Doing life together & Sharing Story
So often, God allows us to travel into very deep valleys, and then pounds us into the shape of that valley so that when others enter those places we are able to identify everything that He was doing while we were there and walk alongside others who visit those very same valleys. It has been such a privilege to see what God has done and continues to do in the stories of those who have been involved in the Redeemed Adventure Project. Everyone who has been associated with this project has seen huge things take place in their own stories and the adventure they are on with God. They are not the kind of people to receive accolades for something that Christ alone is doing in them. I will say however that it has been my privilege to have a very small part in encouraging folks, seeing their story through the lens of Jesus, and then watch Him transform their lives.
We have watched the Lord redeem the story of those with addictions, watched him redirect paths, bring hope to those who are loosing hope, and encouragement to the discouraged. We have watched Him build relationships while walking through tough seasons with one another and even had some great adventures. We have rejoiced, cried allot, struggled, won some big fights with the enemy, lost some and got back up. And the whole time we have seen the Lord begin to cultivate something that we have longed for in this culture for a long time. Genuine relationships that share their story and experiences in every way, like living stones that knock off all the ruff edges, walking hand in hand into the conformity of Christ and not another cultural movement. I don’t even know what to call it but it is genuine, authentic, and it is what He has given us to cultivate until He comes.
In just this week alone I have had conversations with folks who long for the same type of adventure with the Lord. Folks who feel isolated and alone and long for simplicity and intimacy in their walk with Christ and with those around them. For the first time in my life I have seen God simplistically develop relationships with other believers who long for the same thing and who have had my back through thick and thin. This is by no means a new movement, model, or method for what God is doing. It is just simply doing the things that He has been laying on our heart to do, and realizing that many good things have come as a byproduct of keeping our eyes fixed on Him.
With all of that said, we have been praying about what that looks like at least locally for now and have considered gathering for the purpose of doing life together on a more routine basis, perhaps bimonthly to start. If you are interested in this or desire to be a part of something like this, let’s get together, begin to share our stories and see what the Lord does. Please contact us at 541-621-8814.