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“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down…”
(italicized portions are excerpts from the Sermon on the Mount, Matt: 5,6,7)
A group of friends and I are taking the next few months and heavily dedicating ourselves to studying the Sermon on the Mount and in doing so I have had the luxury of being completely immersed in the teaching of Jesus day in and day out.It seems that so often we get caught in the lie that we need to “have everything together” and that we need to “know all the answers”.The cool part about being in the teachings of Jesus is that his simplicity completely exposes that lie, he is the teacher, he knows all. We learn from him.It is simple, and we continually try to over complicate it.I can honestly say that for the past couple of months we, as the ministry of Mission House, have been caught in the rut of needing to know all of the answers and needing to have all of the details completely figured out.The peace about Jesus that separates him from all other gods is that we just simply have to have enough faith to trust and he then will faithfully guide us.
Blessed are the gentle and the broken… Let the light inside of you shine before men… Love everyone… Don’t worry.
Jesus made it easy. We make it hard.I am excited for this new season when we can sit back and expect Jesus to show up big through us simply because we are going big for him and not because of some extravagant program.Mission House is in a great place right now. I cannot wait to see what happens.Thank you so much for being a part of this adventure with us.
Now, for some business, I need your support financially.Mission House has a new opportunity that will make it easier to jump on board and do ministry financially with us. Starting this month with the cooperation of a very supportive bank automatic check withdrawal will be provided using ACH debiting. This relieves the hassle of check writing!To be a part of our monthly withdrawals using ACH debiting, click here.You can continue to provide assistance the traditional way by sending your financial support to Mission House, PO Box 172365, Kansas City, KS, 66117.
Join me in prayer…
1. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)
In the short time we have been in the neighborhood, we have not only fallen victim to but have witnessed first-hand the strain that racial barriers have on a productive society.Our neighborhood is extremely diverse which in turn creates hostility and misunderstanding.
Pray for peace in our neighborhood.
2. I will pour out my spirit on your offspring. (Isaiah 44:3)
One of the greatest joys of ministry is the fact that we get to build relationships with new people because God built a relationship with us through Jesus.The best part about building new relationships is that God shows up through us in the lives of others.
Pray for strong relationships.
3. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. (Matthew 9:37)
The key component of Mission House each year is a good group of interns committed to surrendering to the direction of Jesus Christ and allowing their hearts to be broken for the people and circumstances of our community.
Pray for our core interns.
4. Do not be anxious about anything. (Philippians 4:6)
It has become easy to get overwhelmed with the details and pressures of starting a new ministry.Jesus directs us to trust the plan and lay our burdens on Him.
Pray for the ability to trust.
5.Give and it will be given to you. (Luke 6:38)
As we establish Mission House and begin to bless and be a part of our new neighborhood, we are dependent on outside individuals, churches, and organizations to bless us with financial stability.I am quickly realizing that ministry is a collaboration of resources, which is exciting because we get to be a part of God’s work together.
Pray for financial stability.
6.Let my words be few (Ecclesiastes 5:2)
As we begin to unfold and unpack more of the vision that God has for Mission House let us not over think and overreact to His calling.Help us stay true to God’s plan and be open to his direction, even if it changes our vision.