Monday, April 30, 2012

Opening Doors in the Setting of Beautiful Mountains

Drew and I have been in Colorado for the last couple of days sharing about our call to work with GYFM.  It's been a really great trip and we have enjoyed reconnecting with so many friends.  We lived here during our first two years of marriage, and worked with the youth at Village Seven Church.  We have taken some time during this trip to drive around to both of our old apartments as well as some other favorite spots around the city, and it's been so neat to have a ton of memories flood back.  We were able to sit with friends over coffee and laugh about the old times, and cry about the hard things that have happened in the last five years of life.  Relationships are an amazing gift from the Lord.  Colorado is so beautiful, and this trip has reminded us again of God's goodness as we look at the amazing mountains outside.

Our goodbye party in 2007 with the youth from Village Seven!

Drew and I on top of Mount Belford in 2007.  It was important for us to climb a fourteener before we left Colorado for good!

One of the views of Pikes Peak that we had this weekend.
On Friday night we had a gathering of about 20 people over for a dessert at our friend Joe and Gwen's house.  We both felt so loved by the response we received from them about our ministry with GYFM, and it was so great to see so many familiar faces.  Yesterday at church we saw the Lord open doors and bring people in our path who we had known years ago, as well as new people who were immediately excited about our ministry.  We put a lot of work and time in setting up meetings for these trips, but I am so grateful when I see how the Lord opens up doors for conversations that I never saw coming.  We are grateful for all of the connections we have made here, and for those who are praying for us and committed to supporting us financially.

So thankful for everyone who came!
We are praying that the Lord establishes a great foundation of supporters here in the Springs so that we can continue to come back and deepen the relationships with our friends here for years and years to come!


Friday, April 6, 2012

Celebrating Christ

The Promised Redeemer Has Come

Colossians 1:15-20

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross."

I have been spending a lot of time in Colossians lately and I really love these verses.  Christ is preeminent and before all things!  Christ's death and resurrection, which we celebrate this weekend, is what gives us hope and was the event that forever changed the world.  The peace we have because of the cross is our only hope, and we wait in anticipation for his second return when he will reconcile all things to himself for the rest of eternity!  Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again!


Photo taken by our friend Wes while we were on the island of Mull in Scotland

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Transformation, What a Great Word!

My small group of Jr. High girls at an Area Retreat in Mexico
A few weeks ago I went to a Young Life Banquet and was reminded again how much I love youth ministry!  During the program about 15 high school students ran out from the back wearing neon colored t-shirts with expressions of love for young life.  They were all holding pieces of cardboard and proceeded to, one by one, come up on stage and display words expressing what their lives were like before Christ, and then turning over the cardboard the other side expressed what their life is like now that they know Jesus.  It was moving!  Later on the speaker made the comment that a young life leader doesn't just see a 12, 14, or 17 year old in the crowd at a young life meeting, but rather a changed marriage and a changed family.

Being at this banquet and seeing all these things reminded me of the word "transformation."  It's a word I love, and I think it does a great job of describing the gospel.  The students displayed with their signs how the gospel has transformed them.  The speakers word echoed the word transformation.  Students lives are forever changed when they see, experience, and receive Christ.

The word transformation is the whole reason we felt called to jon GYFM.  Reaching young people with the gospel is truly transformational ministry.  Not only is a person changed, but a whole generation is changed.  Scripture is clear that when we become believers that we are changed, transformed.

Colossians 1:13, "He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold the  new has come."

God's word calls us to share the good news of his love with the next generation.

Psalm 145:4, "One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts."

Look for ways to share the love of God with the next generation and watch transformation happen!