What happened to October? This past month went by way too fast! If you have a few moments, below are the ministry updates from our family and the 810 Project. If you don’t have the time, please know how much we appreciate you! Your thoughts, prayers, and encouragements mean more than you could possibly know. Thank you!
1) Youth Programming Update
2) Outreach teams & Updates
3) Bible Study News
4) Big Ask
5) Family News
Tuesdays at 8:10 and Thursdays at the Antioch house!
Each session we: play, pray, study homework and the Bible, share a meal, make something together.
Please continue to pray that the Word of God would be planted in the hearts of these youth. Pray also for life long relationships to be established and for household salvation.
Halloween was a blast! We didn’t keep accurate records, but we served around 75-100 neighbors with candy, games, hot chocolate, fellowship and prayer. The kids helped run a trick or treat game, where contestants had a chance to win extra candy. This also gave us a chance to talk more with the families and conduct our “spiritual survey” as a way to talk through the gospel and pray with them.
There were some interesting findings:
97% believed that spirits were real. 88% believe there is life after death, but 46% believed that spirits are dead people who never left earth. Interestingly, 100% believe that heaven is real, but 76% believe there is more than 1 way to get there. Only 63% felt for sure they were going to go to heaven when they die. When asked why they knew they were going to heaven, the majority believed they were allowed in by doing more good than bad.
Notice any disconnect here? Most believe in heaven and life after death, but most have no idea if they’ll end up in heaven, hell, or as a dead spirit floating the earth. All of our neighbors were certain that there is a heaven, but very few could articulate how you actually get there. This is why Bible studies, outreaches, and personal discipleship are so necessary.
Romans 10:14 “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?”
Our family has been placed here by God to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. We don’t take this responsibility lightly. Our neighbors are like God’s sheep, and they (like I was) are stumbling around in the darkness, being led like a sheep to the slaughter without their knowledge. Please pray for creativity and power as we strive to make Jesus known here.
The majority of our contestants allowed us to share a few scriptures from the Bible like:
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No ones comes to the Father except through me [Jesus]” “There is no other Name given under heaven by which we can be saved.” “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
My favorite interaction was standing around the fire with Miah and about 10-12 teenagers. After finishing the survey, they had some questions about what sin is, and how to handle relationships. One young woman told us that she had said a prayer with a preacher once a few years ago, and as a result believed she was saved. I relayed the story of Miah’s and my marriage:
“When I said my vows at the altar, I in essence stated: ‘Miah, all I have is yours.’ She said the same back to me. If she had offered anything less in return, I would question the sincerity of her love and devotion to me. If I said I love her, but hired 5 prostitutes a week, she may question my loyalty to her.
It’s the same with Jesus. He showed us what true love looks like on the cross. He gave us everything, even surrendering His rights to the throne and giving His entire life to show us the extent of His love and devotion to us. The appropriate response is to offer Him the same in return. Any thing less isn’t true love. Jesus gave His life for us. We should give our life to Jesus in return.
So following Jesus or being ‘saved’ is more than saying a prayer 1 time. Since our wedding day, I’ve spoken to Miah way more than once. If the last time we talked was our wedding day, our relationship would suck. I talk to her daily because I love her and want to know what’s going on in her life. Jesus wants a daily relationship with you.”
Many received Bibles and all were invited to further studies or relationship. Please pray that the power of God would come upon our youth and interrupt their daily life with His majesty.
The women of our fellowship have added a women’s bible study Wednesdays at 7pm. Join Miah and a few other ladies as they study the Word together and pray for each other. Men’s group is Tuesday nights at 7.
Cold weather is here. The garage we’ve been rehabbing is getting heat next week. The cost for the installation and heater will be $2300. Would you pray about giving to offset the cost? Here’s why I think this space is important:
I firmly believe that nothing of eternal value happens without prayer. There’s a lot of ‘good things’ we could be doing, but without the power of the Holy Spirit leading and validating our steps and interactions, lives will remain unchanged. The primary purpose of this space will be a place of prayer and worship for the community: a connection place with God. We will set aside weekly and daily times to engage with God here. We are asking for a move of God in North Minneapolis, and I believe revival doesn’t happen by accident. I have come to believe that revival happens through fervent and committed prayers of faith, coupled with consistent and loving preaching of His Word. I want to be found faithful in the place of prayer, and I’d like you to join me either by giving or showing up to pray and sow spiritual seed in North Minneapolis.
In addition to our times of prayer, the larger space will allow us to accomodate larger youth programming, house church expansion, worship and arts ministries (dance, ect), and larger teaching and outreach times. Would you seek the Lord if this is something you should be giving towards?
Miah is in the final 5 weeks of her schooling. Please pray for perseverance and encouragement! Hannah is swimming like a boss and has joined a new team. Please pray for confidence and a strong witness as she makes new friends. Guine is trying out dance and doing very well at school. Please pray that the Gospel will shine through her as she dances and studies. Sam is a good buddy to many of the boys in the neighborhood, and I’ve found him praying on occasion with others for simple things like success at a game or fun times. He makes me smile. Will you be praying for Sam, Guine and Hannah that they grow in wisdom and knowledge of God through the Bible? I’d love to see all my kids actively making disciples in their sphere of influence.