Monday, September 24, 2007

Motel Ministry

What an amazing time we had at the California Studio Inn this last Saturday!

Everyone said their favorite thing about the day was that there was no program. No one was compelled to perform a specific task or put on a show. Instead, everyone just felt free to serve, pray for residents, talk to them, play with the kids, sing, bounce, laugh and smile. It was a beautiful picture of the Church in action. We all got to be ourselves, serve and share as the Holy Spirit directed us, and everything was natural, organic and sweet.

As usual, God held back the rain for us. In fact, Wendy and I have been doing this for over five years now and not once has it rained on our motel day service.

Believe it or not, the rain was coming down pretty hard at my house in Orange. But when we got to the motel it was sunny and the skies were blue.

Thank you God!

Thanks also to Josh and Liz Dulaney for bringing a truck-load of groceries that we gave away to some families in need.

I could do this every-other week! It was so effortless.
The food we brought only cost us $35.
The bounce house was $50.
The joy was priceless.

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Friday, September 14, 2007


Wendy and I are realizing that we already have two house churches, both called "The Mission".

Our original Thursday night group is still going strong, and we've added a Sunday morning group too. The funny thing is, most of those who attend Thursday nights do not attend on Sunday, and vice-versa.

This means we need to host an All-Church Picnic in the Park for everyone who attends "The Mission" to actually meet one another.

Details on this soon.

We also know, in the back of our minds, that both groups are growing larger. This means that our inevitable division into smaller incarnations, hosted in various locations, is inevitable.

So far I've been waiting and praying for God to make this a very natural event in our Church development. As leaders emerge and as God moves people within our house church to step out and host, or pastor their own house church, we'll simply agree with what God is already doing and follow His lead.

What an exciting future awaits us as we prepare for the next season of our house church development.