These past weeks have been full of excitement as the vision moves forward step by step. Isaac, Lynne, and Devin spent about 10 days here prayer walking and engaging people. As we are still in a phase zero, it is an incredible gift to have people come and labor in prayer as we cultivate God’s presence in this neighborhood. The more people we have out and about, the more people we get to meet.
CHURCH PLANT BEGINS. We continue to partner with Richard Hultmar and the EFK denomination of Sweden. Thankful to have incredible national partners to learn from and work together for a city reaching church planting vision. Last Sunday, the church elders sent Caroline Hultmar and myself officially launching our church plant in Tensta.
Team is still in formation. Praying that another local church sends out Kirsi and Besam to join us full time in the work this summer. Thankful for a multi-cultural team forming. This past month in our different gatherings, we have had a Somalian man seeking Jesus, a Bengali man who just moved here, an orthodox woman and daughter from Syria, and conversations with a Kurdish teenager. Looking forward to seeing how God can use this work to reach the nations!
HOUSING UPDATE. It has been an incredible blessing to have lived with Angelique this past year. I have gotten to learn about the Burundi people and of course their food! As the work moves forward, there has been the prayer for God to open a new place to rent so that Caroline and I would get to live together and create space for a new church and ministry. The Lord has answered beyond measure! On May 31st, I will sign papers closing on an apartment. Yes, you read correctly, that I will actually get to own. This 4 bedroom apartment has incredible space for teams, interns and community building. I am blessed beyond measure in how God moved many mountains to make it happen. If you want the full story, just call as it is amazing. It also means there is room for you to come and visit and stay with us!!! Join us in prayer walking and engaging the nations for Christ’s glory!
COMING UP…Besides moving in two weeks, I am wrapping up the teaching job. Excited to have gotten through a first year teaching of lesson plans, learning the Swedish system as well as grading papers. Certainly looking forward to a summer of full time ministry! I have a few interns that will be with us from June 11th-August 4th and then a team from Riverbend coming at the beginning of August. I am very excited for the workers God is providing to help us labor.
Thank you for your constant support and prayers in making this work possible! May God bless you and your families!
Over the past month, we got to have about a dozen people come through Stockholm. The team from Kent, Ohio were here (to the left) are all looking for God to open a way for them the move to Stockholm. Working with our national partners, we are desiring to see 10 new church plants formed around Stockholm. It is exciting to see how we get to part of it! Please join us in praying for work visas that would provide them legal status to move here.
Mateo, who was here last year, came back with some other guys to explore what is happening among the unreached. They got to participate with local workers engaging different cultures and exploring the possibilities of what it would be like to work here.
I also got a visit from some Riverbenders. In 2008, the elders had agreed to a partnership with Richard Hultmar and the Evangelical Free Church here in Sweden. It is exciting that the friendships have deepened and we continue to work together to see all nations, all peoples have the opportunity to know the love God has for them.
In light of recent of events, we appreciate your prayers from our recent attack and threat. Thankful it was contained quickly and suspects have been caught. Praying for hearts to turn toward the need of a Living Hope that is only found in Jesus.
Very excited in how God continues to put the pieces together. Meet Besam, Kirsi and Esther who was working really hard to give us a face. In looking to serve the nations, it has been prayer that God would bring teammates from other backgrounds. Originally from Egypt and Finland, these two met serving the Lord in Northern Africa. We are like-minded in vision and method and have started to live life together as to build a community where new churches can start.
Please pray for them as a family. Kirsi works as a nurse in our community as well as researching what the health needs and concerns of for those coming from other lands. Pray for Besam who travels to other cities Training believers. He is also longing to take classes from a place like CIU. Please pray that God would provide financially for him to continue to be equipped. Pray for us as we become better friends and co-laborers of the gospel.
I am standing here waiting for the subway after gathering with a group that wants to learn how to step out in faith and see Kingdom. What is on my mind is you. I believe I am more in love with Jesus than I ever have been. And I am incredibly thankful to get to serve Him with my days. The reality is you make that happen. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He shine His face upon you and your families this coming year. May you have increased joy, hope, love and faith throughout these months.