The last few months have been busy with me training for a second job as a School Bus Driver. The other job I currently have at Care Net is part-time, and was not sufficient to cover our monthly bills. That said, we have not had any financial struggles whatsoever, despite our income discrepancy. God is faithful and has abundantly provided for all our needs! Praise God!
So now I’ve completed my training and have passed my CDL Road Test, and just started this week driving for First Student. This will add about 30 hours to my week, and $1300-$1500 to our monthly budget: solvent again (and then some).
We haven’t had any new visitors to the church, which is, of course, disappointing. We’re beginning to realize that doing church in our home is a bigger obstacle for many people than we initially realized. There’s a family down the street who we’ve connected with somewhat, and invited them several times to no avail. One day, Lauren offered to give some of our extra food to this family (they just took in four extra kids), and when she came over, she declined to come inside, saying that she doesn’t like going into a stranger’s home without her fiancée present. That really showed us that mistrust and suspicion runs deep in this culture. No wonder they have been hesitant to come to the church! This is one of the many challenges of inner city ministry.
So, we’ve decided that the best course of action at this time is to locate a neutral space for church: a building, or even just a couple of rooms somewhere, just to get us started. We believe that will take down a few of the barriers that currently exist, and help us to get some movement.
We constantly feel our need for greater efforts in prayer as well. We know that God can move hearts, and draw people inexplicably when we pray. I’ve been really challenged lately to keep an attitude of prayer throughout the day, and not just for an hour in the morning. I’ve been keeping an hourly alarm on my phone to remind me to turn my thoughts heavenward – this has been a great and profound blessing for me. O, that my heart and mind and lips would be continually engaged in worship and prayer to Jesus throughout the day! I believe this kind of ‘praying without ceasing’ (along with dedicated hours in prayer) is not only the secret to a thriving personal relationship with God, but the secret to a powerful anointing in ministry.
So we continue to plug along, trusting God, looking unto Jesus, preaching the Word and rejoicing in the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your continued prayers.