December 21, 2017
Dear Family & Friends,
I write to share and update you on the progress of the ministry that God is working on through us in the greater D.C. area. Although there have been many trials and tribulations since our arrival here in October, they have not persuaded us or turned us away from equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, edifying the body of Christ and evangelizing everywhere we go. This is our focus and our pursuit as we remain faithful to our calling.
The moment we arrived God began to transform our minds, our hearts and our whole lives for the sake of this call. Jesus says in Mark 8:35 “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” For our family, we heard the call and traded up our life in California to move to Washington, D.C. for the sake of the Gospel. We have grown up in all things while relying on the Spirit of the Lord for everything. We refuse to rely on our own understanding or the way we perceive things, nor trust in our past accomplishments, but look through the eyes of our Father, having the mind of our Lord, Jesus, through the trusting work of His Holy Spirit.
Before leaving California I distinctly heard the words of the Lord as He spoke to me, “you’ll know the way you are to go as you’re on the road.” With my friend, David and I having perfect weather on the drive, we left Wednesday afternoon, October 21st and arrived Saturday night October 24th. The following Tuesday morning I drove David to the airport to fly back to California. At that same time, I picked up my wife and children who just arrived on an overnight flight from California. We drove back to the hotel for some much-needed rest. Before I laid my head down on the pillow, God spoke to me telling me that tomorrow He will give us our place to live. And He did. After viewing an apartment and talking as a family, we went back into the leasing office to inform the agent we were working with that we would indeed like to lease the apartment. The leasing agent said, “Good, because I already knew you would say yes! I have everything filled out and ready for you to move in today.” God led us out and took care of us the whole way. We moved in and unpacked by the end of the weekend and I hit the streets of D.C. immediately evangelizing everywhere.
I still believed I needed a job to provide for my family so that we may stay in our apartment as we had just enough money to meet our needs through December ‘17. With 51 job applications, many phone interviews and one working interview, God taught me that He is my Jehovah Jireh, I am His servant and that even though it goes against my human thinking I am to fully rely upon Him for provision and to do the work of the ministry for His honor and glory. After much prayer, fasting and seeking Him diligently God showed me, that although my attempts were noble, we are to live as He has called us. He then led me to 1 Corinthians 7:17. He specifically told me, “No longer will you be sent out under the authority of any man, but I will be sending you out as a missionary and evangelist.”
Since hearing this call two years ago, I share with you my life paraphrased from the words of Apostle Paul: As I preach the Gospel, I live out the Gospel. I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more. To the weak, I became as the weak, that I might win the weak. To the poor, I became as the poor, that I might win the poor. To the successful, I became successful in business, that I might win the successful business man. I have become all things to all men, that I might save some. Now I do this for the Gospel’s sake, not for my own gain. And I do this solely out of obedience to what God has called and commanded my family to do.
In less than two months, this work has grown into more than street witnessing. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit it is blossoming into volunteering my time at a Senior Assisted Living Center visiting with patients, to be friend with a listening ear and to share Christ as the Spirit allows. We have also started another home bible fellowship, and began ministering within local churches to build up the body. I have also been pursing becoming a chaplain at a local hospital. During my times on the streets I hand out care packages to homeless men and women (many veterans) which contain what you and I would call basic necessities but to them they are luxuries. Yet in all these things, I am still greatly burdened with a lack from not only churches here in the D.C. area but in many churches across America.
Many times, I have wept bitterly because in America we have become slack in our living and teaching of the pure, true Biblical doctrine. We’ve allowed worldly philosophies to come into the church and dictate the teaching, managing and planning. Rather we must turn back to teaching His doctrine and to trusting the Spirit in order that He might teach us how we should conduct our service unto the Lord, not by our own wisdom or our own understanding. We’ve all seen the news and read stories about how our country is decaying quickly. But upon moving here I have found that this is more than a news story because it is worse than they portray on the television. As I walk the streets of D.C. I see vast and numerous churches (truly dozens upon one street) made of magnificent brick architecture, yet in comparison to their great stature there is a great lack of hope in our country.
Today, there is a church being established in Washington, D.C. by God working through our family. God has given us another vision, and that is to provide a place for the homeless men and women that we encounter to utilize their talents in order that they might provide for themselves. We pray in time that God will also provide a building that we may outfit for those needing a place to live. These are our hearts desires and if the Lord wills, it will happen. He is our Jehovah Jireh, Yahweh will provide.
I thank you for your love and your time. We will continue as missionaries in America speaking the truth in love to all those whom God brings into our lives. Remember, equip, edify and evangelize everywhere you go!