It’s been a little while since our last post. We were blessed to be able to spend a couple of weeks in Chicago visiting family over the holidays. It truly was a blessing and we were grateful for the opportunity to be able to go home! We returned back to San Diego refreshed and ready to go. This past month we’ve been able to have our neighbors over for dinner, we’ve met and begun to build new relationships with people through the local Starbucks and have begun to get a little clearer picture of what is next for us beyond this apprenticing year.
Almost two years ago now God connected us with a couple: Deric and Amber Moen who had just moved to Spain with CRM. They serve with NieuCommunities and have done so for about 6 years now. Through many skype calls, much prayer, and countless conversations with others we began to sense God leading us to move in to ministry with NieuCommunities and to further explore ministry overseas in Spain with the Moens. It has certainly been a process. For us, moving to San Diego to join the apprenticeship was a first step to see whether ministry with NieuCommunities was what God was leading us into. Over the past 4 months both Jenifer and I have become even more confident than before that NieuCommunities is where we are supposed to be. We are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting ministry that really is making a difference in communities throughout the world for Jesus – and we want to continue to be a part of this ministry long term. We are thankful that God has really confirmed and affirmed these passions in our heart.
And with that, we sense God calling us to take another step towards Spain. This spring (mid April) we will be heading out to Spain on a vision trip. This trip is designed to help us further discern whether or not we are truly supposed to be in Spain. While there we will have time to really see where we would be living and ministering as well as spend time praying, asking questions and dreaming with the Moens. We are very excited to see what God has for us as we pray, go, and explore. It’s been really neat to see God begin to bring a team of people together to birth this new Spain community and we are thrilled to be able to head out there this spring to see if we might join the team.
Would you pray for us as we go?
Here are some specific ways you could pray for us in the next couple of months:
1) Pray for the ability to hear well the Spirit as we try to discern whether this is in fact where we are to be.
2) Pray for the team God is forming, that he would place this team exactly where they need to be. (The Moens along with others are in the process of discerning where they want to officially launch this community. They have been in the outskirts of Malaga for the past two years but are praying and exploring options in other places as well)
3) Pray that while we know we are not going to be in San Diego long term that we’d be faithful to serve our neighbors and community well while we are here.
4) Pray that God would continue to use us in the lives of our new friends and neighbors here in San Diego, pray that they might find Jesus.