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.
There are a few ways Swedes celebrate this season that I very much enjoy. To kick off the season, candles and stars are displayed in the majority of windows the first weekend of advent. As October and November continue to increase with darkness and cold, this weekend comes and it is cozy and fun everywhere you go! Many christmas markets are also set up in squares to enjoy all the symbols of the holiday.
Saint Lucia Day is also a yearly tradition regardless of what a person believes. A 3rd century martyr who was known to bring food to Christians who were in hiding from persecution in the catacombs. She would wear a crown of candles to light her path in order to free her hands to carry the food. Hijacking a pagan holiday, December 13th became St. Lucia’s Day the festival of lights. It certainly creates a great bridge to talk about the Light of the World!
FINANCIAL UPDATE. This ministry is only made possible by the generosity of others. I am extremely grateful for the support and sacrifice you make to keep me on the field. Taking a second job teaching this year has added what is need to pay the taxes here (as to not need to raise another $500 a month) as well as keep me at a full salary. Yet paying the back taxes and moving to Stockholm has depleted the account I am responsible for. Please join me in praying for SPECIAL GIFT donations to help rebuild the account in order to continue to the work.
Here is a glimpse of my job description and what you are investing in:
- Building a new multi-cultural team owning a vision to bring church movement to the immigrants and refugees now living in Sweden back to their homelands
- Supervising new workers moving to the field over the next two years as God answers our prayer to raise up more laborers
- Assisting in supporting at least three new church plantings team stepping out in faith next year as we take steps with an intentional city reaching vision laboring with our national leaders
- Continuing to work with our team in Luleå so that disciple making communities grow and are strengthened
- Partnering with United World Mission in order to learn, network and collaborate with migrant leaders along the refugee highway wanting to see the nations reached
I appreciate you and running this journey together!
Once a month on Thursdays, I get to coteach a class to those that believe God is challenging them to step out in faithto start something new. With only 1.6% of the population of Stockholm part of a local church, it is obvious we are in need of more churches. Our class of about 15 will hopefully be joined by some Americans next summer forming three to four distinct teams. Tonight’s topic is lifestyle evangelism. Please pray for us as we look to see where and how God is inviting us to step forward with new projects!
After six months since my move to Stockholm, I had the opportunity to visit Luleå. Reconnecting with friends, visiting each group I had been part of, and enjoying what God is up to was the focus of the visit. Our house church still exists and is growing. The leaders are figuring out what it means to lead and trust the Holy Spirit. They continue to be committed to seeking God and to caring for each other. I am learning how to support and coach from a distance. This coming weekend there is a core group of them stepping away to pray and fast seeking God together. Please join me in how God continues to build a foundation that will lead to movement.