Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1st

Halloooo! Glad you stopped by!

First, many thanks for your prayers for me as I preached at Memorial C.C. a few weeks ago- we had a great time together unpacking God's Word!

This past week, C3 had our first "Family Sunday," and it was a blast! Our kiddos stayed with us the whole time as we sang, read a great story (thanks Kerri!) partnered up for a group activity and looked at why Isaiah called Jesus "Wonderful Counselor." It was a treat to see what can happen when we are together all morning as a multi-generational community. Our next Family Sunday will be the on December 27th- Please join us in praying about it!

One of our other big praises this past month was the completion of another fence project. This one was for a single mom who has two younger children. Her home backs up to a "greenbelt," which is essentially a long, open strip of undeveloped land that often facilitates utilities or drainage for a neighborhood. Although the majority of her far back fence was missing, there were new posts already set. This made it possible for us to finish the entire fencing repair in a just a couple of hours.

Jobs like this aren't complicated, but they are labor-intensive and can seem overwhelming if you are facing them by yourself. There are many people in our communities that feel like they don't have anyone to turn to for help. As His people, we all have amazing opportunities to show the love of Christ in practical ways. I hope you will pray with us for new openings to serve the world!

Finally, please pray for our friend, Kim P. She is in the hospital as the doctors try to deal with excessive fluid around her heart. These terrific doctors need the wisdom of the Great Physician.

In Him we live,


Sunday, November 1, 2009

From Brenda - please pray:

1. is our HS Choir director, was in the hospital for sever chest pains...we have a major concert on Friday...Mr. D.

2. A board member/choir dad, Joe S. fell down a flight of stairs in Austin, he had to have surgery to releave pressure on his brain...could be perminant damage.

3. My co-worker Maira...went in for a follow up appt for possible breast cancer.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 27

Hey gang

This week I've been preaching a revival in the evenings at Memorial Christian Church here in Houston. Tomorrow is the final night of the revival and I have a favor to ask of you: will you join me in praying for tomorrow night's gathering? I really want to get out of the way and let God speak. Please pray for everyone who will be there, that they will have ears to hear what He has to say to them.

I'm so grateful for your partnership in prayer!

In Him we live,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 20

Things are scooting right along at C3, and I'm grateful you've stopped in to pray with us!

First, I want to follow up the last post with an update on our children's ministry, Kids Crossing: As I mentioned last time, we've had to expand things to handle the influx of kiddos over the last few months (this is a great problem to have!) and I asked you to pray about our volunteer situation. I'm happy to report that our ministry director, Kerri, just finished a new schedule that successfully places volunteers in all the most needed positions! Prayer is still needed for a few more volunteers to get us to the ideal number of workers each week, but we no longer have "holes" in the area of lead teachers each week.

I'm also excited to let you know that two new families, the Queen's and the Potter's, have recently joined C3. It's awesome to have them on this journey, and I suppose the greatest praise for me is that they felt so welcome. I hope you'll join us in praying that Convergence continues to be a group that feels like family and a place that feels like home to people that are searching.

Another one of our friends who recently came to C3 is Randy. He has asked us to pray for a single mom named Sherry, as well as for her kids. God is big enough to know what they need without any details here- please join us in praying for them.

Finally, I always appreciate your prayers for myself and the other leaders at Convergence as we strive to make decisions and live in a way that consistently honors Christ. On a personal note, I will be preaching four nights across town next week at Memorial Christian Church starting on Sunday evening the 25th through Wednesday evening the 28th, and I would be grateful if you would pray for those gatherings!

Thank you for partnering with us in prayer!

In Him we live,


Monday, September 28, 2009

September 28

Hey there!

September has been a great month for Convergence!

In my last update, I mentioned that we opened up an area for little ones and had a "test drive." Since that time, we've had to expand Kids Crossing to include an area for younger kiddos each week. Right now we would be delighted if you would pray about volunteers- it's a great problem when you have as many kids as adults, but we still need to make sure we have enough workers!

Overall, C3 has seen steady growth for the months of August and September, which is a terrific praise. I am always hesitant to publish numbers, but I will say that we now have on average about 15 more people coming each Sunday than we had from March-July. If you want a more specific update, please feel free to email me: jeffh@loveliveserve.org

The combination of this growth has also required us to purchase additional equipment, which means that we finally needed a trailer! The fact that we were able to get along so well without one for this long is a testimony to the dedication of our core team, who faithfully stored and transported stuff each week for months- those guys are awesome!

