Study Leave Greetings, 2.0
Greetings from my Study Leave!
As I am writing these words, Cindy and I are in Belton, Texas assisting in facilitating a retreat. There are about 100 missionaries and families here who serve through Global Gates. Cindy serves on the Board of Directors of this mission organization launched by Chris and Nicole Clayman. Chris and Nicole were formerly in our church and re-located to New York about 12 years ago to answer God’s call on their lives.
Global Gates began in Chris and Nicole’s apartment in NY City – and now has grown to an international organization with missionaries serving across the US and around the world. We have been a part of it since its inception.
While walking alongside these missionary families this week, I have been reminded of the power of the Gospel. We have listened to testimonies about God’s power on display through the ministries of these workers.
One of the GG missionaries, Kevin, led our Youth from FBCA last week in an incredible mission journey in Houston. He has shared with us here about how God used our youth in such incredible ways across Houston. It has been truly meaningful to hear his story and his encouragement about our kids and their work among lost people!
Also, I have had time to study, pray, reflect, and plan for FBC Arlington. This retreat setting has been perfect for me. I have been reading through the Book of Acts in the Greek New Testament. I have reviewed several books that I set aside for this time of study and prayer. I have been reflecting upon our church – where God has us, what is happening around us, and where He may be leading us.
And – the coolest thing. Right in front of our cabin is a Psalm 1 tree!!! It is awesome. Every day, I have sat underneath it and enjoyed its shade. It has reminded me that it is truly important to be developing “Psalm 1 people” – fruitful disciples. As you and I become fruitful people, others are blessed by our lives. After all, Blessed People, Bless People!!
Cindy and I are visiting other churches during our Study Leave. We are looking at how others are engaged in ministry – to help us get better at doing the very same thing. I am praying for you while I am away for a few weeks.
I love you – and I am honored to be your Pastor!