currently working on plans to plant a church this Fall. I’d pastor our current church and start a new one on the side.” Needless to say, this is not something a recently graduated college student with a large student loan debt wanted to hear but after much prayer and discerning of God’s will, I knew it was the right thing; it was where God was leading me.  I had to step out of faith that God would make a way for us.

I had been in touch with Pastor Chris up until the point of moving and I had an idea of what was going on and that the plan was to plant a church but little did we know at that time would it be our very own church who would be the seedling.  Grace Tabernacle Church of the Nazarene had a beautiful 52-year history.  In the early 1960s, a group of people acted on the call God had placed in their hearts to open a church on the Southwest side of Fort Worth.  The pastor most responsible for starting it all would later go on to pastor one of the denomination’s largest churches in the nation.  Ministry was strong and with many sweet memories.

But God had shown and proved that there is a new work He was already doing and still bringing on, there was new life; a new church!  Chris helped me see that over the 4 years he had been pastor of Grace Tabernacle, the church in the past was not the same it was today.  He noted that for quite a while, it has been as if he was pastoring two different churches.  People in the new church, like me, knew nothing of the older church’s long and storied history.

At first, we had only planned on planting a new church and keeping Grace Tabernacle running but we would soon come to realize that our plans were not God’s plans I believe wholeheartedly that God had me move to Fort Worth in the perfect timing because not to long after I had starting working with Grace Tabernacle, we realized that God was wanting us to close down and restart.  His timing was perfect as I was able to jump in during the transition phase of Grace Tabernacle and the planning phases of the new church to come.  It was such a beautiful time of God showing me many small things to show, while at times I was doubting, that I was exactly where He wanted me.

So why close it?  Why not just adapt to what new things are happening and keep Grace Tabernacle going?  Because the new things that God was and is still bringing, just don’t fit into the DNA of the  half century old church.  It was truly something new and different that was starting.  So we started on the journey of closing a church that had wonderful ministry in the past but these things were coming to an end.  The old has gone and the new has come.  There will still be a church meeting in the facility, eventually, and we hope those in the old church will join in on what the new church will be doing but it will not just be a new name with the old church; for it is a new life!

Church leadership recognized these things and boldly stepped out on faith that God was in control and concluded that Sunday February 26, 2016 was the last official Sunday for Grace Tabernacle.  Now, those who have stayed and are willing to pioneer forward, are meeting as a body of people looking to launch Renovation Community Church on October 1st.

Renovation Community will take over and building and Grace Tabernacle’s summer day camp ministry which you can read more about on our website, campfuse.com!

 

After reading this, you may not understand it all or may be confused as to why we are undertaking it all.  In short, we are doing it in obedience to God.  We don’t have all the answers, we don’t do this on our timing but His.  We do this because God placed it on our hearts!

 

There is much work to be done and that’s why we need your help.  Of course we need physical help in fixing up the facilities and with filling staff positions but God will provide those things when the time is right and you are more than welcome to help out by going to www.renovationcommunity.church to find out more.  What we are petitioning for is your prayer, because prayer causes miracles to happen.  Before October 1st, we are looking to have 1000 people to be a part of The Renovation 1000.  This is a group of people who are committed to pray for our new church and everything that will come with it.   A group of prayer warriors committed to the power of prayer!

I am being taught to walk by faith by living it.  I know God has called Shelby and I to be here, and even though I am a volunteer pastor and working two other jobs to help out, He will provide because He never fails.   I will never ask for your money because I know God will provide where He has called His people, but what I am asking for are your prayers for me, Shelby, the staff and the rest of Renovation Community.  Will you join the 1000?

 

To learn more about this new church or to join The Renovation 1000, go to www.renovationcommunity.church.

Or go to www.renovation1000.com to sign up directly.

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