We hope you’re enjoying a change of pace this summer. This July we attended our biennial staff conference in Ft. Collins, Colorado. We drove west a little early and enjoyed taking in a few national parks first. Our bodies spent from hiking, we still felt refreshed to see so much of the beauty of our Creator. Heather thinks she has painting inspiration material for the next decade!
The national staff conference is a chance to gather, worship corporately, and hear from guest speakers and our leadership how we can be more effective at reaching our scope–everyone knowing someone who truly loves Jesus. The theme of the conference was “WITH.” How we need to be with God, each other and the Body of Christ to flourish and fulfill the Great Commission. We continued to address the need for more ethnic diversity in our ministry and our need to link arms with those outside our organization.
In an update from our president, we heard how, nearly 20 years ago, he sat at a table with others in ministry and how they focused on finding ways to get to every unengaged people group in the world. At the time, there were over 600 groups with over 100,000 people that had not heard of Christ, and no one was trying to reach them. Today, by God’s grace, there are only six! How exciting to see God’s faithfulness. We long for the day when every tribe and people will have worshippers of Jesus.
To practically get to the point of everyone knowing someone who truly follows Jesus, we are praying and working toward one church for every 1,000 people worldwide. That means a goal of seeing 5 million churches planted. We have seen 2 million churches planted–many using the “JESUS” Film!
We heard reports from several mission groups that use Jesus Film Project resources. God is drawing people from all over the world to himself. In the Amazon, the Yanomami, a tribe that formerly was very aggressive and closed off to outsiders, sent a few tribe members to ask for someone to come and share the Word of God. Missionaries went, showed the “JESUS” film, and gave them audio Bibles. After watching the film, much of the tribe spent the night standing repenting of their sins and were baptized!
Another partner shared how the Orthodox Church, with 300 million members, has asked that Jesus Film Project help re-evangelize the church!
Thank you for your prayers and partnership, and for living out the gospel where God has placed you. We are so grateful that you’ve linked arms with us.
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We were very encouraged by our president Steve
- In just a few days our kids will start 6th & 7th grade at a brand new middle school near our home. We’d appreciate your prayers as they adjust and we navigate this challenging age.
- For David’s parents who turn 89 this summer; we’re thankful that there are many church and family members near them
- Pray for even more partnerships to happen so the gospel can reach more people
- We traveled safely to our conference and back
- We heard amazing reminders that God is at work, and people are responding all around the world
- Loved exploring the Southwest before our conference began