Finally, Prayer Partners: Thank you for your faithful partnership with C3! Nothing that has happened in the life of Convergence Christian Church has happened without prayer. Your support has been amazing, and beyond value!

In Him We Live,


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Aug. 16th

Thanks for praying for Convergence!

In my last update, I asked everyone to pray for our event called "Flight Night," and it was an amazing evening! We actually had over 40 people show up to throw Frisbees (and an Aerobie that went a LONG way!), footballs, boomerangs and several gliders while others launched air-powered rockets and took turns flying kites and an r.c. helicopter. We had a picnic together, and then had the Diet Coke/ Mentos extravaganza, which was probably the all-around favorite part of the event. The weather was gorgeous, and people hung out until dark. Much fun!

I also wanted to let everyone know that Chris Woods' uncle Ed lost his battle a few weeks ago. Please keep on praying for the whole family as they grieve their loss. Your prayers matter!

Finally, I wanted to share a little about our August 9th worship gathering. It was a pretty exciting day for us because we needed to open an area for toddlers. The kiddos were visiting from a bit of a distance (don't worry- they didn't come by themselves), so we knew it would only be last week, but it gave us a great opportunity to "test drive" what that ministry will look like when we need to offer it on a regular basis- good stuff.
In all, we had 13 first time visitors on the 9th, which was also a great adventure! Pleas keep on lifting us up to the Father- He is doing some really great things at C3 and I'm stoked to be a part of it!

In Him We Live,


Friday, July 17, 2009

July 17th

Hi there!

I hope your week has gone well! We've been keeping busy and getting ready for our first annual "Flight Night" coming up this Sunday, July 19th. Everyone is invited to join us in the open field located at the corner of Lariat Canyon and Fry Rd. in Katy, starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Bring a picnic supper, some friends, and anything that flies. We'll hang out together, play a bit, and celebrate our "launch" as a new church! I really hope you'll join us!

While we are looking forward to sharing a fun night together, the C3 family also continues to pray for Chris Woods' uncle Ed and his family. He is coming to the end of a long fight with cancer and is currently home with hospice care. Please join us in praying for God's love, peace and Truth to saturate their lives, and for Jason and Chris as they reach out as His hands and feet.

I'd also ask that you join us in praying for peace and comfort for our good friend J.D. Cox and his family as they mourn the passing of his father. We love you guys.

Thanks so much for partnering with us in prayer. Life is hard, but God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

In Him,


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

July 8th

Hallooo Prayer Partners!

It's been almost three months since C3 held our "official launch," and every week is still an adventure! There have definitely been challenges. But there have also been amazing moments that reveal lives changing. I have to confess: I'm more than a little biased toward the really great moments, and have seen a few challenges that I'd like to forget. But I won't forget them- and I shouldn't.

Because God is working in both.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." -Romans 8:28

We aren't promised that every moment spent after we become Christ followers will be happy and painless. But we are promised that in every one of those moments, our amazing Creator and Redeemer God is working, with our ultimate good in mind.

Like I said, every week is an adventure!

This week, I'd like to ask you to join us in praying for a community-building event that we call "Flight Night." Everyone is invited to join us in the field down the street from the Graham's home (email me at jeffh@loveliveserve.org for directions) on Sunday night, July 19th- time will be arranged this week. Bring a picnic for you and any guests that will be joining you, and bring anything that flies! Kites, balls, Frisbees, boomerangs, R.C. planes and helicopters- you name it! We're gathering just to hang out and spend time together. Oh, and we're going to do some very cool flight-related things with Diet Coke and Mentos, too.

Please also join us in praying for our overpass ministry. I got to meet a new gentlemen this last week, and am hoping for the opportunity to build a relationship with him- I would really appreciate you focusing some prayer time on this!

Finally, one of our close friends and C3 family member and trustee, Charlie Patchett, lost his father this week. While we are celebrating that he went home to be with his Savior, we are mourning the loss and separation that Charlie, Connie, and the whole family face. Please join us in praying for peace and comfort for the Patchett family.

In Him We Live,


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June 30th


I'm sorry for such a gap in updates. I made some changes to my weekly schedule a little over a month ago that have overall been very positive, but the process has left me needing to resolve a few areas- one of which is a regular time for posting on this blog. Thank you for hanging in there with us!

