Prayer & Praise

After having the opportunity to live here for the last year and some months, I am learning more about how climate effects a culture. It can be below freezing, but if the sun is shining you are compelled to be outside! To walk to school while the sun is shining is a sweet gift I appreciate as our daylight get shorter!

Just wanting to PRAISE God for His constant provision. In the last 7 days, there have been donations just over $2500 towards this ministry!!!  Yes the need is close to $20,000…but what a start!!! I praise God for the generosity of you all in making this opportunity to serve full-time seeing the Kingdom advance! THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THE JOURNEY!!!

Another PRAISE – A friend emailed me sharing that as she was praying one morning for me and Sweden, she saw Sweden as a lighthouse to Europe. I was greatly encouraged. I had this picture of the map of the world and a lighthouse drawn over Sweden as it is a long country…and where does the light come from??? The top…where I live! I do believe that Sweden is a strategic country in finishing the Great Commission!!!

And a quick prayer request! This weekend I will travel to the south of Sweden and participate in a church planting conference called Pioneer 14. There will be different denominations represented as well as workers using different models, but we are working towards seeing God be known in Sweden.

Traveling South

imageYesterday I arrived in Skövde, a city in the south of Sweden between Stockholm and Gothenburg.  The Rwamamara’s are a family that we became close with in Luleå these past four years as we labored together and sought to see others come to know Jesus. A year ago they relocated south for work…or really because God had other plans in mind. I am here with two elders from Riverbend, Jason and Mike, and will be joined by a couple from Germany, the Goerings who were the family I stayed with earlier this year, tonight. This weekend we will be discussing the plans of church planting here and what it could look like. It is excited to explore how God would move us forward and learn how to impact this city for the glory of God. This morning we got to explore an old church and the ruins of an old monastery built in the 1100s. Hearing more of the christian history of this country creates a deeper curiosity to learn as well as discover how the gospel can be sown and a new generation of faith can be realized.

But that’s not all!  Monday after I leave Mike and Jason in Stockholm I will get to travel to a couple of more places (Uppsala, Stockholm, Gothenburg) getting to reconnect with some that have moved from Luleå. We will have time to catch up and see how God is at work in and through them in their new seasons. I will also get to connect with others that have been church planting in Sweden. Some just a few years while others for over 20! I am excited to learn and get insights from their experiences!!!

Please pray as I travel that the visits would be fruitful, I would be an encouragement to those I get to meet and that I would be able to learn as much as possible. That we would be seeking how God is at work here in Sweden and how He is inviting us to join Him!