Getting ready for a missions meeting of sorts. We are partnering with San Miguel Community Church to do a community wide Youth Olympics for kids in K-6th grades. We will also do this in conjunction with a church from Houston Texas who will send a team of 25 young people here to help us with this event. It’s really cool to be able to partner with other churches in and near the community as well as churches all over country. We really need to have a team mentality when trying to reach this huge community. So, this is one event where a couple of churches will reach out to the community together to show we are ONE CHURCH. Today’s meeting will be full of planning, laughing, pizza, and excitement as we figure out how best to get the word out and get some kids fired up to participate.
It’s been a great week. We had Sagemont Church from Houston Texas in town for the week helping us with missions work in the Chula Vista community. This is a college group of 22 people that gave up a week of their vacation to make a difference in our community. They are such a great group…what a blessing to have them out here. All their hard work in the community paid off. On Sunday we had our largest attendance since we’ve moved to the theater. It’s exciting seeing what God is doing in such a young church.
Sagemont helped us survey our community and continue to get the heartbeat and pulse of Otay Ranch. Questions that were asked on the survey included: 1. Do you go to church (if yes, we said thank you and moved on). 2. If not, why not. 3. What would a church need to pique your interest to go? 4. Any suggestions for a brand new church starting in your community? After they completed the survey we asked if there was anything we could help them with, i.e., yardwork, etc. We are compiling the information and looking forward to seeing the results so we can better serve the people God has placed in our lives.
Now, I just drove up to Saddleback Church with Koby Orr (our worship leader at Seven SD). We’re at the Purpose Driven Network conference in Lake Forest, CA. It’s great visiting with friends and meeting with National Leaders, learning and growing. I am a learner (according to “Now Discover Your Strengths”..Marcus Buckingham) so an environment like this really fires me up. Just heard a great comment, “the mind can only absorb as much as the seat can endure.” my seat is a hurtin’ man but mind is absorbin’….been here about 10 hours now…lots going on…all good.
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The Trunk R’ Treat went awesome! We were pleasantly surprised with the turnout. I think there was about 300 or so, my wife thinks more like 200 or so but I like the evange-lastic- number better. Still, by just doing door hangers in the area and having a crazy lady on the street corner all lighted up (my mom) waving people into the park it was a very electric atmosphere. Numerous people thanked us for doing this for the community. It’s just another one of those community grass roots events that lays the foundation for more events in the future. We may only get a few people from this event to come check us out on a preview Sunday but this event along with the many we have planned to do in the future, and the ones we’ve done in the past start to add up and people start to pay attention to this church that is always doing something relevant in the community.
It was a steady flow of people from 6pm to 9pm. Lots of kids playing in the park, grabbing hot dogs and rummaging through the several trunks lined up full of candy and glow sticks and glow/bouncy eye balls! We actually ran out of candy and hot dogs at one point and had to make a quick run to the store to pick up more which was promptly devoured by more people showing up later in the night.
We also got help from a couple from HDC that had just moved to Otay Ranch two weeks ago! By chance (divine appointment really) we handed them a door hanger in the park a week before the event. They looked at it and said, “Seven!” We’re from HDC, we just moved here two weeks(because of a job transfer) ago and heard you guys were here somewhere but didn’t know where!” It was so cool to see them come to the Trunk R’ Treat and help out!
What is it like to leave comfort, to leave the knowable, the familiar, the routine perhaps? Welcome to my life. It seems I worked so hard to get to a point where my head is above water. I know the schedule, the routine, the process, what it takes to do what I need to do week in and week out to produce the best life possible for my wife and kids. Well, we made it. Things became comfortable, knowable, routine, good. Then BAM! God shook all that up. I distnictly recall the “aha” moments when I sensed God doing something in my heart to rock my comfortable world. There wasn’t just one “aha” moment, there have been several. Honestly, that’s what it took for me to get shaken out of this comfy life I spent so many years working toward. Several moments of God’s presence, God’s clarity, and His Word guiding me, showing me the uncomfortable path He has in mind for me. I’m not against comfort, heck I’ve spent most of my life trying to attain it. My problem with my own comfort is that it’s not what God has called me to. He showed me, that for me, comfort was a rut. In a rut, there’s a level of comfort to it. It’s familar, it’s routine, it’s knowable and again, for me, that rut might get deeper and deeper and I just might lose my sense of mission. God has placed a clear call on my life to reach people who do not know Jesus….period. Reaching people for Jesus is often UNcomfortable. It means stretching, growing, always changing to reach one more person. That means I can NEVER get comfortable if I am to fulfill my call. So, we’re downsizing, selling almost everything, moving, pulling up roots, heading out, going south (geographically, not mentally hopefully), getting totally UNcomfortable in order to reach more people…God has made it clear in order to reach more we must leave our comfort, leave the knowable, the familiar, and the routine to follow the God who is knowable, familiar, but certainly not routine.