Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Divine Connections

As we prepare to go and plant a church in Paris, we are in the process of raising up partners who will fund our ministry. It will cost $9,000 a month in ministry and living expenses to plant a church in one of the 15 most expensive cities in the world. There have been many times that I wish I did not have to raise support. Times I wished that we would be supported all from one source.

But I guess, like Garth Brooks, sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. He (God not Garth) has led me to meet lots of new people in this process.

I have had the opportunity to meet and partner with amazing pastors like Matt Fry, Dino Rizzo and Mark Batterson. The church where I was saved as a youth, FBC in Lampasas, Tx (Rick Willis), is supporting our ministry. That means so much to me. I have met many new awesome pastors in this process. Pastors like Tom Bartlett, John Siebeling, Dan Ohlerking, and Vince Blubaugh. My wife and I have had the opportuity to meet Christine Caine and Phil Dooley from Hillsong Church.

Last week I met two awesome pastors in Charlotte, Naeem Fazal at Mosaic Church and Jerry Stone at The Life Church. Both pastors gave me the names of other pastors they knew. Naeem said he knew Erwin McManus and would connect me with their missions ministry. Today, before I got any contact info from Naeem, I got an email from Alex McManus (Erwin's brother)whose son just got back from 2 months in Paris. A few minutes later I got an email from Erwin McManus himself. The writer of the most inspiring book I have read this year was emailing me. He said they love Paris and want to plant a Mosaic church there.

I stand in Awe of God. Except for the fact the God has a great plan for the people in Paris that he is going to let me be a part of, I would never have met most of these great men and women of God.

I am writing this as a monument to all God has done. Joshua 4.

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