A fellow church planter in MA asked me how I was doing. Here’s my response:
Good and bad. I’m tired of only 30 people, half 7 and under.
I’m tired of knowing we need more people.
I’m tired of having planned a REALLY bare bones budget for the year, one that we were sure to exceed, and missing even the LOW end month after month.
And I’m tired of feeling like I’m lying when I tell people God’s doing something really cool.
But He is.
People are getting free. The city is experiencing no-strings-attached kindness.
The kingdom is breaking out.
Personally, I’ve been incredibly allergy sick over the weekend. Then yesterday, I woke up with a huge abscess in my neck. Apparently, I have an infected salivary gland. What’s up with that?
Hey, could you pray for our family’s health and for our joy?
Em and I go to Charleston next week. I’m getting to keynote at a conference! (Second time ever, both this year. I could DEFINITELY get used to this!) Check it out: http://www.afplowcountry.com/
Emily and I will go without the kids. (Yay!) And get a day of R&R.
Then I do my first wedding that following Sunday!
And his reply
I will certainly pray for you. I hope that despite all the frustration and sickness, you’ll be experiencing the living God and seeing his Kingdom breaking in. That’s my hope too — and the only thing that sustains me. Without it, this job sucks. With it, there’s nothing better.
P.S. If you’re one for the 30 regulars at VCW, THANK YOU. I really love you guys. You each deserve more, more people to connect with, more of Jesus, more. And I’m REALLY impressed with your heart for the church plant. You are each an encouragement!!
God’s Kingdom is breaking out through us. And we’re really getting “best in the world” at showing God’s love in creative, tangible ways!!