September 5, 2008

Church Planting Update

As you can see from previous posts, we are settled in our new home, finding our way around, and enjoying meeting new people in our community. Things are actually moving more quickly than we expected, but we are thankful for that. We're ready to get started! Some VA church planters will be coming to CVille next week to go with Kyle on the UVa campus to get to know people and share the gospel. We felt we needed something to invite them to for follow-up or a "next step" so we're going to start meeting as a "church" on Sept 21 with an evening Bible study in our home. We are so pumped and can't wait for this night!! We have an ongoing list of contacts we've made that we'll invite and see where the Lord takes this thing...

So please be in prayer for that evening, for Bill and Nick as they move up and get settled, that we will continue to meet lots and lots of people (especially unbelievers) we can invite, and for Kyle's time on the UVa campus. 

On a personal note...
I am not a change person. I like variety in my life, but not in the huge foundational aspects of life. Which is weird that God would call me to do something like this... What is even weirder (why would I expect anything else from the character of God?) is that He has given me grace to handle these huge changes and not have lots of tears and roller coaster emotions. I have had days and moments of just that feeling of unfamiliarity, of being new, and uncertainty. Instead of emotional moodswings, though, I have realized that I have tried to control everything. I have needed a sense of order, but have taken it too far in wanting a sense of order for security reasons. I've probably driven my husband batty. I'm just saying this as a confession and, hopefully, an encouragement. God keeps reminding me that I cannot do this. I can't make a church grow. I can't make people like me. My job is ONLY to be a disciple and be obedient in what He gives me. He will do the rest. Of course, He reminded me of this through Scripture yesterday:

Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5

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