By Brian on 09/26/2011 02:24 PM
It was a very hot summer. Record setting. That was not a fun part of this summer. The most fun is our getting to meet a lot of new people and we're always happy with that. The summer recenlty ended with a fundraising trip to Abilene Christian University. It was Summit time (lectures) and that is always a great place to meet people who share our vision of establishing and growing a network of microchurches and reaching out to new people. I sat in on a class with Kent Smith on creating small vibrant communities of faith and how to help foster their growth. He always has the best classes at ACU's Summit.
We were able to meet back up with a couple who have at times met our needs financially when we've faced money troubles. They are full-time supporters and partners of Jared Looney in the Bronx, NY. Here's a picture of us with George and Bonnie. Yes, it's a blurry picture, but there we are in the booth which highlighted Jared Looney and his work in the Bronx. I gave George some time off and manned the both as George and Bonnie went to see their son speak and to have supper.
For those three hours, I talked to people who stopped by the booth. I told them about the great work God is doing in the Bronx and how he is using Jared. I also got to watch their video about their work with Christ Fellowship. It's an amazing video and I'll post it here in another blog post soon.
One of the most interesting people I've met this summer is an unchurched young man named Sonja. Not exactly sure how to spell his name, but he's from Laos. He's a former cheerleader, football player and is now a massage therapist and is training to be a Navy Seal. Talk about an interesting guy. When I spoke of our church planting, his curiosity was piqued and was very thankful for the prayers I would offer to God on his behalf. He's a regular at the McDonalds I frequent on some evenings. Please pray we cross paths more often. He and his friend were both interested in our work and both work on Sundays. They're perfect for one of our Zach's House small groups.
This summer also had us visiting our friends at the church in Norwich and on the same day I visited with Forrest, a minister in OKC and his Sunday night Bible class. We met many new people who were very happy we're here in Dallas trying to reach the unchurched in our area. We tried to encourage them that what we do can be and should be done everywhere.
Recenlty, we've been having some very large crowds at Heartland Assisted Living Center for our Heartland Church services and a special thanks goes out to Lyndal for leading while we were away. Also, the Hills Church of Christ has a group that helps out the first Sunday of each month. Thanks to Tony and the gang for their making the worship come to life with great singing. I wish we could have them with us each week.
In July, we were able to visit with some folks from the church in Julesburg, Colorado. I spoke there last November. This visit was too short and consisted of breakfast with the minister, his wife and an elder. It was a great time and we were very happy to be there. If you ever get to the northeastern corner of Colorado, stop by Julesburg and say hello to Alan Harris. He's a great guy.
Twelve hours after leaving Julesburg to drop off our son at Grandma's in Cheyenne, my step-father backed into our car. The insurance company totaled it. We had not known how we were going to pay our rent in September, but the payment we received from Farmers did the trick. Who says God doesn't provide? He even works in bad circumstances, like a totaled car. Can't wait to see how he provides for us in October. I tell you one thing, I love relying on God but it is not very good for a church planting ministry to have a church planting family who can't pay their bills. We can really use your prayers over the next few days. If you are so inclined and led by God to help with a few dollars, you can always go to our donation page. Not only will our family thank you, so will the families of those we reach out to in our local work.
Thank you very much for reading our newsletter. Not too many people click on the newsletter link I send them via email and your reading these words mean the world to me. THANK YOU!
Yours in Christ,
By Brian on 06/28/2011 09:29 AM
There has been a big move on at churches across the land. This has been a movement to be more releavant to the community. Some churches do this through hosting blood drives, starting food pantries, clothing closets, allowing their building to be used for community events like homeowners meetings, job fairs, Fall Festival celebrations and more.
A lot of churches have been doing these things for years. Others are just beginning their journey to be relevant to the community. Whichever church yours is, kudos to you. Jesus is being glorified in one way or another by your being a light to the community. I would like to offer my services to your church so I can also be of help to your community.
Other than our church planting work, I blog about social media (twitter, facebook, foursquare) and how it can be used most effectively. I also write children's picture books. I've come close to selling manuscripts a time or two but am still not published. I am an expert at being persistent when it comes to picture book writing, submitting, and editing.
I can speak at your church on either of these two topics or both of them on a Saturday or any weekday. Anytime you can get a crowd, either from inside of your church membership or from those in your community, I would be glad to speak on social media or children's writing. Please contact me at zachshouse at gmail dot com. to find out how many sessions I can do for your church and your community, and how I can best tailor my speaking to your community needs..
All money raised from my speaking helps us continue our church planting work in Dallas - Ft. Worth area. You can also contact us at (972) 255-3789 if you would like to talk about having me visit. I also do fill-in preaching on occasion but this must be scheduled two weeks in advance.
Yours in Christ,
By Brian on 06/09/2011 03:51 PM
Just wanted to ask your prayers for Dashi, our Muslim friend who owns a pizzeria. She recently had gallbladder surgery and wound up with a liver infection. She had a few visits to the emergency room.
Please pray for Cindy who is expecting a baby. She has had some difficulties and needs your prayers.
Please pray for John and Michael who have considered attending one of our small groups.
Please pray for Vlora who has been hospitalized with bleeding. She is three months pregnant.
Please pray for Jeri who we met by chance yesterday when we went to get our car fixed. I was speaking to her about our ministry and she completed my explanation for me. She knew all about us because we had donated pasteries to her and other workers at a local assisted living center. It was a great pleasure seeing her again. Pray for her to be able to fix her car. She now has no A/C and it's the hottest spring ever in Texas.
Pray for Larry who ministers at a local church. He is interested in starting a small group with us and possibly helping us with some good works. Pray we can have a mutually beneficial relationship between Zach's House and his congregation.
Thank you for your prayers,