Several great things have happened in the last month, so I'd like to take this opportunity to catch you up:
  • Organization of our refreshment ministry has recently been assumed by Teeya Huf. This is a bigger step for us than it might seem on the surface, because the refreshment ministry was the last of our initial launch ministries still being cared for by interim leadership.
  • Kids Crossing continues to be the surprise story of C3. To respond to the growing challenges of having 1/3 or higher of our attendance made up of kids each week, the leadership has brought Kerri Graham on part time as the director of our Children's ministry. She brings over a decade of teaching experience and will develop curriculum, train volunteers, and just love on the kids! We were excited to be able to send nine of our kiddos along with Kerri and her husband Joe to camp a few weeks ago, and they all had a blast!
  • Our website is VERY close to being complete, pending some text I am currently working on and some animation refinements that Dorothea is finishing. I will let you know as soon as the site is up and running!
This week, please join us in praying for opportunities to build real relationships with the folks that are coming to visit us each week, and for the chance to help them connect to our incredible God! Also, please pray with us for some resolution to the issue of climate control in the school we are renting. The school district is working diligently to get the right zones cooled off for us on Sunday's, but with a big building and changing weather, this has become an ongoing challenge.

Thank you so much for partnering with C3 in prayer! We are grateful for you!

In Him We Live,


Monday, May 18, 2009

May 18th

Hi there!

Friend and C3-er Susie just called me to ask us all to pray for her mother-in-law, who will be going into the hospital on Tuesday morning (5/19) for exploratory surgery. 

Please pray that God will guide the doctors to find the answers they are seeking, for her healing, and for peace and comfort for Rick and Susie and the whole family.

Thank you so much.

In Him We Live,


Thursday, April 30, 2009

April 30th

Prayer Partners,

I just received an email from Chris, who is a part of the C3 family. Her uncle Ed has been battling cancer for quite some time, and she just informed me that his one kidney has failed, requiring dialysis. 

Please join me in praying for comfort, peace and healing for Ed (as well as comfort an peace for Chris and the rest of his family). We must never be afraid to "approach the throne of Grace with confidence," like Hebrews 4 tells us. 

Thank you for praying!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April 28th

Susie is a part of the C3 fam here in Houston. Her nephew lives several states away, and is really facing some hard stuff. 

Would you please join me in praying that our amazing God would bring healing and comfort to this young man in a tangible way? 

I hope you will also pray for C3 this week- for each visitor that has joined us, and for each person who plays a part in the church's leadership. 

Thank you so very much!

In Him We Live,


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April 21st

It's Tuesday morning as I sit down to write this little update. We've have had our first "post-launch" worship gathering, it's 66 degrees outside and my yard is finally mowed again. 

But before I fill you in on what has been happening recently, I want to say thank you. Thank you for continuing to partner with us in prayer over the last ten months (or longer for some) as we have planned and prepared as best we could for this amazing adventure. God hears the prayers of His people, and I am confident that those prayers have deeply impacted every area of this new church start. 

Now that things are settling back into more of a "normal routine" (if there really is such a thing) I hope you will continue on with us. So often, church plants put so much into the launch that it makes that event seem like the climax of the adventure. But in reality, it is only the beginning; we need your partnership in prayer now as much as we ever have. You are an invaluable part of this church!
Now, on to the update:

This past Sunday was just amazing! I knew that at least one of our key volunteers would be out of town, and I had no idea if any of our first time visitors might return. But as odd as this might sound, I just wasn't concerned about it. Don't misunderstand me- I truly want people to feel welcomed at C3, and I hope that we become home to many folks who are still just exploring who Jesus is, as well as people who feel like they've "fallen through the cracks" in other churches. But I refuse to be consumed by the pursuit of some random attendance number. Just think about how much courage it takes each time someone walks into a building where a church meets for the first time (or the second). It is a privilege for us when anyone does this, and those people should be welcomed into a place that focuses on and celebrates the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We only have one "number" we need to focus on: One more. 

With that freedom in mind, I can honestly say that it was such a blessing to see several first time visitors return, and to again have close to 40 folks come together for worship. I hope you will pray this week for each of those visitors (several of which are kiddos), that they will continue to experience the love of Christ in a tangible way through C3, and will continue their journey toward a close, abiding connection with Him as Savior. 

