On our pursuit to raise the funds necessary for the trip to Indonesia, we have begun many funding opportunities. One that has proved to be fun for the whole family as well as those involved is our Flocking Fundraiser. That is until they were taken. Continue reading
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.
The Bible is so true, “the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few” Matthew 9:36-38.
This past weekend was one that will go down in the books. It was filled with God filling in the blanks in areas that were unexpected, but beautiful. Those moments that give you tears to remember and tears to be a part of.
Our pastors and spouses made our way to a home for our annual Staff Advance. We looked at questions like:
- What are your dreams for the future of Open Life? Next year…5 years from now…?
- How is business? What is attached to our 32% retention ratio and rapid growth? Continue reading
Last week I opened a box of Kix and poured a bowl full to begin my day. About ten bites in…surprise! I saw something out of place in my bowl amidst the circular corn goodness, it was a 4 inch long yellow twistie-tie. The yellow plastic kind with a wire interior. This was just the beginning of my “Kid’s tested mother approved” moment. (and let’s ignore the fact that I had already had 10 bites in this picture…I know I exceeded the one cup serving size suggestion!)
What should one do when in this peculiar position? Tweet about it,
in fact, this was an instagram moment linked to both Twitter and Facebook for instant life sharing photo goodness.
Just one hour following my post I received a message Continue reading
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 are just 22 days 19 hours 13 minutes and 10 seconds from the Open Life Easter Experience, “One Day to Change the World.” Here is the opportunity before each one of us, Easter is the one time a year people are most open to considering what Jesus was all about. Continue reading
This Sunday I am starting a new series at Open Life called The Circle Maker, based on Mark Batterson’s newest book. It is one of the more challenging books I have read recently on the power of prayer. The topic I am hitting on this Sunday is Dreaming BIG.
One of the quotes that is resonating and challenging me is, “The death of a dream is often a subtle form of idolatry. We lose faith in the God who gave us the big dream and settle for a small dream that we can accomplish without His help. We go after dreams that don’t require divine intervention.”
When we felt prompted to start a church in Bonney Lake Continue reading
Disneyland really got me thinking: My heart is exploding with inspiration lately. Truly can’t explain the passion that is welling up within me at every turn and it is not coming from the expected sources.
You would think the word, prayer and church would be the source of inspiration and transformation, but how about Disneyland, Movements like Kony2012, CharityWater.org and just taking note as we go through life.
The latest thing that has me thinking was our recent trip to Disneyland. Continue reading
Wanted to share something I have shared with our leaders at Open Life about serving the mission. Continue reading
Hard to beat a day like today! Grace, Love and Generosity packed in one great day. Continue reading