We are starting to feel settled in our home. As most of you know we have moved from working with a church plant in Pennsylvania to planting a new church in North Overland Park, KS. The last 4 months have been a roller coaster of goodbyes and hellos, new neighborhood, new school, new job, and some wonderful new friends.
The three major things we are working on all have to do with building relationships.
1) We are building relationships in our neighborhood. We have introduced ourselves to the 14 families on our cul-de-sac, and we are excited to have them over. We have also joined the PTA at our kids’ school, and we love that it is right here in the neighborhood. One of the other things I (Dave) am enjoying is spending time meeting the local business leaders in downtown OP and hearing their vision for our city. Another way we want to serve our neighborhood and city is through foster care. We are half way done with the 10 week course to be licensed in order to be foster parents to provide police protective custody for children and respite care for others foster families. We are thankful to be given so many opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors.
2) We are building relationships with pastors and ministry leaders. We have had the opportunity to sit with experienced ministry leaders, men and women , who desire others to experience the love of Jesus. . We feel so blessed with the alignment of the leaders in this apprenticeship with NAMB as we see them pour out their lives to help others see the joy of living out the Great Commission. We feel hopeful that in this next year through prayer and with the help of these great leaders, we will be designing a missional church that introduces and equips people to love God and their neighbors.
3) We are building relationships with new support partners and churches. There is joy in sharing what God has done, and is doing. Our world needs more healthy churches and in our experience church planting conversations often bring life-giving hope. We are currently in need of $1500 more monthly and are in a season of contacting individuals and churches to see if they would consider partnering with us in church planting. Would you consider connecting me to your church or someone who might be interested in what we are doing? We are praying for launch team members and church partnerships that will help start a new work in this part of the city.
Rivers, Joy, Lydia, Melody, and Jackson are all doing good as we are all finding our new rhythms this fall. Here are some pictures of the last couple months of our lives.