I would also like to ask that you pray for a friend of ours from Grace Christian Church. Kathy Vogel is preparing for back surgery, which can be a really scary thing. Please pray for wisdom and guidance for the doctors, and for healing and comfort for Kathy. 

Don't forget- if you would like us to pray for you, you can send us a note in the comment section of this blog, or send me an email at: jeffh@loveliveserve.org.

In Him We Live,


p.s.- My fellow blogger and pastor Jason had a similiar experience this last week, and what he wrote about it is just awesome. If you'd like to check it out, click here

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Prayer partners,

Please join us in praying for a young lady named Jessica. She has just been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, in stage II.  Jessica loves horses, and her greatest hope is to be able to continue to ride during her chemo. 

Thank you so much for praying with us for her!

In Him We Live,


Monday, April 13, 2009

April 13th

Hey there- thanks for stopping in!

Well, it rained pretty hard on the Katy area Sunday morning, but that didn't stop over 40 people from coming to the official launch of Convergence Christian Church!  

I couldn't be more happy with all that happened yesterday!  The core group once again worked side by side to bring together all of our ministry areas in an incredible way, and helped everyone who walked in the door feel like a part of things. With the exception of one tiny little glitch that was corrected quickly, all of our "technical" stuff worked, and amazingly, I managed to keep my message brief!

But seriously, to whom do we credit with making all of this possible besides our great God? He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. 

I hope you will join us this week in thanking God for the way He's blessed C3, and ask him to continue to extend His Kingdom through us.

If you'd like us to pray with you about anything, please feel free to drop me a note!

In Him We Live,


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April 8th


Wow- it's been a busy week so far! Great things are happening with our "Overpass" ministry, which is now focusing on one particular gentleman. Please pray this week that he will be able to get replacement documents of his social security card and birth certificate, as well as a new Texas i.d. card. Please also pray with us for wisdom concerning the "next step" in his journey from homelessness to a life off the streets.  Please also pray for his journey with Christ, which is at a critical crossroads. 

Please also join us in praying for everything surrounding our worship gathering this coming Sunday. Not only is it Easter, but it's also the "official" launch of Convergence Christian Church! We couldn't be much more excited about the opportunity to be a part of C3's birth! 

There are many details that people are continuing to work on to prepare for this week's new start, but the big picture is clear to us: glorify the risen Christ and proclaim the Good News of His life, death, and resurrection! What an amazing privilege it is to be able to share the greatest gift the world will ever be given! 

Thank you so much for continuing to journey with us- your partnership in prayer is an amazing gift to which I simply can't ascribe a value!

In Him We Live,


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Tonight I'm posting just to ask you to pray for the Haas family. My family and I have known Bud and Judy for over ten years, and they are very dear to us. Their son Anthony and his wife Holly were made aware part way through their pregnancy that their unborn child had a condition that would keep her from fully developing. The precious baby, Carleigh, was stillborn at 3:49 Saturday morning. 

Please pray for our great God's peace, strength and comfort to wrap them up like a warm blanket and hold them tight as they grieve. 

Guys, no words are appropriate; we love you and grieve with you.


Friday, March 20, 2009

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1


Well, our first "practice" service is behind us. To be sure, there were a few "bugs" that we're working out this week, but overall, it was a blast!  Thank you so much for praying- we now have both liability insurance- and after trying things out this week- a regular "place" to meet! Please keep praying- it's the most powerful thing any of us can do!

Kathy has asked that we join together in praying for her friend Jason's church (Breakthrough) in Juneau, Alaska as they re-launch on Easter Sunday- exciting stuff!  (That's a day that should be easy for all of us to focus on!) 

And while we're talking about Easter Sunday, I hope you'll be praying for us that day as well because it will be the official launch date for C3! After completing our first Sunday in Memorial Parkway Jr. High, it was clear that the time is right. The facility is really well-suited for our needs, and our core group is ready to take this step. So, we are ordering signs and banners to let folks know where we are, and will be working over the next two weeks to put the finishing touches on all of our essential ministries. 

It's time for us to move on faith.

In Him We Live, 


Thursday, March 12, 2009

march 12th

Hi there, thanks for stopping by!

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind as we are preparing to take another big step as a church. 

