Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Pipeline

Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the LORD. Isaiah 11:9

The next international mission is just around the corner. Our 19 member team will be traveling to Thessaloniki, Greece, and then on to Bulgaria. In Bulgaria we will be working with a large community of Gypsies. Both of these missions are long-term commitments.

In June, another 10 person mission team will be going to Bolivia. For six years Janet has been leading teams to spiritually plow and plant in some extremely hard soil. Now, God is breaking everything loose, and all the sweat, tears, and sacrifice is paying off handsomely! This mission has come to a turning point, and there will be a lot to report when they return.

Going international is not our only mission at Christ Community. A group of us huddle every Sunday morning to learn how to help people find their way back to God. Our Monday night twenty-something-years-old group is bursting at the seams. A steady stream of young adults (that Sandy and I had never previously met) have started attending consistently. Ours is the most diverse gathering we have ever been a part of -- word-of-mouth has been the only promotion. The hunger for community, transparency, and intimacy brings us together, and most who attend have no church affiliation. We love them -- they love us. It is a safe environment. We believe that what is happening is a genuine God thing!

Tuesday night is the study with the Chinese. In the present group there are several married couples. It is likely that they will stay in the United States, and many of them are involved in a fledgling, Chinese church start! Come August, four new students from the Big Country will join us on Tuesday nights.

In September, Robert G. and I will be traveling to China. We will zig-zag all over the country making significant contacts for future Kingdom work. Some of our former students are already involved in house-churches there. We will be their guests -- and -- guest speakers!

God has provided a pipeline from East to West!

1 comment:

  1. Bill,

    Miss talking to you, brother. Glad to see God's keeping the pipeline filled with amazing, adventurous missions that will glorify himself and keep his servant in the saddle! I'm headed to Panama in a few weeks, but for business. Maybe our paths will cross one day soon.