It is not easy making time to send these updates. While we have not been that busy with ministry yet (that begins tonight for us), we have been busy meeting people and sharing life in Indonesia.
The jet lag is a brute. It certainly can get the best of you. We barely were able to keep our eyes open till 7 on Wednesday night and then last night we didn’t even go out to dinner until 7:30…needless to say the table made a good pillow for the girls to sleep on (see pic here)!
Some highlights from the second half of day one and all of day two.
- The kids love the food! (see pic here), they have been saying that every meal is their favorite so far. Think that is a good thing!
- The roads take a bit of getting used to…certainly at night. The motorcycles fly by you with little kids on with two adults. It is dizzying to look at and you constantly feel like someone is going to die in front of you.
- We have been inspired by the vision of ICA Surabaya. From the 100 photo frames on the walls representing the churches they are planting to their heart for young people and raising support for them to further their education after reaching them for Jesus.
- Jenna discovered “Lizzy”. That is what we named the lizard that hangs out near the kitchen AC unit. Needless to say she had a bit of a meltdown due to that. I will try and post the vid later, but you can pray for her embrace of the 4 legged creatures that visit.
- The US dollar goes far here…about 11,000 to 1. So yesterday I spent $35,000 on a quad Americano. That Add Shot was $5,000. Painful, but fun.
- A member of ICA invited us to use her pool at an Apartment complex. The kids were refreshed as was I. It was interesting as the pool had steps going down, three steps, but when you got to step 4 it was a 6 ft. drop. Caught the girls by surprise a bit for sure.
Today we are making some gifts for everyone here that we brought with us, called Ole Ole, prepping for a youth leadership talk to some outreach teens, and finishing prep for Sunday’s talk. Tomorrow we go to the graveyard ministry outreach and are excited to begin being busy reaching out to people!
I am continually amazed at the partnerships in Bonney Lake that we have been able to put in place. To have people within the community genuinely excited to support our efforts in Surabaya August 19th to September 18 is amazing.
All week this week June 24 through the 30th Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Bonney Lake is donating 10% of people’s total bill to our trip if they just bring in THIS FLYER (will print 4 to a page so you can give 3 away!). We are working Continue reading Partnership
Humbled to say the least at receiving the 2013 Community Leadership Award from the Sumner School District (SSD) at the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) today in Fife. Some more than kind words were said by Superintendant, Craig Spencer, and Principal of Liberty Ridge Elementary (LRE), Laurie Dent, reflecting on Open Life‘s impact through Big Give, Love Week, and our ongoing generosity towards the vision and needs at LRE and within the community as a whole. More is noted by the local online news source Patch.
The Director of the SSD STARR project and the Communities For Families Coalition, Marilee Hill-Anderson shared some grateful words for my investment in all that has been done for families within our the SSD as well as the potential impact Open Life can continue to have as we pursue future projects together within the community. (She gets the photo credit)
All that to say this; I feel like we are just getting started…by living out the values of being generous and present with our community for the past three years Continue reading Presence Matters
Recently we accepted an offer to go to Indonesia for a moth in the middle of August to pastor a church called ICA Surabaya. We will be reaching out to this city, and traveling into some more remote spaces to start new churches, and even do a little medical missions as we just found out.
In just one week of going public with our trip many amazing and generous people have engaged the funding process to help us raise the needed money to buy our tickets and expenditures.
Today, three generous friends and business associates with Body By Vi, set up a matching fund challenge they call #gettheHuffstoIndonesia. Continue reading The power of matching funds
Sunday was surely one for the memory book. Open Life had our largest Sunday to date with 139 people present for our Easter Experience, “One Day to Change The World.” So many guests made their way to Easter with family, neighbors, and friends. Honored to have them with us and hoping to see them again in the coming weeks.
We promised to give $5 to Charity Water for every person in attendance Continue reading Record day, amazing stories
To wrap up our series at Open Life on living with “Margin” we created and showed a documentary about the financial beginnings of the church two years ago. It’s the story of how we chose the approach of strategic generosity and how it has made an impact within the community. After watching this you can see why it is one of our key cultures at Open Life and how it is making such a huge impact within the city and even setting an example for other cities as they take note of our story. Here it is:
As the video wrapped up we concluded verbally with two things in our live service: Continue reading Documentary
Hard to beat a day like today! Grace, Love and Generosity packed in one great day. Continue reading A day to remember
I can’t think of many more things that make my heart pump than being generous to those in need. Even when they don’t express the need for that generosity, but it is found by relentlessly pursuing the places of felt need in our city.
Looking back over the past year my two favorite thank you notes are from Peek-a-Brew and Liberty Ridge Elementary. Continue reading A few of my favorite things
People have often commented on my generosity toward others, but it has not always been that way…I definitely learned the hard way with money. Continue reading Unveiling Generosity part 1