The Bible tells us to pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances. So here's a chance to do that with us this week!
1. Jesus is risen and that changes everything! Thank God for His goodness.
2. We have found an apartment and should finalize on it today! Planning to move the weekend of April 20-22! Thank God for a place!
3. The place we are moving has 90 buildings with over 800 units. There is a good mix of college students and young families, which is exactly who we are hoping to connect with. Pray for immediate connections.
4. We are incorporated! City.Campus.Church is up and running! But our business isn't about profit, income, expenses, etc. It's about reaching people in Columbus with the transforming hope of Jesus. Pray for boldness.
5. Chaia made her first zoo trip this past week to Columbus! (Pictures to come this week!) Chaia also made it to her first Easter. You want to talk about hopeless things coming to life? Her story is a mini-Easter. And she is still here because so many have prayed. (Her next echo is Wednesday!) Pray for healing...gradual or instant, but nonetheless complete.
6. Shaina is taking me on a hot date on Thursday! She hasn't informed me where, but it's gonna be hot! haha...pray for our marriage to strengthen in the midst of a hard road.
7 Our support raising is approaching the home stretch. We are shooting for another 10-12 monthly financial partners. Thank God for so many investing in the Kingdom in Columbus, Ecuador and perhaps in the future at some of the other largest campuses in the country!
8. Got to spend some time with family yesterday. It was my (Ben's) family. They are weird, so we fit right in! After doing Thanksgiving and Christmas in the hospital, it was nice to do something 'normal'.
9. Plans are in motion for me to spend a week in Ecuador in August with Compassion International and a church planting project that will allow more kids to be sponsored. This is a prototype model being attempted this year in Ecuador. If it is successful, we will branch out to Mexico and Bolivia in 2013 and then somewhere you wouldn't believe if I told you in 2014. Praise God that the kingdom is advancing through new church plants and at-risk children all over the world are being given a hand-up to change their world and hopefully help in changing the world.
10. Praise God that the same power that resurrected Christ from the dead is available to us who believe. This is amazingly good news!