Beginning this Sunday, C3 will hold 2 "practice" services in a public venue. This week's will be a "working Sunday." Here's what I mean: We will worship together as usual. Afterwards, the kids will go to have their regular teaching/communion time. The adults will share communion, and then I'll have a short devotional. Afterwards, we'll take a look at our new space, talk about the other ministry areas that we need to put in place, and pray over each area. 

I suppose it could be described as part worship service, part ministry fair (if that imagery helps).

We are really excited about this step, because we will soon be able to have an "official" grand opening! With that in mind, here are some things to pray about this week:
  • Meeting in a public location will necessitate us being much more "portable" than we have been so far. Please pray for this transition, and for wisdom as we purchase new equipment to help facilitate this change and learn how best to pack and transport everything. 
  • Please pray for the core group as we adjust to a new way of "doing church." This larger location will give us opportunities to begin new ministries, and more people places to serve. Please pray that everyone finds their "fit."
  • Please pray for people in our area who do not yet know the incredible love of Christ, or have a church home.  Pray that as we move ahead in the next few weeks, C3 will have opportunities to connect with these folks, begin to build lasting relationships, and share the grace and Truth of the gospel.
  • Finally, please pray for each leader at C3; that we will make godly decisions, that our lives will be pure before God, and that as we continue to grow as His disciples, we are able to encourage others to come with us.
Thank you so much for choosing to be a Convergence prayer partner! If we can pray for you in any way, please let us know- either here in the comments, or via email at: jeffh@loveliveserve.org .  

In Him We Live,


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thursday, Feb. 26th

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Matthew 7: 7-11

I believe that God answers prayer. Now, I don't believe the Scripture above promises that He will give us anything we want, anytime we want it. That wouldn't be giving gifts to His children; it would be spoiling them. 

I tend to think Jesus was saying, "we made you and we love you; why wouldn't we want to take care of you?" 

I hope you will join us as we lift these things to God this week:
  • We are looking for liability insurance for the church. This must be in place before we move into any public facility. An insurance broker is working hard for us, but some insurance companies have placed a moratorium on any new policies within the county that we would like to meet, which has slowed down the process. Please pray that C3 will find and secure affordable insurance so we can begin to meet publicly.
  • Pending the securing of insurance, we have placed a request with a local school district to rent a Jr. High. Please pray that this request meets with approval. 
  • All of our friends who are homeless need to find transitional housing, but one in particular is in immediate need of longer-term transitional housing. We're doing our best to help, but it is a very arduous process. Please join us in praying that he will be granted acceptance into one of the facilities that we are currently contacting. 
  • Several of our core group peeps are facing, or have made decisions that may affect them financially. Some are seeking wisdom concerning careers. Some are making changes and seeking to down-size in response to these coming changes.  I have seen them all face their decisions with faith, and I'm asking that you will pray for  strength as they continue to trust Him. 
Thank you so much for partnering with us in prayer! 

In Him We Live,


Friday, February 20, 2009

Back in October, I asked everyone to please join us in praying for Kyle, a teenager who is battling cancer.

Kyle has made some amazing progress in the last few months, including a successful surgery that removed one of his knees and a portion of his leg.

But Kyle still needs the healing power of our Great God, and I hope you'll again join us in praying for him as he faces another round of chemotherapy this week. 
  • Please pray that his blood levels return to normal after this round of chemo.
  • Please pray for peace and continued courage and faith- for both Kyle and his Mom, Cindy.\
  • Please pray for God to heal Kyle.
Again, thanks so much for being a C3 prayer partner! Talk to you soon!

In Him We Live,


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Feb. 17th


We'll begin this week with several prayer requests from our core group:

Joe and Kerri- Asking for prayer concerning the sale of an extra vehicle. They also ask for prayer for two of their kiddos in dealing with some testing concerns at school.

Judi- Asked us to pray for her father's (86 years of age) knee replacement surgery.

We are also praying for our friend Nathan, for a new job and for the next steps in his walk with Christ. 

Thank you so much for praying!

In Him We Live,


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jan. 27th

Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun is part of our core team at C3, and as we begin the week, please pray for recovery and healing for Shaun's step-Dad. He was experiencing some shortness of breath on Sunday, and yesterday he had an angiogram, and had a stent put in. 

Please also pray for one of the men that we have been able to get to know over the past month or so who is homeless. He did something today that took a lot of courage and trust- more than I can possibly explain. It is a reality that we can find complete forgiveness in Christ. It is also a reality that sometimes our decisions and actions have negative consequences that cannot be avoided. 

