We are finally in our location where we feel God has been preparing us and calling us to plant a church. Keeva is doing a certification class this weekend to begin teaching at La James where she will teach part-time, and also continue to work part-time as a hairstylist at Ulta. I did my first shift tonight at Mars Cafe, my new coffee shop job and our inevitable home away from home. It's a super cool place and I'm pumped to pour into it as both a barista and regular hanging out with the other regulars. Bonus, it's about 10 blocks from our house, so I can quickly ride my bike to work, though I may need to invest in some different tires for the snow....
Thanks to Keeva's oldest brother Berrik and and our friends Britni and Brandon Holloway, who helped us pack up in Omaha and move into our new place in Des Moines, we are happily chilling in an old duplex from the 1920's with a large living room and connected open dining room. We are looking forward to that place facilitating small group Bible studies, with its good central location and plenty of open communal room to hang out in.
Continue to pray for us as we meet people and connect in with other ministries and pastors in the city. We haven't yet had a chance to visit any churches to attend for the time being, but will asap. Also pray for us as we go to New Orleans this coming weekend to visit coffee shop friends and our home (at least what we consider our home, Vintage) church friends. Primarily we are going for me to preach a retreat for the youth of the Chinese church, which I, along with others, have done pulpit supply for quite some time. The retreat will be Saturday evening - Monday morning, and we will be walking through the concept of Gospel Fluency, which has been a huge influence on Keeva and I over the last year from our time in Omaha at Coram Deo. All things in life need to be dealt with as an issue of unbelief first, and practical steps secondly. We don't get over an issue of lust, for instance, by mere will power, but first through understanding properly who God is and our relationship to him and others, and then practical steps to break the bad habits secondly. So the idea of Gospel Fluency is that the Gospel is our starting point for overcoming any sin and struggle.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” - Romans 1:16-17