16
May
06

Now Let’s Have Some Church

I love my church. It's not perfect, no church is, but it's the perfect church for me. I'm so challenged by our leadership and the life that flows out of our little fellowship.

We're not a huge church. I imagine that when school is in session and all the college kids are here, we probably have a total of 2,000 people if you add both services.

I hope this post doesn't come across as bragging. That's not my intention. My hope is that you'll be encouraged. I've been hearing a lot of people talk about how the American church is stagnant so I wanted to share a bit about the great things God is doing through regular people.

What prompted this post is a project called Restoration Village. After the tsunami hit Asia in 2004, our church organized a group of 75 volunteers – doctors, nurses, and regular folks – to go to Sri Lanka and help the survivors. What began as a short term trip evolved into the rebuilding of an entire village. Several families from our church have moved to Tangalle, Sri Lanka and have over seen a million dollar project to rebuild a town that was devastated. They've traveled the world sharing the need of these people and raising the funds to rebuild their town.

This past week 65 of the families received the keys to their new homes and that is just the beginning of several milestones. The new village will be complete with a playground, community center and town offices.

The project has been handled so efficiently and wisely, that it has been covered by the major news outlets in Sri Lanka and is considered by the Sri Lankan government to be the best underway in the nation. It has breathed hope into a hopeless situation.

These villagers are having their livelihoods restored and as they get to know our team members and they begin to ask why we're helping them, they have had the opportunity to have their hearts healed and restored by the love of God. A small and passionate church has emerged from these people who have faced death and have found life.

The whole project has been such a testimony to the faithfulness and provision of God. He's provided the funding for the project in some miraculous ways. It's been so incredible to watch the process and it's so sweet to hear the stories about what "Move In Day" meant to the people of the town.

In addition to Restoration Village, we literally have hundreds of missionaries around the world – just from our little church. They're just members of our church who have a heart to share Jesus with people who have never heard. They go through a couple years of training and then they move with their families to the far corners of the earth. Some of them are young and fresh out of college. Some of them are my old college friends who now have families, and some of them are grandparents, not content to "retire." I'm so inspired by them.

We're just a little church in Texas, but we serve a big God. I don't know what's happening in the American church as a whole, but God's doing big things here and I know He can do big things where you are too.

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3 Responses to “Now Let’s Have Some Church”


  1. May 17, 2006 at 1:13 am

    Kat – Awesome. I love hearing good reports like this. It also gave me a chance to click on your link and give a little something to the good work that the Lord is doing over there. (Thanks!)

    The Lord is also doing many amazing things in the life of my family, and our home group, and our church. I think this is happening more and more now, at least it seems that way to me anecdotally.

    Interestingly, it also seems (again anecdotally) that the problem of the lazy, comfortable, dead part of the church is taking care of itself, at least a little bit anyway. One of the guys in our home group was asked to come play music for a nearby church during their service on Sunday. It’s an old Lutheran church, he said it’s down to about 20 members and shrinking, nobody there is less than about 50 years old. He said there’s absolutely no passion, they don’t talk about the Lord like He’s a living person, it’s more like a small social club with a set of rules you have to follow to join…

    It’s not that I take glee in seeing a little church group fade away into oblivion — but if you’re not preaching and teaching and growing and alive with the presence of the Living God, I don’t really see the point in continuing to meet, just to go through the motions.

    And this is also why I have hope that big changes are occurring, because people today (especially young people) seem to have no tolerance for just accepting what they’re told, without investigating your claims, and challenging you to prove what you’re saying, without just accepting it blindly.

  2. May 17, 2006 at 8:23 pm

    Kat, it’s not bragging; it’s spreading the good news. I am so glad to hear that good news.

  3. 3 Kat
    May 18, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    Hammer,
    That’s so cool that you got involved. One thing that I really want to do with this blog and that I want to do in my own life is to be “inspired to action.” I’m often inspired by things and it ends there. I really want to take the next step more often

    It think it’s awesome to think that my little post resulted in you contributing to the project which will result in a family in Sri Lanka moving that much closer to a new home and a new start at life. How incredible is that!!!!!


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