You know, sometimes helping someone do the right thing makes you weep. 

Blessed be the Name of the Lord,


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jan. 22

I am so grateful that God lets me do this. 

Seriously, I love what I do. I get to spend my life involved in some really awesome stuff.
-I get to meet and build relationships with lots of people. 
-I get to help build community with many of those peeps. 
-I get to play great worship music with some really talented musicians who are also my friends.
-I get to teach and share the Gospel with people in all kinds of situations- some are "normal", some are crazy; but they are all amazing.
-I get to use what God has given me to serve Him and His kids.
-I get to be a part of starting a brand new church. (This is so cool, I can't find the words.)
-I get to share this adventure with my incredible wife and daughters. (This is also way too cool for words.)
-I get to be the hands and feet of God to some of His creation. 
-I get to be His messenger by sharing His Word. (This puts the "awe" in awesome)
-I get to love God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) every single day, and cultivate an abiding connection with Him, that will carry on into eternity.

Do bad things ever happen? Well, sure they do. I suppose I could make a list of those things, too. But why? I mean, we don't exaclty need to be reminded of the bad stuff in our lives, do we?  It seems to me that it's the good stuff that can be so easily overlooked. 

And I guess that's my point: We get to choose what we focus on.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  
-Philippians 4:4-7

This Scripture doesn't say "pretend things are good," or "change your life by thinking happy thoughts." It is reminding us that God has given us the ability to choose joy- even in difficulty. That our Mighty God is ready to hear our requests, and take up our cause. That He can give us a peace that goes beyond any one's ability to comprehend, and that-even in difficulty-we can be thankful.

So what do you have to be thankful for? My life is in no way trouble-free. But those things I listed above really are amazing to me, and I get to be a part of them all the time! 

I'm not telling you that you have to make a list like mine. But an exercise like that sure can put things into perspective.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory 
that will be revealed in us.  -Romans 8:18

Thanks for praying for C3! Please join us this week in thanking our Great God for all He has done and is doing in His church! 

In Him We Live,


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Jan. 14th

This week it's actually cold here in Houston. It rarely drops below freezing here, so I know I have nothing to complain about! But I mention the temperature for another reason.

Recently, many of us at C3 have begun to get to know a couple of guys who are living on the streets near an I-10 overpass. Yesterday during lunch, I offered to get them to a place where they'd be out of the cold, but they were hesitant. Why? I'm not sure. Fear, skepticism, pride, doubt- these things don't disappear when you become homeless. When we finished with lunch, it was incredibly hard to say goodbye and drive away. We've tried to make sure they have warm clothes and sleeping bags. 

It was below 28 degrees last night here, and they were outside.  

We cannot make a decision for anyone else (Christ-followers should truly understand this), but we can certainly pray that God will softly speak to their hearts. 

Ironically, I was able to share the Gospel at length with them yesterday, and they were eager to talk (the conversation was driven by their questions, which was great). But the Good News of Jesus Christ goes beyond talking. When we say we love Him, it only makes sense that our words would be followed with action. 

Please pray that we are showing the Gospel every bit as loudly as we speak it. And please pray for our new friends.


In Him We Live,


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Jan. 7th

What a cool and crazy holiday season!

C3 had our first worship gathering "out of the house" on Christmas Eve. Although many of our core group were travelling etc., we still had a great turnout! The facility we rented was pretty ideal for our adults, but since it has only one room, we are still looking for a space that will give our children's ministry the space they need, too.  Please continue with us to pray that God will help us find the right place. We don't want to "lock in" to a long lease, or make a purchase too quickly, so we will be perfectly content to rent on a weekly basis right now. 

While I'm excited about Christmas Eve, our biggest news comes in the area of "Serve the world." 

In early December, I met a couple of great guys who were living under one of the overpasses at an I-10 intersection. From this meeting, some of our core group have begun what we are (for the time being) calling "the overpass ministry." 

I know, creative. 

Anyway,  the name isn't the important part. What is important, are the ways we are getting to know some great folks who don't have a place to live, or sometimes anything to eat. This is not "charity" work, or a handout. This is the Kingdom of God. When we serve someone that might be regarded by some as "the least of these," we are serving Christ Himself. Please join us in praying that our great God will lead us where He wants us to go with this opportunity.

Thanks so much for praying!

In Him We Live,