Prayer, Learning and Encouragement in Tijuana

Gathering for worship through music.

     This past week Jenifer, Emerson and I had the wonderful opportunity to head down to Tijuana for the first ever Missional Communities Collective gathering (that’s a mouthful). For the first time ever all six NieuCommunities locations gathered together in one location. Communities from Long Beach, San Diego, Dallas, Omaha, Malaga, Spain and Pretoria, South Africa came together to learn, pray, and swap ministry stories and experiences. In all there were over 75 people gathered together and God was definitely moving! This was an amazing time for Jenifer and I to learn and connect with other leaders from around the world. The conference’s theme was set around one word: “Embedded.” As we prayed and learned together our desire was to see each community continue to implant themselves into the Creator so that they would become more and more embedded into the very fabric of their “place.” For each community the desire was to be so embedded that the kingdom of God may become a reality within their neighborhoods.

Hearing stories from community leaders

     As Jenifer and I continue our transition into the San Diego community we continue to be amazed and humbled at how we have been welcomed with open hearts and arms. For us, this conference was a time of encouragement and further confirmation that we were indeed moving in the right direction. Both Jenifer and I sensed the Spirit moving in our hearts affirming our desire to join NieuCommunities and beginning to see how our giftings could possibly serve the community we are entering in. It is humbling to see God’s work in the world around us through the numerous communities represented in this collective. We heard the stories of hardened hearts softened to the touch of Jesus in Dallas and the stories of indigenous leaders being raised up in South Africa to take over the reigns of that very community to the point that young South Africans are carrying the NieuCommunities banner so that that very community will be led entirely by indigenous leaders within the next year or two! God is doing some amazing things through the ministry of NieuCommunities. Leaders are being raised up and people are meeting Jesus! That is our heart – that is our desire.

Overlooking the Pacific
     Part of the gathering for Jenifer and I was continued learning in the support raising realm. We were able to glean much wisdom from seasoned support raising veterans and are thankful for the help and training we were able to receive. We also had the opportunity to sit in on some breakout sessions that both challenged us and stretched us. And of course, there was much community building through shared meals and time to play together on the beaches of Tijuana. Overall we are thankful for the time we had there and came back with a sense of excitement as we move forward.
A great time of prayer for married couples

It is kind of crazy to think that we will be down in San Diego in about a month. This summer has flown by. We are so thankful for the support both through prayer and finances of so many. We are so excited and ready to learn and grow this next year through the apprenticeship. At this point we estimate that we are at about 55% of the support we need! Praise God! We would ask that if God is stirring you to partner with us financially now is the time to do so. You can do that simply by clicking on the donations link on the right hand side of this blog. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

In the meantime here are some specific ways you could be praying for us:
  • Pray that we would be able to take care of all the logistics of moving in these next couple of weeks.
  • Pray that God would supply all that we need for this next year.
  • Pray for much grace in the midst of this transition.
  • Pray for our neighbors, that as we move into the neighborhood we would find favor from them.

     We look forward to seeing God working in us and through us. This weekend I have the privilege of preaching from my favorite book Habakkuk. In that book we see how important faith rooted in God’s character truly is. Habakkuk 2:4 says that the righteous shall live by their faith. Jenifer and I are learning that each and every day and we are thankful for this process that is drawing us further and further into the arms of the Lord.