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!